The RK-9000I has a black and white motif, with black keys contrasting against an ivory white chassis. There's no backlight, so gamers used to playing in the dark will be out of luck—try the Razer Black Widow Ultimate (Best Deal: $123.00 at eastlunaint)if you want something backlit like Dell Inspiron N4110 (Backlight) Keyboard . That's not to say, however, that the Rosewill has no visual accents. The internal metal frame of the RK-9000I—which also provides rock-solid stability for even the fiercest typist—has the same white color as the outer chassis, which contrasts nicely against the black keys. Other variations of the RK-9000 have clack exteriors and red internal frames, which also make for an interesting (if subtle) visual appeal.
Measuring 1.5 by 17.3 by 5.4 inches (HWD) with a tiered key layout, the RK-9000I is slightly more compact than the typical desktop keyboard, but doesn't sacrifice any typing comfort, and instead trims some of the fat that other manufacturers typically add to a keyboard, like extra buttons or indicator lights. The RK-9000I weighs 3.6 pounds, making it one of the heavier keyboards available—the 3.1-pound Editors' Choice Corsair Vengeance K90 (Best Deal: $119.96 at TigerDirect.com)is half a pound lighter, and even that was heavier than most competitors. This weight, when paired with firm rubber feet, keeps the RK-9000I stationary, even if you're an enthusiastic key-smasher.
The only items included with the Rosewill RK-9000I are two braided 4-foot connector cables, for use with PS/2 and USB connections, respectively. The braided cable prevents tangling, but the 4-foot length might be a little short for anyone wanting to snake the cable around and behind objects to a PC tower. The RK-9000I offers slightly different anti-ghosting capability depending upon the connection used, as the USB connection offers 6-key anti-ghosting, but the PS/2 connection expands it to include all 104 keys, simultaneously.
Regardless of the connection used, the keyboard like the Compaq Keyboards is a plug and play device, with no drivers to download or customization dashboards to fiddle with. This is a bit of a departure for gaming keyboards, which often include programmable macro buttons and swappable profiles, but the RK-9000I has none of that. Rosewill covers the RK-9000I with a three-year warranty on parts, and a one-year warranty on labor.
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