We understand that if you already have one of the best gaming PCs, it can be tempting to head to the local big box store and pick up the cheapest keyboard you can find – whatever works, right? Well, after dropping mad stacks on the best computer you could afford, you’re doing yourself and the best PC games a disservice by not using one of the best gaming keyboards. View the 10 Top Best Gaming Keyboards 2018
|Title||Interface||Keyboard backlighting||Programmable keys||Price|
|CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM Mechanical||Wired||Yes||Yes||Price|
|Logitech G513 RGB Backlit Mechanical||Wired||Yes||Yes||Price|
|SteelSeries Apex M750 RGB Mechanical||Wired||Yes||Yes||Price|
|CORSAIR K63 Wireless Mechanical||Wireless||Yes||Yes||Price|
|G. Skill RIPJAWS KM570||Wired||Yes||Yes||Price|
|HyperX Alloy Elite||Wired||Yes||No||Price|
|RAZER CYNOSA CHROMA||Wired||Yes||Yes||Price|
|RAZER HUNTSMAN ELITE||Wired||Yes||Yes||Price|
|Razer Deus Ex Black Widow Chroma Mechanical||Wired||Yes||Yes||Price|
CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM features CHERRY MX Brown key switches backed by a lightweight aluminum frame. 8MB profile storage with hardware macro and lighting playback enable profile access independent of external software. Utilize the 19-zone Light Edge to add to dramatic animations and effects. Take advantage of the 6 programmable G-keys for in-game macros.
- Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame: Built to withstand a lifetime of gaming. Lightweight and rugged durability, necessary for a keyboard that’s going to see a lot of action
- 8MB profile storage with hardware macro and lighting playback: Allow access up to three stored profiles on the go, independent of external software
- Dynamic multicolor per key backlighting with Light Edge: Adjust each key’s color and illumination level in addition to 19-zones on the top edge light bar for sophisticated and dramatic animations
- 100% CHERRY MX Brown RGB mechanical key switches: Light tactile feedback for fast performance and precise timing with less distraction
- 6 programmable G-keys keys for in-game macros: Assign single keystrokes or complex multi-key combos to any of the 6 dedicated macro keys
Cherry MX Speed
This mechanical animal has cheetah-like speeds
The K95 RGB Platinum follows in the footsteps of Corsair’s K70 RGB Rapidfire keyboard in its focus on speed. Featuring Cherry’s new, linear MX Speed switches, the keys are highly responsive and take just a light press to actuate.
In fact, the switches actuate with just 1.2mm of movement and 45g of force.
In other words, the keys bottom out faster and require just a fraction of the pressure, making them well suited for twitch shooters or any game that requires fast reflexes. They take a bit of getting used to for regular typing, but honestly, this is a keyboard that was made for gaming first.
At its core, the K95 RGB Platinum shares relatively the same shape, design and aluminum build as its predecessor, but there are key differences.
The most apparent change is the fact that the Platinum is much narrower, thanks to cutting the number of macro keys from 18 to a mere six. Some might not like the reduction, but let’s be real, you’ll actually be able to reach all the macro keys when you just have a single column of them.
Users will also be able to program up to three sets of macros all stored on the keyboard’s own 8MB of built-in memory rather than relying on Corsair’s software. This makes it that much easier to just bring the keyboard to a friend’s house or gaming event and instantly feel right at home.
Dropping down to just six macro keys puts the K95 Platinum into more direct competition with more affordable options, like the $169 (£159, AU$199) Razer Blackwidow Chroma.
However, this keyboard still kills it when it comes to shortcut buttons. You have a volume wheel, media controls, lighting toggles and gaming modes all within easy reach.
Everything in it’s place. The Corsair K95 RBG Platinum comes with possibly one of the best wrist rests ever bundled with a keyboard. Made with the same military-grade aluminum as the peripheral itself, the wrist rest offers plenty of support.
