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Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

  • 100% Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Key Switches
  • 3 Levels of Brightness Control + 1 Breathing Mode
  • Custom Programmable Keyboard with Up to 50 Macro Keys
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The ergonomic Rosewill RK-9100xBBR keyboard  is great for both gaming and typing! The 100% Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches deliver a fast response and a soft tactical feeling. Up to 50 macro keys offer great customization options, while the red LED backlit keys allow you pick the right keys, even in dim environments. The USB 2.0 hub and built-in headphone/microphone pass-through jacks add more flair to your digital life. Complete with an N-Key rollover, multimedia keys with gaming mode, and eight orange gaming keys, the RK-9100xBBR keyboard is an ideal choice for your entertainment and work.

  • newegg 100% Cherry MX Brown mechanical key switches The 100% Cherry Brown key switches deliver a fast and precise response with a light tactile feedback.
  • newegg Up to 50 Macro keys This custom programmable keyboard offers up to 50 programmable keys. Up to five profiles can be stored. And the quick switch keys enable fast activation of complicated move combinations with only a press. Get ahead of your opponents during intense combat, where winning and losing are divided by a split second.
  • newegg Red LED Backlit Keys The blue LED backlit keys deliver amazing illumination for error-free typing, regardless of ambient light conditions. You can adjust the illumination with three levels of brightness and one breathing mode.
  • newegg High-speed USB2.0 Hub Two high-speed USB 2.0 hubs are built in for handy connection to peripherals.
  • newegg Ergonomic design The detachable wrist rest delivers maximum support and comfort.
  • newegg Gold-Plated Connectors The high-quality braided fiber cable with a gold-plated USB connector reduces latency, so you can game with full confidence in the fiercest battles.

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  • Matthew M.
  • 8/22/2014 3:24:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPerfectly Adequate

Pros: Semi-Premium keyboard in some places, less than premium in others

Standard Cherry MX Brown switches

LED lighting has good presets

Macro ability is actually pretty good. Could be implemented slightly better but overall pretty good.

Has a nice feel but with caveats

Nice and sturdy and heavy.

Cons: The satin finish may feel nice but goodness is it a mess in reality. Absolutely any oil on your fingers, even freshly washed, will smudge the keyboard. It makes things look trashy really, really fast. It cleans up well but it's still pretty annoying and almost worst than glossy finishes, but it's right up there.

Macro software leaves a lot to be desired but it gets the job done.

Wrist bar is indeed warped like others have said and given the height of this keyboard it's almost necessary. It also attaches horribly. I know if I were to remove it and attach it more than say, three times, it would break simply due to the force required to get it to attach.

I get phantom keypresses every now and again. Very random but it has happened at least five times now. It'll also have a freakout in which it keeps a keypress going until I hit escape. It's not enough to worry but enough to question the quality and future.

Keycaps feel pretty cheap. Like REALLY cheap. This isn't an economy priced keyboard so I find that somewhat unacceptable. There's a step in between super premium and normal, this skips normal and goes for cheapest of the cheap. Very clacky sounding just because of the keycaps used, not the switch.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a very nice keyboard with some lazy and cheap shortcuts. Given the price point I don't think those shortcuts are valid. This is just below premium quality at a premium price compared to competitors. Couple that with the quirks and you might be able to do better.

As it stands, you can't go wrong with upgrading from a membrane switch or scissor switch keyboard to this. It's absolutely divine and you'll wonder why you put up with those terrible keyboards for so long. If you're already in the mechanical keyboard club you might want to test this before you commit to it.

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  • Aaron K.
  • 5/8/2014 10:33:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat fans

Pros: Quiet fans and easy to install. Only large red fans I could find. Great replacement for the stock fans in my HAF 932 Advanced case.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have a red theme going with my computer and this was basically my only options, so I just hoped they worked well. I was pleasantly surprised in all areas. I installed two of these fans, one on the side and one as an entrance on the top.

Performance wise, these fans move a lot more air than my stock HAF 932 Advanced fans. My comp is consistently running 5-10 degrees cooler.

I also enjoy the looks and due to their large size, they are very quiet. Extremely pleased with these fans.

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  • Charles S.
  • 3/28/2014 11:52:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood overall, quality spotty

Pros: Great feel - love the rubberized coating feel, good key performance. Looks great in bright and dim lighting.

