The best gaming keyboards

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When shopping for the best gaming keyboard, it's easy to get overwhelmed with choices. Should you go mechanic or non mechanic? Do you want a full-size model, a TenKeyLess (TKL) variant, or maybe a compact size? Generally speaking, most gamers lean towards mechanical keyboards as they tend to be sturdier and more responsive and come in many switch types different with unique characteristics. 

However, they are often more expensive and may not be the perfect choice for everyone.

The full-size options are great if you plan on using the keyboard for work and play, while the TKL and compact sizes eliminate some parts of a full-size keyboard, taking up much less space on your desk. 

Another crucial aspect of choosing the right gaming keyboard is latency, which largely determines how responsive a keyboard is. It's also important to consider how comfortable a keyboard will be to use during gaming sessions.

We've tested over 150 keyboards and these are our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards. 

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Best wired gaming keyboard: SteelSeries Apex Pro

Steel Series Apex Pro looking for store 9,5Games 

Conectividade Wired Size  Actual size (100%) Mechanic  yes

For wired options, the SteelSeries Apex Pro is the best gaming keyboard we've tested. It's a great next-gen option with a unique feature that lets you adjust the pre-travel distance of each key.

It has very low latency, all keys are macroprogrammable using SteelSeries Engine software, and has built-in memory for saving custom settings.

It also has dedicated media keys, full RGB backlighting, and even an OLED screen where you can make lighting settings or adjustments right from the keyboard. 

As for its main feature, it lets you adjust the pre-trip distance of each switch. Setting it to high might mean better typing accuracy, but for gaming, you can lower the pre-shift of some of your most important or heavily used keys, like the WASD keys, to give them a more responsive in-game feel.

Unfortunately, since the switches are linear, they don't offer any haptic feedback, which isn't ideal if you also plan on using this keyboard for a lot of typing. 

It also comes with a comfortable wrist rest, but it's prone to attracting dust. That said, this is one of the best mechanical gaming keyboards and a great choice for anyone who loves tweaking their gaming experience.

Best Wired Keyboard for MMO Gaming: Corsair K100 RGB

Corsair K100RGB looking for store 9,6 Games 

Conectividade Wired Size  Actual size (100%) Mechanic  yes

The best gaming keyboard for MMOs we've tested is the Corsair K100 RGB. It's a state-of-the-art keyboard with a removable padded wrist rest, two tilt settings, and a build quality that feels very sturdy overall.

All of its keys are programmable macro, including the volume wheel and all media keys, and it has a row of six dedicated macro keys on the left.

The unit we tested has Cherry MX linear speed switches, which feel very light and have a very low pre-travel distance. Coupled with the exceptionally low latency of this keyboard, they provide a very responsive feel while gaming. 

This card also has a maximum polling rate of 8000 Hz which further contributes to a more responsive experience, although using this feature is very taxing on computers, and some players may not notice much of a difference compared to the polling rates. lower standard.

Unfortunately, while most keys are PBT plastic, the macro keys and extra keys included in the box are ABS which can be slippery and tend to leave oil stains on your fingers. 

Also, while this keyboard is available with Corsair OPX linear switches, it is not available with any tactile switch type. All in all, this keyboard offers great comfort for a gaming option with many macro possibilities for serious MMO gamers.

Best Wireless Gaming Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro looking for store 9,1 Games 

Conectividade Wireless Size  Actual size (100%) Mechanic  yes

The best wireless gaming keyboard we've tested is the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro. You can use this full-size model wired or wirelessly, and you can pair with up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth or your proprietary receiver. 

It has incredibly low latency and should be very responsive during gameplay. It's a little louder over a Bluetooth connection, but that's a normal limitation of Bluetooth technology.

You can remap functions, set macros for any key, and customize the RGB backlight on a per-key basis using the customization software. 

It also has dedicated media keys, a volume control button, and a Windows lock key to keep you from accidentally exiting the game to the bare minimum. While we tested Razer Green switches, the keyboard is also available with linear Razer Yellow switches.

Unfortunately, it comes with ABS keys, which tend to develop a shine from the oil on your fingers, and some keys don't work on macOS. 

