May 2021

Gaming Keyboards: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Gaming Keyboard rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2021.

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Gaming Keyboards.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Gaming Keyboards, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2021 ranking

At a glance - May 2021 Ranking

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Rank Price Gaming Keyboard
TechRadar
PC Gamer
Tom's Hardware
PCMag
Tom's Guide
T3
CNET
Laptop Mag
Rtings.com
Digital Trends
#1
$210 Corsair K100 RGB
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1
6
7
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11
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1
5
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#2
$180 SteelSeries Apex Pro
3
9
10
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-
-
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1
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#3
$230 Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro
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4
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7
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2
4
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#4
$158 Razer Huntsman Elite
4
8
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2
8
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-
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#5
$225 Logitech G915
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5
11
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4
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-
-
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3
#6
$159 Corsair K70 RGB MK.2
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-
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1
-
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10
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#7
$39 Corsair K55 RGB
10
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-
-
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6
-
-
#8
$199 Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB
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7
-
-
-
-
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8
-
-
#9
Check price Corsair K65
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
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7
#10
$120 Corsair K70 RGB TKL
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-
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1
5
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3
-
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5
#11
$130 Roccat Vulcan 120
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-
-
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15
9
-
-
-
#12
$231 Corsair K95 Platinum
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
#13
$116 DAS Keyboard X50Q RGB
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-
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1
7
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-
#14
$110 Glorious GMMK
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-
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10
1
-
-
-
#15
$140 Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro
2
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-
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6
-
-
-
-
#16
$110 HyperX Alloy Origins
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5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
#17
$140 Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT
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9
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4
-
-
-
-
#18
$150 Logitech G Pro X
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-
-
-
-
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4
-
-
-
#19
$45 Razer Cynosa V2
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-
-
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2
9
-
-
-
-
#20
$80 Razer Huntsman Tournament
7
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-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
#21
$100 HyperX Alloy Elite 2
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-
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9
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12
5
-
-
-
#22
$180 Logitech G915 TKL
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-
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8
13
10
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-
-
#23
$100 Whirlwind FX Element
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-
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3
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#24
$61 Logitech G413
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21
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6
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We ranked Corsair K100 RGB #1 in May 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Corsair K100 RGB as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

The best gaming keyboard

Pros
Responsive optical switches
All the RGB, all the time
Premium build quality

Cons
Lots of software

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Tom's Hardware

Best Gaming Keyboard for Work and Play

Pros
1mm-actuation optical mechanical switches
Cushioned wrist rest and premium PBT keycaps

Cons
Expensive
Some features feel gimmicky

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PCMag

Best for Streaming

Pros
Extra macro buttons, with Stream Deck support
Useful iCue control wheel
Comfortable wrist rest
USB Passthrough

Cons
Stream Deck support limited to extra Macro keys
Corsair OPX Optical Switches are an acquired taste
Very expensive

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T3

A high-end keyboard that feels super-premium

Pros
+Beautiful build and design
+Dedicated media keys
+Some great extra features

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Laptop Mag

The best overall gaming keyboard

Pros
Premium attractive build
Comfortable typing experience
Blazing fast key inputs
Tons of functionality and customization options

Cons
Pricy
OPX keys need getting used to

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Rtings.com

Best Keyboard For MMO Gaming

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We ranked SteelSeries Apex Pro #2 in May 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked SteelSeries Apex Pro as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Taking magnetism to another level

Pros
+Beautiful aluminum build
+Custom actuation settings
+Quiet

Cons
Expensive

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PC Gamer

The best gaming keyboard for per-key actuation

Pros
Per key actuation allows for incredible customization
Robust feature set
Attractive, minimalist deck with full RGB

Cons
No macro keys or wrist rest

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Tom's Hardware

Best Customization

Pros
Adjustable per-key actuation points for most keys
5 on-board profiles with RGB and actuation settings
Aluminum build
USB passthrough and some cable management

Cons
Questionable long-term typing experience
Expensive

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Rtings.com

Best Full-Sized Keyboard For Gaming

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We ranked Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro #3 in May 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Hardware

