|Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Greg Schepers|
|Wednesday, 26 December 2012|
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Testing & Results
The best way to test a gaming keyboard is to put it through its paces a while playing a variety of games and performing a number of various day-to-day tasks. Even though this method of testing is subjective, it should, nonetheless, provide a relatively accurate account of the keyboard's versatility and its ability to perform its key functions.
For everyday use, the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard has performed brilliantly. It was used extensively for typing in the past month, and the article you are currently reading was completed through its use. While sitting down for long sessions of non-stop typing, the feel and sound of the Cherry MX Red mechanical keys is simply a pleasure. In terms of feel, the keys are solid, yet are very smooth when depressed. The clicking sound is audible, but it is not at all distracting. If you are migrating over from a dome-based keyboard, utilizing the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard will be a new experience, but one that you will be happy to repeat.
When put to use during gaming sessions, the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard, again, did not disappoint. As discussed earlier, the Cherry MX Red keys are non-tactile, so they are very smooth. There is no additional little hitch when depressing the keys, such as what happens when using a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blue or Brown switches. In my opinion, the Cherry MX Red keys are the perfect keys for a keyboard that will have multiple uses. In addition, the keys have the perfect sensitivity. What I mean by that is, when pressing down on a key, it is activated almost immediately.
The Ghost software made life easier for me this past month. I utilized both the predefined commands and recorded macros for gaming and everyday applications. These hotkeys are extremely convenient when you want to open an application quickly rather than clicking your way to the desktop or through the start menu. When employing the Ghost software for gaming, it was also beneficial. You may not see as much of a benefit when playing FPS games, however, when playing RTS games, it makes a huge difference.