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Gaming Keyboards

Whether you’re working at the office or a hardcore gamer, the keyboard is an essential PC component companion. Gaming keyboards are an oversized keyboard option that caters more to the lay-out and demands of gamers with extra versatile features that many basic consumer keyboards just don’t hack. Some spend more of their time typing at one than they do getting sleep. That statement may sound ridiculous but for many dedicated users it is true.

Mechanical versus membrane

The header should be this section should be retitled “cheaper versus expensive” but there will be more on that later. Overall, if you’re browsing for a cheaper keyboard, it’s probably going to be a membrane. Membrane keyboards work via an electric current that is run through a plastic membrane; mechanical switches work because if mechanical switches beneath each key. While mechanical has a range of benefits over membrane, its biggest fault is in the price-tag itself.

If you’re serious about gaming then a mechanical keyboard is definitely your answer. Most only require half a press of the key to register a keystroke. As I mentioned in a previous paragraph, and unless your budget isn’t too restrained, a mechanical keyboard will be the cherry on your technological cake and will work wonders for your gaming productivity. Do yourself a favour and research now, not all two brands are the same and there are many choices as to what will suit you!

Virtual keyboards may also pop up on your radar. Although they look sleek and futuristic, the current technology has its limitations. The optics that they use to configure your keystrokes just aren’t developed enough as technology for the demand that gaming requires. They have their faults and can be fairly inaccurate but if you are looking for a cool, developing technology, then keep your eyes peeled for the avenues virtual keyboards may take.

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1stPlayer Fire Dancing GK3 Hybrid Mechanical Black 7 Colour
Hybrid Mechanical Switches, Seven Colour Backlight, Multimedia Keys
9 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: 1ST-GK3BLK
Manf Code: KB-200

£21.46 inc vat

£17.88 ex vat

 

1stPlayer Fire Dancing GK3 Hybrid Mechanical White 7 Colour
Hybrid Mechanical Switches, Seven Colour Backlight, Multimedia Keys
5 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: 1ST-KB201
Manf Code: KB-201

£24.98 inc vat

£20.82 ex vat

 

Cougar 450K Gaming Keyboard
Hybrid Mechanical switches, 3 colours Backlight
4 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: COU-450K
Manf Code: 450K UK

£41.99 inc vat

£34.99 ex vat

 

Razer Cynosa Chroma Keyboard
Soft cushioned keys with gaming-grade performance, 10 key roll-over with anti-ghosting, Individually customizable backlit keys
3 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: RAZ-CYNOSA
Manf Code: RZ03-02260400-R3W1

£59.99 inc vat

£49.99 ex vat

 

ROCCAT Horde Membranical Gaming Keyboard, UK Layout, Grey
Configurable Tuning Wheel & Keys, on-the-fly Control for Multimedia, Illumination & More
2 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: ROC-HORDGY
Manf Code: ROC-12-302-GY

£69.98 inc vat

£58.32 ex vat

 

Cougar 200K Scissor Switch Gaming Keyboard
LED Backlit 7 Colours Anti-Ghosting Keys, Repeat Rate Acceleration
2 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: COU-200K
Manf Code: 200K

£26.39 inc vat

£21.99 ex vat

 

i-Rocks K50 Illuminated High Scissor Structure Keyboard
2 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: IRO-K50
Manf Code: K50

£23.99 inc vat

£19.99 ex vat

 

BlackWidow Tournament Chroma V2 Gaming Keyboard - Yellow Switches
Fully programmable keys with macro recording, Instant Trigger Technology
2 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: RAZ-BWV2YW
Manf Code: RZ03-02191000-R3W1

£119.99 inc vat

£99.99 ex vat

 

Razer BlackWidow X Chroma Gaming Keyboard
Multi-Award Winning Razer Mechanical Switches, Engineered for Durability, 16.8 Million Customisable Colour options!
2 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: RAZ-BWXCHR
Manf Code: RZ03-01760400-R3W1

£149.99 inc vat

£124.99 ex vat

 

ROCCAT Horde Membranical Gaming Keyboard, UK Layout, White
Configurable Tuning Wheel & Keys, on-the-fly Control for Multimedia, Illumination & More
1 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: ROC-HORDWH
Manf Code: ROC-12-302-WE

£69.98 inc vat

£58.32 ex vat

 

Ornata Chroma Razer Gaming Mecha-Membrane Keyboard
10 key roll-over anti-ghosting; Razer Chroma RGB Lighting with 16.8m colour options.
1 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: RAZ-ORNACR
Manf Code: RZ03-02040300-R3W1

£99.98 inc vat

£83.32 ex vat

 

RIOTORO Ghostwriter Classic Membrane Gaming Keyboard, Multicolour, RGB
Smooth, quiet and low-profile membrane keys, Customizable global backlighting to any of 8 colours
1 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: RIO-KR610
Manf Code: KR610-UK

£49.99 inc vat

£41.66 ex vat

 

