10 Best Gaming Keyboards

10 Best Gaming Keyboards To Buy in 2019 For Accurate Typing and Good Gaming ExperienceByVaidyanathan Subramaniam-November 13, 2019 “0/0.2624.png” While mechanical keyboards were once dominant in the early days of Pc many Oems ship Pcs with membrane keyboards as they are fairly easy to manufacture and cost less. But membrane keyboards are not really suitable for prolonged typing or high-intensive gaming sessions. Their lifespan is also comparatively shorter than mechanical keyboards. Even if you decide to go for a mechanical keyboard there are some things you should remember. First you have to decide which type of switch you prefer. This makes a lot of difference, and is more of a personal preference. Typists generally prefer Cherry Mx Blue switches as they provide good feedback and a high actuation force. But they are as loud as a typewriter, too, and could put off a lot of people. Cherry Mx Reds have low actuation, and can record a keystroke before pressing it completely. These keys are not very noisy and are in fact suitable for competitive gaming but not for typing. The Cherry Mx Brown switches offer a good compromise between Blues and Reds, and are suitable for both typing and gaming. Of course there are other types of switches like Green Black Speed etc. as well as other types like Romer-G and Qx2 but the three above Cherry Mx switches are the standard in most mechanical gaming keyboards. For many gamers, the Rgb lighting is an important aspect and many manufacturers offer a range of Rgb lighting effects that usually synchronize with other lights on the system. However we do not feel that this is the only factor you should base your purchasing decision on. Other parameters like the cable’s anti-ghosting quality switch type and the overall build quality take precedence over Rgb lighting. With these aspects in mind, we set out to find out the best currently available gaming keyboards which offer a good combination of the above-mentioned functions. So here are the 10 best gaming keyboards for 2019.

Offer “0/0.2625.jpg” Corsair K95 Rgb Platinum Features: Durable aircraft grade aluminum frame 8 Mb onboard storage Dedicated macro and media keys Per key lighting control Usb passthrough iCue software N-key rollover Detachable wrist rest Switch Type: Cherry Mx (Brown or Speed) Dimensions (W x H x D): 18.3 x 1.4 x 6.7 in $199.99?$21.02$178.978. The frame is made of anodized aluminum, providing a solid base and at the same time being lightweight. For storing custom keyboard profiles and macros, the K95 Rgb Platinum offers 8 Mb of onboard memory. You can cycle between 3 separate profiles without the need to install the custom Cue software. Each key has its own backlight and 19 lighting zones can be configured to custom color effects. The K95 Rgb Platinum offers either Cherry Mx Brown or Cherry Mx Speed switches for choice. Brown switches are great for typing and gaming while during intense gaming Speed offers low actuating force for quick actions. For extra comfort to the wrist, Corsair also bundles in a detachable wrist rest. That said it may take some time for the Cue software to become used to. Also, due to size limitations, all sorts of macros and lighting effects can not be stored on the onboard storage. Pros: Great Onboard memory build quality to store custom profilesSwitch Type: Roccat Titan Illumination: Rgb 16.8 million colors with multiple lighting effects Dimensions (W x H x D): 18.19 x 1.26 x 9.25 in The Roccat Volkan 120 Aimo continues Roccat’s tradition of combining a modern aesthetic with functional hardware. The board has a comfortable anodized frame that is sturdy and gives a feeling of good build quality. The Vulkan 120 Aimo uses proprietary Titan switches from Roccat which are a great alternative to the variants of the Cherry Mx found in most other gaming keyboards. The Roccat Titan switches allow a 1.8 mm actuating point and 3.6 mm travel, and are great for both typing and gaming. The switches also house single Leds, capable of producing 16.8 million colors each. Using Roccat’s Swarm program you can customize the light patterns according to the needs of your game. The elevated nature of each key ensures that the Rgb lighting can shine very well providing a rich experience of illumination. Roccat also offers a detachable wrist rest that will satisfactorily get the job done. The Roccat Titan switches feature excellent tactile feedback and are perfect for playing nearly all games. The keyboard also includes a jog dial for quick volume control, along with a selection of multimedia buttons. Also, the Swarm app lets you configure macros for effortless tasking. Overall the Roccat Vulkan 120 Aimo offers an excellent alternative to the market equivalents of the established Cherry Mx. While expensive it offers something for everyone regardless of whether you are using it for gaming or typing. Cons: Cosy