Meanwhile, a reversible and magnetic rubber pad offers a smooth micro-finish on one side and a rougher texture on the other. Unfortunately, this wrist rest also easily attracts dust, crumbs, oils and all manner of detritus – so, it requires almost constant cleaning.
Corsair has also added an “X” arrangement of two-cable channels molded into the underside of the keyboard. Interestingly, they’re not made for routing the peripheral’s own cable, but keeping your headset wire (or anything plugged into the dedicated USB passthrough) out of the way.
Lighting, of course, has been upgraded significantly with a new 19-zone light bar that runs along the top of the peripheral’s frame. It’s a gorgeous, if superfluous, touch – we’re mostly impressed with the way colors wash across Corsair’s transparent logo.
The Corsair K95 RBG Platinum really is the Rolls Royce of gaming keyboards both in its styling and its $199 (£179, AU$349) price tag. Even though it feels a little less special with only six macro keys, no other keyboard matches it with a classy all metal build quality, handy shortcut buttons or disco lighting. If you can stomach the price and complex software, the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is well worth its premium price.
Take your game to a new level with Logitech G513, a high performance RGB mechanical gaming keyboard that features advanced technologies in a modern and sleek design. Romer-G Linear mechanical keyswitches deliver super-fast 1 millisecond responsiveness from keypress to screen—25 percent faster than competitor’s traditional mechanical switches. Tactile mechanical keyboard switches are engineered to give you direct feedback so you feel the actuation point in each keypress. Customize full-spectrum RGB lighting for any or every key from 16.8 million brilliant colors. LIGHTSYNC technology takes the lighting experience to a whole new level with game-driven lighting colors and effects. A USB passthrough port makes it easy to plug in your mouse, flash drive or phone for direct data transmission or charging. The aluminum alloy top case enables a bladelike chassis with a beautiful brushed metal finish while the durable Memory Foam palmrest keeps your hands and wrists comfortable and in the perfect position to tap keys with lightning fast accuracy. Use Logitech Gaming Software to easily program a full row of Function keys to put lighting, volume, media control and more at your fingertips.
- High performance RGB keyboard with customizable full spectrum color lighting per key plus LIGHT SYNC game-driven lighting colors and effects
- Advanced Romer G Tactile Mechanical key switches for 25 percent faster responsiveness and actuation feedback you can feel with every key press
- Soft and strong Memory Foam palm rest for premium comfort and durability that resists sweat and wipes clean
- Aircraft grade brushed aluminum alloy top case for a high end look that seals components with rugged protection
- Convenient USB pass through port makes it a snap to plug in your mouse, flash drive or phone for direct data transmission or charging
G513 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Play advanced with the choice of eSport Pros. G513 features a super-fast 1 ms report rate, Romer-G Tactile mechanical key switches for feedback you can feel, and next-gen LIGHTSYNC RGB technology.
Romer-G Tactile Mechanical Switch
Romer-G Tactile provides the confidence of a discernible tactile bump during actuation. Tactile actuation is minimal without being too loud or distracting. It’s ideal for competitive and FPS gaming.
Dedicated Gaming Features
Don’t lose a game because you fat-fingered the Windows key. To deactivate it, simply toggle Game Mode with FN+F8. Also store RGB key lighting profiles in the Onboard Memory for use on any system.
12 additional keycaps come with G513, so you can upgrade critical gaming keys to be as heroic as your gameplay. Swap them fast and easy with the included Puller to remove your Romer-G keycaps.
26-Key Rollover and Anti-Ghosting
Press multiple keys simultaneously and get exactly what you intended with 26-key rollover. Performance-tuned anti-ghosting gives you reliable control when multiple commands are given simultaneously.
Logitech Gaming Software
Download Logitech Gaming Software to easily customize individual key color lighting, lighting effects, game profiles, macro commands and more.
