Gaming Keyboard Comparison- What to buy?
Hey there, I'm buying a new gaming keyboard. I've narrowed it down to two models: The Microsoft Sidewinder X4 and the Logitech G105. You'll notice that both of these are under $50. That is my budget. What I want to know is, which one of these keyboards is better in terms of accuracy, durability and longevity? If you have any other suggestions under $50, please link to them.
If you really want accuracy, durability, and longevity, go with one of the mechanical keyboards from Cooler Master. Although they start at $20 above your budget, they are well worth it. It's not like with computer parts where every dollar gets you "x" amount of upgrade, and you can simply choose not to spend it; I would not recommend anything that isn't mechanical. They will last SO much longer, and I have seen peoples' WPMs increase 25% switching to a mechanical keyboard. Also, many of the switches are more responsive, making them much better for gaming.
This is one of the few cases where I would simply not go any lower than the Cooler Master keyboards; that is (for me and for many other users on this forum) the only way to go.
HarDHar said:Ok..... but out of the two I've chosen which is better? (I'm adamant on my budget, I'm not going any higher.)
IMO, if you're not going mechanical, just get the cheapest keyboard possible. I highly recommend against buying a membrane keyboard for gaming; I own a SteelSeries Merc Stealth (soon to be replaced), and after having it for only one year of mediocre usage and proper treatment, the keys already feel "broken", in a sense. It takes a varying amount of force to press them down, and they are not sturdy or stable.
Either get a mechanical keyboard, or, if you must have something else, simply get the cheapest one possible. None of them are better than the others; in fact, the cheaper ones are better, since they will cost you less to replace when they break.
HarDHar said:I refuse to believe that the only way you can get quality is by going mechanical. You still have not answered my original question. Since you clearly didn't read it, here it is: Which is better out of the Microsoft Sidewinder X4 and Logitech G105?
I read your question numerous times. What you're asking is similar to asking whether or not you should buy the first bruised apple, or the second bruised apple.
As hard as it may be to believe, membrane keyboards don't really provide the quality and sturdiness that many of us here need.
If you refuse to believe it, then there is obviously no point in trying to help.
I hope that you will consider taking a look at mechanical keyboards in order to see what you are missing out on.
HarDHar said:I apologize for being angry with you, when I replied I was in a bad mood. Which cooler master kb would you recommend in terms of features? If you can link to it that would be great.
No worries; happens to me all the time :P
IMO, they're all good for the price. It really depends on what switch you want; Brown switches tend to be for gaming/typing, blacks for gaming, blues for typing, and reds are kind of the odd one out. However, the best thing to do is just try them all out; that's the only way to really tell.
If you don't have access to any facilities to try them, then start with Browns; they are a good center-of-the-road switch, and you can always return it if you really don't like it.
The CM Storm Quickfire Rapid is a tenkeyless design (meaning that it is missing the number pad) without backlight, and with Brown switches it costs $70.
The CM Storm Quickfire Pro is a full-sized design (meaning that it has the number pad) with partial backlighting, and with Brown switches it costs $80, $30 off on NewEgg right now.
The world of mechanical keyboards is a very deep one indeed, and you should definitely look into the different types of switches and which ones you think would suit you.
Here is a good link to get started: http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide
HarDHar said:Thanks so much. Are there any with a blue backlight (that you know of)? I also definitely want the ten key.
You'd have to look around. Most of the boards with blue lights are the higher-end boards, usually around 100 bucks, like the Ducky boards. Some of the Rosewill's might have that color. Sadly, they tend to be orange, which can be kind of harsh.
Take a look also at the STeelSeries 6GV2 Mech keyboard that costs roughly 80$ and its ultra durable due to the inner metal chassis