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Best gaming keyboard 2021: Our top 10 keyboard picks

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Having the very best gaming keyboard can give you a significant advantage in competitive gaming – there’s no denying that. 

This means serious PC gamers will want a top-end board, so we’ve assembled a list of all the best gaming keyboard options currently available. And if you’re not bothered about your multiplayer kill/death ratio, we’ve also included budget-friendly boards that still offer a stellar performance.

There’s everything from analog to modular gaming keyboards here, while we’ve also included some budget options if you’re on a strict budget. So without further ado, here are our best picks:

How We Test

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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 FPS, strategy and and MOBAs.

We also check each keyboard’s software to see how easy it is to customise and set up.

Razer Huntsman V2 Analog

The best gaming keyboard, full-stop.
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Pros

  • Analog switches can be a game-changer
  • Crisp backlighting
  • Sturdy build quality

Cons

  • Immense cost
  • Software programming can be fiddly
  • Can be super-loud

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is hands-down the best gaming keyboard on the market today. Its analog switches provide a competitive edge for the most professional players and offer controller-like skills for everyone else.

There’s also plenty more to write home about thanks to the incredible build quality, a comfortable wrist rest, marvellous backlighting and above all, the immense functionalities of Synapse 3.

It isn’t the keyboard for everyone though. That £249 price tag makes it the same as an Xbox Series S, meaning it’s only really reserved for those who want a real competitive edge, or simply have too much to spend.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Razer Huntsman V2 Analog review

Roccat Pyro

A good value gaming keyboard that excels at the basics
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Pros

  • Properly sturdy build quality
  • Quick linear switches are ideal for gaming
  • Affordable price
  • Great backlighting

Cons

  • Lack of USB passthrough
  • Grooved plastic may not please some
  • Cherry MX clones may not be the choice for purists

Those who don’t have a fortune lying around, but still want a great, mechanical gaming experience should look no further than the Roccat Pyro. It crams in every conceivably modern feature, be it volume rollers, light switches and even a wrist rest for an affordable price.

There’s also some classy looks and a good overall frame that help to make the Pyro feel more expensive than it is by some margin. For switches, it makes use of TTC Reds which, while are CHERRY MX clones, stay faithful to the originals in feeling and responsiveness.

If you’re wanting additional macro keys though, a USB passthrough or any more added extras, then the Pyro unfortunately won’t provide. But for an incredible all-rounder at a great price, this is a brilliant option.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Roccat Pyro review

Corsair K100

An opto-mechanical behemoth
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Pros

  • Brilliant opto-mechanical switches
  • Packed with features
  • Sturdy design and great RGB LED lighting

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some flimsy buttons
  • No USB 3.0

With the Corsair K100 its laser-powered switches ensure such a speedy performance that even the most demanding eSports star won’t be able to complain.

It’s also brimming with features, including macro keys, media buttons and a wheel that can be configured to perform a great number of shortcuts, including scrolling down a web page or tweaking the RGB LED brightness.

But with an eye-watering £229 starting price, this high-end gaming keyboard should only be considered if you’re convinced you need the fastest switches possible. Anyone playing the likes of Minecraft, Planet Zoo or Crusader Kings needn’t bother here.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full review: Corsair K100 review

Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini

The best mini wireless gaming keyboard
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Pros

  • Excellent build quality on Yellow switch model
  • Compact, travel friendly design
  • Solid, near latency free wireless connectivity

Cons

  • Expensive

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini is only 65% the size of a standard gaming keyboard, yet Razer has still made sure to cram in some spectacularly premium features.

The V3 Mini features Razer’s HyperSpeed technology, ensuring a near latency-free wireless connection. It’s also flaunting mechanical switches, and retains the arrow keys despite other small boards ditching them to save space.

This is arguably the best wireless gaming keyboard around, although that steep price will still be hard to swallow with the lack of dedicated Macro and multimedia buttons.

Reviewer: Alastair Stevenson
Full Review: Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini review

ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe

A brilliant, premium TKL option
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Pros

  • MX keyswitches are sturdy and reliable
  • Classy and sturdy design
  • Intuitive software

Cons

  • Pretty high price
  • Lack of macro keys
  • Lack of macro keys

The Asus ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe is another fantastic mini gaming keyboard, although it’s available at a far more affordable price than the above Razer since it uses a wired connection.

The Cherry MX switches are fast and snappy, with Asus offering a range of options (Silent Reds, Blacks, Browns, Blues and Speed Silvers) so you can find the perfect ones to suit your needs. And while you can hardly call this board cheap, it still undercuts the likes of the Logitech G815 by a few quid.

There are issues here though, namely with the lack of Macro keys reducing the number of customisation options. But if that won’t deter you, this is an excellent space-saving wired keyboard that we strongly recommend.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Asus ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe review

Asus ROG Claymore II

A fantastic modular offering
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Pros

  • Premium build quality
  • Modular design is ingenious
  • Clicky optical switches feel decent

Cons

  • High price
  • Non-attachable wristrest
  • Cheap-feeling keycaps

If analog keys aren’t your thing, but you’ve still got a mint to spend on a keyboard, then the Asus ROG Claymore II is the ideal option. As well as coming with optical switches, it also has a fascinating design.