Best Wireless Gaming Keyboard

Pros
Doubleshot keycaps feel premium, resist smudges
Premium wrist rest

Cons
Finicky when battery is very low
No macro keys

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T3

The best wireless gaming keyboard

Pros
+Lag-free wireless connectivity
+Comfortable to use
+Very premium feel

Cons
-Some software issues
-Battery life may be an issue

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Laptop Mag

Best wireless mechanical gaming keyboard

Pros
Excellent build quality
Subtle matte black design
Extensive lighting and customization options
Comfortable typing experience
Lag-free wireless input

Cons
Pricey
Battery life is a little short

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Rtings.com

Best Wireless Keyboard For Gaming

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We ranked Razer Huntsman Elite #4 in May 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Light it up

Pros
+Fast key actuation
+Tactile key switches

Cons
-Expensive

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PC Gamer

The fastest gaming keyboard

Pros
Opto-mechanical keys
Beautiful, fully lit, durable full sized board
Dedicated media controls

Cons
No USB passthrough or macro keys

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T3

The best premium gaming keyboard

Pros
+Revolutionary optomechanical switches
+Impressive focus on RGB backlighting
+Mature and minimalist design
+Incredibly fast typing performance

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CNET

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We ranked Logitech G915 #5 in May 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

The best wireless gaming keyboard

Pros
Lag-free wireless
Great battery life
Low-profile mechanical switches

Cons
Macro key placement is odd to some

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Tom's Hardware

Best Low-Profile Gaming Keyboard

Pros
Good for gaming and typing alike
Beautiful slim design

Cons
Keys show marks easily
No wrist rest

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Tom's Guide

The best wireless gaming keyboard

Pros
Excellent key switches
Beautiful design
Robust software

Cons
No wrist rest
Very expensive

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Digital Trends

The best wireless gaming keyboard

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We ranked Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 #6 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best gaming keyboard overall

Pros
Gorgeous design
Key switch selection
High-quality components

Cons
Expensive

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Laptop Mag

One of the best mechanical keyboards for a seasoned gamer

Pros
Stunning aesthetics
Multiple key-switch choices
High-quality build
Useful extras

Cons
Expensive

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We ranked Corsair K55 RGB #7 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Great for gaming,better for budget streaming

Pros
Solid performance
Dedicated macro keys

Cons
Membrane switches

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Laptop Mag

A premium gaming keyboard at a much more affordable price

Pros
Bold and vibrant RBG lighting
Extensive lighting and customization options
Comfortable typing experience
Affordably priced

Cons
Attractive design
Rubberized cable is cumbersome
Plastic construction flexes easily

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We ranked Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB #8 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

The best gaming keyboard for customization and ergonomics

Pros
Split keyboard and unique layout to reduce strain
Optional lift kit and wrist rests to improve ergonomics
Extremely customizable

Cons
Learning curve on hand positioning

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Laptop Mag

Best outside-the-box design

Pros
Unique split-keyboard design
Optional lift kit to improve ergonomics
Customizable to the max

Cons
Lift kit not included

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We ranked Corsair K65 #9 in May 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Hard to ignore performance in a compact design

Pros
Beautiful yet sturdy
Hyper responsive keystrokes

Cons
No way to change elevation

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Laptop Mag

An impressive compact mechanical gaming keyboard

Pros
Neat, compact design
Mesmerising per-key RGB backlighting
Precise and fast key inputs
Lightweight portabilityOnboard profile storage

Cons
Pricey
Shortcuts take getting used to

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Digital Trends

Best 60%

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We ranked Corsair K70 RGB TKL #10 in May 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Corsair K70 RGB TKL as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for a Premium Tenkeyless Exprience / Editor's Choice

Pros
Media and profile buttons on a tenkeyless keyboard
Physical Tournament Mode switch
Compact design
Detachable USB-C cable

Cons
8000Hz isn’t necessary for a keyboard

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Tom's Guide

The best TKL gaming keyboard

Pros
Gorgeous design
Authentic Cherry MX key switches
Handy tournament features

Cons
Expensive
Media controls have a learning curve

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CNET

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Digital Trends

The best TKL gaming keyboard

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We ranked Roccat Vulcan 120 #11 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

