The keyboard is your biggest connection to your computer, since it’s the part that you touch the most. Therefore, getting a better one can mean a more instantly noticeable difference than upgrading your CPU even. If you’re a gamer, your choice in keyboard is even more critical. You need something that can team up with your natural gaming skills and is comfortable for long gaming sessions and typing too. Appealing design choices to accompany your rig wouldn’t hurt either. 

With school starting back up soon, a good keyboard is must-have tech for students, so why not make it fit for fun too? Whether you’re battling in a first-person shooter or just want a better typing experience all around, the following are the best gaming keyboards we’ve tested. They offer a premium combination of responsiveness, features and styling. 

Best gaming keyboards at a glance:

  1. Patriot Viper V765
  2. Logitech G915 TKL
  3. Cooler Master CK552
  4. Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro 
  5. HyperX Alloy Origins
  6. Razer Huntsman
  7. Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT
  8. SteelSeries Apex Pro
  9. Hexgears Impulse
  10. MSI Vigor GK50 Low Profile
  11. Razer Huntsman Mini
  12. HyperX Wrist Rest

When hunting for the best gaming keyboard, remember the following: 

Here are some of the most common:

A.) Clicky Tactile: Blue, Green, White
B.) Quiet Tactile: Brown, Clear
C.) Linear (quiet and go straight down): Red, Silver

Don’t want to commit? Check out our article on how to change mechanical keyboard switches easily. 

Best Gaming Keyboards You Can Buy Today

The Patriot Viper V765 is the best gaming keyboard for most players. 

1. Patriot Viper V765

Best Gaming Keyboard

Switches: Kailh box White (clicky) | Backlight: RGB | Type: Full-size Keyboard | Size: 18.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches (46.6 x 20.3 x 4cm) | Weight: 2.5 pounds (1.1kg)

Fantastic white switches

Great price

Sleek aluminum design

Mediocre software

Feet are a little short

Hard palm rest

Patriot Memory is known more for its RAM and storage than its peripherals, but the Viper V765 provides a key feel that’s second to none in an attractive, very-affordable package, making it the best gaming keyboard for most. It’s the only mass-market keyboard we’ve seen that uses Kailh Box White switches, which actuate faster than regular Blue or Green switches thanks to their slightly reduced travel of 3.6mm (versus 4mm on competitors). The keys are the most responsive we’ve tested and even make a more-pleasant click sound than you’ll find elsewhere.

The awesome switches alone make the Viper V765 worth buying, but it’s also a great looking peripheral. The full-size keyboard has an aluminum top-surface with tapered edges that make it look like a metallic space ship. The vibrant RGB keys offer dozens of different light combinations, along with the ability to create your own color patterns. The Viper Software is nothing to type home about, but you don’t even need to install it in order to use most of the lighting effects.

Best of all, this IP56 water and dust-resistant keyboard sells for about $100 when most competitors cost a lot more. While we wish that it taller flip-out feet and a slightly-better app, the Viper V765 is our favorite gaming keyboard right now.

Read: Patriot Viper V765 review

The Logitech G915 TKL is the best wireless gaming keyboard in a small, portable form factor. (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

2. Logitech G915 TKL

Best TKL Wireless Gaming Keyboard

Switches: Logitech GL (low-profile; tactile, clicky or linear) | Backlight: Per-key RGB | Type: Tenkeyless | Size: 15.2 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches (368 x 150 x 22mm) | Weight: 1.8 pounds (810g)

Slim, sturdy build

Comfortable low-profile switches

Easy switching between wireless dongle or Bluetooth connection

No G keys for programming

No wrist rest or USB passthrough


The Logitech G915 TKL is definitely one of the best gaming keyboards you can get when going cable-free. The keyboard offered great wireless performance during our testing. You have the option to connect via Bluetooth or a USB Type-A dongle powered by Logitech’s Lightspeed technology. For mainstream gaming, the keyboard seemed as responsive as a wired one without dropouts. 

