Best Available Gaming Keyboards of 2021

A conventional keyboard is not bad at all for playing video games, but if you are a serious gamer,  a gaming keyboard can give you a significant advantage (especially in combination with a good gaming mouse ).

Gaming keyboards have  numerous advantages over their conventional counterparts . Perhaps the most striking are additional buttons, backlighting, and wrist rests. However, there are “under the hood” perks like Cherry MX switches and mechanical switches.

As part of the ” boom ” of gaming products (including headphones and even laptops ), we can find many keyboards designed to meet the needs of all types of gamers. Now, don’t let the colors fool you.

You don’t have to spend money on the most expensive, largest, and lightest keyboard . You just have to search for a keyboard with our 3 criteria in mind.

We are going to review  10 of the best gaming keyboards available on the market this year  based on these 3 criteria.

We do not want someone to be left without at least one option, so the keyboards we review are  perfectly valid for any type of player , although some gravitate towards certain genres or activities.

The Best Gaming Keyboards of 2021

Peripheral companies often exaggerate the usefulness of components or avoid technical details.

We don’t want to waste money, so we focus on  three  fundamental aspects of  choosing a good gaming keyboard:  the switches ,  the number of programmable buttons , and  the type of transmission.

We know that design is also important. However, it is difficult to categorize this section, since each design appeals to different users. Only you can say which one is the best for you.

The type of transmission refers to whether the keyboard is  membrane or mechanical . In some cases, it is a matter of preference. But  mechanical keyboards are objectively more durable, more accurate, expensive, and easy to repair or customize, compared to membrane keyboards.

To repair a membrane keyboard, you will need to replace the membrane (which is expensive) or buy another keyboard. To repair a mechanical keyboard, you just need to replace the switches on the damaged key.

If you go for a mechanical keyboard, it will most likely have Cherry MX switches,  the leaders in the switch department . They are categorized by color (red, blue, brown, gray, etc.) and this refers to their qualities, such as the feel, distance traveled, and the sound they make when pressing.

Our general recommendation is the  brown Cherry MX switches , as they are perfect for both gaming and typing.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

HyperX is not as popular or well known as Razer, Corsair, or Logitech. However, they have an interesting collection of peripherals. The  Alloy FPS Pro  is one of their most compact products, and is optimized for FPS (“ First Person Shooter ”) games.

Design

The keyboard layout is compact, with a length of 35.8 cm . How do they do this? The model is  tenkeyless , or rather,  without a numeric pad . This  could  be a problem for some, but the truth is that not everyone uses it.

In addition,  the cable can be removed  to facilitate the transport of the keyboard in a bag.

Despite its small size, the keys on the  Alloy FPS Pro  have some separation. The small space left allows you to avoid accidentally pressing keys, something very common in compact keyboards.

Functionality

The keyboard is mechanical and  uses red Cherry MX switches . These are the favorites of FPS players,  as they are fast, they don’t make a lot of noise, and the time between each press is almost imperceptible .

illumination

Is it enlightened? Yes. But you cannot change the default red hue. You can change the effects, but up to there. Fortunately, the design and placement of the backlight is low-key.

cost

Because it is a mechanical keyboard, its cost is a little higher despite being  relatively  simple. Either way,  it is not that expensive , and its mechanical precision is very good.

Corsair K55 RGB

Corsair entered the gaming peripheral market recently, but their commitment to quality has elevated them to some standing. They have an extensive lineup of keyboards, and the  K55 RGB  is one of their cheap options (but good enough to place at the top of our list).

Design

It’s not exactly compact, but it has a very manageable length of 19 inches. As we might expect from Corsair, it has a comfortable removable wrist rest, and in addition, a top band with the company’s logo, the buttons to manage multimedia, and the button to record macros.

Functionality

It has 6 programmable macros, where  you can “record” anything from a single key press to complex multi-key combinations . All without using additional software , since it is recorded by pressing the “MR” button (” Macro Record “, or “macro recording”).

In addition to this, it  has buttons to manage multimedia , such as volume up and down, pause, forward, back, and stop. The keyboard gives you the option to lock the Windows key , preventing accidental startup deployment during a busy moment.

Despite being made of membrane,  the keyboard is multi-touch . This gives you greater precision and ensures that the keys you press will be played.

illumination

It uses  dynamic RGB backlighting in three different zones . You can choose more than 10 lighting modes with different effects, from static to surround.

cost

The product is very affordable . It can be an option for a multitude of users, and  its cost-value ratio is favorable .

Razer Cynosa Chroma

It may come as a surprise to some, but Razer has some affordable products. The  Cynosa Chroma  is an excellent membrane keyboard, and it can compete with mechanical keyboards whose prices far exceed yours.

Design

The size is  somewhat  smaller than the common one, with a length of 46.2 cm.

The most interesting addition to this product is its  liquid resistant design , so an accidental spill should not be the end of its useful life.

