The Best Gaming Keyboards 2019

Complete your set-up with the perfect keyboard for you.

Razer Huntsman Elite

Having one of the best gaming keyboards feels amazing.

The perfect way to top off your new setup after buying the best gaming PC you can afford is with an amazing, high performing mechanical keyboard.

There’s nothing quite like the satisfying tactile feel of a top quality gaming keyboard to enhance your gaming experience.

Trust me, you’d be doing yourself (and your PC) a disservice by not grabbing one of the best gaming keyboards right now.

Quick recommendations:

  • One of the all-round gaming keyboards right now with flawless responsiveness and a premium feature set is the Corsair K95 Platinum RGB (more info below).
  • Another fantastic keyboard that’s both gorgeous and performs at the highest level is the Razer Huntsman Elite (more info below).

The peripherals you use, especially the quality of your keyboard, can totally change how responsive and enjoyable your gaming experience is.

This is why I only recommend keyboards which possess the following qualities:

Are the keys super responsive, is it comfortable to use over long periods of time and is it well-made and robust?

Every keyboard on this list possesses these qualities.

After that, I also look at the extras which are nice to have such as RGB lighting, dedicated media controls and passthroughs.

Whether you require a stunning feature-rich mechanical keyboard or you just want the best value for money, you’ll find the perfect gaming keyboard for you below.

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1. Corsair K95 Platinum RGB

The best all-round gaming keyboard.

Corsair K95 Platinum RGB one of the best mechanical gaming keyboards
Corsair K95 Platinum RGB (Image Credit: Corsair)

Interface: Wired | Switch: Cherry MX Speed, Brown | Size: Full size | Backlights: RGB | Passthroughs: USB | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wristrest: Detachable

Pros:

  • Flawless build quality
  • Premium feature set
  • Highly responsive mechanical keys
  • Tons of customisation options
  • Absolutely gorgeous
  • Extremely comfortable

Cons:

  • Can be quite expensive
  • Fairly big

The Corsair K95 Platinum RGB is undoubtedly one of the best gaming keyboards on the market right now.

Feature-wise, the K95 Platinum has it all.

As well as providing an incredible feel while gaming, it comes with customisable RGB lighting, dedicated media controls, a USB passthrough, a metal volume wheel and my favourite feature, the detachable wrist rest.

The added comfort the wrist rest brings is unbelievable, even over long gaming sessions (I’m looking at you MMO and strategy gamers). It attaches magnetically and can be flipped over for whichever texture (smooth or rough) you want to rest your wrists on.

The keys respond as perfectly as you’d expect with excellent responses and a satisfying tactile click with each key press.

Getting both the basics and the advanced features absolutely spot on, the Corsair K95 Platinum RGB is unmatched when it comes to quality, comfort and customisation.

Learn more here.

2. HyperX Alloy Elite RGB

An extra flashy gaming keyboard with many added features.

HyperX Alloy Elite RGB
HyperX Alloy Elite RGB (Image Credit: HyperX)

Interface: Wired | Switch: Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red | Size: Full size | Backlights: RGB | Passthroughs: USB | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wristrest: Detachable

Pros:

  • Premium feature set
  • Relatively reasonable price
  • Highly responsive mechanical keys
  • Tasteful RGB lighting

Cons:

  • No macro programming
  • Software could be better

Aesthetically understated and simple, the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB packs all the premium features that you’d expect in a high-end gaming keyboard.

It’s equipped with handy dedicated media controls, USB passthrough, detachable wrist rest and fully customisable RGB backlighting. You also have a choice of Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red mechanical keys on purchase and it even comes with an extra set of silver keycaps for WASD and the numbers 1-4.

Although it, unfortunately, does lack a dedicated macro column, it has all the essential qualities to massively enhance your gaming experience.

The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is wonderful value, especially when compared to the feature set of other keyboards in the same price range.

Learn more here.

3. Logitech G413

The best budget gaming keyboard.

Logitech G413 one of the best budget gaming keyboards
Logitech G413 (Image Credit: Logitech)

Interface: Wired | Switch: Romer-G | Size: Full size | Backlights: Red | Passthroughs: USB | Media Controls: Through the FN key | Wrist rest: No

Pros:

  • Great value
  • High-quality Romer-G key switches
  • Robust and durable aluminium case
  • Logitech’s signature build quality

Cons:

  • Lack of extra features (dedicated media controls, macro keys, wristrest)

The Logitech G413 offers all the required essentials needed in an excellent gaming keyboard.

With purpose-built Romer-G switches and Logitech’s usual high-level build quality using aluminium, the G413 is a reliable and effective gaming keyboard.

The G413 is flawless in terms of its functionality but since it’s offered at such a reasonable price, there are tradeoffs. Many of the added extras that are seen in more premium gaming keyboards such as dedicated media controls and macro keys have been stripped away.

