Since their release in late 2010, Rosewill’s RK-9000 keyboards have proven popular among those looking to adopt a mechanical model. They’re simple in design, reliable, and have been reasonably-priced – and unlike many vendors which pick and choose only one or two Cherry MX switches to use, Rosewill offered its RK-9000 with all four; Black, Red, Blue and Brown. So – how to follow-up?
By packing on a little bling, of course. With its just-released RK-9100, Rosewill is bringing illumination to its keyboards, and as long as you don’t mind it being blue, you’ll be set. The company offers four different backlighting modes to be used here, including the ever-popular choice where only the arrow and WASD keys are lit up. If you’re like me and appreciate the entire keyboard being lit up, you’ll have that option as well.
Backlighting aside, the RK-9100 keyboards look identical to the RK-9000s. However, unlike the RK-9000s which included one of each Cherry switch, RK-9100s will ship only with Blue and Brown. Other key features include 6-key anti-ghosting and a gold-plated connector. At the moment, Newegg has the Blue switch version in-stock, retailing for $119.99 – a $20 premium over the RK-9000s.