Whether you need a keyboard with RGB backlighting for dark room gaming or want to give your set up a personal touch with some flair, it's clear that the RGB craze is still going strong. From the most expensive keyboards on the market to budget options, it's possible to find a keyboard with great RGB backlighting and excellent customization options.
We've tested over 140 keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best RGB keyboards that are available for purchase. For other options, see our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best keyboards overall.
The best RGB keyboard we've tested is the SteelSeries Apex Pro. It has full RGB backlighting with individually lit keys, and its black frame helps make the keys stand out more in the dark. This keyboard feels very well-built and has good ergonomics thanks to the detachable wrist rest and adjustable incline setting. It also has many extra features like dedicated media keys, macro-programmable keys, and a customizable OLED screen.
It has remarkable latency, so even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any delay. It uses unique proprietary OmniPoint switches that let you customize the pre-travel distance to suit your needs. This means that you can set a shorter one for better responsiveness when gaming and a longer one when doing productivity tasks, as it can help reduce typos. These switches are linear and require very little force to operate, resulting in a light typing experience that isn't fatiguing.
Unfortunately, this keyboard is rather large, especially with the wrist rest attached, meaning it may take a lot of space on your desk. Also, it lacks dedicated macro keys, which could be disappointing for some programmers or MMO gamers. That said, it's an outstanding gaming keyboard that's also versatile enough for many types of uses, and it's one of the best RGB keyboards we've tested.
If you primarily play MMO games, you may want to consider the Corsair K100 RGB. You can't adjust the switches' pre-travel distance like the SteelSeries Apex Pro, but it has six dedicated macro keys and is available in two different switch types. The linear Cherry MX Speed switches on our unit feel light and responsive. They shouldn't cause much fatigue over time and provide an excellent typing experience. The keyboard is also available with Corsair's OPX optical switches, advertised to feel even lighter. It feels very well-built and has full RGB backlighting. The companion software offers fantastic customization options on both Windows and macOS.
If you want a more versatile option with more customization options, get the SteelSeries, but if you want an MMO keyboard with dedicated macro keys, go with the Corsair.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is the best RGB keyboard with wireless connectivity options that we've tested. It's a fantastic gaming keyboard with versatile features, and since it's a full-size model, it has a numpad, dedicated media keys, and even a volume wheel. It's very well-built and has good ergonomics as it comes with a comfortable wrist rest.
You can connect it with the proprietary USB receiver or with up to three Bluetooth devices at once, and you can switch between the USB and Bluetooth connections with a switch on the left side. Latency is extremely low over its receiver, even lower than when it's wired. It's also very low over Bluetooth, better than most Bluetooth keyboards. It's available with clicky and linear switches, and we tested the clicky Razer Green switches with a short pre-travel distance and low operating force.
Unfortunately, the clicky switches are too loud to use in an office environment, so if that's the case, you should get the linear switches instead because they're quieter. It has individually lit keys, and you can customize the lighting effects through the Razer Synapse 3 software, which is only available on Windows. All in all, it's one of the best RGB mechanical keyboards we've tested.
If you need something smaller, then look into the Obinslab Anne Pro. It doesn't have a USB receiver like the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro, so you have to connect via Bluetooth, which isn't ideal for gaming because latency is higher, but you can still use it wired if you want the lowest latency. It's available in a wide range of switches, so you can easily get the ones you prefer. Despite the compact size, typing feels excellent using the Gateron Brown switches that we tested. You can reprogram all keys and customize the RGB lighting through the dedicated software. Unfortunately, it doesn't display pure white well as there are pink hues.
If you want the best RGB gaming keyboard with wireless connectivity, you can't go wrong with the Razer because it has lower latency, but if you prefer something smaller, then look into the Obinslab.
The best RGB keyboard we've tested for typing is the Ducky One 2 RGB TKL. It's a great keyboard for the office with doubleshot PBT keycaps, and it's available in several color schemes. Some color schemes don't have any backlighting, so you have to make sure you get the RGB variant like we tested. It's also available in a full-size version, the Ducky One 2, but the variant we tested of that one doesn't have RGB.
Typing is fantastic on this keyboard because the keycaps feel great to touch, the keys are stable and nicely spaced out, so you won't be accidentally pressing some keys. It's also available in several Cherry MX switches, so you can get the ones you prefer the most. The RGB backlighting is individually lit, and you can customize the effects directly on the keyboard or through the dedicated software.
Sadly, it's limited on ergonomics as it only has two incline settings, and it lacks a wrist rest. However, you shouldn't feel fatigue during long typing sessions. While its latency is a bit too high for competitive gaming, it's fine for typing, and you won't notice any delay. Overall, it's one of the best RGB keyboards we've tested.
If you're on a budget, then the best RGB keyboard we've tested is the EVGA Z15. It's a fantastic wired gaming keyboard that competes with the more expensive options in terms of performance, and it still has a bunch of features. It's available with Kailh Speed Silver or Speed Bronze switches, but it's hot-swappable, so you can put any compatible switch you want.
It feels well-built with a solid plastic frame and a sturdy metal top plate. You can customize and reprogram any key through the EVGA Unless RGB software and the RGB backlighting gets bright. The Speed Bronze switches on our unit are light to press and have a short pre-travel distance, meaning gaming will feel responsive, and you won't notice any delay thanks to the low latency. If you find your wrists get tired easily while gaming, it comes with a wrist rest, but it's not the plushiest either.
Unfortunately, the ABS keycaps develop shine from your fingers easily, so you'll have to clean them often if you use the keyboard regularly. Also, it's not the best at displaying pure white because there are hints of green and blue, but other colors look good. If these don't both you, it's the best RGB keyboard you can get on a budget.
Nov 22, 2021: Replaced the Redragon K552-RGB with the EVGA Z15 because it's better overall; removed the Razer Ornata V2 as the 'Best Non-Mechanical' and added the Ducky One 2 RGB TKL as 'Best For Typing' to reflect user needs; added the Corsair K70, Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM, and EVGA Z12 to Notable Mentions.
Sep 23, 2021: Moved the SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL to Notable Mentions and added the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 as Compact Alternative for consistency; added the ASUS ROG Falchion and Ducky One 2 to Notable Mentions.
Jul 27, 2021: Added the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed to Notable Mentions; no change in main picks.
May 28, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Razer BlackWidow Elite, Corsair K65 RGB MINI, and Corsair RGB TKL to Notable Mentions.
Mar 30, 2021: Added the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best RGB keyboards for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our keyboard reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no keyboard is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.