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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.

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.

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