More of a technical gaming kit than a standard keyboard, the Aorus Thunder K7 actually has three parts — a pint-sized ’tenkeyless’ gaming keyboard, a numpad, and a big wrist wrest. The latter two are entirely option — you can attach them or not, as preferred — meaning this can go from a tiny space-saving board to a gargantuan, desk-sprawling monster… or somewhere in between. It all snaps together relatively seamlessly with magnets and the numpad can live on the left or right side of the board.
The main idea behind that transforming design is the numpad also doubles as a bank of macro keys — so by attaching it to the left side, you could have a huge array of preprogrammed actions ready for your massively-multiplayer shenanigans. Aorus’s macro-creation app is relatively full featured too, with six profiles (switch between by tapping the Aorus logo above the numpad) meaning you can easily switch between different macro sets for different games. The physical key action is likewise very sturdy, though you’ve only got the choice of Cherry Red — that’s the softest linear offering and isn’t to everyone’s taste, although it is at least quiet.
The K7 does have a couple of drawbacks though. The backlighting on the keypad prioritises illuminating its macro designation number (ie. G1, G2, G3 and so on) over its numpad one (1, 2, 3, Del, Numlock) which means you sometimes need to squint a bit to identify the latter. The K7’s fold-out feet, which prop up the back of the board, could also be a little more rigid — they have a tendency to fold down if you push the board backwards too hard. Those are both occasional rather than constant niggles, however, and otherwise this is a unique gaming board. If you can make use of its slightly odd features, we can recommend it.
Verdict: A left-of-field idea, that’s mostly made good.