Gaming keyboard vs Regular Keyboard

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#1 1995corvette
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Is there really a difference between a "regular" keyboard and a gaming keyboard??

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#2 JigglyWiggly_
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No, and No. Trust me on this, I had a g15 (old one) and I had it for a year, but it was too big so I replaced it will a dell multimedia keyboard, and it's just as good if not better. The only thing gaming keyboards have is that they have LEDs and maybe a LCD(g15) which is pretty much useless if you have a 2nd monitor. (You could make it set the temperatures of your computer if you are a geek, which almost everyone here is so... yeah, but I really don't see a need for a gaming keyboard. They type all the same.
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#3 gameguy6700
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Gaming keyboards tend to have backlights, LCDs, weird key layouts that make it more amiable to gaming but not to typing, and have a bunch of extra keys that are intended to be used as hotkeys. Is all of that worth the ridiculous $150+ price tags? Not really, no. A keyboard is a keyboard is a keyboard. You can game just as well on some old 5lb clunker from the 80's as you can using a $150 gaming keyboard.

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#4 ArchDuke1
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I second both posts above, the gaming keyboard is only good to show off....(sometimes) visual wise.
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#5 NamelessPlayer
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I just use my old IBM Model M for everything keyboard-related, gaming included. Don't need backlighting or an extra LCD, let alone the extra cost to have those things. As for macro keys, I'd rather just buy something like a CH Products Multi-Function Panel rather than having a select few keys tacked on to a specific keyboard. More flexibility for me that way.
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#6 Velocitas8
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I have a G15, and I must say: ehh..not really.

The only thing I really love about it is the LCD and macro feature. The key backlighting is obnoxious, so I always have it off.

The LCD really isn't for gaming, but it is great to have. I mostly use it for a clock when I'm in a full-screen game/application, and for things like my music track display (with foobar2000.) Some programs have really cool and useful LCD apps for the G15, like FRAPS (which has a framerate display and graph, along with icons to indicate that you're recording video.) All of the "gaming" apps I've come across are stupid and pointless, however.

Everything else is pretty meh. I never use the extra USB ports (they're slow.) The media keys are great, but you can get something similar on a huge range of keyboards. Build quality is excellent, I guess.

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#7 NSR34GTR
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no there isnt
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#8 Dr_Brocoli
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if you have the cash yes. I like my macro keys and the screen, good quick info! LOL on my g15 V2 i get live world news updates on it LOL!!! So during games i always know whats going on hahahaha
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#9 firedrakes
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gaming ones are really not needed in most cases
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#10 imprezawrx500
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not really gaming keyboard have lots of fancy keys and back lighting but they both work the same.
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#11 crazymonkey092
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Just like all the replies above, "gaming" kbs is mostly just a name on the box. Hell, ive seen in some cases where ppl like their cheap 6 dollar kbs vs their 50-60 dollar gaming keyboard. So I'd say that says a lot on how some of them are made.

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#12 amirzaim
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Gaming keyboard has a little difference with the regular keyboard is the additional keys and some accesories that added on the gaming keyboard to look attractive. Meanwhile, the regular keyboard is just a plain keyboard that mainly used by most people. But, nowdays, they replacing the plain keyboards with the multimedia keyboards which have some additional keys on it but no some fancy accesories. Both gaming keyboard and the regular keyboard still use traditional square keypad design that cause wrist injury if used too long especially when playing PC games. The A-shaped keypad design is better than the traditional keypad design because it will reduce the risk of wrist injury. I have the regular keyboard that using A-shaped keypad design and the brand is A4 Tech. This keyboard is really useful.
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#13 markop2003
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There is a difference, if you play MMOs seriously then you can use the macros to sequence buffs. A couple of gaming keyboards have non slip keys, anti ghosting and lag reduction which can help with general gaming a bit. Illuminated keys can help if you game in the dark. The Steelseries 7G just has no ghosting and is incredibly durable so it's basically just a top quality keyboard not just a gaming board. Basically they can be a bit useful but you're going to be paying alot for something that doesn't give you much of an advantage.
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[QUOTE="markop2003"]There is a difference, if you play MMOs seriously then you can use the macros to sequence buffs. A couple of gaming keyboards have non slip keys, anti ghosting and lag reduction which can help with general gaming a bit. Illuminated keys can help if you game in the dark. The Steelseries 7G just has no ghosting and is incredibly durable so it's basically just a top quality keyboard not just a gaming board. Basically they can be a bit useful but you're going to be paying alot for something that doesn't give you much of an advantage.

No, you don't even need them for MMOs, i highly doubt you already had every key of a standard keyboard bound to something so you would need extra keys.
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[QUOTE="STAR_Admiral"][QUOTE="markop2003"]There is a difference, if you play MMOs seriously then you can use the macros to sequence buffs. A couple of gaming keyboards have non slip keys, anti ghosting and lag reduction which can help with general gaming a bit. Illuminated keys can help if you game in the dark. The Steelseries 7G just has no ghosting and is incredibly durable so it's basically just a top quality keyboard not just a gaming board. Basically they can be a bit useful but you're going to be paying alot for something that doesn't give you much of an advantage.

