I tend to only end up writing about peripherals when something I have breaks and is in drastic need of replacement, and that’s the case once again here. My many years old Logitech keyboard finally bit the dust a few months ago and I figured that would be as good a time as any to finally get onboard with mechanical keyboards.
I was initially quite tempted by the Ducky Legend keyboards that were just coming out, but then I spotted that we’d bought in a handful of the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium keyboards that were selling substantially cheaper and decided to take the plunge.
Part of Gigabyte’s Aivia gaming peripheral range, the Osmium is a full size mechanical keyboard with a detachable wrist rest and five programmable macro keys. Gigabyte list the following specifications:
I was a little surprised when I first saw the packaging in person as the box the keyboard comes in is massive – I was expecting a much slimmer box like the ones Ducky keyboards come packaged in. The box is very glossy and feels like quite a premium product, it’s very heavy too which certainly adds to that impression.
The front of the box has a big image of the keyboard as well as letting you know which version you’re buying, the Gigabyte logo is oddly absent from the front only appearing on the back and sides.
The rear of the box gives a quite a lot of information on the various features of the keyboard, as well as listing the included accessories.
The reason for the large box is that, unlike many other keyboards, Gigabyte have provided substantial foam padding around the keyboard to protect it from the dangers of transit, something that I always appreciate.
As well as they keyboard you also get the detachable wrist rest, a keypuller and four alternate keycaps and a quick start guide.Most mechanical keyboards go for different coloured caps or ones with increased grip or a different feel to replace the WASD keys, or ones with arrows and so on, but Gigabyte instead have chosen to go with some fairly random looking symbols. I assume the idea is to have them tied to macros that represent those symbols, but they seem random enough for me not to want to replace any keys with them.
As a keyboard doesn’t really need a manual as such the quick start guide is a simple affair, and basically directs you to download and install the Gigabyte Ghost software to control the macro keys with a basic overview of how they work, which I’ll come back to later on.