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Keyboards don't seem like the sort of thing you'd pay too much attention to. You pick one that looks nice or fits your budget and plonk it on your desk. Done. Right? Not always.
There are enough different models out there with different bells and whistles that you can pay a lot of attention to keyboards and get quite snobby about it. Especially when you consider the amount of hours you can spend using it.
Kingston and their gaming-centric HyperX brand expanded into the mechanical keyboard market with the Alloy FPS last year and the reception was wholly positive. The slimmed-down board was designed in conjunction with professional gamers and it firmly had them in mind when crafting a product that was sturdy, reliable and portable. Now, HyperX have taken things in a slightly different direction with the Alloy Elite.
Mechanical keyboards are all the rage at the moment, and for good reason. Improved reliability, durability and that beautiful clack you get whenever you press a key are features that are just too hard to resist. You might be looking to buy a new mechanical keyboard but you don't know where to start. Well, start right here! We've rounded up some of the best reviewed mechanical keyboards you can find - with links to buy.
It's the question that every PC nerd has asked themselves as they've been poring over online store listings: should I buy a mechanical keyboard with clicky tactile switches, or one with silent and linear keys? I compared two otherwise identical keyboards over a couple of weeks of gaming and typing to find my own personal favourite -- and try to figure out why that was.
While there are plenty of amazing pre-built mechanical keyboards on the market these days, it can be tough to find one with the perfect combination of switches, keycaps, case and electronics. The solution? Build your own. It's much easier than it sounds. It just takes the right parts, a couple of tools and a relatively modest investment.
"Have you met Jacob?" It's the first question they ask me, inside a small meeting room, deep in the heart of Facebook's Menlo Park campus, where keyboard fans from across the Bay Area have braved the rain to show off their boutique builds. Many of them have spent thousands of dollars on their board collections, with custom switches and keycaps.
Between my keyboard-centric posts here on Kotaku and my Twitter feed, I've been posting a lot of pictures of very pretty keyboards lately, which leads to people asking me where they can buy those keyboards. For the most part, you can't. You have to build them.
The other day, our intrepid snack and gaming hardware reporter Mike Fahey picked up KFC for lunch. He brought it home and returned to his office, where, at the most recent count, he keeps 11 mechanical keyboards. Collecting them is his new hobby. And he's taking it very seriously. He refused to eat anything anywhere near his precious keyboard menagerie. He compared it to "storing newborn babies under the booths of Dennys."
Not only are Overwatch mechanical keyboard caps a fine way to show loyalty to your favourite character, they also help you remember which key does what thing. There's a group buy going on over at Reddit's MechMarket through April 2, featuring caps for almost every character.
I love a good mechanical keyboard. There's something so satisfying about hearing the light tapping noises when I punch down on the keys. While mechanical keyboards are highly prized by gamers and coders, they can also be appealing to those that work on PCs on a regular basis. I often work from home so having a keyboard that is suitable for gaming and work would be the Holy Grail for me. Does the Ozone Strike Pro fit the bill? Let's find out.
Razer started out life over a decade ago as a company manufacturing a high-end mice for gamers. That was 11 years ago, and they've since branched out to provide every gaming peripheral imaginable.
Keyboards are still close to the company's bread and butter, although the Blackwidow X Chroma targets a market that hasn't typically been Razer's core audience. It's a mechanical keyboard for dedicated gamers and typists -- and at $329.95, the company has plenty of competition.
There are a few key things that keep PC gamers tethered to their desks, one of them being the awesomeness of having the "click clack" of a quality mechanical keyboard punctuate their gameplay. Impressive as they may be, laptops haven't been able to replicate that experience... yet. MSI to the rescue!