If you’re a gamer, arguably, your keyboard is the most important weapon in your PC gaming arsenal. That’s why I decided to create a list of Top 5 Best Gaming Keyboards 2018.
Even if you’re on a tight budget, we’ve got something for you – price alone does not determine the value of a keyboard. We’ve made good progress to ensure that every MLG typewriter on this list hits a balance between price and performance.
You shouldn’t have to empty your savings account to play in style, and you also won’t find any cheap, flimsy keyboards on this list either. Every keyboard on this list has been tested by the TechBestBuy editorial team, and has passed every test we threw at them with flying RGB colors.
- Best Gaming Keyboard Overall
- Best Sold Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
- Best Small Keyboard
- Best Gaming Keyboard Under $50
- Best Wireless Gaming Keyboard
- Best Sellers
Best Gaming Keyboards 2018
At first blush, it has made great strides in every way over its predecessor, the G70. It’s colorful, it feels incredible and there’s a whole new software suite to go along with it.
The G70 RGB is a mechanical keyboard and makes use of Cherry MX Speed keys to give players the fastest response time possible. It comes in three certified Cherry MX flavors: Red, Brown and Blue. For those who need a refresher, Red switches are quiet and pliable, Blues are noisy and resistant, and Browns offer a pleasant middle ground.
In my experience, Cherry-certified switches tend to perform better than third-party imitators, and the G70 RGB was no exception. We reviewed the Red model in particular, and although I prefer louder keys, when I pressed each key, it gave a very firm sensation that I was hitting a switch rather than a circuit board.
As for Typists, the G70 RGB is at least as good as whatever membrane keyboard you’re currently using. Using the Ten Thumbs typing test, I scored 91 words per minute with a 0 percent error rate on the G70 RGB, compared to 91 words per minute with a 1 percent error rate on a standard Dell office model.
With a comfortable wrist rest and no superfluous keys, the G70 Rapidfire offers a streamlined experience for gamers of every variety, whether you prefer competitive first-person shooters or single-player action/adventures.
Beyond that, the RGB lives up to its name by offering gamers 16.8 million colors to play with, allows you to customize individual keys, not just choose one color for the entire setup, which means it’s guaranteed to match your current gaming rig and mouse setup.
- Excellent keys
- Wrist Rest Included
- Gorgeous, colorful backlighting
- Sleek, minimal design
- Choice of Cherry switches
- Convoluted software
- No textured keys
It is a great keyboard overall and an easy recommendation for gamers in almost every genre. It comes in responsive typing, a gorgeous design, a plethora of software options and just enough macro keys.
The short wrist support is more than adequate, but gamers with wrist conditions may want to think twice.
Instead of industry-standard Cherry MX switches,its keys uses Razer-exclusive switches with high actuations and satisfying clacky noises instead, similar to Cherry MX Blue or Green models.
With the excellent Razer Synapse 2.0 software which is snappy, straightforward and easy to navigate, It enables gamers to program macros, reassign keys, activate a gaming mode (which disables keys that can minimize the game) and, most important, control the keyboard’s extensive backlighting options.
It is almost beyond reproach when it comes to gameplay. With On-the-fly macro recording, MMO die-hards can access their favorite spell rotations at the touch of a single button.
Like its predecessor, it could not record macros in-game, although this functionality seemed to work just fine in every other title (including fellow massively multiplayer online (MMO) game World of Warcraft). Just as Razer did not improve the overall process of recording macros, it missed a chance to fix one of the few flaws with its previous model.
- Simple, colorful illumination
- Easy to use and Powerful Customization Software
- Great gaming and Typing Experience
- Comfortable and Programmable Keys
- Build Quality isn’t that much great (Shame it’s all plastic)
- Less Key Travel
- Recording macros too difficult
The Pro is a colorful, responsive and durable keyboard. when space is at a premium, either at a convention or in your home, the G Pro absolutely nails the small keyboard design. It’s small (14.2 x 6.0 x 1.4 inches), attractive and streamlined.
The G Pro’s keyboards make use of the company’s ubiquitous Romer-G mechanical switches which feel like Cherry MX Browns: tactile and fairly quiet. Romer-Gs are more responsive and more durable, so you could do much worse. Taken on their own merits, they’re pretty comfortable.
