November 2022

Gaming Keyboards: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Gaming Keyboard rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2022.

Summary

As of 2 Nov 2022, Razer Huntsman v2 Analog takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed gaming keyboard with 7 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 7 recommended it as the '#1 gaming keyboard' this month. It is followed by Corsair K70 RGB TKL and Corsair K100 RGB , with 8 and 6 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Gaming Keyboard
Rtings.com
Tom's Guide
Digital Trends
Laptop Mag
GamesRadar+
PCMag
Tom's Hardware
T3
PC Gamer
TechRadar
1
- $173
Razer Huntsman v2 Analog
-
9
6
6
1
9
9
-
-
1
2
+1 $115
Corsair K70 RGB TKL
3
5
4
11
9
3
4
4
-
-
3
-1 $246
Corsair K100 RGB
-
-
-
1
-
8
7
12
7
6
4
+19 $183
SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless
1
-
7
-
-
-
13
-
-
7
5
-1 $160
Logitech G915 TKL
-
8
3
-
4
-
-
14
-
10
6
- $60
HyperX Alloy Origins 60
-
6
-
5
-
5
-
-
-
12
7
- $216
Asus ROG Strix Flare II Animate
-
-
1
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
8
- $250
Mountain Everest Max
-
-
-
-
7
-
-
-
2
3
9
- Check price
Wooting Two HE
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
10
-5 $189
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro
-
-
-
3
-
-
6
9
-
-
11
- $180
Logitech G915
-
4
-
-
-
-
12
-
4
-
12
+1 $59
Razer Cynosa V2
-
2
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
13
New * $45
Roccat Magma
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
2
18
-6 $96
Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
8
19
-5 $160
Razer Huntsman V2 TKL
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
11
20
-1 $105
HyperX Alloy Elite 2
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
13
-
-
21
New * $160
Corsair K70 Pro Mini
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
22
-2 $70
SteelSeries Apex 5
-
10
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
23
-1 $98
Razer BlackWidow V3 Hyper
-
12
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
24
- $189
Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB
-
-
-
13
-
7
-
-
-
-

We ranked Razer Huntsman v2 Analog #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Razer Huntsman v2 Analog as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best optical gaming keyboard

Pros
Innovative actuation features
Gorgeous design
Great performance

Cons
Keys feel stiff
Inconsistent software

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Digital Trends

The best gaming keyboard with optical switches

Pros
Oh-so smooth linear opto-mechanical switches
Great wrist rest comfort and ergonomics
Quiet typing
Tidy design
Detachable USB-C cable

Cons
No media keys
Although comfortable, wrist rest has a handful of issues
No tactile switch option

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Laptop Mag

A quiet, smooth killer enters the arena — It’s the Razer Huntsman V2

Pros
Super comfortable wrist rest
Neat compact design
Great gaming performance
Smooth keys

Cons
Lighting could be brighter
Expensive

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GamesRadar+

The best gaming keyboard overall

Pros
Analog function
Satisfying click
Comfy, bezel-less wrist rest

Cons
Requires USB-A and USB-C connection

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PCMag

Best for a Fast-Twitch Alternate to Mechanical Switches / Editors Choice

Pros
Razer Analog Optical switches offer fine-tuned controls
Adjustable key triggers give you more customization options
Customizable media controls
USB 3.0 passthrough
Detachable wrist rest with RGB lighting

Cons
Doesn't fully simulate a gamepad's functionality
Extra features make the Synapse software overly complicated
Expensive

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Tom's Hardware

Best Optical Mechanical Keyboard

Pros
Smooth, responsive switches
Highly programmable

Cons
No macro keys to compete with similarly priced rivals
8,000 Hz polling rate is hard to notice

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TechRadar

The best gaming keyboard overall

Pros
Fully customizable key actuation
Delightfully tactile key clicks

Cons
Eye-wateringly expensive

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We ranked Corsair K70 RGB TKL #2 in November 2022 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Best Mid-Range Gaming 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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Digital Trends

The best TKL gaming keyboard

Pros
8,000Hz hyper-polling
Distraction-free tournament mode
Durable keycaps

Cons
No wrist rest is included

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Laptop Mag

One of the best mechanical keyboards for a seasoned gamer

Pros
Excellent build
Speedy key response
Great Build quality
Very customizable

Cons
Takes getting used to

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GamesRadar+

The best TKL gaming keyboard

Pros
Wide range of switches available
Incredible speeds
Portable and convenient

Cons
-TKL design does limit dedicated macro keys

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PCMag

Best Tenkeyless Gaming Keyboard / Editors' 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 Hardware

