Mechanical keyboards have long been all the rage for gamers, but they're still a long way off becoming ubiquitous due to their premium price point. The Logitech G413 is a full-sized mechanical gaming-oriented keyboard, but at $90 it undercuts most of its competition while packing in largely the same feature set.
We recently received mechanical gaming keyboards from Creative and Razer, the Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08 and BlackWidow Chroma V2. To flesh this out into a true three-way battle, we're comparing them against Corsair's K70 RGB Rapidfire, which we rated as the best for gaming in our Best Keyboards article last year. Let's see if this still holds true.
In 1984 IBM introduced the legendary Model M, a beast of a mechanical keyboard that utilized a unique buckling spring key switch to make sweet love to the user's fingers, along with a lot of noise. Unicomp's Ultra Classic is the Model M's direct descendant, and it's almost as good as the original.
Corsair has upgraded its flagship Vengeance K95 mechanical keyboard with a new 'Platinum' version that purportedly takes performance to another level. Among its highlights are improved lighting and media controls over the K95 RGB, a detachable/reversible/magnetic wrist rest, strong aluminum frame, USB pass-through, and 1.2mm switch actuation.
A year or so ago I moved my gaming PC away from the TV and upstairs to my desk. I got a monitor that’s better than that TV. So, I decided to start using a mouse and keyboard again. I’m not really to the point where I obsess over DPI or key resistance or anything like that. I’ve found a pretty standard setup, and I stick with it. It’s still been interesting returning to the mouse and keyboard fold after so many years away. Here’s what I’ve learned.
What if you want a mechanical keyboard but only have $40 to spend? With the market now flooded with loads of Cherry MX knock-off switches, this has enabled companies to develop very affordable mechanical keyboards. One such case is the GranVela MechanicalEagle Z-77, available on Amazon for as little as $35.
The new Das Keyboard Prime 13 is a return to Das' roots, delivering only the essentials combined with a great typing experience. There are no dedicated media keys this time around or macro keys that can be programmed however you like, although one much-requested, long overdue feature did make the cut: LED backlighting.
Kingston jumped on the gaming peripheral bandwagon in 2014, launching the well regarded HyperX Cloud headset with others following since. The company is now ready to take their next step into gaming peripherals with the HyperX Alloy FPS mechanical keyboard.
The Roccat Sova aims to bridge the gap between desk-and-chair PC gaming and living room play, with a 'lapboard' gaming device that will suit both casual and extreme gamers wanting to play from the comfort of a couch. It's just the right size and is available at two price points with either membrane keys or mechanical key switches.
Corsair is building upon its previous collaboration with Cherry to bring another exclusive line of switches to the mechanical keyboard market. Aimed squarely at gamers, the new MX Speed switches are not only quiet but also reduce travel distance to 1.2mm for a lighting fast 4ms actuation speed on the K65 RGB Rapidfire, K70 Rapidfire and K70 RGB Rapidfire being tested today.