Last time we reviewed the Royal Kludge RK61 and Motospeed CK61, two of the best budget 60% mechanical keyboard. But today, we will be reviewing a 60% optical-mechanical gaming keyboard the Geek GK61 Gateron Red Optical Gaming Keyboard.

Quick Specs:

  • Size: 29310340MM
  • Weight: 0.78KG
  • Keycap: ABS two-colour injection
  • Bottom case: ABS bottom case
  • Backlight: full-color RGB / about 16.8 million colours
  • Layout: 61 keys
  • Interface: USB C/ Type-c Wired
  • Line length: 1.5M
  • Driver compatibility: Support win/does not support for Mac os
  • Switch: Gateron Optical Switch

Special thanks to Banggood for the continued support to our channel. Make sure to check the links below for all the details and discount code!

Geek GK61: http://bit.ly/2r4t1BS Coupon code: BGCPP070

Banggood coupon: http://bit.ly/31RMi6O

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Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

In the box, we have the keyboard itself covered in a plastic cover, plastic keycap puller, metal switch puller, USB Type c cable (braided) and ofcourse user manual.

Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

Geek GK61 has an ABS plastic housing, an internal metal plate that makes it sturdy and gives minimal flex.

Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

Carrying this keyboard anywhere you can is a piece of cake, Geek GK61 only weighs 547g and it has a standard ANSI layout.

Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

The ABS plastic housing has a glossy side finish and matt textured finish at the bottom.

Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

There are no adjustable rubber feet so we have this fixed height for this keyboard.

Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

The height of this keyboard is completely perfect, not too tall and not too short compared to Royal Kludge RK61 and Motospeed CK61.

Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

Replacing the keycaps and switch is really easy for this keyboard. However, since Geek GK61 uses a Gateron optical switch, therefore, no other switches will fit on this keyboard beside an optical key switches

Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

The Gateron Red Optical Switch uses an infrared sensor to register your keystroke instead of a metal contact which is common to most mechanical switches.

Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

By this process it provides much faster response time since the stem on the switch will only block the infrared sensor and doesn’t require to contact any surface or metal like the mechanical switch.

Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

Here’s the sound test for the Gateron Red Optical Switch:

Geek GK61 is a 60% gaming keyboard, which means other functionalities like arrow keys, function keys and nav cluster keys can only be accessed through a combination of keys on the keyboard

Combination keysEquivalent keys
FN + 1 to 0F1 to F10
FN + – & =F11 & F12
FN + BackspaceNo lighting
FN + P & [Brightness
FN + : & “Lighting Speed
FN + ]Logic Lights
FN + \Code Lights
FN + QOnline Mode
FN + W / E / RMacro Settings

Another feature of this keyboard that caught my attention is, it has an ONBOARD MICROPHONE that detects sound or music for the RGB lighting.

Software

Lastly for the software, it is only available on Bangood product page and you can download it via Google Drive link.

Geek GK61 Software

Software for the Geek GK61 has 2 major options, driver mode that saves your settings on the software and onboard settings that saves your settings on the keyboard itself.

Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

On the software, you can customize the lighting modes, add macro settings and other shortcut options either saving it thru software or the keyboard itself.

Geek GK61 Software
Geek GK61 Software
Geek GK61 Software

I won’t talk too much with the software but overall this is by far the smoothest and most optimized software for the 60% keyboard I’ve experienced.

Geek GK61 60% Optical Gaming Keyboard

What’s Up?

  • budget-friendly
  • solid build quality
  • optimized software
  • onboard microphone
  • secondary functions
  • vast lighting options

What’s Down?

  • a bit loud for a red switch
  • fingerprint magnet
  • wobbly switch or keycaps