The keyboard has come a long way in form and functionality, and gaming keyboards are no exception. Gaming, or mechanical, keyboards differ from the average keyboard packaged with your new computer in that the average keyboard uses rubber-dome keys rather than mechanical keyswitches. What makes mechanical keyboards so wonderful, especially in the video game world, is that they save you time and energy by reacting before you've finished pressing down the key.
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
$129.99, Razer Store
Razer continuously produces beautiful equipment for your gaming needs. There are two versions of the BlackWidow, Standard ($79.99) and Ultimate ($129.99). Each key for the Ultimate is individually backlit, it features a USB 2.0 port where the Standard does not, as well as an audio jack. Razer is also stepping up their game with Mac support; the BlackWidow for Mac is listed as coming soon.
If Ergonomic is your thing, the Advantage is the best looking out there. The Advantage ergonimic keyboard is for both PC and Mac and comes in white and black and comes with support for Kinesis foot switches. It comes with a hefty price tag of $299, which seems like a lot for something that's considered their basic model.
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110
The successor of the G11 series of gaming keyboards, the G110 is a more compact and overall more attractive than some of the past Logitch gaming keyboards. There's no gimmicky LCD screen, you can customize the color of the backlighting, the audio support is integrated directly for easy access. At $79.99, the Logitech G110 is the best deal with all of it's features.
Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate Keyboard
$129, Das Keyboard
Das Keyboard's Model S line is the most minimal of mechanical keyboards, and they give you the option between the Ultimate (pictured above) with blank keys, and Professional with lasered inscription keys for the same price of $129.