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GIGABYTE GK-OSMIUM Black Wired Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard

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Pros: Build quality, durable braided cable, light/volume control, wristrest, USB3.0 and mic-in/earphone-out extension, lots more

Cons: The software

I recently got this keyboard, and so far I'm very impressed with it, and so, seeing there wasn't a review already, I decided to write one, hoping to inspire others to get this beautiful piece of kit.

First of all, the specs taken from Gigabyte's site:

Interface USB 2.0
Activation Cherry MX Red Mechanical Switch
Switch Life 50 million times
Key Profile Standard
Travel Distance 4mm to the bottom
Activation Distance 2mm to actuation point
Peak Force 45g
USB Port USB3.0 + USB2.0
Audio Microphone-in/ Earphone-out
Weight 1500g ±10%
Dimension 454(L)* 257(W)*45(H) mm
Cable Length 2.0m ±10%

The one thing that stands out to me is the USB3.0 extension, which I think is pretty cool.

Besides what's listed above, all 4 connectors have an 18K gold-plating. It also has additional feet stands for the wrist rest to provide you with one more way of making it as comfortable a keyboard as possible. The dynamic light and volume controls are a nice touch as well. Dynamic light control might be a bit of an overkill, though. Pressing on the volume wheel mutes, and the light wheel turns the light on/off.
One concern I had was the lack of full NKRO, but the Anti-Ghosting Matrix key-switch design works pretty well, and supports 64 simultaneous key presses via USB connection, which should be more than enough regardless of what you're doing.

The Cherry MX reds make it very pleasant for both typing and gaming, the keycaps are soft'ish, and the wrist rest is both large and solid, giving you decent support.

In the end, while I haven't used this keyboard for long yet, I have high hopes. I came from a rubberdome keyboard, but a day with this keyboard has me thinking that I won't be going back anytime soon.

Any questions, feel free to ask in comments or PM, will do my best to answer.
GIGABYTE GK-OSMIUM Black Wired Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard
Description:

GIGABYTE Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Osmium is a metal in the blue platinum group, the most heavy element at normal conditions, a hard and rare element prized for it's durability and luxury

Details:
DetailValue
BindingPersonal Computers
BrandGigabyte
EAN0818313015358
FeatureCHERRY MX Red Mechanical Key-Switch for optimized 45g actuation force Ultra Durable offering 50 million key press life-span Supports USB 3.0 Superspeed and offers USB 3.0 keyboard extention port Absolute Anti-Ghosting Multi-Key Press capability supports up to 64 simultaneous key presses via USB connection Built-in GHOST Macro engine with 32KB onboard memory 18K Gold-plated output connectors Dynamic Volume and Backlit illumination control Full-sized removable wrist rest
LabelGigabyte
ManufacturerGigabyte
ModelGK-OSMIUM
MPNGK-OSMIUM
PublisherGigabyte
SKU681
StudioGigabyte
TitleGigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (GK-OSMIUM)
UPC818313015358
Warranty2 years
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementGK-OSMIUM
Item Height14.2 inches
Item Length21.5 inches
Item Width2.8 inches
Package Height3.2 inches
Package Length21.5 inches
Package Weight5.8 pounds
Package Width14.2 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberGK-OSMIUM
ProductGroupPersonal Computer
ProductTypeNameKEYBOARDS
UPCList - UPCListElement818313015358
Item Weight5.8 pounds
HardwarePlatformPC
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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