The SteelSeries Apex M750 is the ultimate esports keyboard, featuring ultra-fast QX2 mechanical switches and an extraordinarily durable and sleek aerospace aluminum core. Dynamic Prism RGB lighting delivers millions of customizable colors and lighting effects, while Prism Sync allows you to sync your personalized effects between all your Prism-enabled gear. Plus, GameSense lighting delivers reactive illumination based on in-game events like low ammo, health, kills, money and cooldown timers. SteelSeries Engine software gives you the power to completely customize your keys, macros and profiles for advanced gameplay. Presets lighting effects are stored on-board for on-the-go use.
- Pure performance QX2 linear mechanical gaming switches
- Durable 5000 Series aluminum alloy
- Real-time Discord in-game lighting notifications
- Easy and intuitive per-key RGB lighting customization
- Reactive illumination to in-game events like low ammo, health, kills, and more
QX2 Mechanical Switches
Featuring the third generation of SteelSeries mechanical switches, the QX2 delivers dramatically faster gameplay with low force and a linear actuation point. 50 million key presses guaranteed.
Durable Aerospace Aluminum Frame
Forged with 5000 Series aluminum metal-alloy, the Apex M750’s frame is stunningly simplistic, yet extremely durable. With a beautiful black matte finish, it’s a true showpiece for the center of your gaming setup.
Rev Up the Engine
SteelSeries Engine Software unlocks an impressive arsenal of Engine Apps that make customization easy and intuitive. Unleash the full power of dynamic per key RGB backlighting to create the most complicated lighting effects in seconds.
Discord Chat Integration
Light up your keyboard with customizable Discord Chat notifications that indicate new messages, mute status and more.
No PhD Required
Upload any animated GIF and ImageSync converts it into a customizable lighting effect. Multi-color lighting configuration has never been so easy.
Immerse yourself with exclusive SteelSeries GameSense reactive illumination, responding to in-game events like low ammo, health, kills, money and cooldown timers.
Sync dynamic multi-color lighting effects between all your SteelSeries Prism-enabled gear. Show off with one-click lighting effects or complex light shows.
Programmable Keys & Macros
SteelSeries Engine Software features the most expansive set of personalization options available. Text based, key-press, and on-the-fly macros can all be easily programmed.
Apex M750 is armed with 100% anti-ghosting and full N-Key Rollover ensuring you never lose a match because of an unrecognized key press.
Experience ultimate gaming freedom with the CORSAIR K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, featuring ultra-fast 1ms 2.4GHz gaming-optimized wireless technology combined with CHERRY MX mechanical key switches for maximum performance. Advanced wireless features include Bluetooth technology for flexible connectivity and strong 128-bit AES encryption to help protect the transmission of your data. Vibrant, blue LED backlighting is customizable using CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE) software to create dynamic lighting effects. The compact, tenkeyless design is space saving and portable with up to 15 hours of battery life, while a detachable, soft-touch wrist rest provides comfort to enhance your gameplay.
- Connect using ultra-fast 1ms 2.4GHz gaming-optimized wireless technology, low latency Bluetooth wireless, or USB wired
- 100% CHERRY MX Red mechanical key switches with gold contacts for fast, precise key presses
- Per-key, blue LED backlighting and large font keycaps deliver vibrant lighting effects.HID Keyboard Report Rate: 1000Hz
- 128-bit AES encryption mode helps protect your keystrokes from wireless eavesdropping to keep your personal data safe
- Compact and portable tenkeyless design saves on space and makes travel easy
Experience Ultimate Gaming Freedom
CORSAIR K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, featuring ultra-fast 1ms 2.4GHz wireless technology with CHERRY MX mechanical keyswitches packed into a portable, tenkeyless design. Ultra-fast Wireless And Wired Modes.
100% CHERRY MX Mechanical Keyswitches
Gold contact CHERRY MX Red mechanical gaming keyswitches deliver the ultimate performance and competitive advantage.
Strong Wireless Encryption
128-bit AES wireless encryption helps protect your keystrokes from wireless eavesdropping to keep your personal data safe.
Lighting Control And Large Font Keycaps
Experience customizable dynamic and vibrant per-key blue backlighting.
