Best Gaming Keyboards for a Smooth Experience

Furqan Shahid
Furqan Shahid
Best Gaming Keyboards

I am fully aware of the fact that a lot of people have a love and hate relationship with gaming keyboards and there really is nothing wrong with it. You just have to be sure that you are making the right choice whenever you are in the market looking at something for the sake of gaming. However, a good keyboard can make life a lot easier than you might think and therefore, it is up to us to deliver the best keyboards that you can buy in the market.

Now, since we are talking about keyboards, gone are the days when gaming keyboards or keyboards in general were too expensive. Over the past couple of years, these technologies have become a lot more accessible than they used to be, allowing a lot of people to invest in good, high quality keyboards without the worries of running into performance issues.

For this round up, we are looking at the best gaming keyboards available in the market. This is for everyone who might find themselves in confusion as to which keyboard to go for. We are only exploring the best options that you can check out the very instance, and buy for your satisfaction, too.

Reviewing the Best Gaming Keyboards 

AwardsModelPrice
Editor’s Choice
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Runner Up
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Best TKL Keyboard
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Best Budget Gaming Keyboard
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Best Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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Best 60% Gaming Keyboard
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As someone who loves a good keyboard, making this list was a bit more complicated than I thought initially. I have been using my trustworthy Razer Huntsman Elite ever since it came out and the keyboard has served me well. I love the Huntsman to a point that I own two of them but I recently checked the market and we now have a plethora of new keyboards from almost all the companies.

Still, the list is full, and these keyboards will give you the best experience that you can possibly get. Let’s get started, shall we?

Our Top Pick
Corsair K100 RGB

Corsair K100 RGB

Editor’s Choice

Specifications:

  • Switch Type: Corsair OPX Opto-Mechanical
  • RGB: Yes, per key backlighting.
  • Interface: USB wired.
  • Media Controls: Dedicated.
  • Size: Full.

I do remember mentioning it before as well but for those who are not aware, Corsair was the first brand that I went to when I needed a good keyboard and the Corsair K70 Rapidfire was my first high-end keyboard. Shifting to a mechanical keyboard was like entering an entirely new dimension because of the experience it provided. I shifted to the K95 Platinum and enjoyed it even more. However, with the K95 Platinum, Corsair came to a halt as we did not see the company release a lot of flagship keyboards.

Then the company came out with the K100 RGB, Corsair’s first flagship gaming keyboard after a long, long time and this was the one that managed to reclaim the throne as the best gaming keyboard and well, while the keyboard is a lot to take in, it is worth the attention, the hype, and the wait that Corsair put most of us through.

This was the first keyboard that Corsair released with its own OPX opto-mechanical switches. Optical switches in general are far better than just mechanical switches and I can confirm that as I have been using my Razer Huntsman Elite and I have not encountered a single problem that is common in mechanical switches.

With that said, the Corsair K100 RGB comes with extra macro buttons for the best convenience possible, and if you have been looking to take your experience to the next level, this is the way to go. You can actually get full support for Stream Deck as well, so if you are someone who does use that device, the keyboard is right for you.

Corsair’s iCUE is taken to the next level this time around because this keyboard comes with full support for iCUE through the control wheel. Something that I have not seen before; a control wheel allows you to quickly switch between different settings, making the overall experience feel a lot better.

Corsair has done it again with the wrist-rest as this is one of the more comfortable offerings, it does not feel stiff to touch and you can rest your wrists on it for prolonged time. Corsair has also added a USB-passthrough to quickly let you connect your USB devices if you feel like. 

Moving onto perhaps the most important factory – the new Corsair OPX switches are phenomenal, to say the least. You are getting one of the best typing experiences that you can wish for and the overall keyboard just feels great. Typing and gaming are an absolute treat and the RGB implementation, although might seem too much to some, looks great.

Moving onto the things that I do not like about the Corsair K100 RGB. Honestly, I wish the Stream Deck support was a bit more extensive, but at the moment, it is not.

