Whether you need a keyboard with RGB backlighting for dark room gaming or just want to give your setup a personal touch or 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 reviewed more than 60 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 full-size RGB keyboard we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Apex Pro. It features unique proprietary Omnipoint switches that let you customize the actuation point to suit your taste. This means that you can set a shorter actuation for better responsiveness when gaming and a higher one when doing productivity tasks, as it can help reduce the number of unintended keystrokes. These switches are linear, so they don't provide any tactile feedback, and they require very little force to actuate, resulting in a light typing experience that isn't fatiguing.
Aside from its great typing quality, it comes with an abundance of excellent features. It has dedicated media controls, full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, and it has an OLED screen that you can customize to show virtually anything you want. There's also a USB passthrough and it comes with a very comfortable wrist rest that attaches magnetically. Its rigid aluminum body feels extremely sturdy and its doubleshot keycaps ensure that the key legends won't fade or chip over time.
Unfortunately, there aren't any dedicated macro keys for MMO games, but you can reprogram or set a macro to any key. This is done through the SteelSeries Engine software, which you can get for Windows and macOS, and there's onboard memory to save profiles in case you need to move to another computer. On the whole, this is the best RGB keyboard we've tested so far.
If you need dedicated macro keys for MMO games, then check out the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT. It doesn't have a customizable actuation point like the SteelSeries Apex Pro, but you can get it in a variety of genuine Cherry MX switches. The Cherry MX Blue variant that we tested offers an excellent typing experience, with great tactile feedback and audible clicks, so you can be certain that the key press was registered. It does produce quite a bit of noise, though, so it's not recommended for use in a quiet office environment. The keyboard is incredibly well-built and its doubleshot PBT keycaps feel amazing to type on. All keys are macro-programmable through Corsair's iCUE software, and of course, it has a fully customizable RGB backlighting.
Overall, the SteelSeries is the best RGB mechanical keyboard, as it offers more features and customization options, but if you really need dedicated macro keys, then the Corsair is an excellent alternative.
The best RGB mechanical keyboard available in a TKL size that we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL. It's a great overall keyboard with outstanding gaming performance, similar to the SteelSeries Apex Pro, but without the customizable actuation force needed on a per-key basis.
It's packed with features most gamers should enjoy. You can purchase it either with clicky, tactile, or linear switches, although our unit has the tactile switches. They're light to press and offer great typing quality, but the keys don't feel as responsive as typical tactile switches. It has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, and you can set macros to any key. It's well-built and comes with a wrist rest, that feels nice but is a dust magnet. There's also an OLED screen on the keyboard itself, where you can display anything you like.
Sadly, there's no Windows Key Lock to prevent you from accidentally minimizing your game. However, it's fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux, although the SteelSeries Engine software isn't available on Linux. You can set macros on a PC or Mac and use them on a Linux too since it has onboard memory. Overall, if you're looking for a TKL, this is the best RGB keyboard we've tested in this size.
If you prefer an ergonomic keyboard to make it feel more comfortable during long typing or gaming sessions, check out the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. It's not as well-built as the SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL, but it's a split keyboard, so you can place the two halves how you like. It doesn't have any incline settings, but you can buy a 'Lift Kit' separately if you like. The wrist rests are detachable and feel comfortable too. It's available with a few different Cherry MX switches, but our unit has Cherry MX Brown switches, which are fairly light to press and provide a great typing quality. It might take some time getting used to its unique design at first, but overall, this is a great keyboard with individually-lit keys.
If you want the best RGB keyboard available in a TKL size, check out the SteelSeries, but if you prefer an ergonomic one with a split design, look into the Kinesis.
The best membrane keyboard we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Apex 3. It has nice zone RGB lighting which can create a nice rainbow effect without seeing the zones' limitations. It's a very solid keyboard that comes with a nice wrist rest, which is identical to the one found on the higher-end SteelSeries Apex Pro.
It features rubber dome switches that are fairly easy to press, although they have a significant bump to get to the actuation point. It has a nice overall typing quality and is great for people who don't like the feeling of mechanical switches. This keyboard is also compatible with the SteelSeries Engine Software, which gives you access to a few customization options like lighting, keybindings, and macro programming.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have onboard memory like the higher-end SteelSeries boards, but it has a cloud sync feature on the dedicated software if you need to switch computers. Overall, this is the best RGB keyboard with rubber dome switches we've tested so far.
The best budget RGB gaming keyboard we've reviewed so far is the Redragon K552-RGB. This wired TKL keyboard has very good build quality for its price and it offers great full RGB backlighting. However, you'll need to customize it via the board as it doesn't have dedicated software.
This board features clicky tactile blue switches that actuate quickly but can be too noisy for some. The doubleshot ABS keycaps feel solid and stable and offer an overall decent typing quality. Its frame is made out of metal and feels very sturdy as well. Also, it's fully compatible with Windows and Linux, and only a few non-alphanumerical keys don't work on macOS.
Unfortunately, you can't create macros or save profiles on this keyboard, which might be disappointing for some. It's also not the best option to use in the office due to its clicky switches, which might bother people around you. Overall, this is one of the best RGB gaming keyboards we've tested and it comes at a very affordable price.
08/04/2020: Replaced the Dygma Raise with the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB.
06/05/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
04/13/2020: Switched the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 for the Dygma Raise.
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.