Best gaming keyboards: Our favorites for the top-budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards

Best gaming keyboards: Our favorites for the top-budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards

the choice of a gaming keyboard is a matter of personal taste. There are a plethora of options, with a dizzying mix of features. A person could brown in Cherry and white backlight. Maybe Razer Greens and a splash RGB-like lights. Gigantic wrist pads, compact forms, numeric keypads, macro buttons, volume knob…… You get the picture

To help you sort through the many options, we’ve rounded up a large number of planks by you through your paces with our top recommendations. All of these are mechanical keyboards, and for good reason—they are easy to use comfortable over the long haul. But we are open-minded, so that when we look at an alternative that works well, you can, it will be displayed in this list. We update it regularly, we are testing new keyboards.

Updated 12/06/19 to our review of the Razer hunter Tournament Edition, a Board that is ostensibly aimed at esports professionals, the PBT, a number of enthusiasts-features: optical switches, buttons, background lighting and a portable tenkeyless design. Scroll to the bottom of this article to see all of our gaming keyboard reviews.

Best budget gaming keyboard

Not too long ago, the CM Storm QuickFire TK was the recommendation for a sub-$100 mechanical keyboard. For good reason, too: the Classic black rectangle design without a numeric keypad for those you hate, and full backlight (with the color Variation based on the switch you choose). Plus, it uses real Cherry MX switches.

The budget friendly mechanical keyboard market expanded has a lot in the last few years, but. These days, I’d have to go with Razer’s new BlackWidow X Tournament Edition-as long as the background lighting is a must.

It lists for only $70, has to face the same trendy-metal-backplate-design of the larger BlackWidow X, and sports a discreet font on the keys. Oh, and unlike Razer, other keyboards, you can Blues this with Cherry MX.


When you are ready, go right up to $100, the HyperX alloy FPS offers some nice perks. It comes with backlight has Cherry MX keys, and is the slimmest keyboard on the market. I also like that the Mini-USB cable-detachable— you don’t have to RMA the board, if the cable busts.

that is, the low-end of the market is a free-for-all. Logitech G610, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate, Corsair, take the Ripjaws KM570, the Corsair under attack—these are all in order–excellent keyboards, the function (or at least  feature) of the Original Cherry MX switches and per-key backlighting for under $100. The biggest difference is the design, that is a personal preference. I happen to like the HyperX alloy minimalist look, but someone else might prefer the body of a misshapen as that of the penalty. And things get even more complicated now with a…

Best budget-RGB-gaming-keyboard

Mechanical keyboard, the prices continue to fall and fall. Mere months ago, we have the Cougar Attack, get X3 RGB for our budget, again and again, amazed at the sub-$100 price point. Now Cooler Master is dipped even lower, to the sale of the full-RGB-CK552 for 90 US dollars or less.
And it is an attractive keyboard is as good. That’s a compliment, I would never have paid, to the attack X3 RGB, with its pseudo-industrial look. The CK552 is your standard, minimalist, black rectangle, with a brushed metal back plate and a thin sans-serif font on the keys. You could be sure

Although the sound of the CK552 might attract some unwanted attention to us. The CK552 is so cheap, in part, because it Gateron switches, not Cherry switches used. As far as Cherry-clones go, Gaterons regarded by the community—but the Gateron Reds are loud, in General, are good. They rattle a whole lot more than the Cherry MX Reds. Something to be aware of.

The CK552 is also can be as bare-bones as a keyboard can get. There are no dedicated media buttons, there is no wrist rest, no frills, with premium keyboards. You can see where Cooler Master to cut corners.

But hey, it’s a great keyboard with full RGB backlight, with a price of only $90. As long as you don’t mind, you supply your own wrist-rest (or without), this is the best thing to find the you go. (Read our full review of the Cooler Master CK552.)

Best mid-range-RGB-gaming-keyboard

Fnatic the second generation of the strip is the best bang-for-your-buck-RGB-keyboard on the market is probably right now. List at $130, it’s the price bump. Packed to justify the use of/p>

It is stylish, for one. Much more noble than the G. Skill Ripjaws KM780, which used to be the rule of this sub-section. With rounded corners, a slim body and minimal branding, the strip hardly looks like a gaming keyboard.

There are some clever functions. This is one of the few gaming keyboards that I’ve seen, equipped with a function Lock button, a standard for laptops, but a rarity otherwise. You, and your function keys F1 to F12 by default to their secondary functions. The wrist rest is also smart. Only about two inches wide, they are able to use it in one of three different positions. It is both compact and comfortable.

But it is the background lighting, which really wins me. Fnatic uses Cherry keys, which are notorious for an offset LED. You will notice, on any RGB keyboard, except Logitech, the letters are moved in the direction of the tip—that is, in order for the light to pass through. Fnatic rotates the entire turn on the function row, though, put the LED on the bottom of the button, and then the front pressure, the alternative commands, so both be illuminated. It is an elegant solution to a longstanding Problem, and Indicates how much thought went into the revision of the Streak. (Read our full review Fnatic strip RGB.)


