54+ Reasons to Buy a Gaming Keyboard. I hit the Macro Record button, followed by the macro I wanted to assign it to, in this case, G9, typed the title for this post, then pressed the Macro Record button again. Then, to begin this article, I simply pressed G9 and it typed exactly what I did the first time. Watch, I’ll do it again.
54+ Reasons to Buy a Gaming Keyboard
Yes, in this instance I could have just hit copy/paste, but why do that when my keyboard can type for me? If you’re still mad I’m not using copy/paste, you’re not thinking outside of the box yet. There are tons of other times I can benefit from pre-programmed keystrokes where copy/paste wont work. Do you have 20+ passwords for different logins? Well, I have 20 programmable keys just waiting to be assigned. For the real reason I’m sharing this, think of all the obnoxious key-commands for everything you do. You don’t have to remember to press shift+4+backspace+page_down to bring up the main window ever again.
I’m currently using the Corsair Vengeance K90 mechanical keyboard. Mechanical keyboards have their benefits, primarily, you can type and enter keystrokes much more quickly with much higher accuracy, but that wasn’t the reason I bought it. It has 18 assignable macro keys, G1 through G18, with three different Bank keys, M1 through M3, giving me a total of 54 different macros. To top that off, the software driver lets me create, save, and switch between an unlimited amount of user profiles, so in technically I have an unlimited amount of assignable macros.
My typical set-up, saved as User 1, has M1 filled with 18 different macros for Pro Tools. All of them are essentially anything more complicated than ctrl+s or command+s. M2 is for Premiere Pro, and M3 is filled with passwords for different logins. The User 2 profile has M1 through M3 filled with shortcuts and commands for After Affects. User 3 is the same as User 1, but ctrl has been replaced with what translates to Mac as command, and I change to User 3 before I boot into Mavericks.
If you’re on PC, the Corsair keyboards will be everything you want and more. The newer model closest to mine is the Raptor K50, and can be had for $99.
If you’re on Mac, the Corsair keyboards still work, but the driver isn’t accessible through OSX and the macros can’t be recorded in OSX. I’m dual booting Windows 7 and OSX Mavericks 10.9.5, so all of my macros still work, I just have to remember to change the profile before I reboot into OSX.
If you’re strictly in OSX the keyboard for you is the Razer Anansi. It has 7 thumb-based modifier keys that give you over 100 programmable macros. It’s a slightly different layout in an awesome keyboard that can eliminate all of the troubles the Corsair does with a Mac-friendly driver.
Stop trying to learn an unhealthy and infinitely variable number of key commands for all the different programs you use. Instead, use a tool that allows you to record them, save them, organize them, and employ them with a single keystroke. Once you start doing it, you will continually see more opportunities to do your work more easily.
A final example from this article, I only typed M1, M2, & M3 one time. Hitting ctrl+I, shift+M, 1 (or 2 or 3), ctrl+I every time seemed too intense of an activity for my fingers, so I recorded them and just pressed G16, G17, or G18 instead.