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GIGABYTE GK-K8100 Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard - Red Dot Design Award Winner 2011

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Coinciding with the concept of Aivia about advanced, intuitive, and versatile interface archetype, the K8100 is born to satisfy gamers’ request. Aivia K8100 is equipped with four major features – enhanced ergonomic gaming keystroke keyboard design, GHOST Macro Engine, 20 anti-ghosting keys, and touch and slide volume control. With these four features, obtaining victory during gaming battles is no sweat.

 

 

  • newegg Enhanced Ergonomic Gaming Keyboard Design GIGABYTE Aivia K8100 offers three different built-in keystroke forces: 70 grams, 60 grams and 50 grams, allowing professional gamers to intuitively make accurate commands. Taking into account of mainstream gaming control buttons such as WASD, Ctrl, Space and arrow keys, these most commonly used gaming keys are assigned 70g weight for elastic force. The other keys commonly pressed by the little finger such as Tab, Caps-Lock and Shift buttons are assigned 50 grams to reduce pressure on the finger.
  • newegg GHOST Macro Engine Aivia K8100 Gaming Keyboard comes with GIGABYTE’s GHOST Macro Engine, an incredible macro editing software for the memorized macros to be carried around even if the keyboard is connected to a different computer. For Aivia K8100, each mode allows for 5 macro keys and 5 mode buttons on top left corner of the keyboard make up to 25 sets of macros. 4M bits onboard memory enables up to 100 programmable macro sets, of which 25 can be stored on the keyboard and launched with hot keys. Gamers are able to switch between pre-defined key or button easily. GHOST Macro Engine software continues the engine’s critically acclaimed easy-to-use drag-and-drop operating system, and has been added with functions of built-in mouse cursor point positioning record, and IE/ Folder path quick launch.
  • newegg 20 Anti-Ghosting Keys Gamers hate it when a command is lost or misread during gaming battles. GIGABYTE successfully incorporates 20 anti-ghosting keys to ensure no interference when multiple keys are pressed whereas a standard USB keyboard is limited to about 6 simultaneous buttons. Gamers can press up to 20 simultaneous buttons without the “ghosting” effect.
  • newegg Touch and Slide Volume Control Touch and slide volume control is designed with touch sensor of highly sensitive capacitor, offering two optional control methods. Keep pressing the control bar’s far right or left to increase or decrease volume linearly, or fine-tune volume as the finger slides smoothly to the right or left. By placing the volume control bar on top, Aivia K8100 allows gamer’s left hand to adjust volume while the right hand is busy controlling the mouse during engaged gaming activity.
  • newegg Considerate Design and Gift As a bonus, GIGABYTE Aivia K8100 includes additional WASD alternative rubber keys and keycap puller, silicone keyboard protector, durable braided cotton cord, two-way cord out and gold plated USB connector.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Martin B.
  • 5/24/2014 11:11:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSave yourself Time and Money . . . Buy something else

Pros: Has a nice, braided USB cable.
Ironically, I had none of the media button problems that everyone else seems to have.

Cons: Cheaply made, buggy.

Keyboard never worked correctly from day one. I knew going in that most people reported problems with the media control keys, but I wanted to try out the keyboard itself, fully aware of this.

The "anti-ghosting" seems to work opposite of its intended affect -- that is by pressing one key, the keyboard would think I was holding the key down. All keys do this. Delete, backspace, letters, numbers. A few times it went on without me knowing, and filled the buffer (you get that little system 'ding' when you press a key, because the system is still trying to sort through the 10,000 other key strokes.)

I thought the actual construction of the keyboard would be decent. I was wrong. I have an 11 year old Gateway keyboard that was manufactured better, and still works flawlessly to this day.

Comes with no manual, and the one you can download from GIGABYTE's site is not very useful. Plus, their site is hell to navigate. It may be hard to understand which version drivers you need, as their site is awful.

Other Thoughts: Cheap Plastic, poor construction, buggy, and not at all user-friendly.

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  • Bobby Z.
  • 9/29/2013 1:45:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVolume touch controls broken

Pros: The keyboard feels great to use, the keys are responsive, and the wrist rest is comfortable. The keys have a nice clacky sound that I like.

Cons: The volume controls randomly trigger. It's usually the keyboard muting your volume, which can get really frustrating if you're in the middle of a game, which is unfortunate since this is supposed to be a gaming keyboard. Gigabyte doesn't seem to care; if you search their official forums, you can see threads people have started 9 months ago, with no official response.
Aside from this, the keyboard has a seriously large footprint, and the macro keys are really hard to hit from the WASD position.

