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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

Rosewill Keyboard RK-8100 Conclusion

As of December 2012, the Rosewill Gaming Keyboard RIKB-11003 cost $24.99 online (Newegg / Amazon), offering a good value for the money, but is a highly situational keyboard.

If you do a lot of word processing in addition to gaming, you might want to look for a keyboard with more features designed for typing (or purchase a secondary typing keyboard). However, a gamer who cares little for actual typing ability may just fall in love with this keyboard. It's comparatively low price tag and gamer-friendly features won't let you down.

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A number of flaws and annoyances with this keyboard keep it from scoring higher than it might otherwise have. Its relatively large size limits the number of desks on which it can be used. An apparent lack of quality control gives it defects like slight wobbles. Media key layout may also be an issue to some, especially if you accidentally hit the Sleep or Power button when you just mean to change the song playing on iTunes.

Typists may find the rather loud clicks of this keyboard irritating, but a gamer wearing a headset, deep into a play session may not even notice the extra noise. The glossy black plastic with its tendency to display smudges left by your fingers and hands keeps it from being as good looking as it might have been, and the large, blue LED logo at the bottom (still a mystery to me) may also appear gaudy to some.

However, with its low price tag, you might be hard pressed to find a better gaming keyboard in this price range.

Pros

+ Rubberized buttons are great for gaming
+ Many multimedia keys for quick control
+ Up to three keyboard layouts available through software
+ Relatively easy macro setup
+ Low price tag
+ Anti-ghosting makes multiple simultaneous keystrokes possible

Cons

- Low build quality results in wobbles
- Design makes typing impractical
- Noisy typing
- Large footprint takes of lots of desk space
- No backlighting (may be pro for some)
- Multimedia key layout, usage
- Small backspace key

Ratings:

  • Performance: 7.00
  • Appearance: 6.00
  • Construction: 7.50
  • Functionality: 8.00
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 7.4 out of 10.

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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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