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.

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    • DPete27
    • 5 years ago

    Why is PS/2 support still being included?

      • ChronoReverse
      • 5 years ago

      For full nkey rollover as mentioned in the article. I use PS/2 mode.

      • Kougar
      • 5 years ago

      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.

        • DPete27
        • 5 years ago

        Ohhhh, so that’s why I suck at FPS games

    • MadManOriginal
    • 5 years ago

    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.

    • ludi
    • 5 years ago

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

      • MadManOriginal
      • 5 years ago

      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.)

        • ChronoReverse
        • 5 years ago

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

        • ludi
        • 5 years ago

        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.

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