Updated 23 April 2021
Thinking about changing your keyboard for gaming? If so, it isn't a bad idea since keyboards designed specifically for gaming come with special features that can help boost your performance in-game.
Gaming keyboards are specially designed for frequent gamers that play for hours on end and aim to provide the fastest possible reaction speeds, which makes for an awesome gaming experience and the possibility of going pro.
Initially understanding the different techniques and functions makes it easier to choose which type of keyboard suits your playing style. Below we mention some of the most important things to look at.
Definitely go for a keyboard with backlighting so you have great visibility even when playing in darker environments.
This comes with a mechanical OmniPoint-switch that you can activate and control via the included software. The magnetic wrist-rest is super ergonomic and the manufacturer touts it as "the world's fastest keyboard".
Traditional switches on a keyboard are comprised of a plastic piece that gets pushed down to meet a contact point under the key but many modern gaming keyboards come with mechanical switches. These come with the added benefit of being often higher quality and thus, having a longer lifespan.
Keys on the keyboard are important for both the feeling and overall quality of gameplay. More recently, they've been designed with greater reactivity so the switch registers the press of a button even earlier in the movement, which in essence means faster reactions speed. the Cherry MX Black is a great example of one of these.
For hardcore gamers, it's also super important to have support for key rollover so that the keyboard doesn't miss registering keystrokes when pressing several keys at ones. This makes all the difference when you want to do things like, run, jump and shoot seamlessly.
If a keyboard states that it has 6 key rollover specs, it means that it can register x keys that are pressed simultaneously.
Anti-ghosting is a similar term, which is usually used to indicate that a keyboard can handle 3 rollovers or more.
This is a popular choice among gamers who are fans of mechanical switches. It comes with a GX-Blue-switch that has smooth, tactile feedback. The CS:GO player S1mple is known for using the G Pro
Macro-keys are also something you should look into, since gaming mouses have programmable buttons just like their keyboard counterparts.
Via software that is compatible with the keyboard, you can record sessions of button presses which you then connect to the macro keys, thus allowing you to perform complicated movements and patterns in the game with just a single press of a button.
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