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Main Characteristics

The Osmium is a fully illuminated mechanical keyboard, with programmable functions and even a USB 3.0 port. As we said earlier, the model we received comes with white lighting and Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches. The colors indicate the type and force of the feedback, and if the keys are silent or noisy. The Brown model is silent and features a light tactile response, that is, the user feels a “bump” when the key is pressed. This click is very small, so the key requires very little strength to be pressed down. The Cherry MX Red of the previous model was also silent, but it had a smooth linear feedback, that is, the key just went straight down with no noticeable “bump,” therefore it was less clicky.

OsmiumFigure 8: Cherry MX Brown switch

The Gigabyte software has a very cool and friendly iconography. It is possible to program the G1-G5 keys to perform simple functions or advanced macros. The internal memory can store 70 new configurations, and they can be a mix of keystrokes on the Osmium and mouse clicks. This integrated macro recording system is very complete and ingenious. They can be recorded in five user profiles, indicated by colors on the Aivia panel, as we said earlier.

OsmiumFigure 9: Configuration interface

OsmiumFigure 10: Macro recording

The Osmium also features an anti-ghosting technology that allows up to 64 simultaneous keystrokes to be registered without error. Since we don’t know any 64-fingered humans that could have helped test the keyboard, we will just have to take Gigabyte’s word for it.

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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.