Compact And Portable
Tenkeyless form factor saves valuable desk space and makes travel easy.
Up to 15 hours of rechargeable battery-powered wireless, or connect via USB wired for uninterrupted gameplay.
Living Room Gaming Ready
Combine with the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard (sold separately) to create the ultimate go-anywhere desktop experience.
Take Control With Cue
Assign macros to any key and customize dynamic lighting effects with CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE).
The RIPJAWS KM570 RGB has taken minimalist design to bring you more with less. Do away with the frills, but maintain a full utility of functions and more. The KM570 can seamlessly blend in with your work station, battle station, or take it on the go with your laptop. No matter who, what, or why, the KM570 RGB is ready for action.
Cherry MX has and continues to be the leading switch manufacturer who continually meets the highest standards for quality, reliability, and durability. G.SKILL refuses to compromise on performance and has partnered with Cherry MX to bring you only the best with the KM570 RGB. The Cherry MX Brown switches are specifically designed to provide a tactile feedback while keeping noise levels to a minimum. With Cherry MX Brown switches, players can expect faster typing speeds as well as less resistance on the fingers. You’ll never need another keyboard once you have the G.SKILLS RIPJAWS KM570 RGB mechanical keyboard powered by the unrivaled Cherry MX Brown switches.
The KM570 RGB innovative use of FN keys enables the minimalistic design by allowing you to access a full range of extra functions with the FN key. Access My Computer, your browser, your email, calculator, windows key lock, NKRO, and even a timer with the click of just two buttons. Whether you’re on the go or sitting at home, you can get the most function and use out of your KM570 RGB.
Finding the perfect keyboard is difficult as what works for some, may not work for others. But G.Skill has created One for All in the RIPJAWS KM570 RGB. Its minimalistic design allows it to work in any setting; professional, personal, or public. The RGB lighting with a full array of 8 lighting effects grant users the ability to show off their flair and style when they chose to. The KM 570 RGB supports both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 to ensure RGB lighting will operate properly in any setting. Whether you’re just starting your gaming career or you’re a seasoned vet or if you just need a great functioning keyboard, the KM570 RGB is right for you.
- ONE FOR ALL – One keyboard to rule them all because it works for any person, in any place, and for any reason.
- CHERRY MX – Is the leading switch manufacture because of their high standards of quality, reliability, and durability.
- INCREASESD TYPING SPEED – The Cherry MX Brown switches increases typing speed with its lightweight key press and tactile feedback.
- FULLY UTILIZED FN KEY – the FN now allows access to My Computer, your browser, your email, calculator, windows key lock, NKRO, and a timer.
- FULLY UTILIZED FN KEY – the FN now allows access to My Computer, your browser, your email, calculator, windows key lock, NKRO, and a timer.
- FLAIR IT UP – With the full range of RGB spectrum and 8 lighting effects, you can show off your flair and style to set the mood for each day
Simplistic Design + Onboard Memory
RIPJAWS KM570 RGB returns to the humble roots of mechanical keyboards with a simplistic design meant for enduring functionality, all while packed with major key gaming and media entertainment features, and storing the settings for a complete profile onto the onboard storage.
Cherry MX Brown Mecahnical Keyswitch
Using only genuine Cherry MX keyswitches with responsive 2mm actuation distance and a 50 million keystroke durability for long lasting and quick gaming response, Cherry MX Brown keyswitches provide fast double-tap response for intense gaming sessions and light tactile feedback for easy daily typing.
Per-key Lighting Customization
No gaming keyboard is complete without LED lighting. Allowing per-key lighting customizability, the KM570 RGB lets you control the lighting to each individual key, so you can set the keys that matter to light up. Additionally, 8 lighting patterns with full adjustability for speed and bright are also included directly into the keyboard hardware.
Macro Support w/ On-the-fly Macro
Enabling a more expansive control in games and at work, the KM570 RGB provides macro support for each individual key. For easy programming, the KM570 RGB is capable of on-the-fly macro recording so that the keystrokes you need can be recorded at any time.
