Choosing the best gaming keyboard can be a real challenge. Today’s offerings showcase an arsenal of benefits, programmable macro keys, reactive key switches and snazzy RGB lighting. Recent advances in wireless models also mean you won’t always be tied to your desk.
Finding the right option is made even trickier by every company under the sun highlighting a variety of products at radically different price points, targeted at every type of player.
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If you’re trying to decide which is the best gaming keyboard for you, then look no further for expert advice and insight. We’ve created an in-depth buying guide to reveal the differences between each type of model. We’ve also tested all the latest keyboards to offer a detailed list of the best options currently available in each category. We’ve included our quick summary of the ranks below and those looking for a more comprehensive analysis of each option should read on.
- Best overall gaming keyboard: Roccat Vulcan Aimo
- Fastest gaming keyboard: Corsair K70 Rapidfire RGB MK.2 Low Profile
- Best wireless gaming keyboard: Corsair K63 Wireless
- Best Razer keyboard: Razer Blackwidow (2019)
- Best keyboard under £50: Logitech G213 Prodigy
- Best for minimalists: Das Keyboard Ultimate 4
- Best low-profile keyboard: Logitech G915
We use every keyboard we test for at least a week. During that time, we’ll check it for ease of use and put it through its paces by playing a variety of different genres, including MOBAs, FPS, strategy and ARPG titles. We also check each keyboard’s software to see how easy it is to customise and set up.
1. Roccat Vulcan 100 Aimo
The best overall gaming keyboard
- Practically dust and spill-proof
- Slick mechanical action
- Funky design
- Strong RGB backlighting
- No wireless support
If you’re serious about gaming and you don’t have to worry about budget, we’d recommend the Roccat Vulcan 100 Aimo in a heartbeat. This superb keyboard comes with wrist support as the keys are tall enough to necessitate this – although any kind of wrist pad you happen to have lying around should work fine.
The metal board features premium mechanical construction, a unique skeletal design and RGB backlighting with 16.8 million colours on offer. Yes, it’s expensive, but you do get what you pay for. And in the case of the Vulcan 100, this means serious quality and an excellent gaming experience.
- Read our full Roccat Vulcan 100 Aimo review
2. Logitech G213 Prodigy
The very best gaming keyboard for less than £50
- Great value for money
- Excellent for gaming
- RGB lighting looks great
- No USB passthrough
- Not mechanical
- A little chunky
Offering spectacular value for money, the Logitech G213 Prodigy is a great gaming keyboard for anyone on a strict budget.
It includes a number of key features generally only seen on significantly more expensive boards, and highlights include dedicated media controls, fully RGB backlit keys and endless software customisation.
Logitech has ‘tuned’ its membrane switches for gaming, and while they aren’t quite as responsive as fully mechanical keys, they’re more than good enough for most gamers, not to mention a significant step up from most regular keyboards.
Although professionals will miss mechanical keys, it’s unlikely that you’ll find better for under £50.
- Read our full Logitech G213 Prodigy review
3. Corsair K63 Wireless
The best wireless gaming keyboard
- Strong and sturdy build
- Responsive switches
- Ideal for gaming
- Plenty of media controls
- No RGB lighting
- Flimsy wrist-rest
- Only one key-switch option
- Lacks lighting synchronisation
If you’re a lounge PC gamer looking to enjoy the benefits of a proper gaming keyboard, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better option than the Corsair K63 Wireless.
Bluetooth connectivity means it will work with pretty much any device without the need to free up a separate USB port.
It’s also no slowpoke with regards to performance, coming loaded with Cherry Red MX switches and a lightning-fast 1ms response time in 2.4GHz mode.
If you’re after an all-in-one mouse and keyboard set-up similar to the Razer Turret, the K63 Wireless is also compatible with Corsair’s Lapboard, which can be used to create an entirely wire-free gaming experience from your couch.
The lack of RGB lighting is the only potential negative, and this may put off some flashier gamers.
- Read our full Corsair K63 Wireless review
4. Corsair K70 Rapidfire RGB MK.2 Low Profile
The fastest mechanical gaming keyboard we’ve tested
- Plenty of extra features
- Reliable build quality
- Fast, reliable, snappy typing
- Smart, slick physical design
- Flimsy wrist-rest
- Uses slow USB 2
- Slightly different feel to full-height keys
The Corsair K70 Rapidfire RGB MK.2 Low Profile is one of the best keyboards we’ve tested recently. It offers super-quick, low-profile Cherry MX Speed switches, which depress more fully and actuate more quickly than other Cherry MX switch types, as well as being quieter than full-height keys.
This is the fastest gaming keyboard with mechanical switches we’ve seen. As the Corsair K70 Rapidfire switches are mechanical and don’t feature laser actuation systems, like the Razer Huntsman Elite and HP Omen Sequencer, it’s not quite as quick off the mark as its rivals here.
But the speed difference is marginal and, in terms of price, the Corsair K70 Rapidfire is a good, cheaper alternative to the Razer Huntsman Elite. Packed with features – from media controls to great overall build quality and RGB lighting options that you can control with Corsair’s iCue application and sync with other Corsair gear, like the Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless – the K70 Rapidfire RGB MK.2 Low Profile is a very attractive proposition.
- Read our full Corsair K70 Rapidfire RGB MK.2 Low Profile review
5. Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate
This minimalist keyboard is an absolute dream for touch-typists
- Sleek, minimalist design
- Satisfying tactile feel to keys
- 2 USB 3.0 ports
- Touch typing requirement may alienate some users
The Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate all but screams out a challenge: ‘Think you’re a pro gamer, huh? Why don’t you prove it?’
