Best Gaming Keyboards




Glossary


I had no clue what half of these terms were when I was looking for my gaming keyboard. Please take a look at our glossary page here and be sure to get a hold of me through our contact page if there is something not on here that you think needs to be!! Enjoy!!


Gaming keyboard

A keyboard that is geared toward gaming. Gaming keyboards usually have many more built in functions, designed with long hours of use and comfort in mind and huge amounts of customizable options.


Ghosting

Ghosting happens when several keys are pressed at the same time, and the keyboard hardware is unable to discern some of the keystrokes. This is most prevalent in cheap keyboards when three keys close to each other are pressed, usually the third key disappears or "ghosts".


Anti-Ghosting

Many keyboards claim to be "Anti-ghosting" but they are not. Even the best gaming keyboards haven't completely eliminated ghosting. The difference is massive though between cheap keyboards and high quality gaming keyboards. Most "Anti-Ghosting" keyboards only marginally improved their keystroke ghosting issue. A good example would be ghosting the 4th or 5th keystroke as opposed to the 3rd. Yes, technically this improves the issue but does not fix it. In contrast, the high quality Microsoft Sidewinder X6 has anti-ghosting capability's up to 26 keys at a time.


Media keys

Media keys are Keys on a gaming keyboard that are specifically designed to control the media components of your computer, such as the sounds of the game your playing or the background play list you like to listen to as you destroy the competition!!


Macros

"Macros" as they are known, are sequences of actions (such as keystrokes, mouse clicks, and delays) that can be played back to help you with any kind of repetitive tasks. I use them to drop down every time I shoot in call of duty. They can also be used to replay sequences that are long or difficult to run. Essentially a macro is a recorded sequence mapped to a key or a mouse button. You can also repeat a macro feature to use it continuously, or stop it at any time.


Programmable keys

See Macros above...