The Best Gaming Keyboards in 2020

Although there are some differences between the ideal typing keyboards and the best gaming keyboards, the basic concept is quite the same. This is fascinating on its own because, between dozens of types of controllers, a board for typing gives the best results when gaming.

Because of the way our minds and fingers work, having the left side of the keyboard dedicated to gaming is not a bad choice. And, for some game genres, there is a good use for the right side as well.

Additionally, manufacturers are now trying to make better and more tactile keys. These are more responsive to both the system you are inputting in as well as your fingers. Because of these features, many players are now paying close attention to their choice of keyboard.

Finally, the best gaming keyboards usually look very nice. Not only is the background lighting good to have when playing in a dark room, but the RGB color range can look great on your gaming desk.

ASDW vs. The Full Hot-key User

There is a rivalry between the players that use predominantly the ASDW keys and those that need all of the board. But, this difference is a misconception. Which is superior is a question of genre, and not of player quality.

Also, some people have different affinities when it comes to their hand dexterity.  Some have no issues using the Q, E, X, Z, and R keys as well as Shift and Control, but would have a hard time pressing the same number of buttons with their right hand.

Ideally, you will want a full keyboard regardless of your preference because it doesn’t hurt to have the option. But, in some cases, you will want to sacrifice the number of buttons for greater size, or other features.

Best PC Gaming Keyboards Compared & Reviewed

Product Key FeaturesOur Rating
Corsair K95* Mechanical
* Per-key RGB backlighting
* Wired
5.0
Redragon S101 & Combo* Mechanical
* RGB backlight
* Mouse included
4.9
Corsair K55* Membrane
* Customizable RGB
* Anti-ghosting
4.9
NPET K10* Mechanical
* Full-sized keyboard
* Water resistant
4.6
HAVIT* Mechanical
* RGB backlight
* Mouse & headset included
4.8
MageGee K1* Mechanical
* RGB backlight
* Mouse included
4.6
Logitech G613* Mechanical
* Wireless
* Comfortable palm rests
4.7
Redragon K552* Mechanical
* RGB
* No numerical pad
4.6

Corsair K95

Specifications:

  • Type: Mechanical
  • Key Mechanism: Tactile
  • Size: Full-size
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Lighting: Yes
  • Num pad: Yes
  • Auxiliary Keys: No
  • Mouse Included: No

if you are on the lookout for a high-end keyboard that professional gamers use, it doesn’t get any better than the K95 from Corsair.

It is not only one of the best mechanical keyboards on the market but also has per-key RGB backlighting and a 19-zone LightEdge across the top of the keyboard. This delivers dynamic and vibrant lighting effects with near-limitless customization.

So, if you are looking to invest in a durable RGB keyboard approved and used by the most popular names in the esports industry, get your hands on the K95.

Pros:

  • Per-key RGB backlighting
  • Anti-ghosting
  • Wired

Cons:

  • Has a Numpad

Our Rating: 5/5

Redragon S101 & Combo

Specifications:

  • Type: Mechanical
  • Key Mechanism: Tactile
  • Size: Full + Multimedia (114 keys)
  • Connectivity: Wired/UBS
  • Lighting: RGB Backlight
  • Num pad: Yes
  • Auxiliary Keys: Multimedia
  • Mouse Included: With Combo Option

The Redragon S101 can be called the ‘smallest of the best’ because it is somewhat of an entry-level when it comes to pro gaming keyboards. But, it is still a professional model with excellent results for the vast majority of games. 

The keyboard has a total of 114 keys including those that won’t cause any conflict with the existing layout. For strategies and MMORPGs this is an excellent option as you can keep your seldom-used but important skills and options dedicated to these keys.

The separation between the ASDW keys is substantial and you will be able to notice the difference even in the pitch black. You won’t need to because of the RGB lighting, but if you don’t like the rainbow you can turn it off.

Finally, there is a combo option for this keyboard that comes with a gaming mouse. While the mouse is not the very best it is a solid option with customizable DPI from 800 to 3200 that can be changed with a single button.

Pros:

  • Very clickable keys
  • Every key is lighted
  • Very responsive

Cons:

  • Combo takes two USB slots
  • Not good for typing.

