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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) by Marand on Thursday March 06 2014, @11:23PM

    by Marand (1081) on Thursday March 06 2014, @11:23PM (#12299) Journal

    This might be bordering being off-topic, because I have no idea about the latency, but I started using a Roccat [] keyboard and mouse a couple months ago, and they're both excellent. I have the Isku and Kone+, which are priced decently for "gaming" hardware, but they also have a higher-cost mechanical keyboard that uses Cherry switches, and lets you choose which type of switches you want to use.

    I mention it because they have good Linux support: all the features work, including the keyboard/mouse cross-communication stuff that I never expected to be usable. They made an effort to work with a Linux dev to get things supported better, and it shows.

    I found out about them because the Kone+ mouse has a similar size and feel to the mouse I replaced, the discontinued Logitech MX518. I looked into Logitech's updated version of it, but it had flaky Linux support so I went hunting alternatives and ended up replacing the keyboard as well in the process.

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