Author: Nik Parenti
What is a gaming keyboard? What specific requirements does a keyboard have before it’s considered in the “gaming” category? There is only one thing. Yeah, a lot of people will tell you different things like, a specific number of anti-ghosting key suppression (roll over), or the fact that it features mechanical key switches, or that the keys themselves light up, but none of these things are correct. Marketing is the only thing that defines a device as a gaming keyboard. Marketing and marketing alone is the only requirement for a regular keyboard to make the jump from standard desktop keyboard to a “gaming” one.
Recently we discussed how the market for gaming peripherals is ever growing. Hell, half the stuff we review on ThinkComputers revolves around the gaming scene. For the most part it seems to be the main force behind the driving of the entire industry. In that light every company in the industry wants their slice of the pie and are starting to strike while the iron is still hot. (Yeah, I know I used a lot of catch phrases there but it won’t be the last).
In steps the Rosewill RK-8100. Rosewill’s claim to the best bang for buck when it comes to gaming keyboards.
The box features all the typical things we’ve come to expect from the packaging. 42 different languages stating all the features of the device.
- Cutting Edge Design
- Soft-Touch Gaming Keys provide you with wonderful gaming experience
- Unique software designed for gaming
- Fully programmable keys
- 18-key rollover supports 18 keys pressed at the same time
- Supports 10 profiles setting
- Keyboard Weight: 603 g
- Operating temperature: 0 degree ~ +50 degree
- Storage temperature: -22 degree +65 degree
- Operating humidity: 20% to 90% RH
- Power consumption: +5vdc + 5%
- Operating force (gm): 50 + 10 gm
- Peak force: 55+/- 7gm
- Total travel (mm) : 2.5 + 1mm
The box includes the keyboard a driver CD and a small manual.
Check out our unboxing video below to see exactly how the RK-8100 comes and for a brief overview.