GameSir VX AimSwitch review: Affordable keyboard replacement for PC and console gaming

Windows Central Recommended Award

Using a full QWERTY keyboard with around 100 keys can really clog up your gaming surface, especially space is tight. When you don't already own a mechanical keyboard, have one that's way too bulky for what you play, or wish to pick up a keyboard and mouse combo for consoles, you should give the GameSir VX AimSwitch a look.

Not only can this wireless keyboard and braided cable mouse allow you to focus on what you're playing by removing countless keys you will likely never use in-game, but it's also possible to replace the gamepad on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and even the Switch with more accurate input hardware.

You'll love how the keyboard performs in-game

GameSir VX AimSwitch

GameSir is relatively new to the game with the VX AimSwitch, enabling console and PC gamers with tailored hardware to remove bulky keyboards from view or replace less accurate gamepads. Whether you plan to use this setup on PC or a console, you're going to have a blast.

The keyboard itself is mechanical, using TTC Blue switches. It's made of plastic but feels relatively sturdy, doesn't flex, and there's very little in terms of movement when planted on a desk. This is likely where most of the asking price comes from, and that's not a bad thing.

When you don't need a full keyboard to game on, the GameSir VX AimSwitch is a worthy alternative.

Where this keyboard differs from your traditional QWERTY unit is the number of keys that are missing. At first glance, it may look a little strange, but it's easy to grow accustomed to the sheer lack of keycaps available. Everything you need for most modern games is present, especially if you're a MOBA and FPS gamer.

The keyboard connects wirelessly using the included dongle, while the mouse is just your typical USB pointer. The dongle is what bridges the gap between the device and PC or consoles and makes everything just work; GameSir includes a handy guide that gets you started with supported platforms in case you get a little lost.

As an added bonus, the keyboard has USB passthrough and that works with any mouse you may have in your possession. Profiles can be downloaded for use in games and frequent software updates are expected as the device lands in the hands of more gamers. A unique feature here is the smartphone app, which can even handle updates and whatnot, so long as they don't affect the dongle, which then requires a PC.

You may dislike the cheap mouse

GameSir VX AimSwitch

I'm not a fan of the mouse. It just doesn't feel as good as other mice available at this price. Luckily, you can use your own mouse with the USB passthrough on the keypad itself so this isn't a huge issue. There's also no RGB lighting, which is strange since this is targeting gamers and many play in low-lit environments.

I'd like to see a location online where you can configure, share and download profiles for the XV AimSwitch. Other than these small drawbacks, it's a cracking setup at an affordable price.

Should you buy the GameSir VX AimSwitch?

GameSir VX AimSwitch

GameSir VX AimSwitch (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

If you are in need of a new keyboard and don't want a full typing experience for gaming, then the GameSir VX AimSwitch makes a lot of sense. So, yes, you should buy it. It's strange at first to be missing half of the keyboard, but that quickly becomes natural when you're relying on QWER or WASD.

The mouse is a slight let down compared to other mice available at this price, but luckily you can switch it out for your favorite pointer and just use the keyboard itself.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.