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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday March 06 2014, @12:20PM   Printer-friendly
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An anonymous coward writes "Anyone know of good affordable keyboards that are low latency (preferably backed by actual stats)? Low latency is not the same as polling rate.

I had an old keyboard that was high latency (added about 30-50ms more latency when compared to a "gaming" mouse I had!) so I bought a low end "gaming" keyboard[1] which is lower latency but the keys "stick" sometimes (e.g. the system thinks keys are still being held down even though they aren't have to press the offending keys again to unstick them). I don't want to buy an expensive keyboard and find the latency to not be really much better or even worse[2]. And yes 30-50ms can be a noticeable and significant difference in games (2-3 frames).

I've done those reaction time test stuff and I get about 150-170ms using my "fastest" mouse (I have two), 170-190 with my new keyboard and 200+ms with my old keyboard. I see many people get 200+ ( see: ). At work on my employer's macbook pro I get 220+ms. So it's likely that high latency mice/keyboards[2] and screens[3] are too common. And you can appear to have 50-80ms faster reflexes just by having better equipment.

[1] an A4Tech G800V keyboard, based on one of the few less useless responses from the Other Site when I asked a similar question. Maybe it's faulty but it's going to be hard to prove since it's intermittent. FWIW I got it for half the newegg price and the place I bought it from doesn't sell A4tech mice or keyboards anymore.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by scruffybeard on Thursday March 06 2014, @01:38PM

    by scruffybeard (533) on Thursday March 06 2014, @01:38PM (#11915)

    I am not a big gamer, so I cannot talk specifically to keyboards, but I wonder if your looking for a product that does not exist at a price you are willing to pay. Given the specificity of your question, you are likely in a niche market of high performance equipment. There is possibly no budget version. The best example I can think of is when I purchased GPU cards for a server at work a few years ago. I discovered that the prices for "ordinary" cards ranged from $50 to $800, while the high performance cards started around $1500. There were few offerings in that middle area, and none met the higher performance criteria we were looking for.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 06 2014, @04:23PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 06 2014, @04:23PM (#12026)
    Although graphic card technology frequently changes, keyboards have been a staple of the computer industry since day one. Have you considered looking for a good used keyboard?

    In the Seattle area there's a store called RE*PC [] that collects used equipment, refurbishes it, and sells it. They also sell some of their inventory online.
    • (Score: 1) by scruffybeard on Thursday March 06 2014, @06:24PM

      by scruffybeard (533) on Thursday March 06 2014, @06:24PM (#12093)

      Almost all the 2nd hand PC shops in my area have closed up. Almost all are online now. This might be a good option. Some older keyboards are almost indestructible.