Conclusion: Conclusion Overall I’m very pleased with this board, the outstanding quality that Gigabyte puts into its motherboards and graphics cards has certainly been passed on here. Its comfortable to use and its striking design fits in well on the desk. Do note though that the yellow board as I’ve looked at here is only available in a US layout and so if you’re after a UK layout, Red and Black are the only options.
Pros: Ergonomic board is comfortable to use for long periods, Variable elasticity of keys, Macro keys with multiple profiles, Onboard memory for storing macros and profiles, Wired board to reduce latency, 20 anti-ghosting keys
Cons: Odd position for the backlight switch, Would have been nice to see the macro keys lit as well, Wrist rest not easily detachable, Macro keys a little out easy reach whilst gaming
Conclusion: Overall, GIGABYTE delivered an excellent keyboard aimed at the hard-core gamer audience. From the grandiose presentation and functionality to the solid construction of the product, gamers will be hard-pressed to find better quality. Pricing is $69.99 for the matte black and $79.99 for the Lamborghini yellow and red versions.
Excerpt: The concept of a gaming keyboard has been hard to realize for most because every gamer is different. Some may want plenty of macros in order to chain all of their combos effectively while others would rather just have a few macros with incredible keystroke response. Most of the time companies respond to this demand by slapping on a few extra keys, make a stylish GUI and call it a gaming keyboard.
Conclusion: The performance of the Gigabyte Aivia K8100 is supreme; the keys are swift and quiet, the bundled backend software is very powerful, and up to 20 may be pressed at once due to the anti-ghosting functionality included. This is as good as the performance of a keyboard gets. As stated before, the appearance of this keyboard may not be for everyone. If you enjoy bright, strong colours, then you'd like the shades of yellow or red this keyboard comes in.
Pros: Powerful software, Onboard memory, Backlit keys, Quality construction
Cons: Expensive price, Touch-volume control difficulty
Excerpt: GIGABYTE is making waves in a whole lot of computer component segments. Mostly known for their motherboards and video cards, the company has been branching out into a ton of new sectors lately. The gaming centered peripherals market is one of those areas as their mouse line-up has gotten positive reviews from a lot of places. You can even set the macros to have a time delay before activating or to keep performing the action multiple times before shutting down.
Summary: The Gigabyte Aivia 8100 keyboard is what it is, a really good gaming keyboard. You might miss the features like an LCD screen seen on Logitech keyboards, but really ... the 8100 has everything in store when it comes to gaming.
Next to that, the keyboard is ergonomic and has a very comfortable feel to it. Typically I am not really into keyboard reviews etc, but it's nearly silly how much I seem to like this one.
Conclusion: So what we have here is a solid first entry into the gaming keyboard market by Gigabyte. The Aivia is a decent looking, practical keyboard with a lot of attention to detail. The only thing I can complain about is the fact that it has no audio ports, but the alternative being that it only requires one USB port to power everything, including two USB 2.0 ports is worth the tradeoff.
Excerpt: Over the past few years some of the most impressive products we have tested have been manufactured by Gigabyte. From stable, feature packed motherboards to graphics cards with unique approaches to cooling they rarely disappoint. The recent X58A-UD9 is a prime example of what Gigabyte is capable off when the design department is let loose with no restrictions.