Keyboards and gaming keyboards can get overlooked as a simple accessory, yet they can help you work faster an make you a better gamer. That's why we've compiled a list of the best keyboards to suit everyone's needs.
Whether you're a gamer, or just someone who spends the day typing, finding the best keyboard can be vital. However, with such a wide range of options out there, what do you go for? Do you the best mechanical keyboard for faster reponse times, an extra LCD panel for apps or a variety of Macro settings? Or just simply, well designed keys that won't blister your fingers? Read on to improve your keyboard credientials.
What Corsair's Strafe keyboard lacks in the looks department, it makes up for in comfort. The Cherry MX Red Switches under its contoured keys are highly responsive, and certain keys such as the spacebar have a textured pattern to help you locate them in FPS or MOBA titles. Flip it around and you'll find a pass-through USB port which lets you charge your mobile or hook up another peripheral for use while you game.
£94 | Amazon
Roccat Ryos TKL Pro
Roccat's latest mechanical keyboard boasts a spec list that would make any gamer take note, including two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors, internal memory for storing macro configurations and a customisable lighting layout that can be altered on a key by key basis. N-key rollover prevents ghosting while the glossy, polished finish adds a touch of class. The four most popular key switches are all included too, so you've got the choice of blue, black, brown and red.
£89.99 | Roccat
Steel Series Apex
SteelSeries claims the new Apex M800 is the fastest gaming keyboard on the market, thanks to unique switches that are 25% faster than your typical mechanical switch. Two processors power this beast and the N-key rollover allows up to 256 key presses at once, for when those sessions get heavy. Customisation is key here too, letting you choose from a load of presets or create your own lighting scheme from the LED packing keys.
£199 | Steel Series
Making a big impression at CES in Vegas earlier this year, Razer's Turret is a keyboard and mouse combo, designed especially for sofa gamers. On first glance it looks just like any gaming keyboard, but fold out the attached mouse mat and the magnets will ensure you pointer doesn't go walkabouts. The mouse itself has a 3500 DPI sensor, while the keyboard can be connected either by Bluetooth LE or the included 2.4GHz WiFi adaptor. It's the 'turret' docking stand that is really cool though, keeping both parts charged up and out of the way when you're not using them.
£TBC | Razer
Logitech G710 Plus
The Logitech G710 Plus is another veteran gaming keyboard. It's so strong a 16-ton tank can drive over it (as demonstrated in a marketing video), 'Whisper-Quiet' keys so no annoying clicking during frantic fire fights, adjustable backlighting for the white LED lights, media playback buttons and a game mode so no moments of hitting the wrong key and jumping to another task.
£149 | Logitech
One of the best simple gaming keyboards for those on a budget. Provides three banks of six programmable macro keys and good anti-ghosting capabilities, this keyboard allows you to switch between three different profiles. Also features backlit keys and some media keys too - all for £50.
Price: £50 | Microsoft
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
Backlit green keys, durable keys (up to 60 million presses life span) and mechanical switches help the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate stand above the competition. It can record sequences of keys on the fly, saving you from the more repetitive side of gaming. Looks good, too, for what is a normally garish product category.
£124.99 | RazerZone
Mad Catz Strike 7
The Mad Catz Strike 7 keyboard looks like a futuristic weapon and is as menacing as the computer mouse of the same name. It has a full metal chassis that sits below the keys and TFT LCD touchscreen display used to customise the backlighting and for TeamSpeak ─ a variety of useful tasks. What makes the Strike 7 special is its ability to customise its layout.
£249.99 | Mad Catz
Microsoft Sculpt Comfort
For a slightly mature keyboard that can manage gaming and general typing duties, the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is a treat. Not only does it have a built in padded strip for your wrists, the keys are laid out in a way that soon makes sense. It has a variety of shortcut buttons and works wirelessly without fault. Lasts an age on two triple-A batteries, too.
£59.99 | Microsoft
Mac computers are less catered for by gaming peripherals, mainly because gaming is at its best on PC. Still, those who go against the grain can enjoy the Razer Anansi's 100 programmable keys with on the fly recording, one-button profile switching, media keys and a gaming mode.
£89.99 | RazerZone