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Keyboards: Ratings of Sources

Total of 23 Sources
1. CNET
As of Jan. 2012
Keyboards
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentCNET reviews are frequently comparative and often balanced. Keyboards are rated on a 5-point scale and favored picks are named Editors' Choices. Variation in ratings is minimal -- the best performers are granted 4 points and the worst are given 2.5. Currently, the Rosewill RK-9000 USB, Matias TactilePro 3.0, Das Keyboard Model S Professional, Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate and Apple Wireless Keyboard are all rated Excellent.The Deck 82 and Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 receive Editors' Choice designations.
2. Bit-tech.net
As of Jan. 2012
Peripherals
by Editors of Bit-Tech.net
Our AssessmentBritish site Bit-tech.net caters to gamers and hardware enthusiasts, providing informative product reviews that rate games and hardware. Ratings have recently been restructured to be a percent of 100, while older reviews include individual category and overall scores based on a maximum of 10. Models are sometimes not available in the United States. In the most recent reviews, the Logitech G510 and Microsoft SideWinder X4 Gaming Keyboard are recommended.
3. HardwareHeaven.com
As of Jan. 2012
Keyboards
by Editors of HardwareHeaven.com
Our AssessmentHardwareHeaven.com regularly posts thorough, well-written reviews of gaming keyboards. An overall rating is calculated from several subcategories including build quality, design, value and performance. Ratings tend to skew on the high end -- but only a handful of recent reviews have perfect 10 scores.
4. DigitalTrends.com
As of Jan. 2012
Keyboard Reviews
by Editors of DigitalTrends.com
Our AssessmentDigitalTrends.com reviews a few keyboards a year. The articles are balanced, comparative and illustrated. Products are rated on a 10-point scale and reviewers are not afraid to call out underperforming keyboards. Unfortunately, DigitalTrends limits itself primarily to Logitech and Microsoft brand products, and reveals a heavy preference for Logitech's keyboards over all others. The Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard is the only keyboard to receive an 8 out of 10 star rating (or better) in the past two years.
5. TrustedReviews.com
As of Jan. 2012
Peripherals Reviews
by Editors of TrustedReviews.com
Our AssessmentTrustedReviews.com is a British site that reviews all major performance and component features. There is minimal direct comparison to other models, though similarities and differences in feature sets are sometimes noted. Keyboards receive ratings on value, features and design as well as an overall rating in recent reviews. Top-performing models are awarded TR Recommended designations. The Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard is the most recent keyboard to earn this honor. Keyboards are mixed in with a number of different product types under the catchall category peripherals, so it's not easy to find recent reviews.
6. TestSeek.com
May 20, 2010
Review of Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 Keyboard and Mouse Combo
by Manuel Gonzalez Fernandez
Our AssessmentTestSeek.com editor Manuel Gonzalez Fernandez provides an illustrated, hands-on assessment of the Logitech MK710 and assigns scores based on quality, features and comfort, though focus is heavily on packaging and looks rather than performance. The MK710 receives an 8.1 out of a possible 10 and is designated Recommended for its special features, quality and keyboard comfort. However, Fernandez dislikes the included Marathon Mouse M705, labeling it the "weak link" in the kit, mainly for its small size.
7. GadgetReview.com
Oct. 11, 2010
Apple Wireless Keyboard Review
by James Pikover
Our AssessmentReviewer James Pikover gives the portable Apple Wireless Keyboard 5 stars out of 5, crowning it the "best Bluetooth and travel keyboard, period." He finds it a fashionable, efficient and comfortable investment. The touted nine-month battery life also draws special mention.