Also, the software is only available on Windows; however, it has internal memory, so you can save the settings and use them on a computer that does not have the software installed. In short, this is an excellent gaming option if you want a full-size keyboard with exceptional wireless versatility.

Best Compact Gaming Keyboard: Obinslab Anne Pro 2

Obinslab Anne Pro 2 looking for store 8,9 Games 

Conectividade Wireless Size  Compact (60%) Mechanic  yes

If you're a firm believer that bigger isn't necessarily better, you'll want to check out the Obinslab Anne Pro 2, which is the best mechanical gaming keyboard we've tested in a compact form factor. 

It's a 60% compact keyboard that takes up very little desk space. Its frame is plastic, but it is very resistant, and it has high quality PBT keycaps with a matte finish.

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It has exceptionally low latency over a wired connection, but you can also connect it wirelessly via Bluetooth, which is great if you'd like to use this keyboard for work. However, we don't recommend this for gaming as the latency is much higher over a Bluetooth connection. 

The model we tested has Gateron Brown switches that don't require a lot of force to actuate, but the pre-shift is a little higher than other mechanical switches, which some players may be disappointed in. That said, it's also available on a wide variety of other switch types, including linear switches.

Unfortunately, it's not the most comfortable option, as it doesn't have a palm rest included and there are no tilt settings. That said, it's a high-performance option in a compact, uncluttered package to leave you with more room for big mouse movements during gameplay.

Best TKL Keyboard for Gaming: Corsair K70 RGB TKL

Corsair K70 RGB TKL looking for store 9,5 Games 

Conectividade Wired Size  TenKeyLess (80%) Mechanic  yes

Some gamers find that the numeric keypad dangling from the side of a full-size keyboard looks like a clunky relic of the past. 

If that sounds like you, you might want to check out the Corsair K70 RGB TKL, which is our pick for the best gaming keyboard in a (TKL) format and a smaller 80% version of the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2. It looks very well built, its keys are stable, and it has thick, double-firing PBT keys.

Its latency is extremely low and it has a maximum polling rate of 8000 Hz, which is much higher than most gaming keyboards and means the keyboard sends electronic reports back to the connected computer more often. 

This may provide slightly faster response times, but not all players will notice the difference. Our unit features linear Cherry MX Speed ​​switches, which are very light to press for a responsive gaming experience, but it is also available with linear Cherry MX Reds.

Unfortunately, it doesn't include a wrist rest, which means longer gaming sessions can tire your hands and arms more quickly. 

While it has full RGB backlighting with individually lit keys, it's not very bright. It also has very limited switch options. That said, this is a high-performance option at a very manageable TKL size.

Best budget gaming keyboard: EVGA Z15

EVGA Z15 looking for store 9,3 Games 

Conectividade WiredSize  Actual size (100%)Mechanic  yes

The best gaming keyboard in the budget category we've tested is the EVGA Z15. It's a full-size keyboard with a solid plastic base and a brushed metal backplate. It also has a surprising number of gaming-oriented features that you would normally only find on high-end keyboards.

First and foremost, it has excellent click latency and should offer a responsive gaming experience for gamers of any genre. The unit we bought has clickable Kailh Speed ​​Bronze switches, but you can also get it with linear Kailh Speed ​​Silver switches, which some may prefer for gaming. 

It's also hot swap, so you can always swap the stock options. Plus, you can adjust the RGB backlight, rewire keys, and assign macros to any key using EVGA's Unleash RGB software.

Unfortunately, the keys are made from ABS plastic, which can glisten with the oiliness of your fingers, and most users will find they aren't as comfortable to type as the PBT keys. 

Also, while it has good general ergonomics and an included palm rest, the palm rest itself is made of hard plastic. Despite these minor drawbacks, this is an excellent choice if you're looking for a versatile, mechanical gaming keyboard at an affordable price.

Best non-mechanical gaming keyboard: EVGA Z12

EVGA Z12 looking for store 8,1 Games 

Conectividade Wired Size  Actual size (100%) Mechanic  No

For those who prefer a non-mechanical option, the EVGA Z12 is the best gaming keyboard we've tested with rubber dome buttons. 

It's an entry-level gaming keyboard and EVGA's only non-mechanical offering. It doesn't have all the features of some high-end models, but it excels in the gaming department, especially given its budget.

