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You know those times when you simply cannot find your keyboard on your desktop because it's either a) so covered with the detritus of your life nothing bar the empty coffee cups are visible or b) your keyboard is simply not a bright enough colour to stand out from the humdrum peripherals plugged into your PC? If it's the latter then Gigabyte has the answer in it's eye-wateringly colourful Aivia K8100 gaming keyboard. If it's the former not even Gigabyte can help, it's time to stop hoarding needless junk. If we were feeling mean we could neatly segue into a discussion of how spending £50 on a colourful keyboard could easily equate to hoarding needless junk, but we're not going to because today we're being all positive. So, let's be positive about the Aivia K8100. It comes in a nice, big, shiny box with gold lettering and, as we've already alluded to, the keyboard is very brightly coloured. This one is sporting Ferrari red, but there's also Lambo yellow as well as Porsche black options. It's got a near anti-ghosting function which means that it allows for 20 simultaneous key presses, and has different force requirements for different key sets. And there's also a swishy touch-control for handling volume control.
Succeeding in the gaming keyboard market requires a unique look, good feature set, and comfortable typing experience. The Gigabyte Aivia K8100 ($79.99 list) checks off all the boxes. For the gamer with basic needs, the K8100 provides minor key customization and a look modeled after an iconic car line. But if you're looking for massive macro-editing and a fully customizable keyboard, you may want to look at something more to the tune of the Steel Series Shift ($89.99 direct, 3 stars) or Razer Anansi ($99.99 direct, 4 stars). The K8100 has a hot rod red color, coupled with a Lamborghini's angles and structure - it even has something that looks like the car company's logo plastered in the middle of the palm rest. The red is accented by black keys and touch volume bar. The keys are in the traditional style, as opposed to the chiclet ones made popular by Apple's Wireless Keyboard ($79 direct, 4 stars) and laptops. For the late-night gamer, Gigabyte installed a backlighting system, creating a red ambient glow that emanates from the keys so you won't get lost in the dark. Above the keyboard is a row of 5 customizable buttons that you can program in the macro editor (more below).
GIGABYTE's new foray into the specialty keyboard market resulted in the Aivia K8100 keyboard (Aivia is an acronym for Advanced, Intuitive, and Versatile Interface Archetype). The board has three different levels of elastic force keys, a digital touch and slide volume control, and 20 non-ghosting keystroke capability thanks to Gigabyte's new Ghost Macro Engine. The presentation is akin to showing off an exotic sports car, with the keyboards available in brilliant yellow, victory red, and a deep matte black. A unique feature is the ability to swap out the WASD keys with rubber coated replacements for additional tactile feel during gaming. The box features holographic fonts and decoration, making the product feel very high-tech and cutting edge. The back of the box highlights most of the great features this keyboard has, along with all of the add-ons included. The Aivia is enveloped neatly in very firm foam, with a thick silicone keyboard protector covering the main keys. GIGABYTE includes a key-extractor with rubber key replacements.
In the world of gaming peripherals for the PC, there exist a couple of names that everyone is familiar with... so much so, that I don't even need to mention them. But hiding in the bushes are some other companies that are eager to get a piece of this market's pie; GIGABYTE being one of them. One thing's for sure... it will be an uphill climb given the fierce competition. Although GIGABYTE is a name that almost never comes up in North America when talking about PC peripherals, it's been producing them for quite some time, but mostly in Asia. It wasn't until fairly recently that the company had begun introducing products over here. The first gaming product the company pushed rather heavily here was its GM-M8000 gaming mouse, which seemed to be well received (I used one for close to a year and loved it). It took the company quite a while to follow-up to that initial serious gaming offering, but earlier this month, it announced its first gaming keyboard to help fill the void, called Aivia K8100. As you can probably guess, the company wasted no time in sending us one to take a look at. With so much competition out there, can the K8100 offer enough to compete with the big boys?
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