This leaves a lean but high-level performing gaming keyboard at a reasonable price in the Logitech G413.

Learn more here.

4. Razer Huntsman Elite

Incredible performance from Razers optomechanical switches.

Razer Huntsman Elite one of the best gaming keyboards
Razer Huntsman Elite (Image Credit: Razer)

Interface: Wired | Switch: Razer Optomechanical | Size: Full size | Backlights: 16.8 million colour RGB | Passthroughs: No | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wristrest: Detachable magnetic

Pros:

  • Flawless build quality
  • Uses Razer’s brilliant cutting-edge optomechanical keys
  • Absolutely gorgeous
  • Tons of customisation options
  • Premium feature set
  • Extremely comfortable

Cons:

  • No passthroughs
  • Can be quite expensive

The Razer Huntsman Elite takes speed to stratospheric heights with its new cutting edge optomechanical switches.

Basically, Razer has managed to combine mechanical switches and optical sensor and the result is magnificent. There’s no faster keyboard available right now.

And that’s not all…

As you can see, it’s also absolutely gorgeous with fully customisable 16.8 million colour RGB lighting. An easy to use multi-function dial is included which can be used for anything from altering volume levels to scrolling through lighting suites for the RGB colour options.

The detachable magnetic wrist wrest is extremely comfortable to rest on over long periods of time (and it’s RGB enabled!), a full suite of dedicated media controls is provided and the keyboard itself is hugely durable and well built.

The Razer Huntsman Elite is an exceptional fully-featured high-end keyboard with unmatched speed and is definitely one of the best gaming keyboards on the market right now.

Learn more here.

5. Corsair K68 RGB

The best value waterproof gaming keyboard.

Corsair K68 RGB
Corsair K68 RGB (Image Credit: Corsair)

Interface: Wired | Switch: Cherry MX Red Switches | Size: Full size | Backlights: Per Key RGB | Passthroughs: USB | Media Controls: Through the FN key | Wrist rest: Yes

Pros:

  • Highly responsive mechanical keys
  • Per-key customisable RGB with Corsairs intuitive CUE
  • Handy dedicated media controls
  • Waterproof
  • Tasteful style

Cons:

  • Below par wrist rest (removable)

A constant fear of any PC gamer is spilling a drink all over your prized set-up.

With the Corsair K68 RGB, that’ll no longer be a problem with the highly effective waterproofing. A tried and tested mechanical keyboard design is made even better with this upgrade.

Adding on to that, the tasteful per key customisable RGB and highly responsive keys make the K68 RGB a top quality option.

Although the wrist will be sub-par for many, it can be removed and the essentials you’re looking for in a gaming keyboard are all included at a high level of quality.

With all the features included in this gaming keyboard and at a very reasonable price, it’s easy to recommend the Corsair K68 RGB.

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6. ASUS ROG Strix Scope

The best compact gaming keyboard for shooters.

ASUS ROG Strix Scope the best gaming keyboards for chooters
Rog Strix Scope (Image Credit: Asus)

Interface: Wired | Switch: Cherry MX RGB Blue, Brown, Red, Black, Silent Red, Speed Silver | Size: Full size | Backlights: RGB | Passthroughs: No | Media Controls: No | Wrist rest: No

Pros:

  • A total focus on high-quality functionality
  • Flawless build quality
  • Highly responsive mechanical keys
  • Tasteful RGB lighting
  • Has a wide Ctrl button

Cons:

  • Missing added features

The ASUS ROG Strix Scope was made with the focus only producing the highest level of functionality

While it does come with gorgeous RGB lighting it comes without any unnecessary gimmick or bloat.

Instead, we’re provided with a selection of highly responsive cherry switches so you can have the keyboard customised to suit you perfectly and a ton of features tailored for fans of shooters.

The Ctrl button has been made wider so it’s easier to hit in a tense firefight, full macro customisation is provided and the compact nature of the keyboard means that the keys are much easier to reach. All this is packed into an extremely durable aluminium case.

Perfect for gamers who love competitive shooters, the ASUS ROG Strix Scope doesn’t disappoint.

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7. Razer Cynosa Chroma

The best membrane gaming keyboard.

Razer Cynosa Chroma the best membrane gaming keyboard
Razer Cynosa Chroma (Image Credit: Razer)

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Per-key RGB | Programmable keys: All | Features: Per key RGB lighting, supports Windows 7+ and OSX 10.8+

Pros:

  • Decent price
  • Best feeling membrane keys out there
  • Customisable per key RGB lighting

Cons:

  • Membrane keys aren’t as responsive
  • Lacks extra features

If you’re not suited to the noisy mechanical keys or just want the best possible keyboard for a low price, the Razer Cynosa Chroma is the best option.

