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Gaming Keyboards at Overclockers UK
A keyboard is the source of much of the input to your computer, and is therefore a vital part of any PC setup. Whether you're looking to work from home, manage your forces in Starcraft 2 or access your hotkeys in Counterstrike, a gaming keyboard and mouse are your tools for direct input when working on a PC. But choosing a gaming keyboard is not the simple task it appears to be on the surface. Modern gaming keyboards should be chosen with optimal performance as well as quality and durability in mind. At Overclockers UK we offer a host of gaming keyboards to suit your needs be it for comfort, performance or endurance. Whether you're looking for a keyboard for gaming or merely a solid, no frills option for home office work, we've got you covered.
Qualities of a Good Gaming Keyboard
Everybody has different needs when it comes to computing, but having a solid keyboard for gaming or other purposes is one of the absolute essentials. But what should you look for when out to buy a gaming keyboard? For the discerning typist out there, highly responsive, fairly loud keys would be preferable. If you're looking for the best gaming keyboard, then you might want something quieter, backlit and with customisable keys.
When it comes to switches, there are generally two types:
Mechanical Switches: A mechanical gaming keyboard uses physical key switches and metal springs underneath to determine when a key has been pressed. These mechanical switches are ideal for playing PC games and lend themselves well to a gaming keyboard. The same is also true of those who are looking to do some serious word processing. The reason for this is the tactile function of these switches; feedback is registered in terms of the click or bump that occurs when the actuation point is reached, resulting in a satisfying clicking sound. This type of PC gaming keyboards are also much more durable than their rubber counterparts. They average a lifespan of around 50 million keystrokes, as opposed to rubber domes which are rated to last five million.
Rubber Dome Switches: Dome switch keys work by bringing two circuit board traces together under a silicone keypad. When the key is pressed, the dome collapses which connects the two circuits, completing the circuit which enters the character on the computer. Gamer keyboards that use these polydomes generally lack the crisp snappiness afforded by mechanical switches and because of this are considered very quiet. They are also rated to have a shorter lifespan to gaming keyboards that use mechanical switches.
Aside from key switches, you're also going to want to look at the design and general layout of your PC gaming keyboard. Not all keyboards are made equal, but at Overclockers UK we stock a wide array to suit every purpose. Whether you're looking for something with customisable LED backlighting for those all-night gaming sessions, or an ergonomic gaming keyboard that’s comfortable for your wrists and hands, a wireless gaming keyboard and mouse so you can play without being hindered by wires, or even the latest Razer keyboard, we have a full range of different options for you to choose from.
The best gaming keyboard will have additional features such as media keys to control the volume as well as the ability to play or stop certain programs. They may also feature macro keys and even information screens that are used to display in-game data. At Overclockers we stock a range of mechanical and rubber dome gaming keyboards built with the latest technology from industry leaders such as Cherry and Corsair.
Other Products at Overclockers UK
Aside from gaming keyboards here at Overclockers UK we also offer numerous other complementary and additional products. From quality gaming chairs to the latest in VR hardware to streaming devices, we take pride in having an extensive inventory that caters to all of our customers regardless of budget and needs. Looking to buy a gaming keyboard online or the latest graphics card? Look no further than Overclockers UK for all your gaming and PC needs.