Its rubber dome switches are much lighter to press than most similar switches we've tested, but they have slightly less tactile feedback. It also has dedicated media keys and a handy Game Mode button to ensure you don't accidentally minimize games. 

It has decent latency that will provide a responsive experience for most gamers, but competitive gamers will likely prefer something with lower latency. 

It features zone-lit RGB lighting with five customizable zones, and you can adjust the lighting as well as reprogram or set macros for any of the keys using EVGA's Unleash RGB software.

Unfortunately, it doesn't feel very sturdy and is made of plastic that flexes a lot. The ABS keys also look cheap as they are slippery and tend to glisten with oil from your fingers. Also, it doesn't come with a palm rest, although EVGA sells one separately. 

Overall, this keyboard is a fantastic choice if you prefer the feel of non-mechanical switches, and it's much more affordable than many other gaming-oriented models.

Notable Mentions

  • Razer BlackWidow Elite: The Razer BlackWidow Elite is an excellent full-size gaming keyboard available in tactile buttons. It's harder to find than the SteelSeries Apex Pro.
  • Razer Huntsman Mini: The Razer Huntsman Mini is a good alternative to the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 if you don't need the wireless options, but it costs more.
  • HyperX Alloy Origins: The HyperX Alloy Origins is a fantastic full-size RGB gaming keyboard with linear switches, but you can't customize your pre-travel distance like the SteelSeries Apex Pro.
  • Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED: The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is a good alternative to the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro if you prefer discreet switches, but it doesn't come with a palm rest.
  • Ducky One 2: The Ducky One 2 is a customizable gaming keyboard in terms of options and color schemes, and it has fantastic typing quality, but the latency is too high for competitive gamers.
  • SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL: The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is a lower version of the SteelSeries Apex Pro available with tactile switches. It's more affordable, but it also has fewer customization options.
  • ASUS ROG Falchion: The ASUS ROG Falchion is a great compact gaming keyboard with arrow keys and has wireless connectivity with its USB receiver. However, it does not support Bluetooth like Obinslab Anne Pro 2.
  • Razer Huntsman V2 Analog: The Razer Huntsman V2 is a great gaming keyboard with adjustable pre-shift and an analog mode that lets you program keys to perform two actions with one keystroke. However, it costs more than SteelSeries Apex Pro.
  • Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed: The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed ​​is an excellent 65% compact wireless gaming keyboard. You can use it wirelessly via Bluetooth or with your USB receiver, but it is more expensive than the Obinslab Anne Pro 2.
  • Logitech G413: The Logitech G413 is an excellent mechanical gaming keyboard at an affordable price. However, it is more expensive than the EVGA Z15 and cannot be hot swapped.

Recent updates

  1. December 24, 2021: We replaced the Logitech G413 with the EVGA-Z15 as the 'Best Budget Gaming Keyboard'.
  2. November 26, 2021: We've restructured this article by transforming our alternative choices into standalone categories. New categories based on previous alternative picks include 'Best Wired Keyboard for MMO Gaming', 'Best Compact Keyboard for Gaming' and 'Best Non-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard'. All categories retain their previous associated picks, except for the 'Best Non-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard' category where we replaced the Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT with the currently much cheaper EVGA Z12. We also added the 'Best TKL Keyboard for Gaming' category, with the Corsair K70 RGB TKL as our pick.
  3. October 28, 2021: checked choices for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the EVGA Z15 to notable mentions.
  4. October 01, 2021: Changed the Corsair K100 to an alternative to the SteelSeries Apex Pro for consistency; added the Ducky One 2, EVGA Z12 and ASUS ROG Falchion to notable mentions.
  5. September 03, 2021: Changed the Razer BlackWidow Elite to notable mentions because it's hard to find; Text updated for clarity.

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Our recommendations above are what we believe are currently the best gaming keyboards for most people. 

We take into account price (a cheaper product beats a more expensive one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no keyboard hard to find or almost sold out everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our gaming keyboard reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. 

While no one product is perfect for all uses, most keyboards are good enough to please just about everyone, and the differences are usually not noticed unless you really look for them. Make sure you know your key switch preferences before choosing.

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