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Written by Greg Schepers   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard
Closer Look: Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard Detailed Features
Gigabyte Ghost Software
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard Review

Manufacturer: Gigabyte
Product Name: Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Model Number: GK-Osmium
UPC: 818313015358
Price As Tested: $129.99 (NewEgg /Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been self-supplied.

Even though Gigabyte's reputation is based on computer components, it is making a serious effort to establish a foothold in the gaming peripheral market. The Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is sure to help the company's efforts by giving it even more positive exposure in the gaming community. This keyboard is very solid and is packed with features, which includes Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches, backlit keys with illumination control, integrated USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and much, much more. Due to the fact that mechanical gaming keyboards are dropping in price, gamers are defecting from dome-based keyboards in droves. The Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is certain to be the choice of many of these gamers.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

There are a number of different things that a gamer looks for when purchasing a keyboard, and each gamer prioritizes these differently. If versatility is your thing, then the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium provides you with five gaming profiles and up to 70 macros memorization. If it's feel, you will be delighted with the smooth, yet solid and responsive Cherry MX Red mechanical keys. If it's a cool looking keyboard that you are looking for, this one plays that part as well.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Features

  • Cherry MX Red mechanical keys
  • Anti-ghosting capability - 64 simultaneous key strokes
  • Adjustable backlighting
  • Integrated USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports
  • Removable wrist rest
  • Five gaming profiles - 70 macros memorization
  • 18K gold-plated connector with two meters with braided cord

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Specifications

Interface: USB 2.0
Activation: Cherry Red Mechanical Switch
Switch Life: 50 million times
Peak Force: 45g
USB Port: USB3.0 + USB2.0
Audio: Microphone-in/ Earphone-out
Weight: 1500g ±10%
Dimensions: 454(L)* 257(W)*45(H) mm
Cable Length: 2.0m ±10%
Color: Black

Source: www.gigabyte.com



 

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# Great Keyboard crap softwarePolly 2012-12-27 22:42
Why is it that hardware manufacturers cannot make support software, over worked, poorly laid out, lack of flow, no tool tip or like, if you gave a student a few dollars and a free set of requirements the he could not make software worst than this. ABSOLUTELY GREAT KEYBOARD. epic fail on the Ghost software
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# RE: Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical KeyboardArgos 2013-02-22 02:44
Well, it is a very good looking board, but as always, no special adaptations for FPS gamers. Still waiting for manufacturers to see the light.
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# USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????huwyngr 2013-02-25 18:35
I'm puzzled as to how they get a USB3 socket on a keyboard that connects to the computer by USB 2 ...... well I'm puzzled that the review does not say that you can't get USB3 speeds that way ....

Or have they devised a way to do this? In which case I can't understand why they put a USB2 socket on ....

What am I missing?
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# RE: USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????Greg Schepers 2013-02-25 21:19
Good question. The Gigabyte Aivia Osmium's braided cord is two meters in length and has four separate connections, which include the microphone jack, the headphone jack, the USB 2.0 connection, and the USB 3.0 connection. Pushing the gold-plated USB 3.0 connector into the USB 3.0 port located on the rear I/O of your PC (or any other USB 3.0 port on your PC) will give you USB 3.0 speeds from the keyboard. I apologize for not including this information in my original review.
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# RE: RE: USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????huwyngr 2013-02-26 09:03
Top marks to your quick and informative reply Greg ....

Sorry they hadn't invented a USB2 to 3 converter

If it interests you here's the link to my post about the review -- I sysop on Compuserve on PCHardware and often post a link to a review here that catches my eye in the emails I get from you.

#community.compuserve.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?tsn=1&nav=messages&webtag=ws-pchardware&tid=165657

Although this is the first time I've raised a query; more frequently it's drawing attention to a bit of hardware that sounds interesting.
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# RE: RE: RE: USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????Greg Schepers 2013-02-26 09:17
huwyngr... I appreciate your help, sharing the link, and again I apologize for omitting this information from my original review.
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