Overall, the Corsair K100 RGB is an excellent gaming keyboard that can be called the king. The keyboard clearly shows the effort put into it by Corsair and manages to deliver exceptional performance across the board.

Pros
  • Excellent typing and gaming experiences.
  • The new Corsair OPX switches should be more reliable.
  • Lots of customization through iCUE.
  • Great RGB implementation.
  • The control wheel is nicely done.
Cons
  • Not enough support for Stream Deck.
2

Razer Huntsman Elite

Razer Huntsman Elite

Runner Up

Specifications:

  • Switch Type: Razer Clicky Optical/Linear Optical
  • RGB: Yes, per key backlighting.
  • Interface: USB wired.
  • Media Controls: Dedicated.
  • Size: Full.

Razer as a brand has come a long, long way. Started as a company committed to delivering excellent products to everyone, Razer did run into several QC issues in the earlier years. However, the company did not want to give up and kept churning out some of the most amazing products that we have seen and with each new release, the quality improved significantly.

So, when my Corsair K95 Platinum failed me for the third time in less than 2 years, I decided to shift to the Razer Huntsman Elite and to this day, I feel like that was the best decision I made regarding a keyboard. I will be honest, the Razer Huntsman Elite was a significant investment for me back in that day, Razer products are notorious for having a premium, but this one was actually competitively priced.

Right out of the box, the Huntsman Elite pleases you with much, much more durable and reliable optical switches. Now, Razer is not the first company to introduce these switches but it certainly is the first one to bring the switches to the mainstream. Unlike mechanical switches, the optical switches are far more reliable and they feel the same. Typing and gaming experience on the Razer Huntsman Elite is excellent and if that is not enough, then I have to tell you that I love this keyboard so much that I have two of these.

Moving further, the Razer Huntsman Elite is designed as a Razer keyboard would be designed, it is smooth all around with metal plate, and solid finish; the keyboard itself is heavy, so that is one thing that you must keep in mind. You are also getting per-key RGB lighting with an under-glow strip that extends to the wrist-rest as well. 

You also get onboard memory that you can use for profiles and settings, and the magnetic leatherette wrist-rest is an absolute treat to use. For those wondering, the keyboard also comes with dedicated media keys and a solid volume wheel that is an absolute joy to use.

Now, moving onto the downsides. Honestly, the Razer Huntsman Elite is a near-perfect keyboard. However, the lack of dedicated macro keys and no USB passthrough is something that is keeping it away from being my top pick.

Overall, the Razer Huntsman Elite still remains one of my favorite keyboards of all time and I have been using it for the longest time possible. That alone is a testament to how much I love this keyboard and how good it is even when looked at objectively.

Pros
  • Fast, tactile switches that are durable and fun to use.
  • RGB lighting looks stunning.
  • Lots of customization.
  • Dedicated media keys and a fun-to-use volume wheel.
  • Onboard memory for profiles and user-defined settings.
  • Magnetic leatherette wrist rest with under-glow RGB lighting.
Cons
  • Lacks any dedicated macro key.
  • No USB-pass through.
3

Logitech G PRO TKL

Logitech G PRO TKL

Best TKL Keyboard

Specifications:

  • Switch Type: GX Blue Switches
  • RGB: Yes, per key backlighting.
  • Interface: USB detachable.
  • Media Controls: Integrated F keys.
  • Size: TKL.

There is no denying that Logitech is considered to be one of the leading peripheral company in the market and although the company did not start out with gaming peripherals, it is safe to say that if you are now looking at something that they have to offer, you will not be disappointed as Logitech is now considered to be one of the best companies out there with some stellar keyboards, mouse, and other components that you can buy.

The keyboard in question is the Logitech G PRO TKL and well, it is an excellent offering for anyone who is looking for something small and something really, really convenient. But is it actually as good as most people find it? We are going to figure that out.