Aesthetically,  the product is low profile, with no flashy shapes or lights . In our opinion, that is the best way to approach design.

Functionality

Although the transmission is by membrane, the keys are quite precise, and its touch is padded for more comfort. Its mechanical precision performs at the height, since it has an anti-ghosting of up to 10 keys.

The keyboard has no additional buttons, but using the device setup program, you can change the button binding and assign macros with multi-key combinations.

illumination

This keyboard uses Chroma for feedback. You can choose from millions of colors, and assign a multitude of very pleasant effects to customize the aesthetic.

cost

It’s not  the cheapest ,  but it’s very affordable and has higher-end keyboard features for a lower price . The cost-value ratio is excellent.


Logitech G910 Orion Spark

Logitech has an almost immaculate reputation in the computer peripheral industry. The  G910 Orion Spark  is one of many high-quality devices manufactured by the company. It offers high functionality and mechanical precision.

Design

The  Orion Spark  is somewhat large, with a length of 50.5 cm. The wrist rest is angled and in our opinion does not do any good. However, the unit has a parking space for your smartphone, which is very convenient, and makes it easy to use the Arx Control  system  (more on this below).

Functionality

It is a mechanical keyboard, but it does not use the Cherry MX switches, but its  patented Romer-G switches . They are of comparable quality to the Cherry MX in relation to precision, but they  travel less distance, which makes them more responsive and durable .

The  Arx Control  allows the user to monitor system or video game statistics  (if supported) through an iOs or Android device.

It has 9 programmable buttons, and 3 macro buttons, next to the record button . This and more can be configured in the system suite.

illumination

It uses dynamic RGB  per key , which opens up very interesting opportunities, such as cataloging the skill buttons of a MOBA (“multiplayer online battle arena”) of one color, or the change of weapon buttons of another.

cost

It already falls into another price category, making it a bit more expensive than what we have reviewed so far. However, it is still reasonable for its operation.

Corsair K63 Wireless

Again with Corsair, this time with a compact wireless model. The  K63  offers unprecedented portability and convenience, all without sacrificing precision.

Design

The keyboard is very compact, thanks to the tenkeyless design, with a length of 36.5 cm . The palm rest is simple, not padded, and unfortunately cannot be removed, so the keyboard depth is somewhat large (16.7 cm), but nothing problematic.

Functionality

The keyboard is mechanical , with textured keys to the touch. Use red Cherry MX switches  to improve performance in games that require fast key presses, such as FPS.

It works wirelessly , but the signal is strong and the encryption secure. The battery charge can last a long time after being fully charged and the adapter is small to avoid inconvenience.

illumination

Use an LED for blue backlight on the keys, but you can’t change the color, only some effects like intensity.

cost

For what it is, the cost is fine. It is not expensive, and could even be considered affordable, when compared to products of similar functionality.

Razer Blackwidow Chroma v2

We already took a look at what a Razer membrane keyboard can do. The  Blackwidow Chroma v2  comes to demonstrate the performance of the mechanic. It is an elegant, condensed, and very functional keyboard.

Design

It has a  modern and minimalist style , although it is somewhat large,  with a length of 52 cm . The wrist rest is very comfortable, and if the size bothers you, it can be removed.

Functionality

The keyboard  is mechanical  but does not use Cherry MX switches , but  Razer proprietary green switches . They are tactile and make a “click” when going down to the bottom of the key.

It has two convenient ports to the right of the number pad, one USB and one audio.

It does not have additional keys, but it does  have 5 programmable macros  that you can configure in the device suite.

illumination

It uses the Razer Chroma system, which has tons of colors, various effects, and all this and more can be configured through the device suite. You can create and save profiles to give your personal touch to each situation.

If you have more Razer devices that use Chroma, you can sync them to share the same style.

cost

This keyboard is expensive, as you might expect from Razer, but it’s reasonable. The device’s build quality and extensive functionality and precision are worth it, in our opinion.

Newskill Gaming Thanatos

This brand may take you by surprise, but this mechanical keyboard from  Gaming Thanatos  is very cheap. It’s even cheaper than some membrane keyboards!

Design

At first glance, we noticed the modern and minimalist design of the keyboard. It is somewhat compact, as it is only 17 inches long . The best part is that it  doesn’t sacrifice the number pad , and it’s pretty lightweight. Generally, a commitment must be made in favor of one or the other, but not in this case.

In addition, the unit comes with a useful tool that allows you to remove the keys to change the switches.

Functionality

The keyboard is mechanical, but it  doesn’t use Cherry MX switches, but red Kalih switches . They are not bad, in fact they are quite resistant, but they do not have the same tactile feel of the Cherry.

That said, the red switches are accurate and fast, which is  great for FPS players . The keyboard has anti-ghosting on the most important keys like the “WASD” combination .

