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Rosewill RGB80 Mechanical 16.8m Color Backlit Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Jul 9, 2014 2:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Rosewill

Final Thoughts

 

We found the Rosewill RGB80 ten-keyless mechanical keyboard to be very solid functionally, and exactly what we would expect in a blue switch based keyboard. The multimedia keys all function well, the profiles swap without issue, and once we tinkered a bit in the software, we find the programmability almost endless. The 512KB of onboard storage is plenty for most gamers, and you can take the RGB80 on the go with all of your effort still intact, without the need for driver installation on a new PC. Since we don't typically use the number pad, or most of the commands above them, we can really appreciate the compact nature of this ten-keyless design. Even though this keyboard is made of plastic on the outside, as much as we tried, this easily palm-able keyboard is one tough cookie to try to flex, which makes us feel good about its build quality.

 

On the other hand, we did find some slight issues with this keyboard. First and foremost is the fact that even the packaging shows this to be a keyboard with 16.8 million color choices. We may have missed something (there is nothing obvious to indicate otherwise), but 228 colors is a far cry from the full RGB scale used by others that we assumed this keyboard would offer as well. The second issue isn't going to matter to most, but we felt they could have done a better job during the build process by cleaning off the PCB. While all of the solder points are clean and done well, we feel the rest of the PCB should look like clean as well -it was just plain messy.

 

We also tested it for 6-key Rollover, and it will only read six key presses at any given time. When switching between 6-key Rollover and NKRO, the keyboard shuts off and resets, coming back to life with the setting you last pressed. We also found a sit testing NKRO and anti-ghosting that uses a method of pressing both Shift keys at once and typing. Keyboards with true support with still type what is expected, while others without anti-ghosting will skip letters entirely. As for this Rosewill RGB80, it passes the test with flying colors.

 

Pricing isn't all that bad at $99.99 U.S. dollars, but we do wish more places were carrying them, as it usually gets prices dropping a bit sooner, rather than later. For a compact, ten-keyless design, we do like what Rosewill has sent forth to users to help both gamers and typists enjoy doing what they do every day. The switches are comfortable, and feel slightly smoother than their Cherry MX equivalents. However, there are also companies... cough... Thermaltake, that offer a similar product with a five-year warranty, versus this keyboard's single year of coverage.

 

Maybe we are wrong, and there is another way to add color choices to this software, or maybe it will release in later software versions, but we will be deducting points for the fact that one thing is being advertised, and we found something completely different. Other than that sticking point with this product, we really don't have anything else bad to say, or abuse Rosewill about. While we do wish it was a bit cheaper, we feel it is priced well, not great, but it's still a viable option for those in the market for an illuminated ten-keyless mechanical keyboard.

 

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