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Choosing the right keyboard is not at all a trivial matter, as it might seem, but when it comes to choosing a keyboard for a gamer, we get to the brink of alchemy.

We can divide keyboards according to several criteria: size and layout, connection, type of keys. The size of the keyboard defines how much space it will take up on the desk and how comfortable it will be to work with. There are basically two sizes of keyboards, standard and slim. In both categories, we can find cheap simple models, as well as high-quality and more expensive ones. With regular keyboards, we mostly come across the so-called long type, which means that they also contain a numeric block. We know the short type mainly from notebooks, but we can also occasionally meet them with specific desktop models.

Another important parameter is the connection. In the past, a PS/2 connection was used. Today, you can only find such connectors on old PCs, modern PCs use a cable connection via USB or a wireless connection via dedicated Wi-Fi or bluetooth.


Wired USB keyboards are the easiest, just plug in and the keyboard works. It is powered directly through the USB port, so no additional care is required. Gamers like this connection because it is very fast, with minimal delay and reliable.

Wireless keyboards can work with two types of connection. The most widespread are keyboards with a dedicated Wi-Fi connection. You can recognize them by the fact that to connect them, you need to insert the USB key that comes with the keyboard into the port. This solution is as easy from the user side as in the case of a USB cable connection. You insert the USB key, turn on the keyboard and everything works. Sometimes such a keyboard comes with a mouse as well, then both work with one USB key. The advantage is simple operation. Disadvantages can often be high latency, unsuitable for gamers, but also the need to monitor battery capacity and change or charge them in time.

Furthermore, there are wireless keyboards with bluetooth connection. They are a little more expensive, but use a standard bluetooth connection, so in addition to PCs and laptops, you can pair them with mobile devices, TVs and other bluetooth-enabled devices. However, due to the higher latency, these keyboards are not suitable for gaming. In addition, they must be paired with the device, which usually requires a different keyboard or a different control method (touch, etc.). Their main advantage is the universality of the connection.

One of the most important parameters of a gaming keyboard is the type of keys. Most often, we encounter two types – membrane and mechanical. We would also find hybrid or silicone ones, but they are used relatively rarely.

Membrane keys are used in most cheaper keyboards. As the name suggests, the key switch consists of two layers, which are separated from each other by a mechanical membrane. When pressed, both layers are short-circuited and thus the respective key is switched on. These keyboards are known for having relatively little key travel and being almost silent. In the gaming world, we find this type of keys only in cheap models of keyboards, designed more for effect than for playing. Such keyboards can be used in games that are not demanding on reaction speed, but you would not succeed with them in fast action shooters. The problem is that you always have to press down on the key, so in the heat of the game you can press less and the action will not take place.

Therefore, mechanical keys are most often sought after in gaming keyboards. It is generally the most expensive type of keyboard because each key is made up of a separate mechanical switch. According to the tactile and sound reaction, we can divide them into

• linear mechanical switches
• tactile mechanical switches
• mechanical switches with a click

Several parameters are specified for switches, such as actuation load, actuation distance, height/total distance, click sound and life. For serious products intended for gamers, the manufacturer publishes these parameters. If you are not sure whether a given type of keys will suit you, it is ideal to try it in practice.

When laying out the keys, you may encounter the markings QWERTY and QWERTZ. There is no need to look for any science in it. It is precisely the placement of the last letter in the first row of letters. We use the QWERTZ layout most often, but it depends a lot on what you are used to. In principle, this is not a problem, in the system you can choose which variant you prefer when setting the language, and if you have the opposite on your keyboard, the keys can simply be peeled off and swapped between them. A bigger problem, especially for beginners, can be the missing inscriptions of special characters in Slovak on game keyboards. This happens a lot on dedicated gaming keyboards. The problem is if you also need to write on the computer, which is quite common. This problem can be easily solved with additional stickers that can be found on the Internet or in specialized stores. Better keyboards often come with the main gaming WASD keys in a different, highlighted color and can be swapped out by the user. Antighosting (sensitivity to accidental pressing of surrounding keys) and N-KeyRollover (recognition of multiple pressed keys, where N indicates the number) are also important monitored parameters.

On gaming keyboards, you can also encounter a number of specialized keys that cannot be found on regular keyboards. These can be multimedia control keys and volume controls, but mainly special gaming keys that allow recording, saving and recalling macros. Here, the user can choose to control various preset functions or groups of functions with one key. This is also related to what software the manufacturer supplies to the keyboard, or whether it cooperates with any universal software. Using the software, the behavior and functions of the keyboard can be set in great detail.

However, we must not forget about lighting either. It should be RGB and fully configurable. This is mostly done in the keyboard application or in applications that allow you to adjust the lighting on all components.

So what should a gaming keyboard be? Mechanical, wired, with RGB backlight and should be software configurable. Of course, you always have to choose according to your needs and possibilities.

Vigor GK30 Combo

Clutch GM11 gaming keyboard and mouse set in an attractive white color. The keyboard has membrane mechanical piston switches, is spill-resistant and allows you to set eye-catching colored lighting effects in six zones either directly on the keyboard or in the Dragon Center application. A stable gaming base under the space bar contributes to the ergonomics of typing. A mouse with an impressively engraved wheel with a sensitive Pixart optical sensor with a maximum resolution of 5000 DPI allows you to set five levels of sensitivity and a number of color effects.

Cena: 47,90 EUR (Until September 15, when you buy a keyboard, you get a Steam code worth 15 euros.)
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Niceboy ORYX K300X

Gaming keyboard with robust and durable metal construction, OUTEMU Blue mechanical switches and RGB backlighting. The switches can withstand up to 50 million switches without losing sensitivity and control accuracy. The keyboard is connected using a USB cable. You can choose from seven dynamic light color effects. Of course, Anti-ghosting for 26 keys, which are most often used when playing, and the option to lock the Windows button.

Cena: 32,90 EUR

HyperX Alloy Origins Aqua

Top-notch gaming keyboard with high-profile keys and HyperX Aqua mechanical switches that require relatively little force to activate. The keyboard is connected by a cable via the USB-C connector. Of course, there is RGB backlighting not only of the symbols on the keys, but also of their lower parts, so that the colors merge into an interesting “pudding” effect. The long stroke of the keys, precise operation and high activation point will please not only gamers, but also people who know how to type.

Cena: 90 EUR

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