|Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Greg Schepers|
|Wednesday, 26 December 2012|
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Closer Look: Gigabyte Aivia Osmium KeyboardPackaging is certainly not one of the major factors in the process of determining what gaming keyboard is best for you, nor does it determine the quality of the keyboard that lies within. In this case, however, the packaging is consistent with the product. The retail box is visually captivating, providing a high resolution image that is close to actual size of the product and, on the reverse side, clearly defines the features of the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard.
When you open the retail box, you will notice how well protected the keyboard is inside the internal foam frame. Considering the rigidity of the box along with the foam frame, this box could sustain some serious punishment without compromising the integrity of the product. The contents of the box include the keyboard, additional keys, a key removal tool, and the literature for the keyboard.
The layout of the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is really no different than any other standard keyboard. What you will find is that it includes five programmable keys at the top-left portion of the keyboard. To the right of those keys you will find two wheels that control the illumination and volume. Another useful button on the keyboard is the win lock key, which is located just a few keys over from the spacebar. For those of you who have not had a keyboard with a win lock key, you will appreciate having the ability to lock the windows key so you do not inadvertently activate it during a gaming session.
The left-side of the keyboard is adorned with the "Ghost" icon, which is the symbol and name of the software that powers the macros for the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium. Even though it is lying flat in this image, the keyboard includes two feet towards the rear and two feet towards the front of the keyboard providing the user with the ability to find the optimal elevation for him or her.
The right side of the keyboard contains headset and microphone ports as well as the USB 3.0 output. Not pictured is the USB 2.0 output, which is on the back of the board or right around the corner from the USB 3.0 output.
Next, let's look at the features of the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboards in more detail.