Helping you find the best gaming keyboards!!
Since it’s not easy to choose a gaming keyboard, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the specifications like keystroke lifespan, programmable keys, media keys etc, we’ve set up a comparison table below, along with some of the more important aspects of a gaming keyboard that you should look at before you make your purchase.
|Best Gaming Keyboards||Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7
||Microsoft Sidewinder X6
||Corsair Vengeance K90
|Cost||See Price||See Price||See Price||See Price||See Price|
|Anti-Ghosting||yes||26 keys||WASD keys||yes||yes|
|Keystrokes Lifecycle||50 Million||50 Million||50 Million||20 Million||50 Million|
|Warranty||1 year||3 years||1 year||1 year||1 year|
|Removable Wrist Rests||3||No||No||No||No|
The Best Gaming Keyboards: 3 Top Factors To Consider
When it comes to selecting a gaming keyboard it's important to find one with the features that you need for your style of gaming. Every brand is different, with weak and strong aspects of their gaming keyboard. This ends up making each one different and unique. For that reason, we rated the products we reviewed based on many factors, to show how beneficial they are for a variety of game types. We did not take the price into consideration, this website is about the best gaming keyboards, not the cheapest. With this in mind, I compared the gaming keyboards by the following aspects.
When it comes to gaming, you want a computer keyboard with awesome features. You also need one that will help improve your gaming experience. Having fast and awesome gaming skills is not enough any more... You need to have features that are better than what every other "Tom, dick and Harry" are playing with!! These competitors more then likely have a regular keyboard, which totally validates spending the extra money on one of these gaming keyboards.
Some of the main things you need to look for when deciding on features are the presence of media keys, a selective key gaming mode that disables buttons and commands that could potentially kick you from game play, anti-ghosting is important for the button mashing players and the length of the warranty is also very important. For the quick ability to adjust volume and cycle through your play list, Media keys are essential! You definitely need to blast the best song to set your mood to decimate your opponents. The Anti-ghosting feature allows you to hit multiple keys at the same time without errors.
The design category is all about convenience, looks and functionality. Here are a few things that really add to a gaming keyboard's worth and make it superior over $10 walmart keyboards. As you probably know, most gamers play in a dimly lit or dark room which can make back-lighting on a keyboard very useful. Diablo 3 is awesome, but playing Diablo 3 in a dark room with a triple 27" monitor set-up and a awesome back-lit gaming keyboard is epic. Other versatile options that need to be considered in the design category are things like a removable wrist rest. Any one who has played D&D Online knows how fast your wrist aches and your fingers seize up when your wrist is bent because you don't have a wrist rest. Connection options are also important and part of the design category too. You probably don't realize it but things like a USB hub and a headphone/microphone jack, can be useful, but can also be a huge pain in the neck as well as an eye sore when designed poorly. One of the gaming keyboards I bought had the usb ports above the number pad, so if you plugged anything in to it, the cord would stick straight up. Not only did it look shabby, but I ended up breaking the hub due to hitting it while reaching for my rockstar. Usb ports are important, but make sure they are on the back, or even better, on the sides.
Like most gamers, I can be a little rough with my peripherals, and when I'm not doing so well I can be especially abusive, so it's important that we take durability into consideration. Gamers have a tendency to mash buttons, and they are typically the same 8 over and over again. This can shorten the life of a keyboard that isn't made to withstand the abuse. Most gaming keyboards have a rating aspect called keystroke lifecycle. This is a very important aspect to pay attention to, nobody wants to buy an awesome gaming keyboard just to have a few keys go dead in a month. The best gaming keyboards have a keystroke lifecycle of 50 million.
There are a few things that can make a keyboard fun, like changing the back-lighting color, but there are a few customizations that are essential to the best gaming keyboards. Most of these keyboards need to have programmable keys to be exceptional. Having the ability to program keys for specific functions is really one of the most important aspects that sets regular keyboards apart from the best gaming keyboards. Gaming keyboards have special keys that are specifically for writing multi-command functions that can be programmed to a single key. Macro keys like this will really help you have the edge you need while gaming.