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Gigabyte shows off K8100 gaming keyboard and M8600 mouse

Gigabyte has been showing off its latest gaming keyboard and mouse out here at Computex and both of them look rather impressive. However, it was the keyboard in particular that caught our eye at first because it seems to have taken rather a lot of ispiration from a certain italian supercar manufacturer. Certainly if the resemblance to Lamboughini's cars isn't glaring at first, comparing it to Asus's official Lamborghini branded laptops (like the VX2 and VX3) should confirm things for you.

Rip-off, dedication, conincidence: whatever you call it, the K8100 keyboard does actually look like a nice piece of kit. Ironically, we do rather like the styling and the layout and key action also seems decent – though with regards the latter it's not on the level of premium keyboards like the Steel Series 7G – and there are some neat features as well.

In the top left hand corner is a mode switch for changing between macro configurations while there are a couple USB ports for connecting further USB devices. There's also a touch-sensitive volume control along the top edge. Pricing was only available in US dollars and we got a figure of less than $80 with it becoming available in July.

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stranded

June 2, 2010, 9:19 am

Another item for 8-10 years old people...

Occam's Razor

June 2, 2010, 11:54 am

It's just awful. I didn't realise it is 1988.

gonzorv

June 2, 2010, 2:09 pm

I assume its made from stainless steel and has a flux capacitor included?





Marty!

Hans Gruber

June 3, 2010, 1:44 am

@ gonzorv





and uses 1.21 gigawatts! Haha. Nice one.





@ Occam's Razor





1988, my thoughts exactly.





@ stranded





Agreed. It looks like a toy from the 80s, some kind of Transformer maybe?





We are all so much in agreement we could even be the same person, except I know I'm me and only me. That said, if it worked and wasn't as uncomfortable to use as it looks and didn't a million pounds, with a huge design overhaul to make it look like a mouse and not an attachment a ninja would use for starting up the power on a spaceship or something then it just might be a good product. I like the button positioning and potential extreme accuracy, at least. More than meets the eye perhaps? ;)

Gordon394

June 3, 2010, 3:56 am

MY EYES!!!

stranded

June 3, 2010, 8:49 am

@red


When i said for children i didn't mean the looks. It was for its "performance".


I think that buttons placement look better than Logitech and Microsoft k/bs. But they are not raised, not big enough and Enter/Return button not full size? Talking about a gaming k/b???!!!


And all this useless wrists pads and aerodynamics?

Hans Gruber

June 3, 2010, 5:15 pm

@ stranded





I was referring solely to the mouse. I quickly skipped over the ghastly ketchup coloured keyboard and paid it no attention.





The potential of the mouse for me was in the placement of 2 buttons on both the left and crucially, right side as I like to use them for steering aircraft in online shooters like BF2 etc. Any mouse with just leftmost placed buttons is no good for me. That said this mouse wins a fugly design award as it is unless there was something very good about the way it handled that made it worth getting (provided it didn't cost an arm and a leg).

stranded

June 4, 2010, 12:14 pm

@red


Did you play games with this mouse? There is a great difference between just holding a mouse at an Expo and using it in real combat fields <<:D


I have used for some time a couple of Gigabyte gaming mice. Some nice features but not good overall.

Hans Gruber

June 4, 2010, 6:27 pm

@ stranded





No I've never used the mouse or any other Gigabyte input device. I was just saying I appreciated the 2 buttons either side and thought, with the mouse's huge resolution figure, it might have some potential beyond its awful looking exterior is all.





I've been using a Razer Diamondback 3G in replacement of my Razer Copperhead, which developed a fault but that's not working as it should be either (buttons don't respond). I liked the form factor of these devices, small and low enough to hold properly with buttons on both sides, not just the left like Logitech etc.





I might dismantle the Diamondback, see if I can fix it though I suspect that'll be the end of it, if past experiences are anything to go by. ;)

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