Other Thoughts: Get a different keyboard, it's not worth the frustration of getting killed in that critical moment when bullets are flying and all of a sudden, you can't hear, or when you've settled down in your bed to watch a movie, and you have to get up again to unmute the computer again and again. If they were able to fix this issue, i'd give the keyboard 4 stars, but I don't like to use anything that provides me a bit of unnecessary frustration every single time i sit down at my computer, so I've reduced it to 1 star.

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  • Daniel M.
  • 9/3/2013 8:28:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth it

Pros: the pros on this keyboard are the antighosting features, macros and to me the wrist rest.

Cons: The cons, or con rather, certainly outweighed the pros. My keyboard multimedia keys were certainly way to sensitive but they began randomly activating without human interaction. This would mute/unmute, play/pause/stop, and increase/decrease volume at any given moment and eventually got so frequent it rendered my keyboard useless because i couldnt listen to any audio without interference.

Other Thoughts: All of this occurred within 1 night. I returned it the next day. the RMA process was definitely not worth my time, so i would say pass up on this keyboard.

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  • Brian H.
  • 8/18/2013 5:32:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsproblems

Pros: This keyboard is amazing in it's functionality, and the back lite keys are a really nice addition. For anybody that uses macros frequently, the five macro keys, and free macro software is awesome. The two USB 2.0 ports (one on either side) are one of my favorite features, having the spare WASD keys will be nice since I play a lot of games that use those 4 as movement keys.

Cons: I don't know if I just got a faulty keyboard, or if the software is just messing up, but the built in audio features (mainly the mute) keep going off every now and then, It's more of an annoyance than a major problem, so only 1 egg of for that.

Other Thoughts: Even with problems I've been getting, I would still recommend this keyboard to anybody.

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  • Donovan A.
  • 7/31/2013 12:52:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product!

Pros: -Works very smoothly!
-Great quality components!

Cons: -Media control is a little over-sensitive.

Other Thoughts: The only problems I've had so far with this is that I hover my finger over the media control, and it activates. I've been able to cope with it, and it works fine.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/20/2013 4:33:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt's alright

Pros: Upon unwrapping and then opening the box, you can see this is a very well packed and protected product from Gigabyte. Which I have come to expect from this particular line of products. I own almost the entire Gigabyte accessory product line now with this nice new little addition. Well packed in foam padding, just like the Osmium I have and will be comparing it to as a sort of benchmark.
Comes with four extra rubber coated keys and a key puller. That is a surprise when buying a non-mechanical keyboard. I've tried both sets of WASD keys included and found very little difference with them, be it typing or gaming. They really have no difference in texture to them than the normal keys.
The different built in key forces are actually what drew me to this purchase in the first place. Some people might not be able to tell the differences between them, but I do notice a more tactile feel to the gaming (left side) keys. They have more resistance and pop right back like you would want from a gaming keyboard. Coming from being totally immursed in mechanical switches lately, it was nice to type on something that has the tactile sort of feel comparable to a cherry MX red switch without the noise that those switches tend to bring. Don't get me wrong, I love mechanical switches and the noise they make. After a while, late at night, (if you're like me) I just want to fly away at typing and not be noticed by the whole neighborhood for doing so. Some of the keys do require you to almost bottom them out in order to register. That does help against accidental hitting of switches though IMO.
Overall construction seems to be pretty nice. Not heavy. Removable wrist-rest (via four screws at the bottom). Nice feet for comfort angles. Braided cable. No-brainer Ghost Macro engine (See Other Thoughts). 2 usb passthoughs on a non-mechanical KB what? I know, I was surprised too. Not too shabby.

Cons: (FOR PEOPLE NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO OTHER REVIEWERS) This is the K8100 V2, not the V1. The first version of this had red backlighting and a different media control interface. This one has blue backlighting and has the revised media control interface. Go to the manufacturer's website and research the differences in these two before purchase. Now that I got that out of the way.
Finding a keyboard with all these "features" as well as backlighting in this price range, you could have comparded me to a kid on christmas morning. I was really excited to get it plugged in and fired up after all that unboxing nonsence. Plugged it in, booted to windows, (wait for it), found new hardware, (still waiting), found the switch for the backlighting, (almost there)...(Queue dramatic music).........WAH WAH WAHHHHHHH....
Wow, what a disappointment. The backlighting on this thing is shameful. You can barely tell it's on without every, and I mean every other light source off in your house. It looks like the whole thing is lit with like four LEDs. Ok that's my imagination coming out in bad taste, but come ON!!! Coming from my Osmium that I had just unplugged to install this thing, it's like night and day. Not to bash on one of my favorite brands here, but I have LED penlights that draw less power than this thing and are bright enough to blind you for a few minutes. If they were revising this thing to "make it better" (and I am using air quotes while typing this), couldn't they have focused on one of the most attractive "features"?
Moving on to the media control interface. Neat lights that kind of dance back and forth to whatever you seem to be acitvating, but way to sensitive. Just reaching to grab something, fix a cord, whatever accidently bumping it makes either the sound go POOOFT, it skips to next video, the previous video, or if you don't realize your pushing it, the volume goes up to 100%. And I learned'd on that discor'y channel thingy it's bad for your hearing when that happens. A piece of advice to anyone that has one of those roll in and out KB trays on a computer desk, just stear clear of this one. You'll be bumbling and fumbling around trying to fix all of the stuff you just accidently did. Needs to be redone again if you ask me.

