|Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Greg Schepers|
|Wednesday, 26 December 2012|
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Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard Detailed FeaturesAs you can see below, this small partition of the keyboard almost looks detachable. In reality, it is a large button that allows you to toggle between the five profiles that the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard provides. You will know what profile you have selected by the backlighting color of "Aivia." In the "Ghost" software, which we will discuss on the next page, you can manipulate the profile color of "Aivia" to either stay on permanently or to go into "breathing" mode. In "breathing" mode, the profile light will slowly blink, or "breathe."
As mentioned earlier, the macro keys are located on the upper-left side of the keyboard. For those of you that have had gaming keyboards with programmable macro keys, you know how beneficial they are, especially when playing a game that has a ton of commands. These macros also come in handy when you are not gaming. Having hotkeys assigned to perform tasks, such as opening a browser or email, is extremely convenient.
These two wheels are located directly to the right of the macro keys. The wheel to the left manipulates the keyboard's backlighting. Pressing down on the wheel will activate or deactivate the backlighting, and spinning it up or down when the backlighting is activated will, obviously, adjust the intensity of the backlighting. The volume button works in the same manner. Pressing down on the volume wheel will either mute or activate the volume. When volume is activated, spinning the wheel adjusts the intensity of the volume.
This view provides a better perspective of the location of the headphone and microphone jacks as well as the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 outputs.
You will notice in the image below that the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium is pictured without the wrist rest. I personally prefer using the wrist rest, however, having the option to remove it is important to many consumers, especially those that plan on employing the keyboard for uses other than gaming.
The Cherry MX Red key switches are perfect for gaming. These keys are not tactile, which means that you will not feel the key engage. Other keys, such as the Cherry MX Brown keys, are tactile, so you will feel a "bump" when you depress a key. Cherry MX Red are smooth and sensitive, so you will certainly notice how seamless your movement is from key to key when gaming. Even for typing, these keys have a great feel. If you are coming from a dome-based keyboard, you will appreciate the solid feel of the keys. These keys will make a bit of noise, but are muted compared to some of the other mechanical keys out there.