Your PC keyboard is an important part of your PC setup as it allows you to communicate with the system. For most users, the standard PC keyboard is perfectly adequate, especially when it comes to the everyday tasks of web-browsing, email and word processing. However, for gamers, a standard keyboard might not be the best choice.
When gaming, keyboards take a tremendous amount of punishment, especially when gaming sessions stretch into several hours. Pressing the same keys time after time can have a detrimental effect on the keyboard and can eventually damage the keyboard altogether, perhaps rendering certain keystrokes unusable. Gaming keyboards are designed to be altogether more resilient to the demands of PC gamers, with many featuring buttons made of more durable compounds, or containing sturdier interior components.
However, it’s not just the durability of the keyboard that sets gaming keyboards apart from their standard counterparts. Keyboards come in various shapes and sizes, and most gaming keyboards are more ergonomic in design than standard keyboards, meaning that they bring a greater level of comfort to the user; some come with a natural wrist alignment so that your wrists sit in a more comfortable position than they would normally, while others feature wrist-rests on which to rest your wrists in order to cut down on the levels of strain your fingers and wrists will undergo while playing.
Most gaming keyboards feature a series of programmable ‘hot keys’ that can be set to perform an array of in-game manoeuvres and actions with a single press, which otherwise might involve several keystrokes to perform. Another benefit of gaming keyboards is their slightly quicker response time between keystroke and action. For example, on a standard keyboard, there is a short delay between a key press and the result appearing on screen; to the naked eye this delay is almost imperceptible, but a gaming keyboard can shorten the delay still further, making the imperceptible instantaneous.
Many gamers know that to get the best out of the on-screen action, games are best played in dim light so as to cut down on on-screen reflections, and to aid gamers, many PC gaming keyboards feature backlighting which help players to always ensure they can hit the right buttons without having to take their eyes away from the screen.
If you’re serious about playing games, especially online games, you might find your scores are lacking due to the equipment you’re using. While you might have a fast, high-powered PC system, using a generic keyboard and mouse can be detrimental to your games performance and gaming experience and for most serious gamers, investing in a PC gaming mouse and keyboard is an essential step to take.