3. Logitech G613 Lightspeed

Offer ‘ 0/0.2627.jpg ‘ Features: Lightspeed wireless technology Six programmable G keys Long battery life Dedicated media keys Bluetooth support Integrated palm rest Switch Type: Romer-G Illumination: N / A Dimensions (W x H x D): 18,82 x 1,33 x 8,5 in $129,99?$70,00$59,99 While the Logitech G613 is of the best wireless gamin. Upon waking up from standby the keyboard is known to miss a stroke or two and Romer-G switches may not be up to everybody’s taste. The G613 has no backlighting form whatsoever which makes it a tad bit hard to use while playing in dark. Pros: 6 programmable keys Wireless networking Cons: No backlighting Missed keystrokes immediately after waking from standby

4. Corsair K70 Rgb Mk.2 Offer “0/0.2628.jpg” Corsair K70 Rgb Mk.2 Features: Durable aircraft grade aluminum frame 8 Mb onboard storage Dedicated macro and media keys Per-key lighting control Usb passthrough iCue N-key rollover Switch Type: Cherry Mx Brown Illumination: Rgb 16.8 million colors with multiple lighting effects 5. Razer Huntsman Elite

Deal “0/0.2629.jpg” Razer Huntsman Elite Features: Razer Chroma Aluminum Magnetic wrist sleeping Razer Hypershift Xbox One compatible Illumination: Rgb 16.8 million colors with various lighting effects Dimensions (W x H x D): 18.2 x 1.3 x 6.7 in $199.99 ? $40.00 $159.99 The Razer Huntsman Elite represents the company’s change. The Huntsman is available in two variants — the normal version without additional media keys and wrist rest, and the Elite version with media shortcuts that also includes wrist rest. Without any extra plastic on the edges, the keyboard has a frameless design that gives a much more modern look. The Huntsman Elite has no shyness at showing off their Rgb prowess. Everything is fitted with Leds including palm rest and keyboard base. Using Razer’s Synapse app, these can be managed and customised. Huntsman Elite’s speciality lies in how the optomechanical switches work. Each keystroke completes the circuit by using a light beam, rather than hitting a gold contact. The circuit is completed faster than a conventional mechanical keyboard, because light travels the fastest. The Huntsman Elite is easily one of the most advanced gaming keyboards on the market, with a 1.5 mm actuation point and a 3.5 mm travel distance. Nevertheless it requires two Usb ports to work which can be a limitation if you run short of Usb ports. Cons: Requires 2

6 Usb ports. SteelSeries Apex M750

Offer “0/0.2630.jpg” Features: Durable aluminum aerospace frame Dedicated macro and media keys PrismSync Lighting Discord chat integration N-key rollover Switch Type: Qx2 linear switches Illumination: Rgb 16.8 million colors with multiple lighting effects Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.9 x 1.8 x 6 in $139.99? It also operates silently compared to other mechanical keyboards so the Apex M750 might not be for you if you are looking for that clicky sound. That said, if you’re looking for a capable gaming keyboard that offers great customization levels the SteelSeries Apex M750 is definitely worth a look. Pros: Extremely durable Qx2 Low Power Switches Cons: None as such

7. Alloy Elite HyperXThe HyperX Alloy Elite is one of the best under $100 gaming keyboards, if a monochrome backlight is not a big issue. The Alloy Elite has no fancy Rgb lights but offers a uniform red backlight over all keys. But for extra sophistication it does have a light bar on top with 18 Leds. The frame is made of steel, and is light yet very sturdy. You can choose to switch between Cherry Mx Blue Brown and Red based on your preference. You’ll also get a large volume control wheel and Usb passthrough with dedicated media buttons. In addition, HyperX offers titanium-colored textured Wasd keys for faster action in Fps games. The HyperX Alloy Elite has great experience in gaming and typing. It doesn’t offer a whole lot of customization options or lighting effects but it does perfectly well with the basic functions of a gaming keyboard. Pros: Great overall performance Good for gaming and typing Cons: only red backlight available