Best TKL Gaming Keyboard

Pros
Space-saving, durable build
Premium keycaps

Cons
Close keys can require getting used to
Expensive

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T3

The most customisable TKL gaming keyboard

Pros
Per-key RGB lighting
Tournament Switch
Detachable USB cable

Cons
Expensive to buy
Day-to-day typing takes getting used to
Slightly larger than the most compact TKL keyboards

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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 November 2022 ranking

We ranked Corsair K100 RGB #3 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Gaming Keyboard for Serious Streamers

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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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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T3

A high-end keyboard that feels super-premium

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

Cons
Very expensive for the features
Not wireless

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PC Gamer

A super high-end gaming keyboard

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

Cons
Lots of software
-If you can forgo some extras you could buy a mechanical keyboard for much less

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TechRadar

The optical-mechanical gaming keyboard to buy

Pros
Maxed out features
Stable keycaps

Cons
Very expensive
iCue woes

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We ranked SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless #4 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Gaming Keyboard

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Digital Trends

The best gaming keyboard for esports

Pros
Unique Omnipoint 2.0 switches
Dual actuation inputs
Perfect size for gamers
Satisfying typing and gaming experience
Bluetooth and 2.4GHz connections

Cons
Unnecessarily expensive
SteelSeries GG is a bit confusing
60% form factor limits use cases

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Tom's Hardware

Best Small Gaming Keyboard

Pros
Feels great and intuitive for gaming
Highly customizable
Bright, attractive RGB
Feels sturdy but isn’t too heavy

Cons
Dual actuation has a learning curve
SteelSeries GG has some bugs
Legends for secondary keybinds are hard to see

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TechRadar

Most customizable gaming keyboard

Pros
Lots of customizations and features
Excellent performance overall
Great design and RGB lighting

Cons
Slow to wake

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We ranked Logitech G915 TKL #5 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 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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Digital Trends

The best wireless gaming keyboard

Pros
Superb typing experience
Bright RGB lighting
Fast wireless technology
Long battery life
Bug-free, useful software

Cons
Expensive
Incompatible with most mechanical keyboard accessories

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GamesRadar+

The best wireless gaming keyboard

Pros
Sleek mechanical switches
Slimline design
Dedicated macro keys
Solid battery life

Cons
ABS keycaps pick up oil
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

Cons
No number pad on this model
It's going to cost you
Older microUSB connection

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TechRadar

The best wireless TKL gaming keyboard

Pros
Amazing tactile feedback and typing experience
Wireless multi-device connectivity is impressive

Cons
No full remapping/macro capabilities

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We ranked HyperX Alloy Origins 60 #6 in November 2022 because:

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

The best mini gaming keyboard

Pros
Tiny profile
Comfortable key switches
Pretty RGB lighting

Cons
Not ideal for productivity
Keys are a little loud

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Laptop Mag

The best 60% mechanical gaming keyboard

Pros
Petite, unique design
Comfortable key switches
Dazzling RGB lighting

Cons
Limited onboard profile storage
Windows-only compatibility

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PCMag

Best 60 Percent Gaming Keyboard

Pros
Proprietary HyperX switches offer balanced typing feel
Cool, alternate space bar cap
Slightly more affordable than other 60 percent gaming keyboards
PBT keycaps

Cons
Only three onboard profiles
Non-PBT alternate keycaps

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TechRadar

The best affordable mini gaming keyboard

Pros
Affordable yet premium build
HyperX Red switches are speedy and responsive

Cons
No macros on hand

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We ranked Asus ROG Strix Flare II Animate #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Asus ROG Strix Flare II Animate as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

The best gaming keyboard

Pros
Hot-swappable keys
8,000Hz polling rate
USB passthrough
Comfortable pleather wrist rest
Beautiful AniMe matrix

Cons
Software could be more focused
Expensive for a wired keyboard

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Tom's Hardware

Best Keyboard for Fun Lighting

Pros
LED Dot Matrix Display
Dedicated Media Keys
Aluminium Plate
Cushiony wrist rest
Hot swap PCB

Cons
Clunky Per-key RGB software
Clumsy wrist rest installation

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We ranked Mountain Everest Max #8 in November 2022 because:

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

The best hot-swappable gaming keyboard

Pros
Versatile modular design
Hot-swappable switches
Digital display dial
Premium look and feel

