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Best gaming keyboard 2019: Top mechanical and membrane picks

With so many keyboards to choose from these days, finding the best gaming keyboard can sometimes feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. As well as deciding whether you want to get a membrane gaming keyboard or a mechanical gaming keyboard, there's also the question of how much do you want to spend and, if you decide to go down the mechanical…

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Razer’s new budget Essential series are all still kinda expensive

Razer have announced a new budget-conscious series of 'Essential' peripherals today in the hope of bringing their popular Basilisk, Kraken and Blackwidow ranges of gaming mice, keyboards and headsets to even more people enamoured with mythological creature names than ever before - although judging by their actual prices, you'd be forgiven for thinking they're just as expensive as everything else.

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Bloody Gaming B390 review: Oh dear…

A third tenkeyless gaming keyboard in a week? Well, I never. This time, it's Bloody Gaming's B930, which uses optical RGB switches not unlike the Razer Huntsman for even nippier keystrokes and reduced latency. Unfortunately, Razer's Huntsman could probably scoff the B930 down in a single gulp, for this is definitely not best gaming keyboard material.

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Tecware Phantom RGB review: A good first mechanical keyboard for under £50 / $50

Tecware might not be the first name you think of when it comes the bestest [block id="604483" title="Best gaming keyboard"]s money can buy, but their mid-range Phantom RGB sure is a heck of a lot cheaper than a lot of its competition - just £46 / $46 for the 87-key tenkeyless version I've got on test here today (it's also available as a full-size model…

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Roccat Vulcan review: A stunning mechanical keyboard that’s fast and tactile for gaming

After testing dozens upon dozens of mechanical gaming keyboards based around Cherry's admittedly excellent MX switches, the new and very non-Cherry MX-based Roccat Vulcan is a breath of fresh air. Employing the company's brand-new Titan switches (or Titan Switch Tactile to give them their full and proper name), the Vulcan offers fast and precise, tactile feedback for typing and gaming alike, and looks pretty damn…

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Steelseries Apex M750 review: Two left feet

As you may have noticed over the last year or so, I've tended to quite like Steelseries' PC peripherals. Two of their mice currently occupy top spots in my [block id="604483" title="Best gaming keyboard"] list, and their Arctis 7 headset is my favourite bestest [block id="604477" title="Best gaming headset"] of all time. Their top-end Apex M750 keyboard, however, won't be making any kind of [block…

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The Razer Turret is the first mouse and keyboard combo for Xbox One, and it also works on PC

Razer have officially lifted the lid on the world's first wireless keyboard and mouse combo designed for the Xbox One, which also happily works on Windows 10 PCs, too. Dubbed the Turret, console box-ers who have always yearned for the pixel-perfect precision of a mouse and keyboard in such popular past times as Fortnite, Warframe and that new and definitely not aeons old DayZ that…

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018: Best gaming mouse and keyboard deals

There's not long to go now before this year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals jamboree draws to a close, so if you've been holding out for a top notch gaming mouse and keyboard deal, now is the time to get one. In truth, there aren't that many new Cyber Monday mouse and keyboard deals going on today, as many are still the same price…

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HyperX Alloy FPS RGB review: Move over Cherry, it’s Kailh time

Cast your eye over our [block id="604483" title="Best gaming keyboard"] list and you'll find most, if not all, of my top mechanical picks are based around Cherry's excellent MX switches. That's probably not surprising given that Cherry are one of the biggest and most reliable names in keyboard circles, but HyperX's new Alloy FPS RGB makes a strong case for trying something a little bit…

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Roccat Suora review: An excellent budget mechanical keyboard

Why are the [block id="604483" title="Best gaming keyboard"]s always so expensive? If you want a decent mechanical keyboard, you're often looking at spending at least £100 / $100, if not significantly more if you want all those fancy RGB lighting effects to play with. It's with a great sigh of relief, then, that I've got Roccat's Suora on my desk today, which can be had…

