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Need a New Gaming Keyboard: Suggestions Please

By Route44 ยท 10 replies
Nov 11, 2018
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  1. Long story short I currently have an older Microsoft Windows keyboard that I am forced to use at this time because my smaller generic one died and I had been given this current one from a friend. The problem is the keys are "soft" in that there is a lot of give before the keys engage and often they don't. Writing out a paper is one thing, but using your abilities in a game like League of Legends but with delayed response is another.

    Anyway...
    1. I don't have a budget because I don't know what to look for but I do know that I don't need the latest and greatest with all the so-called bells and whistles pro-model. I play games but almost exclusively RPGs other than League.

    2. I'd like it wired if possible.

    3. Back-lit too, again if possible.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Thomas Owens

    Thomas Owens TS Member

    What's your budget for a keyboard?
    I'd suggest checking some mechanic keyboards. They have very comfortable click feeling. You know exactly when the key will work. And almost all of them are with backlit.
    If you don't like mechanical keyboards, check out the membrane one or a keyboard with laptop based keyboard switches. There are plenty of models for every budget.
    And again with the exact budget, I can recommend some models.
     
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  3. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Guru Posts: 888   +158

    I suggest you check walmart first, last time I was in there they have some good mechanical keyboards.
    https://www.walmart.com/search?query=mechanical+keyboards&redirect=false
    If you don't have really big hands I suggest this keyboard below.
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/ENHANCE-...Backlight-Colors-Works-with-PC-Games/54065673
    This is what I have, even as I type this message, its just absolutely perfectly.
    (minus the big hands I have)
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Logitech...hguid=63c78e8d-be5-1672c4aedf0746&athena=true
     
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  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 11,974   +74

    After posting this I have since done a good amount of researching and I can be more definitive with what I am looking for.

    1. My budget would be anywhere from $50 to $85 and maxed at a $100 but like I said in my OP I don't need all the bells and whistles.

    2. Wired mechanical keyboard and if possible backlit. However, I don't need/want an RBG board. Also, this must function as an office board I.e. typing, ect.

    3. My hands are medium sized but I suffer from what is known as general tremors (also known as essential tremors). My hands shake uncontrollably that is noticeable especially when holding something. It is genetic. Anyway, at times fingers will move off of keys while gaming when I don't mean to do so or my hands will lower and hit keys when I didn't mean to. I have lost count how many times I pressed the Teleport key in League right in the middle of battle. I am thinking MX keys can help me avoid this problem as they require more definitive pressure. Is my thinking on the matter correct or not?
     
  5. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Guru Posts: 888   +158

    The only thing I suggest is go inside bestbuy, walmart, target not on black friday at 4am.
    I think between those 3 stores your going to get exactly what you want.
    I am glad I switched over to wireless, most wired keyboards arent threaded.
    With enough accidental hits or smashes to the cord it won't last long.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823839018
     
  6. Thomas Owens

    Thomas Owens TS Member

    Okay, so I consider a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blue or Cherry MX Brown. Both have something like action confirmation. I mean that you feel when the separate key is pressed and activated and when it's not. So that will allow avoiding misclicks.
    And to stay in your budget $50-$85 I'd suggest two models:
    1) HyperX Alloy FPS
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823455012&ignorebbr=1
    2) G.Skill RIPJAWS KM570
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823828007&ignorebbr=1 - this one is on MX Brown, but this model has MX Blue option. Choose what you want.
     
  7. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Guru Posts: 888   +158

    The hyperx looks like pure trash, make no mistake about it, but this keyboard has better accuracy than g.skill.
    Which is pretty surprising but I wouldn't doubt it if its coming from kingston.
     
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 11,974   +74

    Okay guys got a Hyper X Alloy FPS mechanical keyboard that is compact and solidly built with Cherry MX Brown mixed keys. Nice red colored LED keys by the way. However, I found the keys way too sensitive as I press keys with the slightest touch and it causes havoc while gaming. I hate these shakes in my hand. Any other suggestions? I am going to try to test them out in a local store. Again, I don't need a large keyboard but something in a medium size. Sorry, don't mean to be a pain about this and I want you to know I really do appreciate your help. Thanks.
     
  9. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Guru Posts: 888   +158

    =/
    Although I recommend against mechanical keyboards.
    Try to get use to it over time, if you are a fast typer try to slow it down abit.
    When I bought my logitech keyboard I had to do that recently and its all good.
    I was coming from an hp media keyboard and I mash the keys alot when I type. >_>

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018
  10. delrey

    delrey TS Booster Posts: 169   +48

    Sounds like mechanical keyboards aren't for you. Read this: http://www.keyboardco.com/blog/index.php/2012/12/an-introduction-to-cherry-mx-mechanical-switches/

    Basically, stay away from red. Brown is similar in feel but a little quieter. Blue may be better but I cannot stand the 'clickity' sound myself so I would make sure you hear it before you buy it. If you were to go for mechanical, maybe a black switch? However, those are harder to find. I found one on Amazon by Cherry but it was for $115 without any lighting with boring 'office' style, assuming any of that matters to you. Good luck.
     
  11. delrey

    delrey TS Booster Posts: 169   +48

    I did not fall into the hype early for mechanical keyboards. I bought a G710+ Brown from Walmart (just like you said) on clearance for $50 over a year ago. I fell in love with it and decided to buy a red switch for the office. I ended up getting the Gigabyte Force K83 which is a red switch and I absolutely love it. I actually prefer the red switch over the brown and since I type more at work (CAD) it's more useful at there. Mechanical isn't for everyone but it's definitely for me.
     

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