Mechanical switches offer a smoother and more precise keyboard experience vs regular keyboards. The individual keys provide more feedback so you have confirmation of every keystroke and the enhanced sensitivity means you don’t have to fully press down each key to get a response. This allows for faster typing and so quicker responses in the game.
Ghosting can really get in the way of intense gaming or hard work so Anti-Ghosting can be a key feature of a great gaming keyboard. Ghosting occurs when multiple keys are pressed simultaneously but not all are registered, those missed are said to have been ‘ghosted’. Anti-Ghosting supports simultaneous keystrokes so your moves are never missed in the game.
Programmable keys (macros) allow you to activate intricate button combinations with a quick, single key press. Some let you program any key whilst others have specific buttons ready to be set up to suit your needs. Speed up repetitive keystrokes and let your keyboard do the work with programmable macro keys.
Not only does a backlit keyboard really make your setup standout, it’s great for gaming in darker conditions. See each key in vivid colour so you never miss a button and some can even be customised and colour coded to your preference. A huge variety of colour options mean you’re sure to find your favourite.
DPI (dots per inch) refers to the sensitivity of the gaming mouse. Different games or activities are better suited to different levels of sensitivity so a mouse with adjustable DPI allows you to adapt the mouse to each situation.
Some Gaming Mice have buttons built in allowing you to quickly press a combination of keys without needing to reach for the keyboard. You can program these buttons to perform complex tasks in seconds so you can work and game at high speeds.
Wired gaming mice are usually seen as more reliable as there’s no risk of the batteries running low or interference effecting your sessions. Wireless mice offer you a more clutter free work / game space and so more freedom to enjoy the session, but at a risk!
Optical mice are usually more accurate than laser alternatives which can be key in tight gaming situations. However, laser mice tend to be faster and more responsive, so the right sensor type for you depends on the games that you’re into.
Comfort is key when finding the right gaming headset for you. If you plan on enjoying long gaming sessions then you’ll need a headset that will remain comfortable and light throughout. Adjustable head straps, mics and foam padding will help increase the level of comfort.
Some headsets are designed specifically for one type of console or PC, so make sure you’re looking at headsets that will work with your gaming setup. Check which version or Bluetooth is supported and what cable connectivity options are available.
The right sound quality can vary depending on which kind of game you’re into. If you’re playing action packed FPS games then the right levels of bass are key and surround sound can help to deliver the ultimate immersive experience.
Wireless headsets mean more freedom with gaming as you’re less likely to get tangled up. However you’ll usually have to sacrifice some sound quality for this and there’s risk of interference or the batteries running low mid game!