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It's the World's 1st Gaming Keystroke Keyboard

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Gamers can press 20 keys simultaneously.

Thursday Gigabyte revealed the "world's first" gaming keystroke keyboard, the Aivia K8100. Arriving in black, yellow and red, the new keyboard boasts four primary features-- touch and slide volume control, 20 anti-ghosting keys, GIGABYTE's GHOST macro engine, and an enhanced ergonomic gaming keystroke keyboard design.

According to the company, the keyboard offers three different built-in keystroke forces--70-grams, 60-grams, and 50-grams. The most common gaming control functions such as WASD, Ctrl, Space, and the arrow keys are assigned the 70-gram weight setting. Keys typically pressed by the little finger--including Tab, Caps-Lock and Shift buttons--are assigned to 50-grams. The 60-gram setting is seemingly left open for user-defined assignments.

Originally seen in the M8000X Extreme Macro Gaming Mouse, Gigabyte's GHOST Maco Engine allows the user to program special macros that can travel with the device. "4-Mbits on-board memory enables up to 100 programmable macro sets, of which 25 (5 sets of 5) can be stored on the keyboard and launched with hot keys. Gamers are able to switch between pre-defined key or button easily," the company said.

As for 20 anti-ghosting keys, this allows the end-user to press up to 20 keys simultaneously without receiving interference from other keys-- the typical USB keyboard is limited to around 6 simultaneous buttons.

Gigabyte did not provide pricing or availability.

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    Camikazi , October 15, 2010 12:27 AM
    eddieroolzHow you'd press 20 at once, I'm not sure, but this is pretty cool!

    8 fingers 2 thumbs and 10 toes! Takes some learning though.
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    eddieroolz , October 15, 2010 12:09 AM
    How you'd press 20 at once, I'm not sure, but this is pretty cool!
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    IzzyCraft , October 15, 2010 12:28 AM
    Camikazi8 fingers 2 thumbs and 10 toes! Takes some learning though.

    You're probably one hell of a typer after learning though.
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    eddieroolz , October 15, 2010 12:09 AM
    How you'd press 20 at once, I'm not sure, but this is pretty cool!
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    demonhorde665 , October 15, 2010 12:21 AM
    cool ,but not on my list of "to buy" peripherials , particularly given i have a bad past with key boards ,(drinks and keyboards don't mix).currently using a refurbished G11 logitech keyboard , it wa awsome till my bro spilt beer on tia dn screwed it'sback lights up, i definitely don'tneed to spend morethan 40 bucks on a key board ever again
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    Camikazi , October 15, 2010 12:27 AM
    eddieroolzHow you'd press 20 at once, I'm not sure, but this is pretty cool!

    8 fingers 2 thumbs and 10 toes! Takes some learning though.
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    IzzyCraft , October 15, 2010 12:28 AM
    Camikazi8 fingers 2 thumbs and 10 toes! Takes some learning though.

    You're probably one hell of a typer after learning though.
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , October 15, 2010 12:42 AM
    Pressing 20 keys at once = rage fit and subsequent rage quint if two of the 20 keys are the 'alt' and 'f4" keys. YES!

    -Remember that youtube video of that russian bipolar kid who flips out during an online match and starts hammering away his fists on the keyboard? Yah this keyboard is meant for people like him! And it's got colors!
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    f-14 , October 15, 2010 12:49 AM
    eddieroolzHow you'd press 20 at once, I'm not sure, but this is pretty cool!


    you heard of 'dirty dancing' and 'ghost' right? mix the two together.
    most keys i ever press at the same time is 6 for heliocopter and tank simulators but i try very hard to stick to my joystick/throttle/footpedal set ups for that. all tho i do use 5 keys continuously in 'gunmetal'
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    vittau , October 15, 2010 12:58 AM
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    ...and an enhanced ergonomic gaming keystroke keyboard design.