8. DigitalVersus.com
Updated Nov. 23, 2011
Computer Keyboard Reviews
by Vincent Alzieu
Our AssessmentReviewer Vincent Alzieu rounds up the keyboard reviews on DigitalVersus.com, running more than a dozen through their paces in the last two years alone. DigitalVersus.com reviews many Logitech and Microsoft keyboards, reflective of the market, along with a smattering of other brands. Alzieu awards a perfect 5-star score to three keyboards in that time,
9. GamingTech.org
Nov. 24, 2010
Logitech G19 Review and Specs
by Daniel Lavery
Our AssessmentTech blogger Daniel Lavery is undeterred by all the flashy extras found on newer gaming keyboards, proclaiming the Logitech G19 "one of the best -- if not the best -- gaming keyboards on the market." He compares it to the recently released Logitech G510 and finds that the G510 doesn't hold a candle, and actually lacks some of the G19's features. Lavery's review includes video and a detailed pros and cons list. However, the G19's gaming distinction doesn't come cheaply.
10. PCMag.com
As of Jan. 2012
Keyboards
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com reviews more and more keyboards each year. Each product is rated but not ranked. Some are tagged as Editors' Choices. In the past 18 months, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac, Logitech diNovo Mini, Razer BlackWidow Ultimate, Razer Anansi, Logitech MK710, Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 and Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate have been tapped with that designation.
11. Computer Shopper
As of Jan. 2012
Keyboards
by Editors of ComputerShopper.com
Our AssessmentThe Top Products section of ComputerShopper.com lists its picks for the five best keyboards, but they are dated models and don't include recent Editor's Choice selections. This listing includes the most recent reviews, which typically carry a rating. Some models that receive high scores do not receive an Editor's Choice designation; reviews can be inconsistent.
12. Techtree.com
As of Jan. 2012
Keyboards: Reviews
by Editors of TechTree.com
Our AssessmentIndia's TechTree.com reviews a few keyboards each year, but not all are reviewed by the same person, so there's only a minimal basis for comparison. Perhaps that's why the reviews rarely reference competing products. Reviews are often thorough but focused on features, and the ultimate ratings are always similar to one another. Some unique features are illustrated, along with flaws. Though it's well received, a faulty scroll wheel stops the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 short of being perfect. While the Microsoft Arc Keyboard gets 3.5 stars out of 5, the site is highly complimentary, marking it down mostly for its price.
13. EverythingUSB.com
As of Jan. 2012
Gaming Keyboards
by Editors of EverythingUSB.com
Our AssessmentReviews here are current and balanced, peppered with product photos. As of the last round of keyboard reviews, EverythingUSB.com editors highly recommend both the Logitech K800 and the Logitech G510. Editors also like the Microsoft SideWinder X6 gaming keyboard, the Logitech G19 and the older Razer Lycosa. Reviews are mixed with new-product descriptions on the site.
14. OverclockersClub.com
As of Jan. 2012
Hardware Reviews
by Editors of Overclockersclub.com
Our AssessmentThis site reviews primarily gaming keyboards in-depth, offering comparisons to other keyboards on the market and extensive hands-on testing. The best keyboards are granted OCC Silver and Gold designations. Among keyboards available in the United States, the Thermaltake Meka G1 Gaming Keyboard and Zowie Celeritas Competitive Gaming Keyboard are awarded Silver designations.
15. LegitReviews.com
As of Jan. 2012
Mods and Ends
by Editors of LegitReviews.com
Our AssessmentLegitReview.com does a few detailed keyboard reviews a year, concentrating on mostly gaming models. Reviews do not carry a star rating, but often compare a keyboard to other models in its segment, and the best products receive special designations. Among recent reviews, the Thermaltake Tt eSports Meka G1 receives a Legit Reviews Value Award; the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard receives a very positive review; and the SteelSeries Shift receives an Editor's Choice. The Thermaltake Tt eSports Challenger Pro receives an Innovation Award and a positive review, but a more recent review of the normal Challenger model pans it.
