Rosewill Apollo Mechanical Gaming Keyboard


Product: Rosewill Apollo Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (RK-9100xB)
Provided By: Rosewill
Price: $149.99 Online at time of publiction



I have a great keyboard from Rosewill on my test bench today, and I'm pretty excited to give you all the skinny on this awesome addition to their line-up.

Rosewill seems to have their hands into everything computer related.  Their name is associated with many items that cover a wide range of computer and home entertainment products.  They have found a way to not only compete in a wide range of products, but to be successful and carry a good reputation along the way. I'm pretty stoked to get a closer look at Rosewill's Apollo Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.  In the following section I'll give you a closer look at this beauty.


First Look:

Apollo Box

The Apollo came packaged in a stylish photo printed cardboard box. As a consumer, I like the fact that all the important information is printed right on the box and it isn't all about blinding you with an awesome image. I've found some of the best products were packaged with little flair.

In The Box


The inside packaging was very adequate in keeping the Apollo from harm while being shipped or stocked on a shelf.  The inside packaging consisted in cardboard and dense foam. There was also a plastic vapor barrier to keep any unwanted dust or moisture out.

Wrist Pad Profile Key Profile


The most important feature of this keyboard is definitely the Cherry MX Blue Mechanical key Switches.  With this being my first mechanical keyboard, these took some getting used to.  I really don’t think I could go back to anything else.



Each key is individually backlit with blue LEDs. This makes the color really consistent across the whole range of keys. No dim spots for the Apollo.  There are also three levels of brightness to choose from.



The Apollo sports two USB 2.0 ports, as well as headphone and mic jacks along the leading edge. The function key allows many keys to perform double duty. The Apollo can control your multimedia as well as all the different profiles that may be set up. This definitely makes life easier when you just want to jam or game. 

There are five profiles and up to 50 programmable macro keys, 10 for each profile. There are also 8 orange key caps for easy positioning when gaming. These can also be used to mark any key even though they are printed with the arrows and awsd keys.

Keys and Puller


The Apollo has a lot of features that makes it a powerful contender in the gaming keyboard arena. The next section will give you a closer look at the technical specs.


The information below has been taken from the Rosewill website and posted below for your convenience. If you want all the latest details, information and downloads, pleaes be sure to check out the product page for all the details.




  • 100% Cherry MX Blue Mechanical Key Switches
  • Custom Programmable Keyboard
  • 5Profiles with Quick Switch Keys
  • Up to 50 Marco keys
  • Individually Blue LED Backlit Keys
  • 3 Levels of Brightness Control 0 1 Breathing Mode
  • N-Key Rollover
  • Built in Headphone & Microphone Pass-Through Jacks
  • 2 Built in High - Speed USB 2.0 Hub
  • Detachable Wrist Rest for Maximum Support and Comfort
  • Gold - Plated Connectors to Reduce Latency
  • Includes 8 Orange Gaming Keys with Key Puller
  • Multimedia Keys with Gaming Mode
  • High Quality Braided Fiber Cable
  • Soft Rubberized Surface



Installation is simple; I just chose a USB port to use and installed the driver software.  The Apollo functions perfectly without the driver, but you will need it if you want to take advantage of the advanced macro settings and multiple profiles.

On the last page, we'll briefly cover the testing and wrap up with our final thoughts.



Testing was pretty easy.  I play a lot of games that require constant use of multiple keys. This on top of using teamspeak really puts a keyboards anti ghosting claims to the test.  The Apollo never faltered and always transmitted all my keystrokes. 

The feel and sound of this keyboard did take some getting used to. I have always used decent but non-mechanical keyboards in the past. The Apollo definitely changed that for me. I really like the feel and the feedback. There is no confusion whether you missed hitting that key in battle anymore.




In conclusion I really like Rosewill's Apollo Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.  I was impressed with its quality as well as the features offered. Along with being mechanical, the Apollo feels great, looks good, and is packed with time saving functions. There are five profiles and up to 50 macro keys that can be programmed across those profiles.

The gold plated connectors and Cherry MX switches really add to the Apollo. This keyboard really says quality and durability to me. At $149, the Apollo is a little pricier than I would have expected. It is a decent buy at the current price but I think it would be a steal at around $120. All in all I was impressed with the Apollo's quality and functionality, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone in the market for a great addition to their arsenal.

  • Cherry MX Switches
  • Individually Backlit Keys
  • Up to 50 Macro Keys
  • True Anti-ghosting


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