Rosewill Reaches into Mechanical Keyboard Market with Four Cherry MX Models

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Silent keyboards go "click click click," regular keyboards go "Click Click Click," and mechanical keyboards go "HEY EVERYONE LOOK AT ME, I'M A MECHANICAL KEYBOARD!" Some of us here at HotHardware really like the obnoxious clicks that a mechanical keyboard produces, and with Rosewill announcing four mechanical models of its own, perhaps the competition will drive pricing down.

Rosewill, which is Newegg's house brand, actually produced a mechanical plank once before. It appears the RK-9000 model is making a comeback decked out with blue switches, along with three other models, including one with Cherry MX Brown switches (RK-9000BR), Cherry MX Black switches (RK-9000BL), and Cherry MX Red switches (RK-9000RE). All four switch types will be offered in the same keyboard enclosure, you see pictued below.


There aren't a whole lot of details to go on, such as how much these new planks will cost, when they'll be made available, and what separates them from Rosewill's original model. However, Rosewill did say they'll ship with both gold plated USB and PS/2 connectors.
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – Aug. 24, 2011 – Rosewill the leading hardware solution provider bringing the best choice in value, will be showcasing its latest technologies to the gaming community at PAX Prime, Penny Arcade Expo 2011. Meanwhile Rosewill will launch and display brand new RK-9000 Series Mechanical Keyboard at Rosewill booth #1240, Seattle Convention Center from August 26th to August 28th.

The Rosewill RK-9000 Series Mechanical Keyboard with world-class Cherry MX Switch design provides you full with gaming response while offering the bonus of a comfortable key stroke. Moreover, Rosewill RK-9000 Series Keyboard is equipped with both gold plated USB and PS/2 connectors to provide a long lasting high quality connection. Rosewill RK-9000 series will be available in 4 models which include Cherry MX Blue (RK-9000), Brown (RK-9000BR), Black (RK-9000BL) and Red (RK-9000RE) Switches to match any personal requirements for the dream keyboard. More info: http://www.rosewill.com

At PAX Prime 2011, Rosewill not only showcases the world leading mechanical gaming keyboards but also displays its extreme gaming hardware including award winning full tower gaming case, Rosewill THOR V2, best selling mid tower case, Rosewill BLACKHAWK and 80 plus GOLD certified LIGHTING series of Power Supply. Also, Rosewill has full lines of gaming peripherals to power up your pc gaming experience.

At the Rosewill PAX booth we are hosting 3 days of gaming tournaments, including the most popular PC gaming titles such as Counter-Strike: Source, StarCraft II and Street Fighter 4. In addition Rosewill has partnered with Kingston and EVGA to be able to bring another major activity, the Gaming Cosplay Costume Contest. It’s easy to participant, dress up at PAX, take a photo at our booth and show up at 4pm on Aug. 27th. We will let the crowd vote for the best gaming costume!

Rosewill Inc. (http://www.rosewill.com) is the leading hardware solution provider which believed in Quality, Price and Service. Established in 2004, Rosewill brings quality hardware and affordable prices together. Formed from a top team of hardware professionals, Rosewill is dedicated to our mission to compete and win on price, quality, and service. Our vision is to become the leading brand in computer hardware and peripherals. We aim to achieve this goal by our integrity, our innovative products, and our excellent customer service.

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I think the colors they are referring to are the types of Cherry MX keyswitches, not the actual color of the board.

I have been wanting to try a mechanical keyboard for a while now, and I hope all this competition will indeed drive prices down. I read recently that Cooler Master is also entering the mechanical kb market

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Aug 25 2011 2:07 PM

Marco needs to jump in on this one. He'll get all giddy as a school girl.

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Are you serious? It still has the letters on the keys, I thought he wanted a murdered out keyboard........haha

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RTietjens replied on Thu, Aug 25 2011 2:55 PM

"Rosewill Inc. (http://www.rosewill.com) is the leading hardware solution provider which believed in Quality, Price and Service."

So when did they stop believing in Quality, Price and Service?

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Marco C replied on Thu, Aug 25 2011 3:40 PM

Yes, those colors refer to the switch types, not the actual boards. Blues=Clicky + Tactile, Browns = Non-Clicky + tactile, Reds = Linear + Light Force, Blacks = Linear + Heavier Force.

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Marco C replied on Thu, Aug 25 2011 3:49 PM

These boards are coming out of the same factory that Filcos do (Costart---I'm pretty sure). So they should be of fairly good quality and Rosewill will make them relatively affordable (around $100). I'll probabl end up with a Blue and Red model. I have enough browns in-house, but love blues and haven't tried reds yet. Although I know the reds won't be for me since they are non-tactile / linear. I need to try them for myself though.

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haha, thanks for the explanation; I'm not up on my keyboards. I rock an ero board so my key choices are limited. They have them on the rosewill.com website.You were right, they are between $99 and $129 depending on the model.

http://www.rosewill.com/products/s_153/category.htm

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Thanks for clarifying Marco. I spilled some soda all over my keyboard so now its nice and sticky. Been thinking about getting a mechanical for awhile but I can never decide on which switches!

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Marco C replied on Thu, Aug 25 2011 10:11 PM

This may help:

http://hothardware.com/cs/blogs/mrtg/archive/2009/03/09/mechanical-key-switch-keyboards-demystified.aspx

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lifeskills replied on Thu, Aug 25 2011 11:28 PM

Sounds like the cherry browns or the ALPS blacks would be the switches for me. I don't want anything too loud but I do want the tactile feedback.

Those FILCO boards with the front facing letters are awesome. Thanks for the link

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Marco C replied on Fri, Aug 26 2011 10:02 AM

If you hurry, you can snag a Filco Ninja with Browns (it's listed as tactile touch) on Amazon. They're normally hard to come by in the states.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Aug 26 2011 11:55 AM

I seriously don't see the need for a mechanical keyboard. I mean I'm rocking a G5 and it feels very responsive for what it wants to do, what can a mechanical keyboard do better than the G5?

Not dissing on mechanical keyboards by the way, I think it's nice that they're releasing mechanical keyboards affordable to the average consumer.

 

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Well, I believe the switches will last longer than membrane switches. (not sure but I've heard around 10x the keystrokes)

Also I've read they are more ergonomic, but I can't confirm either of these

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