The G915 TKL is a smaller and cheaper version of the full-sized Logitech G915 Lightspeed, which is $20 more than the tenkeyless version with programmable G keys and a numpad. The G915 TKL, however, frees up more desk space for your mouse and makes a very expensive mechanical keyboard a tad more accessible. 

You can find the G915 TKL with three different types of mechanical switches: either tactile, clicky or linear. Regardless, the switch will be from Logitech’s low profile GL line and have 2.7mm travel rather than the traditional 4mm. That means quicker actuation while gaming and typing. However, without a wrist rest your wrists will feel neglected on the G915 TKL, especially when remembering the price.

For more cable-free keyboard recommendations, check out our Best Wireless Keyboards article. 

Read: Logitech G915 TKL review 

Cooler Master CK552 (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

3. Cooler Master CK552

Best Gaming Keyboard on Budget

Switches: Gateron Red, Blue or Brown | Backlight: Per-key RGB | Type: Full-size | Size: 18.1 x 5.3 x 1.6 inches (460 x 135 x 41mm) | Weight: 1.9 pounds (850g)

Beautiful RGB backlighting

Solid aluminum top plate

Variety of available switch types

Red switches can be easy to mis-press 

Some of the best gaming keyboards come with a hefty price tag. If you’re not willing to break the piggy bank for a keyboard, the Cooler Master CK552 is for you. You get a full-sized keyboard with an aluminum top plate, which is often reserved for pricey keyboards and points to welcomed longevity. The CK552 also comes with multiple switch options. Available with Gateron-brand linear, clicky or tactile switches, you should enjoy a great mechanical experience even if the finicky may find it not as stable or premium as other mechanical switch brands, like Cherry MX. 

When it came to gaming, the Gateron Red switches we tested occasionally resulted in mis-presses, and that’s an issue with typing too. But the CK552 also has up to four profiles of onboard memory and on-the-fly macro recording, plus per-key RGB to make up for any feelings of subpar when it comes to gaming. Cooler Master’s CK552 can also work with the Cooler Master Portal software, although that’s not as advanced as competitor peripheral software.

Still too rich for your blood? You can find more mechanical keyboard recommendations under $80 on our Best Budget Mechanical Keyboards page. 

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

4. Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

Best Wireless Keyboard

Switches: Razer Green (clicky) or Razer Yellow (linear) | Backlight: Per-key RGB | Type: Full-size | Size: 17.7 x 9.8 x 1.7 inches (368 x 150 x 22mm) | Weight: 3.1 pounds (1,423g)

Doubleshot keycaps feel premium, resist smudges

Premium wrist rest

Finicky when battery is very low

No macro keys

If you want the same experience as your typical full-sized mechanical gaming keyboard but just want to cut the cord, the Razer Black Widow V3 Pro is the best wireless gaming keyboard for you. While some wireless keyboards are built for traveling, the BlackWidow V3 Pro offers all the size, bulk and functionality of a full-sized mechanical, including a tactile and premium volume dial, additional media keys, an aluminum top plate and doubleshot ABS plastic keycaps.

Razer didn’t skimp on this gaming keyboard, packing it up with four profiles of onboard memory and vibrant per-key RGB lighting. However, RGB doesn’t stick to profiles, so advanced RGB fanatics will have to rely on software for pairing RGB, including custom effects, to profiles. 

During testing, we had no issues with Razer’s dongle connection, and you can also pair the keyboard with up to three computers via Bluetooth. With RGB at max settings and no dimming effects, our BlackWidow V3 Pro test unit averaged about 14 hours, but you can get up to 25 hours with RGB using power saving settings. You’ll want to plug it in by the time battery life hits 3%, as power saving settings kick in at that point and make the keyboard act a little wonky. 

If you’re looking for a more portable full-sized wireless gaming keyboard, the Logitech G915 Lightspeed is fantastic and reliable with low-profile switches that some will enjoy for gaming and others will enjoy for travel. But for more of your typical mechanical gaming keyboard experience, the BlackWidow V3 Pro is a premium choice. 

