Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switch review: Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switch

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Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switch

(Part #: RK-9000)
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Cherry Blue switches offer satisfying tactility with every click; cheaper than most mechanical-switch keyboards; durable braided cord; small footprint.

The Bad Lacks extra USB ports.

The Bottom Line Mechanical keyboards are gaining popularity in circles that miss the tactility of the original IBM Model M, and Rosewill introduces an inexpensive version in the RK-9000. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of competitors like Das Keyboard, but the Cherry Blue switches, molded keycaps, and simple-yet-durable design make the Rosewill RK-9000 an excellent, affordable product to start your click-clack keyboard addiction.

8.0 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 10.0

Many typing purists maintain that the IBM Model M keyboard will always be the standard to compare all modern keyboard designs to, especially for users that rely on the tactile feedback and satisfying "clack" emitted by the switches underneath the keys for accuracy and speed. The rise in popularity of mechanical keyboards that replicate the Model M's design opens the door to more independent companies like Rosewill making their own versions, and the RK-9000 has all the parts typists are looking for in a mechanical input device, including Cherry Blue switches, a tough nylon-wrapped USB cord, a low-profile design, and an affordable price to top it off. If you're just getting interested in these unique keyboards and don't care about extra USB ports or robust cases, the Rosewill RK-9000 is a great place to start.

The appeal of the RK-9000 starts with the mechanical switches that live underneath the keys. They're the same Cherry switches found in most mechanical keyboards including the

This also results in the satisfying click sound that some claim to improve typing speed and accuracy, sometimes coming at the expense of irritated coworkers around you. This isn't exactly a scientific test, but we checked our speed and accuracy using and were able to achieve almost 10 extra words per minute using the RK-9000 compared with other scissor-switch laptop keyboards.

The RK-9000 is as simple a keyboard as they come; the Das Keyboard is a better choice if you want dual-powered USB ports and a more robust overall shape, but that's not to say the RK-9000 isn't well-designed, either. We like that you can see the red chassis peeking out between the keys, and the key caps themselves are concave to fit the natural curvature of your fingertips, which results in a much more comfortable typing experience. We also appreciate Rosewill's attention to detail with regard to the durability of the device: the tough nylon wrap around the USB cord and the laser-printed characters on each keycap justify the price by adding an extra layer of durability to the device.

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