Just the thing for typing out your WOW blog.
It's hard to avoid the waft of adolescence emanating from gaming peripherals like Gigabyte's Osmium keyboard. Between the gaudy LED-backlit aesthetics and laughable marketing ('hard, rare and noble'), there's a desperate need to be liked and respected here that reminds us uncomfortably of our high school selves.
If you can get past those virginal connotations, the Osmium is a surprisingly solid peripheral. Admittedly, between the high-quality Cherry MX switches, USB 3.0 and audio/mic passthrough, there's a solid mechanical basis here that's hard to screw up, and Gigabyte has done well to capitalise on those ingredients and make a genuinely good product.
To start with, key actions are very quick (Gigabyte claims a relatively small 4mm of travel), making for a very fast gaming -- or typing -- input registration. The feel of the board on the whole is also pleasant. For a mechanical keyboard, the Osmium is relatively quiet. It's still clacky, don't get us wrong, but not distractingly so, and the detachable wrist guard and multiple angle adjustment options make it easy to get this board in just the right desk position. As you'd expect from a 'pro gamer' board, macros, game-specific keys and (sigh) adjustable LED backlights are all here, too.
Looks aside, the only complaint we really have is that at $150, this is a pretty substantial outlay for a peripheral that's not exactly worlds apart from a typical name-brand keyboard. However, if you've got the cash and are determined to get the finest gaming keyboard money can buy, this is probably it.
Pros : Mechanically excellent.
Cons : Expensive and bulky.
Verdict : 8 out of 10. Highly recommended.
Available from Gigabyte, retailing for $150.