Every type of player will have a distinct preference when it comes to the finest gaming keyboard. A person’s budget and personal taste often play a role in determining which of the many choices available is best for them. Some of the best products we’ve tried are on this list.
If you’re on a tight budget, have a look at our list of the best gaming keyboards under $100 for some great options. Discrete media controls, better switches and construction, a wrist rest, and other luxuries are available for a premium price. Have you no idea what a membrane switch is? Head down to the bottom of the page and look for the buying advice section.
The GMMK is the best-priced gaming keyboard on the market right now. The Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard, to give it its full name, is unequaled at its $110 price point in terms of style and functions. You may hot-swap the key switches on the keyboard’s tenkeyless and 60 percent sizes, as well as in black on black or white on silver hues. ABS double shot keycaps are included, as are Gateron Brown tactile switches, which are great for gaming as well as typing. There are 13 more Gateron or Kailh switches to choose from, as well as the company’s Glorious Panda switches, which have a smooth feel but a distinct tactile bump. Alternatively, you can purchase only the board and install your preferred switch on it. The keycaps are the same; you have a choice of four or none at all.
The full-size keyboard comes with a braided USB cable that is routed through the board in three different directions (it also has a keycap puller stored on the bottom). The cables on the two smaller boards can be removed. There is a metal top with beveled edges on the GMMK. You won’t find any extra media controls or a volume dial or a large, unwieldy body to go along with it. Even though you can’t see it unless you lift the board, the metal top and plastic bottom provide it the bulk and help it stay put on your desk when you’re working.
It doesn’t matter if you never change out the switches or keycaps; this is a fantastic gaming keyboard. The GMMK stands out because of the ease with which you can perform these tasks.
Want a compact 65% wireless mechanical keyboard for work and gaming? There aren’t that many around (most wireless keyboard options are 60% size without discrete navigation keys) and none that I’ve found have Bluetooth and lag-free 2.4GHz wireless like the BlackWidow V3 Min HyperSpeed. That helps justify the higher $180 price and it’s also solidly built and is comfortable for typing, and smooth and fast for gaming. You are limited to two key switches — linear and clicky tactile — so if you want a tactile switch without the clicky sound, you’re out of luck for the moment. Switch choices aside, if you’re in search of a great little wireless mechanical gaming keyboard that can also be your daily driver for work, you’ve found it.
The tenkeyless (or TKL, i.e., without a number pad) gaming keyboard we recommend most often. You can swap out the regular G Pro’s switches for Logitech’s GX switch sets, which come in blue clicky, red linear, and brown tactile varieties, for $50 a piece. If you’re willing to spend the money, replacing the switches is as simple as removing them. The process of customizing your game has never been so simple.
The G Pro, our runner-up pick, has a few aesthetic cues that the Logitech keyboard lacks. Because of its tiny size, durable construction, and detachable braided cable, this headset is ideal for travel. This software from Logitech is easy to use and doesn’t necessitate a lot of time searching for settings or control methods. This is a painless process as well.
While the 140-dollar Corsair K70 RGB TKL is created for esports, it has plenty of features that any competitive gamer will appreciate. There is virtually no risk of losing because of input lag when using Corsair’s Axon processing technology at polling rates up to 8,000Hz. To put it another way, it polls at a rate four times quicker than the usual gaming keyboard and reports keystroke events every 0.125 milliseconds at 8,000Hz, making it four times faster than the competition in both detection and transmission.
However, in some locations, it will be available with MX Speed or Silent switches instead of Cherry MX Red. Switches from the standard linear Redline are smooth and rapid. Durable double-shot PBT keycaps house RGB lights for each key, and Corsair also threw in some textured keycaps for added gaming realism. The keyboard’s layout is more convenient for on-the-go use, and it comes with a detachable USB-A to USB-C connector.
You’ll discover a switch next to the keyboard’s cable input that activates the keyboard’s tournament mode. In order to prevent inadvertent macro activations while playing, the backlighting is made static, and macro activations are disabled. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to use other functions like changing profiles and playing music.
Recently, Corsair updated their issue software to make setting up lights, writing macros, and remapping keys easier. Even though you have access to iCue’s unlimited profiles and lighting layers, the onboard memory of the keyboard can hold up to 50 distinct profiles. All of these features are available regardless of whether or not you’re using the issue on your PC. Additionally, you can save up to 20 different lighting layers.
The K70 RGB TKL is a compact, quick, and full-featured keyboard for FPS and MOBA games.
There is a beefier variant of HyperX’s Alloy Origin and Origins Core TKL keyboard, the Elite 2, in the form of the Elite 2. As opposed to the Elite’s aluminum frame, the Elite 2’s steel frame offers it more bulk and stability on your desk. There is a pass-through USB 2.0 port for your wired gaming mouse or wireless receiver linked to the back of the device and a strong braided cable.
For those who prefer a more traditional layout, the backlit keyboard includes a light bar above function keys and a separate bar that includes buttons for changing backlight brightness, selecting one of three custom light settings you may keep on the keyboard, and enabling Game Mode.
Although the Elite 2 uses the company’s proprietary Red linear key switch characteristics instead of the Cherry MX switches of the original, like the Origins versions. In terms of performance, the HyperX Reds are just as good as the Cherry MX Reds and should please most gamers.
Using RGB LEDs that are surface-mounted, this keyboard provides a stunning light display for those who prefer their keyboards to stand out from the crowd. It’s also equipped with translucent HyperX ABS pudding keycaps, which allow light to show through their sides.
