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Best Gaming Keyboard In 2024

There are hundreds of gaming keyboards out there, but these are our picks for the best.

Choosing a gaming keyboard can be more complicated than you might think. Some models are designed to be durable, robust landmarks on your desk, whereas others are streamlined to take up as little space as possible. Then there are specs to consider like switches, input latency, and wired vs wireless connections, not to mention all the extra features that keyboards tend to come with like multimedia keys and RGB lighting. There is a lot to consider.

To help make the process easier, we've put together a list of our favorite gaming keyboards in 2024. While our top pick, the SteelSeries Apex Pro, can handle just about any scenario, you'll find plenty of other options in various categories like the best TKL, wireless, and budget options, just to name a few.

Since this is a keyboard-focused list, we also took some time to focus on one of the most important factors when choosing a keyboard: the switches. Scroll down below the list for details on the differences between various keyboard switches.

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 PC gaming headset and best gaming mouse. And if you also want to ditch the mouse and keyboard sometimes, take a look at our list of the best PC controllers. Finally, if you have a Steam Deck, make sure to check out our roundups of the We also have a list of the best Steam Deck games and best Steam Deck accessories.

Editor's Note: Article updated on April 25, 2024

Keyboard switches, explained

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

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