Gaming Keyboard Selection Guide

For the most demanding gamers, having quality peripherals is essential. This is why many decide to replace their generic keyboard with a keyboard created specifically to take full advantage of its capabilities when playing a video game.

Unlike conventional keyboards, these gaming keyboards offer a wide range of customization options. These options range from LED lighting, macro creation (to perform sequences of keystrokes with a single button), programmable keys or, in the case of mechanical keyboards, the replacement of switches.

If you would like to learn how to assemble one by parts, take a look at this guide we made with the process of assembling a custom mechanical keyboard.

What is the best gaming keyboard?

Well, to answer this question we first have to know if what you want is a mechanical keyboard clicky or linear, if you want the full layout or 60%, if you prefer it with rgb, the brand of switches ….

The thing is quite varied and that can not be if not good news, because there is plenty to choose from and for that we have made this selection, which is not sorted in order of preference.

Razer Blackwidow V3

Razer Blackwidow V3
Keyboard Type: Mechanical
Switches: Clicky (English) / Linear (American)
Size:100%
Layout: ISO (English) / ANSI (American)

The Blackwidow V3 is Razer’s gaming mechanical keyboard par excellence. It has its own RazerTM mechanical switches that add two side panels to the stem for greater stability and precision.

We have 2 types of switches to choose from, clicky and linear, but the latter are only in the version with American layout of the keys, ie ANSI. We always have the option to replace the switches to have a custom-made keyboard.

We can customize the lighting, with the multifunction digital wheel, which also allows us to adjust the brightness and volume. storage for 5 profiles and, being a mechanical keyboard,

It also adds an ergonomic wrist rest and the keycaps are made of double injection ABS.

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Advantages

  • Customization options. Both in lighting and in the replacement of switches.
  • Compatible with Xbox ONE

Disadvantages

  • Not resistant to liquids

Conclusion

Rating:
9/10 If you’re thinking about getting a quality gaming keyboard, and your budget allows it, the Razer Blackwidow V3 is a great quality option.

Krom Kernel Tkl

Krom Kernel Tkl
Keyboard type: Mechanical
Switches: Linear (Outemu red)
Size:100% / 90%
Layout: ISO (English)

If your intention is to make the leap to mechanical keyboards, Krom offers the Kernel Tkl, a mechanical gaming keyboard with a very interesting quality-price ratio.

It has fully customizable RGB lighting, the option to assign macros to any key, as well as 11 multimedia keys and the anti-ghosting function, which allows us to press several keys at the same time.

It comes with silent Outemu red linear switches, which work quite well.

We have the option to create macros and the cable is braided with gold-plated USB connection, we also have 2 versions one with the numerical part and one without it (90%).

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Advantages

  • Configuration. No software needed to configure keys or lighting.
  • Price. It is a cheap gaming keyboard compared to others, but does not give up the main features they offer.

Disadvantages

  • Wear and tear. Being a cheap mechanical keyboard, we can’t expect it to last as long as a premium one.

Conclusion

Rating:
8/10 If you want to get started in the world of gaming keyboards, but do not want to make a big investment the Krom Kernel Tkl is one of the best options.

Ajazz AK33

Ajazz AK33
Keyboard Type: Mechanical
Switches: Clicky (Blue)
Size:80%
Layout: ANSI (American)

From ACGAM comes the Ajazz AK33. This is a mechanical keyboard with blue switches, which offer a clicky feedback.

Be careful, because the layout of this keyboard is ANSI American, which means that it does not have ñ, to type it you will have to press AltGr + n, also the symbols are in another place. The ANSI layout is preferred by the mechanical keyboard enthusiast community.

At first glance we can see that it is a compact keyboard with a layout of 80% without the number keys and with the arrows incorporated in the lower right area.

It has RGB lighting that we can customize to our liking, anti-ghosting system and ABS keycaps.

Its light weight makes it comfortable and handy, and it is compatible with both Windows and Mac.

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Advantages

  • Size. Being a compact keyboard, its size is smaller than standard keyboards.
  • Great quality/price ratio
  • Compatibility. It is compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Configuration. No software is needed to customize the lighting and the different profiles offered.

Disadvantages

  • Customization. The macro option is somewhat difficult to configure.
  • Layout. The layout of the keys varies from other keyboards, so we will have to get used to it.

