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Top 10 Gaming Keyboards

The top 10 best gaming keyboards can enhance your experience with customizable RGB lighting options and custom macros. No matter if you are looking for mechanical or membrane switches, there are many options for players of all skill levels.

Top 10 Gaming Keyboards

When looking for a Gaming Keyboard, you will want to see what types of switches it uses, which will dictate the overall feel of your keyboard. The mechanical keys are louder and more robust, while the membrane switches are softer and quieter, but may feel less responsive.

Best Overall: Cooler Master CK550



Cooler Master CK550

What we like

  • Various switching options
  • 2-year warranty
  • Cheap


What we don't like

  • Non-detachable cable
  • Build quality could be better


This mechanical Gaming Keyboard is not the flashiest on the market, but we put it at the top of the list because all that a gaming keyboard has to do, the CK550 is doing well. First of all, the feeling is great: the mechanical switches are clickable and responsive and they are rated for more than 50 million keystrokes, which guarantees that you will use this keyboard for many future games. There are individual RGB LEDs for each key, which means you can map the lighting for each key to suit your look. In addition, you can use the included software to assign these 16.7 million color options to each key individually.


The look of the CK550 does not end there, as the curved brushed aluminum top plate is durable, minimal, modern and elegant. There are even on-the-fly command setting options that mean you won't have to stop what you're doing just to adjust your keyboard. This is extremely important for a player who enters and leaves the games and who is focused on leveling and progression. Combine that with floating keys, a device weight that weighs just under two pounds, and the modest footprint of the keyboard as a whole, and this will make a great addition to your gaming desktop.

CORSAIR K70


CORSAIR K70

What we like

  • Excellent proprietary software
  • Original Cherry MX switches
  • Excellent performance


What we don't like

  • Uncomfortable wrist rest

The K70 is the cream of the crop for the Corsairs range of mechanical keyboards, and it does this by checking every box you are looking for in a gaming keyboard. First, it's Corsair's fastest keyboard, with Cherry MX switches that give you 1.2mm actuation and a very light pressure sensitivity of just 1.5 ounces. This gives you super precise control and a 100% phantom guarantee from Corsair (most likely during the warranty period, of course).

But the reason we give this keyboard the green light for our RGB category is that it gives you really advanced CUE support for ultimate precision in customizing your equipment for your games. This means that you can configure it to map colors and patterns to the desired keyboard section. Note that you will need two USB ports and an updated Windows operating system to support this feature. Aside from the RGB colors, the thing is also very elegant with aircraft-grade brushed aluminum, giving a really stealthy industrial look.


In addition, you will have the added benefit of durability even during intense play sessions. It's the more expensive side of things, but here you get a solid level of functionality and customization.

Arteck HB030B

Arteck HB030B

What we like

  • Portable
  • Compatible with almost all operating systems
  • Solid feeling


What we don't like


  • Can only be paired with one device at a time

The Artek HB030B is a slim and portable Bluetooth 3.0 wireless gaming keyboard that fits perfectly in a backpack or purse and is light on the wallet. The tiny gaming keyboard measures 0.24 x 9.72 x 5.91 inches and weighs no more than 7.6 ounces.


Big things come in small packages, like the six-month battery life of the Artek HB030B (based on two hours of continuous use per day) powered by rechargeable lithium batteries. The small, powerful gaming keyboard includes seven unique LED backlights with two brightness levels and an automatic sleep function to conserve energy. It is compatible with Windows, MAC, iOS and Android operating systems and comes with a 24 month warranty with readily available customer service.

Rii RK100+

Rii RK100+


What we like

  • Good size
  • Nice touch of feeling


What we don't like


  • Short USB cable

When you absolutely don't want to spend more than $ 15 on a gaming keyboard, the Rii RK100 + is your best choice. The rainbow LED backlit gaming keyboard is full of surprises aside from its incredibly affordable price.


The Rio RK100 + is not necessarily a mechanical keyboard, but it certainly looks like it offers an imitated feel. Its rainbow LED backlights are adjustable with five different settings to suit your personal preferences. When not in use, the keyboard saves energy and goes into sleep mode after 10 minutes of inactivity. It works with Windows operating systems and comes with a 12-month warranty.

Redragon S101 Gaming Mouse and Keyboard Combo

Redragon S101 Gaming Mouse and Keyboard Combo

What we like

  • Includes an RGB mouse
  • Cheap


What we don't like


  • No dedicated software

As with most economical keyboards, the Vajra's keys are not backlit, however, it does have a few bright sections as a reasonable consolation prize. It also has exchangeable WASD and arrow keys, as well as 12 multimedia keys (which require pressing the F key simultaneously) and 19 conflict-free keys. While it's not a mechanical keyboard, it does have hybrid membrane switches, which are actually comfortably close to mechanical switches in terms of tactile feedback. It has a fierce black and red design that has a solid construction despite being plastic and is roomy to play with, although it lacks a dedicated wrist rest.


The Redragon S101 also comes with a mouse, which has six buttons, making it an even better choice for this budget.

Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard

Logitech K800

What we like

  • Impressive build quality
  • Low noise
  • No software needed


What we don't like

  • Short wrist rest
  • Battery life could be better

When you play, you want the most secure connection you can get so you can get fast response time without delay. If you don't want to be wired, the Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard offers one of the best wireless connections you can get for a gaming keyboard.

The Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard is built with a powerful 2.4 GHz wireless connection using a unifying USB receiver. The keyboard includes a typing system that makes typing comfortable and silent, and it does not require batteries, instead, relying on fast charging thanks to its micro-USB cable which offers up to 10 days of 'autonomy. The Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard is compatible with Windows operating systems from Windows XP to Windows 10 and comes with a three-year limited hardware warranty.

ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO

ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO

What we like

  • RGB lighting by button
  • Dedicated multimedia keys
  • Distinctive look

What we don't like

  • No dedicated macros
  • No USB pass-through

When it comes to gaming keyboards, Roccat is a name that needs no introduction. From their Horde line, to the huge Sova stations, they have very good platforms for the serious player. The most recent addition - the Vulcan 120 AIMO - offers you this classic construction and reliability with new innovations. This keyboard is plug-and-play compatible with Windows computers (via USB).

The first new feature is central: they designed their new Titan Switch to be tactile, fast and precise, offering a robust click and a travel of 3.6 mm. They surrounded these beautiful new key switches with a sturdy aluminum top plate designed to withstand normal wear and tear and even offer some degree of fall protection. The other new feature here is the updated AIMO lighting engine, giving you durable LEDs in each key, as well as the choice of 16.8 million different color options to customize your configuration. There's also an ergonomic wrist rest that includes a command dial for volume and light adjustment, and even customizable macro keys that can be individually programmed to suit your needs. It's a high-end keyboard if you can afford it for the price.

Razer BlackWidow X Chroma

Razer BlackWidow X Chroma

What we like

  • Heavy construction
  • Excellent RGB lighting options


What we don't like

  • No USB pass-through
  • No real cherry switches

Most gaming keyboards have some sort of backlight these days, but not all backlights are created equal. If you want the brightest and most colorful keys to be incorporated into the games you play, and just the coolest gaming keyboard, the Razer Black Widow X Chroma wins hands down. It works like a champion, thanks to reliable and precise mechanical keys, but the real attraction here is the Chroma backlight with 16.8 million total customizable color options. The backlight can be customized as you wish, but many games will also have built-in presets to light the keyboard specifically just for this game, such as matching character colors or changing colors to show cooldowns capabilities in MMO games. The Razer BlackWidow X Chroma turns the keyboard backlight into an art form and is certainly the coolest gaming keyboard on the market.

HAVIT Rainbow Backlit Keyboard & Mouse

HAVIT Rainbow Backlit Keyboard & Mouse

What we like

  • Comfortable
  • Overview of the N key
  • Detachable cable


What we don't like

  • No wrist rest
  • Limited customization

In general, finding a decent keyboard and mouse combo is not the way to find the best quality from either device. That said, this HAVIT combo does the cutting.

First, the keyboard responsiveness is good, but not quite as premium as the more expensive mechanical switches. The manufacturer claims that you can press up to 19 keys at a time without saving conflicts, which means you'll have a decent use of the keyboard for faster gaming without ghosting. There are 7 different LED backlight colors - red, green, blue, yellow, purple, cyan and pink - which provide breathing and cycling effects. Again, not as many color options as some more expensive units, but still not bad for the price.


The mouse also offers a color cycle and works up to 3200 DPI for decently smooth action. The mouse has a durable braided cable with a gold-plated connector and microswitches that all seem to have a satisfying click. The HAVIT isn't the most sophisticated system, but if you're a casual gamer looking for a starter pack that gives you both a keyboard and a mouse, this is a good place to start.

Logitech G513

Logitech G513

What we like
Choice between linear and touch switches
Excellent wrist rest
Smooth minimalist style

What we don't like
No dedicated macro or multimedia key

RGB lighting is not as bright as it could be

Although Logitech is more often known for its professional wireless keyboards, the G513 (available in a few switch configurations) is a great option at a decent price for those who can live without all the bells and whistles provided by more focused brands on the game.


This configuration comes with GX Blue mechanical switches that offer a tactile sensation and even give you a longer lifespan than many other keys (Logitech claims nearly 40% more life, to be precise). It includes the latest and most immersive RGB backlight technology from Logitech providing up to 16.8 million customizable color tones. Add that to Logitech's Lightsync technology which aligns colors with 300 different games, and you have a nice keyboard that can be customized to your favorite title.

The chassis is constructed from ultra-durable quality 5052 aluminum, which means that the device itself will not decompose easily with longer and more difficult use. There are assignable function keys with dedicated gaming functionality and a reliable, high-speed USB connection for lower latency. They even added a USB stick in case you want to connect a mouse directly to the keyboard.

Final verdict

The Cooler Master CK550 may not share the same prestige as some big brands, but this RGB gaming keyboard still contains tons of features without breaking the bank.

How we tested
Our expert reviewers and testers evaluate game keyboards the same way they do in general, but put more emphasis on game elements. For game keyboards, we pay a lot of attention to design, by looking at the keyboard class (full size, keyless, 60% etc ...), the layout of the keys, the quality of the keys themselves (ABS, PBT double stroke) and the type of switch, the force of actuation, accuracy and noise level.


The additional game-specific elements we like to see are the multimedia controls and RGB lighting. To test, we use the keyboard for a mixture of game and productivity, playing various games of different genres and we also use it in Google docs or word to type. Finally, we take into account the price and compare the keyboard and its features to the competition to make our final judgment. Most of the gaming keyboards we are looking at are purchased by Lifewire; some more recent versions are provided by the manufacturers but have no impact on our objective evaluation.

What to look for in the best gaming keyboards
Switches - While many gaming keyboards offer a variety of mechanical switches, each with its own feel, many gamers also appreciate the simple, unobtrusive feel of membrane switches. Switches are usually a subjective rather than an objective decision, the right switch for you is purely a matter of personal preference.

Layout - Some keyboards are taking a less and less approach by abandoning the numeric keypad and sometimes the function keys. But others include nice quality of life features like dedicated media and macro keys. This decision is usually based on your budget but also on what you are looking to get out of your gaming keyboard.


Software - Some keyboard manufacturers support proprietary customization software, giving you tons of options for changing RGB lighting or remapping keys. Some gaming keyboards omit this software but still allow a small degree of customization.


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