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Maybe im not a true gamer but I find no difference between the cheap $10.00 keyboards and gaming keyboards in terms of functionality
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Originally Posted by clao View Post

Maybe im not a true gamer but I find no difference between the cheap $10.00 keyboards and gaming keyboards in terms of functionality

It is mostly marketing and branding, but there are some extra features that can give you some advantages, such as:

- Extra macro buttons and functions
- Comfort and layout
- Changes to polling rates
- Software designed for games

From a basic functionality POV, there is not much difference between gaming with a cheap OEM keyboard that came with an e-machine and a top of the line mechanical gaming keyboard. You can play any and all games on both keyboards.
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Maybe im not a true gamer but I find no difference between the cheap $10.00 keyboards and gaming keyboards in terms of functionality

"Gaming" keyboards are garbage unless you are a hardcore MMO or RTS player who needs 30 macros in close proximity with ease of access. Now a mechanical keyboard is awesome, and if you haven't tried one, you should definitely check them out. Just head up to a Fry's or Microcenter or something and find the type of keys you prefer as the different colored keys have activation pressures with some being really soft and others being more stiff, and some being loud clicking and others being more quiet.

After you find your preferred type of keys, just hunt down any mechanical keyboard with those style of keys. Everything else is just fluff beyond that.

The best part of a mechanical keyboard over a cheapo keyboard is the durability and longevity. If you are like me, your keyboard gets jacked up after a while, space bar quits working right, food or gunk gets in there causing keys to stick, etc. etc. but since switching to mechanical keyboards, that is a thing of the past. Plus the extra height of the keys makes cleaning it out a breeze.
Edited by DNMock - 1/29/16 at 9:40am
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"Gaming" keyboards are garbage unless you are a hardcore MMO or RTS player who needs 30 macros in close proximity with ease of access. Now a mechanical keyboard is awesome, and if you haven't tried one, you should definitely check them out. Just head up to a Fry's or Microcenter or something and find the type of keys you prefer as the different colored keys have activation pressures with some being really soft and others being more stiff, and some being loud clicking and others being more quiet.

After you find your preferred type of keys, just hunt down any mechanical keyboard with those style of keys. Everything else is just fluff beyond that.

The best part of a mechanical keyboard over a cheapo keyboard is the durability and longevity. If you are like me, your keyboard gets jacked up after a while, space bar quits working right, food or gunk gets in there causing keys to stick, etc. etc. but since switching to mechanical keyboards, that is a thing of the past. Plus the extra height of the keys makes cleaning it out a breeze.

From my perspective:

- There is quite many more uses for macro buttons than just gaming. Ofc there is third party tools as well which allow creating macros binded to some key-press combos. For example, one of my macro buttons inserts \frac{){) (second braket also like the first one, this site just thinks i'm trying to insert some kind of key combo) when writing in LaTeX, another buttons opens an selected .eps file and then proceeds to find and replace "0 cap" with "1 cap" (by default eps files generated by Matlab are "draft" quality, this increases the quality to "print" level).
- while the switches might be durable the keycaps wear out the same like on all keyboards. There are few specific keycaps where the letters are embedded into the caps which do not lose their lettering when wearing down, however, none of these I'm aware of supports back light.
- if the cable is not removable then it will break in about the same time as on a normal non-mechanical keyboard. So it's extra important that the keyboard has removable or replaceable cabling. Or the "50 million keystrokes" do not mean anything as the keyboard is dead before you hit 5 million key presses.
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From my perspective:

- There is quite many more uses for macro buttons than just gaming. Ofc there is third party tools as well which allow creating macros binded to some key-press combos. For example, one of my macro buttons inserts \frac{){) (second braket also like the first one, this site just thinks i'm trying to insert some kind of key combo) when writing in LaTeX, another buttons opens an selected .eps file and then proceeds to find and replace "0 cap" with "1 cap" (by default eps files generated by Matlab are "draft" quality, this increases the quality to "print" level).
- while the switches might be durable the keycaps wear out the same like on all keyboards. There are few specific keycaps where the letters are embedded into the caps which do not lose their lettering when wearing down, however, none of these I'm aware of supports back light.
- if the cable is not removable then it will break in about the same time as on a normal non-mechanical keyboard. So it's extra important that the keyboard has removable or replaceable cabling. Or the "50 million keystrokes" do not mean anything as the keyboard is dead before you hit 5 million key presses.

Was just referencing what us layman would use it for. I'd imagine someone who is doing what you are talking about already has a good idea what they are looking for in a keyboard.
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On the one hand, all the panels are really ugly.

On the other hand, it looks like it would be really easy to paint yourself.
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