Rosewill RGB80 Mechanical Keyboard
|Rosewill RGB80 Mechanical Keyboard|
|Installation and Testing|
Things have been pretty busy around here at BCCHardware and I’ve been doing a lot of typing and a little gaming. A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to review a new keyboard from Rosewill that showed up at BCCHardware and was on the fence as to whether I wanted to review it or not. Once I read the feature list of the RGB80 and saw the box, I was sold!
We have met Rosewill for the past three or more years at CES and taken a look at their line of products. Rosewill is the “house brand” from Newegg and they make and sell a little bit of everything. Rosewill’s goal is to be the best brand for customers as they aim to produce good quality and affordable products. They care for their customers because they want to give them the best. Ultimately, the goal of Rosewill is to become the leading brand in computer hardware and peripherals. More about Rosewill here.
We’ve taken a look at a few Rosewill items in the past including the Rosewill Apollo Mechanical Keyboard, Rosewill Legacy V3 Plus-B Mini-ITX Case, a fanless PSU, and more. The RGB80 is sibling to the Apollo Mechanical as it is smaller and has a few different features.
The keyboard looks very simple and has a smooth black finish that feels like it has a rubber texture to it. It’s heavier than most keyboards I’ve used even though it is quite a bit smaller as it is missing the number pad. At 2.2lbs (1Kg), it’s no light-weight. As stated before, this is a mechanical keyboard and the model we received has CherryMX Blue switches. It has a thick, braided cable that has a standard mini-USB end on the keyboard side and can be removed if desired. The other end of the cable is a standard USB connection that has been gold plated to ensure that it has good contact with your PC.
As I mentioned before, the keyboard sweet and short! Rosewill dropped the number pad on this “Tenkeyless” unit. The customizable RGB80 backlit keyboard that allows you to customize you lighting effects with 16.8 million color choices! This keyboard epitomizes Robot Unicorn Attack. There are six backlight modes to change the lighting effects and there are variations of modes that range from all the lights off or on, to key groups that are lit up. Also you can adjust the brightness of the backlights as well. The RGB80 comes with five profiles that have quick switch keys for swapping gaming profiles on the fly. You also have your multimedia keys including the speaker mute button.
The keyboard also has a PC/Game mode that enables or disables the Windows key, custom programmable macro keys, six-key or full n-key rollover and all of these keys are backed by high-quality mechanical switches with individual LEDs and 512KB of on-board memory to save your settings.
Rosewill is often pretty light on the details on their site when it comes to specifications, but we've still included the details here for your convenience. If you have any questions or want more information, please feel free to post in the forum at the comment link on the last page, or check the manufacturers site for the latest information and downloads.
- Customizable RGB LED Backlighting
- 6Backlighting modes
- 5 Profiles with quick Switch Keys
- Multimedia Keys
- Gaming Mode
- 6 or Full-N Key modes
- 100% Mechanical Key Switches
- 512KB Onboard Memory
On the next page we'll cover installation and testing.