    Well one thing's for sure, this keyboard is not ergonomic at all.
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    LuckyDucky7 , October 15, 2010 1:02 AM
    2 things- is this or is this not a mechanical switch keyboard (my instincts say it isn't but I could be wrong).
    And, why did they not make the Windows and other shortcut keys have a 70-gram weight to them? It could mean the difference between resting your palm on the key to losing the match...
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    rohitbaran , October 15, 2010 1:25 AM
    Camikazi8 fingers 2 thumbs and 10 toes! Takes some learning though.

    Really? You could use your palm to press several adjoining keys at once.
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    pocketdrummer , October 15, 2010 1:30 AM
    I've never understood why you NEED more than 6. You only have 5 fingers on that hand, and even then, you probably aren't going to use them all at the same time. Unless you're crouch-jumping at a diagonal angle whilst changing weapons. But, then you still have an extra key to hit.

    I like the separate weighting, but it would be awesome if you were able to choose which were weighted and by how much. I personally use shift to crouch (feels more natural) so it's going to be a light key instead of the intended heavy key. I guess it's good if you don't customize your controls.

    On another note. Straight keys will never be "ergonomic". They should at leave curve it before making that claim.
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    zerapio , October 15, 2010 1:54 AM
    demonhorde665cool ,but not on my list of "to buy" peripherials , particularly given i have a bad past with key boards ,(drinks and keyboards don't mix).currently using a refurbished G11 logitech keyboard , it wa awsome till my bro spilt beer on tia dn screwed it'sback lights up, i definitely don'tneed to spend morethan 40 bucks on a key board ever again

    That explains the slurred typing :) 
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    dEAne , October 15, 2010 1:57 AM
    Oh I don't like the color.
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    belardo , October 15, 2010 2:09 AM
    The idea sounds pretty good...

    But overall, I find the WASD key layout to be difficult to work with, effecting accuracy. At least 95%+ of the games allows is to reconfigure the controls.

    While not perfect, try using mouse for all controls movement. I've been playing this way since DOOM1.

    Tie mouse look into movement. So pressing Left button = Forward, Right button - backwards. With many mice, such as Logitech - I can set the ZOOM buttons on the left side for LEFT & RIGHT strafing.

    Hence, you're not doing mass abusive mouse clicks on a mouse, in which the act of firing your weapon can cause your mouse to shift. I use the keyboard for firing, changing weapons (besides the wheel) and everything else.

    CTRL = Shoot
    SHIFT = Alt Shoot
    Z = Change rotation UP for a weapon
    Alt = Zoom (Sniper rifle, etc)
    Space = Good ole fashion Jump

    Compared to the keyboard, the mouse is not limited to 4 directions for movements, such as pressing W & D at the same time to move at an angle.
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    phych , October 15, 2010 2:27 AM
    And now the Koreans have become unstoppable.
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    jdragyn , October 15, 2010 2:55 AM
    Next story: "Blizzard bans players for using enhanced keyboards to cheat in SC2"
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    Gin Fushicho , October 15, 2010 3:02 AM
    Why not just make keyboards where ALL the keys are light weight?
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    theubersmurf , October 15, 2010 3:10 AM
    I buy cheap typing oriented keyboards and a programmable "gamers keyboard" for gaming. I actually want my keyboard to be typing oriented, it's more comfortable to separate the two.
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    the_krasno , October 15, 2010 3:54 AM
    Type with your face.
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    Anonymous , October 15, 2010 4:47 AM
    You can't have 20 key rollover via USB, you have to connect via PS/2 for that (not sure about the older large DIN style connectors). The specs actually refer to 20 non-ghosting keystrokes which means if you press multiple keys each key is registered correctly. Most keyboards have sufficient non-ghosting without it being a "feature" even when it covers every key on the keyboard at once. "Ghosting" is when you press multiple keys e.g. A and S at the same time but the keyboard registers one or more additional keys. Follow this link and go to the section on "Matrix Design" for more info on ghosting http://www.overclock.net/computer-peripherals/491752-mechanical-keyboard-guide.html
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    alyoshka , October 15, 2010 4:52 AM
    This ones customs made for "The Human Centipede"....:) 
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