The shape of the RK-9000V2 RGB is a look and feel that we have seen many times before. A thick top section, thin lower section, and black and black coloring are things that will draw the masses in on a board such as this. The keycaps have the slightest texture, they are cylindrical in shape, and seem to keep your fingers right where they need to be. We do prefer to use the feet when the keyboard is on our desk, and the angle of attack is much better, and it alleviates some of the stress trying to use it when it's flat.
We have always liked keyboards with a detachable cable, as it takes all of the stress off the cable in transit, and when it comes time to clean the keyboard, you do not have to get behind the PC to disconnect it. Adding to both of the last two points, the RK-9000V2 RGB also comes with a strap for the wire to make traveling with it a touch easier, and Rosewill also sent a keycap puller so that we can get everything clean as a whistle, and even bathe the keycaps if they get nasty.
The only real downside we see about this design is that we do wish NBKRO support was active over USB. 6-key is fine for gaming and most users, but if you are a proficient typist, you may find yourself overloading the readability of the keyboard.
Usually, about now, we would be either hating on the software or raving about its features and layout. We cannot do this with the RK-9000V2 as there is not a single line of code as far as drivers or software is concerned. Not only are you able to just plug and play on any PC, no matter where you are, with some creative layouts of key groups, but Rosewill can also deliver many of the features found in the top-tier competition. There are five profiles you can program, you can have ten Macros on each profile, LED lighting can be chosen from various modes, or adjusted to a solid color of your choice. You can record Macros on-the-fly, you can set spam settings, there are multimedia keys, and you can also adjust the brightness of the LEDs and set repeat rates to things still left up its sleeve.
While some of the functionality has a bit of a learning curve to master, we will not hold that against Rosewill, as once you have the steps grasped on how everything works, there are a plethora of things that can be done with this mechanical keyboard.
If you happen to be lucky enough not to have to pay the standard pricing of $169.99 to $179.99, we think there is a lot of keyboard for the money considering what actual prices are at this time. With a range of just $119.99 to $129.99 to obtain the RK-9000V2 RGB, with either the Cherry MX brown switches we have, or if you prefer clicky switches, the blue version, they both are priced identically. It has taken nearly a week since starting to use this keyboard to get used to it, or proficient enough not to be constantly referring to the manual for guidance any longer, and we have gotten to like what Rosewill delivered in this mechanical keyboard.
Whether a full-time gamer or a mix of typist and gamer, the Rosewill RK-9000V2 RGB is a solid contender for anyone not looking to spend $180 to $200 on something which may offer a bunch of things you will never use.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
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- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||93%|
|Value for Money||91%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: Looking past the slightly dysfunctional RGB LED buttons, lack of NKRO over USB, and a slight limit to the customization of this gaming mechanical keyboard, we still recommend it! It is affordable, has many important features, and has been a welcomed peripheral under our command.
PRICING: You can find the Rosewill RK-9000V2 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Rosewill RK-9000V2 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard retails for $130 at Amazon.
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