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It’s the little details that make HP’s new Omen Sequencer keyboard and Reactor mouse so great

I won't lie. When HP announced a string of new Omen peripherals at this year's Computex show in Taiwan, the thing that really caught my eye was its supposed ear-cooling gaming headset. It even had a cool-sounding name and everything. The HP Omen MINDFRAME. Sadly, that was the one thing missing from the HP Omen demo day I went to last week. I did, however,…

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Razer Huntsman review: Opto-mechanical goodness

If you like your clacky keyboards, Razer's new Huntsman is going to be right up your street. This thing is LOUD. Much louder, I'd say, than any other keyboard I've tested so far, and I'd probably even go as far as saying it's clickier and clackier than the Cherry MX blue switches found in mechanical keyboards like the Fnatic Streak and HyperX Alloy Elite. This…

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MSI Vigor GK80 review: Red vs Silver Cherry MX switches

When MSI sent me their Vigor GK80 mechanical keyboard earlier in the year, I was only able to test the version that came with red Cherry MX switches. You may recall, however, that it's also available with silver Cherry MX switches as well. Well, now I can finally give you a proper verdict on which one's better, as the silver Vigor GK80 has just arrived…

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How to put your case back together again and connect your peripherals

Congratulations! You've made it through our How to Build a PC guide. Now it's time to double-check and triple-check that everything's connected properly, put your case back together and plug in those peripherals. Let's get started.

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Roccat’s Vulcan mechanical keyboard is one to watch

One of the surprise highlights of this year’s Computex has been, of all things, a keyboard – and a Roccat one at that. It’s not that the German firm makes a load of bad kit – the Khan Pro headset and Leadr mouse are both recent successes – but they’ve also never really broken through to becoming first-rate purveyors of must-have peripherals. The Vulcan, however,…

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Roccat’s Titan switches suggest new mechanical keyboards are on the way

After years of championing the membrane keyboard, Roccat look as though they're finally preparing to jump headfirst into the world of proper, honest-to-goodness mechanical keyboards thanks to their newly-announced partnership with leading switch manufacturer TTC. Officially know as the Titan Switch (or the Titan Switch Tactile to give its full mouthful of a name), these will be the first mechanical switches Roccat have designed in-house, and we'll see…

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HP Omen 15 gets Intel Optane Memory refresh, plus new ear-cooling headset, mice and keyboard peripherals

HP unveiled a mother lode of new Omen bits and pieces this morning, including a 2018 refresh of their Omen 15 gaming laptop with Intel Core i5+ and i7+ processor options (the + bit meaning they come with Intel's super fast Optane Memory gubbins). HP also announced a swathe of new mice and keyboard peripherals for PC, plus the world's first gaming headset with something HP's calling 'active…

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Hands on with Acer’s new Predator Cestus 510 mouse and Aethon 500 keyboard

When you think of Acer's Predator range, laptops and monitors are probably the first things that come to mind. This year, however, Acer are going all in on PC gaming peripherals, as they've just unveiled a brand-new mouse and keyboard at their New York press conference - the highly-flexible Predator Cestus 510 and the blue mechanical switch-themed Aethon 500. And I've been plastering my grubby…

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Asus ROG Strix Flare review: A tasteful take on RGB

Compared to Asus' usual crop of PC peripherals, the ROG Strix Flare is a refreshing sight. Unlike the ROG Claymore, the ROG Strix X470F-Gaming motherboard or indeed anything else bearing the ROG moniker, the Flare doesn't have a single bit of sci-fi / Aztec / cyber text pattern anywhere on its grey plastic chassis - and looks all the better for it. There is, admittedly,…

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Fnatic Streak / miniStreak review: Gettin’ skinny with it

Fnatic probably means more to you as an esports team than a hardware manufacturer, but if you're after the world's thinnest RGB mechanical keyboard, then Fnatic's new Streak is the place to be. There's also the miniStreak for those who prefer something a bit more compact or can't remember the last time they touched their number pad, so this review will cover both of them…

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