Our Rating: 4.9/5

Corsair K55

Specifications:

  • Type: Membrane
  • Key Mechanism: Tactile
  • Size: Full-size
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Lighting: Yes
  • Num pad: Yes
  • Auxiliary Keys: No
  • Mouse Included: No

If you want to play Civilization 6 with your friends while lying on the couch eating pizza, then this keyboard is probably not for you. But, u=if you are planning to become the world champion in CS: GO then it is a perfect choice.

The Anti-ghosting technology in the K55 allows you to play competitive games where multiple buttons are clicked every second without fail.

The fact that the keyboard is wired, the response time is truly impeccable. I am using this keyboard myself and can confidently say that it offers the most value for money out of any gaming keyboard I have used in the past.

Pros:

  • Anti-ghosting technology
  • Very responsive and comfortable
  • Removable wrist support
  • Fully customizable RGB

Cons:

  • No auxiliary keys
  • Has a Numpad.

Our Rating: 4.9/5

NPET K10

Specifications:

  • Type: Mechanical
  • Key Mechanism: Clicky
  • Size: Full (104 keys)
  • Connectivity: Wired/ USB
  • Lighting: Backlight
  • Num pad: Yes
  • Auxiliary Keys: No
  • Mouse Included: No

The NPET K10 ticks all the boxes when it comes to what a gaming keyboard should have.

It has strong and audible buttons that are very near to the switch and click just a few millimeters after you push them. This makes them ideal for fast-paced games such as FPS or adventure RPG.

While the quality of the switches is not the best in the world, the keyboard has everything a gamer needs. This includes a backlit panel and a full numerical pad.

Pros:

  • Very responsive
  • Full RGB backlight
  • Clickable switches

Cons:

  • Slightly clumped up
  • No auxiliary buttons

Our Rating: 4.6/5

HAVIT

Specifications:

  • Type: Mechanical
  • Key Mechanism: Tactile
  • Size: Full (107 Keys)
  • Connectivity: Wired/ USB
  • Lighting: RGB Backlight
  • Num pad: Yes
  • Auxiliary Keys: Yes (3)
  • Mouse Included: Yes (& Headset)

Havit generally has a good track record when it comes to peripherals, so it is no wonder that their mouse, keyboard, and headset combo is such a hit. 

The keyboard itself is very good, with palm-rests and very sturdy design. The keys are nicely spaced, and there is a customizable backlight that can even visually separate sections of the keyboard.

Additionally, the mouse and headset coming in the pack are not bad at all and belong in the same mid-high tier as the keyboard. Unless you are searching for the keenest of edges when it comes to competitive gaming, this model will serve you perfectly.

Pros:

  • Firm full body
  • Very responsive and tactile
  • Comfortable for wider users

Cons:

  • Only a few auxiliary buttons
  • Somewhat heavy

Our Rating: 4.8/5

MageGee K1

Specifications:

  • Type: Mechanical
  • Key Mechanism: Clicky
  • Size: Full (104 keys)
  • Connectivity: Wired/ USB
  • Lighting: RGB Backlight
  • Num pad: Yes
  • Auxiliary Keys: No
  • Mouse Included: Yes

While this gaming keyboard will be very troublesome for experienced professional gamers due to the spacing and switches, it will be a huge boon for those just entering the higher echelons.

The keys are high and the switches are soft. This reduces the chance of misclick and makes it much easier to adapt to typing without looking.

Combined with the lighting and a generally good mid-range mouse, this is an excellent choice for someone who just entered a good guild in an MMORPG.

Pros:

  • Very easy multi-key gameplay
  • Very soft switches
  • Pleasant lighting

Cons:

  • High keys
  • Somewhat flimsy materials

Our Rating: 4.6/5

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Logitech G613

Specifications:

  • Type: Mechanical
  • Key Mechanism: Tactile
  • Size: Full (110 Keys)
  • Connectivity: WiFi or USB
  • Lighting: No
  • Num pad: Yes
  • Auxiliary Keys: Yes (6 keys)
  • Mouse Included: No

This keyboard is one of those few gems that is both an excellent office keyboard and an exceptional gaming device. It is incredibly fast and responsive, and the keys are a perfect mixture of clicky and soft.

The reason why so many gamers skip it is that it looks rather plain. Unlike its G413 cousin, it doesn’t game any background lighting and a bit more robust design. But, underneath the hood, there is a beast.

