August 2022

Gaming Keyboards: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 4 Aug 2022, Corsair K100 RGB takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed gaming keyboard with 6 expert endorsements. 3 experts out of 6 recommended it as the '#1 gaming keyboard' this month. It is followed by Razer Huntsman v2 Analog and Corsair K70 RGB TKL , with 7 and 7 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - August 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Gaming Keyboard
Laptop Mag
Rtings.com
TechRadar
PC Gamer
Tom's Hardware
T3
GamesRadar+
Tom's Guide
Digital Trends
PCMag
1
+1 $199
Corsair K100 RGB
1
1
-
1
7
12
-
-
-
8
2
-1 $210
Razer Huntsman v2 Analog
6
-
1
-
9
-
1
9
6
9
3
- $109
Corsair K70 RGB TKL
11
-
-
-
4
4
11
5
4
3
4
- $198
Logitech G915 TKL
-
-
6
-
-
14
4
8
3
-
5
- $140
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro
3
3
-
-
5
9
-
-
-
-
6
+1 $80
HyperX Alloy Origins 60
5
-
9
-
-
-
-
6
-
5
7
+1 $220
Asus ROG Strix Flare II Animate
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
1
-
8
+1 $300
Mountain Everest Max
-
-
3
2
-
-
9
-
-
-
9
-3 $165
SteelSeries Apex Pro
-
2
10
-
11
-
-
-
-
-
10
- $229
Logitech G915
-
-
-
4
12
-
-
4
-
-
11
- $120
Razer BlackWidow V3 Hyper
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
12
5
-
12
- $111
Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro
-
-
2
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
13
- $40
Razer Cynosa V2
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
2
-
-
14
- $200
Razer Huntsman V2 TKL
-
-
5
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
19
+1 $130
HyperX Alloy Elite 2
-
-
-
-
-
13
3
-
-
-
20
-1 $85
Roccat Vulcan 121
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
7
-
-
21
New * Check price
Wooting Two HE
-
6
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
22
-1 $78
Corsair K65 RGB Mini
9
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
23
New * $185
Ducky One 3
-
-
-
6
-
-
12
-
-
-
24
-1 $80
SteelSeries Apex 5
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
10
-
-
25
-1 $199
Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB
13
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
7

We ranked Corsair K100 RGB #1 in August 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts 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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Rtings.com

Best Gaming Keyboard

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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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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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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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We ranked Razer Huntsman v2 Analog #2 in August 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:
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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TechRadar

The best gaming keyboard right now

Pros
Fully customizable key actuation
Delightfully tactile key clicks

Cons
Eye-wateringly 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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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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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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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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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 August 2022 ranking

We ranked Corsair K70 RGB TKL #3 in August 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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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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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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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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We ranked Logitech G915 TKL #4 in August 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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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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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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We ranked Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro #5 in August 2022 because:

  • 4 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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Rtings.com

Best Mid-Range Gaming Keyboard

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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 HyperX Alloy Origins 60 #6 in August 2022 because:

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

Compact gaming keyboard at an affordable price

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

Cons
No macros on hand

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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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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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We ranked Asus ROG Strix Flare II Animate #7 in August 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:
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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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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We ranked Mountain Everest Max #8 in August 2022 because:

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

Jack-of-all-trades

Pros
Innovative modular design
Creative media deck and macro pad

Cons
Software can be fussy

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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

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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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We ranked SteelSeries Apex Pro #9 in August 2022 because:

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

Best Upper Mid-Range Gaming Keyboard

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TechRadar

Taking magnetism to another level

Pros
Beautiful aluminum build
Custom actuation settings

Cons
Is it worth its high price tag?

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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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We ranked Logitech G915 #10 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 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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We ranked Razer BlackWidow V3 Hyper #11 in August 2022 because:

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

The best 65% gaming keyboard

Pros
High-quality compact performance
Up to 200 hours of battery life
Optional Bluetooth mode

Cons
Expensive considering the size

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We ranked Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro #12 in August 2022 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
Satisfying yet quiet operation

Cons
Plethora of shortcuts have a steep learning curve

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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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We ranked Razer Cynosa V2 #13 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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We ranked Razer Huntsman V2 TKL #14 in August 2022 because:

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

The Razer Huntsman, but smaller and faster

Pros
Fast optical switches
Removable cable

Cons
Not a lot of extra features

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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

Cons
Expensive
The keys are very light

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We ranked HyperX Alloy Elite 2 #15 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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We ranked Roccat Vulcan 121 #16 in August 2022 because:

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

The best mechanical switches in a gaming keyboard

Pros
Great mechanical switches for typing
Durable
Drop-dead gorgeous lighting and design

Cons
Wrist rest isn't very useful

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Tom's Guide

The most stylish gaming keyboard

Pros
Gorgeous design
Choice of key switches
Great performance

Cons
So-so software
Incomplete media bar

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We ranked Wooting Two HE #17 in August 2022 because:

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

Best Gaming Keyboard For Enthusiasts

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PC Gamer

The best analog 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 Corsair K65 RGB Mini #18 in August 2022 because:

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

Cons
Pricey
Shortcuts take getting used to

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TechRadar

Hard to ignore performance in a compact design

Pros
Hyper responsive keystrokes with up to 8,000Hz polling rate
Individually lit customizable RGB keys

Cons
No way to change elevation

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We ranked Ducky One 3 #19 in August 2022 because:

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

The best no-frills gaming keyboard

Pros
Beautiful
Built to a very high standard
Will outlive most PC builds
Colour-matched cable
PBT keycaps

Cons
No Play/Pause/Skip keys
DIP switches don't work on mine
Look elsewhere for RGB backlighting

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GamesRadar+

The best feeling gaming keyboard

Pros
Impressive build quality
Speedy
Fully programmable and hot-swappable
Excellent typing feel and sound

Cons
No dedicated software
No wrist rest

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We ranked SteelSeries Apex 5 #20 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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We ranked Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB #21 in August 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 Split-Design 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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