Running on excellent Gaming Software,The Pro enables you to adjust the backlighting and keep track of your stats (where your fingers spend the most time, how often you press buttons, and so forth).
If you are a tournament player, as the G Pro keyboard comes with one onboard profile which stores one lighting profile, you can hook up the keyboard to any computer and have it retain any key colors that you care to program.
- Small and sleek
- No extraneous buttons
- Detachable cord
- High price
- No carrying case
The Impact 100 uses membrane technology, and does not feel as good as a true mechanical keyboard, but it does try something different, If you’ve ever used a Cherry MX Red switch, the Impact 100 feels similar: quiet and responsive, without requiring much pressure to actuate.
One drawback of The Impact 100 is that it has the tiny Backspace button right next to the slash, instead of the usual larger Backspace button above the slash.
No software and no special drivers are required for The Impact 100. Its installation is quite simple, just plug in the Impact 100, and start typing.
Still, the Impact 100 has a few useful features that you won’t find in an everyday office keyboard. You can make the Impact logo on the space bar light up red (though I didn’t see much of a difference either way), and you can enable a gaming mode. This disables the Windows keys during gameplay, which can be useful. Both features are easy to turn on and off.
I tried the Impact 100 with Titanfall, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Star Wars: The Old Republic in order to get a feel for it. This keyboard performs well across the board.
- feel like Mimics mechanical keyboard
- Simple setup
- Comfortable and resilient
- Sleek design
- Tiny Backspace key
- Limited lighting
- No extra macro features
The 613 is the first mechanical gaming keyboard from a major manufacturer, and it gets much more right than wrong.
The 613 has an extra row of macro keys and a huge wrist rest: The device measures 18.8 x 8.5 inches — 2 to 3 inches larger than its competitors on both sides. It’s not a problem, per se, but if you don’t need macro buttons or a wrist rest, those are the inconveniences you’ll need to put up with to get a wireless gaming keyboard.
Beyond that, the keyboard looks plain.There’s no backlighting, but there are discrete media buttons.
While there’s nothing really wrong with the 613, it feels like a “jack-of-all-trades, master of none” design. It’s got a bunch of extra buttons and a spacious design, but if you don’t need those things, you’ll just need to wait for Logitech’s next wireless keyboard.
The 613 offers Logitech’s proprietary Romer-G mechanical switches. They’re tactile and fairly quiet, like Cherry MX Browns, but not quite as comfortable. On the flip side, they’re supposed to be more responsive and last longer, so the trade-off could be worthwhile.
I spent a few hours using the 613 wirelessly from the bed, didn’t encounter any lag or connectivity issues.
Please remembering that whatever else the 613’s strengths or weaknesses, Romer-Gs are fairly high-end mechanical switches. Having them available in a wireless keyboard at all is a huge step forward.
The 613 runs on the Logitech Gaming Software, which is versatile and easy-to-use, as usual. You can reprogram the extra column of G keys, as well as define parameters for the Game Mode (which disables certain keys during gameplay) and set up unique profiles for each game you play. Since there’s no backlighting, setting up individual profiles isn’t that vital, but if you use a lot of games that require different macros, it can be worthwhile.
While I can’t vouch for how the 613 might perform under tournament conditions, it stood up to everyday productivity and gaming demands without issue. The keyboard runs on two AA batteries, and Logitech estimates that the device can last for more than a year before you needing to replace them (provided you don’t use it for more than eight hours a day and turn it off when it’s not in use, anyway). There’s no easy way to test that claim, but after a few days of heavy use, the keyboard was still absolutely nowhere near losing its charge.
The keys transmitted my commands immediately, whether I was leading Jim Raynor against a zerg swarm, or taking down a giant with Geralt of Rivia’s silver sword. My only concern is about games that require macros, as stated above, but if you want a full-size mechanical keyboard for a living room setup, the 613 is currently just about the only game in town.
- Great wireless functionality
- Good for both productivity and gaming
- First of its kind
- Bulky design
- Questionable extra keys
- No backlighting