RGB gaming bundles are all the rage, let's see how the Aukey bundle holds up and whether or not it offers enough value for the money.
Ben Sellwood

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Aukey is a Chinese based company who design all manner of peripherals from power banks to audio, in-car accessories to gaming keyboards and mice. They say good things come in threes, so when I was presented with the opportunity to test out a keyboard, mouse and gaming mat I was intrigued to see what this triple threat could do in terms of being a coherent package and whether or not they were necessary or uniformly enhanced each other. This bundle consists of everything you would need to start off your PC gaming journey, all the while giving you a little pizzazz at the same time.

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Surface Specs:

  • Interface: Micro-USB
  • Input: 5V 150mA
  • Software System Requirements: Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 10
  • Material: Natural rubber, cloth, ABS
  • Cable Length: 1.8m / 5.9ft
  • Dimensions: 800 x 300 x 4mm / 31.5” x 11.8” x 0.16”

Kicking off with the RGB gaming surface, the KM-P6 is a lavish 800 mm x 300 mm with ample room to manoeuvre your keyboard and mouse to your liking. The feel is that of a standard mouse mat or wetsuit-style texture, though it’s not rated for water-resistance at all, so don't go spilling your brew on it just yet. The stitching is solid and nicely woven with what feels like clear nylon, though if you rest your arm on it, it begins to irritatingly dig in relatively quickly. As a surface for the keyboard, it grips on well to the rubberised feet of the input device, making sure it won't slip away when you go to exert force on it. For the mouse, the tracking was nice and sensitive while on the surface and it was an all-around smooth procedure to use it on the mat. At just $19.99 currently, this is a fantastically budget-friendly option to get a nice, clean, fresh RGB-rich experience for any beginners in the world of RGB gaming peripherals.

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Mouse Specs:

  • Number of Buttons: 7
  • Switch Lifespan: 20 million clicks
  • Sensor: PMW3325 optical sensor
  • Preset DPI Levels: 6 (600/1200/1600/2400/3200/5000)
  • DPI Range: 200~5000
  • Polling Rates: 125/250/500/1000 Hz
  • Cable Material: Braided nylon
  • Cable Length: 1.8 m/5.91'
  • Weight (cable excluded): 106 g/3.74 oz

The GM-F2 RGB gaming mouse is a basic, budget-looking mouse with a few neat tricks up its sleeve. The mouse is right-handed only, but it justifies this by being ergonomic, with a 1000hz polling rate, 120 IPS max speed, and a switchable 600/1200/1600/2400/3200/5000 DPI sensor with 20 g mouse acceleration and no interpolation. At just $14.99 on Amazon currently, it’s a bit of a steal for what it does. I found it extremely comfortable with its matte feel and grippy thumb rest area, though it feels decidedly small in my super masculine hands. In terms of accuracy across everyday usage and gaming, I found this mouse to be more than adequate for any task thrown at it. The fact that it doesn't use DPI interpolation and has a high polling rate means you have a pleasingly accurate experience in FPS games like Counter-Strike, where you need lagless, pixel-perfect accuracy. The main mouse buttons are also rated for 20 million clicks, so you shouldn't burst through that threshold any time soon. Six of the onboard buttons are fully customisable with onboard memory retaining any presets, meaning you can take your setup with you if you use it on another computer. The GM-F2 is fantastic value for money here, and it looks great too with its 16.8 million colours illuminating the underside, side buttons, mouse wheel and logo in unison.

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Keyboard Specs:

  • Number of Keys: 104
  • Keyboard Layout: ANSI
  • Keycap Material: ABS
  • Key Switch Type: Outemu Blue
  • Actuator Travel: 4mm
  • Actuation Force: 54cN ±20cN
  • Input: DC 5V 200mA
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Operating System Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Linux
  • Materials: Steel, ABS
  • Cable Length: 1.6m / 5.25’
  • Weight: 1kg / 2.2lb