A great all-round premium gaming keyboard

Pros
+Silent mechanical keys
+Incredible build quality
+Stunning AIMO lighting

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CNET

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We ranked Corsair K95 Platinum #12 in May 2021 because:

  • 1 independent expert mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The Rolls Royce of RGB gaming keyboards

Pros
+Hypnotic disco lighting
+Handy media and shortcut keys
+Classy aluminum build

Cons
-Awkward software
-Rubber palm rest gets grungy quickly

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We ranked DAS Keyboard X50Q RGB #13 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked DAS Keyboard X50Q RGB as #1.
Critic endorsements:
T3

The best gaming keyboard for most people

Pros
+Gamma Zulu mechanical key switches
+Premium, aluminium build
+Strong RGB brightness
+Full N-Key Rollover

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CNET

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We ranked Glorious GMMK #14 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Glorious GMMK as #1.
Critic endorsements:
T3

The best gaming keyboard for modular customisation

Pros
+Fully modular
+Simple software
+Robust design

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CNET

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We ranked Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro #15 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

First in its class compact gaming keyboard

Pros
Fast and accurate performance
Compact form factor

Cons
Pricey

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T3

The best gaming keyboard without a number pad

Pros
+Incredibly responsive
+Beautifully bright RGB lighting
+Compact

Cons
-High-priced compared to other TKL options
-Very loud switches

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We ranked HyperX Alloy Origins #16 in May 2021 because:

  • 1 independent expert mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Hardware

Best Mainstream Gaming Keyboard

Pros
Attractive, compact design
Excellent RGB lighting
Three-level rear height adjustment

Cons
No dedicated media controls or macro keys
Shorter 1.8mm switch actuation (versus 2mm) feels like a gimmick
NGenuity software could be more intuitive

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We ranked Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT #17 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Hardware

Best Gaming Keyboard Splurge

Pros
Comfortable classic design with dedicated media keys and metal volume roller
Double Shot keycaps and wrist rest feel more premium
Elgato Stream Deck support makes macro keys more versatile

Cons
Cumbersome cable
Plastic clips on removable wrist rest feel like they could break
Elgato Stream Deck support means installing two pieces of software

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T3

The best alternative to the Huntsman Elite

Pros
Fantastic build quality
Premium look and feel
Excellent RGB lighting and synchronisation

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We ranked Logitech G Pro X #18 in May 2021 because:

  • 1 independent expert mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

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We ranked Razer Cynosa V2 #19 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best budget gaming keyboard

Pros
Robust RGB lighting
Profiles and Game Mode
Reasonable price

Cons
Convoluted software
Bulky, plain design

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T3

The best budget membrane gaming keyboard

Pros
+Great keyboard feel
+Quiet membrane keys
+Customisable RGB lighting

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We ranked Razer Huntsman Tournament #20 in May 2021 because:

  • 1 independent expert mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The Razer Huntsman,but smaller and faster

Pros
+Fast switches
+Removable cable

Cons
-Not many extra features

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We ranked HyperX Alloy Elite 2 #21 in May 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for RGB Fans

Pros
Sleek look
HyperX Red mechanical switches
Durable "pudding" keycaps
USB pass-through
Dedicated media buttons and volume roller

Cons
No wrist rest
No dedicated macro keys
Ngenuity software is improved but could use slightly better menu organization

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T3

Everything you could want in a gaming keyboard

Pros
+Sharp, responsive switches
+Full set of media keys

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CNET

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We ranked Logitech G915 TKL #22 in May 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best wireless tenkeyless gaming keyboard

Pros
Compact size
Excellent switches
Discrete media keys

Cons
Extremely expensive
No wrist rest

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T3

An excellent wired or wireless compact option

Pros
+Fantastic typing experience
+Compact form factor
+Plenty of lighting options

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CNET

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We ranked Whirlwind FX Element #23 in May 2021 because:

  • 1 independent expert mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

The best gaming keyboard for RGB lighting brilliance

Pros
+The best RGB lighting in the business
+Super-responsive typing
+Nicely constructed from premium materials

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We ranked Logitech G413 #24 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

A great budget mechanical gaming keyboard

Pros
+Precision Romer-G lighting system
+Robust build quality
+Low price point

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Rtings.com

Best Budget Keyboard For Gaming

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