Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard: Review & Specs

In the era of touch-interface and alternative game controllers, classical mechanical keyboard experience a kind renaissance, as the elite of gaming devices, reliable, thorough, a little nostalgic. One good example of this modern classic – Razer BlackWidow Ultimate. Now its version of the mechanics and the company introduced a series of Gigabyte Aivia gaming peripherals – Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – the spiritual successor to previous gaming keyboard Gigabyte – Aivia K8100. The novelty is the same wedge form, greatly extending to the rear, the same big rack and brush-like layout of ports and function keys.

Osmium, the heaviest, along with iridium metal found in natural form, and the keyboard Osmium is exactly what its name. The first thing that impressed when meeting with the device – its mass. Osmium weighs three pounds, the same as the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate. Such a machine just not moves in a tense game even on the slippery grass.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium

If desk space is small, large enough support under the brush can be removed. In contrast to the K8100, you can do without a screwdriver. The angle of inclination is already quite large, but it can be increased further. Generally overall design of Gigabyte Aivia Osmium is impressive and secure.

The layout is almost a classic except Win Lock key in place of the Standard Rules and Win Fn instead of the context menu, settle down there. Additional five programmable keys placed on a ledge on the left, on a number of F-keys. With the ability to define and switch between five independent profiles, the number of additional combinations as high as 25. Large keys to change the profile is aligned with the indicator panel Num Lock, Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and changes color depending on the profile. Next to the soft keys on the same ledge located two large wheel – adjust brightness and volume.

In Gigabyte Aivia Osmium there are two USB, one standard 2.0, the second one is USB 3.0, of course, if your motherboard supports this standard, and the keyboard port includes USB 3.0. Next to this connector – two standard mini-jack for connecting a headset.

With such a number of interfaces and highlighting Osmium is connected to a PC using a very thick, almost bendable cable, branching at the end. Naturally, for the backlight will take two USB-connectors.

Power keystrokes Gigabyte Aivia Osmium is 45 grams versus 50-70 grams at K8100. Subjectively, the keys are very light and responsive, with a clear touch of a fixed and average speed – 2 mm to press, 4 mm to go. In this case, the operation sound is much quieter than the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate, and not so sharp, though Osmium, of course, louder standard membrane keyboards.

 

Mechanical keys Cherry Red Mechanical Switch, on to the manufacturer, can withstand 50 million clicks, compared to about 5 million in the common keyboard.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium support (according to manufacturers) simultaneous operation of 64 keys. 10 keys accurately processed without any kind had no problems, but you press the remaining 54, we, alas, did not come up. Is that sleep on the keyboard.
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard has an impressive design that gives a sense of security and confidence. If you like massive mechanical keyboard – look at this device. In the version that is in the middle of autumn will come to our market, provides engraved Cyrillic keyboard layout, so that the lighting cannot worry.

 

The only problem Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – this is the price which is expected to amount to $120. It is much more expensive than the same Razer BlackWidow Ultimate, which can now be purchased for $105. In this brand Razer still has more weight in the segment of gaming peripherals than Gigabyte. Let’s hope that the manufacturer did correct the price before selling.

 

Pros:

+ Mechanical Key
+ massiveness
+ structural rigidity
+ availability of additional keys
+ USB 3.0 Connector

Cons:
– High price

This was all about Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Gaming keyboard whose price is around $120, which is of course expensive but, Gigabyte has decided if you want to experience something good then you have to pay more.