Gaming keyboards offer advanced shortcuts, macro keys, and specific light schemes to match the currently active application on your screen. This hyper-personalization can save you keystrokes in the heat of battle, or make sure you know which keys are currently important in your game. No matter what genre of games you play or how hardcore you are, there’s a gaming keyboard made to fit your needs. Here’s a collection of our favorites.
Bring color and comfort to your desktop
Need more keys to assign to specific functions? This colorfully-lighted option from Corsair has six macro keys, as well as dedicated media buttons. A rubber palm rest keeps your hands comfortable, while each keystroke you make can be registered in less than one millisecond.
Upgrade two peripherals at once with this desktop duo
Experience seven lighting modes with breathing (pulsing) pattern, which can also be adjusted with four brightness levels, on this Redragon keyboard. Twenty-five of the keys are conflict-free, meaning you can press any amount of them and all will register on your computer. This combo includes a 3200 DPI gaming mouse, with five programmable buttons.
Get the lighting scheme you want with soft-press keys
Mechanical keys can be noisy or provide too much resistance for some fingertips. Razer's Mecha-Membrane key switches are soft, rubber domes that are built for gaming. The onboard lighting supports 16.8-million colors, and each key can be lit independently of the others. The included software also allows macro building for shortcuts.
There’s more desktop space without the ten-key
If you spend most of your time gaming, chances are the number pad isn't much use to you. Instead, you can free up that space with a tenkeyless keyboard, like this one from Redragon. Select a white or black keyboard frame, then choose between RGB or red backlighting that both support seventeen lighting modes and let you create two of your own.
No more worrying about cable damage while traveling
Offered in full size or tenkeyless, this HyperX keyboard has a sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum frame. If you want to take this keyboard with you, you won't need to wrap the cable around the keys because it's detachable. The keys are RGB backlit and can support 80-million keystrokes.
Use a different color scheme for every game or app
Logitech has included their proprietary Romer-G switches in this model, which register keystrokes faster than most keyboards. There are nine programmable keys (G-keys), and built-in media controls so you don't have to alt-tab from your game. There's a smartphone dock at the front of the keyboard, and over 300 preset lighting modes available with the included software.
Whether you’re concerned with aesthetics or performance, one of the keyboards we’ve chosen will be an excellent addition to your home gaming setup. If you’re not sure which to pick, we recommend the Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard. The response time is incredibly fast, and the LED customization is plentiful. You'll also enjoy the six extra macro keys for complex shortcuts. We also think it was one of the best rests for your wrists in our collection since it’s low profile and rubberized.
Just starting out with gaming keyboards? In that case, we recommend the Redragon K552 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. By dropping the ten-key, you’ll have more desk space for your mouse or anything else, and you also get seventeen preset lighting modes to choose from. The price point is hard to beat for the equipment you’ll receive.