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Best Gaming Keyboards in 2021

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You’re tired of your old keyboard. Perhaps it’s getting old, or certain keys aren’t functioning properly. Perhaps you have a generic keyboard that came with your computer, or you just think it’s time to upgrade. If you’re in this situation, and you’re looking for a new gaming keyboard, then you’re at the right place. In this article, we will look at the different gaming keyboards out there, and we will tell you exactly what you need to look for when purchasing a new gaming keyboard.

Best Gaming Keyboards

Here is a list of nine of the best gaming keyboards that are available on the market in 2021:

  1. SteelSeries Apex Pro
  2. Razer Huntsman Elite
  3. Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition
  4. Corsair K95 RGB Platinum
  5. Razer Blackwidow V3 Pro
  6. Razer Cynosa V2
  7. Logitech G Pro X Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  8. Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  9. HyperX Alloy Elite 2

SteelSeries Apex Pro

  • Adjustable switches
  • OLED Smart Display
  • Durable

Razer Huntsman Elite

  • Fast Switching
  • Ergonomic
  • Customization

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

  • High Quality
  • Fastest Switches
  • Durable

1. Steel Series Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is hands-down one of the best gaming keyboards on the market right now. It has features that make it an attractive option for competitive gamers, which include:

  • OmniPoint mechanical switches, which have customizable actuation points. These switches have a much shorter actuation distance than Cherry MX Speed switches and standard mechanical switches.
  • OLED smart display, which will show music track information from Spotify, Discord, or your game.
  • Customizable RGB lighting.

2. Razer Huntsman Elite

The Razer Huntsman Elite directly competes with the SteelSeries Apex pro in terms of price, quality, and features. This keyboard is also great for gamers who are into competitive games, such as first-person shooters. Here are some of its features:

  • Razer Optical switches that use light-based actuation. The key presses have a shorter actuation distance than other clicky switches.
  • Razer chroma offers fully customizable RGB lighting that also offers integrations with many of your favorite games.
  • This keyboard comes with an ergonomic leatherette magnetic wrist rest that can provide additional comfort during longer gaming sessions.
  • All keys and keypress combinations can be remapped with Razer Hypershift, offering fully programmable macros.

3. Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition offers most of the same features as the Razer Huntsman Elite, with a few key differences:

  • This keyboard uses oil-resistant keycaps, meaning that there will be less grime build-up in the long-term.
  • Its tenkeyless design makes the keyboard more compact, meaning that this is perfect for on-the-go gamers.

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

  • RGB Backlighting
  • Low-noise
  • Soft-textured

Razer Blackwidow V3 Pro

  • Doubleshot Keycaps
  • Ergonomic
  • Durable

Razer Cynosa V2

  • Great Gaming Performance
  • Spill-Resistant
  • Programmable Macros

4. Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum might be one of the best keyboards on the market for streamers right now for a few reasons:

  • This keyboard features six fully programmable, dedicated macro keys. In addition, these macro keys can be used to program special streaming commands using the Elgato Stream Deck software integration.
  • This keyboard uses Cherry MX Speed RGB Silver mechanical switches, offering fast actuation times.
  • The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum offers per-key customizable RGB lighting and a detachable magnetic leatherette wrist rest.

5. Razer Blackwidow V3 Pro

For gamers who prefer a wireless setup the Razer Blackwidow V3 is a fantastic, yet expensive option. Here are some features this keyboard offers:

  • Supports three modes of connectivity, including HyperSpeed Wireless, which provides a lag-free gaming experience; Bluetooth, which provides more efficient power consumption; and USB-C, which allows for charging while the keyboard is being used.
  • Razer’s Green Mechanical Switches provide a quick actuation time and are also great for typing.
  • This keyboard boasts Doubleshot ABS Keycaps, which guarantees that the key labels don’t ever wear off.
  • It also comes with an ergonomic, detachable wrist rest.

6. Razer Cynosa V2

This is the first membrane keyboard on the list. It also has many features that mechanical keyboards have. This is perfect for the casual gamer who is on a budget and doesn’t want to spend so much money for a mechanical keyboard, or for a gamer who prefers a quieter keyboard. Here are some of its features:

  • Ability to execute up to ten commands simultaneously, which is ideal for gaming.
  • This keyboard is splash-resistant and can endure most accidental liquid spills.
  • Full RGB support through the Razer Chroma software.
  • All of the keys and keypress combinations can be remapped through Razer Hypershift.

Logitech G Pro X

  • Easy, Secure Connection
  • Durable Switches
  • High Performance

Logitech G915 TKL

  • Ten-keyless Design
  • 40 Hours on 1 Charge
  • Accuracy and Speed

HyperX Alloy Elite 2

  • Pudding Keycaps
  • Mechanical Switches
  • Steel Frame

7. Logitech G Pro X Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The Logitech G Pro X is another keyboard that has a tenkeyless design. It is designed specifically for e-sport athletes. Shroud, a well-known streamer, and professional gamer, uses this keyboard. Some of its features include:

  • Three different types of advanced GX mechanical switches, including GX Blue Clicky, GX Red Linear, and GX Brown Tactile. These switches are also removable, which means they can be changed in the future.
  • Compact design so that the keyboard can be easily taken with you during tournaments or e-sports events anywhere in the world.
  • Customizable RGB lighting through the Logitech G Hub software.

8. Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed

Our second Logitech keyboard is another tenkeyless design, which is ideal for gamers who want a smaller, more compact keyboard, or more room for mouse movement. This keyboard boasts many features, including:

  • Low-profile mechanical switches come in three options: GL Tactile, GL Linear, or GL Clicky.
  • Wireless design that provides up to 40 hours of gaming time per charge. It takes only 3 hours to fully recharge.
  • Fully customizable RGB lighting through Lightsync technology.

9. HyperX Alloy Elite 2

The first HyperX keyboard on the list, the HyperX Alloy Elite 2, is a great keyboard for casual or competitive gamers on a tighter budget who do not want to spend the hefty price tag of the Logitech, Razer, or SteelSeries keyboards already mentioned. Among its many features are:

  • HyperX mechanical switches that provide a short actuation distance.
  • The HyperX Pudding keycaps boast an exposed LED, which results in brighter RGB lighting.
  • Customizable RGB lighting effects through HyperX NGENUITY.
  • Dedicated media keys, including a volume wheel.

What to Look for in a Gaming Keyboard

There are a few things to consider when purchasing a new gaming keyboard.

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    Mechanical vs Membrane Keyboard

    Perhaps the most important thing to look at is whether the keyboard is a mechanical keyboard or a membrane keyboard. Most gamers prefer mechanical keyboards, as the keys have faster actuation times or shorter actuation distances. The actuation time is the time it takes for the user to press the key until the time it takes for the computer to register the keypress. Faster actuation times can give gamers a competitive edge while gaming.

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    Switches

    Within mechanical keyboards, there are various types of switches. There are Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Blue, and many others, each offering different characteristics. Brands such as Razer, also make their own switches, namely Razer Green, Orange, and Yellow. Certain switches, including Cherry MX Blue or Razer Green switches, have a tactile and clicky feel to them. Others, such as Cherry MX Brown or Razer Orange switches, have a tactile, but quiet feel to them. The Razer Yellow switches, among others, have a linear feel to them.

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    Connectivity

    Another thing to consider when purchasing a keyboard is the connectivity, that is, whether it is wired or wireless. While some gamers prefer wired since there is less input lag, others prefer wireless since it offers a cleaner look. Of course, the overall look of the keyboard is important. Many gamers also like keyboards that offer fully customizable RGB lighting. Some keyboards also have in-game integrations, which changes the RGB lighting depending on the game that is being played. Others even have integrations with apps like Discord or Spotify, which let you change the songs or the volume straight from the keyboard. Finally, the keyboard’s quality and price should be taken into consideration in order to get the most bang for your buck.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Keyboard Do Pro Gamers Use?

The keyboards that pro gamers use vary depending on what keyboard the gamer prefers and what sponsors the gamer has. Some keyboards that pro gamers use are: Logitech G Pro X Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (used by Shroud, as well as many professional Counter-Striker: Global Offensive and Overwatch players), the Razer Hunstman Elite (used by famous streamers, including TimTheTatman and Dr. Disrespect), and Corsair K95 Platinum (used by various e-sports gamers in Fortnite and other FPS games). 

What is the Fastest Gaming Keyboard?

The fastest keyboard on the market right now is the SteelSeries Apex Pro, thanks to its OmniPoint switches. According to the Amazon product description and image shown below, the actuation point of the OmniPoint switches is 0.4mm compared to 1.2mm for the Cherry MX Speed switches found in many Corsair keyboards (formerly known to be the fastest keyboards), and 2.0mm for other standard mechanical switches.

The lower the actuation point, the faster the switches are. When you are selecting switches for gaming, it is important to note that linear switches are generally faster than tactile switches.

Is a Membrane or Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Better?

When it comes to long-term durability and gaming performance, a mechanical keyboard will undoubtedly yield better results than a standard membrane keyboard. Although the difference may be very subtle, or even unnoticeable, a mechanical keyboard does have faster actuation times than a membrane keyboard. This can be the difference between winning or losing the game.

Are Gaming Keyboards Worth It?

Whether you will prefer a gaming mechanical keyboard or a regular membrane keyboard is entirely subjective. Some people prefer the quietness of a regular membrane keyboard, whereas others prefer the faster key actuation times, performance, and durability of a mechanical keyboard. If you have the budget and you care about getting that competitive advantage in your favorite FPS game, then a mechanical gaming keyboard is definitely worth the cost.

About the Author

Alex

Alex, also known as CallMeB27, is a Twitch streamer from Montreal, Canada. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business, Management, and Operations from Georgetown University. His biggest passions include video games, sports, and traveling.

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