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In all likelihood, if you've been around the PC DIY space for some length of time, then you might be familiar with the BIOSTAR name. And if you know about the BIOSTAR name, you probably associate that name with the company's motherboards. But the product portfolio extends far beyond that, now stretching into the mechanical keyboard arena with the new BIOSTAR GK3.

It's so good, apparently, that they're calling the BIOSTAR GK3 "the essential gaming keyboard." It doesn't use the industry standard Cherry MX switches, however, shaving a few bucks by opting for Outemu Blue switches instead. You should still get that clicky clacky feel that you've come to expect from a mechanical gaming keyboard, though, along with full N-key rollover and adjustable backlighting options.

This isn't some keyboard for only the l33t players with l33t budgets, because the BIOSTAR GK3 is set to retail for just $44.99. They want it to be a "durable and responsive keyboard aimed at the masses." Despite the more affordable price point, you get premium features like the aluminium metallic body and swappable keycaps in a waterproof and dust-proof keyboard. The full press release is below, complete with the spec sheet.

Full Press Release »

IOSTAR ANNOUNCES THEIR FIRST MECHANICAL KEYBOARD FOR GAMERS

              

The essential gaming keyboard from BIOSTAR

 

 

November 22nd, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is pleased to announce its latest addition to its gaming peripheral line-up with its first keyboard for gamers: the BIOSTAR GK3 mechanical gaming keyboard. BIOSTAR combines all the key elements that gamers need and designs their first mechanical keyboard dedicated for gamers and what they really need: a durable and responsive keyboard aimed at the masses. Today’s gamers are becoming more competitive and response times are a gamer’s number 1 tool in victory. If your gear can’t keep up then your gear is keeping you down. Keyboards are the primary input for PC games and when a single keypress counts, a mere milisecond of input is the difference in winning and losing.

 

The BIOSTAR GK3 mechanical keyboard will have an MSRP of $44.99.

 

Mechanical keyboards have set themselves as the top choice for discerning typists and gamers that want improved responsiveness and feel that membrane keyboards just don’t have. The challenge has always been that mechanical keyboard have cost more than traditional membrane keyboards and that has made them inaccessible for many gamers that want to experience the benefits of mechanical keyboards. BIOSTAR has set its sight once-again on these gamers and their value-based company focus for product is ingrained into the new BIOSTAR GK3 gaming keyboard as well.

 

Introducing the BIOSTAR GK3

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The BIOSTAR GK3 is built with an exquisite attention to quality with an aluminium metallic material forming the main body of the keyboard with a unique style for gamers. The BIOSTAR GK3 is also waterproof and dust proof with swappable keycaps giving gamers a highly-flexible weapon for gaming.

 

BIOSTAR Quality Refined for Peripherals

 

BIOSTAR uses OUTEMU blue switches which are rated for 50 million actuations for a lengthy usage life and features anti-ghosting as well as anti-ghosting design which is perfect for gaming.

 

The BIOSTAR GK3 also features 7 backlight modes for its lighting that allows users to customize their keyboard lighting or use pre-defined lighting styles for popular titles such as COD, LOL or other similar games.

 

BIOSTAR uses a Alps-compatible stems which allows user to customize their own keycaps whilst offering more protection against dust with its larger surface area.

 

Durable Design: Spill-Proof, Dust-Proof

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BIOSTAR designs the GK3 mechanical keyboard with drain holes to protect against spills and the the Outemu keys are designed with a large surface area to minimize dust from entering the switches. BIOSTAR designed the PCB with the electronics on the underside of the internals with a special waterproof coating to further protect against liquid spills. The keyboard itself is sloped to channel water away for easy clean up.

 

BIOSTAR GK3 Specifications

 

Model Name GK3
Key Architecture Mechanical
Switch Type OUTEMU Blue switch
Switch Life 50M times
Switch Peak Force 60g ± 10g
Key 104 keys
Anti-ghosting keys 6 N-Key Rollover  (standard)
Full N-Key Rollover (gaming)
Multimedia Hotkey 12
Game Mode 9
Backlighting Starlight / Wave / breathing / Ripple / Static / single / adjustable
Keyboard Color Gray
Dimension (L x W x H) 459.5 x 204.25 x 36.8 mm
Keyboard Weight 1139±10g
Keyboard Material AL
Cable Length 1800mm
Interface USB
OS Support Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8/ Windows 10
MSRP 44.99 USD

 

 

Visit the new BIOSTAR website at: http://www.biostar.com.tw

Read more about BIOSTAR 30 Years anniversary: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/event/30years/index.htm

 

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ABOUT BIOSTAR

BIOSTAR, is a brand dedicated to the production of motherboards, graphics cards, industrial computing systems, IOT, and healthcare solution. Since its establishment in 1986, the BIOSTAR GROUP has become a major motherboard supplier in the IT industry as well as in IOT, Internet Of Things. In order to pursue the best quality and aesthetic design, BIOSTAR has invested heavily in ID design, equipment, global marketing research as well as R & D. With a constant emphasis on quality, BIOSTAR always seeks to beyond better and race to the future.