Once again it is that time of the year where we start talking about the best of the best peripherals released within that year. So this time we will tackle the top 10 gaming keyboards of 2014. So let’s start.
Top 10 Gaming Keyboard
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The Roccat Ryos packs a strong LED that can be customised to give you the ultimate night-time control. Internally thereâ€™s a 32-bit ARM core processor along with 2MB of flash memory to store safely all your configurations and 500 macros. The keys are mechanical and completely remappable, along with being laser-etched. A pretty complete package.
Illuminated mechanical keyboard with 113 keys
Advanced anti-ghosting with N-key rollover
CHERRY MX key switches
3 programmable thumbster keys (T1 â€“ T3)
5 programmable macro keys (M1 â€“ M5)
94 other programmable keys
1000 hz polling rate, 1 ms response time
1.8 m cable and integrated cable channel
Specifically crafted for games, this mechanical keyboard has a sleek look with customisable keys. Gamers will appreciate the full key matrix anti-ghosting mechanism allowing you to play as fast as you can. The body is black anodised, brushed aluminium and has a high quality feel. Add to that the soft-touch wrist rest and you will be able to game for hours in comfort.
Cherry MX Mechanical Key Switches
Key-by-key Customizable Backlighting
Easy-Access Multimedia Controls
Soft-touch Wrist Rest
Not a badass looking keyboard but Â the Steelseries 7g is one of the toughest keyboard we’ve ever seen. It’s Gold plated mechanical keys are build with durability in mind, with a lifecycle 10 times longer than ordinary keyboards. It’s weight is testament to it’s quality and toughness. It could withstand a fair few frustrated fist slams, although by no means recommended.
No-click mechanical professional gaming keyboard
18K gold-plated connectors for extremely low latency
Gaming grade lifetime: 50 million keystrokes
Endorsed by the worlds best eSports-players
Logitech may not have that kind of design that gets the attention of gamers, yet it packs a punch in the features department. First off, thereâ€™s an LCD panel through which you monitor performance, along with seeing info about certain games. The keys themselves have custom backlighting, with different profiles for each game you play and on the side there are two USB ports to keep your tech charged up. If youâ€™re into your macros then the 12 programmable G-keys, that can hold 36 unique functions, will definitely be for you.
Color Game Panel LCD: Tilt able screen for instant access to in-game stats, VoIP communication and system data, video playback and more without interrupting game play
Custom-color RGB backlighting: Assign a unique color to each profile, profile mode and mode style to easily locate any key in the dark
12 Programmable G-keys: Configure up to 36 unique functions per game, including single key presses, complex macros or intricate LUA scripts* (*Requires software installation)
Two high-speed powered USB 2.0 ports: Easily transfer data to or from peripherals and charge battery-powered devices
Multi-key input: Press up to six keys at once to perform multiple complex moves without interference or ghosting
Razer Death Stalker Ultimate
This keyboard from Razer is feature packed and unique, going as far as offering a touch-screen that can run apps. This LCD panel allows you to keep up-to-date with your Email during a particularly long Battlefield marathon, along with assigning it its own macros for super fast gameplay. The 10 key rollover feature means all your presses will be registered and with Razerâ€™s Synapse 2.0 you will be able to sync custom settings and macros to the cloud.
Fully programmable slim chiclet keycaps
Switchblade User Interface
10 key-roll over in gaming mode
Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
Tesoro Lobera Supreme
Tesoro may be a new guy in the town in this industry and they need to learn more before they can start offering the best of the best. However, with their introduction of the Lobera Supreme, Tesoro offered one of the best mechanical gaming keyboard that also offers a build-in usb/mic/audio hub. Perfectly crafted for gamers that provides great performance during intense gaming.
Switch type: Mechanical key switch
Switch mount: Silver alloy
Responsiveness: 2mm (4mm to bottom)
Cable length: 1.8m (braided & shielded)
Laser etched keycaps + UV coating
Audio & Microphone Jack
DC-IN Jack (5V,2.5A) (+ / -)
USB 2.0 Hub * 2
Media function buttons
1000Hz Ultra-Polling Rate
The Hermes, as we can say, is one of the best gaming keyboard we have ever tested. The keyboard itself claimed a number of gold rewards from different tech sites. Gamdias futher enchance this keyboard by equipping it with their own Gamdias element.
GAMDIAS Element increases clicking speed by 20% and reduces keyboard clanking noise
Fully mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches with 50 million click life cycle
32-bits ARM Cortex premium micro-processor offers superior computing performance
512KB on-board memory for keys and profile assignments
13 additional macro keys
Anti-ghosting with full N-key roll over
On-the-fly macro recording
Ergonomically designed wrist rest magnetically attaches to keyboard for gaming comfort
Wrist rest doubles as a protective cover when keyboard is not in use
Windows key lock during In-Game mode
Built-in USB pass through port with additional earphone and microphone jacks for quick peripheral access
Military grade braided cable with Gold-plated USB connector
Designed for right and left handed gamers.
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 â”€ a variety of useful tasks. What makes the Strike 7 special is its ability to customise its layout.
Main Keyboard Module
Control Module TFT-LCD with 2 High-Speed USB Ports
Macro Key (Function Strip) Module
Number Pad Module
3 Palm/Wrist Rests
Additional Key Caps with Removal Tool
3 Keyboard Link Cables
6 Connector Screws
Razer Blackwidow Chroma
The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma certainly doesnâ€™t disappoint.Â With standard mechanical switches the actuation point is 2.2mm (0.7mm reset), but the Razer Mechanical switches offer this at 1.9mm (0.4mm reset). Does this really make a difference? I honestly donâ€™t know but this keyboard is worth every penny.
Macro Keys: 5
Key Switch Type: Razer Mechanical 50g Actuation Force Switch
Anti-ghosting: Up to 10 keys
Key Strokes: 60 Million
Cable Type: Braided fiber cable
Case Colour: Black
Backlighting: Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable colour options
Audio Ports: 2 x 3.5mm Jacks ( Headphones and Microphone)
Product Width: 475mm
Product Length: 171mm
Product Height: 39mm
Product Weight: 1.50Kg
Corsair K95 RGB
Another one for the hardcore gamer from Corsair. The Vengeance k95 looks just as good as the k70, with brushed aluminium giving it a sleek and classy look. With it’s anti-ghosting Cherry MX mechanical key switches and now with RGB support for your night gaming sessions.
There goes our quick list of our top picks for 2014’s best gaming keyboards. Note that these are our personal choices and do not consider price in the overall tally. That said, I’m pretty sure you all have your own votes so share with us your picks for top gaming keyboards.