Full n-Key Rollover & 100% Anti-Ghosting
The n-key rollover & 100% anti-ghosting design on the KM570 RGB enables all simultaneous key presses to be accurately registered, so you can execute multiple actions at the same time without missing a beat.
Dedicated Volume Control
Instant access to volume control is important in any gaming environment, whether it’s to answer a quick call or to adjust volume in the middle of action, the dedicated volume control keys on the KM570 RGB allows you to increase, decrease, or mute the volume.
Quick Function Hotkeys
Quickly and easily access Windows applications, control media playback, and customize keyboard lighting through combination function hotkeys.
Ergonomic 5-Level Contoured Design
Naturally and comfortably position your fingers to reach each row of keys with 5 levels of contoured keycaps while you’re gaming or typing.
G.SKILL Driver System
Unlock the limits to customization and grants you complete control over macros, per-key programming, RGB backlight settings, lighting patterns, and loads of other settings for full personalization.
The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is a full-featured RGB keyboard that has as much stunning style as it has substance. Customize your keyboard or individual keys with RGB lighting which is simply set up using the HyperX NGenuity software. The solid steel frame helps ensure you’ll have sturdy, stable controls in the midst of the most frantic action, while the Game Mode, N-Key Rollover, and anti-ghosting functions keep all your keypresses on point. The Alloy Elite RGB comes built to satisfy any user’s needs with dedicated media buttons, a USB 2.0 pass-through, quick access buttons, and your choice from a variety of reliable CHERRY MX key switches*. Once you’ve customized your lighting and effects just the way you want them, save your set-up directly to the keyboard’s onboard memory. Alloy Elite RGB also features a comfortable, detachable wrist rest, and optional HyperX textured, titanium-colored keycaps designed to help you find the most important keys faster when every millisecond matters.
The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is a full-featured, multimedia keyboard ready to drop jaws and rock faces with its dazzling RGB splendor. Customize coloring for each of your keys with the easy to use HyperX NGenuity software and wow the world with your personalized lightshow. The solid steel frame will help provide sturdy, stable controls even when you’re frantically spamming actions, while the Game Mode, N-Key Rollover, and anti-ghosting functions keep your inputs accurate and on point. The feature-rich Alloy Elite RGB comes built to satisfy any user’s needs with dedicated media buttons, USB 2.0 pass-through, quick access buttons, and a variety of reliable Cherry mx keyswitches. Once you’ve tweaked your lighting and effects, save your custom set-up directly to the keyboard’s onboard memory.
Alloy Elite RGB also features a comfortable, detachable wrist rest, and optional HyperX textured, titanium-colored keycaps designed to help you find the most important keys faster when every millisecond matters.
- Unique radiant light bar and dynamic RGB lighting effects
- HyperX NGenuity software provides advanced customization
- Store up to three favorite lighting & macro profile settings with the on-board memory
- Solid steel frame provides durability and stability, CHERRY MX mechanical keys for reliability
- Comfortable, detachable wrist rest with soft-touch coating
Unique light bar and dynamic RGB lighting effects stake your claim atop the scoreboard of style.
HyperX NGenuity software enables advanced customization
customize Game Mode, build macros, and setup per-key lighting.
Solid steel frame built to stand the test of time and to stand fast when the action heats up.
Mechanical Key switches
Cherry MX mechanical keyswitches for proven reliability available with Cherry MX Blue, Brown, or Red keyswitches1, so you’ll get reliability and the switches that fit your needs.
Dedicated media and quick access lighting buttons convenient control of your media and lighting is at your fingertips.
Conveniently connect devices with USB 2.0 pass-through maximize connectivity and minimize cable clutter.
Onboard memory for keyboard customization save up to 3 profiles and have your setup ready to go, even on the go. Detachable wrist rest and extra colored, textured keycaps
Added extras to help you game more comfortably and effectively.