Read: Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro review  

For simplicity and mainstream performance, HyperX’s Alloy Origins is the best gaming keyboard.  (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

5. HyperX Alloy Origins

Best Mainstream Gaming Keyboard

Switches: HyperX Red (linear) | Backlight: RGB | Type: Full-size Keyboard | Size: 17.4 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches (442.5 x 132.5 x 36.4mm) | Weight: 2.4 pounds (1,075g)

Attractive, compact design

Excellent RGB lighting

Three-level rear height adjustment

No dedicated media controls or macro keys

Shorter 1.8mm switch actuation (versus 2mm) feels like a gimmick

NGenuity software could be more intuitive

The HyperX Alloy Origins’ compact and quality build make it the best gaming keyboard for mainstream gamers who just want to get down to gaming. It’s comfortable with a premium look and feel, from its keys to its frame and vibrant RGB lighting. If you’re familiar with linear switches, you’ll feel right at home with this keyboard’s red switches. We’ve also tested the clickier version with HyperX aqua switches, which is available on Amazon and HyperX’s store

But for over $100, you can find gaming keyboards with more luxuries, like media control buttons, a USB pass-through port (for easily plugging in another accessory, like your best gaming mouse) or more advanced software. But what the Alloy Origins does offer, it executes excellently. Additionally, HyperX has a tenkeyless (no numpad) version of this keyboard that’s cheaper, the HyperX Alloy Origins Core for $90

Read: HyperX Alloy Origins review

The Razer Huntsman strikes the perfect balance between price and optical fun.  (Image credit: Razer)

6. Razer Huntsman

Best Optical Mechanical Keyboard

Switches: Razer Purple opto-mechanical | Backlight: Pre-key RGB | Type: Full-size keyboard | Size: 17.48 x 5.51 x 1.38 inches (444 x 140 x 35mm) | Weight: 2 pounds (860g)

Stunning switches

Excellent sound

Quality construction

Too noisy for some

No dedicated media controls

Non-illuminated secondary functions

Razer has shaken up the mechanical keyboard scene with its Opto-Mechanical switches that bring lightning-fast activation by use of an optical light sensor. And we can expect to see more of these. Interest in optical mechanical switches has grown so much that Asus announced this week that it’s growing its own optical switch line with linear ROG RX Red switches. 

With any optical mechanical switch, pressing a key activates a receiver through a light signal. The Huntsman uses Razer’s Purple optical switches, which actuate at just 1.5mm with 45g of force. In our testing, we quickly fell in love with the light and clicky switches’ sound. They also had the ideal amount of resistance and a delightful noise when bottoming out. Beware: This light-powered clickiness is loud.

We’ve tried other optical mechanical keyboards, like the IOGear HVER Pro X and Razer Huntsman Tournament, but only Razer’s Huntsman nails this tech while still delivering stable, reliable keys and keycaps. When gaming, the Huntsman brought a lot of noise but also rapid actuation that didn’t exhaust our digits. It was particularly handy in twitchy, fast games, like Quake Champions. 

We’ve also used the Razer Huntsman Elite , which offers an excellent experience but feels even more premium with an RGB and leatherette wrist pad (requires an additional USB Type-A port) and much-missed media controls. However, it’s quite pricey, going for around  $200 as of writing. For the gamer who can live without those luxuries, the Razer Huntsman is a fantastic gaming companion at a more accessible $90. 

Read: Razer Huntsman review  

The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT has about everything you could ask for in a gaming keyboard.  (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

7. Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT

Best Gaming Keyboard Splurge

Switches: Cherry MX Blue (tested), Brown or Speed Silver | Backlight: Pre-key RGB | Type: Full-size keyboard | Size: 18.3 x 6.7 x 1.4 inches (465 x 171 x 36mm) | Weight: 2.88 pounds (1.31kg)

Comfortable classic design with dedicated media keys and metal volume roller

Double Shot keycaps and wrist rest feel more premium

Elgato Stream Deck support makes macro keys more versatile

Cumbersome cable

Plastic clips on removable wrist rest feel like they could break

Elgato Stream Deck support means installing two pieces of software

If you’re willing to spend on a premium mechanical gaming keyboard, the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT won’t let you down. It’s one the best gaming keyboards we’ve tested but is expensive ($180at the time of writing), partially thanks to features that some won’t find necessary. 

