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GIGABYTE Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 4:19 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




The Aivia Osmium is delivered in black only. It offers raised and contoured keycaps that are laser etched to allow for the blue LED backlighting of each individual key to shine through. The Osmium on its own has a regular rectangular shape with the addition at the top of the G-keys, LED intensity wheel and a volume wheel that does bump out from the straight line across the top of the keys. Nearest to the user, the front of the keyboard takes on an angular look with the wrist wrest being clipped onto the front. Personally I prefer to type with my keyboard on my lap and I was pleased to see that it was easily removable and doesn't leave the keyboard looking like it is missing something if it isn't in place.


Inside the keyboard there are 110 Cherry MX Red switches with blue LEDs under all but three controls on the keyboard. The scroll wheels for the volume and LED intensity along with the profile button with the Aivia series name on it were not possible to be based on a Cherry MX switch. On the right side of the back of the keyboard you will find a USB 2.0 pass-through port and on the right side of the keyboard you will find two 3.5mm jacks for headphones and a microphone with a USB 3.0 pass-through port next to them. To pass all of the keystrokes, USB information and the audio signals GIGABYTE uses a thick braided cord that terminates with four connections.


From what I can see, at least in the USA, the Osmium is somewhat limited to locate. While Newegg is a big player in the US market and this is available there, I would like to see more offerings, if only to help save a few dollars. The listing at Newegg has this keyboard priced at $129.99 with free two day shipping. Even here GIGABYTE seems to be on point, as most of the "affordable" mechanical keyboards fall in this price range.


At this point in the game, the only think I can say bad is that it isn't more available, but even then with a e-tailer like Newegg carrying your products, you are covering the majority of my market and we all know who Newegg is, so to even try to make a standing point on the limited availability is sort of moot.

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