Best gaming keyboards 2017: The greatest keyboards for gamers

When you’re in the market for a gaming keyboard, why settle for anything less than the best gaming keyboard? That’s the question we asked ourselves as we devised the list that follows, a question that we managed to answer after hours of thorough testing and subsequent reflection.

  • All of these gaming keyboards are compatible with the best laptops

It’s almost always the case that the best gaming keyboards aren’t hindered by the limitations of membrane keyswitches. Instead, we’ve found that most of the best gaming keyboards are mechanical flashy enough to pair well with the likes of AOC’s extravagant new monitors.

Though they change like the seasons, the best gaming keyboards are long-lasting and quick to respond. The tactile key press of a solid mechanical keyboard is incomparably satisfying and, in this list, we’ve highlighted the top 10 of these gaming keyboards to rule them all.

Now that its latest flagship mouse has proved itself as the heir to the G900 Chaos Spectrum’s throne, it’s time to review Logitech’s best gaming keyboard, namely the G413 Carbon. This mechanical monster notably takes advantage of the company’s proprietary Romer-G switches. It also manages a low profile, thanks to its magnesium-alloy frame and virtually silent keys. Then again, if you’re searching for a wireless alternative to the G413, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Read the full review: Logitech G413 Carbon 

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If you’re on the prowl for Razer’s recently announced Basilisk customizable FPS mouse, you’ve come to the right place. Not only does the BlackWidow Chroma V2 carry an equal balance of comfort and performance, but it went a few steps further in the process. Complemented by the fact that Razer has tacked on five macro keys that can be assigned to virtually any in-game action, the BlackWidow Chroma V2 supports 16.8 million colors worth of LED lighting as well.

Read the full review: Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2

Now available across the globe, the Alloy Elite follows in the footsteps of Kingston’s first HyperX-branded gaming keyboard, namely the HyperX Alloy FPS. This one is essentially the same, albeit with a few additional quirks. These include light media keys, a light bar and even a palm rest, all of which are a delightful treat to be found on such an economical option among the highway robbery that other mechanical keyboards exemplify with their pricing.

Read the full review: HyperX Alloy Elite

Corsair K70

The Realforce RGB is a multi-talented keyboard that feels incredible to type on due in part to its capacitive Topre keyswitches, which offer superior tactile feedback compared to their Cherry MX equivalents. Boasting high-quality PBT keycaps and depth from 1.5mm to 3mm, the Realforce RGB is a hugely versatile keyboard that suits whatever task you’re doing at the time. Yes, even typing since its keyswitch stems are compatible with both Topre and Cherry MX keycaps. 

Like the Corsair K70 Rapidfire before it, the K95 RGB Platinum is a gaming-first mechanical keyboard with plenty of versatility to get the job done, whatever that job may be. It even packs in 8MB of memory dedicated to storing the profiles of its six macro keys. This keyboard is not only backlit by up to 16.8 million colors, but it’s the perfect travel buddy too, made better by its military-grade aluminum finish, including the wrist rest.

Razer Ornata

For too long there's been a divide between mechanical and membrane keys but now Razer has finally brought the two together with its 'Mecha-Membrane' Ornata keyboard. These new switches pull from everything Razer has learned over the years. The result is a grand typing experience with shorter keys, the tactile feel of the green switches from the Black Widow X Chroma and a loud audible click.

Cherry MX 6.0

Lending it to fast response times, the Cherry MX Board 6.0 is defined by its Cherry MX Red switches, hence the make and model. However, because the keys are positioned fairly close together they're excellent for typing in addition to gaming. What’s more, housed in an eye-catching aluminum chassis, the MX Board 6.0 certainly doesn't feel cheap and its blood-red key lighting is deliciously ominous.

Logitech G810

Sporting Logitech's own Romer G switches, which aren't quite as squishy as Cherry's various switches, the G810 possesses a snappier feel than other gaming keyboards whether typing or gaming. And, with smart media keys that work equally well on both Windows and macOS, this board is a solid all-round offering. If you're fed up with the weird markings, LCD screens and strange parts that come with competing "gamer-focused" keyboards, the G810 might be for you.


Unlike most gaming keyboards in its class, the SteelSeries Apex M500 gets straight to the point, omitting unnecessary additives along the lines of RGB lighting and discrete media controls in favor of a compact design that wastes no space. Although the M500 neglects to let you choose your key switches beyond the standard Cherry MX Reds and Blues, these are damn fine options for a mechanical board in this price range.


Because it packs an extremely durable, rugged aluminum body, the Cougar Attack X3 RGB is one of the best gaming keyboards you can buy if you’re on a tight budget. Equipped with Cherry MX switches and RGB  backlighting that can be customized to illuminate up to 16.8 million colors, this keyboard is a steal considering it doesn’t come close to the price of the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2. N-Key rollover and a 1,000Hz polling rate are merely a bonus.

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