It’s the latest iteration of Corsair’s flagship K95, and this time Corsair’s upped the ante on luxuries, like double-shot keycaps and a padded leatherette wrist rest. Streamers even get support for Elgato Stream Deck software, which is usable with the keyboard’s six macro keys. That also means you can save over $100 on a separate Stream Deck. Corsair tops it off with familiar high-end mechanical keyboard choices, including a brushed aluminum build, volume wheel and per-key RGB lighting.

The board comes with Cherry MX Brown (tactile and quiet), Silver Speed (fast and quiet), but we tested the Blue (tactile and clicky) version. The switches were great for daily typing, but we’d prefer either the quieter or short-actuating switch choices for gaming. There are no linear options, like Cherry MX Red, here. 

Read: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT review 

The SteelSeries Apex Pro boasts switches with adjustable actuation points. 

8. SteelSeries Apex Pro

Adjustable Switches

Switches: OmniPoint adjustable mechanical switches and Gateron red | Backlight: Pre-key RGB | Type: Full-size keyboard | Size: 17.2 x 1.9 x 4.4 inches (436.7 x 40.3 x 139.2mm) | Weight: 2.14 pounds (1 kg)

Adjustable per-key actuation points for most keys

5 on-board profiles with RGB and actuation settings

Aluminum build

USB passthrough and some cable management

Questionable long-term typing experience


The SteelSeries Apex Pro is the best gaming keyboard for RGB, boasting some of the most brilliant per-key RGB lighting we’ve ever seen. The colors pop against the keyboard’s dark gray frame and light up the rest of the chassis. Raised keycaps heighten the experience even more. Plus, software and on-the-fly controls make the possibilities feel endless. 

This keyboard also has the innovative ability to set the actuation point for individual keys for a highly custom feel. This is a rare trick and one that the Apex Pro delivers in an effective fashion. There’s also the popular OLED screen, where yyou can display a small image or GIF you upload. Not only is the Apex Pro highly customizable, it makes doing easier than even a hot-swappable keyboard

Those who like, clicky, tactile typing should consider something else, due to the linear feel of the Apex Pro’s switches. Although, you’ll still hear plenty of noise from banging on the aluminum frame. If you want a keyboard you can easily put your mark on (literally), look no further. 

If you’d like a smaller version of this keyboard, consider the SteelSeries Apex 7, which is also cheaper at $130 as of writing.  

Read: SteelSeries Apex Pro review

The Hexgears Impulse is the best gaming keyboard for heavy typists. 

9. Hexgears Impulse

Best for Typing

Switches: Kailh Box White | Backlight: RGB | Type: Full-size Keyboard | Size: 17.25 x 6 x 1.6 inches (43.8 x 15.2 x 4 cm) | Weight: 2 pounds (918 g)

World-class typing experience

Lightweight and compact

Great price

IP65 water resistance

No software

Dull, limited RGB lighting

It’s far from a perfect gaming keyboard, but the Hexgears Impulse (available with Kailh Box White switches here) is the best gaming keyboard if your priority is typing performance.  In fact, typing on this keyboard is the best I’ve ever experienced, surpassing even my old-school IBM-style keyboard and others I’ve used with Cherry MX Blue or Razer Green switches. And at a starting price of just $79 for the more-attractive white/gray model, the Impulse won’t break the bank.

Hexgears made the bold choice of putting a Blue-style switch under the spacebar only, arguing that the largest key (which most people hit with their thumbs) should be a bit stiffer. At first, we thought that having a different switch under just one key was a weird choice, but eventually found the added resistance helpful. As a result, we enjoyed typing on the Impulse more than on the Viper V765, which has White switches under every key, including the spacebar.