The Claymore II features this ingenious modular design that means you can use it in a multitude of configurations. Want the numpad on the left? No problem. Just want a great TKL keyboard? Go right ahead. With this, Asus have provided more than just a clever party trick and given users an awful lot of customisation.

Alongside this, there’s also the fact that the Claymore II is remarkably well made, looks great and has some marvellous lighting to go alongside. Its price is a little high, but for those who can afford it, this is an ideal choice.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review:
 ASUS ROG Claymore II review

Logitech G Pro

A good MX-less TKL board
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Pros

  • Petite and portable
  • Great key feel
  • Superb LED quality and implementation

Cons

  • May be a little loud for some gaming setups
  • The switches are effectively MX Cherry copies

The Logitech G Pro Keyboard is another fantastic compact gaming keyboard, but snubs MX Cherry switches for Logitech’s own GX alternatives. This may put off Cherry purists, but it does mean the Logitech G Pro is available for a cheaper price than some of its compact rivals.

While we think Cherry switches feel smoother, there’s not much difference at all as they still provide that satisfying clack and tactile feel. The Logitech G Pro X model will even allow you to swap the standard GX Blue switches for softer GX Brown or smooth GX Red switches.

Like with many compact keyboards, the Logitech G Pro Keyboard has notable omissions such as Macro keys and a volume wheel, but it’s a superb keyboard that excels at the basics.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full Review: Logitech G Pro review

SteelSeries Apex Pro

An incredible keyboard with an integrated screen
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Pros

  • Keys are absurdly responsive and ripe for customisation
  • OLED smart display is compelling and well executed
  • Robust and stylish build quality
  • RGB lighting is subtle and explosive in equal measure

Cons

  • Making the most of its customisation features requires investment
  • Lacks dual-function keys

SteelSeries has also weighed in to the uber-premium keyboard space with its Apex Pro that, while a little bit under the usual £250 price tag, still packs a massive punch. It uses switches with adjustable actuation points that provide incredible levels of customisation, as long as you’re prepared to invest some time.

There’s also an integrated OLED display that’s equally as customisable and gives the Apex Pro an intriguing edge over its competition. Bundled in are the usual tropes of a great gaming keyboard such as amazing build quality thanks to an aluminium frame and some properly incredible backlighting.

However, if you are looking to go full analog, the Huntsman V2 Analog might be a better bet thanks to the fact it offers dual-function keys. Otherwise, you won’t go wrong if you pick up the Apex Pro.

Reviewer: Jade King
Full Review: SteelSeries Apex Pro review

Razer Cynosa Lite

A portable-friendly wired option with membrane keys
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Pros

  • Affordable for every gamer
  • Sturdy plastic construction
  • Synapse 3 works a charm

Cons

  • Lack of mechanical keys
  • Unremarkable design

Only seriously competitive PC gamers can usually justify spending over £100 on a gaming keyboard, so we’ve made sure to include a more affordable option: the Razer Cynosa Lite.

Razer’s budget-friendly wired gaming keyboard misses out high-end features such as mechanical switches and dedicated Macro keys, but it’s still well built and feels great to use whether you’re gaming or typing. The wonderful Synapse software also provides lots of customisable options for the RGB lighting.

If you’re not playing competitive games such as FPS and MOBAs, then the Razer Cynosa Lite is one of our favourite gaming keyboard options currently available.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: Razer Cynosa Lite review

Logitech G915 TKL

A wireless, low-profile TKL masterclass
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Pros

  • Compact and portable design
  • Lightspeed and Bluetooth switching is seamless
  • Three options of superb GL switches
  • Macro key customisation is incredible

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Lack of USB passthrough

The Logitech G915 TKL is the best wireless gaming keyboard we’ve reviewed for people who want to take up as less desk space as possible. Its small size and low-profile keys also make it very easy to stow in a bag and bring along to work or a friend’s house.

The G915 TKL supports both Bluetooth and Lightspeed for wireless connectivity, with the former being more battery efficient and latter providing faster speeds for an eSports-grade performance. We’re also very impressed that Logitech has been able to fit playback buttons and a volume wheel on the board, making up somewhat for the lack of dedicated Macro keys.

The biggest issue with the G915 TKL is its expensive £199 price tag, although we have seen the cost drop to more affordable price points recently. If you want a cheaper wired version, check out our Logitech G815 Lightsync RGB Keyboard review.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full Review: Logitech G915 TKL review

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FAQs

What is a mechanical keyboard?

Mechanical keyboards feature physical switches underneath each key, which result in a crunchy, tactile feel, making them ideal for gaming.

What is RGB?

RGB stands for ‘Red Green Blue’. Any keyboard that features ‘RGB lighting’ means it can produce lots of coloured lighting by combining the three core colours together.

Can you use a gaming keyboard for work?

There’s nothing stopping you from using a gaming keyboard for work, although some models do lack a number pad. However, mechanical gaming keyboards tend to be noisy, so be mindful if you’re sharing a working space with others.

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