The idea behind blank keyboards like the Keyboard 4 Ultimate is that you’re so on it with your keyboard shortcuts and commands, you don’t need to look to see where your WASD keys are. You instinctively know, because your muscle memory and typing accuracy is that good.
Besides being a keyboard for touch-typers only, how does the Das Keyboard Ultimate 4 fare? Pretty well – the Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches give you a firm and fast typing experience. There’s no key wobble at all and those switches practically fire the keys back at you, allowing you to build up a serious head of steam. NKRO support means that should you ever scramble to execute proper key combos during heated matches, the Keyboard 4 Ultimate should help out when you falter.
True to its minimalist, no-nonsense approach, the Das Keyboard Ultimate 4 doesn’t support RGB lighting. Because, of course, if you’re a proper gamer, you’re not interested in such frivolities.
The good news is, as well as this all-black, no letters keyboard, there’s also a more forgiving Professional edition, which is exactly the same, except for the addition of all the lettering and marking you’d expect. So if you wanted to buy that instead of the proper, hardcore version, you could. Your secret will be safe with us, we promise…
- Read our full Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate review
6. Logitech G915 Lightspeed Keyboard
The best portable and low-profile gaming keyboard
- Switching between Bluetooth and Lightspeed is seamless
- Light, low-profile switches work like a dream
- Looks fabulous, with some great backlighting
- Skeletal design can cause dust infestations
- One of the most expensive gaming keyboards
A marvel of a mechanical gaming keyboard, the Logitech G915 provides top-class switches and keys to deliver incredibly good performance, and its ultra-slim form will take up minimal space on your desk.
Logitech also offers a variety of switches with its keyboard, so you can choose between GL Clicky, GL Linear and GL Tactile, all proving excellent alternatives to Cherry. It’s also packed with a plethora of features including a volume wheel, macro keys and a Game Mode switch.
This is close to the perfect gaming keyboard, but the one thing holding it back from climbing higher in our rankings in the price, as this is the expensive option in the list. If money is no object and you crave a portable form, we strongly recommend the Logitech G915.
- Read our full Logitech G915 review
7. Razer Blackwidow (2019)
Razer’s best keyboard flaunts plenty of features
- Sharp backlighting
- Well-made and hard-wearing
- Razer Green Switches have satisfying click
- Hypershift feature mitigates lack of macro keys
- Textured plastic shell feels cheap
- Software is difficult to use in-depth
The Razer Blackwidow (2019) mechanical gaming keyboard doesn’t really standout in one specific area – it’s an all-rounder premium keyboard. The downside to this is that its competitors are superior in terms of price, performance and speed, so it’s only really worth looking at if you fancy investing into the excellent Razer ecosystem.
Pair the Blackwidow with other Razer peripherals and you’ll be able to sync up the lightshow for some astonishing effects. If you have the Nanoleaf lights on your wall, you can even sync that up to your Razer gadgets, so your entire room will cycle through colours in tandem.
Razer is one the best and most reliable brands out there, so you know you’re getting a quality piece of kit with the Blackwidow, even if you are paying over the odds.
- Read our full Razer Blackwidow (2019) review
What is a mechanical keyboard?
Mechanical switches are very different to the switches you’ll find on cheaper keyboards. They provide much better feedback and a more satisfying action. They’re not for everybody, though, so it’s worth trying before you buy.
One of the most confusing elements of a mechanical keyboard is the colour-coded Cherry switches, which you’ll find on most brands. There are a few exceptions, however – some keyboard manufacturers, such as Razer and Logitech, have their own custom mechanical switches.
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Cherry manufactures six distinct types of MX keyboard switch, named after colours.
Blue and Green switches are similar. Blue switches give a tactile click the moment the button becomes activated, meaning you get instant feedback for every keystroke, which is very satisfying. Green switches are similar, but require more force than the Blue switches to activate. This means they are fantastic for typing but are also exceptionally loud, so they’re best avoided if you’re in a shared workspace, or somewhere with thin walls.
MX Red switches have no tactile click and instead have an extremely smooth keystroke all the way to the bottom of the board. These are the most common switches on gaming keyboards due to their exceptionally easy and quick operation. They’re less comfortable for long periods of typing, and the lack of feedback can prove discomforting for some. MX Black switches are very similar to Reds but require more force to activate.
MX Brown switches are similar to Blues but the tactile click is far less pronounced. They’re also less noisy than their Blue and Green siblings, feeling more like a bump than a click. MX Clear have a less pronounced click than the Brown switches, and require less force to activate. These switches are a good middle ground for gamers who also type a lot.
Finally, there are the new MX Speed switches, which have a very small actuation point of just 1.2mm.
Descriptions are all well and good but they’ll only get you so far – you really need to try them out to determine which is best for you. You can buy MX switch samplers, although these cost in excess of £10, so you should probably try your local PC store first and get the friendly staff to unbox some for you.
Since Cherry MX switches are interchangeable (usually not by the buyer), many of the keyboards on this list will offer multiple specifications with different MX switches.
Non-Cherry keyboards are becoming more common, with the likes of Logitech and Razer choosing to ship keyboards with their own custom switches. As you’ll see below, Cherry still dominates the list but alternatives are becoming more popular.
Many gaming keyboards also have extras that set them apart from the crowd. For example, some will come with USB passthroughs, meaning you can hook up USB peripherals to your keyboard directly, without having to plug them into your PC.
Some also come with extra buttons for gaming shortcuts, which can be programmed through software that you can download from the manufacturer’s website.
You should also look out for coloured backlighting. Some keyboards will ship with a single colour, others will offer customisation options. This will no doubt add to the cost, and if you don’t like garish flashing lights, then you’re better off steering clear.