If your new game just arrived in the mail, you probably want to play it. You set up your room with multiple monitors, a solid mouse, and hopefully a great gaming keyboard.
Some keyboards just do better than others at gaming. Our favorite, the feels great under the fingers for the longest gaming sessions. Others, like the Corsair K63 and Logitech G Pro, offer unique features that are hard to miss.
All of the models listed below are "mechanical", which means they are based on spring-actuated switches compared to the pressure pads used in "membrane keyboards". They are the best and most accurate gaming keyboards, so we can't recommend anything else.
We usually don't recommend wireless keyboards for gaming as latency and battery life are a concern. However, if skipping the cables is most important to you, we have our preferred wireless options on a separate list.
The best gaming keyboards
Razer Hunstman Elite
The Razer Huntsman Elite is one of the best mechanical keyboards Razer has ever made. It uses Razer's new optical switches, which have an insanely flat actuation distance of 1.5mm. This is great for elite players where every moment counts. The Huntsman Elite also includes a palm rest, which is a great ergonomic choice for long gaming sessions.
Other than that, it has all the bells and whistles of everyday Razer products. Razer's Chroma RGB syncs with games and other services like Philips Hue. 16.8 million colors are available for individual keys. There are also a number of customizable macro buttons, including the multifunctional digital dial.
All of this comes in a sturdy aluminum construction backed by Razer's two-year warranty. All of these features together make up one of the best looking and feeling gaming keyboards you can get.
Logitech G Pro
Logitech's G Pro portable mechanical keyboard does not come with a number pad, making it compact and streamlined. Logitech's primary focus was on improving the time between touching the keycaps and receiving the key press command from the host PC. This journey starts with the use of the Logitech developed Romer-G mechanical switches with a flat 1.5mm actuation point and ends with data transfer to the host PC at a rate of 1,000 times per second.
Notable features include a detachable USB cable, 26-button rollover (meaning that 26 buttons can be identified simultaneously), RGB lighting per button that supports 16.8 million colors, and profiles for 300+ games that have already been downloaded from the Logitech Gaming Software desktop program. There are no dedicated macro keys, but you can assign macros to the keyboard function keys (F1 through F12). This keyboard should be ideal for esports professionals.
SteelSeries Apex Pro
SteelSeries is best known for making solid budget accessories for gamers and PC enthusiasts. However, they also made the excellent Apex Pro which is one of the best gaming keyboards you can get.
The Apex Pro uses the SteelSeries OmniPoint switches that allow users to adjust the actuation distance to their liking. This type of customization is simply not available on other gaming keyboards. The customization is complemented by the customizable RGB that allows users to select the backlight for individual keys.
The SteelSeries Apex Pro has an OLED display that allows you to adjust in-game settings and view information from apps like Spotify and Discord while you play. The magnetic palm rest can be easily attached or removed depending on how long you want to play. In the top corner are media controls, including a wheel to adjust volume and brightness.
SteelSeries proves with its Apex Pro that it can do much more than just budget peripherals.
The Corsair K63 is a small but powerful mechanical keyboard designed for easy portability. It is based on Cherry MX Red switches, which are supplemented by a single red illumination per key. There's nothing wrong with having a single color against a palate of millions: red lighting is better than no lighting at all. Behind the K63's red lighting are keycaps with large fonts so you won't struggle to find keys on the screen instead of enemies.
Since it is smaller, there are no dedicated macro keys. These keys are actually replaced with the company's own software. With the free Corsair Utility Engine, you can create a profile and assign key lights, effects, reassignments, and more to specific games and applications.
The keyboard is very affordable and allows the Windows key to be locked. There is also the option of adjusting and setting the brightness along with the specified media buttons.
Asus ROG Strix Flare
Asus' ROG (Republic of Gamer) products are well known in the gaming arena, so it is not surprising that the ROG Strix Flare is one of the best gaming keyboards out there.
The Strix Flare uses red Cherry MX switches, which are generally quite fast and quiet. The Strix Flare also has built-in memory for quick macro recording. The Strix Flare uses Aura Sync RGB, which allows the keyboard to be synchronized with other AuraSync products.
As with any good keyboard, there are built-in media controls that make it easy to adjust audio and other settings on the fly. The included palm rest is also removable, but significantly shorter than other keyboards that contain it. This is great when you don't have a lot of desk space and still want to play in comfort.
All in all, it's a comfortable and responsive keyboard that costs almost half the cost of the competition.