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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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