If you’re new to PC gaming, and you want a keyboard that’ll perform admirably without the high price tag that a lot of mechanical keyboards carry, the Razer Cynosa Chroma might be for you. It might not have the tactile clickiness of a higher-end board, but the hybrid mesh switches perform well enough, boasting a 1ms polling rate and 10-key rollover. That’s not to mention the sick RGB lighting. The Razer Cynosa Chroma is a gaming-grade keyboard that features all the essentials a gamer needs. With soft cushioned, individually programmable backlit keys powered by Razer Chroma, and a spill-resistant design that keeps your keyboard safe.
- SPILL RESISTANT DESIGN: Withstands accidental spills, extending its lifespan
- POWERED BY RAZER CHROMA: 16.8 million customizable color options
- 10 KEY ANTI-GHOSTING: Execute up to ten commands at the same time
- RAZER SYNAPSE 3: Personalized lighting and button mapping to transform your gameplay
- FULLY PROGRAMMABLE KEYS WITH ON -THE-FLY MACRO RECORDING: Allows you to execute your commands easily with the actuation of a macro button
The Razer Cynosa Chroma is a gaming-grade keyboard that features all the essentials a gamer needs. With soft cushioned, individually programmable backlit keys powered by Razer Chroma, and a spill-resistant design that keeps your keyboard safe.
This gaming beast powered by Razer Synapse rebind buttons, assign macros, save profile configurations to the cloud, and explore advanced capabilities with the ultimate hardware configuration tool.
Aesthetics and RGB lighting are fun and all, but what makes or breaks any gaming keyboard is its performance in, well, games.
This is where the lack of mechanical switches becomes the Razer Cynosa Chroma’s biggest and most glaring drawback. While this keyboard is great for general use and typing, it begins to show some cracks while gaming. The keys are responsive enough, and the key travel is a lot deeper than most other membrane boards, but you’re simply not going to get the same quick response time as even an entry-level mechanical keyboard.
And while it features 10-key rollover anti-ghosting, it’s a far cry from the n-key tech that some higher-end keyboards feature, and some extremely high-intensity gaming sessions might suffer because of it.
While getting ready for this review, we put this keyboard through its paces in a few matches of Overwatch, and it was a comfortable and reliable keyboard to play a few rounds on. However, this reviewer is used to the tactile clickiness and responsive actuation of Cherry MX Reds. We definitely noticed the difference here – despite the Razer Cynosa Chroma’s impressive 1ms polling rate.
One of the most positive aspects of the membrane switches on this board, however, is the noise – or lack thereof. This keyboard is going to be a huge hit with anyone who likes to game late at night, because unlike its mechanical brethren, the Cynosa Chroma makes little to no noise, while still providing a tactile experience.
And while the Cynosa Chroma lacks any dedicated macro buttons, each key on the keyboard can be programmed however you see fit.
With the Huntsman Elite, Razer has taken speed to a whole new level with its optomechanical switches. That sounds like a mouthful, but Razer has managed to take mechanical switches and integrate optical sensors, this allows the Huntsman Elite to take actuation to another level – you simply won’t find a faster keyboard in 2018. But switches aside, it feels great to type on, and it’s covered in more RGB lighting than you can shake a stick at. Sure, it requires two USB cables for power with no passthrough and it costs a small fortune – but with tech like this, it’s absolutely worth it.
The Razer Huntsman Elite introduces the new Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch, utilizing optical technology for unmatched speed, and a key stabilizer bar so every keypress is precise and accurate. Combined with a new switch design, it’s the first click switch that actuates and resets at the exact same point for rapid performance. The keyboard also features a programmable digital dial for quick access to functions. Personalize settings with hybrid on-board memory and cloud storage. Comes with an ergonomic wrist rest for long-lasting comfort.