Now, when I first got my hands on the keyboard, I was under some doubt as I have used previous Logitech keyboards with Romer G switches and my experience was a lot less than satisfactory. This made me wonder if the new GX Blue switches are going to be the same but thankfully, that is not the case.

The Logitech G PRO TKL is an absolute treat to type on and the gaming experience remains as solid as one could imagine. The switches are tactile, responsive, and do not feel mushy, at all. This means that you are not going to experience any finger fatigue that might come in the way.

Logitech has also ensured that the keyboard is stable and sturdy enough, that’s why the Logitech G PRO TKL ships with a steel back plate that adds extra stability and there is minimal flex, too. So, if you are worried that you might accidentally end up damaging the keyboard, that is something that will not happen.

You are also getting a keyboard that brings the famous TKL design that allows for more portability and ease of access and the fact that the USB cable is removable is something that everyone will enjoy. Moving back to the GX Blue switches, I used the keyboard for a significant time, trying to find something that can be pointed out about the switches but they never really failed me, so I can assure you that the performance is much better.

The per-key RGB lighting is tastefully done and it never really feels like Logitech going above and beyond with the lighting as everything looks solid, and on-point. Definitely something to enjoy. Not to forget, Logitech’s G-Hub software is perhaps the easiest software that one can use and if you have been looking at making things easier for yourself, this is a great way of going forward.

After spending a lot of time with the Logitech G Pro TKL, I did not really run into any issues aside from the fact that in a world where USB Type C is more or less universal, Logitech is still using a micro-USB connector.

Overall, the Logitech G Pro TKL serves as an excellent entry door towards TKL keyboards with solid typing and gaming experience, responsive switches, great RGB lighting, and sturdy build quality.

Pros
  • The build quality is solid.
  • USB cable can be removed for added portability.
  • TKL design is good to have.
  • GX blue switches are surprisingly tactile.
  • Per-key RGB looks great.
  • G Hub software is a treat to use.
Cons
  • Still uses a micro-USB connection.
4

Redragon K552

Redragon K552

Best Budget Gaming Keyboard

Specifications:

  • Switch Type: Outemu switches.
  • RGB: Yes, per key backlighting.
  • Interface: USB.
  • Media Controls: Integrated F keys.
  • Size: TKL

The next keyboard that I am looking at is something rather special, to be honest. After looking at some of the most expensive and high-end keyboard offerings, I am diverting my attention towards more affordable offerings and you would be surprised to know that the market has a lot to offer. For those who do not know, Redragon is a brand that focuses on providing budget gaming peripherals but with excellent quality and user experience. Sure, some corners are cut but they are not always going to have a negative impact on the quality of life.

With that said, the Redragon K552 is the keyboard that I am looking at and honestly, I am more than surprised by how good this keyboard is. Let me get it out of the way by saying that once you have used several keyboards extensively, finding something that actually works really well is very hard because you are more or less aware of all the nitty-gritty keyboard offerings in the market. So, running into something that is good and at an affordable price is rare.

With that said, the Redragon K552 more than proves itself; it honestly is one of the best-built keyboards that I have tested. This is to a point that I found myself inspecting the keyboard a number of times just to be sure that it is what I am looking at and not something that is unreliable and cheap. Needless to say, the keyboard more than delivers in terms of the build quality.

Moving further, the Redragon K552 uses Outemu switches and are available in red, blue, and brown. Now, for those who do not know, Outemu switches are Cherry MX clones, they are cheaper but they work in almost the same way. For those who do not know, Outemu was once used as a switch of choice by some of the most expensive keyboard brands, too. Needless to say, the quality is there, and some might even prefer an Outemu switch over Cherry’s offering. The keyboard feels solid in terms of typing and gaming.

The TKL form factor of the keyboard is also another benefit here as it delivers a rather solid experience and considering how small it is, it would be better for traveling, as well.

