WASD keys


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WASD keys

Four keyboard keys that are used to interact with video games in lieu of Arrow keys or a controller. W and S control forward and backward movement, while A and D are left and right. Q, E, F, X, Shift and Spacebar are also used in various games. See gaming keyboard, video game console and video game controller.


Backlit WASD Keys
The Cougar 700 keyboard was designed for gamers, and the backlighting allows the W, A, S and D keys to optionally stand out for quick access. (Image courtesy of COMPUCASE CORPORATION, www.cougargaming.com)
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The keyboard also features per-key RGB lighting, anti-ghosting and MagForce WASD keys. The MagForce Keys use analog-like linear switches that trigger actuation immediately upon the initial press, and increase up to 100 percent to give players more control over precise movements in the game.
The WASD keys are transparent on the Scar 2, giving it a dedicated fps-gamer feel.
The Strix CTRL's sturdy chassis has a classy yet distinctly gamer-oriented brushed metal finish across the right side, and the all-black look is punctuated by four silver caps for the WASD keys. Those caps come bundled with the ROG Strix CTRL.
The keyboard features red backlighting, and the WASD keys and touchpad are also outlined in red to raise the gaming excitement and ease of use.
As you instinctively reach for your WASD keys to respond, it's already too late to stop your falling snack or spilling beverage and the loss is often much greater than just a round, quest or mission.
The separate colour of the WASD keys is a nice touch but is purely aesthetic.
Pac-Man is controlled using the arrow keys, while Ms Pac-Man uses WASD keys.
In addition, there's a wider space bar, offset arrow keys, curved key caps, and highlighted WASD keys. The keyboard is backlit as well; while the with Red Matter versions of the laptops have red lights, the Gold Steel models feature customisable RGB lighting.
Where it falters is in poor thermals, with the WASD keys getting as hot as 46 degrees.
The WASD keys are transparent so as to make them stand out, which is mostly just a visual touch than a functional benefit.
The entire keyboard is backlit in blue colour and the WASD keys have a subtle blue border around them.