After a couple of weeks of use, I find myself liking the Osmium over the Corsair K90 that is sitting to my left as I type this. While the Osmium doesn't have a brushed aluminum top, the Osmium is tougher, heavier and feels better than both Corsair submissions with Cherry MX Red keys. Personally I like the tactile feedback of Brown and Blue switches, even the Alps white switches on the Matias, as I don't tend to fully press the keys and my typing speeds up because of their use. The Red switches do in fact have the same intermediary position of activation of the switch, but I tend to find myself bottoming out the Red's a lot more than other offerings. Even with the longer key travel from other mechanical boards I use more regularly, the way this board is designed, the key strokes don't make as much noise as the Corsair switches do with the sound reverberating onto the aluminum plate.
I am able to take my eight fingers and mash the board to produce "ahfsdjkl" all in pushed at the same time and I have yet run into any instances where my typing exceeds the NKRO support this board boasts. Taking that even further, with the use of the G-Keys and the Macros you assemble into the Ghost Software, you can spam WoW commands or open three apps at one time on the desktop too, this keyboard really doesn't miss a stroke of any key.
At first the software was a bit confusing. I thought there were 500 slots in the library and possibly unlimited Macro buttons. Playing around in the software I found the library is the same 100 for all of the profiles and there are only the G-Keys that can be set for Macro or multimedia functionality. Even so, I do believe that 25 Macros and multimedia keys are enough to make any user of Macros pleased with these offerings.
From my initial reaction when this huge box arrived to my door and I lugged it into the house, through the actual packaging and in a detailed look over the Aivia Osmium, I have to say GIGABYTE really got this one right. It offers the full package of what gamers and typists alike can appreciate, leaving no stone unturned. With full NKRO support, Macro programmability, onboard memory, the back lighting, pretty intuitive software and a keyboard that is designed slightly "outside of the box", but doesn't take things to a point of being gaudy in appearance because of it. Considering the $129.99 price tag, this to me is the better call over Corsair and it even fees better on the whole than the thicker Cooler Master offerings.
I won't say this is as nice as my Matias, but this is driven to gamers where my Matias is geared for typists. Either way, in the end, I really enjoyed my time with GIGABYTE's Aivia Osmium mechanical gaming keyboard and I feel that you all will enjoy it just as much as I did.
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