Honestly, I'd buy neither of those just based on the looks. I had a G15 myself, and I barely ever used the extra keys on the left-hand side. But if I had to pick one, then the Corsair. The AZIO looks terrible. Or you could simply get a normal mechanical keyboard for one fifth of the price of that Corsair (with the only difference probably being the extra keys).
If you're dying to get some of those extra keys, see if you can find a keyboard with one below the space key. I'd think that would be the handiest.
Ps. This is theGames discussion by the way. You'd get more responses in thehardware forum.
If you're looking at mechanical keyboards, do you know the differences between the Cherry switches? if not, I'd try them all out in a store if you can and also read up on the differences so you know what to expect.
Regarding the keyboards themselves, I have never played a game and thought to myself that i needed extra keys, so I ended up getting a compact mechanical keyboard instead (CM Quickfire TK). Taking up less desk space allows you to keep your hands closer together and is way more comfortable.
Could depend on the types of games you play, though.
i don't like either... i would go with corsair out of the two tho because of reds and that other one is just way too ugly. with that said... i did have a k60 for a couple days and returned it because it just didn't feel good to use. couldn't really pin point why though. am using a cm quickfire red now and i'm real happy with it. i mainly only picked this one model because of the function keys though. any mechanical will be pretty nice but i would suggest red switches.
If you need macro buttons and/or media keys, then find a keyboard that's setup like that for you. Mechanical keyboards are so much better, imho, because I not only game, but I type a lot of work. You have to ask yourself what your everyday use will be. For $100, you can choose from a wide selection of gaming keyboards, so choose wisely.
Often times, you will be disappointed by the feel of the keyboard, than its aesthetics. Do the keys depress down like you want? How's the feedback? Is it clicky and loud? Obviously, I"m talking about mechanical keyboards. If you do take that route. There are different switches. Imho, membrane keyboards have terrible feedback. I can't go back to them.
Some switches take very little weight to press down. Some, more so than others. This can lead to hand fatigue. If you're really into online FPS shooters, and especially if you're competitive, you will want something that requires less weight to press down. Some gamers will say Red switches.
If you're thinking about membrane gaming keyboards, save your money and stick with a $10 keyboard. There's like ZERO difference,
I'm not sure I like either, but if I had to choose I would go with the second keyboard. That AZIO just as to much going on :|Will47
I actually like the Azio more because of it lol, especially the Volume knob.
Anyway thanks for the interesting feedback. I am just set on a 'gaming' keyboard because 'gaming' grade mice (I use a Logitech G5 since 2005 and now a Razer Deathadder) have been so much better than the cheap normal stuff.
The corsair looks to have more keys but the Azio has better placement...
I'm tempted to just buy them both lol
What would you guys pick?
Corsair Keyboards are faulty. I owned the K60 and the keys would repeat keystrokes randomly for no reason. The first link was absolutely ridiculous, I laughed hard. I'm using the best gaming keyboard I've owned: CMStorm Quickfire 10 Keyless
I would go with something like this Cooler Master CM Storm Quickfire Rapid with Cherry MX Red switches. I haven't heard anything about the Azio just that I don't really like the look of it. The Corsair keyboards aren't full mechanical keyboards as there are keys that use the typical rubber dome switches.
You can type faster on laptop switches than mechanical keyboards. It's not much, but the real reason is because of media keys. Silly yeah, but I used 3rvx for volume control and spotifyer for spotify audio controls, and punkbuster kicks for both programs. Rosewill is still great, they both feel a whole lot better than mushy membrane keyboards.