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Rosewill shows new-and-improved RK-9000V2 mechanical keyboard

Thanks to their no-nonsense design, attractive pricing, and wide selection of Cherry MX switch types, Rosewill's RK-9000 mechanical keyboards have earned praise from many geeks—including yours truly. At CES this week, Rosewill is showing a new-and-improved version of this enthusiast favorite: the RK-9000V2.

Like its predecessor, the RK-9000V2 has a clean layout and a choice of Cherry MX blue, brown, black, and red switches. Rosewill plans to charge $109.99, a slight premium over the current model. Users won't just be paying for the new name, though. Rosewill promises better reliability, thanks in part to a "heavy metal inner frame chassis," and it's sprinkled in several new features.

The RK-9000V2 has Fn+F key shortcuts for media and audio volume controls. Its F12 key also doubles as a toggle to enable the Windows key, complete with an LED indicator. On top of that, full n-key rollover is available in PS/2 mode. Plugging the keyboard into a USB port limits rollover to 12 keys, however.

Speaking of plugs, Rosewill has switched to an L-shaped Micro-USB connector that should be more durable. By the way, note the Rosewill logo above the numpad—much more understated than the RK-9000's stark white wordmark.

The official launch date is "2014 Q4 / 2015 Q1," according to the placard in Rosewill's CES suite. I assume that means retail availability isn't far off.

0 responses to “Rosewill shows new-and-improved RK-9000V2 mechanical keyboard

  1. I have the original with the straight plug, and never had a problem either, but that’s due to how my desk is set up. I can easily see it being a problem in other circumstances — including the too-common case where a cable catches on something while you’re moving the unit and it yanks the cord sideways.

    Seems if a manufacturer is going to release a revised version of the product when they know there have been problems in the past (hence the midcycle change to supplying the ‘L’ plug, also shown here), it would be a good opportunity to make a minor design change. This is a $110 keyboard for enthusiasts, not a $20 Logitech competing against 15 other similarly-priced models at the office supply store, so a few extra manufacturing costs are not going to break the market.

  2. Because it’s a lower latency interface vs a USB keyboard, and a more direct input method given how the old IRQ structure works. And as Chrono said N-key rollover…

    I’m sure it’s changed now, but the last study to look at this (using DOS) reported a ~20ms delay difference between USB vs PS/2 keyboard input. In the current gaming era where people are concerned about 20ms of monitor’s input lag, or if their ping is 100ms instead of 60ms, then I highly doubt a gamer wants to add another 5 or 10ms to their key registration times.

  3. Yeah, my keyboard rarely moves so there’s no opportunity for the connector to break.

  4. So I was wondering about this. Rosewill has been putting out a lot of fancy keyboards, and the RK-9000 has been harder to find. It’s good to see they are continuing the low-frills model, it makes for a fine budget mechanical keyboard.

  5. Never had a problem with mine. Do people really smash their keyboards up against stuff a lot?

    (And yes, I’m aware of the broken USB port due to bad soldering issues. A different port position, say underneath like some keyboards, would reduce strain but not correct bad soldering itself. I believe that would also add to manufacturing cost. Hopefully the quality improvements are in the soldering and socket mounting too. An angled USB plug can still cause strain.)

  6. Still rather baffling that they can’t get that plug assembly moved into a more protected location.