Conclusion

Rating:
7.5/10 Its price and size make the Ajazz AK33 a quality gaming keyboard for a very competitive price.

Anne Pro 2

Mars Gaming MK6
Keyboard Type: Mechanical
Switches: Clicky (Red)
Size:60%
Layout: ANSI (American)

The Anne Pro 2 is the keyboard that any enthusiast who rides mechanical keyboards would recommend if you want a top quality gaming keyboard.

The only thing you have to keep in mind is that it is an ANSI layout, without our beloved ñ, but don’t worry, you can type it anyway.

As for the switches, it comes from home with a gateron red clicky, but we can exchange them for the ones we like.

The keyboard works via bluetooth or USB, which is built-in

It also has RGB lighting and in case you haven’t noticed yet, it’s a 60% keyboard, one of the nicest ones out there. The missing keys, such as f1, f2, or the arrow keys can be pressed via the Fn key.

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Advantages

  • Durability. It is a high quality keyboard aimed at true enthusiasts.
  • Price. If you wanted to assemble this keyboard in pieces it would be much more expensive.
  • Wireless. In addition to wired, it can also work via Bluetooth.

Disadvantages

  • Extras. It lacks a control panel for multimedia options.

Conclusion

Rating:
9/10 If you don’t mind the American layout, in fact we think it’s the best looking, the Anne Pro 2 is without a doubt one of the best gaming keyboards you can buy.

Corsair K55 RGB

Corsair K55 RGB
Keyboard Type: Membrane
Switches: Membrane
Size:100%
Layout: ISO (English)

The Corsair K55 RGB is a membrane keyboard with RGB lighting and 6 macro keys that we can customize with its iCUE software.

This keyboard offers an ergonomic wrist rest, a multimedia panel and anti-ghosting system, plus the option to lock the Windows key during our gaming sessions.

Being a membrane keyboard the keys are much quieter, plus we have several multimedia control keys.

Despite not being a mechanical keyboard, it should be noted that the manufacturer is Corsair, and the high level of quality of the peripheral will be assured, so the quality/price ratio improves significantly.

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Advantages

  • Noise. Being a membrane keyboard, it is much less noisy than a mechanical keyboard.
  • Configuration. Through its software we can customize the keyboard in a simple way.
  • Price. A cheap keyboard given its quality/price ratio.

Disadvantages

  • Size. It is a large keyboard, although we can reduce its size by removing the wrist rest.

Conclusion

Rating:
8.5/10 The Corsair K55 RGB is a very competent membrane keyboard with the option to create our macros.

KLIM Chroma

KLIM Chroma
Keyboard Type: Membrane
Switches: Membrane
Size:100%
Layout: ISO (English)

The Klim brand brings us this Chroma, a very quiet membrane keyboard at a great price/quality ratio.

The keyboard will add a couple of points to the aesthetics with its RGB lighting, although it is not customizable.

Keep in mind that it is a cheap gaming keyboard, oriented to a tight budget, therefore we do not have the premium additions of other brands such as macros, or rgb customization.

This keyboard is compatible with Windows, Mac and PS4.

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Advantages

  • Price. Its main advantage over other keyboards.
  • Noise. As it is a membrane keyboard, it offers a soft and quiet touch in each keystroke.

Disadvantages

  • Customization. The only option it gives us is to turn the lights on or off.

Conclusion

Rating:
7/10 Without a doubt the KLIM Chroma Wireless is a good cheap gaming keyboard.

Logitech G413

Logitech G413
Keyboard Type: Mechanical
Switches: Touch (Romer-G)
Size:100% / 90%
Layout: ISO (English)

The G413 is a mechanical keyboard with backlighting for gaming from Logitech.

It is composed of Romer-GTM Touch switches, which have a short-range performance that will give us a faster typing speed, plus the keyboard comes with 12 beveled keys (1-2-3-4-5-Q-W-E-R-A-S-D) with a key extractor to replace them to our liking.

As for customization, with the Logitech Gaming software we can assign 12 macro keys, it also has a game mode and anti-ghosting system. Its lifetime is 70 million keystrokes.

The keyboard has two light colors depending on the model (red for the carbon model or white for the silver model) and 5 levels of intensity.