Read: Hexgears Impulse review

The MSI Vigor GK50 Low Profile boasts awesomely clicky typing.  (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

10. MSI Vigor GK50 Low Profile

Best for Low-Profile Typing

Switches: Kailh Choc | Backlight: RGB | Type: Full-size Keyboard | Size: 17.1 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches (435 x 141 x 34mm) | Weight: 1.5 pounds (700g)

Typewriter-like typing

Braided cable

Good price

Software won’t download

Stiff spacebar key can be annoying when gaming

No wrist rest

If you can’t find the Hexgears Impulse above, the MSI Vigor GK50 Low Profile is another one of the best gaming keyboards for those who prioritize typing. Its low profile Kailh Choc switches brought back memories of typewriters with its shamelessly loud clicks. We also liked the fast response, which made our fingers want to get moving even faster. 

It’s not the perfect keyboard. In fact, we found the stiffer shift key to be a hindrance and the stiffer spacebar to affect our ability to use it rapidly while gaming. On top of this, the accompanying software doesn’t download properly at the moment, so RGB and other customization is limited.

However, this clacker is also cheaper than most of the others on this list. It has the speedy switches that gamers need with a design they like, plus a typing experience that made us feel nostalgic and eager to get to work. 

Read: MSI Vigor GK50 Low Profile review 

The Razer Huntsman Mini is small, yet speedy.  (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

11. Razer Huntsman Mini

Best Small Gaming Keyboard

Switches: Razer Optical Clicky | Backlight: Per-key RGB | Type: 60% | Size: ~11.6 x 4 x 1.3 inches (29.5 x 10.2 x 3.3cm) | Weight: 1.2 pounds (521.6g)

Light optical switches

Textured, shine-free PBT keycaps

5 onboard memory profiles

Software customization option

Doesn’t feel rugged for the price

60% form factor means no dedicated arrow keys

If you have a small desk or make a lot of big swipes with your mouse, a small keyboard is a godsend. You’ll have to live without a numpad or even arrow keys, so this is a hard adjustment for productivity. But if you can get down with this small form factor, the Huntsman Mini (also available in black) is one of the best.

Like the larger Razer Huntsman listed above and the rest of Huntsman line, the Huntsman Mini uses the brand’s optical mechanical switch technology. You get two choices. Razer’s Clicky Optical switches are good for gaming because they’re so light, only requiring 45g of force (Kailh Box Whites require 50g and Cherry MX Blues 60g).  But if you don’t want loud clicky switches or prefer gaming with smooth traveling linear switches, you can opt for Razer’s 2nd generation Linear Optical switches, which proved quieter than the prior generation found in the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition TKL keyboard. 

If you want more switch options in your 60% keyboard, the Ducky One 2 Mini is a longtime fan favorite, and the Anne Pro 2 offers arrow functions by lightly pressing the Windows, Fn, Ctrl and Shift keys. 

Read: Razer Huntsman Mini review 

The HyperX Wrist Rest is the best wrist rest for pairing with your gaming keyboard. 

12. HyperX Wrist Rest

Best Wrist Rest

Size: 17.5 x 3 x 0.75 inches (44 x 7.6 x 1.9 cm)

Extremely comfortable

Attractive design

A few dollars more than competitors

Why not pair the best gaming keyboard with the best wrist rest, improving the experience with amplified comfort? Most keyboards come with hard, unpleasant wrist rests — if they come with one at all. If you’re looking to give your keyboard a boost, the HyperX Wrist Rest is our favorite in this category,

With the smoothness of cooling gel wrapped around a core of memory foam, HyperX’s wrist rest offers the perfect balance between softness and support. It has a subtle, but stylish, design featuring a black cover with bright red stitching and a nearly invisible HyperX logo. No matter which keyboard you have, this product will upgrade your typing experience.

Read: HyperX Wrist Rest hands-on

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