The KM-G12 keyboard boasts a soothing, cold metal chassis and 104 anti-ghosting keys, meaning you will never have a keystroke that doesn't register correctly and there’s no limit to the number of keys you can accurately hit simultaneously. The keycaps are durable, double-shot moulded ABS plastic that has a very clean look and smooth feel to them. The switches are overly clicky in my opinion, with Outemu blue switches that give off a definitive yet annoying click sound on every stroke. I found this to be the worst feature of this keyboard as the clatter was just so damn cheap-sounding for such a lovely-feeling metal base. I definitely preferred the Brown switches of the Velocifire VM02WS over these ones. The key travel on the G12 is around 4mm which looks and feels relatively high, and the layout of this particular review unit was a Central Europen QWERTZ formation, with German key labelling, which took me a while to get my head around. I’m using the KM-G12 to type this review, and finding additional O and A keys with umlauts above them where the ":" and "@" keys should be has made typing this review a little challenging at times. At $49.99 this is the priciest component to the bundle, but its metal base and visual appeal more than grant you fantastic value for what it is. My other main quibble is that the keycaps are very thin and hollow feeling, and yet again media controls don't light up for some reason.

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Companion Software:

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The glue that binds these devices together is the G-aim Control Center software, which essentially controls each device's configurations of sensitivity, macros, colour options and more. The ability to "sync all" means that you can make one cohesive look rather than the mouse blinking red, the keyboard static blue and the surface pulsing rainbows. While the software is undeniably useful and incredibly easy to use, I cannot get past the fact that just a few minutes into using the program it caused almost inoperable slowdown across my entire laptop until I hard closed it down. For reference, I'm running it on Windows 10 and have never witnessed such a weird performance hit during such a simple task, but the mouse was jerking all over the screen and I simply couldn't do anything while the window was open. This was after playing with just a couple of the gaming mat options, let alone playing with mouse sensitivity. In actual fact, playing with mouse sensitivity leads to less clunkiness than any other option fiddling, which I found baffling at best. Using this set up for a couple of weeks afforded me the ability to get to grips with a set up I was relatively unaccustomed too. I have never needed a gaming surface before, but now it makes sense; I was missing out on the range of freedom I got by not using just a mouse mat. All those times I had fallen off my mat in the past started flashing up in my minds-eye like I was having some sort of violent flashback, and my eye started twitching. The surface is something I will undoubtedly go on to use in future. Though this one serves its purpose as one to cut your teeth on, the next one I get will be a considered purchase based on my experience with this one. The mouse is a decent low-cost programmable device, but it feels too small and there is yet again no ambidexterity there; what on earth do southpaws do for mice? The keyboard is, on paper, absolutely fantastic and, facilitated by the G-aim software, you can program macros to your heart's content, but the software then turns your PC into a slideshow and you suddenly find yourself annoyed that such a simple task, something so simple, has to be so damn infuriating. The more I used this bundle the more I found just how each item had a small annoyance that got to me personally. The surface was a dust magnet and the edging dug into me; the mouse felt too light, tiny, and overly-plastic; the keyboard was overly loud with its clattering blue switches; and the software is clearly leaking memory or bottlenecking something.

Overall this bundle is a rather basic but wallet-friendly way to get saturated in RGB goodness. For a total of just $84.97 you can jump into a world of relatively unhampered user-friendly gaming goodies but for the love of all that is sacred Aukey need to tune up their software to make it as seamless as possible. If it weren't for the fact that you can tune your gear, save it to each item and then forget about the software this review may have taken a nosedive into profanity. As it stands this is a rather good bundle for the price you can get it for, but this mouse isn't going to be the best mouse you ever used, the keyboard won't be the nicest you have ever used and the gaming mat will leave itchy red indentations on your wrists, if you're like me and use it as a wrist-rest. While it’s a superb value pack, it's not going to set the world on fire.

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G-Aim software 1.1.5

Verdict
What We Liked . . . RGB is always pretty Works well as a budget combination What We Didn't Like . . . Clunky software Average build quality across the board Takes up 3 USB sockets
7.3
out of 10
Overall
A great budget-friendly option to get into synced RGB gaming. Everything you need to get started for under $90 is a rarity these days, and though each device is not the leader of its relative product type, these provide an adequate experience for beginners. The G-aim software is easy to use but performed horribly in testing, which seems to be the case with the majority of these devices’ software, and should be easily fixable in future.

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