Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard Review

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Introduction

There’s no stopping the current “mechanical keyboard wave” that is taking over the market for gaming-grade peripherals. Gigabyte has just added a mechanical model to their Aivia line, the Osmium, which features USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, audio connections and five macro keys. Let’s first describe it, and then analyze the product.

Aivia OsmiumFigure 1: Osmium keyboard

The Osmium is a robust and heavy keyboard, weighing 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg). What first catches the eye is the bank of dedicated macro keys (G1-G5) on the upper left side and the two wheels that control the illumination and volume. The wheels are both dented and illuminated.

Aivia OsmiumFigure 2: Macro keys and control wheels

On the upper right corner, there’s a panel with the Aivia logo that houses the Scroll/Num/Caps lock LEDs and also serves as a button switch for the user profiles. The panel changes colors to indicate each of the five profiles chosen.

Aivia OsmiumFigure 3: Aivia panel

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Author: André Gordirro

A self-assumed gadget-freak and an avid gamer, André Gordirro has written about pop culture, Internet and technology for the past ten years. He works for SET Magazine, Brazil's biggest movie magazine, and usually contributes to its technology section writing about consumer products. His body lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – although his mind is said to inhabit cyberspace.

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