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Rosewill Apollo - RK-9100xRBR - Mechanical Keyboard with Red Backlit

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  • Heikki U.
  • 4/7/2015 4:10:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Keyboard

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

Pros: This is a really solid keyboard that I would greatly recommend.
The photos provided do not do it justice; I have it sitting in a slight shadow and it looks awesome as it glows red in the dark.
Really smooth typing experience. This is my first mechanical keyboard, but from others I have tested (various ones from Razer, corsair, and Roccat) I find this has the smoothest experience of them all.
The hand-rest looks really awkward in the photos, but it is amazingly comfortable for everyday use.
The Cherry MX Brown key switches makes the keys extremely light to the touch and is completely worth the upgrade from a membrane keyboard if you want a lighter and all around better experience.
As with most mechanical keyboards, the keys are removable and the added optional orange gaming keys are a nice touch.

Cons: Its a little expensive. I bought it on sale for $99, but I personally think there could be some better options out there for under the normal price point of $150.
Occasionally the backspace key will just randomly act like you are holding it down until you press it again. I have found no related cause for it, so it appears random. Its not too much of an inconvenience, but it can be annoying at times.
However, I have had the keyboard for roughly 2 months now and it has only done it maybe 3 or 4 times with 6+ hours of use daily from gaming to homework, so its not exactly common in my case.
Its kind of loud. If you are going for a super silent keyboard, I would not recommend this. It is not as loud as if you had bought one with Cherry MX Blue key switches, but it is noticeable over a skype call depending on how you type (however I never notice it making much sound while gaming, so this could simply be my typing style).
All of these are just minor issues.

Other Thoughts: Overall, its great. Full recommended 5 stars. I love the experience typing with it and I recommend it to anyone who reads this.
As I previously mentioned, its relatively expensive at $150 and there are some better options under that price point for a similar if not better experience. I would recommend buying it when it is on sale if that is an option, because my purchase at $99 was definitely worth it.
I have no regrets from purchasing this keyboard. If you are reading this as someone who only has membrane keyboards, go buy a mechanical keyboard if you can. This one is great, but any one of the hundreds of them are great. Mechanical is an amazing step up from membrane (my personal preference is Cherry MX Brown because it is very light. Red is a good solid key switch, Black is heavier, and Blue is very light and gives that clicking sound) and should definitely be considered.
Hope this all helps you on your keyboard buying endeavors!

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  • Raymond D.
  • 4/6/2015 3:00:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCould have been closer to perfection

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

Pros: Very well built, mechanically. The feel of the keyboard is absolutely excellent.

Cons: Useless USB ports (they don't operate at 2.0 speeds). Lights for Numlock, Capslock, and Gaming Mode are not dimmable, so if they're on, you really know it. The software must be hacked since the instructions are not even close to being useful. Pretty much everything in the upper righthand corner of the keyboard is of questionable value.

Other Thoughts: This is the best keyboard I've ever owned (although that isn't saying much). If it were my product, I would have scrapped the USB extension ports, mic, and headphone connections, and would have made the key legends visible without backlighting, just like instruments in aircraft.

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  • Ravi S.
  • 3/17/2015 12:47:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood, but does not work as expected with OSX

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

Pros: Great keyboard, lighting effects are decent, feels good.

Cons: Does not work well with OSX. The Cmd-Backspace keystroke to delete word backwards which I rely on HEAVILY does not work when this keyboard is connected to my MBP over USB (via a lightning hub). This seems to be ok with other external keyboards. Also, the LED lights for Caps/Num lock don't turn on.

Other Thoughts: Wanted to keep this keyboard but I think I'll have to change my mind because of the OSX keyboard issue.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/12/2015 7:14:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUpdate after a week of use

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

Pros: Still typing faster and more accurately than with my "old" Rosewill 9000 with Blue switches

Cons: After a week of use, I'm experiencing the the "a" double taps the Bryan posted aabout. It's pretty darn annoying. I changed the Character Repeat delay in Windows to the lowest setting and it doesn't seem to help. It's really kind of random. It's not too terrible at this point, but if it gets worse, it could be a deal breaker.