Cons: LED on the C key already going out (randomly goes on and off when you press the C key). Media icons not well lit. Did have issues on one machine where the machine wouldn't recognize the keyboard under the BIOS (older motherboard).

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  • Grayson S.
  • 3/25/2014 7:21:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Comfortable, exactly what I expected, it makes typing fun because of how awesome it is.

Cons: sometimes my the enter key makes a ring when you let off of it really fast. You will feel spoiled when you type on any other keyboard

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  • Peter D.
  • 3/24/2014 6:12:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Little Trouble in Paradise

Pros: Well Priced
USB Throughput
Audio/Mic throughput
Cherry Browns feel amazing
Much less noisy than Blues (my lady couldn't stand the audible feedback)
Extremely responsive
Custom Function Keys
Media Keys
Numpad
Soft red glow
palm rest is surprisingly comfortable and hasn't caused any sweating issues

Cons: Two times now it has virtually jammed keys when other USB devices have dis/connected. When I unplugged my thumb drive while backspacing something it created an infinite loop of backspaces until I unplugged and plugged back in the keyboard. It's not a big deal but it is worth mentioning.

Other Thoughts: I haven't found much use for the provided software but it seems advantageous if you play lots of varied games

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  • Alexander F.
  • 3/16/2014 5:28:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTerrific Keyboard

Pros: This keyboard is a great product. It sounds amazing to type on and the response to key presses are wonderful especially compared to rubber dome keyboards.

The back-lighting is terrific. There are a total of four settings which all offer various different setting of very well backlit keys.

They keyboard is full sized. This was a must for me as I dislike not having a number pad and seperated arrow keys etc. typing on this just feels comfortable due to its nice layout.

Gaming on this keyboard is a real pleasure. While gaming I enjoy feeling the responsiveness of the keys and the seem to take just the right amount of force to register a keystroke.

Cons: The attachable palm rest doesn't exactly fit in snugly, it kinds of moves if you move your wrists backwards or forwards a lot. This is due to there being a couple of millimeters between the arms that connect the rest and the keyboard itself. Overall not worth taking off a egg for, especially if you don't use the palm rest.

Other Thoughts: A great keyboard even if it is a little pricier than some of the alternatives such as the CM series or Corsair boards but the quality of this keyboard definitely justifies the price. Once you use CherryMX switches you'll never go back to standard old rubber dome OEM keyboards.

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  • Vu D.
  • 3/14/2014 11:47:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBrings unexpected joy every day

Pros: Well, it's a mechanical keyboard; it's a joy to use. I don't know a lot about mechanical keyboards, but these are the things I consider pros about this particular one:

- The letters on the black keys are "just enough" transparent to let the LED through, giving the keyboard a very polished look. I swear I can stare at this thing all day.
- Microphone/headphone connectors are convenient to have. USB ports too.
- The palm rest justs just right. Not too sticky, not too slippery.
- Clean branding.
- This may have to do with the brown cherry switch, but I've found that it doesn't make that much noise when typing.
- The clipper to remove the keys is easy to use as well.

Cons: - The keys on different rows have different heights, so I couldn't swap them around to learn Dvorak.
- The palm rest is kind of difficult to insert/remove. I already broke one leg trying to remove it. It's still secured with 3 legs, but yeah.

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  • Thomas W.
  • 3/8/2014 6:04:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsKVM trouble

Pros: I want to like this Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard:

It has a nice feel under my fingers, I like the clicky keys and the smooth action.

The red backlighting is nice for typing in the dark, and all the keys light up.

Cons: This fancy keyboard is not working with my Aten CS1872 KVM switch - for typing anyway. It will function as a USB hub, so plugging my mouse into the keyboard, into the KVM switch, the mouse works but no typing makes it to the computer. I don't know what I'm going to do about this, need to do some more research I guess. Works fine plugged directly to my PC, but I have two PC's that I would like to switch back and forth.

Louder than I would like, just the clack when the keys bottom out. I think I'm going to try adding some blue o-rings to dampen the noise.

The NumLk / CapsLk / ScrlLk lights are brighter than the rest of the keys, and they are just lights so the labels are not illuminated. Minor detail. Not sure why they would be different from the other keys - same LED brightness and illuminate the actual label.

Other Thoughts: The lowest brightness setting seems plenty bright for me, at the high setting light comes not just from the key labels, but also from around the backs of the keys.

