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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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  • Jeremy S.
  • 12/11/2014 9:01:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMicrophone Noise

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: This keyboard is amazing if you have no use for the microphone passthrough. Typing on the Cherry MX Browns is divine compared to the standard keyboard I was using before.

Cons: The microphone passthrough adds an interable electrical whine when the LED brightness is anything but maximum or off.
Secondly, the numlock, capslock and Game mode LED inidcators are exceptionally bright at all times when activated. If I were going to keep this keyboard, I would have to mask them somehow to soften them.

Other Thoughts: I would give this four eggs easily if the microphone passthrough wasn't effectively useless. If you have no use for the mic, then this keyboard is a solid choice.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers

We are aware some users are experiencing distortion noises when using the keyboard 3.5mm audio jack or using the USB port on the keyboard as their audio port.
 
There are a few reason for the headset distortion.
1) Built-in in-line amp on the headset will cause this distortion.
2) standard gaming headset cord is around 3 meter, routing through the keyboard will actually extend the length to 6 meter (keyboard cord is another 3 meter). The longer the cord the more distortion and possible signal lost might occurred.
 
We have tested several 3.5mm and USB headset during our development stage and we have found the distortion only happened on some of the model with in-line volume control headset as it acts as a small amplifier for the headset.
 
If microphone has distortion issue, then please check on Microphone Properties and see if the "Listen to this device" box is UNCHECKED so unnecessary noise will not be loop back to the earphone.

If the above fix does not work please contact us at one of options below.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com
Email2: techsupport@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Andrew L.
  • 12/10/2014 8:18:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but spotty software

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: It's a good feeling Cherry MX Brown keyboard, and the surface of the keys seems good. Used to type up a couple of rather large projects for school, and no issues there. Much better than using my laptop's membrane keyboard, or even the faux-mechanical keyboards at University workstations.

Cons: Macro software leaves much to be desired, though it does get the job done. Unfortunately, it wouldn't let me set multi-key hotkeys (ie ctrl+f4), which means you have to completely replace a key.

And it seems that that the media keys (play-pause/skip/back) don't generate the same commands as my laptop's media keys. No idea there, but it has been rather annoying.

Other Thoughts: Backlighting is nice (variable brightness is a godsend at night) and having a microphone jack is useful.

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  • Phil H.
  • 10/28/2014 8:28:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsIs not recognized via KVM

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: Great feel. Just the right amount of resistance for me.

Cons: Not recognized when connected via KVM switch.

Other Thoughts: This product works great when plugged directly into USB on PC case. I have a problem with it not being recognized when connected through a required KVM switch. It is a higher end brand name switch and I have had no other problems with peripherals being recognized. 5 stars otherwise. Any suggestions appreciated.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

Thanks for the feedback we will pass it along to our QA and Design teams. In the event that you are having troubles please do not hesitate to contact our support team at the number below.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com
Email2: techsupport@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Bryan P.
  • 10/26/2014 1:51:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDouble-typed Keys Ruin Keyboarad

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: I have both this keyboard, and the non-gaming Rosewill mechanical with cherry mx brown switches. The brown switches on this one feel less crisp than the non-gaming version, despite both being cherry mx brown. That said, both keyboards have a very comfortable typing feel to them.

Cons: This gaming keyboard replaced a much much older dell keyboard that I've had for almost 16 years. I purchased this because of the huge amount of love I have for the non-gaming Rosewill mechanical keyboard I've had for over a year. This keyboard falls very short of that other one however.

The most blatant and disrupting fault with this keyboard is a constant double and triple repeat when tapping the letter "A" on the keyboard. Even tapping that last sentence, I had to go back and delete many extra letter "a" occurrences. Since I mainly play MMORPG's, both chat typing and trying to enter game commands becomes an exercise in frustration because of the extra letters the keyboard insists on stuffing into the input stream. This is the major con with this keyboaaarad.

Lesser cons include replacing the right-hand side windows key with a special function key, not in itself bad, but one of the most commonly used keypresses I use on computers no longer works one-handed (win+L to lock machine when stepping aaway must now be done two-handed since the right-side windows key is now a limited function key).

AAAnother lesser con isn't specific to this keyboard, and is more of something that many keyboarads aare doing laately, and that is putting the keycap engraving maarkings side by side instead of one over the top of the other aas has been done for decades. I don't know who first decided thata side by side indicaators for which letter is pressed when shift is held down or not when the key is pressed was a good ideaa, but it's not. But it's getting hard to find a good keyboard manufaacturer that adheres to standard conventions as easily read keycaps, in a font that isn't weird or hard to read, shifted values over the top of unshifted values, with mechanicaal switches, and an aaability to backlight your keys.

Other Thoughts: I wish I hadn't gotten this keyboard, and had just picked up another non-gaming version. I love the backlighting of this one, but the double-type problem whenever I tap the letter "A" is killing this keyboard for me.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

We are sorry to hear that, please contact our support team to assist you with troubleshoot and/or warranty options.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com
Email2: techsupport@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Edward S.
  • 9/14/2014 9:00:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat For Both Typing And Gaming

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: I really like this keyboard: the mechanical keys are easy to depress but have just enough resistance, as well as a distinct "click" at the end of their travel. The red back-lighting makes the keys easily readable, but is not overly bright. It is very easy to type with, and is also quite responsive for gaming. None of the keys are oddly shaped or in weird positions, and they are amply raised and separated. You can replace the WASD keys with reverse-lit keys, which instead of being black with the letter lit up, are all it up with the letter in black only. It's great for aligning your fingers when playing games. The Windows key is quite small, so it's difficult to hit it accidentally. The keyboard feels durable overall, and I am pretty confident that it will last me a long time. It feels comfortable, and includes an attached wrist pad. I would unhesitatingly recommend it, with the caveats below in "other thoughts."

Cons: Its drawbacks are minor. In general (and this is applicable to all keyboard manufacturers), I wish I could just shut off the caps lock key with a small switch at the left side of the keyboard. For the most part, the caps lock key is utterly useless except for flaming people on the Internet (which I don't do anyway). As noted above, it has replaceable WASD keys which instead of being black with the letter lit up in red, are all lit up in red with just the letter in black. However, some gamers prefer the more useful and flexible ESDF, because the pinky falls right on top of the A key instead of the stupid-ar$e caps lock key. The keyboard package should also include a reverse-lit E and F key, and perhaps a couple of blanks. These are minor complaints, though, and certainly do not justify taking off an egg.

Other Thoughts: This is not a small keyboard, so if you're pressed for room you should probably look for one without a 10-key pad on the right side. Also, although I love the action on this one, other people may want a different feel, and may not want the perceptible (and audible) click when you depress the keys. I suggest running a quick Google search on "Mechanical Keyboards" and "Cherry MX" to see whether this is mechanical key type (Cherry MX Red) is what you want. Two other popular key types are Cherry MX Blue and Cherry MX Brown. Finally, it has two USB ports, as well as a headphone and micrpphone port. I never have used them, so I can't make any comment about them.

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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

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

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

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

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

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

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

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

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

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

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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