Runner-up (Cherry MX switch)

 LUX upgrade to the Corsair K70 removes the original limitation of 512 colors, you will also receive the new-old Corsair “sails” logo, instead of the grisly tribal monstrosity, delivered on the old K70. 


Runner-up (non-Cherry-MX-switch)

For years and years, I hated Logitech’s proprietary Romer-G switch. I often have relation to its original, tactile form to a rubber-dome keyboard—unsatisfactory type for any length of time.

But Logitech finally to the release of a new change this year, the Romer-G Linear. As you might expect, there is a linear (non-tactile) switch is in the vein of the Cherry-MX-Red. I would still prefer a clicky keyboard, but you know what? The Romer-G Linear is perfect to use, and probably one of the better cherry knock-offs that I have tried.

I liked it so much that I even Logitech kept G513 keyboard on my Desk for a couple of weeks. The only real drawback is the lack of dedicated Multimedia keys, but otherwise it is a pretty good deal for $150. (Read our full review of the Logitech G513.)


Best low profile gaming keyboard

Muscle memory is a powerful force. Given the fact how many people use laptops day-to-day, it is no surprise that some of them want to PC, a similar typing experience on a desktop.
you Give the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low-Profile. It is a clumsy name, but all you really need to know is that Corsair is the first out of the gate with Cherry’s new Low-Profile switch. We got our hands on the Low-Profile MX-speed, which is 35 percent smaller than the full-size MX-speed, but the same mechanical keeps feel. As I already wrote, in our evaluation:

“The full-size MX-Speed has a travel of 3.4 mm, a drive of 1.2 mm, and require 45 grams of force. The Low-Profile MX-Speed-sits on 3.2 mm, 1.0 mm, and requires the same 45 grams of force.”

the differences are so small, how low, even for the most loyal of mechanical keyboard enthusiasts. And with this new Low-Profile switch, Corsair vengeance K70 gaming keyboard ergonomics is revised. The K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile designed like a laptop keyboard, not quite flat, but it is much more than a standard desktop keyboard with staggered rows.

I Personally prefer to tap a desktop, but like you said, the muscle memory is powerful. If you are using a laptop all day at work and want a similar feel for your gaming keyboard, the new Low-Profile switch is your best friend.

And while the Corsair ‘ s first out of the gate here, is not there to win, this recommendation purely on timeliness. Apart from the Low-Profile switch, this is your standard K70, so as dedicated media keys and a volume roller in the top right corner of the USB pass-through on the back, a durable brushed metal chassis that can take a beating, a wrist rest, and more can really. There is a reason the K95 is on this list (such as our ultra-premium pick)—Corsair, the quality of the keyboards can. (Read our full review of the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low-Profile.) 


Best wireless gaming keyboard

“Wireless mechanical keyboard”. Until recently, the category was not available, and now there are two possibilities: Logitech G613 and corsairs-K63-Fi. Two corsairs version (available on Amazon for $110) that you would like to recommend. Not only that, it is the use of our preferred Cherry MX switches (in contrast to Logitech’s proprietary Romer-Gs), do it also packs a full pro-key-background lighting—the only wireless mechanical keyboard.

Sure, the K63 is a battery hog. At full brightness, you are a mere 8-10 hours of battery life deadlines. Half-brightness, however, bump that up to about 20 hours per charge, and Corsair claims the backlight on and off extends the life of 75 hours.

After the backlight is great, though, especially if you plan to use the K63 Wireless in a dark living room environment. It feels like a full-fledged gaming keyboard. There is also the option to pair the K63 with Corsair Gaming Lapboard ($60 on Amazon)—a refresh of the old lapdog, but one that the advantages of the K63-in wireless capabilities, so that you can game on the couch without covering the USB-cable through your entire living area. 

one way or the other, it is an excellent keyboard. I don’t personally see the need for a wireless keyboard as much as, say, a wireless mouse or headset devices which you move around a lot. But for those who want a clear, free-workstation, or the ones that the K63 is designed for a living room solution, by far the best option available today. (Read our full review of the Corsair K63.)


Best ultra-premium-gaming-keyboard

There’s zero reason to buy from Corsair, the K95 RGB Platinum the keyboard. Then again, there is no reason to buy a Lamborghini either. It is to the same destination, such as a Honda Civic, right?

At $200, the K95 RGB, platinum is the most expensive gaming-centric keyboard on the market. It is almost three times as expensive as an entry-level mechanical keyboard, and is almost twice as expensive as the G. KM780 Skill recommended above.

Set the K95 RGB Platinum seems like an absurd luxury, and it is. Most of his appeal is purely aesthetic, with some of the best RGB backlight that I’ve seen on any keyboard, plus a showy and purely ornamental light string stretched over the upper edge. 

Corsair K95 Platinum IDG / Hayden Dingman

If looks matter to you, you can’t do better than the K95.

Released on Fri, 06 Dec 2019 20:20:00 +0000

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