Other Thoughts: Still can't get used to the keycap "engravings". The point of a backlit keyboard is to haave the "engravings" visible, and with the weird side-by-side orientation of the characters, they are very hard to read. Rosewill: look aat a 1986 IBM keyboard and copy the graphics. Jeez. Grr, and the aa problem!

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  • Ron B.
  • 3/5/2015 9:45:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Thing Of Beauty

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

Pros: *Very responsive
*Eye catching design and color
*Trusted name
*Comfortable

Cons: *Large
*Wrist rest is warped as others have stated in reviews

Other Thoughts: Very pricey but a steal if you find it on sale.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/3/2015 5:57:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFirst Impressions

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

Pros: I'm typing faster! and more accurately! DVC!

Cons: graphics!

Other Thoughts: OK, i'm compelled to comment on this keyboard even though I've only had it for a day. My typing speed is MUCH better! And I'm coming from a very decent Rosewill Cherry Blue MX keyboard.

I really wanted baclit keys (I got the red LED figuring this might be better than blue as blue light is supposedly bad for sleep) and thought I'd give the brown switches a try. Now I feel like the blue MX switches are kind of a gimmick. I'm typing faster and more accurately on the Brown switches. I'm not new to mechanical keyboards: I also have a CM Storm with blue switches (it's a 10-keyless...I need the 10-key as I often need to type special characters...) as well as the Rosewill 9000 with blue MX switches and, yes, I even have a 1986 IBM M keyboard. This keyboard is by far the best for me.

What I don't like -- and another poster mentioned this -- is the side-by-side arrangement of the characters on the keys. Why do keyboard mfg feel like they have to get cute and depart from a time-tested format? My CM Storm is like that with some outlandish font. You wouldn't think it would make any difference as we know where the respective keys are, but it really is an annoyance.

The mic and headphone ports are useless to me (does anyone NOT use a USB headset?) and even the USB 2.0 ports aren't particularly useful due to the configuration of my desk. I just have my mouse receiver plugged in to one.

Unlike my other Rosewill keyboard which has a removable USB cable (evidently a source off problems, although not for me...) this one has a huge fixed braided cable.

Others have mentioned that the keycaps seem cheap and I would have to agree, but then I don't have experience with a "premium" keyboard like a DAS. They seem fine for the price.

Oh, the wrist rest: very nice, but don't plan on taking it on and off: as someone already mentioned. The finish is a kinda matte black which really shows ... not exactly fingerprints ... but shininess from use. My spacebar is already shiny in the middle like an old keyboard -- after one day.

So far, I'm pretty stoked with this keyboard. I love typing on it and the extra speed and accuracy I've gained. We'll see how durability is, but I'm pretty easy on my toys so I expect it will last just fine.

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  • Kenneth S.
  • 3/1/2015 10:55:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLight Touch

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

Pros: I light the led keys which is what I bought it for. USB ports very night for my Logitech wireless mouse

Cons: Very light touch on the keys. I was replacing a keyboard that had much harder press and this keyboard is very light touch. Will be returning it.

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  • Nicholas L.
  • 1/27/2015 12:51:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLove the feel of it

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

Pros: Great feel, feels very well built, love typing on it. I'm a software engineer, and very seldom play games, so the feel of the keyboard is the main reason that I selected this unit.

Cons: They don't support Linux for it. That's not to say that it doesn't work with Linux, but there are a couple little glitches. In particular the "Num lock" and "Caps lock" indicators don't work. I seldom use either, so it's not a big deal to me.

It's also louder than I expected. I did purchase the set of dampener o-rings, and I'm going to try installing them tonight.

Other Thoughts: My arrived in "Gaming" mode, which means, for me, that the "Windows" key is disabled. After scanning through the manual, I discovered that 'Fn+F12' switches to "PC" mode, which solves this problem.

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  • Joel M.
  • 1/14/2015 10:12:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggslove it

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

Pros: feel is wonderful for gaming and typing alike. very precise and feels really solid. construction seems to be very well built as well. overall i would buy it again.

Cons: nothing so far

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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 - Mechanical Keyboard with Red Backlit

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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