How to Choose a Great Computer Gaming Keyboard

The Logitech G15, a great computer gaming keyboard!

The Logitech G15, a great computer gaming keyboard!

Eventually every avid gamer realizes they need a good computer gaming keyboard.  Let’s face it, the stock keyboard that comes with most PCs just isn’t very good for gaming.  When you finally get serious about your computer gaming you need to get the right tool for the job! A great computer gaming keyboard.

A great computer gaming keyboard will have illuminated keys

First you should decide if you want a lighted, or back lit computer gaming keyboard.  The advantage of a back lit keyboard is that it makes it very easy to play in the dark and let’s face it, playing in the dark allows for the most immersion.  The best gaming keyboards have lit keys, not just back lit.  Good examples are the Logitech G15 or the Saitek Cyborg.  Nobody wants to fumble for a key in the heat of battle, so pay attention to the lighting.  A good computer gaming keyboard will also allow you to adjust the brightness or color of the lighting.

After deciding on lighted or not you need to decide on special function keys. Lots of gaming keyboards have special keys that let you program specific game functions to them, a great feature if the game is quite complicated, like some role playing titles.  Almost all gaming keyboards come with programmable keys, that’s pretty much what makes it a computer  gaming keyboard. If you tend to play complex games with lots of different key presses, than choose a gaming keyboard with many programmable keys.

The Microsoft Reclusa computer gaming keyboard

The Microsoft Reclusa computer gaming keyboard

Look for a computer gaming keyboard that has some noticeable feedback when you press a key.  In some games pressing a key more than once can mean wasted ammunition or supplies, so make sure the gaming keyboard gives you some sort of indication you pressed the button.

One of the most overlooked, but perhaps the most important features of a computer gaming keyboard is the quality.  Unlike a regular keyboard a computer gaming keyboard will get hammered in the heat of battle.  Choose a keyboard that has some noticeable weight, good reviews and most of all, solid feeling keys.  A good gaming keyboard should last for years!

I’ve linked below some of my favorite computer gaming keyboard, these are well known for great quality and programmable keys make sure to read the computer gaming keyboard reviews listed there, they’ll really help you choose a great one.  These are available on Amazon at a really good price.

Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Blue CHERRY MX Switches (SGK-4000-GKCL1-US)
Thermaltake eSPORTS KB-CHU003US Challenger Ultimate Gaming Keyboard
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510

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Hi there!, My name is Norm. I am a college grad, a veteran, a pet owner and a family man. I started writing articles both to make a little extra money, and to share my knowledge with others. I currently work in the IT department of a major NY hospital.
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