Whether you need a keyboard with RGB backlighting for dark room gaming or want to give your setup 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 155 keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best keyboards with RGB lighting 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 gaming RGB keyboard that 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 won'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 takes 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.
If you tend to play more MMO games, the best keyboard with RGB lighting that we've tested is the Corsair K100 RGB. This full-size model has outstanding backlighting customization options, which you can access through the companion software. The keys are individually backlit and have great color mixing, so white light looks bright and pure.
Our unit came with linear Cherry MX Speed switches that felt light and responsive, but you can also get Corsair's OPX optical switches, which are advertised to feel even lighter. It has good ergonomics as you can adjust the angle of the board, and it comes with a magnetically detachable wrist rest to keep you comfortable during long gaming sessions. Although there are dedicated macro keys along the left side for easy access, you can rebind any key to a macro or preset action using the software.
Unfortunately, this keyboard is rather large, so it's not a good choice if you have a small setup. Also, neither of the switch options provide tactile feedback, which may be important to you, especially if you type frequently and use it for gaming. With that said, it's an excellent, very customizable option if you're looking for an RGB keyboard for MMO gaming.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is the best wireless RGB keyboard we've tested. It's a premium keyboard loaded with extra features like a volume wheel and a plushy wrist rest. It feels very well-built, and it has one of the lowest wireless latencies that we've tested, making it an excellent choice for gamers.
You can purchase this keyboard in two switch types: linear Razer Yellow or clicky Razer Green. The Razer Green switches on our unit have a short pre-travel distance and low operating force, so keypresses feel light and responsive. While the click noise is satisfying, it's fairly loud, so these switches aren't well-suited for gaming in more open areas where you're likely to disturb a roommate or family member. Each key is individually lit, and the lighting effects are fully customizable through Razer Synapse 3.
Unfortunately, the companion software is only available on Windows, so you can't adjust any settings if you use a different operating system. However, the keyboard does have onboard memory, so you can save your lighting effects and macro settings to the keyboard and carry them over to a device that doesn't have the software. Overall, this is a fantastic choice for a gaming keyboard, and it's one of the best RGB mechanical keyboards that we've tested.
If you're a bit tight on space and want a smaller option, the best compact RGB keyboard that we've tested is the Obinslab Anne Pro 2. It feels very well-built and has individually backlit keys. Using the companion software, compatible with both Windows and macOS, you can adjust the brightness settings, add lighting effects, and customize the RGB coloring.
Our unit has tactile Gateron Brown switches, which feel light to type on, but you can also get the board in a variety of Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches, so you can find one that suits your preference. Although it doesn't have a USB receiver, you can connect the keyboard via Bluetooth, which isn't ideal for gaming since the latency is higher. However, you can use it wired with its included charging cable for extremely low latency.
Unfortunately, its color mixing is rather poor, and whites have a pink tint to them instead of looking pure white. Also, it's a rather tall board, and you can't adjust the incline settings, meaning it may feel fatiguing after long periods of use. Though its compact size is great for small setups, it doesn't have arrow keys, which could be a dealbreaker if you use them for navigating or gaming. With that said, it's a very good choice if you're looking for an RGB keyboard but are short on space.
The best keyboard for typing with full RGB backlighting we've tested is the Ducky One 2 RGB TKL. Although this is an older model, it offers an outstanding typing experience thanks to its PBT keycaps and high build quality. It comes in a wide range of switch types, so you can find the switches that best work for you.
We tested the Cherry MX Brown switches in our unit, which feel very light to type on. Unlike some other offerings from Ducky, the key legends on this keyboard are shine-through, meaning the RGB backlighting illuminates the keycaps, meaning you can see them in the dark. Each key is individually lit, and using the Ducky RGB software, you can fully customize your backlighting. However, you should note that the software is only for adjusting the RGB backlighting, not for programming macros.
Unfortunately, this board has a high profile and doesn't come with a wrist rest, meaning you might feel some discomfort after an extended period of use. On the bright side, you can purchase a wrist rest separately. That said, it's an excellent choice if you're looking for a typing keyboard with very customizable RGB backlighting.
If you're on a budget, the best keyboard with RGB lighting 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 Unleash 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 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 bother you, it's a high-performing option at a budget price point.
Mar 22, 2022: Text updated for clarity and accuracy; no changes to picks.
Jan 21, 2022: Added the ROCCAT Vulcan TKL to the Notable Mentions. Changed the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 to the 'Best Compact RGB Keyboard' and moved the Corsair K100RGB to 'Best RGB Keyboard For MMO Gaming'.
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.
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.