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The 6 Best Gaming Keyboards - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2024 at 09:35 am
Best Gaming Keyboards

Shopping for the best keyboard for gaming that suits your needs can be confusing, but we'll keep it simple. The most important factors to consider are the latency (how responsive a keyboard is), the switch types (the feeling of the keypress and the noise it makes), and the overall comfort and feel. From there, you can decide if you'd like additional features like RGB backlighting, media controls, or software customization options that help you make your board feel just right for you. Most gamers look for mechanical keyboards as they typically offer lower latency, more features, and better build quality, so our recommendations lean more toward mechanical offerings.

We've tested over 225 keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best non-mechanical and best mechanical keyboards for gaming. If you're looking for a keyboard that isn't strictly gaming-focused, check out our recommendations for the best keyboards or the best mechanical keyboards. Alternatively, if you're looking for a gaming keyboard on a strict budget, check out our recommendations for the best budget gaming keyboards.

  1. Best Gaming Keyboard

    The best gaming keyboard we've tested is the SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL (2023). Note that this keyboard has been on sale for short periods lately, and you may find it around the same price or possibly even less expensive than our upper mid-range pick below. This keyboard stands out from many gaming keyboards as it allows you to customize how far down you need to press a key before registering a keystroke. You can also set how far the keys need to travel back up before you can register another keystroke with the Rapid Trigger feature, or you can assign two inputs depending on how far down you press your key. Whether you want a nearly instant actuation point for competitive gaming or a longer pre-travel distance for general typing, you can dial in each key's performance within a wide range to best suit your play style and the games you play.

    This keyboard also includes a detachable wrist rest for added support, a rare feature for keyboards of its size. Speaking of size, if you're interested in this keyboard but looking for an even more compact version to give you the most room for sweeping mouse movements, check out the SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini. Or, if you prefer a version that includes a numpad, look no further than the full-size SteelSeries Apex Pro. Also, if you prefer wireless keyboards so you don't have cables cluttering your desk, most Apex Pro boards have wireless versions available.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Gaming Keyboard

    At an upper mid-range price point, our recommendation is the Logitech G715. This keyboard is most often available for around the same price as our top pick, the SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL (2023), but it's sometimes even cheaper when it goes on sale. While it doesn't offer adjustable key actuation, it does have added wireless connectivity that gives you more freedom of movement in your setup and clears up the clutter of a wired connection on your desk without sacrificing performance.

    This keyboard has a playful visual style with a plush, cloud-shaped wrist rest, pastel-colored accents, and a nice 'underglow' effect from the frosted RGB lighting strip around the unit. Although this board doesn't allow you to change the sensitivity of each keypress like our top pick, the very low latency and overall gaming performance are just as fantastic. Additionally, it's a great out-of-the-box unit that requires minimal tweaking or programming to get it to feel just right.

    Whether you use it wired with the included USB-A to USB-C cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver, it delivers a responsive in-game experience with no noticeable delay, even if you're playing competitively. You can get this unit with your choice of Logitech's own GX switches in the usual offerings of linear red, tactile brown, or clicky blue, so you can pick the switch feeling you prefer.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Gaming Keyboard

    At a mid-range price point, we recommend the Corsair K70 RGB TKL. In addition to its outstanding gaming performance, the K70 RGB TKL features excellent build quality with a hard plastic chassis, durable PBT keycaps, and ergonomic kickstands that open sideways, so you don't accidentally collapse them if you unexpectedly nudge your board. Performance-wise, this keyboard has a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, which means your keyboard reports more often to your computer, helping to ensure low and consistent latency performance while gaming.

    This feature contributes to this keyboard's near-millisecond latency and provides a very fluid and responsive in-game experience, especially when combined with the light-to-press Cherry MX switches. You can get this keyboard with either classic Cherry MX Red switches or Cherry MX Speed switches. Both switch types feel very light and smooth, but the Speed switches have an even shorter pre-travel distance, making them ideal for reaction-based gaming.

    This keyboard is part of a larger Corsair K70 lineup that features mid-range gaming keyboards in a range of sizes with different features. We recommend the TKL size here for its performance and form factor, as it gives you more space on the side for mouse movements. If you prefer a more traditional full-size option instead, the Corsair K70 CORE is typically cheaper. It's also a bit quieter to type on, thanks to the addition of sound-dampening material in the case and spacebar. That said, it doesn't quite deliver the same raw performance and has a standard polling rate of only 1000Hz. Additionally, its keycaps are made of cheaper-feeling ABS plastic.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Gaming Keyboard

    Current Deal: The Razer Huntsman Mini has dropped in price by $20 at

    If the more expensive options on this list are a bit out of your price range, we recommend the Razer Huntsman Mini as a more budget-friendly model. This board uses Razer's Optical switches, available in clicky or linear varieties. While these switches feel like standard mechanical switches, they use a beam of light to register keystrokes. Combined with the light weight of these switches, the result is an extremely responsive-feeling experience. Like other Razer options, this keyboard offers all the standard customization features with Razer's Synapse 3 software, including macro programming, per-key RGB backlighting effects, and onboard storage for custom profiles.

