Aside from the cable, wireless keyboards may not provide as much value as their wired counterparts. Let’s find out why, and discuss why you might benefit more from using a wired gaming keyboard.
Wireless keyboards are prone to latency
Latency is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a gaming keyboard. Latency is also called input lag, and it’s the amount of time it takes for your keyboard input to register with your computer. For gaming, you’ll want a keyboard with the lowest latency possible.
For time and action based games like Star boat or first-person shooters, having little to no latency allows you to react faster to what’s happening in the game, giving you a competitive edge. At a higher level, even a few milliseconds can mean the difference between winning and losing a match.
Unfortunately, wireless keyboards tend to have more latency than wired keyboards. That’s because the wireless connection introduces an extra step in the login process. Wired keyboards plug directly into your computer, so there’s no signal interference to cause input lag.
Wireless keyboards, on the other hand, connect to your computer through a wireless receiver. This step in the input process can cause a slight delay, putting you at a disadvantage as a player.
Depending on how high the latency is, you may not notice a difference, especially if you’re a casual gamer. But if you’re competitive and want all the advantages you can get, a highly responsive wired keyboard is the way to go. That said, as wireless keyboards get more advanced over time, they should eventually work just as well as wired options.
Wired keyboards are low maintenance
Wireless keyboards are not as convenient as wireless headphones or mice. With wireless headphones, you can keep talking to your friends or listen to music while you get up to stretch or fill your water bottle. With a wireless mouse, you can do things like queue up for a game or change the music from the couch.
Unless you want to type from the couch, there’s not much you can do with a wireless keyboard. The only real convenience is not having to worry about a cable. Instead, you have a wireless receiver to worry about (except in the case of a Bluetooth keyboard). If you lose the receiver, you will need to get a replacement to use it.
Also, you’ll need to charge your wireless keyboard whenever the batteries are low so it doesn’t randomly freeze up in the middle of gaming. Depending on battery life and usage, you may need to recharge the keyboard frequently. Recharging your keyboard requires you to plug it in, during which time you’re again limited to the mobility of a wired keyboard.
With wired keyboards, just keep them plugged in and you’re good to go. With some basic cable management, you can neatly hide the cable out of the way. The effort is minimal, and the reward is high.
Which one is better to play?
We think wired keyboards are better for gaming as they are more reliable and offer more value. This is mainly due to the lower latency and the lack of constant battery management. As a gamer, you want to gain as much competitive advantage as possible because every millisecond counts, especially if you play at a higher level.
In general, wired keyboards are cheaper than wireless ones. Without the need for wireless connectivity, there is no additional cost for components. And when it comes to gaming, there’s not much added value to a wireless keyboard other than removing the cable. You’re basically paying more for the same, if not worse, performance.