Gigabyte Aivia K8100 Keyboard Review

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As ever it seems my lot to have to photograph very shiny things lately, so apologies as ever for some mad reflections. However we much prefer to show you the actual packaging than rely upon a manufacturer render. Especially as, in this case, the picture on the Gigabyte site implies that the box is two-tone, when it's got a fantastic array of chromatic hues. Certainly initial impressions are good.

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Within the outer box is a much sturdier number that contains the K8100 itself. Stiff cardboard and a large amount of foam ensure that the K8100 is very well protected. One unique addon that we've not found before is the inclusion of an alternative WASD set with a much gripper coating than the main keyboard keys. Certainly if you're someone who lives in a FPS world, this could be very handy.

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Here is the Aivia K8100 itself, complete with screw fixed wrist rest (try saying that fast). We'll look at the features a little closer on the next page, but for now the main points are full-sized shift keys, a short return key, macros in the top left, and the media volume slider at the top. 

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If you're one of those people who are, like us, glued to your desk then the inclusion of a form-fitting key cover is very welcome indeed. We've tested some seriously expensive keyboards here at OC3D and this is the first that has come into the office complete with something to keep those crumbs and coffee drips away from your precious keys. 

The cable is braided with a fairly stiff braid that will take a little time to straighten out after it's journey wrapped up in the box. Gold-plated USB connectors are de rigueur. 

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Most Recent Comments

05-10-2011, 04:54:37

tinytomlogan
It's not often we see a peripheral from a company more known for its motherboards, so has the K8100 got the chops to cut it in a tight marketplace?



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05-10-2011, 05:10:33

yassarikhan786
Brill review Bryan.

I would have liked to see an option to change the colour of the lights. It does look very nice and the keyboard cover is a nice addition because I'm OCD when it comes to peripheral cleanliness . For 40 you do get some good features but there is nothing that really separates it from other keyboards in a similar price range. So, a bronze award is fair .

05-10-2011, 05:17:27

CocaCola
Looks like an interesting keyboard, but seems like it's only good for basic gaming and everyday typing. All I can say is, that it looks like a Lamborghini Reventon. I think Gigabyte had purposely used the stealth and sleek look of the vehicle on their keyboard.

05-10-2011, 05:38:50

Zeals
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Originally Posted by CocaCola View Post

Looks like an interesting keyboard, but seems like it's only good for basic gaming and everyday typing. All I can say is, that it looks like a Lamborghini Reventon. I think Gigabyte had purposely used the stealth and sleek look of the vehicle on their keyboard.
Have you seen the yellow one?



05-10-2011, 05:56:57

CocaCola
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeals View Post

Have you seen the yellow one?




Wow.....Yellow Reventon....haha.

The gun metal grey/black looks better colour wise, but this yellow really stands out.

05-10-2011, 06:05:44

silenthill
[/size][size="3"]I was wondering if the software slows down the system because My Logitech G19 software definitely slows down my system even with the latest updates from Logitech.

05-10-2011, 09:31:16

Lollipop
Seems a bet 'meh' to me

05-10-2011, 14:22:17

Ya93sin
I'm happy with my G510

07-10-2011, 09:49:03

murphy7801
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Originally Posted by Lollipop View Post

Seems a bet 'meh' to me
it is abit. But has a really pretty box.

08-10-2011, 11:41:48

Ravious
Nice review as always

14-11-2011, 18:55:24

Chowley
Heh I would be one of the weird few that actually really wants one of these. I havent been sucked in by the mechanical keyboard thing .

Problem is, checking all the sites i know of based in Ireland, UK, Germany, France and Austria I absolutely cannot find a yellow or red one for sale Might have to look harder in the latter two.
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