    The build quality is also excellent, and it feels very sturdy, even compared to the more premium options on this list. One of its major selling points is its gaming-friendly compact size, which takes up very little room on your desk. This gives your setup a minimal look and leaves plenty of room for sweeping mouse movements. Unfortunately, this board has a fairly high profile, like most other options here. It doesn't include a wrist rest, so you may consider buying one separately for the most comfortable gaming experience.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Gaming Keyboard

    Look no further than the SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL for a cheaper option. Its TenKeyLess form factor leaves you plenty of space on your desk for sweeping mouse movements. While most options on this list use more mechanical switches, this keyboard has rubber dome switches. These switches are fairly light to press and very quiet compared to most mechanical switches. This switch type is also more resistant to small spills and debris. However, they have a longer pre-travel distance, making them less responsive.

    The latency on this keyboard is higher than on more premium options, so we don't recommend it for high-stakes competitive play, but it's more than suitable for casual gaming in any genre. It also has some extra features that are rare at this price point, including the ability to set macros to any key, dedicated media keys, and a volume wheel. It has RGB lighting, but the keys aren't individually lit, so you only have eight customizable zones. If you'd prefer a more traditional form factor, there's a full-size version of this keyboard, the SteelSeries Apex 3. It's virtually identical apart from its size, but it includes a wrist rest and is typically only a bit more expensive.

    See our review

  6. Best Gaming Keyboard For Enthusiasts

    The Wooting 60HE pushes the limits of gaming customization, and it's our recommendation if you're an enthusiast looking for the best keyboard for gaming you can find. Note that this model is only available for purchase directly from Wooting's website. Like our top pick, the SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL (2023), the compact Wooting has proprietary switches that allow you to change the pre-travel distance of each key. However, this keyboard gives you a few more millimeters range, from an ultra-sensitive 0.1 mm to a lengthy 4.0 mm.

    But that's only scratching the surface. The software offers additional features that can drastically change how you play your favorite games. This includes multi-input settings for programming different actions to trigger whether you tap or hold down a key, or what Wooting calls a dynamic, rapid trigger, which essentially eliminates the need for your switches to travel back upwards and reset after actuating before you can register another keystroke. In other words, this allows you to repeat keypresses more quickly, which can make a huge difference when playing FPS or rhythm games.

    On top of it all, this keyboard has an Analog Mode, which mimics the gradual input of a gamepad controller and provides finer control that's ideal for racing games or flight sims. As a bonus, this software has a web version available, so you don't have to worry about excess bloatware on your system. Lastly, If you're a gamer who needs arrow keys or a numpad, this keyboard is also available in a full-size version called the Wooting 2HE.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ROG Azoth: The ASUS ROG Azoth is an outstanding wireless alternative to the SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL (2023) if you're looking for a keyboard that combines superb gaming performance with the sound and feel of more premium custom mechanical keyboards. However, unlike the SteelSeries, you can't customize the pre-travel distance of the switches, and it's significantly more expensive. See our review
  • DrunkDeer A75: If you're looking for a more affordable alternative to the SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL (2023) or the Wooting 60HE, the DrunkDeer A75 offers adjustable pre-travel functionality. However, it doesn't perform quite as well, its build quality isn't as good, and it's missing some of Wooting's more enthusiast-focused features, like dynamic rapid trigger and analog mode. See our review
  • Keychron V5 Max [V1 Max, V2 Max, etc.]: While not specifically designed as a gaming keyboard, the Keychron V5 Max boasts remarkably good latency performance, especially given its budget pricing. It's typically more expensive than the Razer Huntsman Mini but offers added wireless connectivity and a more premium-feeling typing experience overall. It has south-facing LEDs, and its keycaps aren't shine-through, so you can't read the key legends in darker rooms. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 19, 2024: We've checked all picks for their ongoing availability and pricing; no changes to our lineup of recommendations at this time.

  2. May 22, 2024: We've confirmed the price and stock availability of all our picks in this article and haven't changed our lineup, as all picks remain the best options available.

  3. Apr 22, 2024: We've added the Keychron V5 Max to our list of Notable Mentions. We've also removed the Ducky One 3 and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2, as their latency performance is less consistent compared to most recent dedicated gaming options. We've also removed the Razer BlackWidow V4 75% as many users have encountered key chatter issues in recent months.

  4. Mar 13, 2024: We've reviewed our recommendations and haven't made any changes to our picks, but we've expanded on a small note in the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' category regarding recent sale pricing for the Logitech G715.

  5. Feb 14, 2024: We've added mention of the newly-reviewed Corsair K70 CORE to our mid-range category as a full-size alternative to our current pick, the Corsair K70 RGB TKL. We've also reviewed all our other recommendations and confirmed prices and availability but haven't changed any of our primary picks with this update.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best non-mechanical and best mechanical keyboards for gaming for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper product wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no keyboard that is difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing the best keyboards for gaming yourself, here is the list of all our relevant reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no product is perfect for every use, most keyboards are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. Be sure to know your key switch preferences before choosing.