- NEW RAZER OPTO-MECHANICAL SWITCH: Optical light sensor inside the switch with an actuation distance of 1.5 mm (30% shorter than other clicky mechanical switches) with just only 45 g of actuation force
- KEY STABILIZER BAR: For precise, balanced actuation with every key press
- MAGNETIC LEATHERETTE WRIST REST: Made of plush leatherette for long lasting comfort. Features Razer Chroma enabled underglow lighting for 20 customization zones
- MULTI-FUNCTION DIGITAL DIAL WITH THREE TACTILE MEDIA KEYS: Fully programmable. Adjust brightness and volume through Razer Synapse 3
- HYBRID ON-BOARD MEMORY AND CLOUD STORAGE: Access personalized settings anywhere
Speed of Light
The Razer Huntsman Elite introduces the new Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch, utilizing optical technology for unmatched speed, and a key stabilizer bar so every keypress is precise and accurate. The keyboard also features a programmable digital dial for quick access to functions.
The New Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch
Evolved gaming switches with actuation at the speed of light. Combined with a new switch design, it’s the first clicky switch that actuates and resets at the exact same point for rapid performance.
Despite the Huntsman Elite’s larger-than-life aspirations, it’s actually Razer’s smallest keyboard yet thanks to it being the company’s first frameless design. All of Razer’s other keyboards thus far have come with a thick plastic fairing, but the Huntsman Elite ditches that for a simpler design.
Floating keycaps hover over a jet black anodized aluminum keyboard deck, following in the tradition of other frameless keyboards such as the Logitech G513 and HyperX Alloy Elite RGB. Where the design deviates is Razer sees everyone else’s lightbars and ups the ante with track lighting all around the perimeter of its keyboard. This includes – at long last – an RGB lit palm rest!
As ridiculously over the top as this might look, you won’t find another keyboard with more RGB lighting. As ever, Razer is a master in this field with Chroma adding a vibrant, yet soft illumination to every key, button and a unique under glow effect thanks to the 360-degree track lighting.
The Razer Huntsman also features one of the best sets of media keys with three simple buttons for play/rewind and fast forward along with a volume wheel that features a mute button in its center.
Razer isn’t the first peripheral maker to come out with an optical switch keyboard – the Aorus K9 Optical and Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum beat it to the punch – but the Optomechanical switch has a unique feel and is significantly faster than others we’ve used in the past.
If you pull of any of the Huntsman Elite’s keycaps, you’ll find a strange-looking purple switch underneath.
There’s the usual plus-shaped peg in the middle, but surrounding it is a box with branches connected to a metal bar that looks like it was pulled off of a takeout box. This entire top-section is there to provide a mechanical feel as the bottom half of the key switch is just a spring, hollow space and the lasers that drive this optical switch.
Traditional mechanical keyboard switches typically bottom out against a metal (usually gold) contact point to create a complete electrical circuit and tell your computer when to type out a character. Razer Optomechanical switch fires the same command except it uses a beam of light to do so, which is inherently faster thanks to the speed of light being 186,000 miles-per-second.
Forget about Cherry MX Speed or any other keyboard switch, Razer’s Optomechanical switches are easily the fastest keyboard switches we’ve ever typed on. Meanwhile, the Razer Huntsman Elite is the closest thing we’ve seen to a perfectly laid out keyboard.
Meet the Horde AIMO, the fully equipped gaming keyboard that brings a new meaning to the word extras. Built from the ground up, its ROCCAT-pioneered Membranical keys represent the best of both worlds between membrane and mechanical. The custom keys were designed and engineered from scratch to enhance key distinction and precision. The Horde AIMO also boasts quick-fire macro keys, a configurable Tuning Wheel and keys plus multi-zone RGB illumination customizable in 16.8m colors to make it the most feature-rich keyboard on the market. Fully equipped, period.
