A good gaming keyboard can streamline your gameplay, increase your effectiveness, and even make your gaming space look fantastic, But what makes a good keyboard?
Macro Buttons-The right gaming keyboard can give you an edge when it comes to speed, Some gaming keyboards come with a dedicated set of buttons that can be programmed to execute in-game macros (a pre-defined combination of button inputs). By assigning a macro to a keyboard macro button, a single keystroke is all you need to perform difficult key combinations or advanced skill moves – a huge convenience, especially if reaction times need to be short.
Ani-ghosting- A good gaming keyboard will have anti-ghosting features, using a specialized wiring pattern to avoid the mixed signals associated with ghosting. Some gaming keyboards isolate specific and popular key zones (like WASD) against ghosting, while others go even further, isolating each and every key.
Backlit Illumination-Dividing a gaming keyboard into the most commonly used zones and then lighting these areas with different colors can provide a quick visual reference during gameplay. The less you have to think about where your fingers need to go, the faster you’ll play. Extreme examples include being able to select a backlight color for individual keys. Oh, and your keyboard can match your color theme.
Membrane vs Mechanical
Membrane based keyboards are inexpensive to make and allow for very thin designs, thanks to the layer of rubber or silicone that acts as both the “spring” and the electrical contact. Membrane keyboards are highly versatile, but they often lack a distinct “click,” making it hard to know from a tactile point of view if you’ve actually pressed the key fully (and registered that press with the computer). For professional E-sport gamers, this spongy or squishy feel, coupled with a small amount of key travel, simply isn’t accurate enough for their needs.
Mechanical based keyboards are a bit more expensive to make, Under each of the keys is a dedicated mechanical switch. These switches have their own housings, springs, and stems, and provide a click that is both highly audible (some say they’re “clicky”) and highly tactile (you can really feel the moment the mechanism connects with the electrical contact). Mechanical key switches come in three different varieties depending on how much “click” you want, or none at all, and how much spring resistance.