GK64 Mechanical Keyboard Kit
GK64 Mechanical Keyboard Kit
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Your ideal keyboard is waiting for you. The new GK64 Mechanical Keyboard Kit will help you build it Read More

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YJ93
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Dec 11, 2019
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If you want your GK64 PCB to be compatible with other 60% cases, like the super fancy ones that people with a GH60 or DZ60 have, you can order an aluminium or fiberglass plate (that both have the proper cutouts for plate mount stabilizers) that have holes in the right places, to mount your PCB to those cases. I’ve ordered the fiberglass plate off of AliExpress from KPRepublic, hoping that it has a more sound dampening effect than the aluminium one. Plus, I ordered original Cherry plate mount stabilizers (€8, also off of AE) which - I’ve been told by the MK community - are way better than the off-brand OEM ones that are probably being sold with this kit.
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Dec 11, 2019
Vonsoo
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Dec 10, 2019
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Hi Guys, Does anything like this, but with 1.75u right shift and one more row of keys to the right exist? Requirements: hot-swap with 5 holes per switch in the PCB, surface mounted LEDs (optional). I use insert and del key on my Leopold 660C quite a lot. Probably could live without del but I can't live without left shift+insert combo. I also like a little bit separated arrow cluster (probably could live with this one after putting some distinct keycaps on arrows - perhaps a metal set). Anyone got used to this layout after coming from larger one? It took me some time to get used to Leopold 660 layout after coming from TKL, but now I believe this is the best one.
Dec 10, 2019
Vonsoo
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Dec 12, 2019
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Thank you. I've went for YMDK split this time but I'll check out DZ65 if I decide that ergo is not for me.
Dec 12, 2019
YJ93
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Dec 12, 2019
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No problem, good luck & have fun with your new YMDK 64.
Dec 12, 2019
spr0k3t
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Dec 9, 2019
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While the PCB is a solid board, the software is crap. If you want a 60 board with hotswap, look into a DZ60 or anything else that supports QMK.
Dec 9, 2019
FireCharge
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Dec 9, 2019
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Feel like I owe you guys a follow-up, 3 months later. I decided that I'm going to mod my GMMK tkl (inner lining (IKEA drawer liner), clipped the stock stabs and band-aid modded), so I went and gave the GK64 a band-aid mod as well. Spacebar feels pretty good compared to the other keyboards I have at hand. *Side note: Stock stabs on the GMMK are so bad, and even after my mods it still feels like the springs get so echo-y, and since it's my alt I'm taking my time until I'll lube my switches. Plus they're Kailh Burgundy so I'm not entirely sure if I'm going to go back to linears cause I've fallen in-love with my Box Royals. Now back to the subject at hand - the GK64. First, I decided to swap the spacebar's switch to an Aliaz 100g I've got from a KBDfans switch tester, works great in my opinion, alongside the SA profile it also helps me avoid fat-fingering the spacebar. Other than the mod, still featuring the KPRepublic carbon colored cable (I need a new one but can't afford as I have a purchase list and GOD DANG IT DROP I CAN'T AFFORD THE DEKONI CHOICE SUEDE RIGHT NOW), I've picked up a set of Maxkey SA Miami Night keycaps, which are honestly a godsend. They look stunning, like, I don't have a single friend that accepts this hobby of mine as legitimate, yet every single one that saw and tried it agreed this board looks and feels incredible (I didn't mention the price... So.... Yea.) Cost me 80 bucks during Chinese Single Day sales, and other than the fact that, yet again, this annoying left shift is still annoying, I managed to save it pretty darn well I believe:
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That numpad 0 makes it sort of look like it transitions from the \ key to that left shift quite well, and it's R3 so it's almost the same indent as R4 which makes it feel almost natural. The End key above the right arrow is there because I decided to swap that DEL key to End an Fn+End to home using the GK6X software from Pixeltris' github (https://github.com/pixeltris/GK6X) which I definitely recommend everyone to get, and also swap whatever feature was on Fn+Backspace to Delete, so I have that covered and there's a key with a different profile for that so I don't accidentally press it. If you're planning to use this board for either gaming or typing, I'd recommend SA keycaps. I've tried cherry, OEM and XDA and they all felt kind of flat. Cherry felt the best out of the rest (not as good as SA though) but I'd definitely recommend the extra height. For me, whilst typing/coding I have a wrist rest to keep me kind of level with it and the SA profile makes the hands sit at a more natural position, and while gaming, as I sit kind of relaxed-upright and the desk is taller than my chair's handrests It gives the keyboard more height which also make it harder for me to accidentally press the space bar whilst holding the C key (crouch in Siege) and lets me angle my hand alongside the edge of the desk for a more natural feel. In conclusion, like I've said before in my review you could find somewhere in this discussions page, get this anywhere else, probably going to be much cheaper, but I definitely recommend this.
