What is a gaming keyboard?
Firstly, what we Give Sun Light needs to look at is what “gaming keyboard” actually means. Well, I will tell you that it is exactly what you think it is. It is a keyboard for gaming. Now with most people, it stops there because they think that it can only be used for gaming and nothing else because it is a gaming keyboard. They don’t realize that a gaming keyboard can be used for much more than just gaming. So this article is aimed at giving some advice in regards to choosing the right gaming keyboard for you. I remember my first programmable gaming keyboard (the Logitech G15) and how I struggled with it. The only reason I wanted it was because it was the best on the market at the time, and I felt I needed to own one for that reason. I had absolutely no idea what to do with it or what I would use it for. I did, however, almost add another feature to its already impressive list of pre-installed features by illustrating just how effective the keyboard can be in a game of cricket or anything involving a bat. It really irritated me because I did not need it for all the functions and because they were there, I felt I had to use them all. I did use them all in the end, but that was only because I advanced my gameplay and, in doing so, required more functions out of the keyboard.
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So let’s take a look at some of the aspects that we will have to deal with when looking at gaming keyboards.
- The features installed on a gaming keyboard and what they actually do
- The terminology used in gaming keyboards
- What are the best types of gaming keyboards
- How do we know which is the right type of gaming keyboard for us?
Many people are already gamers, serious or not, and know exactly what the features are and what they can do. But there are as many people out there that don’t know what the features are supposed to do and whether the features are, in fact, what they actually need. So I have put together a list of the features you will find on gaming keyboards, and below, I will explain each of them more clearly, Cloud Light. Here is a list of the features that you will find installed on gaming keyboards. I want to add that not every gaming keyboard has all of the features mentioned below installed on them simultaneously.
LCD Display screen
- Programmable G-keys (for macros and macros on the fly)
- Back Lighting
- In-game mode switch
- Media controls
- Detachable Key Pad
- High-Speed USB Ports
- Automatic Profile Switching
- Cruise Control
As we can see, there are many features that you will find installed on a gaming keyboard, but the important thing now is to know what they can do and when to use them. Let’s take a closer look at the features and see how they can be used for gaming and outside of gaming.
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The LCD Display screen is a screen at the top of the keyboard (typically in the middle) which displays a host of information to you during gameplay. An example of the information displayed is; vital game statistics, system statistics, VOIP communication data. You can even see what server your friends play certain games on, such as World of Warcraft. You can also watch photo slide shows on the screen and YouTube videos (this feature is only on the Logitech G19). Outside of gaming, you can still see system statistics displayed, but only on the Logitech G19 can you watch videos and photo slide shows. So there we can see how good the LCD screen is.
Programmable G-Keys (or game keys) are keys that can be programmed to execute certain commands. You can program multiple keys to be executed with a single keypress. So, in other words, if you have a command which you would like to execute but it has more than one keystroke required, then you would program a G-key to perform all those keypresses for you. Now, this is vital in game playing, especially in strategy and role-playing games. But programmable keys can also be used in everyday computing. I own the Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard, and I use the programmable key feature to program my passwords and small snippets of text which is normally login information. This is a great feature for those that work with databases or anything where numerous logins are required. It is also good for designers and editors, where numerous keypresses are sometimes required.