The best gaming keyboards for every budget
This keyboard also uses Corsair’s “hyperpolling”, which improves the keyboard’s reporting rate from 1000Hz to 8000Hz. This change means that the keyboard reports button-presses with more speed than conventional units. The difference is not noticeable in mainstream gaming situations, but it’s a welcome addition for esports players who need every advantage.
There’s smart design elsewhere, too. Most of the keys have secondary and even tertiary functionality, and clear pictures illustrate what’s available on each button. It’s awkward at first, but you’ll soon get used to the keypress combos needed. There’s per-key RGB LED backlighting with alteration options on the keyboard, and the space key has a stunning fractal design. You can customise the keycaps, too.
The K65’s tiny size and cut-back layout means it’s not for everyone, but it does offer a great core performance, full-size keys, RGB LED lighting and plenty of well-considered design choices. It’s the best option if you want a tiny, portable keyboard that doesn’t compromise on the typing experience.
Pros: Snappy, satisfying typing; compact and sturdy design; faster polling speeds
Cons: A compact, compromised layout; no room for extra features
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Cooler Master MS110
A great budget set if you need a gaming keyboard and mouse
Switches: Cooler Master Mem-chanical | Travel distance: 3.6mm | Actuation force: 45g | Actuation distance: 1.2mm | Key rollover: 26-key | Endurance rating: 50m clicks | RGB LEDs: yes | Macro keys: no | Media keys: no | Connectivity: USB | Wrist-rest: no | Dimensions: 440 x 134 x 40mm | Weight: 1kg
Cooler Master’s MS110 only costs £50, and that price doesn’t just include a keyboard – it comes with a mouse, too.
The lower price means that this keyboard isn’t mechanical. Instead, the MS110 uses cheaper membrane technology, which means that a large domed membrane is installed under the buttons, with those domes pushing down in order to create the circuits required to register button-presses.
Cooler Master has topped these membrane buttons with mechanical-style keys in order to derive its “mem-chanical” switches.
The buttons do share some attributes with mechanical hardware: they’re weighty and satisfying, with reasonable speed. As an added bonus, they’re quiet, too.
However, the membrane design does mean they’re softer and slower than mechanical hardware – still easily good enough for mainstream gaming, but without the sheer speed and snap.
Elsewhere, the MS110 has RGB LEDs, albeit only in three zones, and it has a minimal, plastic design that’s decent, but without the sheer build quality of aluminium units. There are no extra features, like media buttons or macro keys, and no wrist-rest.
The included mouse, the CM110, is a right-handed, six-button unit that offers reasonable quality and a maximum sensitivity level of 3,200 DPI – fine for mainstream gaming, but not for high-end competition.
Published at Fri, 22 Oct 2021 11:07:00 +0000