If you’re starting out with PC gaming, you’ll probably have spent some time looking at hard drive specifications and comparing graphics cards. But even the humble keyboard comes in variations designed purely for gaming.
So why invest in a gaming keyboard, rather than relying on a cheap alternative? Especially when they can cost four or ten times as much? A big difference is the use of the more expensive mechanical switches on gaming keyboards.
Mechanical gaming keyboards use a physical switch for each press, which means they have a much longer lifespan than keyboards which use a membrane. Mechanical keyboards are generally rated for 50 million keystrokes and above, as opposed to 2-10 milliion for a membrane version.
Switches also allow for greater speed and precision which is vital in gaming. You don’t have to hammer each key down to register a press – generally they register each finger movement when the switch if halfway.
The latest Logitech G mechanical gaming keyboards use Romer-G switches for faster actuation and response times, as well as being more reliable, and this short video explains some of the benefits.
If you’re looking for a gaming keyboard, then you might want to start out with a slighter older, cost-effective model.
Amazon currently have the Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard listed at £44.99, which is £10 off, and it’s available via Amazon Prime. It’s slightly older, but will get you started while being around the same price as a high end membrane keyboard (and lasting much longer).
Or there is the Logitech Gaming Keyboard G210s, which is down by £40 from the original price to £59.99. It’s also not the latest example, but will be a good way to see whether you appreciate the value of a gaming keyboard rather than a standard version
Whereas for those with money to invest and high expecations, the Logitech G910 Orion Spark keyboard will set you back £180+ with the Romer-G switches, 16.8 million colour combinations, macros, in-game stats, and more.
While we’d focus on getting the basic hardware of your PC gaming rig right first, there’s definitely improvements to gameplay, comfort and enjoyment that come from using better peripherals. And if you’re spending hours at work or play on a keyboard and mouse, you’ll know it’s also a wise thing to protect your posture, joints and potential injury risks.