How to Choose The Best Gaming Keyboard

A keyboard is, undisputedly, one of the most important elements in your PC gaming setup. A well-chosen mouse-keyboard pair can not only streamline your gaming experience but also help you avoid the health effects of prolonged computer use. In this article, we are going to find out what makes a good keyboard and how to choose one.

1.       Understand Your Needs

Although choosing keyboards may seem easy, there are important distinctions between their types. There are dozens of keyboard models that can vary in the number of keys, typing mechanism, and more. So, to choose the perfect keyboard, you need to understand how you are going to use your keyboard. Do you need extra keys for MMO games, or will a numpad just take space on your desk? After all, if you mostly play popular cross-platform games, it may make more sense to invest in a good gamepad. Therefore, understanding what you can improve in your gaming experience is a must.

2. It’s What Under The Keys That Counts

And under the keys can be two things: either plastic membranes that connect keys and a typing plate or mechanical switches which are responsible for typing each key, just like on a typewriter. Even though the latter technology is much older, the consensus is that mechanical keyboards are more reliable and typing on them feels more comfortable. As a result, this type of keyboard is more expensive, so consider your budget before settling on a mechanical keyboard.

3. Special Effects

After you decide on the basics, all that’s left to choose is the design and special features of your future keyboard. Unless you are heavy on a specific game genre that demands keys not found on a usual office keyboard, your best choice may be a mechanical, tenkeyless pad. Even though rainbow-colored backlighting looks cool, it has little practical use — you’ll probably be able to find these WASD keys without looking at the keyboards, so only choose a backlit model for aesthetics reasons.

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