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Right now I use a pretty basic logitech keyboard, and in the games I play I don't find a need for most of the special features i hear about in gaming keyboards. But one thing that concerns me is response time. I've searched around a bit and some places say that better gaming keyboards have a quicker response time, and others say there's no difference from low end to gaming keyboards. I'm going to the store today to pick up a new mouse so I wanted to know if I should pick up a keyboard while im there.
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Zowie is the only company I know of that has made a claim that their "Celeritas" keyboard is faster than normal.

http://www.zowiegear.com/component/content/article/137

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Right now I use a pretty basic logitech keyboard, and in the games I play I don't find a need for most of the special features i hear about in gaming keyboards. But one thing that concerns me is response time. I've searched around a bit and some places say that better gaming keyboards have a quicker response time, and others say there's no difference from low end to gaming keyboards. I'm going to the store today to pick up a new mouse so I wanted to know if I should pick up a keyboard while im there.
I'd say for the most part this is just baloney marketing. Seems to me almost all "gaming" peripherals are.
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Gaming keyboards usually have back lighting and extra macro buttons. If those seem useful for you then why not?
and... how about mechanical keyboards? (Yup I went there.)
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It's pretty hard to say - usefulness is if you use macros and fast keys - then gaming has more advantages, if not - ordinary keyboard does the job. I haven't noticed any faster reaction with my Sidewinder X6 and the Compaq i use on the other PC.
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post #6 of 11
I have a logitech illuminated for typing/media keys etc. And then I have a logitech G13 for gaming. i love it. It's tactile, it's slick, and after you get used to it, SO much more comfy then gaming on an actual keyboard.
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Gaming keyboards usually have back lighting and extra macro buttons. If those seem useful for you then why not?
and... how about mechanical keyboards? (Yup I went there.)
This. I have the logitech g110, but only for the extra buttons and stuff. And even then I don't use the macro buttons for macros really. I just use them for easy to reach quick save buttons and such. That's the only reason I want a gaming mouse is for the extra buttons. Right now I'm using a Microsoft cheapo wireless mouse and I have no problems playing well in BC2 or any other games for that matter. In fact I really like the mouse itself. I think in the end unless you're paying over like $150 for a peripheral, it's all gonna be the same cheap plastic stuff. You're just paying out the wazoo for a logo. That's it. It's all about personal preference. If you like something, use it. Doesn't matter if all the l33t gamers use their "gaming" stuff. Use whatever is most comfortable for you.
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Mostly marketing, though the gaming keyboards are very nice in the features they offer.

I loved the MS Sidewinder x6 I have (though am selling), because it is back-lite, has good volume nobs, and has some other nifty features like macro's. I don't use the macro's in games, but they are handy to bind, games/Office/AIM to, so I hit "S1, S2, S3" and it launches my AIM, MS Word, and Firefox just like that.
    
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Macro-keys are useful for those who are playing MMO/RPG games... I personally just use the NUMPAD for my macros on my Lycosa. Another useful feature found mostly on gaming keyboard is anti-ghosting; it allows for multiple keys to be pressed at the same time and still be recognized by your system. And the polling rate of a keyboard (or response time) is relevant when you are gaming.... even 1ms could be the difference between you getting the shot off or you getting shot in the head (trust me I noticed a difference, especially going from a wireless keyboard to the Lycosa). It is true that the average gamer can do without most of these features, but you need every edge you can get when it comes to competitive gaming.
post #10 of 11
If you know your latin celeritas is the C in e=mc2.

However their claim is BS when using a modern multilayered OS.

Just like why PS/2 is no faster in real life than USB DESPITE what the OCN Mechanical Keyboard Guide says.
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