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Advantages

  • Switches. The Romer-GTM Tactil are silent and have a very pleasant tactile feedback.
  • Design. It has an elegant black aesthetic in combination with the red RGB.

Disadvantages

  • Lighting. Compared to other keyboards, this one does not allow us to customize to our liking its lighting.

Conclusion

Rating:
9/10 The Logitech G413 is a quality gaming keyboard with custom switches made by Logitech itself.

Razer Huntsman Elite

Razer Huntsman Elite
Keyboard Type: Optical
Switches: Razer clicky optical
Size:100% / 90%
Layout: ISO (English)

The Razer Huntsman Elite is a keyboard with optical technology and a compact design. It features RazerTM clicky optical switches, which deliver near-instant speed with every keystroke.

In addition, these switches have a built-in stabilizer bar to ensure that the key is always level and consistency is noted when pressing.

We have up to 5 configuration profiles, customizable backlighting, macro assignment on any key, anti-ghosting and multimedia keys.

All these customization options can be done through the Razer Synapse 3 software.

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Advantages

  • Response speed. By using optical technology its speed is faster than other types of keyboard.
  • Customization. We can configure the keyboard to our liking in virtually all aspects.
  • Quality and durability. Made of PBT (thermoplastic) this keyboard has a useful life of 100 million keystrokes.

Disadvantages

  • Sensitivity. If you are not used to using an optical keyboard you may accidentally press the keys twice due to its high sensitivity.

Conclusion

Rating:
9.5/10 It may be a product with a higher price for the quality, but if you are looking for precision and speed when playing, the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition will not disappoint you.

Logitech G213 Prodigy

Logitech G213 Prodigy
Keyboard Type: Membrane
Switches: Logitech
Size:100% / 90%
Layout: ISO (English)

Logitech has manufactured the G213 Prodigy keyboard to offer a membrane gaming keyboard with the precision of a mechanical keyboard.

The Logitech G Mech-Dome keys have similar feedback to mechanical switches but with less noise as it is a membrane keyboard.

It has customizable RGB lighting and a gaming profile that allows the assignment of functions to the keys, all configurable with Logitech G HUB software. It has a multimedia panel to control audio and video settings, and also an ergonomic wrist rest.

All in all it is one of the best cheap gaming keyboards you can buy

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Advantages

  • Quietness. Something that membrane keyboards offer and that can decide the choice of a new keyboard.
  • Resistance. Its keys and membrane have been designed to be waterproof.

Disadvantages

  • Configuration. The incorporation of macro keys is missing.

Conclusion

Rating:
8.5/10 The Logitech G213 Prodigy is a membrane keyboard that, thanks to its keys, gives us the precision of a mechanical keyboard but without the noise that characterizes such keyboards.

Types of keyboards

One of the elements that will differentiate one gaming keyboard from another are the switches, which is nothing more or less than the switches that activate each key and depending on one or the other the feeling is different and the price too, so let’s see the differences of each type of keyboard

Mechanical keyboards

Switches mecánicos
Mechanical switches

These keyboards function through mechanical switches ( switches ), which can be replaced to our liking, as there are several types with their own characteristics. In addition, this type of keyboard offers great strength and durability.

Types of mechanical switches:

  • Linear: The keystroke is direct, without any tactile or sound feedback.
  • Clicky: When we press a key we have a small resistance and the typical click sound.
  • Tactile: These switches have a tactile feedback when we reach the point of resistance where we notice the click, but they do not have the sound feedback.

Membrane keypads

Switches de membrana
Membrane switches

They are called membrane switches because they are composed of plastic foils (membranes), with conductive tracks engraved on the inner side and a separating membrane with holes in the areas where a key is located.

These keyboards offer a softer and quieter touch, their size is smaller because they do not need to be operated mechanically, they do not need to occupy so much volume; they are also more economical.

Unlike mechanical keyboards, this type of keyboard offers fewer customization options and its resistance and durability is somewhat lower.

We can also find semi-mechanical keyboards, they receive this name because they are composed of membranes but at the time of pressing they offer a touch and a precision similar to that of a mechanical keyboard.

Optical keyboards

Switches digitales
Digital switches

This type of keyboard works in the same way as a mechanical keyboard but its switches register the keystroke signal through an optical sensor.

Última actualización el 2021-06-13 / Enlaces de afiliados / Imágenes de la API para Afiliados

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