Other Thoughts: Not to still be going on about the backlighting, but the macro keys should be illuminated too. They can get confusing in the dark also.
Overall this KB is pretty nice for what it is. Even though it's the 2nd revision, it still has some minor kinks to be worked out if you ask me. I like it as an alternative to my two mech keyboards. Mainly for typing, not gameplay. It is however way too expensive for just a nice general typing keyboard. The macro keys kind of make up for that hefty price tag in a way. I don't like to type a lot of passwords and constantly changing logins. So those do come in handy. It uses the same Ghost software that my Osmium does. Not what was in the box on the neat little paper weight...I mean um driver disk. I always download the newest and most up to date software from the manufacturer's website.
Just like my other KB from this company, it has five macro keys and 5 macro profiles. I simply saved them to my hard drive and moved them over to this with the software. Easy as it gets. I decided to give it four eggs as the build quality and nice responsive keys make up for all the ranting I have yet to get out of my system about the lighting and media keys. That, by the way, you can't disable. Breathe effect on the ghost emblem matches my mouse (Gigabyte M6980X) which is a plus. I do like how they went with side usb hubs instead of out the front on this one. No more fumbling around in front or having to pull my keyboard out to figure troubleshoot. Not too bad I guess.

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  • Julien R.
  • 3/28/2013 12:36:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggstouch media fail

Pros: comfortable, nice looking,

Cons: dont buy it for media control.
maybe im just unlucky, my touch volume control randomly mute my sound without touching it.
maybe a driver or hardware , im waitinf a respond from gigabyte about this.

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  • Andriy Y.
  • 1/1/2013 3:04:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYou Get what you pay for

Pros: This keyboard is a standard gaming keyboard with a twist.

1. The keyboard functions great and its variable resistance keys really help with typing.

2. The hand rest really makes prolonged typing comfortable.

3. It has blue back light for the keys which can be turned on or off by a switch on the back side of the keyboard.

4. It has 2 USB hub ports, which is great if you have many things plugged into your computer you can simply plug in your mouse or something other than that.

5. The macro keys are usefull for setting up quick access shortcuts.

6.Sturdy build.

Cons: As a keyboard it works well except for few small things
1. The very first thing i noticed is that the space key has a little too much resistance than what i am used to so i have to consciously press it harder to ensure i get a space in between my words. Its probably a preference things and will just take time to get used to.

2. The media control keys HORRIBLE
When i first plugged it in i had music playing in Windows Media Player and it was muted by the keyboard. If you were looking at this keyboard for strictly the media control feature i would say skip it. Any time you try to press a key it either pauses and then right away un-pauses or other non desired actions. (Please see other thoughts for more explanation)

Other Thoughts: For the media control function with a little playing around and accidentally putting my finger over the butttons (without actually touching them) i noticed that it began working better, but im still not comfortable 100% with its design since any sorta of hand motion over that general area will either mute something or start playing something else, its not that big of a deal to where it would cause me to think twice about the keyboard because i bought it for the keyboard function not the built in media control. If you have similar issue just hover your finger over the desired function and it should work, again no real need to press it. On another hand (which is what i prefer) i used the 5 Macro keys to set them up as media control so im confident they will work.

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  • Lori F.
  • 12/17/2012 8:33:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweet

Pros: Great keyboard even came with a dust cover that you can type with it on!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I wish you could change the back lights Color on the keys!

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  • Stephen W.
  • 12/5/2012 4:58:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgigabyte k8100

Pros: comfortable. keystroke presures are great. like the arrangement.

Cons: noe

Other Thoughts: if you place an order at 12pm on monday, pay for three day service you would expect to get in on friday latest. got it on monday following week. ordered k90 from td half hour after this purchase had it before newegg even shipped my keyboard.

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