A passionate gamer must have the best gaming devices or peripherals and most important of all would be the gaming keyboard, which we will be talking about. What exactly the gamer looks for while buying the keyboard – is it the number of programmable keys, the backlighting, multimedia keys, USB ports, customizable key options or the palm rest. The gaming keyboards with latest technologies can be divided into two groups – hybrid keyboards and macro keyboards.
Hybrid keyboards make use of at least two switch technologies to perform, speeding up the response time of the keyboard while macro keyboards convert time-consuming and repetitive keyboard sequences into short and single sequences.
1. Logitech G19
This is the most exclusive and expensive keyboard as it has an LCD screen panel that displays information such as game statistics, information about monitor system performance, VOIP communication data, video playback, etc. All the keys of the keyboard have backlights which further can be adjusted for intensity and color. The keyboard has 12 programmable buttons and has two ports which can be used for file transfer, e.g., MP3 files or images.
2. Razer Tarantula
It comes with the most elegant design and very comfortable keys to work with. Usually gaming keyboards lack comfortable keys but this keyboard is an exception. It has 10 programmable keys which have backlights. Speaking about the features, it has anti-ghosting technology which means we can press upto 10 keys simultaneously. It also has a feature of removing keys with a special device and moving them to different positions. In terms of price, it’s quite expensive.
3. Microsoft Sidewinder X6
It comes with a detachable keypad which can be fixed to either right side or left side of the keyboard. It has a high number of programmable keys, i.e., 30 and a two-color backlighting.
4. Ideazon Merc Stealth
It has 34 programmable keys WASD pad on the left side of the keyboard. Gamer can choose from the set of 125 predefined mapping designs in popular games, which also has the facility to edit or add the profiles whenever needed. All the keys are illuminated and has three colors to choose from – red, blue, and purple. To give more comfort while playing for long hours, the keys are made from rubber.
5. Saitek Cyborg
It is one of the modern gaming keyboard with a hi-tech design. It comes with 12 special ‘Cyborg’ keys on the left side of the keyboard which can be programmed with any function. It has a multicolor backlighting which can be adjusted for brightness and an option to choose from 5 colors. During gaming Windows keys can be disabled and can be switched back to ‘normal’ mode with one push.
6. Microsoft Reclusa
It is the most oddly shaped keyboard which has 12 programmable keys including two 360 degrees jog-dials and two bumper buttons. It has two USB ports and comes with a wrist pad which can be removed.
7. Logitech G15
It is quite similar to Logitech G19 excluding the price. It has a monochrome LCD screen and no multicolor backlights. Other features are same as of Logitech G19.
8. Razer Lycosa Mirror
All the keys of this modern looking keyboard are well lit. It has a set of customized keys and 10 programmable keys. It also has an option of deactivating windows keys while playing.
9. Microsoft Sidewinder X4
It has six macro keys on the left side, multimedia keys on the top and red backlighting which can be adjusted for intensity. Choice of two gaming modes is present in the keyboard – one is anti-ghosting and other is onboard memory profiles. As compared to other keyboards regarding the price, we can definitely say that it’s cheap.
With all the features and price in mind, you can begin hunting for the best gaming keyboard.