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A Review On: GIGABYTE GK-OSMIUM Black Wired Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard

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.


might be a petty question but im a bit ocd ... does the LED change colors?
No petty questions. If you mean the backlighting, then no, it doesn't change from blue, but you can adjust the intensity dynamically. The "Aivia" mark in the upper right corner can change colours, though. Can also make it "breathe".

Did that answer it?
yea thanks I have this thing ever since using logtiec of being able to change the color of the keys to whatever I like would be a con for me. still I think its about time to move to a mechanical, was considering the corsair one might have to pick this one up. thx for review
You're most welcome. Well, if you do end up getting this one, I doubt you'll regret it

Good luck!
After a month of daily use, I still absolutely adore this beast. The build quality is most excellent, and the keys feel exactly like day one.
I know it's been more than a year, but is it still working for you?
I had mine for about 13 months and it decided to fail on me.