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Written by Greg Schepers   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard
Closer Look: Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard Detailed Features
Gigabyte Ghost Software
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

Packaging is certainly not one of the major factors in the process of determining what gaming keyboard is best for you, nor does it determine the quality of the keyboard that lies within. In this case, however, the packaging is consistent with the product. The retail box is visually captivating, providing a high resolution image that is close to actual size of the product and, on the reverse side, clearly defines the features of the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

When you open the retail box, you will notice how well protected the keyboard is inside the internal foam frame. Considering the rigidity of the box along with the foam frame, this box could sustain some serious punishment without compromising the integrity of the product. The contents of the box include the keyboard, additional keys, a key removal tool, and the literature for the keyboard.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

The layout of the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is really no different than any other standard keyboard. What you will find is that it includes five programmable keys at the top-left portion of the keyboard. To the right of those keys you will find two wheels that control the illumination and volume. Another useful button on the keyboard is the win lock key, which is located just a few keys over from the spacebar. For those of you who have not had a keyboard with a win lock key, you will appreciate having the ability to lock the windows key so you do not inadvertently activate it during a gaming session.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

The left-side of the keyboard is adorned with the "Ghost" icon, which is the symbol and name of the software that powers the macros for the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium. Even though it is lying flat in this image, the keyboard includes two feet towards the rear and two feet towards the front of the keyboard providing the user with the ability to find the optimal elevation for him or her.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

The right side of the keyboard contains headset and microphone ports as well as the USB 3.0 output. Not pictured is the USB 2.0 output, which is on the back of the board or right around the corner from the USB 3.0 output.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

Next, let's look at the features of the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboards in more detail.



# Great Keyboard crap softwarePolly 2012-12-27 22:42
Why is it that hardware manufacturers cannot make support software, over worked, poorly laid out, lack of flow, no tool tip or like, if you gave a student a few dollars and a free set of requirements the he could not make software worst than this. ABSOLUTELY GREAT KEYBOARD. epic fail on the Ghost software
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# RE: Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical KeyboardArgos 2013-02-22 02:44
Well, it is a very good looking board, but as always, no special adaptations for FPS gamers. Still waiting for manufacturers to see the light.
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# USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????huwyngr 2013-02-25 18:35
I'm puzzled as to how they get a USB3 socket on a keyboard that connects to the computer by USB 2 ...... well I'm puzzled that the review does not say that you can't get USB3 speeds that way ....

Or have they devised a way to do this? In which case I can't understand why they put a USB2 socket on ....

What am I missing?
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# RE: USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????Greg Schepers 2013-02-25 21:19
Good question. The Gigabyte Aivia Osmium's braided cord is two meters in length and has four separate connections, which include the microphone jack, the headphone jack, the USB 2.0 connection, and the USB 3.0 connection. Pushing the gold-plated USB 3.0 connector into the USB 3.0 port located on the rear I/O of your PC (or any other USB 3.0 port on your PC) will give you USB 3.0 speeds from the keyboard. I apologize for not including this information in my original review.
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# RE: RE: USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????huwyngr 2013-02-26 09:03
Top marks to your quick and informative reply Greg ....

Sorry they hadn't invented a USB2 to 3 converter

If it interests you here's the link to my post about the review -- I sysop on Compuserve on PCHardware and often post a link to a review here that catches my eye in the emails I get from you.

Although this is the first time I've raised a query; more frequently it's drawing attention to a bit of hardware that sounds interesting.
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# RE: RE: RE: USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????Greg Schepers 2013-02-26 09:17
huwyngr... I appreciate your help, sharing the link, and again I apologize for omitting this information from my original review.
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