What’s goin on guys, Jerry Neutron here and today we’re gonna take a quick look at this Rosewill mechanical keyboard. This is the new and improved version of their popular RK-9000 full sized keyboard which comes with your choice of Cherry MX brown, blue, red or black switches.
The one I have here today has Cherry MX brown switches and I do have to say, it’s nice to see a company sticking with Cherry MX switches instead of going the Kailh route. I don’t know about anyone else but when I’m shopping for a mechanical keyboard I want the real deal.
So if we take a look at the keyboard as a whole, you’ll notice it has a very minimalist design which I prefer. There’s no large bezel surrounding the keys or cheesy lights, it’s a keyboard you can use really in any scenario whether it be gaming at your home or at your desk in a business environment.
At the front of the keyboard you’ll find a mini-USB port in which you can connect one of the two included 58″ braided cables. It’s nice that they include both a PS/2 and USB cable. Now there are several reasons why you may choose one or the other but to keep it simple, PS/2 will give you a true N-key rollover whereas USB will typically only provide 6-key rollover or 12-key in this case as advertised by Rosewill. Basically meaning all of your key strokes will be registered or only up to 6 at time. The only thing I don’t like is the L-shaped connector that plugs into the keyboard. No doubt it was done for durability reasons but it just feels awkwardly placed compared to a straight connector.
On the bottom side of the keyboard there are 4-included rubber feet as well as two legs to change the height of the keyboard. Pretty standard there but much appreciated. Personally I think the profile is fine without without the extended legs.
There are a few media and shortcut keys included with this keyboard. Just by pressing the function key and the corresponding F key you can enable those. I don’t believe the previous version of this keyboard had media keys so that is a nice improvement even if they’re not dedicated buttons. There’s also a Windows lock key to prevent you from accidentally exiting your game session which is a nice touch.
If we take a look at the keycaps you’ll notice they are pretty standard, nothing fancy here. You get laser printed keycaps so it is possible that the legends will fade over time. The nice thing about this keyboard though is it does have a standard sized bottom row so you can easily replace them with a full set of doubleshot keycaps.
As for the feel of the keys, the brown switches do give you a nice tactile feedback just like the blues but without the loud click. And since they’re much quieter it makes them a nice choice for office environments. In fact, let’s listen to how the Cherry MX brown switches sound…
So as you can see they’re not too bad in the noise department and they basically feel just like blue switches only without the click. Although the brown switches are rated to be slightly lighter than blues when it comes to actuation force.
So overall if you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard, I’d have to say this is a solid option. It feels well built with the internal red metal chassis and although it doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles like backlighting or macro keys, it does get the most important part right which are the key switches.
Let me know what you guys think about this keyboard down in the comments below and also what do you think about my setup with these custom keycaps?
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