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Klash of the keyboards: We mash down hard on six all-new mechanical models

Gaming Keyboard roundup
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At a Glance

The 6GV2 is built like a brick house, but it doesn't deliver the performance and features to warrant its price tag

Price when rated: $109
Lowest price: $100.00 via TheProductSuperstore

Pros

  • Well-constructed (except for its cable)
  • Doesn't scream "gaming keyboard!"

Cons

  • Nearly devoid of features
  • Cheap cable appears vulnerable to wear and tear
SteelSeries 6GV2
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At a Glance

Ozone's Strike Pro is a solid keyboard, but there's little about it to elevate it above the competition.

Price when rated: $137 (street price)

Pros

  • Many high-end settings adjustable right from the keyboard
  • Onboard memory
  • Comfortable, with built-in wrist/palm rest

Cons

  • Dual-backlight color scheme looks tacky
  • Terrible macro-creation software
  • Retractable feet collapse under pressure
Ozone StrikePro
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At a Glance

A very pretty keyboard, but one that doesn't offer any of the features you expect to see in this price range.

Price when rated: $163

Pros

  • Gorgeous minimalist design
  • Personalized customer support

Cons

  • Absolutely no frills
  • No media-player controls
  • Unattractive price-to-performance ratio
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At a Glance

Razer made waves by designing its own keyswitches, and they're great for gameplay. But you'll want to switch (no pun intended) to something else when you need to type.

Price when rated: $140

Pros

  • Razer’s switches blend the best aspects of Cherry Blues and Blacks—at least for gaming
  • Attractive, adjustable backlighting
  • Rugged braided cable

Cons

  • Razer's new keyswitches aren't very good for just typing
  • Indistinct, blurry icons for Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, etc.
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
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At a Glance

If you can get over the G710+'s cramped key layout, you'll find an exceptional mechanical gaming keyboard.

Price when rated: $130

Pros

  • Six programmable macro keys
  • 26-key rollover
  • Dedicated media-player control keys
  • Dual-zone backlighting

Cons

  • Slightly cramped keys
  • Awkwardly placed USB pass-through
  • Overly stiff cable
Logitech G710+
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At a Glance

This is truly the ultimate mechanical gaming keyboard. And the 104-key model is just as good if you need a numeric keypad.

Price when rated: $145 and up, depending which features you add

Pros

  • Highly customizable from the factory
  • Key layouts (Dvorak, etc.) remappable in hardware
  • Five-channel cable routing
  • DIP switches!

Cons

  • No backlighting
  • No software customization
  • Expensive
WASD V2
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