Gigabyte are mostly renown for their top quality motherboards but never have I been remotely interested in what they had to offer in the gaming peripherals sector. There’s many manufacturers out there and when it comes to buying gaming peripherals, Gigabyte wouldn’t be the brand that comes to mind. However after they so kindly provided one of their keyboards for review, you may want to change that mindset. Meet the Gigabyte Osmium Mechanical Keyboard
- Cherry Red/Brown MX Mechanical Switch (Cherry Brown Reviewed)
- Standard Key Profile
- USB 2.0 (USB 2.0 + USB 3.0 Port)
- Audio in and out
- Cable Length: 2m
- Dimensions: 454 (L) x 257 (W) x 45 (H) mm
- Price: $149 RRP (Sponsored Link: Buy it from MWAVE)
The Gigabyte Osmium Mechanical Keyboard is a piece of hardware not to be skipped past. The Osmium name already proves that the product wants to stand out from the rest by having a strong and sturdy design that’s out of the norm. Most mechanical keyboards usually stay to their rectangle OEM style design but Gigabyte has opted for a bigger platform base and a built-in wrist pad that’s removable with a few added features. The design looks fantastic regardless of the bigger footprint plus the adjustable back-lit keys provides and excellent aura for night time gaming.
On the right hand side, you’ll find a USB 3.0 port (pass-through) and an audio in/out port for easy connection without reaching on the back of your computer. The ports works well without any issues with speed drops with our testing but I would prefer if the ports were located on the left hand side of the keyboard. Mostly because the things plugged into the right hand side can be a nuisance if you’re say using your mouse there. Not a big issue but something I picked up that annoys me slightly. The keyboard also features a heavy 2 meter braided connection cable.
The top side of the keyboard, you’ll find your G macro keys and the volume plus back-lit controls. The backlit controls allows you to easily adjust the settings of the illumination of the keyboard. Too bright, why not drop it down a fraction or if you want completely turn off the lighting – press the dial down. Volume controls allows easy adjustment of sound when in gaming etc. Pretty nifty dials to have on a keyboard. The G keys however are poorly placed.
The G-keys allow you to macro up buttons using the downloadable Ghost software from the Gigabyte site. The software is fairly straightforward, mostly just featuring the macro options for the keyboard and nothing else. However the placement of keys pretty much make the keys useless for in-game. Having the keys situated on the top, I found myself struggling to control the game while using macros – lifting your hand away from the WASD area is costly to your performance. As the G keys are also placed above the Function (F keys) keys, the accidental presses on the Function keys are a sure fire way to not make you use macros on this keyboard anymore.
We did briefly bring up the Ghost software but there’s pretty nothing more to discuss about. The software just allocates macros to profiles and that’s how simple it was. I was hoping to see more functions in the software like custom lighting setups but basic it is. Profile changing is done by ‘slapping’ the Aivia logo on the top right of the keyboard where different colours represent a different profile. The software allows you to store up to five profiles.
Despite the lack in software features and the poorly placed G Keys, the Gigabyte Osmium is a very comfortable keyboard to use thanks to the wrist pad design. It just magically supports your hands and probably the best feature I found about this keyboard. Performance is great as expected using the Cherry MX Brown for it’s mechanical switches. The model also comes in Cherry Red with blue LED back-lit keys. Overall it’s a great performing keyboard brought down by some questionable placement of buttons. If you ever wanted a mechanical keyboard that is both comfy and solid, you would probably want to consider a Gigabyte Osmium.
- Comfortable wrist pad design
- Adjustable Back-lit keys
- Sturdy, well-built construction
- Poorly placed G keys
- Basic software