Backlighting on keyboard keys can help with visibility even in low-light situations. If you work late at night without turning on the lights, you should choose for a keyboard with illuminated keys. White, RGB, and per-key RGB are the three forms of backlighting. White backlighting has a simple appearance and improves visibility. RGB backlighting allows you to customise the colour of the backlight, but all of the keys are illuminated in the same hue. Per-key RGB backlighting allows you to customise the colour of each key according to your preferences and stylistic demands, but it is also the most expensive option. Multiple lighting zones are also available on some keyboards.
Shortcut Keys for Dedicated Media Playback
If you listen to music or watch videos while working, a keyboard with dedicated media playback shortcut buttons is a good idea. Play/pause, rewind/previous track, forward/next track, mute, volume up/down, and volume up/down are all dedicated keys on many full-sized mechanical keyboards. Mechanical volume controls are even available on some keyboards.
While key combinations (such as Function + Page Up for increasing volume and Function + Page Down for lowering volume) can be utilised to control media playback and volume on tiny keyboards, it is simply easier and faster to have dedicated keys for such purposes.
Wired or Wireless Mechanical Keyboard?
There are two methods of connectivity for mechanical keyboards: wired and wireless. Wired keyboards come with either an attached cable or a detached cable with a Type-A connector on the other end. On the body of the keyboard with a removable cord, there is either a micro USB connector or a USB Type-C port. There are two types of wireless connectivity: 2.4GHz RF and Bluetooth. Bluetooth keyboards work with a wide range of devices, including computers, laptops, smartphones, smart TVs, media streaming devices, and even game consoles. Bluetooth, on the other hand, introduces some lag, which may not bother typical users but may irritate gamers. Keyboards with 2.4GHz RF connectivity have incredibly minimal lag (which is excellent for gaming), but they can only be used with devices that support RF dongles (mostly PCs).
Do You Need Additional Ports On Your Keyboard?
A USB Type-A port, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm auxiliary headphone port, and a 3.5mm auxiliary microphone port are all available on some luxury mechanical keyboards. If the USB and audio connections on your PC are too far away from where you sit, consider investing in a mechanical keyboard with additional passthrough connectors. However, such keyboards are only compatible with PCs that have a wired connection.
Compatibility With Customisation Software
Most premium keyboards are compatible with computer software that allows for key illumination, macro keys, profiles, and programmable keys, among other features. ASUS, CoolerMaster, Corsair, Gigabyte, GSkill, HyperX, Lenovo, Logitech, MSI, Razer, Steelseries, and Thermaltake all have software apps that allow you to customise your keyboard. Premium keyboards also come with on-board memory, which means that whatever adjustments you make are preserved in the keyboard's memory and can be used on other PCs and devices.