The main weakness of membrane keys is that they just aren’t as responsive and don’t as good as mechanical keys. Although that will always be the case to a certain extent, the keys on this keyboard are the best membrane keys I’ve ever experienced.

While it does lack most of the premium features found on high-end keyboards (such as a wrist rest or dedicated media controls), the Razer Cynosa Chroma does feature Razer’s signature quality customisable RGB lighting.

Overall, Razer Cynosa Chroma is a solid nice-looking keyboard for anyone on a budget.

Learn more here.

8. Logitech G513

The best mechanical keyboard that’s silent.

Logitech G513 best silent gaming keyboard
Logitech G513 (Image Credit: Logitech)

Interface: Wired | Switch: Romer G | Size: Full size | Backlights: Full RGB | Passthroughs: USB | Media Controls: None | Wrist rest: Yes

Pros:

  • High-quality Romer-G key switches
  • Logitech’s signature build quality
  • Tasteful RGB style
  • Comfortable wrist rest

Cons:

  • No dedicated media keys

The problem with mechanical keyboards for many is that they can be extremely noisy.

That’s where the Logitech G513 with the brilliant Romer-G linear switches come in.

Logitech has managed to put together a keyboard that packs all the performance you want out of a gaming keyboard into a gorgeously lit case with almost dead silent keys.

Also built with their customary build quality and using a finger-print immune material, the Logitech G513 is an incredible gaming keyboard.

Learn more here.

9. Cooler Master MK850

The best gaming keyboard to replace your controller.

Cooler Master MK850
Cooler Master MK850 (Image Credit: Cooler Master)

Interface: Wired | Switch: Cherry MX Red | Size: Full size | Backlights: Full RGB | Passthroughs: USB | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wrist rest: Yes

Pros:

  • Unique, analog aimpad technology
  • Flawless build quality
  • Handy dedicated media controls
  • Premium feature set
  • Highly responsive mechanical keys
  • Extremely comfortable

Cons:

  • High key resistance
  • Quite expensive

Designed to replace your game controllers, the Cooler MasterMK850 brings something new and innovative to the table.

The main feature is the aimpad technology built into a subset of the deck’s keys. This transforms them with the push of a button into analog inputs quite like the analog stick on a controller meaning you can tilt the keys for different inputs.

This is especially useful in racing games for example where you’d want to be precise with how hard you step on the pedal.

It packs all the other high-end premium features you’d expect too and the build quality is fantastic. Features include dedicated macro keys and media controls, USB passthroughs and a comfortable magnetic wrist rest.

Cooler Master MK850 is very experimental but definitely pays off. For those who want something unconventional but effective, this one’s for you.

Learn more here.

10. Corsair K63 Wireless

The best wireless gaming keyboard.

Corsair K63 Wireless best wireless gaming keyboard
Corsair K63 Wireless (Image Credit: Corsair)

Interface: Wireless | Switch: Cherry MX Red | Size: Full size | Backlights: Full RGB | Passthroughs: USB | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wrist rest: Yes

Pros:

  • Excellent wireless gaming
  • Premium feature set
  • Highly responsive mechanical keys
  • Handy dedicated media controls

Cons:

  • Below par wrist rest (removable)

We’ve been quite starved of high-quality wireless keyboards over the years but the Corsair K63 Wireless fulfils that hunger.

Fully featured and highly responsive, it takes the great original wired Corsair K63 and transfers it into a wireless version.

You know what you’re getting with this one. Perfect wireless signal, fast response times, tasteful RGB lighting and handy media controls. All this in a well-made, highly durable package.

The Corsair K63 Wireless shows us what a wireless gaming keyboard can be capable of in 2019.

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11. Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo

The best gaming keyboard to use as a spaceship console.

Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo best gaming keyboard
Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo (Image Credit: Roccat)

Interface: Wired | Switch: ROCCAT Titan (brown) | Size: Full size | Backlights: Full RGB | Passthroughs: None | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wrist rest: Yes

Pros:

  • Excellent ROCCAT Titan switches
  • Feels amazing to type on
  • Gorgeous style and RGB lighting
  • Handy dedicated media controls

Cons:

  • Quite expensive

Having spent so much on your gaming set-up already, why not give it the added functionality of transforming into a spaceship?

The Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo is a gorgeous alternative gaming keyboard which uses Roccat’s own Titan switches.

These switches really are amazing.

They’re highly responsive, they feel really satisfying to type on and are actually pretty quiet.

Although a huge focus is on the appearance (it really does look incredible), let’s not forget that it also has a top-level build quality and added features such as advanced anti-ghosting and dedicated media controls.

Sometimes you just want to keep it simple. Does it look good, is it fast and is it comfortable?

The Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo answers a definite yes to these three questions.

Learn more here.

I’ll be updating this list with new recommendations over time so be sure to check back in the future!