I haven't tried any of the multimedia or headphone/microphone functionality, just trying to get the basic stuff to work first.

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  • gary b.
  • 2/9/2014 10:32:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAll My Friends Are Jealous

Pros: GREAT KEYBOARD, both for gaming and graphic design. ALT and CTRL keys are large while the START key is small, which is really important for graphic design in my opinion. Great Purchase, satisfied.

Cons: It's been a week, nothing seems wrong.

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  • Joseph C.
  • 2/6/2014 8:31:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat keyboard for the mechanically unintiated

Pros: This is my first mechanical keyboard. Right off the bat I was smitten with this thing and I hadn't even plugged it in. It's geared toward the gamer but you would hardly know it by the looks of it. Everything that isn't a key is covered in a rubberized plastic, including the wrist rest. That means no fingerprints. The keyboard is heavy and in my few days usage seems pretty well built. The braided cable is a little thick but seems very solid. It's almost wiry, to the point where I could bend it around corners for proper cable management. This also includes 8 additional keys for WASD and arrows. They're orange and the keys come off easily enough with the included key puller.

This keyboard also has a few extra ports for mic, headphones, and 2 USB 2.0 ports. I currently have my Bluetooth adapter plugged in as well as my speakers. The speakers sound fine; I was afraid of some hiss since running two lines of analog signal practically right next to each other could be a little iffy. The USB hub also seems to work flawlessly; I've played a few games with my PS3 controller with the Bluetooth dongle as a connection and haven't had any issues.

The LED lighting is also pretty neat. At its lowest setting, it's a little bright for my tastes but that's really just personal preference. With the lighting at full brightness, you can see the lights from underneath the keys. At the lowest, there is very little light bleed but nothing too extreme. The keyboard also seems to remember what lighting I last had set it on if I were to reboot the computer. The included WASD and arrow keys are also illuminated when they are used. It makes finding them extremely easy in the dark.

Probably the best thing about this keyboard though is the simple design. There aren't any extreme logos (just a plane "Rosewill" logo right above the arrow keys), the keyboard is as compact as a 104 key keyboard can be as there is only about 1/2" of space beyond the keys, and the braided cable is stiff and seems durable.

+ Rubberized material
+ Minimalist design
+ Compact size for a full-sized keyboard
+ LED light brightness control
+ Replacement keys are fully lit with LEDs on
+ Solid braided cable
+ USB hub and headphone/mic works flawlessly

Cons: The first and biggest problem I have is the wrist rest. It's rubberized along with the rest of the keyboard and that in itself poses the problem of making my palms sweaty. I typically never get sweaty hands while using a computer. I don't know if it's because the plastic hold heat better or if it is because of the textured material, but the bases of my hands get uncomfortably sweaty while using the palm rest. I'll continue to use my own wrist rest with this keyboard.

The replaceable keys are illuminated strangely when in place. The top half of the key is fully illuminated since that's where the LED is. The bottom half of the key is a bit darker and very noticeable, especially at full brightness. The orange keys also feel very slick, which to me seems counterproductive for the reason they're there. I would've liked a texture on the keys that made them a bit grippier. The letters and arrows seem to printed on as well so there's a good change those will rub off pretty much immediately for any FPS gamer.


The USB port spacing is also very tight. It'd be very tough to get two thumb drives into those ports at the same time. Right next to the ports is the braided cable, which is not detachable. Not a deal breaker for me but it would've been nice to have.

I would've also liked some dedicated media keys but the Fn button solution means that the keyboard is as compact as possible. Not a true negative for me but it's worth pointing out.

- Rubberized plastic wrist rest makes my hands sweaty
- Very tight USB port spacing
- Unevenly lit, slick, and printed on gaming keys (WASD/arrows)

Other Thoughts: I have very few cons about this keyboard. Only thing I'd suggest is that if you intend to use a wrist rest get your own as the included one makes me a bit sweaty.

This keyboard also comes with a software disc for creating up to 50 macros, but I personally never have had a need for them so I can't speak on its usability.
One weird thing about the LED lock indicators is that they completely took off the Scroll lock LED and decided to put a "G" for gaming mode. Not a huge miss since I don't think scroll lock has been relevant for a few decades. They also aren't simple lights but rather a ring around the the written "Num lock", "caps lock", and "G". Which ironically despite the keyboard being fully backlit, those locks aren't making them difficult to read in the dark.

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