Examples of good gaming keyboards include the Razer BlackWidow Chroma, Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB and Turtle Beach Impact 100 models. These gaming keyboards typically use mechanical switches for keys that provide discernible tactile and auditory feedback, while some models, such as the Razer Anansi, use silicon membranes instead.
The high-end gaming keyboards normally feature a white or multicolored illumination for the keys, allowing gamers to see the keys in the dark or assign different colors to specific sets of keys. They also include a gaming mode that disables individual keys and certain combinations that can minimize the window in which a game is running. Another feature of the more expensive gaming keyboards, such as Logitech G910 Orion Spark or Corsair Vengeance K95 models, is the option to use programmable macro keys that allow users to assign multiple commands to a single keystroke, which is especially useful for games that require complex actions, such as massively multiplayer online role-playing games.
When buying a gaming keyboard, consumers should pay attention to the gaming genre for which the layout and functions of the keyboard are tailored. They should also look for additional features, such as USB ports, track panels and an option to integrate apps. As of 2015, the prices of gaming keyboard typically range between $59.95 for models that only mimic the tactile feedback of mechanical keyboards and $179.99 for keyboards that feature fully customizable backlighting and multiple macro keys.