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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How you'd press 20 at once, I'm not sure, but this is pretty cool!Reply
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 againReply
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.Reply
Camikazi8 fingers 2 thumbs and 10 toes! Takes some learning though.You're probably one hell of a typer after learning though.Reply
Pressing 20 keys at once = rage fit and subsequent rage quint if two of the 20 keys are the 'alt' and 'f4" keys. YES!Reply
-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!
eddieroolzHow you'd press 20 at once, I'm not sure, but this is pretty cool!Reply
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'
...and an enhanced ergonomic gaming keystroke keyboard design.Well one thing's for sure, this keyboard is not ergonomic at all.
2 things- is this or is this not a mechanical switch keyboard (my instincts say it isn't but I could be wrong).Reply
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...
Camikazi8 fingers 2 thumbs and 10 toes! Takes some learning though.Really? You could use your palm to press several adjoining keys at once.Reply
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.Reply
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.