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Written by Austin Downing   
Sunday, 03 June 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Rosewill RK-9000BR Mechanical Keyboard
Closer Look: Rosewill RK-9000BR Keyboard
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Rosewill RK-9000BR Mechanical Keyboard

Manufacturer: Rosewill
Product Name: Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Keyboard
Model Number: RK-9000BR
Price As Tested: $109.99 (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Rosewill.

Having used and reviewed quite a few mechanical keyboards in the last year I have now tried out almost every type of Cherry MX switch out there except the Cherry MX Brown and Clear switches. Thankfully, in this during this review of the Rosewill RK-9000BR I was able to knock yet another switch off my list. The Cherry MX Brown switches used on the Rosewill RK-9000BR provide would be customers with the best of both Cherry MX Black, and Blue switches without the negatives of each. Benchmark Reviews will be evaluating the Rosewill RK-9000BR to see how these switches hold up to daily use and what they are like to use for an extended amount of time when compared to their red, black, and blue counterparts.

Rosewill designed the RK-9000BR for consumers who would like a basic keyboard that provides them with the ability to comfortably type without extra software, flashy exteriors, and extra keys. With exactly those people in mind the RK-9000BR provides a superior typing experience using the Cherry MX Brown switches without any of the extra frills that other keyboards on the market might be burdened with.

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As with any other peripheral it is important look at the Corsair Vengeance K90 from a well-rounded standpoint, this means using it in a various situations including gaming (MMO, RTS, FPS), and from a typist standpoint.

Rosewill RK-9000BR Mechanical Keyboard Features

  • Highly durable professional gaming keyboard
  • Extremely responsive and accurate for hours of comfortable gaming
  • Gaming-grade lifetime: 50 million clicks
  • Durable red metal inner chassis
  • N-Key rollover: 104 Key could press at the same time, avoid any key jamming (Only PS2 mode, at USB Mode 6-key rollover)
  • Cherry Brown Switches: soft tactile feeling, quiet, 50 million life cycle of the switch, comfortable typing for long term use, fast response on each key.
  • Laser printing design for the keycap
  • Gold plated USB and PS/2 connector to ensure low latency
  • High quality braided cable

Rosewill RK-9000BR Mechanical Keyboard Specifications

Model No. RK-9000BR
Color Black
Type Mechanical Keyboard
Interface USB and PS/2
Normal Keys 104
Key Switch Cherry MX Brown Switch
Total Travel 4.0mm
Switch Life 50 x 10^6 Times
Dimensions 440 x 138 x 38 mm
Weight 3.53Lbs
Warranty 3 year parts/1 year labor



 

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# Other thoughtsKnutjb 2012-06-06 06:21
I have the RK-9000BR and will not go back to cheap boards. Another source to consider is #pckeyboard.com/ they make the original IBM mechanical keyboard in Kentucky for a very competitive price. I would have bought one of those if I hadn't already bought this one.
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# Article, authorGooseNipples 2012-06-12 20:39
I liked the article, I like that an "in-between" mechanical keyboard (switch type) has gotten a good going-over for those of us that are undecided.

I hate to be an annoying internet commenter, but I come from a place of love. I want to see more articles written by you and for you to get the chance to review more hardware from more manufacturers. Please look at what I have to say as advice as opposed to criticism.

I as a reader enjoy well-written articles that thoroughly dissect the piece of hardware at hand. That being said, consider using a spell-checker before you submit your articles and perhaps have someone else proofread it too. Also, running the kayboard through only two games seems like it may be a little on the light side for a thorough hardware review. Perhaps a run-through with UT2004, as well as a more prosaic shooter, like TF2 (It's free!) and some of the slower paced "real" (bah!) shooters like CoD or MW#.

Also, running it through it's RTS paces would definitely be well-received. I would love to know how it handled the crazy-high CPS needed for an RTS like Starcraft (1 or 2)

Heck, try some QWOP out, just for fun.

A very good article, and it told me a fair bit about the product, but I'd like to know more.

Best Wishes
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# RE: Article, authorAustin Downing 2012-06-14 21:07
Thanks for the advice I will look into more games in the future. Part of the problem is I only have a few games I play regularly anymore although I would like to get back into Starcraft 2 again I've I am back in country (currently sending this from my phone as I am in the country of Nepal right now doing some work). I prefer to test out games I play frequently because it helps me highlight the differences I notice in game between peripherals.

I will definitely look into expanding my game library I use for testing in the future though.
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# RE: Rosewill RK-9000BR Mechanical KeyboardGooseNipples 2012-06-12 20:41
Lol, I misspelled "keyboard"

...those who live in glass houses...
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# RK-9000REFarnsworth Worthington 2012-06-13 20:11
As an owner of the very similiar Rosewill RK-9000RE (Cherry MX Red switches instead of Browns is the only difference), I thought I'd add some of my own thoughts:

Price: Yes, I feel $100 is expensive for what you get, but the reality is that Newegg almost constantly has one of their mechanical keyboard variations on sale for ~$80 (or even cheaper very occasionally). I purchased mine for $80 and feel it was well worth the money.

Quality: The Cherry switches are really the star of the show. You don't buy this keyboard if you aren't annoyed by typing on rubber domes. That said, didn't know how annoying rubber domes were until I bought this keyboard though (after much research, deliberation, and introspection about my personal preferences). Media keys don't matter to me. I have a speaker set that has its own handy volume control module that is far more portable than a hefty keyboard. Speaking of heft, this keyboard feels extremely solid. It is good for the stuff that keyboards are required to do.

Cons: The reviewer (Mr. Downing) is correct when he points out this keyboard is no frills. It is not a "gaming" keyboard regardless of what switch you choose. It's purpose is only to provide a great keyboard interface - if that improves your gaming, then it is a side effect of that focus on the larger picture. That said, my biggest complaint is the quality of the keycaps. This where (unlike the understatedly appealing red backplate) Rosewill has clearly cut costs. After no more than a week of usage, the white lettering on the heavily used keys has dimmed to the dull grey of accumulated grime. After using this keyboard for months, virtually all the white is somewhat grimy. This is disappointing to me, even for $80, but it really only annoys me when I am looking at it. When I'm actually using the keyboard, it is not something I notice.


I hope this additional perspective helps anyone considering one of these various Rosewill mechanicals.
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# RE: RK-9000REFarnsworth Worthington 2012-06-13 20:15
Whoof, that's a lot of typos. Wish I had an edit function to save me some embarrassment!
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