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What kind of gaming keyboard is the best for RTS?
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What kind of gaming keyboard is the best for RTS like Starcraft 2? I know it is a personal preference but I just wanna see what kind of keyboard does people have or recommend for Gaming RTS,.

I'm planning to buy Razer Lycosa Gaming Mechanical Keyboard but I don't really know if it is worth it. In any case i wanna get an idea what kind of keyboards are good.
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Posted 9/9/11 , edited 9/9/11
Well there is a keyboard released called the maurarder (i believe its made by Razor too).

Pros:
I got a chance to play on it at Blizzcon 2010 last year. I'd say its a very flashy keyboard. But what really got me was how easy it was on my fingers. You can think of pressing each key is like taking a step in padded running shoes. I hear its response time is good too.

Cons:
Only complaints I have about i hae about it is that its relatively short in lenght. Its num pad is integrated with the arrow keys to make it more compact. But if you dont mind that I would check it out.
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Posted 9/10/11
steelseries 6gv2 or a black widow
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Posted 10/25/11
Razer hands down imo
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Posted 10/28/11 , edited 10/28/11
Razer products are usually over priced. You're paying for LED's that you will probably never look at. The SC2 keyboards Razer manufactures feature this interesting APM lighting on the sides of the keyboard. Sure it sounds cool but is it practical? Definitely not. If you're playing StarCraft, chances are that you'll be too busy worrying about the Zerg rush destroying your expansion to even look at your keyboard, mouse, etc. If anything buy a mechanical keyboard. Rubber dome keyboards will probably only last you 1 - 10 million key strokes. Keep in mind that many of Razer's keyboards are rubber dome. A mechanical keyboard will last you 50 million+ key strokes. Which is probably a lifetime. Mechanical keyboards also have an instant response, meaning the keys will pop up immediately after you release your finger. It would be very beneficial for micromanagement of units in SC2 I assume. Steel Series will always be my gaming manufacturer of choice. Their products are very good for the price, their products are practical so you aren't paying for LED's and they make some very good quality equipment.


This is a very late reply to your thread but hopefully you get a chance to read my reply.
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Posted 10/28/11
One where you can't fuck up Ctrl groups.
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I have the logitech G510, and so far I'm pretty impressed (play games like LoL, DOTA, Starcraft, SC2, DOTA2, and all Total war / Age of empires game)..
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Any key booad is good, as long as you can see the buttons.
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zenchaos wrote:

I have the logitech G510, and so far I'm pretty impressed (play games like LoL, DOTA, Starcraft, SC2, DOTA2, and all Total war / Age of empires game)..


And upgraded to a G19 makes it even better, tho you lose 6 macro buttons but ive never seen a person who uses them all anyway :P
The LCD-panel supports alot of RTS

Here is a list of then:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logitech_G19
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True that, if only I have money (double the cost)..

Macro is only ever useful in RTS games, and even then I barely ever need more than 5 (in starcraft I use this to select group hotkey past 5 since it's too far for me).. Most macro if ever I need to use any hot-keyed in my mice buttons anyway..

LCD Display is pretty good, I only use it for the clock thing (and vent chat).. And I just want to add that the other day, I was eating noodles (cup noodles) and I accidentally hit it, pouring all the soup to my keyboard.. Glad this thing doesn't break easily (all LED lights working and stuff)..
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Razer's Lycosa keyboard is not a mechanical keyboard, and I strongly suggest getting a mechanical keyboard. Lycosa is a bad choice considering you do not want such flat keys, and if you're into them now, you probably won't be into them later on. The reason why I strongly suggest a Mechanical keyboard is because of how much pleasure you get within each tactile key press, that and it's almost effortless to press a key.
If not the Starcraft licensed keyboard by razer, then go for the blackwidow. Getting the ultimate version is up to you, I have the ultimate version pretty much only for the LEDs, but LEDs aren't essential, so feel free to go with the regular blackwidow, 6GV2 by steelseries or the higher priced version. There are quite a few other mechanical keyboard out there, and if you don't want any LEDs, macros and what not, going for the DAS keyboards are a good choice too. Thermaltake's eSports keyboard seems to be a great choice as well, it's extremely well built to the core.
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i use all razer product except head set steelserise headset
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Jkfrost wrote:

i use all razer product except head set steelserise headset


Razer is over priced. The main reason being they are too flashy and like an AlienWare computer, you're paying for LEDs. One of the only Razer products that are good for the money are the Deathadder mouse. Steel Series destroys Razer when it comes to performance.
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Jkfrost wrote:

i use all razer product except head set steelserise headset


Razer is over priced. The main reason being they are too flashy and like an AlienWare computer, you're paying for LEDs. One of the only Razer products that are good for the money are the Deathadder mouse. Steel Series destroys Razer when it comes to performance.


Fanboi much? Idk about you but Razer's niche isn't anything like Alienware's extraterrestrial designs and vice versa, though LEDs are common in both, that doesn't mean anything. The gaming community likes LEDs, so they're pretty much there just for pleasing the crowd.

Steelseries' Sensei mouse that just released follows this trend too. It's practically their Xai mouse clad in LEDs. :\
It uses the same Avago 9500 laser, didn't even bother to fix the acceleration problem that the Xai had as well, not that I care too much about it, but it kinda shows the direction Steelseries is taking.

Now since you touched on the matter of overpricing, I'd like to bring up how the Steelseries mechanical keyboards are the most expensive of the mechanical keyboard market with not so many features. With that being sad, there's a reason why Razer Blackwidow Ultimate is the most popular gaming mechanical keyboard in the market, though rumors of their quality control does bother me, I haven't had any problems thus far with owning one.

I'm not trying to be bias, because I myself own both Razer and Steelseries products, I even own more than just those two brands, but I felt like I had to straighten out such opinions.

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Todoke wrote:


SquidlyDango wrote:


Jkfrost wrote:

i use all razer product except head set steelserise headset


Razer is over priced. The main reason being they are too flashy and like an AlienWare computer, you're paying for LEDs. One of the only Razer products that are good for the money are the Deathadder mouse. Steel Series destroys Razer when it comes to performance.


Fanboi much? Idk about you but Razer's niche isn't anything like Alienware's extraterrestrial designs and vice versa, though LEDs are common in both, that doesn't mean anything. The gaming community likes LEDs, so they're pretty much there just for pleasing the crowd.

Steelseries' Sensei mouse that just released follows this trend too. It's practically their Xai mouse clad in LEDs. :\
It uses the same Avago 9500 laser, didn't even bother to fix the acceleration problem that the Xai had as well, not that I care too much about it, but it kinda shows the direction Steelseries is taking.

Now since you touched on the matter of overpricing, I'd like to bring up how the Steelseries mechanical keyboards are the most expensive of the mechanical keyboard market with not so many features. With that being sad, there's a reason why Razer Blackwidow Ultimate is the most popular gaming mechanical keyboard in the market, though rumors of their quality control does bother me, I haven't had any problems thus far with owning one.

I'm not trying to be bias, because I myself own both Razer and Steelseries products, I even own more than just those two brands, but I felt like I had to straighten out such opinions.



I very much agree. I am a bit of a Steel Series fanboy I suppose. I like the way you write your suggestions though. They aren't at all bias like mine.
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