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There’s little point in investing in a high-end PC while settling for a basic gaming keyboard, as it will most likely hold you back from victory. For this reason, we’ve created the best gaming keyboard list so you know which are the best options to buy right now.

Our team of experts review a wide range of gaming keyboards throughout the year, ranging from great value picks that excel at the basics, to more luxury keyboards packing fancy features such as hot-swappable switches and OLED displays.

Keyboards that get a 4-star rating or above are considered for this best gaming keyboard list, allowing you to find all of the recent top-rated options in one convenient article.

We’ll be updating this list on a frequent basis, so make sure to check back in a few weeks if you can’t find a keyboard you like right now. And if you’re looking for keyboards that perform well outside of gaming, you can also check out our Best Mechanical Keyboard or Best Wireless Keyboards lists.

Best gaming keyboards at a glance

How we test

Learn more about how we test keyboards

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 MOBAs.

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

Asus ROG Azoth

Best overall gaming keyboard

Pros

  • Incredible construction
  • Gorgeously smooth typing feel
  • OLED display is a fun addition

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Software is a little bit fiddly

The Asus ROG Azoth really impressed us during testing – to such an extent that we placed it right at the top of our best gaming keyboard ranking. It flaunts high-end features such as hot-swappable switches and a bundled lubing kit, allowing you to configure the performance to your liking.

Stick with the default switches, and you’ll still benefit from a fantastic performance. We loved using the NX Red switches, which we felt provide a light and buttery smooth performance.

The Azoth supports wireless connectivity, in the form of both Bluetooth and 2.4GHz. This not only provides a lot of flexibility, but also allows the user to swap between two devices seamlessly, which we really appreciated. Our testing showed battery life to be excellent, lasting over 2000 hours, while the OLED display is a fun addition that lets you view the likes of battery percentage and media playback settings.

The downside of this laptop is undoubtedly the price, costing near £300. But if you’re on the hunt for a high-end gaming performance with oodles of customisation options, then this is the best gaming keyboard we’ve tested so far.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Asus ROG Azoth Review

Razer Huntsman V2 Analog

Best analog gaming keyboard

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 features a clever trick in the form of its clever analog switches. They essentially bring the powers of progressive inputs and controller-like accuracy to a keyboard. We found them to offer some incredible accuracy when playing a range of different games from racers to shooters.

The Huntsman V2 Analog looks superb with a sturdy and thick plastic frame that we found to offer no flex whatsoever. It feels like a high-end product, with every element of it considered, ranging from the plastic housing right down to the keycaps, made of textured PBT plastic. They feel fantastic under finger, and are also sure to be mighty durable given the high quality plastics used. More and more premium keyboards are beginning to use PBT for their keycaps, as opposed to the more standard-issue ABS, and the ones present on the Huntsman V2 Analog feel great.

We also found the software experience here to be second-to-none with practically infinite levels of customisation thanks to the analog switches on offer. There’s the clever ability to remap any key to any controller function contained within the Synapse software, as well as Razer’s usual trimmings when it comes to multiple function layers and convenient integration with the Chroma RGB lighting engine. On the point of lighting, the Huntsman V2 Analog looks fantastic, with bright and vibrant lighting helping to prove Razer’s continues to be the best out there.

Do note though, the Huntsman V2 Analog is an expensive keyboard, with its retail price being the same as an Xbox Series S, even though it does go on sale at various points of the year. If money is no object and you’re looking for the ultimate gaming keyboard, this is an amazing choice.

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

Corsair K65 Pro Mini

Best small form factor

Pros

  • Sturdy and sleek construction
  • Smooth optical switches
  • Vibrant RGB lighting

The Corsair K65 Pro Mini is an incredible small-form-factor gaming keyboard and a perfect alternative to the full-sized Corsair K100. It has an especially sturdy chassis with minimal deck flex. This is aided by the blend of the metal top plate and hefty plastic casing; the premium look and feel of this keyboard help to justify its high price, which sits at $129.99/£129.99. 

This keyboard includes Corsair’s optical OPX switches, previously used in the Corsair K100. These switches offer a bodied, snappy and smooth keypress, making them an excellent choice for gamers. Typing also felt very polished and comfortable, although we wouldn’t recommend using this to type out any long essays since optical switches can make a lot of noise. 

