Gigabyte Osmium Keyboard: Great Design, Poor Accuracy - HotHardware

Gigabyte Osmium Keyboard: Great Design, Poor Accuracy

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Author's Note:  The typos in the next few paragraphs below have been intentionally left in place to demonstrate a problem with the Aivia Osmium's output.

Inn subjective terms, the Osmium is far more sensitive than either of the other two mechanical keyboards I've mentioned earlier in this piece. It's so sensitive, in fact, that it has taught me things about my typing and hand positions that I never knew before. Thanks to the Osmium, I now know that I have a tendency to rest my left hand on the WASD keys when not typing, and that I'm prone to putting pressure on the "W" key with the ring finger of my left hand.

I also now know that I strike slightly harder with the index finger of my right hand than any other digit, that my hands are much more clumsy before I've had my morning caffeine , and that I don't always strike cleanly when typinng at speed.

How do I know these things? Because the Aivia Osmium is hyper-sensitive and unforgivinng.

I'm prone to De Quervain's tendonitis in my right hand annd have worn braces for it for years, so I'm sensitive to the needs of typists with RSIs or carpal tunnel. The field of ergonomics is enormous, and there are a huge number of keyboards on the market that claim to reduce wrist/finger strain or promote better posture.



This is not a review of those products and the Aivia Osmium isn't marketed as addressing such concerns -- but if you're in the market for a keyboard that barely takes a breath of pressure, than the Osmium may be exactly what you're looking for. The keyboard's sensitivity is unlike anything I've ever typed on. Key travel distance is equal to other products on the market (2mm to actuation, 4mm full stroke), but the amount of force required to actuate a key really does feel different. Sit down to write a few thousand words in a day, and you will notice the difference.

That's the good news. The bad news is that the typo problem on this keyboard really is frustrating -- and the only way to show it to you was to leave the typos in the preceding paragraphs in place. Even after weeks of use and consciously adjusting my typing style to strike as lightly as possible, I can't prevent double-strokes from popping up. It's possible that the keys are bouncing -- that's the sort of problem that can be fixed with a firmware adjustment -- but turning "Key Repeat Delay" all the way down in Windows only slightly improved the situation.

Passmark's Keyboard test and some very deliberate typing sequences were used to confirm that the keyboard is picking up two strikes in instances where the key has only been depressed once.
 

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It looks great, has some cool features too.

The double key-press issue would be a deal breaker for me too.

I recently got a Corsair K90 Mechanical keyboard, and now I understand what all of the fuss is about. (thanks to Marco)

The only thing that ever came close to it's typing comfort is my Apple Aluminum Keyboard. (and that's been left in the dust by this Corsair)

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It's unfortunate. This is a keyboard I'd really like to recommend. Does the K90 use Cherry Reds or Blacks?

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My god, what a hideous keyboard. Are they trying to turn potential customers away?

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I don't think the keyboard looks that bad. The only thing I would change is reduce palm rest size and add macro keys.

I have been looking for a new keyboard and wanted to get a mechanical keyboard. For the past few years I have been using a razer lycosa that I won in a contest and now I am thinking about upgrading. New egg has had many black November deals so at the moment I am trying to narrow it down, but with all the different types of Mech keys I am not sure which to choose. Marco`s explanation of each was helpful, however, not sure which one I want to get. Mainly have had my eyes on the razer black widow with Mx blue keys because I do like the clicky sounds.

I believe both corsair keyboards use cherry Mx red

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I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder huh?

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