PC gamers have been complaining for a long time about less-than-stellar ports (not to mention lack of ports), and the PC gaming market has indeed seen a lot of neglect lately due to the popularity of modern consoles. If you’re a PC gamer that’s making the switch to PS4 in order to play all those fantastic console games you’re always hearing about, you should be happy to learn that many of them support keyboard and mouse control. Even if you’re a strictly console gamer that wants to try a different control scheme or frequently uses the web browser on the PS4, you may be interested in purchasing a gaming keyboard. No matter what your reasons are, there are plenty of keyboards to choose from. This Buyer’s Guide will give you some info on the best options in five different pricing categories.
The Budget Choice: AULA LED Backlit Gaming Keyboard
Description: Right off the bat, you can see this thing is pretty. With three color options, you have a little bit of room to personalize the keyboard, and the light serves a functional purpose as well as just looking cool- the individual keys are lit up in a dark room so that you always know what you’re pressing. The keyboard is lightweight and easy to transport, and while it’s not wireless, it’s worth the price you’re paying.
Buy if You: Aren’t looking to break the bank and will only casually use the keyboard for gaming. It’ll last you awhile, but it can be worn out quickly. If you’re going to exclusively use a keyboard to game, maybe check out the next option on the list.
The Inexpensive Choice: I-Rocks 24 Keys Anti Ghosting Gaming Wired Keyboard
Description: Mechanical keyboards are all the rage these days, and this I-Rocks keyboard is as close as you’re going to get to a mechanical keyboard without spending a ton of money. I-rocks makes their products to be durable, so this will last you a long time, and while it’s not as cool-looking as some of the other keyboards on this list, it’ll undoubtedly get the job done.
Buy if You: Want a long lasting keyboard that simulates the feel of a mechanical keyboard, and if you don’t care about aesthetics. Amazon only has a few left in stock as of writing this, so pick it up fast!
The Average Option: Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard
Description: At this price point, you’re going to start getting into some really quality wireless keyboards. Logitech has consistently been one of the best names in PC accessories, and they prove why with the K800. This is a durable, well-lit keyboard that’s incredibly quiet and responsive, and the fact that it doesn’t need batteries (just keep it charged with the retractable USB cord!) is an added bonus that makes this keyboard well worth it.
Buy if You: Don’t mind spending the same amount on a keyboard that you would on the average game. If the price doesn’t bother you, definitely pick this up. It will probably be the last keyboard you ever buy during the life of your PS4.
The Expensive Option: Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Description: This baby has the look, feel, responsiveness, and features that you should expect from a gaming keyboard. The black and red design is incredibly sleek, and since the K70 is a mechanical keyboard, it feels better than anything on this list other than the “most expensive” option. One of the coolest things about this keyboard is you can program it to just light up the keys you need, leaving everything else dark.
Buy if You: Aren’t concerned about money and want to use a keyboard that both looks and feels amazing and will last you quite a while.
The Most Expensive Option: Razer BlackWidow Chroma Clicky Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Description: The ultimate gaming keyboard; there’s no competition when it comes to aesthetic appeal, responsiveness, comfort, and durability… unless you’re biased (which is totally okay). The Razer BlackWidow is absolutely stunning when it comes to aesthetics, and as a mechanical keyboard it gives you auditory and tactile feedback when you strike each key. You’ll feel like you’re commanding a starship, not simply playing a video game.
Buy if You: Simply must have the best of the best. You won’t be disappointed with the BlackWidow, even if your pocketbook is protesting that you just dropped $167 on a keyboard.