Excerpt: When looking for a new keyboard you are spoiled for choice. One of the first decisions you have to make though is if you want a mechanical keyboard or not. We tested 11 different mechanical keyboards in case you are looking to buy one.
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: The Aivia Osmium is well designed, gives you many customization options and looks good. Missing features like dedicated media keys, a gaming mode and on-the-fly macro creation hold this keyboard back a bit. However, the Osmium is a solid keyboard that feels and looks good.
Pros: This keyboard has a strong list of customization options, including five macro keys combined with five profiles.
Cons: There isn't a gaming mode or dedicated media keys.
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!
Excerpt: Gigabyte has finally stepped into the mechanical keyboard ring with a fully loaded Cherry MX gaming keyboard named the Osmium . Though the keyboard is stuffed with useful features, it has a few faults that prevent it from taking up permanent residence under our fingertips. The build quality is excellent, giving the Osmium a sturdy and well-made feel with crisp, responsive keys. We like the matte-black finish, as well, because it looks badass and repels fingerprints.
Pros: Adjustable backlighting; USB 3.0 pass-through; onboard memory for macros; comfortable, responsive keys.
Cons: Palm rest flexes too much; USB port next to headphone jack.
Summary: Gigabyte's Osmium is a very nice addition in the gaming keyboard arena alright. The ergonomics are fine and the keyboard feels fantastic to work with and play games on. We do have a couple of minor remarks though.
Much like we noticed with other brands, I would like to see
media keys that aren't hidden away under function keys. Also I would have liked to see more macro (G) buttons, five is enough though especially in combo with the selectable macro button.
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.