We decided to put together the best gaming keyboards going into 2023, all of which have been trialled and tested in order to see which offers the best performance, as well as looking at various other factors. There are so many options out there now but which comes out on top?
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Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed (View on Amazon)
The Razer BlackWidow V3 mini is perfect not only for everyday use but also for hardcore gaming. It’s small and compact however offers great performance. This 65% wireless keyboard includes lag-free 2.4GHz Wireless and bluetooth, which is something you don’t usually see with these types of keyboards. It is at a slightly higher price tag however this keyboard is well-built, smooth and works for pretty much any type of activity. It offers two key switches, which are tactile and clicky tactile and boasts a 200 hour wireless battery. In addition, the Razer BlackWidow includes the notorious RGB lighting that Razer are commonly known for and is definitely recommended if you’re looking to splash out on a new gaming keyboard.
- Long battery life
- Lag-free 2.4GHz wireless
- Small, compact and perfect for everyday use
- One of the more expensive keyboards on the market
Logitech G Pro X (View on Amazon)
The exclusive design on the Logitech G Pro X, created by Shroud, offers top performance. It was created by a top level e-sport athlete, made to provide pin-point precision and improve your gaming performance. Built for e-sports, it’s small and means taking it to tournaments is easier than ever and the tenkeyless design means there is more room for mouse movement. This keyboard, in my opinion, is easily the best of its type out there in terms of quick response, feel and design. The no-slip and adjustable stands allow you to put this keyboard in a position which suits you best. In addition, the 12 programmable F key macros can allow you to perform actions quicker than ever before, creating an all-round beast of a keyboard.
- 12 programmable F keys (requires software)
- Created by Shroud and has been built for competitive gaming
- Tenkeyless design, which means it’s compact and easy to take travelling
- Unable to reprogram each key
SteelSeries Apex 5 (View on Amazon)
The SteelSeries Apex 5 is a bit more of all-around gaming keyboard, in comparison to the others. It uses the hybrid switches, which offers a similar feel to more mechanical switches than membrane. Whilst some parts of the keyboard is slightly budget, you get a lot more for your money in other parts of this keyboard. You get a detachable wrist rest, media controls, full customization of all keys using the RGB lighting and an OLED screen. In comparison to other alternatives, this keyboard is clearly not as compact and has been less geared to competitive gaming however, majority of other keyboards at this price will not offer the various features you get with this one.
- Media controls and an OLED screen
- Wrist rest which is detachable
- Hybrid switches feel more mechanical
- Higher latency
- Full mechanical for similar price range
Razer Huntsman V2 (View on Amazon)
At the higher end of the market, the Razer Huntsman V2 TKL or non-TKL both offer Razer’s Clicky optical switches for quick keystrokes with a lighter feeling than the usual mechanical keyboards. The Huntsman include doubleshot PBT keycaps, which are proven to be more durable than regular caps. In the past, I have experienced wear and tear with cheaper keyboards however this one has double molding process to avoid any issues. Furthermore, you can manage up to 5 profiles with the onboard memory and cloud storage, allowing easy access while in-game. Whether you like a TKL or not, you have the option of either, depending whether you like a more compact feel or not and both include an ergonomic wrist rest.
- An ergonomic wrist rest
- Doubleshot PBT keycaps for better durability
- Option of either TKL or non-TKL
- Low latency and up to 8000hz polling rate
- Keys come across as too light for some
- Expensive in comparison to others
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 (View on Amazon)
With the Corsair K70, it’s hard to fault it in any aspect and it is one of the best keyboards on the market. The K70 fits any playstyle as you have the option of the Cherry MX Blue, Red, Brown, Speed or silent mechanical switches, allowing you to switch from clickly to smooth and linear. The customization options are endless with the per-key RGB lighting and a detachable wrist rest for long term competitive gaming. Adding to this, you can also use the media options, which give you the ability lower / higher the volume and skip an unwanted track. Similarly to the huntsman, you also have the option of storing 3 profiles for hardware macros and lighting playback.
- Incredible design
- Per-key RGB backlighting
- Various mechanical switch options
- Option to create 3 profiles
- Less onboard storage than other competitors
- Only wired
Logitech G413 TKL SE (View on Amazon)
I am a big fan of the Logitech G413 SE as it’s so simple, yet so good for its price. It’s a full mechanical gaming keyboard with backlit keys and tactile switches, making this gem fantastic value for money. As promised by Logitech, this includes PBT keycaps for maximum durability and 6-key rollover anti-ghosting performance, which gives you consistent reliable key input in comparison to others. The media controls include 12 function keys, giving you the option to control volume, play and pause and much more! If TKL isn’t your thing, then the full-size option is also available.
- Cheaper than others on the list
- Better durability due to PBT keycaps
- Tactile mechanical switches
- Simple yet great design
- No RGB
- Less customisation in comparison to others
ROCCAT Vulcan TKL Pro (View on Amazon)
The ROCCAT’s Vulcan utilises the new linear Titan Switch Optical, which provides even better responsiveness and speed, as well as ensuring every single key input is registered correctly using the advanced anti-ghosting technology. With the popular TENKEYLESS design, the Vulcan is compact and simply beautiful. The in-built mixer style media control is a lot more easier to use and gives you immediate control. Want to customize each key with RGB lighting? No problem, the Vulcan can do that too. It comes at a middle-end price tag however the Vulcan is a well crafted keyboard with plenty to offer.
- Per-key RGB lighting
- Optical Titan Switch for full control
- Improved media control
- Detatchable USB-C Cable for portability
- No wrist rest like the others
- Better alternatives out there
Overall, I think it will take a lot for a keyboard to beat the K70 in terms of price and overall features. It has everything you could ask for in a keyboard and more. If price is an issue, then the Logitech G413 SE TKL / non-TKL is a perfect alternative. It doesn’t has as many features but its a lot less so that is expected. There are plenty of positives with the other keyboards so it does depend on what you are looking for but hopefully the above has helped you find something new.
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