Hardcore PC gamers know just how valuable it is to have a solid gaming keyboard. No matter how good your reflexes may be at hitting the right buttons during a close match if your keyboard isn't responding well then you're sure to end up with a big letdown.
With the next wave of top-notch PC games set to hit shelves in the coming months, you might want to check out the latest gaming keyboards available to give your rig a much-deserved upgrade.
Here are some of the best gaming keyboards out in the market this year:
Razer BlackWidow Chroma
PC gamers are some of the most competitive athletes around, and as such, they need to have the right kind of playing environment to make sure they can perform at their best. This is why some of them prefer playing with their lights off to help them stay focused on their computer screens.
The Razer BlackWidow Chroma keyboard is an ideal choice for these types of gamers because of its Chroma backlighting that helps illuminate its keys using more than 16 million different color combinations.
Despite its colorful lighting effects, the BlackWidow Chroma is made to be more than just simple eye candy as each of its keys is built by Razer's signature mechanical switch technology, allowing it to withstand up to 80 million keystrokes throughout its lifespan.
This keyboard also supports on-the-fly macro recording, which lets players fine tune their setup for optimal gaming.
The Razer BlackWidow Chroma is available on the Razerstore for $169.99. If this does not impress you, here's Razer's Turret wireless keyboard-mouse combo, which costs a little less than the BlackWidow Chroma.
Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800
If you find the Razer BlackWidow Chroma a bit too pricey for your liking, you can also check out Logitech's Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, which is available for only $99.99.
Aside from having laser-etched, backlit keys that allow it to shine in the dark, this keyboard also features a thin, clear edge profile that helps it look sleek on your desk.
It's also built using Logitech's PerfectStroke key system, which allows users to hit each of its keys effortlessly and without making much of a noise.
Corsair Gaming K95 RGB
While the Corsair Gaming K95 RGB keyboard features multicolor per-key backlighting similar to other peripherals on this list, its biggest selling point is arguably its fully programmable functionality. Its 18 G-keys can support up to 108 macros and key combinations for faster gaming.
The K95 RGB's 122 key rollover and 100 percent anti-ghosting capabilities help make sure each keystroke remains accurate even when other keys are pressed.
This keyboard is lightweight but rugged and durable enough to take on a lot of gaming action.
You can buy the Corsair Gaming K95 RGB keyboard on Amazon for $179.99.
Division Zero X40 Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard
Unlike other keyboards that seem to focus on multicolor backlighting as one of their main features, the Division Zero X40 Pro only has red LEDs for its lighting. However, what it may lack in flashiness, it makes up for in functionality and durability.
It has five programmable macro keys and a full n-key rollover for faster gaming. It also has support for gaming mode control to make it easier to deactivate its Windows key.
The Division Zero X40 can take on up to 60 million keystrokes throughout its lifespan, courtesy of its Alpha-Zulu gaming switches.
This gaming keyboard can be yours for $149.00.
Turtle Beach Impact 700
If you prefer a gaming keyboard that is a little more compact compared to other ones on the market, then the Turtle Beach Impact 700 might just be the one for you.
This keyboard's design may not scream of "hardcore gaming," but its features are built well enough to support the needs of even the most avid of gamers. It has a six-key rollover with 100 percent ghosting capabilities to provide faster and more accurate game control even when hitting several other keys.
It also has an adjustable red backlighting with multiple illumination options.
The Turtle Beach Impact 700 is available for $195.95.