Although the Redragon K552 is an excellent keyboard, I do not like the fact that there is no customization software, so all the lighting control has to happen on the fly, which can be a benefit but for those who are new to this system can get overwhelmed. The cable also feels not so good.

Overall, the Redragon K552 is an excellent gaming keyboard for those who want something that is cheap, and the best part is that you are still getting the mechanical experience for a fraction of a cost, making this keyboard a fan favorite for a lot of people.

Pros
  • Excellent quality.
  • The switches are solid and durable.
  • RGB lighting looks good.
  • TKL form factor increases portability.
Cons
  • No customization software.
  • The cable feels cheap.
5

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

Best Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Specifications:

  • Switch Type: Razer Green and Razer Yellow switches.
  • RGB: Yes, per key backlighting.
  • Interface: Wired, 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth.
  • Media Controls: Dedicated.
  • Size: Full.

I will be honest, I have long wanted a good wireless keyboard that is also mechanical. I know, it sounds ridiculous now but back when I started, this thing was so scarce that you would barely find anything that was good enough. Things have changed drastically over the past couple of years and now we have a lot of options that are both wireless and mechanical.

This is where the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro comes into play, the keyboard builds itself upon the foundation that was laid by the famous BlackWidow lineup but that does not mean that it does not have its own identity. It quickly manages to stand out as one premium keyboard with a lot going for it and that certainly is something that most people want to go with.

With that said, the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro brings double shot keycaps that feel premium and solid to the feel and that too, without any smudges coming in the way, which is always good because a lot of people who spend most of the time using their keyboards hate smudges. The rest of the keyboard feels just as premium, allowing you to use it without having to worry about the keyboard breaking.

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro also brings a number of multi-functions through the dial and you also get access to dedicated media keys, which is always a blessing in disguise, considering how easy it makes everything. Razer has also added a really premium and comfortable wrist rest that allows for a much better experience and you are not going to run into any issues, either.

One of the best things about the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is the fact that the keyboard can be used in three ways; you can use it wirelessly with 2.4 GHz wireless or with Bluetooth, you can also use it with USB if you wish to. Honestly, this much flexibility makes up for an amazing experience overall.

As far as the downsides are concerned, I honestly do not really have any problems aside from the fact that the keyboard does not have macro keys, and this might not sit well with a lot of people.

Overall, the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro remains one of the best keyboards that one can buy. If you have been searching for a wireless mechanical solution that delivers excellent performance, great build quality, and unparalleled flexibility, this is the keyboard to go for.

Pros
  • Can be used in three separate ways.
  • Double shot keycaps are always a treat to use.
  • Multi-function dial and dedicated media keys.
  • The wrist-rest feels soft and high-quality.
Cons
  • No macro keys.
6

Razer Huntsman Mini

Razer Huntsman Mini

Best 60% Gaming Keyboard

Specifications:

  • Switch Type: Razer Optical or Analog.
  • RGB: Yes, per key backlighting.
  • Interface: Wired, detachable.
  • Media Controls: Integrated F keys.
  • Size: 60%

We are finally on the last keyboard in this list of best Gaming Keyboards and we are going back to Razer. I do understand that the list itself is limited in terms of the companies but the goal here was to provide as many keyboards but only the ones that I have personally tested or the ones that I can vouch for. Reason? Well, the consumers would want something reliable rather than wasting their money and that is what we are aiming for.

With that said, when Razer announced the Razer Huntsman Mini, I was filled with joy because 60% form factor is something that I love. It is compact, you can carry it with ease, and the best part is that you are getting some solid build quality that is tried and tested. Something that Razer excels at. So, it was obvious that I will be giving this keyboard a try, and I am so glad I did because this is everything one would want and more.

The build quality on the Razer Huntsman Mini is excellent, to a point that Razer is using PBT keycaps this time around rather than going for something like ABS. PBT keycaps are better in terms of quality and do not get smudges on them, which is always something that people appreciate. The overall build quality is also excellent and the keyboard does not flex in any way that might make you wonder if the quality is simply not on par with other Razer products.

