A good keyboard is an essential piece of kit for a PC gamer. It can enhance your gaming and, more importantly, improve performance in an arena where milliseconds can mean total victory or total humiliation.
This is way cheaper than you would expect for a gaming keyboard, and there’s a good reason: it uses membrane technology, not mechanical, which means response times aren’t as good. It also feels unsatisfyingly light and a little flimsy. Having said all that, it feels pretty good to use, but you get the impression it won’t withstand months of serious finger-pounding.
This is the only keyboard to be reviewed here that is fully mechanical, and it is reflected in the price. Handsome-looking, it has a steel frame, and backlit keys that can be programmed. Along the top are dedicated media buttons and the bottom has a textured palm rest. The RGB lighting is customisable to meet your coolness requirements. Dearer than some mechanical keyboards, but worth the extra cash.
It’s not often you can use the word “revolutionary” to describe a keyboard, but it could be apt here. Tucked away in the top right corner is a dial that can be used to scroll, zoom, and even “undo” keystrokes. ROCCAT has also revamped the keys, which are a cross between mechanical and standard membrane (they call it “mebranical”), which seems to combine the best of both worlds.