- Membranical keys – with precise midway travel actuation point
- AIMO lighting system – intelligent illumination harmonized across devices
- RGB illumination – configurable multicolor lighting with multiple zones
- Precision key layout – fingertip design improves key distinction and island layout resists dirt
- Quick-fire macros – low-profile keys that prevent accidental miss-hits
- Configurable tuning wheel & keys – on-the-fly control for multimedia, illumination & more
- Detachable palm rest – ergonomic design comfortable for long gaming sessions
- Improved anti-ghosting – ensures every single key stroke is registered
- ROCCAT Swarm – comprehensive driver & software suite
Membranical represents the perfect compromise between membrane and mechanical. Its fast midway travel actuation point provides the most precise and responsive key stroke ever.key distinction.
Tuning Wheel and Keys
The Tuning Wheel and keys provide fast and intuitive control for multimedia, illumination, brightness, dpi, volume and more, and can be customized completely to suit each gamer.
AIMO is the vivid illumination eco-system from ROCCAT. Its functionality grows exponentially based on your computing behavior and the number of AIMO-enabled devices connected.
Quick-fire Macro Keys
A column of five tuned, low-profile macro keys skirt the Horde AIMO’s main key zone, perfectly positioned on the left for rapid and intuitive execution.
A key-mapping technology developed by ROCCAT engineers features an advanced algorithm to ensure that every key stroke within the main gaming keys is registered.
Powered by the comprehensive ROCCAT Swarm driver and software suite, providing endless customization options for you and your games.
To compete at the highest level, you need the fastest mechanical keyboard there is. The Redragon K556 RGB isn’t your average gaming keyboard. Not only is it over-engineered and built to take a beating, it is loaded with features including heavy duty metal and ABS construction, double-shot injection molded keycaps, high-end switches with mechanical ultra-last springs, crisp and bright adjustable RED LED backlighting, a gold plated USB connector, and a splash-resistant design.
One tough mechanical gaming keyboard. Perfect for whatever battle you might face.
Not only is it over-engineered and built to take a beating, it is loaded with features including heavy duty metal and ABS construction, double-shot injection molded keycaps, high-end switches with mechanical ultra-last springs, crisp and bright adjustable RGB LED backlighting, a gold plated USB connector, and a splash-resistant design. Fantastic mechanical gaming keyboard and perfect for whatever battles you might face
- MECHANICAL BROWN SWITCHES: Offering the best tactile typing experience, also being ever so slightly quieter, fitting for office or gaming use. And you will get 8 spared switches as a gift.
- 18 BACKLIT MODES: Press FN+INS-PgDn to enter Pro-gamer mode. RGB LED adjustable lighting with 6-themed backlights -18 lighting models. You can also adjust their brightness with FN+“↑”and“↓” Besides, there is a 9-color single backlit mode for this keyboard.
- 100% ANTI-GHOSTING 104 KEYS.ERGONOMIC, DURABLE AND WATERPROOF DESIGN: This IP67 keyboard is made of full metal material, with matte-finish texture, sturdy and robust enough to protect it from scratch. It allows multi-keys to work simultaneously with high speed.
- KEYCAPS DESIGN: The Redragon K556 features a custom designed keycap that has been made shorter to reduce the time it takes for your actions to register
- FLEXIBLE REMOVABLE KEYCAPS AND WIDE COMPATIBILITY: With Key Cap Puller. Support computer system including Windows10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows VISTA, etc.
K556 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Legendary Redragon mechanical gaming keyboard performance gives gaming players extra dominant position and unique competiveness.
Redragon Mechanical Brown Switches
Fully original brown switches with fast linear actuation and seamless Online Experience.
100% Anti-ghosting with 104 Standard Keys
100% fully anti-ghosting keys deliver reliably accurate performance to players without any program error.
Fully Anodized Aluminum Frame Brushed
Extreme durability ensures that players do whatever they would like.
Manufactured to Perfection
Over-engineered and built to take a beating, with laser-engraved keys & gaming switches.
USB Golden Plated Port
With USB golden plated port to ensure the stability of data transmission. No delay, no error.
Multiple RGB Themes
Themes backlights to reach the 18 backlits modes.Personalized backlight model can be set up as well.
Special Keyboard “Designer” Fun
The key-mover and additional 8 backup brown switches are free to get to design your own special keyboard.