|Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Greg Schepers|
|Wednesday, 26 December 2012|
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Mechanical Keyboard Final ThoughtsIn terms of input devices, a keyboard is really where "the rubber meets the road." I would venture to say that the majority of gamers out there use one keyboard for both everyday use and for gaming. For those gamers that switch to a different keyboard to play games, it might just be time to take a look at the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium. This is a keyboard that performs both the role of the everyday keyboard and the role of the gaming keyboard brilliantly.
I do have a couple of suggestions for this keyboard. Let me preface the following by acknowledging that this is totally picking nits: the ports on the right side, which include the headset jack, microphone jack, and the USB 3.0 output, would be better served by being located on the back of the keyboard alongside the USB 2.0 output. If one was to use those ports, it could interfere with mouse manipulation. Also, even though the blue backlit keys are fine, it would be nice to have the ability to change colors.
One could argue that the same thought process that goes into justifying the purchase of a new bed is similar to justifying the purchase of a great keyboard; "I spend a third of my life on it, I should ensure that I make the right purchase." If you share that attitude, then the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard should be given serious consideration. There has been as surge in the number of mechanical keyboards on the market, several of which are at a lower price point than the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium. However, considering its quality, performance, and functionality, you will not be disappointed by purchasing this keyboard. I wasn't; not at all. In fact, I had to purchase one for my wife because she was threatening to steal mine.
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium ConclusionBefore sharing with you my conclusion regarding the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, I would like to point out that this entire review is based on my personal experience with it and is, therefore, subjective. Some of the products we review at Benchmark Reviews are impossible to test objectively, keyboards being one of the product types that fall in that category. I would recommend that you do not base your decision to purchase this product based solely on this review.
For more than a month, the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard has been used extensively and thoroughly put through its paces. During this period, this keyboard has performed at a level that exceeded my expectations, regardless of the application (gaming or everyday use). The keys have a great feel to them; solid, responsive, and seamless transition from key to key. For those individuals accustomed to a dome-based keyboard, I anticipate typing on the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium to be a very positive experience.
As soon as you pull this keyboard out of the box, you will notice the quality of the construction. It has some weight to it; it is a mechanical keyboard after all. It certainly won't double as a fly-swatter, like some of the dome-base keyboards out there. The Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard is constructed mainly of hard plastic, yet maintains an extremely solid feel. The thick, two meter long braided cord with 18K gold-plated connectors just screams quality.
In terms of functionality, there are a number of features this keyboard has that you will appreciate. Probably the most notable feature, the Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, which are the high-end switches in the mechanical key world, provide a second-to-none experience. The feel and sensitivity of these keys are first rate all the way. Also, the Ghost software coupled with the profile keys on the board make everyday tasks easier and they greatly increase your gaming capability. Also, the wheels that control the backlighting for the keyboard and system volume are a nice touch. And, I can't forget the fact that the keyboard has a microphone jack, and headphone jack, a USB 3.0 output, and a USB 2.0 output, even though the first three mentioned might be in the mouse interference zone.
There are less expensive mechanical keyboard alternatives out there. As of December 2012 the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium sells for $129.99 (NewEgg /Amazon). Yet, I highly doubt that you will regret owning the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard. Considering that it has Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, is feature-rich and built of such quality, it may be difficult to find its equal at this price point.
+ Cherry MX Red mechanical switches
- Positioning of headphone/mic jacks & USB 3.0 port
Final Score: 9.1 out of 10.
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