Yep, it’s me again with another geeky post! I thought I’d right about gaming keyboards since I spilled orange juice on mine a couple of weeks ago. I go by the rule “don’t spill the drink” rather than “don’t place the drink there in the first place”. I’m not sure whether to feel bad or not because since the spill incident, I’ve learned quite a lot about keyboards and now I have something to write about… But I also lost a pretty good keyboard! So, here are a few things you may want consider before buying a gaming keyboard (based on hours of online research and a little bit of personal taste):
1. Mechanical or Rubber Dome? - Today’s conventional keyboards have rubber dome-based keys that don’t make much noise and are very “normal” in a sense. But remember the good old “clickity clack” keyboards from 10-years ago? They’re called Mechanical Keyboards and they’re making a return to the market as gaming-peripherals. Mechanical Keyboards have different types of keys called “switches”, and these switches are color-coded according to how they function e.g. Cherry MX Blue switches make loud clicky noises and have a tactile bump-feel to them, unlike the Cherry MX Black keys which are quieter and not as bumpy. I’ll try to explain more about Mechanical Keyboards in another blog post because they are a science of their own. Anyways, Mechanical Keyboards are said to be more satisfying for gaming.
2. Macro Keys/Programmable Keys – If you like to play games that require a sequence of keystrokes to perform certain tasks, like in World of Warcraft, then you might want to get a keyboard with programmable/macro keys to do that job for you. With one press of a key, your keyboard will automatically play the game for you!… Kidding. Well, look on the bright side; less pressing for your delicate fingers.
3. Backlighting – If you like to game in the dark, then a keyboard that lights up would be your best friend. It is really easy to forget which keys your fingers are currently on during a suspense-filled gaming session. Some keyboards let you change their lighting colors or brightness levels.
4. Built-in LCD screen - There are a few gaming keyboards out there that have built-in LCD screens that display information about, say, how much health you have left or even whether someone sent you a facebook message. Having an extra display on the side may make your life much easier, although it can be replaced with your smartphone.
5. USB/Audio Ports – Only if you really need them, some keyboards offer a couple of built-in USB slots or audio ports in case you want to quickly plug in a memory stick… or just your gaming headset.
6. Palm rests - Do they still matter? They make me uncomfortable, to be honest. But having a detachable palm rest for your keyboard can help ease the strain while gaming/typing.
That’s all I could think of for now. I hope you found this post useful. If you wish to add to the list or have something to say about the post, please let me know in the comment section below. For gaming keyboards, visit xcite.com. It was Rani juice by the way and the pulp made things worse!