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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

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard Detailed Features

As you can see below, this small partition of the keyboard almost looks detachable. In reality, it is a large button that allows you to toggle between the five profiles that the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard provides. You will know what profile you have selected by the backlighting color of "Aivia." In the "Ghost" software, which we will discuss on the next page, you can manipulate the profile color of "Aivia" to either stay on permanently or to go into "breathing" mode. In "breathing" mode, the profile light will slowly blink, or "breathe."

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

As mentioned earlier, the macro keys are located on the upper-left side of the keyboard. For those of you that have had gaming keyboards with programmable macro keys, you know how beneficial they are, especially when playing a game that has a ton of commands. These macros also come in handy when you are not gaming. Having hotkeys assigned to perform tasks, such as opening a browser or email, is extremely convenient.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

These two wheels are located directly to the right of the macro keys. The wheel to the left manipulates the keyboard's backlighting. Pressing down on the wheel will activate or deactivate the backlighting, and spinning it up or down when the backlighting is activated will, obviously, adjust the intensity of the backlighting. The volume button works in the same manner. Pressing down on the volume wheel will either mute or activate the volume. When volume is activated, spinning the wheel adjusts the intensity of the volume.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

This view provides a better perspective of the location of the headphone and microphone jacks as well as the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 outputs.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

You will notice in the image below that the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium is pictured without the wrist rest. I personally prefer using the wrist rest, however, having the option to remove it is important to many consumers, especially those that plan on employing the keyboard for uses other than gaming.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard

The Cherry MX Red key switches are perfect for gaming. These keys are not tactile, which means that you will not feel the key engage. Other keys, such as the Cherry MX Brown keys, are tactile, so you will feel a "bump" when you depress a key. Cherry MX Red are smooth and sensitive, so you will certainly notice how seamless your movement is from key to key when gaming. Even for typing, these keys have a great feel. If you are coming from a dome-based keyboard, you will appreciate the solid feel of the keys. These keys will make a bit of noise, but are muted compared to some of the other mechanical keys out there.



# 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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