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Best Gaming Keyboard (2020): SteelSeries, Razer, And More

Click-clack, front and back. Read about our favourite gaming keyboards, featuring Steelseries, Razer, Logitech, HyperX, and Corsair.

There are few things you use more than your gaming keyboard, so finding a great one is paramount your PC gaming experience. If you thought choosing a best gaming mouse or best gaming headset was hard, then you're in for quite the task with gaming keyboards. Between multimedia keys, mechanical vs membrane keyboards, and type of switches, such as Cherry MX Red, there is a lot to think about. There are also a lot of smaller things to consider, including whether the keyboard comes with a wrist rest or features RGB lighting. Thankfully, we're up to the task of narrowing down your selection and finding the best gaming keyboard you can buy in 2020.

Different types of switches will appeal to different and whether you're going with a Cherry MX switch like Cherry MX Red or Cherry MX Blue, there are plenty of keyboards worth your time. It can get confusing quickly, especially if you can't test these keyboards yourself and truly tell the difference with your own fingers. Thankfully, it's easy to understand exactly what you'll be getting if you understand the terminology.

First off, linear versus tactile switches keys. Linear means there is no physical feedback mechanism to indicate when a keystroke is registered. It's smooth, relatively quiet, and preferred for rapidly tapping on keys. Tactile means there is a bump or click to indicate you've hit the actuation point; it's louder, but some prefer having physical feedback for keystrokes. It really comes down to preference. Actuation point is the distance at which a keystroke is registered; a shorter distance means you don't have to press the key down as far, but can lead to errant inputs. Actuation force is, well, the force needed to press the key down. Of course, there are all the quality-of-life considerations to think about, too, like multimedia keys, whether you want a programmable key row and such.

While Cherry has been the long-time dominant manufacturer of mechanical switches, some gaming peripheral brands have started making their own proprietary mechanical switches for their keyboards, namely Razer and Logitech. For a brief overview of the most common mx switches, see below:

  • Cherry MX Red Switches: Linear
  • Cherry MX Blue Switches: Tactile and Clicky
  • Cherry MX Brown Switches: Tactile with a Bump
  • Cherry MX Speed Switches: Linear with a very short actuation point
  • Romer-G Linear Switches: Linear
  • Romer-G Tactile Switches: Tactile with a Bump
  • Razer Yellow Switches: Linear
  • Razer Orange Switches: Tactile with a Bump
  • Razer Green Switches: Tactile and Clicky
  • Steelseries OmniPoint Adjustable Switches: Linear with adjustable actuation point

Quick Look: Best Gaming Keyboard

Looking to complete your gaming keyboard and mouse combo, or just want more gaming peripherals to shop for? Check out our picks for the best gaming headset, best gaming mouse, and the best Nintendo Switch accessories. And while you're shopping, make sure to take advantage of all the great PC gaming and VR deals, including free games from Epic, as well as services like Xbox Game Pass for PC and Twitch Prime. Also make sure to check out the best VPN services.


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I prefer brown switches for quiet and comfort. And wish all keyboards would tone it down with the RGB lighting, it is getting out of hand. STOP with the Unicorn puke!

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@jenovaschilld: Matter of fact, my buddy Barry was going on an on about some MP matches, so I took a picture of his keyboard, mouse, and mouse pad and posted it on Discord - he got roasted with the my little pony, fairy dust ribbing.

Hey you get what you deserve.

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Corsair K68 it's perfect for me. I used a few others but I played best on this one.

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@flueburn:

Hey, why should you opt for these wired keyboards? In today's generation nobody literally uses even for gaming. However, who will not opt for some Wireless mechanical keyboards if you really get similar features at the same price range?

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i'd have to say the Corsair K70 model(s) should be included if only to replace the K68. it has almost everything the others shown here have to offer incorporated into a single package; nice switches that are easily accessible, nice RGB options, a better look than most, nice wrist rest, multiple switch types available, multimedia & volume controls, optional additional textured gaming key caps included, multiple models/colors available and competitive pricing. the only thing i'd say they may really be missing is added extra macro keys, which i don't actually have room for on my keyboard/mouse tray anyway.

the K70 LUX RGB is the nicest keyboard i have ever used out of many over the last ~20 years of heavy PC use.

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With all the movie coverage these days, I was hoping for a similar article on the best keyboard for movies. /s

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This sucks compared to the PC Gamer article of the same topic. I had to see what Gamespot had to say on this, and just as I thought - weak. Go with PC Gamer, Tom's Guide, Tom's Hardware, PCGamesn, RockPaperShotgun.

This has never been much of a site for PC Gamers - at all.

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@lonesamurai00: Thanks for reading regardless! Let us know if there are any particular aspects you want us to focus on for our next update.

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