Summary: The Osmium with the Cherry MX Brown switches gives a more hands-on typing experience in comparison to the Cherry MX Red model. This response reassures the gamer and it makes the keyboard feel more “mechanical”. The macro cluster is poorly located, requiring the user to take his hand away from the main commands. The control wheels are a great idea, and the hub is very handy when the user constantly changes gaming gear like headsets and mice.
Summary: There are some who would write off the Aivia Osmium based solely on its use of Cherry MX red switches, and that's fair enough. Mechanical keyboard aficionados tend to have a favorite switch type or two. Fortunately, Gigabyte is prepping a twin that combines tactile MX brown switches with white backlighting. That variant is due in April, and it'll sell for the same as the MX red model. Fans of tactile feedback, rejoice!
Conclusion: Straight out of the box it is clear that the Osmium has continued the very high build quality that we have seen from previous Aivia products. The keyboard as a very solid feel to it and has a decent weight for a mechanical keyboard, not to heavy but it feels solid in our hands. The lighting on the Osmium is a nice touch, and the ability to lower the brightness on it on the fly using the scroll wheel, or even switch it off completely.
Summary: The Osmium is a very well-rounded product, from small details (like the plastic covers of the connectors) to the extra keys with helpful symbols. As a mechanical keyboard, it’s precise, comfortable and very solid on the table. It didn’t let us down when playing, except for the location of the macro keys. They are a bit far away, so we programmed only non-urgent tasks that could be activated without hurrying. It could have had separate multimedia controls.
Excerpt: While I wasn't privy to sampling the Aivia K8100, as it was a little before my time in peripherals, I did know a couple of guys that did get one and I was a fan of the Ferrari yellow one they released with the red version coming in a close second. Looking back at it again today, I can see where our latest submission got a lot of the design cues and styling. Even when the K8100 was released, it had things most buyers look for today.
Summary: Gaming keyboards aren't so much about typing anymore but rather centered on what they can do to help the gamer. Features like Cherry Red key switches and subsequent weight associated with the technology project a level of quality above what you get from an inexpensive membrane design. The added weight also ensures that your gaming station stays put in the middle of a massive firefight.
Motherboard vendor goes for a premium gaming experience with its latest mechanical keyboard
Good Gear Guide.au
13 January 2013
Excerpt: As Gigabyte demonstrated with the Aivia Krypton gaming mouse, it is keen to get a foothold in the gaming space with its premium range of peripherals. Acting as a companion to the mouse, Gigabyte’s Aivia Osmium is a mechanical keyboard aimed at gaming. While the mouse was seemingly named in homage to Superman’s home planet, the keyboard is named after the blue Platinum group metal Osmium.
Pros: Responsive and quiet keys suited for gaming, Premium design and feel
Cons: Brightness of logo and Num, Caps, and Scroll Lock keys can not be adjusted, Scroll wheels feel loose and lack the keyboard’s overall polish.