The WiFi connection is really stable. And, if you ever think you are losing battery just plug it in and recharge the keyboard while playing through the USB cable.

Pros:

  • Extremely responsive
  • Great auxiliary key position
  • Comfortable palm rests

Cons:

  • No backlight
  • Somewhat plain design

Our Rating: 4.7/5

Redragon K552

Specifications:

  • Type: Mechanical
  • Key Mechanism: Tactile
  • Size: Basic (87 keys)
  • Connectivity: Wired/USB
  • Lighting: Backlit
  • Num pad: No
  • Auxiliary Keys: No
  • Mouse Included: No

Most gamers, especially the younger population, don’t have a lot of space on their gaming desk. This keyboard aims to bring the best possible gaming results on the smallest keyboard. The K552 has the same tactile feel of the larger models, but not the number of keys.

Ideally, you will want to use only the part of the keyboard around the ASDW keys, as the directional arrows are also in a weird place. But, the keys that are there work perfectly and are the same size and separation as on the larger model.

Also, as other Redragon models, it has a full backlight for both the keys and space between them. This way, you can always see what are you gaming with and won’t need any additional lighting. 

Pros:

  • Very responsive
  • Compact
  • Tactile keys

Cons:

  • No numerical pad
  • No dedicated media buttons

Our Rating: 4.6/5

Quick Buyer’s Guide for the Best Gaming Keyboards

Although there are some objective standards when buying a keyboard, these can’t even compare to the subjective and personal preferences. Some of which you don’t even know that you have and will only show in comparison.

Additionally, some people use their keyboards for both gaming and productivity. If you are a designer or a copywriter that works from your gaming computer, you might want to sacrifice some of the gaming options for an easier typing experience.

Finally, there is always a question about which games you will be playing. FPS and single-player RPG games usually don’t use more than the ASDW and adjacent keys, while strategies, MMORPGs, and RTS games can benefit from a lot of buttons to bind.

What Is the Best Gaming Keyboard?

Two things can make your gaming keyboard the best choice at the moment.

On one side, there are the results. If you want to be the fastest and have correct responses as much as possible, you will want to have a wide keyboard with big buttons and tactile keys.

But, if you want to play comfortably and don’t really need the ultimate micro for your fingers, you will like other things. For one, having auxiliary keys will be a very nice bonus, and if they are soft and well-lit is can be a joy to play.

Responsiveness and Results

Even on mediocre keyboards, the input lag is so minimal that you will need to play on the highest possible level to notice the difference. But, the digital lag is not the issue. With mechanical keyboards, you need to be certain that you have pressed the button.

On older models, as well as those that are more gauged towards typing, you will see taller keys that need to be ‘punched down’ as to respond to a command.

On the other side, there are very soft keyboards that don’t push back and feel similar to a touchscreen. These may be good for some players, but you won’t ever be certain if you have pressed the button or missed it entirely.

If you want the best results, you will need to find that perfect ‘goldilocks zone’ where the keys are not hard to press, but still give some resistance so that you can be certain that you have pressed the right one.

Comfort While Playing

There are three aspects when it comes to keyboard comfort. For one, there is a question of how easy is for you to hit all of the keys that you need. Also, there are cases where you will want to have a wireless keyboard and use it from your couch. And finally, many gamers like to use keyboard wrist rest to help them manage wrist discomfort when playing for longer periods of time.

The second option can be quite fun, as there are wireless keyboards with a trackpad. This is a nice way to play grand strategies and similar games on your large TV and still have all of the advantages of a keyboard and ‘mouse’.

Strategy and MMORPG

Especially when it comes to high-end MMORPG players, you will want to have a lot of keys, and for all of them to be accessible. Similar issues will be experienced in some RTS games, but usually not at the same tempo.

Having a numerical pad, in this case, is very important, because you can bind all of your potions, scrolls, and similar auxiliary items to that side. This way you don’t need to jump with your left hand, but rather use the right one for a split second.

What Do Gamers Need to Know About Keyboards?

When it comes to the technical aspects of gaming keyboards, six points need to be covered.

Primarily, there is the type of keyboard and how the keys work. This will indicate how responsive the buttons will be, and if the product will take some rough treatment and damage or be somewhat delicate.

