This Might Be Your Next Gaming Keyboard. If You Like Blue.

I tend to like most of my peripherals — as I would, since I paid good money for them — but of all the gear plugged into my PC, I think I have the softest spot for my keyboard. It's a Corsair K60, and it looks like it could kill a man just for looking at it funny.

I'd convinced myself it was the best damn keyboard on the planet, at least for my toxic mixture of gaming and typing. So it's tough to have to confront the fact that I just spent the weekend with Gigabyte's Aivia Osmium, a mechanical gaming keyboard that's in some ways just as good, and in some even better.

THE SPECS

- Cherry RED keys. 2mm activation point, 4mm to bottom. - 4x interchangeable keys, 1x key pliers - 5x macro keys - 2x USB ports (1 of them USD 3.0)

WHAT I LIKED

Rough and Tough - The Osmium is all-plastic, but it's tough plastic, the whole keyboard feeling large, solid, durable and expensive. There's not a part of the thing that feels cheap or under-done.

Typing - I've long found heavy-duty typing to be a mixed bag on various mechanical keyboards, but the Osmium's lower profile and softer keys - along with a gentle curve in the middle of the keyboard - resulted in far fewer typos than my K60.

Switching - I like the way the Osmium's macro and profile system is set up. It's easy to get them programmed on the software, and you can't miss the buttons needed to switch between them in the heat of battle.

Keys - What I like most, though, are the keys themselves. They're nice and close so you don't get lost in the gaps between, and even the slightest press gives you a clear "hit". After spending hours on everything from shooters to sports games, I never had a single issue with missed keys or ghosting.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

Customs - Lots of mechanical keyboards these days come with custom keys, which can be a great way to tailor them for your particular style or genre of gaming. The Osmium's suck. There are only four of them, and instead of being something practical, like a grippy surface or useful icon like crosshairs or direction arrows, they're some abstract icons for actions that for many games won't even your most common tools.

Media - The Osmium doesn't have dedicated media control buttons; instead, they share a space with the F1-F4 keys. Meaning you need to hold down a function key then press them. If there's a dedicated volume rocker, some proper playback controls would have been nice too.

MY FINAL WORD

The Osmium is a durable, responsive and slick gaming keyboard. At $US100, it might be a bit out of your price range, but if you want a professional keyboard with stylish, if unexciting looks, you could do a lot worse than this one.


Comments

    Posted: Today 4:00AM

    Hard worker haha, I am currently in the market for a mechanical keyboard myself and am seriously considering either the Corsair K60, the Mionix Zibal 60 or the Ducky Shine II. I am mainly looking for a good Cherry Brown, but most people have recommended a black/red for gaming.

    Would you recommend the Gigabyte Osmium over the 3 keyboards I mentioned?

      Checkout the Roccat products. If you're after a gaming keyboard, the Roccat Isku has some great features, full illumination, dedicated media buttons and macro support. It's also only $84 at CPL.
      The Valo is more expensive but you get more connectivity and heaps more marco stuff, and an LCD screen...

      I haven't used Roccat stuff personally (yet) but I like what they offer. The specs look good, and the price is very competitive.

      Also this is a US post, that's why it's from 4AM

        As far as I'm aware, none of those are mechanical.

      I actually have a MaxKeyboards Nighthawk X8 (cherry mx brown), definitely a little higher price range than these ones (and not specifically gaming as such), but amazingly solid build quality, small footprint and then the feel of the brown in gaming (and typing) is just amazing. Seriously the best investment I've ever made. If you like some minor feedback and relaxing clicking, and as much as everyone 'seems' to prefer red/black for gaming (these feel so boring to me), the brown is a mighty fine option.

      Holy shit yes +1 for Ducky Shine Cherry Brown's. I gave one and it's just awesome

    custom keys at the top are really hard to reach. I find keys on the left much easier to reach while playing

    Looks ok - I've got the Corsair K60. So I would consider the Osmium after I kill someone with the K60, bury it in the backyard, and need another keyboard.

    I recently purchased a Saitek Cyborg V.7 keyboard, it is epic.

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