Keyboards are hardly the sexiest pieces of tech, putting most people in mind of the beige IBM behemoths of old, or drab black office affairs used for reports and spreadsheets and who knows what else.
But don't write them off completely. They can be desirable. They can be attractive. And they can be bloody useful in certain situations, like helping your clan defeat a Dragon King in a thirteen hour level 18 dungeon raid.
Here are a few we've rounded up to change your mind:
1. Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum ($259)
The wonderfully named G810 Orion Spectrum has serious gaming smarts, thanks to mechanical keys, customisable macro buttons and a roller for speedy cycling through weapons (or spreadsheets, depending on the time of day). It also lights up in pretty colours, which is obviously the most important thing.
2. Razer DeathStalker Chroma ($159.90)
Like gaming, but also like the minimalist throw of a chicletstyle keyboard? You absolute FREAKBALL! No, that’s fine. Here you go – try this one. It lights up with the trippy colours of a thousand suns, and has a name worthy of a 1337 gaming pro. Time to walk over some scrubs.
3. Editors Keys Ableton Live Wireless ($136)
Fun game: quiz an editor of photos, video or music on a shortcut key combo. They’ll stare at their twitchy fingers, unable to verbalise their muscle memory. But put one of these bad boys in front of them, and they'll instantly feel right at home, dancing across the keys without a second thought. Their cheerful colourfulness is simply a bonus.
4. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard ($159)
The A&E people have better things to do than untangle your fingers, so this keyboard has a Hand Separating Safety Abyss, along with a downward-sloping palm rest to help keep your wrists in a neutral position. It's like a spa for your hands, minus the mud and soggy cucumbers.
5. Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent ($238)
This gaming keyboard’s keys are 30% quieter than usual, so that your online foes can’t hear your keypresses and pre-empt your moves. Well, not really. But you can bet your last health potion that your significant other and/or flat mates will appreciate not having to put up with your clickety clacking during a 3am boss raid.
6. Qwerkywriter ($542)
Is it a qwerky writer, or are you the qwerky writer for using it? Either way, it’s a super-solid, surprisingly usable Bluetooth ’board with tablet stand. With robust mechanical keys and industrial-strength retro parts, it'll last you a fair while too. Now where did you put that monocle...