No, you don't even need them for MMOs, i highly doubt you already had every key of a standard keyboard bound to something so you would need extra keys.

and many gaming keyboards are junk for typing on.
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Only to those who've brainwashed themselves with the blurb.
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#17 Dogswithguns
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Standard keyboards are better, they work well with PC or games, mine $15 one works fine. ....even on the game instruction books showing you how to use keys on standard keyboard, never did see they mention about a special type gaming keyboard or anything so.
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#18 markop2003
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[QUOTE="STAR_Admiral"][QUOTE="markop2003"]There is a difference, if you play MMOs seriously then you can use the macros to sequence buffs. A couple of gaming keyboards have non slip keys, anti ghosting and lag reduction which can help with general gaming a bit. Illuminated keys can help if you game in the dark. The Steelseries 7G just has no ghosting and is incredibly durable so it's basically just a top quality keyboard not just a gaming board. Basically they can be a bit useful but you're going to be paying alot for something that doesn't give you much of an advantage.

No, you don't even need them for MMOs, i highly doubt you already had every key of a standard keyboard bound to something so you would need extra keys.

I'm talking about macros not using single buffs, you can program them so that every buff lines up with the perfect time delay for maximum damage.
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#19 markop2003
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Standard keyboards are better, they work well with PC or games, mine $15 one works fine. ....even on the game instruction books showing you how to use keys on standard keyboard, never did see they mention about a special type gaming keyboard or anything so.Dogswithguns
Keys on gaming boards are the same as regular boards, i think you're thinking of gaming pads which offer a small amount of specialised keys just for gaming.
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#20 X360PS3AMD05
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Backlighting is needed for all night gaming sessions.............
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#21 Mr_NoName111
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Backlighting is needed for all night gaming sessions.............X360PS3AMD05
flip the light on! Where do you game? A cave? :P The only REAL difference IMO is antighosting, but even with my $15 microsoft keyboard the only game in which i experienced ghosting was H.A.W.X where you need to hold down like 5 keys which is rediculous.
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#22 neatfeatguy
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Is there really a difference between a "regular" keyboard and a gaming keyboard??

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Mike

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Generally a bigger price tag for a "gaming" keyboard. You may like a gaming keyboard over a normal one or vise versa. I prefer the ergonomic keyboard that cost me about $40. I don't need some fancy back lighting or move-able keys or anything else. I just like the comfortable feel my keyboard provides and the fact that it works well for me. To each their own. Same thing goes with "gaming" mice. I've got a $20 5-button optical mouse that works just fine for gaming. I don't need to spend tons of cash on a "gaming" mouse. I think it's just the term "gaming" that helps drive the prices higher, but that's just me.
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#23 ttobba07
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[QUOTE="1995corvette"]

Is there really a difference between a "regular" keyboard and a gaming keyboard??

Thanks,

Mike

neatfeatguy

Generally a bigger price tag for a "gaming" keyboard. You may like a gaming keyboard over a normal one or vise versa. I prefer the ergonomic keyboard that cost me about $40. I don't need some fancy back lighting or move-able keys or anything else. I just like the comfortable feel my keyboard provides and the fact that it works well for me. To each their own. Same thing goes with "gaming" mice. I've got a $20 5-button optical mouse that works just fine for gaming. I don't need to spend tons of cash on a "gaming" mouse. I think it's just the term "gaming" that helps drive the prices higher, but that's just me.

Ya I don't feel like spending a lot on a gaming mouse either. Luckily OCZ released their behemoth gaming mouse. I love it. 29.99 on newegg. It is a little light but add some weights in the area in the bottom

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#24 Velocitas8
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Backlighting is needed for all night gaming sessions.............X360PS3AMD05

Uh..can you really not tell where you are just by touching the keyboard? It's quite easy between sensing the home-row dimples (on F and J) and touching the really obvious keys like Backspace/Enter/Space/Shift..

Faster than looking down, in fact..

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#25 k0r3aN_pR1d3
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I like the g-15 keyboard for the RSS feeds and other handy apps for it xD

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#26 Rhamsus
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I have a G15, my fiance got it as a present to go with my G5.

To be fair, I really do enjoy the feel of the keys and the size of the keyboard. (My hands are quite large) The screen is OK I guess, but not really needed as I HATE having anything but the bare minimum running and the LCD uses some resources to keep going. A gimmick more than a must have. The back lighting is cool at night, but I don't look at the keyboard so it doesn't serve any functional use. Bottom line, I could replace this with most keyboards and live and play fine.

The best advice when choosing a keyboard is to buy the one that feels best beneath your fingers.

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#27 X360PS3AMD05
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[QUOTE="X360PS3AMD05"]Backlighting is needed for all night gaming sessions.............Velocitas8

Uh..can you really not tell where you are just by touching the keyboard? It's quite easy between sensing the home-row dimples (on F and J) and touching the really obvious keys like Backspace/Enter/Space/Shift..

Faster than looking down, in fact..

I don't type the right way with home row n such.................also turning on the light kills the mood and people can tell you're still awake.................