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Do keyboards on laptops decrease performance?

by SilentShadow7 / July 14, 2010 2:45 PM PDT

I have a laptop, that I play games on, and I want to get a gaming keyboard. Does having a keyboard plugged into your laptop decrease performance? Also, what's a good keyboard for around $100? Is the Razer Lycosa good? I love Razer, i have Orochi, but Lycosa seems to lack features of other, cheaper keyboards...

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by manmur / July 14, 2010 5:19 PM PDT


I have a friend that uses a wireless keyboard whenever he has his laptop connected to his LCD TV. I have not seen any decrease in performance.

I have no experance with Razor or Orochi brands. If you have the Orochi, use it. Why do you what another one?


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by SilentShadow7 / July 15, 2010 3:11 AM PDT
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Orochi is my Razer mouse, not a keyboard.

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I've only seen that happen once
by Steven Haninger / July 14, 2010 7:14 PM PDT

and it was related to use of a wireless kbd/mouse combo. This one came from a school that I provide some volunteer support for and the teacher was complaining about her XP computer being slow. I didn't catch the problem at first because all I asked for was the box to be brought to my home. It performed just fine for me. It was when I visited the school to try it there and found she'd put the wireless input devices on the PC. The difference in performance was noticeable. A trip to the web found lots of complaints about this particular setup. It might have been brand, model, and drivers but I'd think any input device that loads software, runs services, TSRs and such can affect performance.

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by Papa Echo / July 14, 2010 8:07 PM PDT

...not "in house" will tend to slow down or degrade performance.. It may not be significant for normal computing...but for a fast, multiple players on line game, "lags" may be very noticable.

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by SilentShadow7 / July 15, 2010 3:08 AM PDT
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So a keyboard makes it lag when your playing games?

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by manmur / July 20, 2010 1:37 PM PDT
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It all depends on your system. If your system is at the bare minimum to run your computer OS then you will notice lag. However if your is top of the line you will not notice any lag.

One thing is to ask a friend if you could barrow there wireless keyboard to see if there would be any lag on your computer.

I did showed my friend a PC game I have on my laptop. In order for him to see the game. I attach my laptop to my friend's LCD big screen TV. I used his wireless keyboard and mouse while doing so. I did not notice any lag on my system.


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Do keyboards on laptops decrease performance?
by estefan202 / July 24, 2010 3:08 AM PDT

as one pointed out, use a wired keyboard and you will be fine. Please use a laptop cooler for your laptop for gaiming. My stepson was gaiming on a non gaiming laptop, without a cooler, and burnt up the hard drive.

most laptops are not gaiming machines, expecially the first persion shooter games, the graphics processor and drive overheats and does not ventilate properly, wich in time will cause hardware failures.

if your intent on gaiming, you can get a nice tower for 3k to 5k that is designed for gaimers, the high cost is because it needs alot of power, wich laptops are underpowered to increase battery time off the mains. Also its properly cooled, normally with enhanced coolers or liquid cooled.

gaiming on a laptop is possable, but the cost is lower life expectancy of the machine.

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