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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: 1) by bugamn on Friday March 07 2014, @02:40AM

    by bugamn (1017) on Friday March 07 2014, @02:40AM (#12420)

    Funny how that Slashdot thread has a comment about how much has Slashdot sunk based on that topic.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 07 2014, @06:19AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 07 2014, @06:19AM (#12515)
    That that question was asked shows you how far slashdot has sunk from the days where more slashdotters actually knew how their hardware worked and the _actual_ specs and characteristics because they were nerds/geeks who were interested in how things worked (and often even had/built the equipment to test it).

    Slashdotters nowadays are a bunch who prefer stories with more politics, bitcoin and "ask slashdot how to do my job" than actual technical stuff.