The K65 Pro Mini features an 8000Hz polling rate, which is incredibly high. In a nutshell, a higher polling rate translates to less latency, in turn providing a more responsive and perceivably less laggy experience. This feature may not make too much of a difference for casual gamers, but pros will be thankful for every millisecond saved with the combo of an 8000Hz polling rate and fantastic optical switches. 

Another feather in the K65 Pro Mini’s cap is its inclusion of RGB lighting. The lighting is vibrant, crisp and saturated. Delve into Corsair’s iCUE software and you can choose between a variety of presets across the entire keyboard. You can even light up certain sectors – such as the WASD keys – if you want even more precision while you game. 

Unless you are looking for a full-sized keyboard, the Corsair K65 Pro Mini is almost faultless. Its high-end build combined with optical switches and a blisteringly fast 8000Hz polling rate makes this a perfect choice for gamers that want to take their skills to the next level. 

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: Corsair K65 Pro Mini Review

Roccat Pyro

Best value gaming keyboard

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

The Roccat Pyro is an excellent value gaming keyboard, especially considering it does the basics incredibly well.

It’s well built, with its sturdy plastic frame ensuring no noticeable flex in the chassis. We also found its metal top plate to feel fantastic and offer a more premium look than the price of the Pyro suggests. The keycaps on offer may not be PBT, but their smooth ABS plastic felt good under finger for both typing and gaming. The fact the keycaps were also double-shot moulded also allow the vibrant RGB lighting to shine through with ease. It also comes with a plastic wrist rest for added comfort which we thought was a nice touch, although it is made of scratchy plastics, which feel a little jagged on our wrists with extended use.

Inside, there are some TTC Red Switches, which we found to be great for general gaming, given their light actuation force and snappy linear keypress. They’re also some of the more substantial feeling Cherry MX clones out there, with a consistent force and tone. Some other clones we’ve tested can feel scratchy and offer an inconsistent sound and feeling between two keys, but these TTC Reds didn’t fall into that camp at all. Alongside this comes handy creature comforts for a gaming keyboard in the form of anti-ghosting and full NKRO which make keypresses as precise and accurate as they can be through ensuring no inputs are missed.

We also found the accompanying software, Roccat Swarm, to offer fantastic functionality with loads of customisation on offer, ranging from configuring the Pyro’s RGB lighting to programming macros and mapping keys. On the point of convenience, the Pyro is a wired keyboard and connects up via a standard USB-A connector, which is handy.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Roccat Pyro review

Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro

Best for macros

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is a keyboard with customisability at its forefront. First off, there’s the customisable Command Dial – essentially a more elaborate macro key. The dial allows you to adjust the parameters of various settings within your PC. You can use it to adjust the keyboard’s RGB lighting, move through playback, zoom in and out, and more. Each setting isn’t far away, with just a click of the dial required to toggle between different ones.

The level of customisation doesn’t end with the Command Dial, with plenty of regular macro keys on offer. There are five going down the left of the keyboard as well as three on the side of the peripheral. It’s a plethora of options for those who love a good shortcut, with Razer’s software offering up nigh-endless choices on what you can do with the macros.

Customisability extends beyond macro keys as well, with RGB lighting able to be tweaked to the nth degree. Each key is individually backlit and you’ve got a wide range of timid or extravagant effects you can apply to the lighting. This keyboard is about choice and it’s lived up to whether that’s with the macro keys or the RGB lighting.

Along with the freedom and control the BlackWidow V4 Pro offers you, it’s a keyboard with Razer’s stamp of quality. There’s a sturdy metal build and a simply phenomenal wrist rest for dodging typing fatigue. You’re paying a lot for this keyboard but Razer does a lot to back up its high price with luxury materials and comfort.

Reviewer: Callum Bains
Full review: Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro Review

Corsair K100

Best opto-mechanical gaming keyboard

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some flimsy buttons
  • No USB 3.0

The Corsair K100 is an incredible gaming keyboard for those who want the fastest switches possible.

A lot of its speed comes from the fact it features opto-mechanical switches, which work by interrupting a laser beam to register a keypress, as opposed to a more traditional mechanism. This helps to make the K100 an ideal keyboard for FPS games and high-intensity titles where speed is everything. In testing, we found this to be true with a snappy performance thanks to a practically instantaneous keystroke. If you’re a competitive player craving the powers of an instant keypress, then  the K100’s optical switches are definitely a key option to consider.

