Before we start talking about what is a gaming keyboard, we should take a detour for what is a keyboard in general (small detour!).
“A computer keyboard is an input device that allows a person to enter letters, numbers, and other symbols (these are called characters) into a computer. It is one of the most used input devices for computers. Using a keyboard to enter lots of data is called typing. “https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_(computer)
So now we can give a definition of What is a Gaming Keyboard :
What is a Gaming Keyboard Definition
A Gaming Keyboard is a keyboard with additional characteristics designed for gaming. Those characteristics include:
Led or RGB lights for better aesthetic feel (because gamers spend lots of time gaming they need something good to look at haha – or of course the lights are useful in the dark).
Better pressing key mechanisms (mechanical switches) to sustain a long hour gameplay without causing discomfort.
More key mechanic features (like Anti-ghosting) to improve gaming performance suited to most games (especially fast paced).
More buttons and more complex software to enable macros and switching between macros in a fast manner.
Expanation of some Gaming Keyboard Features
But let’s keep going by explaining some of the features these gaming keyboards provide.
There are some pretty good answers from Quora. Let’s see them.
““Ghosting” is the problem that some keyboard keys don’t work when multiple keys are pressed simultaneously. The key presses that don’t show up on the computer or seem to have disappeared are said to have been “ghosted”.https://www.quora.com/What-is-anti-ghosting-for-a-keyboard/answer/Alberto-Samuel-Camus
Ghosting is the result of one or more of following three limitations: the hardware can’t read the given key combination, the software on the computer doesn’t support multiple simultaneous keys, or the communication protocol between the hardware and software limits the maximum number of simultaneous keys reported.
When a keyboard is marketed as “Anti-Ghosting” it may just refer to a particular subset of keys on the keyboard working well together but this alone does not necessarily guarantee that members of this set of keys avoid ghosting when combined with other keys on the keyboard. “
There is also one more practical one . Let’s take a look:
“Try holding down both shift keys and typing:https://www.quora.com/What-is-anti-ghosting-for-a-keyboard/answer/Edmund-Dipple
‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’
If you don’t have anti ghosting, then the sentence will come out something like
HE QUIK BROWN FO JUPS OER HE LA DOG
To save money, most keyboard manufacturers design their keyboards with a limit on what combinations of 3 keys you can press at once. A gamer keyboard with anti ghosting will be able to type that sentence without issues. “
Finally, there is one small reference to Anti-Ghosting from the SteelSeries Support website.
“Keyboard ghosting is when a single keystroke or several keystrokes are “lost” due to the inability of a keyboard to process simultaneous signals that come natural to many gamers. “https://support.steelseries.com/hc/en-us/articles/223763768-What-is-anti-ghosting-technology-
Well, as you can see most people that try to explain Anti-Ghosting explain first what Ghosting is.
If you explain what Ghosting is, you understand what the “Anti-Ghosting solution” is.
Mostly mechanical switches are useful for more accurate typing and long hour typing scenarios. Let’s see some quotes from various sources.
“I switched to Mechanical keyboard about a year ago. I type about 15k words in a day, and here’s how I sum it uphttps://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-mechanical-keyboards-and-rubber-membrane-keyboards/answer/Deepak-Shah-32
1. It fosters quick typing.
2. My fingers don’t pain even after 2-3 hours of continious typing. (With maybe short breaks of 5 minutes).
3. The keys won’t pop out. (Before buying a mechanical keyboard, I damaged 2 external, and 2 laptop membrane keyboards)
3. The feel is incredible.
1. Once you get mechanical keyboard, it becomes hard to type on a membrane one (You won’t like it)
2. If type a lot, then first week is going to be difficult. Because with mechanical keyboard, it is important to leave the keys the moment you hear the sound. It just requires a little practice. “
Let’s see some more cons!
1) The noise! Some people prefer to keep their typing enjoyment low profile. Though there are certain more silent switches but in general mechanical switches are noisier than membranes.
2) You can’t go back to those shitty (just kidding) membrane keyboards after you have typed on a mechanical keyboard. Membrane keyboards feel awful to you, you could hear your fingers complaining to you. You will miss your dear mechanical keyboard whenever you type on something else. “
Well this is similar to Anti-Ghosting. Let’s see some revelant information about it.
“An n-key rollover test identifies how many keys can be read simulatneously on a computer keyboard.https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-N-Key-Rollover-Test/answer/Phillip-Remaker
Since most keyboards only use one key at a time, you can make a keyboard cheaper by designing them to detect only one or two keypresses at a time. Fast typists and gamers HATE these keyboards, since they fail to register keys when pressed together or in rapid sucession. Worse, they might produce “ghost” keypresses when faced with multiple keypresses. “
I only mention this because you might read it so you know what it is.
Well i presented all relevant information about what is a gaming keyboard.
The gaming part isn’t a gimmick. At least these features aren’t a gimmick. They are needed to enchance the gaming experience.
If you want, you can check my Top X Lists for keyboards (affiliate). I add more content and update it frequently. Cheers.