Gamers spend a lot of time, energy, and let’s face it money on feeding their demon. What Chair is best? Is this headset the one I want? Wired or wireless mouse? I need a new game pad to lift me to the next level because I threw mine against the wall out of frustration.
We’ve had a look at all these to help you make the agonizing decision more easily, and today it’s the turn of gaming keyboards.
However, the concept of gaming keyboards is a strange one to me. I have destroyed several keyboards playing games, usually PC based pinball, using a conventional keyboard. I always forget that TILT is “/” and push the right-hand side of the keyboard through the table.
However, some players are clearly more gentle and can use keyboards without keycaps and other bits of plastic flying around the room. Following on from our other lists pf PC gaming peripherals, here’s a list of some of the best gaming keyboards to have a look at.
Table of Contents
- 1 ROCCAT RYOS MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Per-Key Illumination, Brown CHERRY MX Key Switch
- 2 SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard
- 3 Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
- 4 Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – VENGEANCE
- 5 Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
- 6 CM Storm Devastator – LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle
- 7 Redragon Karura K502 USB Gaming Keyboard, 7 Switchable Backlight Colors
- 8 AULA LED Backlit Gaming Keyboard
- 9 RazerDeathStalker Expert Gaming Keyboard
- 10 Corsair Gaming Keyboard (Raptor K30)
ROCCAT RYOS MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Per-Key Illumination, Brown CHERRY MX Key Switch
ROCCAT is top of the heap when considering PC gaming keyboards, and the recently released MK Pro cements their position. It is one of the finest models in their range of gaming keyboards. The highly-configurable standard keyboard comes with 2 Cortex 32 bit processors and 2 megs of flash memory. Each key can be individually backlit. The Cherry MX key switches can come in several different colors.
This keyboard is the best keyboard that you can buy.
SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard
We couldn’t have a list that did not include a SteelSeries representative. This high-quality unit is definitely a must-see. It is an easy configuring unit to your requirements, great for lefties, and holds unlimited payer profiles and operational macros. Illumination is awesome, and the overall build quality is extremely high.
Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
We’ve said elsewhere that Logitech are unbeatable in the PC Peripheral market, and the Orion confirms that view. This wee monster is the fastest mechanical PC Gaming keyboard you can buy – the mechanical Romer-G switches are twenty-five percent faster than their nearest rival. Each key can have programmable RGB illumination from a palette of 16 million colors, and the unit includes 9 programmable G-keys. There is also a smartphone dock.
You must consider this one.
Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – VENGEANCE
Similar to the Logitec, this is a Cherry MX Red mechanical switch keyboard with individual key backlighting options. There are six keys dedicated to multimedia functionality. Full key Matrix Anti-Ghosting with 20-key rollover is part of the package. Finally, red backlighting completes a most impressive unit.
On the downside the keyboard is quite heavy as keyboards go.
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Another keyboard worthy of consideration. It is available in several variants including “Chroma” and “Tournament”. In all variants, the key action is firm, the dedicated keys are easy to find and work out their functions, and the five programmable keys support macro recording to complete an impressive unit.
CM Storm Devastator – LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle
This impressive blue, green or red customizable unit comes with an extra present – a high resolution color co-ordinated 2K DPI mouse. The other bonuses include grip coated keycaps with laser etching and rubber side pads providing extra stability. A most impressive unit and extremely good value for money.
Redragon Karura K502 USB Gaming Keyboard, 7 Switchable Backlight Colors
A budget keyboard that doesn’t look or feel like a budget item. It has been redesigned and is much improved over its previous incarnation. There are lots of keys including 19- non-conflict keys and 12 dedicated multimedia keys with optional backlight colors. Input speeds can be adjusted. A nice feature is the option to program one of 4 LED brightness levels. Finally, laser-engraved keycaps provide enhanced visibility.
A great option if you have a limited budget.
AULA LED Backlit Gaming Keyboard
Another budget keyboard that belies the price and offers tremendous value for money is the stunning looking Aula. It offers customizable red, blue and purple neon variants, but the real benefits lie in the non-slip hardware design, the low-noise key implementation and eight clear cap keys as standby. Laser etched keys complete a splendid offering. The Aulakeyboard is superb value for money, providing as it does many features only seen on more expensive keyboards.
RazerDeathStalker Expert Gaming Keyboard
The Razer brand needs no introduction and the DeathStalker keyboard is a real beaut. Fully customizable, slim keycaps with great spacing and excellent Synapse V2.0 software. Another great feature is 10 key rollover.
Really smooth in both look and feel. One of the best.
Corsair Gaming Keyboard (Raptor K30)
Our last pick is one of the very best you can buy – the Corsair Raptor K30. It offers storage of multi-player profile settings and dedicated multimedia options. You also get 6 programmable G-Keys. An awesome bonus are the four adjustable legs that keep it level and stop you shoving it all over the table when you are excited.