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Help me choose between one of these 4 budget gaming KB's

scholes007

68 months ago

I won't be playing any shooters. Mostly single player stuff, maybe elder scrolls online and other mmorpgs.

A few macro keys are my main desired feature.

Multi-color back-lighting is also desired but I can settle for a single color option.

I've narrowed it down to 4 choices. Any input will be appreciated especially from anyone who has been using one of these.

Microsoft Sidewinder X4 $50 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-keyboard-jqd00001

Logitech G105 $48 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/logitech-keyboard-920003371

SteelSeries Apex [RAW] $55 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/steelseries-keyboard-64121

Genius GX-Gaming Imperator Pro 31310053101 $62 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/genius-keyboard-31310053101

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  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

aside from everyone telling you to get a mechanical, i have the sidewinder and i absolutely love it. the macro is VERY easy to use. i like the x4 cuz of anti ghosting, it helps when your smashing spells haha

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

ive heard good things about the sidewinder

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't imagine spending more than $20 on a non-mechanical keyboard. Essentially you're paying a lot of extra money just for LEDs. I don't dislike LEDs, I quite like them, but it seems like a lot extra to pay.

I would definitely advise a mechanical keyboard, though that's probably in the $60-70 range.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

^this. You're pretty much wasting your money if you're paying over 20 bucks for a membrane keyboard with LEDs. IIRC, there was a thread about cheap mechanical keyboards a bit back so you might want to look into that.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

i sort of second what tel is saying, just that if you were to get a $60 mech keyboard... it'll either be used/refurbished/extremely cheap-or-basic. let's say the best bang for buck mech keyboard-wise is sub-$120. If I were you, scholes, I would just settle for a $5 lenovo/dell keyboard until I save enough money to get a mech keyboard. Indeed, paying $40+ for a membrane keyboard with "flashy lights" isn't really worth it. If, IF you were to buy one of the ones you've listed, I'd go with the sidewinder, plenty of people talk highly of it. THAT BEING SAID, i'd save up another $40-50 and invest in a mech keyboard that will keep you happy AND last forever (sort of). Also, if you're money-tight, used/refurbished items are always an option; there are plenty of them going up on deal sites as well as forums/ebay. Good luck!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

X4 is pretty much the only half decent membrane keyboard. If you can't splurge for mechanical that would definitely be my choice.

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