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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

Testing & Results

There isn't any standard test you can administer to a keyboard. The best you can do is use the keyboard for all keyboard-related tasks and see if it lives up to your expectations and needs. Peripherals also often come down to a matter of taste. One gamer might prefer a specific feel to each keystroke, while another wants a different one. My methodology is therefore quite basic: I used the Rosewill Gaming Keyboard in my everyday keyboarding tasks to see how it performed.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Asus Lga 1155 Intel Z77 Hdmi Sata 6 GB/S Usb 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard P8Z77-V LE PLUS
  • System Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4 x 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz PC3 12800
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 6 MB Cache
  • Audio: Onboard
  • Video: MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition
  • Disk Drive 1: 120 GB Adata SSD
  • Disk Drive 2: 1000 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM
  • Optical Drive: DVD Burner
  • PSU: Seasonic S12 II Bronze 620W ATX12V
  • Monitor: ASUS VE247H 23.6-Inch 1920x1080 LED Monitor
  • Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium

Software Tested

  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Results

Unless you plan on switching between keyboards for tasks, the number one thing you'll be dong with the Rosewill Gaming Keyboard is typing. Whether that's IMing, emailing, writing an essay or responding to a forum post on your clan's message board. I personally do a ton of word processing in Microsoft Word. I've probably put tens of thousands of words through Word in the past few weeks using this keyboard. How does it stand up? The best word is: acceptable. The noisiness can be a factor. However, to some that adds to the ambience.

The keys on the board aren't really stepped in a way that a normal office keyboard tends to be, which can change the way you move your fingers. I often found myself accidentally pressing the key directly above the one I wanted simultaneously, entering two characters instead of one. The left shift key, so necessary in capitalizing, feels as though it takes too much force to trigger, giving me lots of lowercase characters that should be uppercase. If you choose to leave the rubberized keys in, I found that my fingertips often caught on them. Switching to the normal plastic keys alleviates this problem, however. As mentioned earlier, many people will probably be tripped up for the first while by the small backspace key. The only solution to this one is to get used to it. The irregular shape of the board may also interfere with normal hand placement, depending on how you like to position your wrists.

The RIKB-11003 is a passable typing keyboard, but wouldn't be my ideal one.

However, it is called a gaming keyboard. One of the keyboard's main physical features, the rubberized WASD and arrow keys, really shines in this respect. Call of Duty: Black Ops II well requires a great deal of precision and control of movement. While sprinting through corridors or across open sections, the keyboard responded nicely to my presses. My fingertips never slipped from the keys, even when the going got intense. The texture of the keys also keeps you from accidentally shifting your fingers over, accidentally trying to press RFDG or something instead.

The macros were easy to set up. All you have to do is remember which keys do what in the game. Unlike an MMO, where massive, complicated macros might be necessary, Black Ops II only required a few. You could, for instance, set it so that a touch of a single key would make you dive through the air, landing in a prone position (this tactic can win you a firefight, since oftentimes your opponent expects to shoot at a standing or crouching target). You could also set up macros to through multiple grenade types. Literally any task that requires multiple keystrokes or button presses can be mapped to a single key on the Rosewill Gaming Keyboard.

Since each row of keys only rises slightly above the previous, your fingers don't get snagged. A normal keyboard might cost you a reload as you try desperately to mash R, but instead just hit the edge of the key. Your fingertip just slides right over the keys on this board, allowing smooth transitions.

The anti-ghosting technology is another boon for gamers. I've had some keyboard that wouldn't, for instance, allow me to press both shift and space at the same time (thereby precluding sprinting jumps, a necessity in many modern shooters). You have the ability to press up to 18 keys at the same time with the RIKB-11003, so all your commands are sure to go through.



 

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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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