In terms of size, the Atom 60 percent mechanical gaming keyboard from Whirlwind FX isn’t all that unique. It’s a terrific space-saver if you need more place for your mouse when gaming. It can also be thrown into a bag and taken on the go. Because of this, it comes with a separate braided USB-C cable that can help. There are three mechanical switches available from the company, all of which are illuminated with RGB LEDs.
In terms of software, Atom’s backlighting is what sets it apart from the competition. When it comes to using the program, you don’t need a keyboard at all.
With the SignalRGB app, you can customize the lighting effects of your keyboard when you’re not using it and whether you’re listening to music or playing a game. Using the app, you can select from a variety of game options. As an example, I tried out the Battlefield V integration, and it does stuff like turn the keyboard lights red when your HP is low or green when you are healed. When you take damage in Fortnite, the keyboard will turn pink and red, or purple, depending on how much experience you gain. Open-platform lighting software allows you to design your own custom integrations with the company’s extensive library of games.
In order to extend the effects to more RGB game peripherals, the SignalRGB program is required. There are more than 150 devices that can be used, including those from Razer, Corsair, and HyperX. Other features that aren’t supported yet can be requested.
A full-size keyboard with the same switch options but directional keys and a number pad is also available if you want it.
One of the X50Q’s features is that it is one of Das Keyboard’s smart keyboards, which means that it can be used to get notifications for various services by dragging and dropping applets. RGB-backlit keys can be configured to change color when you get an email from a specific sender on your Gmail account, for example. However, there are a few useful applets for the keyboard, like one for Twitch and one for when a discount on a game you’ve been waiting for comes up. If you wish to create your own applet, there’s an API available.
The switches on the keyboard are Omron Gamma Zulu designed specifically for Das Keyboard, which is not only silent but also tactile. These are just what I was looking for in a switch for typing and gaming. With the X50Q’s software, you can customize the keyboard’s illumination, create macros, and more.
Full-function media controls are located at the top right of the device, which makes it feel like a desktop command center—and it’s made to last. A soft-touch wrist rest is included with Das Keyboard, and it clips into place. In terms of value, it’s hard to beat at $129 when you’re looking for a gaming and work-related mechanical keyboard in one package.
We’ve got the mechanical keyboard for you if you’re willing to spend nearly $200 on a gaming keyboard. Right now, the lighting effects on this mechanical gaming keyboard make it our top selection for a terrific gaming experience. Razer’s Purple optomechanical switches give a rapid response time and a fantastic typing experience if you prefer a clicky, tactile feel to your keyboard input. In addition to the regular keys, there are media controls (which would be wonderful if the icons on them, not just the outside, were illuminated).
You can tweak the full-sized keyboard set up to your heart’s content using Razer’s Synapse software, but you don’t have to. An LED band wraps around the keyboard, and a padded wrist rest that magnetically connects to it is also provided in addition to the key lighting.
That second USB port on your computer will be taken up by the wired keyboard, and the Huntsman Elite does not have a USB passthrough to make up for it. For $50 cheaper, you can get the BlackWidow Elite from Razer, which comes with a variety of switches.
A switch created by Roccat, Titan, is used in this mechanical keyboard. It’s a solid, responsive gaming switch with a well-defined bump that’s silent and tactile when pressed. As a result of the shallow keycap and switch design, it appears as though the keys are floating above the metal chassis top. Vulcan is OK for typing, but I like it for gaming more than any other keyboard.
Using the Swarm program from the company may be more difficult than with other solutions, but you’ll still be able to create bespoke lighting setups and macros with different profiles using the same design tools. Your speakers or headphones can make your keypresses sound like a laser blast or a typewriter, among other things. Additionally, the illumination can be synchronized with other AIMO devices in your home.
Other features include a volume and brightness knob for the RGB lighting on the mechanical keys, as well as a wrist rest, which is made of hard plastic and attaches loosely, so it can move around a bit while gaming.
Wired keyboards are the standard in gaming, and for good reason: They minimize lag and the risk of signal interference. I didn’t encounter either problem while putting the G915’s Lightspeed wireless adapter to the test. As long as you don’t turn on the illumination, the battery life of this wireless gaming keyboard is decent.
Logitech’s G Hub software allows you to customize the RGB lighting on each key as well as all of the keys. The program is simple to use, and you can save up to three different user profiles that you may switch between at any time without having to reopen it.
Because of its small size and the low-profile GL Tactile switches, it’s a fantastic value for the $230 it costs on the list. Carbon with black keycaps or silver with white keycaps are also available, as are GL Clicky or GL Linear switches.
Choosing the appropriate gaming keyboard is a matter of personal preference, much like choosing a new gaming mouse (and budget). For example, I prefer tactile switches, which allow you to feel the actuation point, but I’m not a fan of clicky key switches that create a sound when activated. Even though linear switches, like as Cherry MX Red switches, do not have the tactile feedback that Cherry MX Blue switches have to offer, they are popular for gaming due of their low force and smooth actuation.
In addition, while some keyboards are ideal for gaming, you may find that you dislike them when typing on a regular basis. Gaming keyboard switches like those made by Cherry MX Red could be too light for some typists. If you have the opportunity to test out a variety of switches before making a purchase, I highly recommend it. It’s possible to narrow down your options by using this glossary of keyboard words.
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