First off, I love this keyboard. It has a nice build quality (Solid, heavy, sturdy, and just overall feels comfortable)
Previously I mentioned it has USB 3.0 pass-through. Well, it does and it works like a charm. However, this keyboard is really using a USB 2.0 for interfacing with the computer. The USB 3.0 is purely optional and doesn't even need to be plugged in for the keyboard to work. I'll probably go with SDub's advice and buy an adapter for PS/2 conversion. Good news is I can still keep the USB 3.0 plugged in for convenience.
Back-lighting... I can't seem to go without it. I've tried so many keyboards that don't have the back-light and at night time I just get frustrated. I really like the back-lite on this keyboard. They built the keys to where they're pitch black and only the letter shines the light through. Now, one thing that makes this back-light so great is the fact that each key has it's on LED. Previously, my other back-lit keyboards had LED's on the board where it just illuminates the entire board instead of each key. That left a lot of light bleed to happen between keys and pretty much everywhere. With each key having it's own LED on this board, you get minimal light bleed between keys and the keys show up much clearer. To top it off, there's a scroll wheel on the top of the keyboard that lets your brighten or dim to your hearts content. I love this feature because I finally have an option (a quick one too) if I ever want to dim or brighten the keys. Press down on the wheel and it will toggle the back-light on and off. Nice detailed feature IMO.
Sound... This keyboard sounds great. The pressing of the keys when you bottom out has a real solid feel. The sound when I type is almost like listening to pop-corn pop from a distance. It's definitely noticeable so don't think the keyboard is silent. However, to get to actuation on this keyboard, no sound is made. So if you are an expert typist, you can make this keyboard silent by just pressing the key down to actuation. Me, I'm a bottomer. I can't help it really. Maybe one day I will take the time to train on actuation instead of bottoming. (bottoming... that sounds bad O_o)
Accuracy... Accuracy is a major change with this keyboard vs my old dome board. To be honest, I've actually realized that by using this keyboard, I have been compensating incorrectly in the past with my old dome. What do you mean Deftonian? Well, it's kind of hard to explain but I'll try. All my life I've used a dome keyboard. Work, home, friends, family, etc all have dome. Now since a dome keyboard requires bottoming out when you press a key I had trained my fingers (without even knowing it) to begin pressing the next key in advance... actually probably the next few keys. Now, with this mechanical keyboard, I noticed I started to make a few typing mistakes because my fingers were already pushing down other keys in advance.
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Well, with the actuation being so small on a mechanical keyboard I was typing some words like I was dyslexic. I've since corrected that and now type with confidence and precision. It was interesting to know that a dome keyboard almost trains you to type differently. Now when I go to work, I wish I had a mechanical keyboard. They'll never get one though, I work for the state of Texas and they won’t spend tax dollars on forward tech. Another thing I noticed with typing was that I would rest my fingers on my old keyboard. Now, with the mechanical keyboard I found it's better not to rest my fingers as much. The keys are pretty easy to slide down and with the low actuation mark, resting my fingers usually meant I would accidentally press a key without knowing it.
More things I love about this board are the 5 programmable keys up at the top. Gigabyte also give you extra keys with symbols and such to replace existing keys on the board. The tool they provide is amazing to get keys off. What a breeze. Next to the back-light scroll wheel is the volume scroll wheel. While I don’t use that as much because I have CM Storm Sirus headset with it's own volume controller, I still think it's a nice addition. Same as light wheel, clicking the wheel toggles the mute.
This board also comes with a profile switch. Located at the top right is you light up Aivia logo. You can toggle between 5 profiles and each profile can alter your 5 programmable keys. This comes in handy if you play other games. Each profile has it's own color LED which will change the back-light for the Aivia logo only. The entire board only lights up blue but the profile will change colors based on which you're using.
I've noticed that I do game better on a mechanical keyboard. It seems more responsive and comfortable. I feel safer knowing each key will register and do so quickly.
I now believe the hype about mechanical keyboards. Once you go mechanical, dome’s make you maniacal.
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