In April 2017, a report from IDC stated that the global shipment of PCs went up for the first time since Q1 2012 on an annualized basis. The first quarter of 2017 noted 0.6 percent of year over year increase in PC shipments. While the overall PC growth is in midst of a five year slump, the market for PC gaming equipments has seen a considerable year over year growth globally.
According to a report from Jon Peddie Research as on Ars Technica, Asia Pacific region was the biggest and fastest growing market in gaming PCs overall. Booming gaming culture, dense population and ease of arrangement is one of the major reason of this growth, especially in a country like India.
Now when we know that there’s huge demand for PC gaming, it’s a must to understand if you are investing in right components or not.
For instance, we all need a keyboard but an oldschool island-style keyboard is not everyone’s thing these days. Some of us, instead, look out for a keyboard with the satisfying clicks and clacks of a mechanical gaming keyboard, fancy lighting, or comfy wrist rests and a few spare customizable macro keys.
Getting more specific on what we are saying here is actually about keyboards. Be it writers or gamers, keyboard is a key component affecting their work. If you are a gamer, you need to be at the best to boost your killstreaks. Even if you are a pro at a game, a right keyboard can actually enhance your gaming experience. For that reason, we’ve scouted out the best gaming keyboards across all walks of life. No matter how much you’re willing to spend, our recommendations will get you there.
In recent years, Logitech has been seemingly going out of its way to make only the most high-end, cutting-edge peripherals without taking value into consideration. That’s all changed with the G413 Carbon, a mechanical keyboard that sacrifices RGB backlighting and customizable macro keys in favor of an affordable price tag. Its low-profile appearances might make it look barebones in comparison to competing keyboards in its range, but the Logitech G413 Carbon is all the better for its magnesium-alloy skeleton exposure. Though the Romer-G switches might be a turnoff for Cherry MX enthusiasts, they’re virtually silent, fairly responsive and rated for 70 million actuations.
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Like the Corsair K70 Rapidfire before it, the K95 RGB Platinum is a gaming-first mechanical keyboard with plenty of versatility to get the job done, whatever that job may be. The simple arrangement of a single row of six macro keys keeps this QWERTY neat and organized without a whole lot of unnecessary reaching involved. The software may be sloppy, but if all you’re doing is assigning macros, you may not even need it. Because the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum packs in 8MB of memory dedicated to storing profiles, you don’t have to worry about using the same computer through to the end of its career. This keyboard is not only backlit by up to 16.8 million colors, but it’s the perfect travel buddy too, made better by its military-grade aluminum finish, including the wrist rest.
For too long there’s been a divide between mechanical and membrane keys but now Razer has finally brought the two together with its ‘Mecha-Membrane’ Ornata keyboard. These new switches pull from everything Razer has learned over the years. The result is a grand typing experience with shorter keys, the tactile feel of the green switches from the Blackwidow X Chroma and a loud audible click. Just like its other products, the Ornata features a fully customizable, per-key backlight and it comes with a plush pleather wrist rest too.
Logitech has followed up its Orion Spark G910 mechanical keyboard with the G810, which arrives with a refreshingly grown-up feel. Sporting Logitech’s own Romer G switches, which aren’t quite as squishy as Cherry’s various switches, the G810 possesses a snappier feel than other gaming keyboards whether typing or gaming. Featuring smart media keys that work equally well on both Windows and OS X, Logitech’s latest keyboard is a solid all-round offering. If you’re fed up of the weird markings, LCD screens and strange parts that come with competing “gamer-focused” keyboards, the G810 might be for you.
Many mechanical keyboards are gaudy and unwieldy, aimed at gamers on the, err, ostentatious side. That’s not the case with the SteelSeries Apex M500. Like the Logitech G810, the Apex M500 eschews unnecessary bells and whistles in favor of clean design and bare essentials. While it’s lacking media keys, macros and other such extras, it benefits from a compact design that wastes no space. Tailored towards e-Sports, its minimal leanings are refreshing and it looks great sat on a desk, accompanied by the right monitor and mouse of course.