It has no additional buttons to program , but you can configure macros with any key without using additional programs.

illumination

It uses RGB lighting , a feature generally neglected on more affordable keyboards. You can switch between six different lighting profiles with varied colors and effects. You don’t need to use a configuration suite to make these changes.

cost

The best part about this keyboard:  its cost is very low. Considering the utility and mechanical precision, it can be an excellent option for those who want more for less on a reduced budget.

SteelSeries Apex M750

SteelSeries does things big … literally.

The  Apex M750  is not only long, it has very interesting functions, especially in the lighting and macro section.

Design

As we mentioned, the keyboard is somewhat long, with a length of 45.3 cm , but it has keys with a slight separation, which gives more security when pressing keys quickly.

The indication of each key is large and clear, without backlighting. For some, that’s a problem, but in our opinion, it helps with visibility.

The construction is made of an aluminum alloy , which gives it a very modern look, apart from being super resistant.

Functionality

It does not use Cherry MX mechanical switches, but rather the company’s proprietary QX2  . In contrast to some Cherry switches, it has a low actuation point and is linear, not tactile. In terms of quality, they  are quite reliable, as well as durable.

The macro system is robust , despite having no additional buttons.

illumination

RGB lighting is integrated with Discord, the popular instant messaging and calling software, allowing you to receive visual feedback with every message, call, or server notification.

In turn,  you can configure the keyboard lighting to “mimic” a gif . You just have to upload it and the software will take care of the rest.

cost

Not so good. The keyboard is somewhat expensive, although we can understand why. However, the functions are somewhat superfluous, and it does not have much impact on use.


Havit KB390L

The Havit brand has a very long line of computer peripherals. His style is modern, minimalist, and simple. The  KB390L  is a mechanical keyboard capable of blending into any environment, except perhaps its discreet blue lights.

Design

It is light and thin, weighing around 520g, with a length of 35.4cm . The layout is  tenkeyless , without the number pad, so it could be problematic for some. There is a model with a number pad, but it is more expensive.

The cable can be pulled out, which greatly facilitates transportation.

Functionality

It’s mechanical, and it uses blue Kalih switches.  The tactile feel is missed, but the Kalihs have a shorter travel distance, and the same durability. As a result,  the keys are lower than usual keyboards , which may be a drawback for some, but a great addition for writers.

It has no additional buttons or macros , but the anti-ghosting of this keyboard is impressive, covering up to 87 keys at the same time.

illumination

It uses blue LED lighting, and it cannot be changed . But you can configure some options, like brightness or intensity, all without additional software.

cost

For its functionality, it  is expensive . However, the Kalih switches, minimalist, portable design, and understated lighting make it an attractive option.

It’s not very expensive , but you can get more features in that price category.

Logitech G413

Logitech products have that intangible reputational edge. Sometimes it is dangerous to trust the fame of others, but the  G413  is not bad at all. It is comfortable, durable, and mechanical.

Design

It has a minimalist design, and a modern aluminum finish . The keys are spaced from the main board for better aesthetic consistency. The size is adequate, with a length of 44.5 cm despite the number pad.

Functionality

Uses proprietary Romer-G switches . They are low travel and silent. Some writers will love the short distance, but will miss the sound.

On the front it  has a USB port for connecting devices .

The unit has replacement keys, but no additional keys . However, you can configure macros using key combinations, or even map different keys.

illumination

It uses gray LED lighting. You have no option to change the color or effect, and it is only perceived through the keys. A useful addition for those who type at night, but nothing more.

cost

It is a bit expensive, but not too much. The mechanical precision is excellent, and the functionality of the macros, backlight, and additional USB port make it a convenient tool.

Conclusion and Buyer’s Guide

They will not make you a professional player , but depending on the keyboard, and the use you give it, you will be able to position yourself on many.

If we go a little further, keyboards have uses outside of gaming. Whether you write, program, design, or do accounts, you use a keyboard in your day-to-day life , so acquiring one that makes your work and your hobbies easier is the most sensible thing to do.

We hope we have helped you! Follow these tips to improve your purchase:

Do you need the number pad and the multimedia keys?

We recommend that you analyze your situation. A number pad doesn’t just lengthen the keyboard, it  raises the price . Unless you have a specific use that you can benefit from with one, you should ignore the number pad, and along with that idea we add the multimedia keys.

Do you have a Corsair mouse?

Don’t buy a Logitech keyboard.

Gaming peripherals, especially those with lighting or macros,  require a configuration suite .

Each brand has its own for its product line, but if you use peripherals from different manufacturers you will end up with a multitude of programs on your computer.

Are your walls thin or do your family members hate noise?

Watch out for blue Cherry MX switches, or their derivatives.

The sound of each type of switch is different,  but blue is the loudest of all . This makes him well-liked by full-time writers and certain gamers, but reminds him of the problems they can create with others.

It never hurts to check which switch the keyboard you want has and how it sounds.

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