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Written by Steven Hill - Edited by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 20 December 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Rosewill Gaming Keyboard RK-8100
Closer Look: Rosewill RIKB-11003
RIKB-11003 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Rosewill Keyboard RK-8100 Conclusion

RIKB-11003 Detailed Features

The Rosewill Gaming Keyboard comes twenty additional keys along the sides and top of the typing surface. On the left hand side, you find Internet related keys for returning to your home page, going back and forth, refreshing, and adding favorites. The top left keys (appearing above F1-F4) are more generally Windows related. You can instantly open your email, Windows Explorer search, calculator, media (iTunes, Windows Media, etc) as well as your My Computer folder and the calculator.

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The top right keys navigate your media back and forth, and allow you to put your computer to sleep, wake it up, and turn it off. If you like to play games and listen to music like me, these media navigation keys might seem like a great addition. However, I have found that they often don't work if you're in a full-screen environment like a game. This requires to minimize the window and then press the navigation keys, which is a definite annoyance if you're playing a reflex and timing-based game like a shooter.

The keys on the right (located to the right of the numpad) are more media control keys. These let you pause/play, stop, increase or decrease system volume, and mute. These all appear to work if you're doing something full-screen. The volume keys raise or lower system volume in 2% increments. Holding them down quickly raises or lowers volume. Perhaps in an effort to play up the gaming design of the keyboard, Rosewill gave it a small backspace key. It is the same size as any normal character key. If you have relied on a large backspace key, you may find yourself accidentally hitting the backslash key beside it.

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A minidisc comes with the keyboard, allowing you to install Rosewill's keyboard software. This software provides you with three different keyboard layers (profiles). Every key excepting the additional media keys can then be customized to just about any function you want, from a single mouse click or keyboard stroke, to a macro. Any normal key on the board can also be disabled (gamers may like to disable their Windows keys quickly, to avoid accidentally minimizing while in the middle of a heated match or battle).

The macro interface records your desired keystrokes, which you can then fine-tune with time intervals, number of repeats, and whatnot. Mouse clicks can also be included in macros. Say you are playing a shooter with a semi-automatic gun. You could create a macro with your left-click button allowing you to simply hold the button down and achieve the highest rate of fire without tiring out your finger.



 

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# RE: Rosewill Gaming Keyboard RK-8100Argos 2013-02-15 01:59
They can stick the label 'gaming' on anything.
To me this is one of the many that do not deserve it.
As a fanatic Shooter/RPG gamer I always ask "What have you done for me lately". In this case the answer is: "Nothing. absolutely nothing."
It is so frustrating to see so called 'gaming' keyboard after so called 'gaming' keyboard ignoring fps gamers like me.
Come on Rosewill is this all you can think of? A bit of rubber on the WASD? and a bit of programmability? jeeeeez.
I can't imagine any gamer thinking they need this.
At least it is relatively cheap.
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# Oops!RealNeil 2013-02-15 07:14
Sorry that this KB upsets you so Argos. Fact of the matter is that many people cannot afford to buy mechanical gaming keyboards to game with. So an inexpensive board that has features that help (even a little) is welcome to a lot of people. Because of the price, some will have to make do and get this or something like it.
You are right in that $25 is cheap for a gamer's KB. This is what Rosewill usually does though. A lot of what they make is good. Try taking a long look at their Blackhawk Ultra PC Case. It's One of the best that I have ever built with and has a ton of room inside, and lots of useable features too.
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# RE: Oops!Argos 2013-02-15 08:04
@ RealNeil
Don't worry I am not upset. Also I was not at all referring to mechanical keyboards. I personally feel they are overrated. I own many keyboards. None of them is mechanical. No, what I actually meant is that most gaming keyboards lack any truly useful adaptations for FPS/RPG gamers, like for example an improved layout of the WASD keys.
Ideazon had a go at that once, but for some reason nobody else gets that FPS gamers need more than some reprogrammability, questionable and mostly useless lcd's, and ridiculous fancy shapes.

Currently I use a Microsoft Sidewinder X6. It is a fairly well designed board. It is programmable, and features a modular design, but forgets to actually do something useful with that. I would have expected Microsoft to release some improved Ideazon Fang-like module for FPS gaming, but of course they did not. Such a waste of incredible potential. An ambidextrous designed 'Fang' FPS module could have been attached to the left and right side of the X6 board. It would have been my dream gaming board. Well at least it is backlit and looks cool.

This is the problem with all so called gaming keyboards. They don't add truly useful and practical options for FPS gaming. It is like FPS gaming does not exist for the kb manufacturers. Don't get me wrong, programmable keys are fine, but to be honest most of the time you don't need them at all.
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# IndeedSlaine 2013-02-15 11:09
Many keyboards are just looks and aimed at MMORPG. But few think ahead.

A feature that could help a lot would be a modular keyboard, where you can arrange the main body, the arrows and the numeric keyboard left or right that way you want it would attend lefties and all the arrows users that hate WASD because they stumble over the other keys.
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# RE: IndeedArgos 2013-02-15 11:24
Yes absolutely, that is exactly what I was talking about, Slaine.
The Microsoft Sidewinder X6 is halfway there. It is backlit, it is programmable, and.... it is modular!

The only thing they forgot was to ad the WASD part. That is why I mentioned the Ideazon Fang (google for it). Imagine that device modernized and adapted to the modular Sidewinder X6. It would be perfect from my point of view.
I have been using the Fang for many years now and it is a wonderful peripheral for FPS gamers like me and I would welcome a new modernized and backlit version with full support for modern OS-es.
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