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Gaming keyboard advice please

RichD Avatar
6y, 1w agoPosted 6 years, 1 week ago
Morning all

I've bought my son a laptop for Christmas and expect he will start playing games on it.

I've had it suggested that a "gaming keyboard" may be a good purchase for him.

Can any "gamers" out there advise on whether one is useful (and why) and if you can recommend any (or know of any good deals)

Thanks in advance
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6y, 1w agoPosted 6 years, 1 week ago
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#1
It can be easier as keys on laptops can be close together whereas on a gaming keyboard they are further apart obviously but that is true of any USB keyboard. I have a Microsoft Razer that I paid £17.99 for a few months ago and I am very happy but you can easily spend £70. As always it depends on budget and prefferences. Hope this helps a little.

Just to clarify by the way you can have programmable keys on the gaming keyboard too which is a useful function.

Edited By: Noj on Nov 29, 2010 10:56
#2
Hi I have some advice, try sticking this in the appropriate section as you are clearly not posting a DEAL oO

MM
#3
Why do people vote cold etc when someone makes simple mistake? Good grief it is hardly life threatening is it. There must be a lot of infallible people on here judging by some of the comments etc that are left
#4
Over 20 buttons can be re-programmed to customize easier. Play for you to get the edge over the best. If you have got a good graphics card and have paid for a gaming laptop I wouldsplash out on this as you could grab yourself a bargain of around £50!

If you are lucky enough your keyboard will have a back light that can light diffrent keys diffrent colours. Hope this helps.
#5
Noj
Why do people vote cold etc when someone makes simple mistake? Good grief it is hardly life threatening is it. There must be a lot of infallible people on here judging by some of the comments etc that are left


Second that!
#6
I picked up a couple of these when they were posted a month ago and find them absolutely brilliant.

They don't have any in stock atm, but if you shop around, you might find one. I'm very impressed with it though.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/emprex-9051h-gaming-keyboard-883u-m/788491
#7
RichD, a lot of gamers/enthusiasts recommend the Microsoft Sidewinder X4 (£33.19 from Amazon and Play). It's a gamer keyboard but doesn't break the bank as such. People like it because you can program a lot of the keys with macros and it's also got backlit keys which some need as they game in the dark.

Gamer keyboards are meant to be "better" because they're more responsive and tactile than regular keyboards, but I can play games (even fast online ones) completely fine on my bog standard one.

Edit: There's also the "anti-ghosting" feature in gaming keyboards whereby you can press a lot of keys simultaneously and they'd still register, conventional keyboards normally limited to 3 or 4 simultaneous keys.

Edited By: crackerbear on Nov 29, 2010 12:03: .
#8
j4nth
Noj
Why do people vote cold etc when someone makes simple mistake? Good grief it is hardly life threatening is it. There must be a lot of infallible people on here judging by some of the comments etc that are left
Second that!

I third it! I'm quite new on here and the amount of rude people who've made their comments in a very abrasive way are incredible. Theres a nice way to say things you know!
#9
I don't know who suggested they buy a 'gamer keyboard', but whoever it was missed a pretty significant point: It's a laptop. It already has a keyboard. An extra keyboard, unless there's some overwhelmingly persuasive reason for it, is just going to be superfluous and awkward, and probably detrimental to the whole affair.

With regards to the laptop you've bought though, I am a tad concerned you may've bought something unsuitable for gaming. Gaming is something that requires a good Graphics processor (GPU) as well as a good CPU, and most laptops tend not to come with them. What did you buy, where did you buy it from, and when did you buy it?
#10
Gaming keyboards are - for the most part - expensive gimmicks.

There ARE situations where they're useful - certain types of games - but there are also situations where they can cause people to be banned from playing games too, so without more information the only advice we can give is "don't bother".

p.s. unless this is one mother of a laptop, I suspect "playing games" might not be all it's cracked-up to be either - laptops don't play games all that well...
#11
I think your probably better off getting him a decent gaming mouse rather than a keyboard, but if you really want a keyboard go for something like a Wolf King Warrior, I got mine on ebay for £13 and it's great!
#12
Ah yes - gaming mice rock so long as they have "Logitech" and either "MX518" or "G500" written on them :)
#13
therealjohnpeat
Ah yes - gaming mice rock so long as they have "Logitech" and either "MX518" or "G500" written on them :)


Gotta agree i'm using the MX518 right now!

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