“0/0.2632.jpg” G.Skill Ripjaws Km780 Features: Onboard Profile Storage Dedicated macro and media keys Per-key lighting ditional gaming keycaps magazine N-key rollover Switch Type: Cherry Mx (Blue Red or Brown) Dimensions (W x H x D): 20.4. You get a full-fledged Rgb lighting scheme choice of Cherry Mx switches on the fly macro programming, and much more. The Km780 is available with dedicated media keys and six macro keys. G.Skill also provides 10 bright grooved keycaps to show the keys that make your game or workflow important. The Km780 can synchronize light with peripherals of Msi Mystic Light or Gigabyte Rgb Fusion, and can switch between eight different lighting effects. The Km780 performs as you would expect but the customization software from G.Skill needs a lot of bug fixing. The features out of the box work well as advertised, so that you won’t need to use the software unless you need extreme customization levels. G.Skill will likely fix this in future updates. Pros: Rgb sync with Msi Mystic Lights, or Gigabyte Rgb Fusion macro programming

9. Cooler Master MasterSet Ms120 Keyboard and Mouse Combo

“0/0.2633.jpg” Cooler Master MasterSet Ms120 Keyboard and Mouse Combo Switch Type: Hybrid mem-mechanical switches Illumination: Rgb 16,8 million colors with 9 lighting effects Dimensions (W x H x D): 17,36 x 5,21 x 1,49 in $89,99 If you are looking for a solid gaming keyboard and a mouse co-keyboard The MasterSet Ms120 includes what Cooler Master calls a mem-mechanical keyboard, and an ergonomic gaming mouse with custom Dpi settings and shortcuts. For now, we are going to focus on just the keyboard part. The keyboard is basically a membrane keypad that provides mechanical switches with tactile feedback. The Ms120 keyboard looks good, and offers per-key Rgb lighting that can be tailored to the content of your heart. The mem-mechanical switches do a great job of emulating a typical mechanical switch that you won’t miss a mechanical keyboard unless you’re really specific about some types of switches. Customizable anodized aluminum top panel N-key rollover Switch Type: Gamma Zulu Soft Tactile Illumination: Rgb 16.8 million colors with 8 lighting effects Dimensions (W x H x D): 20.4 x 1.9 x 6.8 in The keyboard is just an input device for many. But Das does seem to think differently. Das is known to make some of the most exquisite gaming keyboards on the market but the Das X50Q is in its own league. Have you ever flooded your mail app game websites in a sea of notifications etc? If so, you will find the Das X50Q with its Smart Rgb illumination helpful. The Das keyboard comes with Q software which turns your keyboard into a center of notification. You can set individual keys to illuminate to indicate statuses such as Ram and Cpu usage display notifications from services such as Twitch or Gmail to let you know about changes in stock changes to your GitHub repo and much more. This alleviates the need to read through each app and dismiss individual notifications — instead you can be alerted at the blink of a key. The other important aspect of The X50Q is the use of Omron’s Gamma Zulu Soft Tactile switches. Das says the switches on Gamma Zulu have a life of over 100 million keystrokes. For easy typing, the Zulu switches require 45 g of actuating force at 1.5 mm actuating point, and have a 3.5 mm deep travel. The switches sound a lot like the Cherry Mx Browns and feel soft to them, rather than being overly loud and clacky. The Das X50Q is one of the most versatile keyboards on the market, with built-in multimedia controls and the ability to write your own applets to enhance the Smart Rgb functionality. Pros: Q software applets Gamma Zulu switches Cons: None as such Dear readers, our recommendations for buying the best gaming keyboards in 2019 were these. Ideally we would suggest that you try the keyboards in person if possible, as the levels of comfort differ from user to user. Just be sure to select the correct type of switches and your experience should mostly be trouble-free. Rgb lighting can be fancy and useful in many times, but it is important that the keyboard software allows you to customize it according to your needs.The HyperX Alloy Elite is one of the best under $100 gaming keyboards, if a monochrome backlight is not a big issue. The Alloy Elite has no fancy Rgb lights but offers a uniform red backlight over all keys. But for extra sophistication it does have a light bar on top with 18 Leds. The frame is made of steel, and is light yet very sturdy. You can choose to switch between Cherry Mx Blue Brown and Red based on your preference. You’ll also get a large volume control wheel and Usb passthrough with dedicated media buttons. In addition, HyperX offers titanium-colored textured Wasd keys for faster action in Fps games. The HyperX Alloy Elite has great experience in gaming and typing. It doesn’t offer a whole lot of customization options or lighting effects but it does perfectly well with the basic functions of a gaming keyboard. Pros: Great overall performance Good for gaming and typing Cons: only red backlight available

