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Best gaming keyboards 2017: The greatest keyboards for gamers

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Because PC gaming has undergone somewhat of a resurgence these past few years, it is now more important than ever to keep your peripherals up to date, one of the most integral among these being the gaming keyboard.

  • All of these gaming keyboards are compatible with the best laptops

Mostly mechanical in their switches, gaming keyboards are not only more reliable than your run-of-the-mill office keyboard, but their clicks and clacks and tactile bumps are more satisfying to the touch than island-style chiclet keyboards.

What’s more, most of the top keyboards go as far as to incorporate additional trappings, such as zoned lighting and physical volume wheels into their designs. With so many features to choose between, we’ve scouted out the best gaming keyboards across all walks of life.



Sacrificing RGB backlighting and customizable macro keys in favor of an affordable price tag, the Logitech G413 is the best gaming keyboard to date. Its low-profile appearance might make it look barebones in comparison to competing products in its range, but this gaming keyboard is all the better for its bare, magnesium-alloy frame. And while Logitech’s own Romer-G switches might be a turnoff for some, they’re virtually silent and rated for 70 million keystrokes.

Read the full review: Logitech G413 Carbon





Because it ships with a detachable wrist rest, you might assume the BlackWidow Chroma V2 ditches performance for its good friend comfort. That’s where you would be wrong, however, as Razer has tacked on five macro keys that can be assigned to virtually any in-game action. This deal is sweetened by a catalog of 16.8 million colors to choose from for the backlighting, which can be assigned per-key or in an animated pattern of your choosing.

Read the full review: Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2



Highlighting the choice between Cherry MX Red, Blue and Brown key switches, the HyperX Alloy Elite is upheld by a steel frame that makes typing and gaming a breeze. There may not be any customizable macro keys, but this comfy keyboard makes up for this and its comically unwieldy cable by implementing an abundance of media keys and even a quick access button for controlling the brightness of the keyboard backlighting.

Read the full review: HyperX Alloy Elite



The Realforce RGB is a multi-talented keyboard that feels incredible to type on due in part to its capacitive Topre keyswitches, which offer superior tactile feedback compared to their Cherry MX equivalents. Boasting high-quality PBT keycaps and depth from 1.5mm to 3mm, the Realforce RGB is a hugely versatile keyboard that suits whatever task you’re doing at the time. Yes, even typing since its keyswitch stems are compatible with both Topre and Cherry MX keycaps.



Like the Corsair K70 Rapidfire before it, the K95 RGB Platinum is a gaming-first mechanical keyboard with plenty of versatility to get the job done, whatever that job may be. It even packs in 8MB of memory dedicated to storing the profiles of its six macro keys. This keyboard is not only backlit by up to 16.8 million colors, but it’s the perfect travel buddy too, made better by its military-grade aluminum finish, including the wrist rest.



For too long there's been a divide between mechanical and membrane keys but now Razer has finally brought the two together with its 'Mecha-Membrane' Ornata keyboard. These new switches pull from everything Razer has learned over the years. The result is a grand typing experience with shorter keys, the tactile feel of the green switches from the Black Widow X Chroma and a loud audible click.



Lending it to fast response times, the Cherry MX Board 6.0 is defined by its Cherry MX Red switches, hence the make and model. However, because the keys are positioned fairly close together they're excellent for typing in addition to gaming. What’s more, housed in an eye-catching aluminum chassis, the MX Board 6.0 certainly doesn't feel cheap and its blood-red key lighting is deliciously ominous.



Sporting Logitech's own Romer G switches, which aren't quite as squishy as Cherry's various switches, the G810 possesses a snappier feel than other gaming keyboards whether typing or gaming. And, with smart media keys that work equally well on both Windows and macOS, this board is a solid all-round offering. If you're fed up with the weird markings, LCD screens and strange parts that come with competing "gamer-focused" keyboards, the G810 might be for you.



Unlike most gaming keyboards in its class, the SteelSeries Apex M500 gets straight to the point, omitting unnecessary additives along the lines of RGB lighting and discrete media controls in favor of a compact design that wastes no space. Although the M500 neglects to let you choose your key switches beyond the standard Cherry MX Reds and Blues, these are damn fine options for a mechanical board in this price range.



Because it packs an extremely durable, rugged aluminum body, the Cougar Attack X3 RGB is one of the best gaming keyboards you can buy if you’re on a tight budget. Equipped with Cherry MX switches and RGB backlighting that can be customized to illuminate up to 16.8 million colors, this keyboard is a steal considering it doesn’t come close to the price of the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2. N-Key rollover and a 1,000Hz polling rate are merely a bonus.

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article