Build or buy a new gaming PC? Impressive. Do not forget to keep a small space in your budget for your accessories. A comfortable keyboard with fast and reliable switches is an important part of your setup, and we've found the best ones available.
Cherry switch mechanical keyboards are an asset to current keyboard designs, although we've included one with more conventional membrane keys (like the cheaper keyboards) for those who prefer them. If not, we also have choices for players who want something small, something wireless, or something that does not break the budget.
Best Gaming Keyboard: Ducky Shine 7 ($ 160)
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"Ducky" is not a household name for computer accessories, but is well known to the keyboard enthusiast community. And if you are looking for a big impressive array to pair with your gaming PC, the Shine 7 is it . With a full 108-key layout and a gunmetal finish or black zinc alloy it's big enough and heavy enough to literally annihilate your enemies.
The Shine 7 also offers user-friendly features for games that place it above the rest of the Ducky range and justify its high price. High-quality PBT plastics on interchangeable caps, a wide range of key switches, including the Cherry MX Silent Red and the MX "Speed" Silver, as well as compatibility with the Razer Chroma software suite for RGB LED lighting. are part of. Ducky software can program any key or macro you like, so it's a complete gaming keyboard.
And although there is no justification for the taste, I appreciate the more subtle style of the metal case that does not scream, "I am a player who buys Mountain Dew at keg."
Best Non-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard: Cooler Master Masterkeys Lite L ($ 60)
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So you have not lost all your enthusiasm in the mechanical field, but you would still like to have access to accurate lighting and programming for your PC games. It is difficult to find a decent keyboard focused on playing with a conventional membrane, but Cooler Master still makes it. The Masterkeys Lite L is the best of the group, offering RGB lighting (in extended areas instead of individual keys) and a complete programming of keys and macros.
The custom-designed membrane system by Cooler Master requires a little more tactile force than a conventional keyboard, but it is designed to last twice as long. As an added bonus, the rods have a Cherry compatible cross, which means you can use almost any custom key set with the Masterkeys Lite L, even if it's not technically mechanical.
The best compact gaming keyboard: Vortex Race 3 ($ 140)
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Vortex is the maker of the famous series of Poker keyboards. These tiny 60% configurations are not ideal for the players, but the Race 3 model is a good compromise, offering a full array of features and arrow keys, while retaining a much tighter set than any other player. A typical "tenkeyless" board. The aluminum housing comes with optional risers for a more comfortable typing position.
Race 3 is expensive, but high-quality PBT keyboard keys are included for its non-standard format and options are available for Red, Silet Red and Silver Cherry switches. Although it does not have any conventional gaming software – it's strictly plug-and-play – the keyboard allows on-the-fly programming for multiple layers of shortcut keys.
The Best Wireless Gaming Keyboard: Corsair K63 Wireless ($ 90)
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Even in modern times, players do not want to give up the idea of a wired connection. But if you can deal with a shift of one millisecond on your server of 50 ping, the Corsair K63 Wireless is the solution that you need if you want something more convenient. Note that this is the wireless variant: the K63 is also available in a standard wired model.
A keyless configuration is associated with Cherry MX Red switches only and blue LED lighting. Inside is an ultra-fast 2.4GHz RF connection to the USB drive, but if you do not have it at hand, there is also a Bluetooth radio. The K63 works great on all desktops, but if you prefer to play your PC games on the couch, Corsair also sells a "lapboard" that supports it with a cushion, a wrist rest and an integrated mouse pad.
The Best Gigabyte GK-Force K83 RED Small Budget Gaming Keyboard ($ 40)
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Just under $ 40 at the time of writing, Gigabyte's unassuming keyboard is a good deal. It uses the original Cherry MX Red key switches, a rare find in this price range, as well as a full layout. You will not find LED lighting or programmable features, but if you want to re-enter your controls in the game menu instead of a dedicated Windows application, it's a great choice for the cash-starved player. This helps, with a standardized layout, it is compatible with all the keys you want to add later.