Next, key size and positioning will be important. Whether you will need larger or smaller keys will depend on the size of your hand, but the ratio will be similar for most people.

Finally, there are additional features like extra keys or background lighting. These are usually not essential for any type of gaming but come in handy in some genres.

Mechanical vs. Others

While most professional gaming keyboards are made to be mechanical, this is not the only option. Aside from literal buttons used to press on circuits, there are digital and membrane keyboards that work differently.

But, when it comes to gaming, digital options are out of the question. Even if it is a dedicated device and not just a part of the screen, the inability for you to feel pressing down on the button is something you don’t want.

Capacitive keyboards can be good for slower games but they are known to miss their mark and need multiple clicks to finish the command. This is not an issue if you are playing a turn for hours, but will kill you in an FPS game.

Clicky, Tactile, & Linear

When it comes to mechanical keyboards, there are three types of switches that you will find. The difference between these switches will be apparent in gaming only when the keyboard needs maintenance, but the sound will be different from the get-go.

Sounds made by the keyboard might be important for some players because they will give an audible notification that you have pressed the button correctly.

Clicky switches are the most common on typing keyboards and make their sound by having an inverse jacket inside the key. This way, when you press on the button, it will make a clear ‘click’ sound when going down correctly.

Linear switches have no tactile feel and don’t show in any way when the key is activated. This might be preferred by some gamers who might find the sound and feel distracting. For some, missing a key might make them fluster, cascading mistakes.

But, if we are to observe the actual results, tactile switches provide the best response time as well as accuracy for most players when it comes to both gameplay and typing. 

Generally, if you can feel when you have successfully clicked, you will have an easy time hitting every key correctly.

Key Size

Ideally, you will want the side of the key to be the same as the size of your fingerprint. This will position every key ideally compared to your hand, while still allowing you a lot of leeway to miss the center of the key.

If you are using a compact keyboard you might want to go with larger individual buttons. But, for a standard-issue, having your keys too big will lower your response time because you will need to move your hand.

Key Separation

Tests have shown that having 1/3 the width of the key separating each button is ideal when it comes to both gaming and typing. This reduces the number of misclicked buttons per session and increases your average speed.

Here, higher switches have a better track record than flat ones, because there is actually less space between the keys on the bottom. This way, even if you miss the center of the key, you will still successfully push it every time.

Input Lag and Connectivity

The only way to be 100% safe when it comes to lag and bad connections is to use a wired keyboard. And, as most people play on their gaming desk, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

But, if you plan on playing from further away, or like to control the game from your couch, it will be much easier to go wireless. Thankfully, both Bluetooth and WiFi are solid connections to up to a dozen feet and you shouldn’t have a lot of problems.

Some issues will arise when the battery becomes low, or if there is a lot of static interference. This is why you will need to perform checkups and maintenance on such keyboards more often.

Numerical Pad

The NumPad might not seem important for gaming until you find yourself without it. The 15 keys available for your right hand can be crucial for some genres and are generally a good thing to have. 

Additionally, you can have the Enter key available for your right thumb, which allows you not to move your left hand from the ASDW keys.

Background Lighting

While there are objective benefits to having your keyboard glow in the dark, most gamers use it because it is cool. After a while, you get accustomed to the positioning of the keys and don’t really need any light to know what you are doing.

But, there are also moments when you need to find a specific key that you don’t use that often. In these cases, even experienced gamers will take a glance at the keyboard and it would be nice if that button is glowing.

Finally, with RGB keyboards you can change the color of the backlight, making it as cool or as comfortable as you like.

Mouse & Keyboard Combos

If you are aiming for top results you will usually want to buy your mouse and keyboard separately. This way you can find both that match your preferences and style exactly and make no compromises.

But, if you are just entering the higher tiers of gaming, or are simply on a budget, having a combo is not a bad option. You will still be getting good products that will improve your gaming and will save a few dollars compared to buying everything individually.

Conclusion

With the number of good gaming keyboards on the market, it is almost certain that everyone will be able to find their best possible option.

Regardless if you are looking to climb the rankings and become the best player you can be, or you simply want to have fun playing games, you can find models that will fulfill your needs.

The only thing you need to do is to know what you want to play and how you like playing that, and the rest will fall into place on its own simply by going through the list.

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