Rosewill produces a whole lineup of products with seemingly incongruous variety. You can get matching brands for your blood pressure monitor, your wine opener, your DSLR bag, and your computer power supply. The vast majority of Rosewill's distribution flows through Newegg.
Their RK-9000 mechanical keyboard was manufactured by CoStar under the Rosewill branding. With that product, they brought a high quality mechanical keyboard to North America for a very decent price of just under a hundred dollars. For what might as well be considered a Filco keyboard, that is an outstanding price. It did not have media keys; it did not have backlighting; but it was a solid keyboard which felt great to type on and had outstanding performance.
Check out our video review of the Rosewill RK-9000 second generation and read on for the written review
At some point Rosewill decided to discontinue the RK-9000 without an official announcement. Beyond a sudden and sustained drop in availability, there was no evidence that the keyboard was no longer produced. A few silent months went by until Rosewill officially announced a second generation of RK-9000 mechanical keyboards. It was then clear why the RK-9000 was discontinued: it was being replaced and updated.
We were approached by the company to conduct a review of their recently released mechanical keyboards. Included was not just the Cherry MX Blue switched RK-9000, but also its three newly introduced siblings: the MX Brown switched RK-9000BR, the MX Black switched RK-9000BL, and the MX Red switched RK-9000RE. A little under three months ago we have received the review units and have been in the process of testing them ever since.
What Rosewill was unaware of was that I am a proud owner of the original RK-9000 keyboard. This review is more than a review of Rosewill’s new products, but also will be a comparison between the new product and their original offering. Despite sharing a Newegg product page with its ancestor, the new keyboard is not identical. For good measure, I also have a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate lying around -- slightly dilute the oversaturation of the letter R in tested product names… albeit, not the company names.
A new contender has enterkeyed.
If you happen to have an original RK-9000, is it time for an upgrade? If you are interested in all of the hoopla about mechanical keyboards, is this the correct time and place to dive in?
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2012 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: rosewill, CES
LAS VEGAS, CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (MIRAGE SUITE) – JAN. 10, 2012 – Rosewill, the leading hardware solution provider and the best choice in value will be showcasing its latest award-winning, cutting edge, and premiere line of products at the world-renowned 2012 Consumer Electronic Show (CES). Highlights include our top ranking computer components such as: Gamer Approved Computer Cases (including our THOR V2, BLACKHAWK-ULTRA, and more), CAPSTONE Modular Series Power Supply, RX-358 USB3.0/Esata External Enclosure, along with the best-selling Rosewill Wireless Adapters, Routers and Peripherals.
In addition to, Rosewill will debut several new LAPTOP Accessories, Notebook Coolers, along with a Lapdesk with its own cooling solution. Alongside IT products, Rosewill has a diverse product line for consumer electronics as well as office and home improvement products. All of our innovative products will be on display and a select few will be available for a demonstration at Rosewill’s suite at the Mirage hotel and casino from January 10th through January 13th.
There is a lot to see at the Rosewill booth this year at CES, like the brand new Ranger ATX enclosure which can handle five 120mm fans and a pair of 140mm fans.
If you need a bigger case then the full ATX Thor V2 is a better choice as it can house XL-ATX board, a huge amount of hard drives and is just over 9" deep.
They've also introduced a trio of Hive PSUs at 550W, 650W and 750W which are designed to run extremely quietly.
The RX-358 UC3 is a black aluminium and plastic external HDD cage which can be attached via USB 3.0 or eSATA to give you top transfer speeds.
The RNX-N600UBE is a wireless dual band adapter which offers additional security and range to your machine and supports MIMO, which is still fairly rare to see.
Over and above the accessories for your laptop or PC they also have designed a lapdesk to make you much more comfortable while you are working. Not only does it get the hot notebook off of your lap it is easily configurable to your needs; no more leaning or squinting through light reflections.
PC Perspective's CES 2012 coverage is sponsored by MSI Computer.
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