“0/0.2632.jpg” G.Skill Ripjaws Km780 Features: Onboard Profile Storage Dedicated macro and media keys Per-key lighting ditional gaming keycaps magazine N-key rollover Switch Type: Cherry Mx (Blue Red or Brown) Dimensions (W x H x D): 20.4. You get a full-fledged Rgb lighting scheme choice of Cherry Mx switches on the fly macro programming, and much more. The Km780 is available with dedicated media keys and six macro keys. G.Skill also provides 10 bright grooved keycaps to show the keys that make your game or workflow important. The Km780 can synchronize light with peripherals of Msi Mystic Light or Gigabyte Rgb Fusion, and can switch between eight different lighting effects. The Km780 performs as you would expect but the customization software from G.Skill needs a lot of bug fixing. The features out of the box work well as advertised, so that you won’t need to use the software unless you need extreme customization levels. G.Skill will likely fix this in future updates. Pros: Rgb sync with Msi Mystic Lights, or Gigabyte Rgb Fusion macro programming

9. Cooler Master MasterSet Ms120 Keyboard and Mouse Combo

“0/0.2633.jpg” Cooler Master MasterSet Ms120 Keyboard and Mouse Combo Switch Type: Hybrid mem-mechanical switches Illumination: Rgb 16,8 million colors with 9 lighting effects Dimensions (W x H x D): 17,36 x 5,21 x 1,49 in $89,99 If you are looking for a solid gaming keyboard and a mouse co-keyboard The MasterSet Ms120 includes what Cooler Master calls a mem-mechanical keyboard, and an ergonomic gaming mouse with custom Dpi settings and shortcuts. For now, we are going to focus on just the keyboard part. The keyboard is basically a membrane keypad that provides mechanical switches with tactile feedback. The Ms120 keyboard looks good, and offers per-key Rgb lighting that can be tailored to the content of your heart. The mem-mechanical switches do a great job of emulating a typical mechanical switch that you won’t miss a mechanical keyboard unless you’re really specific about some types of switches. Customizable anodized aluminum top panel N-key rollover Switch Type: Gamma Zulu Soft Tactile Illumination: Rgb 16.8 million colors with 8 lighting effects Dimensions (W x H x D): 20.4 x 1.9 x 6.8 in The keyboard is just an input device for many. But Das does seem to think differently. Das is known to make some of the most exquisite gaming keyboards on the market but the Das X50Q is in its own league. Have you ever flooded your mail app game websites in a sea of notifications etc? If so, you will find the Das X50Q with its Smart Rgb illumination helpful. The Das keyboard comes with Q software which turns your keyboard into a center of notification. You can set individual keys to illuminate to indicate statuses such as Ram and Cpu usage display notifications from services such as Twitch or Gmail to let you know about changes in stock changes to your GitHub repo and much more. This alleviates the need to read through each app and dismiss individual notifications — instead you can be alerted at the blink of a key. The other important aspect of The X50Q is the use of Omron’s Gamma Zulu Soft Tactile switches. Das says the switches on Gamma Zulu have a life of over 100 million keystrokes. For easy typing, the Zulu switches require 45 g of actuating force at 1.5 mm actuating point, and have a 3.5 mm deep travel. The switches sound a lot like the Cherry Mx Browns and feel soft to them, rather than being overly loud and clacky. The Das X50Q is one of the most versatile keyboards on the market, with built-in multimedia controls and the ability to write your own applets to enhance the Smart Rgb functionality. Pros: Q software applets Gamma Zulu switches Cons: None as such Dear readers, our recommendations for buying the best gaming keyboards in 2019 were these. Ideally we would suggest that you try the keyboards in person if possible, as the levels of comfort differ from user to user. Just be sure to select the correct type of switches and your experience should mostly be trouble-free. Rgb lighting can be fancy and useful in many times, but it is important that the keyboard software allows you to customize it according to your needs.