ROCCAT Suora Frameless Tactile Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, UK Layout, Black
Advanced Anti-Ghosting Media & Hotkeys, Blue Backlighting & Six Macro Keys, Brown Mechanical Switches
1 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: ROC-SUORA
Manf Code: ROC-12-202

£79.99 inc vat

£66.66 ex vat

 

VPRO V55 Gaming Backlit Keyboard Black UK Layout
128 programmable keys, Membrane keys, Adjustable backlight system
1 in stock More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: VPR-V55
Manf Code: 17027

£39.98 inc vat

£33.32 ex vat

 

Zalman USB Gaming Keyboard
Mechanical switches for durability, Compact and ergonomic design
Dispatches within 1 - 3 Days More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: ZAL-ZMK500
Manf Code: ZM-K500

£29.99 inc vat

£24.99 ex vat

 

ROCCAT Horde Membranical Gaming Keyboard, UK Layout, Black
Configurable Tuning Wheel & Keys, on-the-fly Control for Multimedia, Illumination & More
Ordered Upon Request More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: ROC-HORDBK
Manf Code: ROC-12-302-BK

£69.98 inc vat

£58.32 ex vat

 

ROCCAT Horde Aimo Membranical RGB Gaming Keyboard, UK Layout, Black
Configurable Tuning Wheel & Keys, On-the-fly Control for Multimedia, Illumination & More, RGB Illumination
Ordered Upon Request More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: ROC-HRDABK
Manf Code: ROC-12-352-BK

£89.99 inc vat

£74.99 ex vat

 

ROCCAT Horde Aimo Membranical RGB Gaming Keyboard, UK Layout, Grey
Configurable Tuning Wheel & Keys, On-the-fly Control for Multimedia, Illumination & More, RGB Illumination
Ordered Upon Request More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: ROC-HRDAGY
Manf Code: ROC-12-352-GY

£89.99 inc vat

£74.99 ex vat

 

ROCCAT Horde Aimo Membranical RGB Gaming Keyboard, UK Layout, White
Configurable Tuning Wheel & Keys, On-the-fly Control for Multimedia, Illumination & More, RGB Illumination
Ordered Upon Request More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: ROC-HRDAWH
Manf Code: ROC-12-352-WE

£89.99 inc vat

£74.99 ex vat

 

ROCCAT Skeltr Smart Communication RGB Membrane Gaming Keyboard, UK Layout, Grey
Universal Device Docking Slot, Holds All Smartphones/Tablets + Charge via USB, RGB Illumination
Ordered Upon Request More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: ROC-SKELTR
Manf Code: ROC-12-232-GY

£149.99 inc vat

£124.99 ex vat

 

Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Gaming Keyboard
Chroma backlighting, Mechanical Switches with 50g actuation force, Gaming mode option
Ordered Upon Request More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: RAZ-BWCHR2
Manf Code: RZ03-02030400-R3W1

£169.99 inc vat

£141.66 ex vat

 

Corsair Mechanical Gaming Keyboard K70 LUX Red LED  Back-Lit Cherry MX Brown
Dispatches within 1 - 3 Days More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: CSR-K70LUX
Manf Code: CH-9101022-UK

£114.74 inc vat

£95.62 ex vat

 

i-Rocks K10 USB Gaming Keyboard with a mechanical feel
30 key anti-ghosting anywhere on the board, PBT Keycaps, 3.8mm Key Stroke
Ordered Upon Request More information about stock Next Day Delivery only £5.99*

Stock Code: IRO-CKSK10
Manf Code: 4711148787512

£19.99 inc vat

£16.66 ex vat

 

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Key Switches

The little switches that layer beneath every keyboard vary greatly with every type of keyboard. Many users won’t heed much to the differences but whatever type you choose can define your keyboard and impact the sensitivity, feedback, usability, durability, and even the devices lifespan. Gamers, take note:

Silicone dome switches are what most of us know when we autopsy our keyboards. Although perfectly fine, that’s all the response many gamers will feedback about these keyboards: “fine.” While gaming, you want the most sensitivity that a keyboard can produce in order to register all your activity. A silicone dome switch needs to be pushed down fully to push a response, which is fine for those that want to feel like they’re typing on a digital typewriter but for gamers this can be a moment of life or death for logging keystrokes.

By far the most renowned of keyboards of the gaming community are mechanical keyboards. If you’ve already got one then I presume you are reading this article for recreational purposes. Spring loaded key posts provide bouncing keys that are as sensitive as my ego. By far the most sensitive switch types, the user is granted swift responsiveness and faster typing that puts you in the front seat of your gaming experience. These gaming weapons are reliable and easy to maintain with inexpensive parts. Continue reading for a further discussion on the debates and perks of investing in a mechanical keyboard.

Most compact machine’s like laptops employ scissor switches. These fairly-priced keyboards often respond more sensitively than typical silicone so provide a faster keystroke that is less demanding on the user to gain a response in-game.