Ultimate gaming keyboards

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We’ve shown you the best mice for gaming, now it’s time to complete your peripheral set-up with an ultimate gaming keyboard.

Roccat Ryos MK Pro – R3,517

The MK Pro comes with multi-colour backlighting with 6 brightness levels, 36 macro keys, a wrist rest, anti-ghosting capabilities, and Talk FX – which translates “on-screen action” into effects you feel on the keyboard.

PC Mag awarded the MK Pro 4.5/5, which, along with the Corsair Vengeance K90 (below), was the highest scoring keyboard we featured.

Roccat Ryos MK Pro

Roccat Ryos MK Pro

Logitech G19S – R2,250

The G19S presents your “crucial game information” on an LCD screen, has backlit keys with 3 brightness levels and 5 different colours, 12 programmable game keys, a detachable palmrest, anti-ghosting for up to 6 simultaneous key inputs, and a 3 year warranty for peace of mind.

PC Mag gave the Logitech 3.5/5, complimenting its switchable profiles.

Logitech G19S

Logitech G19S

SteelSeries Apex – R1,299

The SteelSeries Apex features 22 macro keys, each with four programmable layers, WSAD keys with small bumps on them for quick location, anti-ghosting for up to 20 key inputs, backlighting with 5 different colours zones that can be linked to your macro layers, and a USB hub.

PC Mag awarded the Apex 4/5, praising it all round.

SteelSeries Apex

SteelSeries Apex

Razer Death Stalker Ultimate – R3,053

The Death Stalker, which is the coolest name for a keyboard, ever, possesses a 4-inch LCD track panel, tri-colour backlighting on all keys, anti-ghosting capabilities for up to 10 keys, programmable keys, and a wrist rest.

PC Mag liked the Death Stalker’s customisable user interface, and awarded it 3.5/5

Razer Death Stalker Ultimate

Razer Death Stalker Ultimate

Corsair Vengeance K90 – R1,863

The K90 gives you 18 programmable keys, anti-ghosting for multiple key strokes, an aluminium chassis with backlit keys, a USB port, and a soft-touch wrist pad.

PC Mag awarded the K90 4.5/5 – the tied highest mark of all the keyboards we featured.

Corsair Vengeance K90

Corsair Vengeance K90

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E 7 – R3,999

The S.T.R.I.K.E 7 comes with an LCD touchscreen, Cyborg Gaming Apps, 24 programmable keys, multi-colour backlighting, interchangable WSAD and arrow keys, a 3-part palm rest and two wrist rests, and 2 USB ports to top it all off.

The keyboard is made up of multiple components, which also allows you to position the keyboard’s sections just the way you want them.

PC Mag gave this pricey peripheral 3.5/5, lauding its expansive feature list.

S.T.R.I.K.E 7

S.T.R.I.K.E 7

Any keyboards here get you all hot and bothered? Let us know in the comments and forum.

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  • Kromas

    Considdering I have multiple screens on my system I have very little need for an extra screen on my KB. My ultimate gaming KB is a Black Widow.

  • Michael

    Using a G510 myself and the screen is rather useful to a point. I would rather go for a G710 with Mechanical Keys.

  • Spikey01

    R3999 for a keyboard….. madness!!

  • AVJ

    lol…

  • zaThunder

    Not madness when you consider these were initially designed for pro gamers who earn their living playing games. Think of them as shoes/boots for top athletes.

  • wo0two0t1

    Its not quite the same as a dual or tri screen – but I agree the Black Widow is king.

  • KillAllStupids

    So lamerish – discussing gaming keyboard and no even word about key switches!

  • Zolaan

    So everyone keeps telling me. Still stays a awesome keyboard.

  • The Rich

    Your ‘madness’ is someone else’s ‘good value’. Just the same as you might think it was ‘madness’ for me to spend 25k on my current pc whilst I felt like I got a great deal full of value. It’s all relative, good sir. Your judging it to be ‘madness’ only makes you look cheap. And no true sir wants to look cheap.

  • The Rich

    I have a Black Widow Ultimate and yes, it’s decent and it’s built to last, for sure. Definitely better quality than my stupid Lycosa I had previously with an anti-slip rubber coating that wore off within weeks. I just can’t justify its current price (which I can’t remember now and which I’m too lazy to look up). I do seem to recall that the last time I read, it was going for somewhere in the vicinity of 2 grand. I paid like R1300 for mine and I felt like that was a lot for a keyboard that doesn’t offer much beyond the sweet mechanical keys.

  • TehBrad

    Been using a Logitech G11 for the last few years and the A key has now finally collapsed. I have the 18 G keys that are programmable with 3 different profiles… I’ve never used them. The only features I’ve used are the media keys and the switch that disables the Windows key. Gaming keyboards have way too many functions for my needs. I’d like a well built keyboard over features.

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    I want that K90!!!!

    Oh my glob it’s beautiful *drool*

  • Charl van der Merwe

    There is no mention of mechanical keys in this round up, which i would think is a huge point in today’s gaming keyboards.

  • wo0two0t1

    I got mine for R1199 from Frontosa – it does offer a couple of additional things like macros disable start button USB and audio etc.

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