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: 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.
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.
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.
Pros: Mechanical keys with precise response, Full illumination, Heavy and steady on the table, USB and audio connections, including USB 3.0, Friendly software with helpful iconography, Wheels to control volume and illumination
Cons: Badly located macro keys, Multimedia controls bundled with function keys, Thick and heavy cable requires some caution to handle
Summary: After a couple of weeks of use, I find myself liking the Osmium over the Corsair K90 that is sitting to my left as I type this. While the Osmium doesn't have a brushed aluminum top, the Osmium is tougher, heavier and feels better than both Corsair submissions with Cherry MX Red keys.
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.
Summary: If you’ve been reading through the review (and you haven’t just skipped to the Final Thoughts!) you will know by now that the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium does indeed seem to tick all of the right boxes!