The reduced footprint makes a huge difference as it allows you to carry the keyboard with ease or have more space on the desk, the latter is specifically useful for anyone who wants to save on the space usage. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

The Razer Huntsman Mini also shines when it comes to the lighting as it looks as good as ever and there are plenty of customization options you can go with if you are using Synapse, as you should. Not to forget, with the Razer Huntsman Mini, you can even get access to a detachable USB Type-C cable, which is a godsend, as it allows you to carry your keyboard with you with a much greater accessibility.

Last but not the least, the keyboard provides amazing typing and gaming experience and if you want to spend extra, you can go for the same keyboard in analogue switches. They are an acquired taste but they work really well.

My only issue here is that the keyboard does not have any dedicated keys and people might not like that.

Overall, the Razer Huntsman Mini remains to be one of the best keyboards available in the market that manages to deliver top of the line performance and great experience overall. If you have been looking for something solid, this is the way to go as the keyboard is not going to let you down.

Pros
  • Industry leading build quality.
  • Razer optical switches as well as analogue switches.
  • PBT keycaps that are super-durable.
  • Great lighting.
  • Detachable USB Type-C cable.
Cons
  • No dedicated keys.

How to Choose the Best Gaming Keyboard 

Now that we have looked at all the best gaming keyboards, the next step is rather simple. We are going to talk about some crucial steps that will help you get the best gaming keyboard with ease. The purpose here is simple, educating the buyers getting the right keyboard, especially since the market has blown up with so many offerings now available. The buying tips below are going to help you make the choice you want to.

  • Size of the Keyboard: Size of the keyboard matters a lot. If you are like me and you prefer full-sized keyboards, you will be in luck as these keyboards are perhaps the most common and can be easily found. However, TKL and 60% keyboards are also common nowadays. So, it all boils down to preference.
  • Switch Type: Gone are the days when keyboard switches were limited to just mechanical. Nowadays, you are getting optical switches as well as analogue, and mechanical switches. On top of that, you are getting boards that offer hot-swappable switches, so you can get real creative.
  • RGB or Not: I know this is a polarizing opinion but when you are in the market looking to get your hands on a gaming keyboard, you will have to choose between RGB or no RGB. However, the availability of non-RGB mechanical keyboards might not be as common but still, it is better to keep a lookout.
  • Wired or Wireless: Gone are the days when a good gaming keyboard had to be wired. There are some excellent wireless keyboards available in the market that are also mechanical, so be sure that you are deciding on that factor, too.
  • The Price: 2022 is an excellent time to buy a gaming keyboard because you can get something that is super-affordable, all the way to some really premium keyboards that cost a lot of money. Be sure to make a proper decision.
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Conclusion 

I do understand that there are limitless keyboard options available in the market and this is perhaps the best time to get your hands on a good keyboard but this has caused a lot of issues for people who are still new to the keyboard market and are only confused about what to pick.

The purpose of this roundup is to make it easier for everyone to get the keyboard they want without getting lost in the never-ending rabbit hole. We kept the list simple by only adding keyboards that are readily available rather than going for custom keyboard offerings because that would have taken a lot more than just a single round up.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Honestly, it all depends on personal preference. I have been using the Razer Huntsman Elite for almost 3 years now and it has served me really well. You might find some other keyboard that is good for you.

Ninja is often found using the Ducky One 2 Mini RGB, a keyboard that uses Cherry MX Red or Speed Silver switches. 

Technoblade is often found using the Corsair K70 MX, which is one of the better keyboards from Corsair, but for the best experience, you can get the K100, which is their flagship keyboard.

Furqan Shahid

I have been gaming for almost 24 years with extensive knowledge of all platforms and the gaming industry, in general. With interests in literature, art, gaming, and PC hardware.

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