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Gigabyte unveils Aivia K8100 variable force gaming keyboard

By Matthew ยท 17 replies
Mar 16, 2011
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  1. Gigabyte has announced "the world's first" gaming keyboard with an ergonomic variable force design. Easily accessible keys such as WSAD, numbers one through five and space require a force of 70g to actuate, while keys like shift and tab have a peak force of 50g because they are often hit with your weakest finger. Most of the keys are rated at 60g. The company also touts the Aivia K8100's massive wrist rest, which it likens to the hood of a sports car -- an odd comparison, if we may say so.

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  2. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 455   +21

    I'll let the Violent Femmes have this one:
    You're so ugly -- I'm tellin' you straight
    You're so ugly -- don't make a mistake
    'Cause you ugly -- I'm tellin' you that
    Say, why, why, why would I lie to you?
    Why would I lie? Why would I lie?

    You're so ugly -- all the time
    You're so ugly -- you ain't no friend of mine
    'Cause you ugly -- you can bet it on the bank
    Say, why, why, why would I lie to you?
    Why would I lie? Why would I lie?

  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,325   +101

    Just to be clear, that image has a colored diagram to show the force value of each key. You can see other pictures on the product page. Nonetheless, I find it unattractive too.
  4. n00bzZy

    n00bzZy TS Enthusiast Posts: 39

    An interesting concept nevertheless, though it's probably useful only for a small percentage of gamers. Us hardcore gamers got our pinky's all trained :p
  5. The macro feature is nice for MMO's, and yea i could see it's only useful for small percentage of gamers. I still prefer a mouse with a boatload of buttons for MMO and FPS games.
  6. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

  7. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 455   +21

    I know, but still, it has that - well nremember when your mother did something 'cool' to impress you when youb were little and you hang your head in awkward embarrassment? - kind of feel?
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Especially if you learned to type on a typewriter.
  9. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    I would definitely get one if it comes in fire-orange and black, it would look really nice on a major LAN. Sticking out from the crowd is the deal.
  10. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 817   +332

    I'll definitely be giving this keyboard a miss.
  11. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 214   +32

    Comes with a key "puller" so you can clean underneath the keys. I guess if your a fan of the big wrist rest area then you will like this.

    I like the different colour in keyboards most of all. lol.
  12. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,722   +376

    Weird to have a touch and slide volume control and an additional separate display for current volume level. Would have been neater to combine the two like on Logitech Dinovo Edge. Not convinced by this product at all...
  13. andreasf93

    andreasf93 TS Rookie Posts: 25

  14. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Im the only one that doesnt have a gaming keyboard and still thinks that this weight thingy looks useless?, i mean yeah sometimes you miss press some keys but if you do it often its not entirely the keyboards fault.
  15. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    .. Especially if you play games ON a typewriter. I used to burn through a 6 ink ribbons a week.

    Now I can only type properly on keyboards with keys made of rocks held up by a minimum of 40psi of hydraulic pressure.
  16. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    with that grip I hope you have a good urologist...
  17. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the keyboard wasn't " Wow, cool gaming keyboard" but rather " I hope they don't think I borrowed my niece's Disney-themed keyboard because my regular Logitech G15 broke down." :)
  18. Just got it, heaps better than a stock standard key board, i like the silicon dust cover, practical and nice feel to it.

    wanted something comfortable for gaming, and the wrist rest is perfect for when using 'wasd' keys. it's nice and big without being MASSIVE, i was worried from the pics but it's reasonably compact, dosnt need a huge amount of space on the desk, just a bit more than average which is what i wanted.

    the heavier 'wasd' buttons is defianantly a nice touch too, bit more solid press for keys that get hammered. is my 1st gaming keyboard, and i bought the x8000 mouse to match, and like i said as an upgrade from stock standard, nice to have peripherals with gaming in mind.

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