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Dec 9, 2019
FireCharge
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Dec 11, 2019
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Thanks for the cable suggestions, but I'll be looking for a more professional rather than widely available one for my next cable (that'll be completely custom and fit perfectly). Also - you've probably noticed (or not) but I for some reason after repeating that like 4 times in my head that my cable is the KPRepublic coiled premade, I wrote NKPC. Fixed that now, thanks, even if that was not your intention!
Dec 11, 2019
YJ93
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Dec 11, 2019
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Ah yes, the custom made ones are better qualitywise and you can choose which colors you want, but unfortunately (and understandably) they’re quite a bit more expensive. Too much for me at this moment. I’m curious to see what your build is going to look like with a custom cable though. It’s okay by the way lol, mistakes happen. There are many of these stores on AE that sell mech keeb stuff, it’s easy to get them mixed up.
Dec 11, 2019
JohnBish
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Dec 9, 2019
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Banggood > Drop
Dec 9, 2019
konfliicted
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Dec 9, 2019
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Seems like a pretty bad deal when you can get this with keycaps and Gateron switches for 60 off of Banggood. Even if you don't want those switches or keycaps you could at least sell them for a small chunk of change and end up better off.
Dec 9, 2019
ValianTkz
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Dec 9, 2019
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I highly prefer the GK61 over the GK64 simply because I need a >1u right shift. For whatever reason I prefer to use right shift over left shift for typing
Dec 9, 2019
jdswhatwhat
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Dec 9, 2019
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Please don't show pictures of the board with keycaps if they arent available to order as well. I definitely would have purchased if they were though.
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Dec 9, 2019
Ytbaskt
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Dec 12, 2019
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^ facts.
Dec 12, 2019
MyKnifeUrLife
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Dec 9, 2019
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I have had this keyboard for the last 3 years. I love it but would like to get a warning. The left shift key is an odd length. Please be warned that if you want nice key caps you will be having a difficult time finding anything that works or fits perfectly. Outside of that, the software is ok. It could be better, could be worse. The USB-C port does seem finicky at times, it is a little bit loose feeling. But like others have said, the keyboard is great for entry level. The case is sturdy and feels great. The hotswap pcb is great as well since there isn't a need to solder at all. Overall, I would say if you have a budget, if you are new to keyboard it is worth. If you plan to customize keycaps, are OCD about keys being perfect then stay away. I would say overall it is a 6.5/10.
Dec 9, 2019
FireCharge
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Dec 9, 2019
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Uhh... Honestly, while I do agree with most of what you say, there is a huge caveat: This is an incredible entry level board with so many options available for cases on Banggood, AliExpress and even Amazon (and KBDfans I believe, if you want to spend more money peeps) I've been using it for about 3 months and it's been incredible. I'm honestly not a sucker for the 64key layout and have yet to try a 67 key layout, but I've had a 61key for a while and grown accustom to the 60% layout and insane use of the Fn key (compared to the TKLs I've ran since I've first picked up a mech) The main reason I decided to go for this rather than the DZ60/65/68 which also feature hotswap is the price. Except for the Tada/Tofu aluminum case options, they feature mostly the same case options, and honestly the wooden one that I've got feels extremely solid. I've connected and disconnected it plenty of times and have yet in the period of owning it had any issue with the USB type C, the auto Bluetooth can get annoying sometimes as it doesn't turn itself off automatically when disconnected, and it kinda comes back to life if we have voltage spikes or power surges while my PC is off. Software is pretty limiting. Lighting-wise, it's great, but there are so many keys you can't rebind which got on my nerves. Thankfully it's pretty widely available so someone already modded the firmware and we've got some utility to rebind keys (Things as simple as fn+backspace remapped to del are so incredibly useful for a 60%). Anyone looking for exactly that - I definitely recommend checking out https://github.com/pixeltris/GK6X Other than that, definitely agree with you.
Dec 9, 2019
YJ93
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Dec 11, 2019
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More and more keycap sets have a 2u and 1u shift these days. Both the budget ones, as well as the more expensive ones. Some AliExpress sellers even sell sets specifically for the 64-key layout, just naming a few: KBDfans, KPRepublic and Idobao. I ordered a full PBT set from KBDfans during cyber monday for only €27 and it contains a 2u and 1u shift. MiTo had his Pegaso keycap project on here a while back (1.6mm PBT) and it had the proper key sizes for this layout as well. So if you’re reading this and you’re interested in buying the GK64, don’t be afraid about not finding the right key sizes. In worst case scenario, you can even use a 2u “+” or “0” from the numpad.
Dec 11, 2019
RickyRobbyRaughs
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Nov 11, 2019
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