We've been fans of Rosewill's limited-nonsense approach to keyboard design in the past. The company has done a good job of putting Cherry MX switches into understated chassis for years now. The company is back at it again with a pair of keyboards sporting buyers' choice of Cherry MX Blue or Brown switches. The Rosewill RK-9300 is a straightforward mechanical keyboard with per-key blue backlighting and clicky Blue switches. The RK-9300 BR has the same blue illumination paired with quieter Brown switches.
The RK-9300 models differ a bit from previous Rosewill boards we've tested with their black anodized aluminum frames and their non-detachable 5.9' (1.8m) cables. The bottom of the keyboard has molded channels for routing the cable three different ways to suit buyers' desk layouts. The subject of keyboards and detachable vs. integrated cabling became something of a heated issue in the discussion in preparation for this post. We invite gerbils to clack claws to keyboards and let their feelings on the subject be known.
The keyboards measure 18" x 6.5" x 1.6" (46cm x 17cm x 4 cm) and feature a standard key layout without any extra macro keys. The only extra key is a Windows-key lockout that comes with its own indicator light. The built-in lighting has four modes: full lighting for all keys, breathing lights for all keys, an 80% mode that shuts off the lighting on the number pad, and a game mode that lights "WASD" and the arrow key block.
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