Maureen Zehring
How to Choose the Best Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
You are probably aware of the fact that mechanical gaming keyboards are not built the same way. It is important that understand a few things before buying a gaming keyboard.

Mechanical keyboards have been used for a long time, and the reason why people love them is mainly because they are durable and allow for precise control. There are however not the only gaming keyboards you can find in the market today. There are also membrane keyboards.

The Difference Between Membrane-Based and Mechanical Gaming Keyboards

Keys in membrane keyboards are covered in a thin transparent plastic shell. Users have to press them all the way down before getting the feedback. Although advancements in technology have played a key role in helping these keyboards to slowly bridge the actuation gap, they are not anywhere closer to mechanical keyboards.

They don't make any noise when typing, but when it comes to gaming, you will want to choose mechanical keyboards. They have a system that features a base, spring and stem. They make a click sound and are mostly tactile. This means that you are always sure when you have pressed it.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Mechanical Keyboard for Gaming


This is one of the main factors you need to consider as knowing the switches you need will help you make the right decision. Identify actuation (travel distance), noise produced and the bump you prefer.

Cherry MX Switches-These are industry standard switches and there are many types out there, Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Red and Cherry MX Brown are the most common for gaming.

Form Factor

You'll find either tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboards or full-size keyboards. Tenkeyless keyboards don't have the number keypad. In addition, they are shorter and a lot easier to use if you plant to use a mouse. But you are limited when you need number to program certain functions.

Full-size keyboards have all the functions needed for gaming. Function layers are no problem with these keyboards. However, these keyboards are larger, which means that you will have to move your hands on the far left or right to reach certain keys.

Macro Keys

With macro keys, you can program certain keys for specific functions. These keys are best suitable for MOBA, RTS, FPS and other action games. You may find keyboards with six and up to eight programmable keys. These keys allow users to access in-game combinations and specific moves.


Lighting is also important for any gaming keyboard. You will want to choose a color that will give your keyboard a beautiful and vibrant look. You can choose one color, Rainbow, Razer's Chroma and RCB. Backlighting allows you to allocate the colors to the different keys so that you can easily tell which finger is pressing where every time.

Mechanical gaming keyboards will help you to improve your gaming experience. The next time you are looking for a gaming keyboard, keep these points in mind and you will be off to a great start.

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