Cons
Not fast enough for tournament use
ABS keycaps on $299.99 base model

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PC Gamer

The best modular gaming keyboard

Pros
Fully modular
Simple, elegant style
Great hardware

Cons
-Unsure about Base Camp software
-A thoroughly TKL or 60% keyboard will likely be cheaper

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TechRadar

Premium gaming keyboard that's customizable and modular

Pros
Innovative modular design
Creative media deck and macro pad

Cons
Software can be fussy

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We ranked Wooting Two HE #9 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Wooting Two HE as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Best Gaming Keyboard For Enthusiasts

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PC Gamer

The best gaming keyboard

Pros
Analogue switches
High reliability
Hot swappable switches
Adjustable actuation
Solid app with easy to navigate menus and feature

Cons
Games don't always play nice with analogue switches
Analogue control takes some getting used to

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We ranked Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro #10 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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
Expensive
Some software issues
Battery life may be an issue

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We ranked Logitech G915 #11 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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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
-Requires semi-regular charging

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We ranked Razer Cynosa V2 #12 in November 2022 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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GamesRadar+

The best gaming keyboard under $60 / £60

Pros
Feels great to type on
Quiet membrane keys
Affordable

Cons
Some keys can sound 'squeaky'

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We ranked Roccat Magma #13 in November 2022 because:

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

The best membrane gaming keyboard

Pros
Fantastically low price
Smooth and satisfying experience
Extra macro functionality

Cons
RGB customization limited to five zones

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TechRadar

The best budget gaming keyboard

Pros
Fast, accurate keys
Impressively quiet keystrokes

Cons
Relatively lacking in features

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We ranked Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro #14 in November 2022 because:

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

The best tenkeyless gaming keyboard

Pros
Incredibly responsive
Beautifully bright RGB lighting
Compact

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

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TechRadar

Another excellent optical gaming keyboard

Pros
Fast and accurate performance
Satisfying yet quiet operation

Cons
Plethora of shortcuts have a steep learning curve

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We ranked Razer Huntsman V2 TKL #15 in November 2022 because:

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

The best premium gaming keyboard

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

Cons
Expensive
The keys are very light

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TechRadar

The best TKL gaming keyboard

Pros
Fast optical switches
Removable cable

Cons
Not a lot of extra features

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We ranked HyperX Alloy Elite 2 #16 in November 2022 because:

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

The best gaming keyboard for most

Pros
Smooth switches with low actuation
Powerful RGB lighting
USB passthrough

Cons
Cheaper keycaps
No wrist rest

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T3

Everything you could want in a gaming keyboard

Pros
Sharp, responsive switches
Full set of media keys

Cons
Fingerprint magnet
No wrist rest

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We ranked Corsair K70 Pro Mini #17 in November 2022 because:

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

The best compact gaming keyboard

Pros
Hot-swappable key switches
Excellent iCue RGB software
8,000Hz polling rate
Multiple pairing modes, including three Bluetooth devices
Reasonably priced

Cons
Battery life is a bit low
Typing isn't great with the stock switches

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TechRadar

The best 60% keyboard for gaming

Pros
Great performance on every front
Incredible customization options

Cons
Expensive

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We ranked SteelSeries Apex 5 #18 in November 2022 because:

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

The best hybrid gaming keyboard

Pros
Reasonable price
Good in-game performance
Smart multimedia key

Cons
Membrane/mechanical hybrid doesn't add much
Somewhat dull lighting

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GamesRadar+

The best hybrid gaming keyboard

Pros
Soft matte key caps
Tactile and responsive
Powerful software

Cons
OLED display is underused

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We ranked Razer BlackWidow V3 Hyper #19 in November 2022 because:

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

The best 65% mini keyboard

Pros
Just enough keys
Comfortable switches
Streamlined design

Cons
Extremely expensive
Short battery life on default settings

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T3

The best premium 65% form factor wireless keyboard

Pros
Premium build quality
Wired and wireless
Up to 200 hours of battery life

Cons
Very expensive
Do you need a 65% form factor?

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We ranked Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB #20 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Ergonomic Gaming Keyboard / Editors' Choice

Pros
True Cherry MX switches in a choice of three varieties.
Comfortable ergonomic design, once you're accustomed to it.
Superb, plush wrist rest.
Per-key customizable RGB lighting

Cons
Driverless SmartSet app is more work than we'd like.
Optional "lift kit" costs extra.
Steep learning curve.

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