16. BenchmarkReviews.com
As of Jan. 2012
Input Devices
by Editors of BenchmarkReviews.com
Our AssessmentGiving equal weight to function and beauty, Benchmarkreviews.com puts together a comprehensive hands-on package for each of the many keyboards it reviews. Most score reasonably well; the best receive a Golden Tachometer Award. Among recent reviews, the Thermaltake Tt eSports Meka G1, SteelSeries 6Gv2, Razer BlackWidow, Gigabyte Aivia K8100 and the tiny VisionTek CandyBoard Wireless Mini Keyboard score Golds.
17. TomsHardware.com
June 13, 2011
Five Mechanical-Switch Keyboards: Only the Best for Your Hands
by Igor Wallossek
Our AssessmentTom's Hardware.com explains in detail why gamers and other precision typists might care to use mechanical-switch keyboards, which use a different type of circuit to record each keystroke than standard keyboards. The site reviews five popular mechanical-switch models using different types of switch mechanisms with extensive hands-on and comparative tests, concluding that all five perform extremely well – better than most other keyboards on the market – and deserve serious consideration.
18. TweakTown.com
As of Jan. 2012
Peripherals Content
by Editors of TweakTown.com
Our AssessmentTweakTown.com's large list of keyboard reviews appeals primarily to gamers, and its writeups tend to have more of a user-based, breathless feel than many other traditional reviews. However, those testing the products clearly spend a good amount of time hands-on and are knowledgeable about what to look for in a successful gaming keyboard, and lower scores aren't uncommon. Among recent reviews, about a half dozen receive Editor's Choice designations.
19. NewEgg.com
As of Jan. 2012
Keyboards
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentTechnology retailer Newegg.com allows visitors to review and rate products and list pros and cons. The site is popular with hobbyist computer builders, which means it attracts game players. About 30 keyboards have more than 100 reviews, and while most have 3-4 star average ratings, 5 star ratings are more rare, with only five making that score. Cheaper keyboards are rarely reviewed on professional sites, so user reviews on sites like Newegg.com and Amazon.com are helpful if you're looking for a bargain model.
20. Amazon.com
As of Jan. 2012
Keyboards
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com customers generally have experience with too few keyboards to have a frame of reference, but they often write thoughtful reviews and reveal considerations that professional reviewers miss. Since comfort is a personal matter, user opinions about keyboard ergonomics are helpful. User reviews also provide valuable insight into product durability. No keyboard with a significant number of reviews earns a perfect 5-star rating on the site, but several with hundreds of reviews earn 4.5 stars out of 5.
21. MaximumPC.com
As of Jan. 2012
Keyboards
by Editors of Maximum PC
Our AssessmentMaximum PC's reviews are neither comparative nor long, but are balanced and performance-oriented. Keyboards are infrequently reviewed, but top-rated gaming keyboards include the Logitech G19 and the Steelseries 7G, both of which earn a score of 9 out of 10. Microsoft's Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 (and the "essentially the same" Keyboard 4000) are top-rated for general-use keyboards. The Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 is praised for its comfortable keyboard and auto-encryption for the wireless transmission of your keystrokes, though they didn't care for the mouse. In a head-to-head comparison of top of the line keyboards, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate earns a 9 out of 10 and a Kick Ass! Designation, and the Das Keyboard Ultimate S earns a 9.
22. Tweaknews.net
As of Jan. 2012
Computer Keyboard/Computer Mouse/Game Controller/Mousepads
by Editors of TweakNews.net
Our AssessmentTweakNews.net's reviews are very long and difficult to sort through. Performance gets less attention than features and appearance. Most products earn either the Top Rank award or a Great Product designation, and the reviews are written by different people.
23. APHNetworks.com
As of Jan. 2012
Reviews
by Editors of APHNetworks.com
Our AssessmentSeveral writers review numerous keyboards in the past several years, including a wide selection of Logitech and Thermaltake products, along with a few other brands. Keyboards are rated on a well-described 10-point score and include a hefty amount of detail. Reviewers are not shy about handing out below-average scores.
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