How Do You Choose The Best Gaming Keyboard?

It is difficult to decide which is the best gaming keyboard as keyboards vary in appearance, features and price. Every gaming keyboard review will rank the products differently, according to how much priority they give to different features. Of course, individual tastes also vary.

So faced with this amount of choice, how do you decide which is the best gaming keyboard for you?

Remember that you can actually use any keyboard for gaming as long as it works, so the point of buying a gaming keyboard is the extra features it provides, adding to the ease and enjoyment of gaming. These include programmable keys or buttons; a gaming mode, that locks out the Windows key so you don’t keep accidentally switching back to your desktop; backlighting, which is a cosmetic feature but very useful in making the keys more visible; and an LCD screen displaying game or system information. These are the main features you should be looking for.

Although every gaming keyboard review is different, there are some products which appear near the top of most reviews. Two that appear consistently high in the ratings are the Logitech G11 and G15. The G15 ticks all the boxes. It has six programmable keys (called G keys), but in addition it has buttons to toggle across three different key maps, allowing 18 possible macros. It has orange backlighting behind all keys. However, the outstanding feature is the built-in LCD display in the top, which can be programmed to show all the information you need. The G15 is quite expensive; the G11 is recommended for its quality and is suitable for those on a more limited budget.

Another product that consistently appears near the top of the reviews is the Razer Tarantula, which is particularly popular because of its sexy looks. It has 10 programmable hotkeys, and although it doesn’t have backlighting it has an overhead light called the Battlelight that can be bolted on via a mini-USB socket. People also love the Tarantula for its comfortable keys and ultra-fast response time. The Razer Lycosa Mirror is also highly sought after. It has the Tarantula’s elegance of style and includes software that enables any key to be reprogrammed.

Finally, another highly rated model is the Saitek Cyborg, an upgrade to the popular Eclipse model. Its multi-color backlighting makes it attractive to use, and it enables a special Cyborg mode in which Windows keys are disabled. The 12 Cyborg programmable keys are down the left and right edges of the keyboard, which some find inconvenient because of their distance apart.

All these products are exciting in their different ways. Choosing can be difficult, but comparing the features according to your preferences should help you find the best gaming keyboard for your needs.