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.
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
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.
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 K8100 is one beautiful looking keyboard. The bright and well deigned layout easily makes it one of the best looking keyboards on the market. Granted a good looking keyboard don’t make for a great performing keyboard, but in the case of the K8100 both aspects are there.
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.
Conclusion: A hugely stylish board which excels in design and build quality; it performs at the top level of the gaming keyboard segment. With a few minor tweaks in a future revision and some significantly improved software Gigabyte will be well placed to take on anyone in the gaming keyboard market.
Excerpt: If you mention Gigabyte to the majority of people they'll think of Motherboards. In actuality they produce a whole range of products as one would expect from such a large company, such as keyboards, mice, speakers and graphics cards. Indeed our North American readers might even be familiar with a range of Smart Phones.