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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

Inside the RGB80

 

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As we start to tear things apart and see what is going on, we find the key caps are made like many others on the market, with a white molded cap, and a rubberized coating applied, leaving the legends blank to allow the light through them. These are okay, but past experience says these will likely wear down over time.

 

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Under each and every key cap on the RGB80, you will find these Kailh blue switches. These switches are tactile with a click to them, and they are also pretty stiff as far as spring pressure is concerned.

 

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I believe it is eight screws that will release the frame from the internal plate and PCB of this design, and the top half also fully encompasses the sides, as the bottom sets just inside of the top to make one solid unit. We also see the brown PCB for the mini-USB port, and a cable must be disconnected to completely free the PCB.

 

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The PCB is a flat surface, and that might be the reason why there is so much flux and nastiness still visible on the PCB. This is also the control center where we find the other end of the cable that connects the USB port, and just behind that are the Freescale MC9S08JM32 MCU with onboard storage and the MCIX 25L512E USB 2.0 controller; both capable of doing what the RGB80 has to offer without issue.

 

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Here we went ahead and put the RGB80 back together and added the optional clear key caps. While they are very obvious in normal lighting without the illumination on, just wait; it gets better.

 

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In this image we have the light set as the keyboard ships out of the box. All of the LEDs are enabled, and the keyboard looks really good when backlit, but we still have other options as well.

 

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One of the LED settings offers illumination of specific keys like we see here. In this instance, the profile buttons, the six clear keys to the left, the space bar, Enter key, and arrows are illuminated.

 

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Outside of color choices, or the option of turning the LEDs off, this is the last setup the RGB80 offers. On top of the illuminated keys in the last image, the row of numbers is now illuminated, along with the Shift, Control, and Alt keys.

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