Its RGB lighting is also vibrant, and can be controlled via Corsair’s superb iCUE software. We found it to be one of the most versatile and feature-packed software packages out there for peripherals with lots of functionality to get stuck into. These can range from recording complex macros and saving game profiles using the keyboard’s on-board memory to creating clever lighting effects.

The K100 is an expensive keyboard, but you get some great design and excellent build quality for the money. It is a full-size board, so you aren’t missing out on any functions, and the K100 also looks fantastic with Corsair’s signature open housed frame, but at 1.35kg, it is quite a hefty beast. There is also a swathe of other creature comforts such as programmable macro keys and a clever wheel in the top-left corner of the ‘board which can be used for controlling everything from scrolling through web pages or changing the volume of your music.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full review: Corsair K100 review

Corsair K100 Air Wireless

Best Ultra Low Profile gaming keyboard

Pros

  • Incredibly slim
  • Snappy and tactile ULP switches
  • Vibrant lighting
  • Clever software

The Corsair K100 Air Wireless is an Ultra Low Profile gaming keyboard, with a skinny frame and slender keys resulting in a wonderfully sleek design that takes up very little desk space.

Low-profile switches can sometimes feel a little too shallow and uncomfortable, but that’s not the case here. The Cherry switches provide a satisfying tactile bump, with the high actuation force requiring firm presses as to avoid accidental keystrokes. The short travel distance also ensures a speedy performance, so there’s little delay between key presses and the resulting on-screen action.

It also has onboard macro keys and multimedia buttons, while offering both Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz support for wireless connectivity. Our tests also show the quoted 50-hour battery life to be accurate.

The biggest issue? This gaming keyboard is very expensive at £279.99/$279.99/€299.99, which is likely too pricey for the vast majority of gamers. But our reviewer called it one of the best gaming keyboards he’s ever used, so we still think it’s worth the investment.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Corsair K100 Air Wireless review

SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless

Best mini gaming keyboard

Pros

  • Adjustable actuation point switches are a game changer
  • Solid build quality
  • Bright RGB lighting

Cons

  • Expensive
  • 60% layout may be too small for some

The SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless is the best mini gaming keyboard we’ve reviewed. Its compact size ensures that you won’t clutter up your desk space, and it delivers a top-notch performance for those who want to gain an edge in multiplayer games.

We found the OmniPoint switches to offer a smooth actuation, with light key presses. What’s more, you’re able to configure the actuation point of each key, anywhere between 5% and 95% of the total key travel. This makes this keyboard extremely customisable.

The Apex Pro Mini can connect up to your PC with two different wireless formats: via the bundled USB-C receiver, or through Bluetooth. The former is the fastest, ensuring there’s virtually no latency when playing games wirelessly. We were also hugely impressed with the compatible software, allowing you to remap keys and configure the vibrant RGB lighting.

If you love the idea of a mini gaming keyboard, but don’t want to miss out on having arrow keys, we also recommend considering the HyperX Alloy Origins 65. Although it doesn’t offer quite as much customisation as the Apex Pro Mini, especially in terms of software.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless Review

Asus ROG Claymore II

Best modular gaming keyboard

Pros

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

Cons

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

The Asus ROG Claymore II is a modular keyboard, meaning that you can rearrange the layout. The main frame is a tenkeyless keyboard with a detachable number pad, so you can chop and change its placement whether you want to put it on the left, right, or not use it at all. We found the attachment mechanism to be secure and simple, with the Claymore II itself feeling incredibly sturdy, complete with a metal top plate.

Inside, you’ll get access to a choice of Asus’ own RX switches. These can either be the linear RX Reds or the clicky and tactile RX Blues, which we had in our sample. The Blues themselves felt good, with a substantial keypress thanks to its 65cN actuation force. These switches are also optical, which makes them faster than normal mechanical switches and more ideal for gaming. Do note though that these Blue switches are pretty loud, given their audible click, so it may not be the best choice if you’ve got other people in close proximity.

The battery life on offer is also good with a quoted 40 hours of playtime before you’ll need to charge it up, and that’s with the Aura RGB lighting cranked to the max. Compared to other premium wireless keyboards we’ve tested, it beats off the competition comfortably, such as the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro, which lasted a quarter of the time the Claymore II did. The lighting is sharp and bright, and looks smart. Combined with this, the accompanying software provides a good level of customisation; you can fiddle with the lighting, or program macros, and remap keys if you so wish.

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

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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