September 2021

Gaming Keyboards: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - September 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Gaming Keyboard
Laptop Mag
TechRadar
PC Gamer
Tom's Hardware
T3
Tom's Guide
CNET
Rtings.com
Digital Trends
PCMag
1
- $230
Corsair K100 RGB
1
-
1
6
13
-
-
5
-
8
2
- $120
Corsair K70 RGB TKL
8
-
-
-
4
5
4
-
5
2
3
- $158
SteelSeries Apex Pro
-
10
9
10
-
-
-
1
-
-
4
- $230
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro
2
-
-
4
9
-
-
3
-
-
5
+1 $230
Logitech G915
-
-
5
11
-
4
-
-
3
-
6
-1 $154
Razer Huntsman Elite
-
-
8
8
3
-
8
-
-
-
7
+3 $153
Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed
-
-
-
-
5
12
2
-
6
-
8
-1 $100
HyperX Alloy Origins 60
4
9
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
9
9
+4 $170
Logitech G915 TKL
-
6
-
-
15
8
9
-
-
-
10
-2 $250
Razer Huntsman v2 Analog
-
1
-
-
-
9
-
-
-
6
11
-2 $120
Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro
-
2
-
-
2
-
7
-
-
-
12
-1 $62
Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
2
-
13
-1 $100
HyperX Alloy Elite 2
-
-
-
-
14
-
6
-
-
10
14
- $110
Glorious GMMK
-
-
-
-
12
-
1
-
-
-
15
- Check price
Mountain Everest Max
-
3
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
16
- $52
Razer Cynosa V2
-
-
-
-
11
2
-
-
-
-
17
+5 $97
Corsair K65 RGB Mini
7
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
18
-1 $199
Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB
10
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
19
-1 $100
HyperX Alloy Origins
-
-
-
5
-
-
5
-
-
-
20
-1 $160
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT
-
-
-
9
7
-
-
-
-
-
21
-1 $110
Razer Huntsman Mini
-
-
-
12
-
-
-
-
-
11
22
-1 $64
Logitech G413
-
-
-
-
22
-
-
6
-
-

We ranked Corsair K100 RGB #1 in September 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:
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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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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Rtings.com

Best Keyboard For MMO Gaming

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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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We ranked Corsair K70 RGB TKL #2 in September 2021 because:

  • 6 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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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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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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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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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 September 2021 ranking

We ranked SteelSeries Apex Pro #3 in September 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

Cons
Is it worth its high price tag?

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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 #4 in September 2021 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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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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Rtings.com

Best Wireless Keyboard For Gaming

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We ranked Logitech G915 #5 in September 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 Razer Huntsman Elite #6 in September 2021 because:

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

Best Optical Mechanical Keyboard

Pros
Premium switch options
Quality dedicated media controls, RGB wrist rest

Cons
Requires 2 USB ports for RGB wrist rest
Expensive

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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
Needs two USB ports for power

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CNET

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We ranked Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed #7 in September 2021 because:

  • 4 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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CNET

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Digital Trends

The best 65% gaming keyboard

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We ranked HyperX Alloy Origins 60 #8 in September 2021 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 for Compact Keyboard Fans

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 Logitech G915 TKL #9 in September 2021 because:

  • 4 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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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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CNET

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We ranked Razer Huntsman v2 Analog #10 in September 2021 because:

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

The best optical gaming keyboard

Pros
Innovative actuation features
Gorgeous design
Great performance

Cons
Keys feel stiff
Inconsistent software

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PCMag

Best for Tinkerers / Editor's 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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We ranked Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro #11 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 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 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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CNET

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We ranked Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT #12 in September 2021 because:

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

Cons
Rubberized cable is cumbersome
Plastic construction flexes easily

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Rtings.com

Non-Mechanical Alternative

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Digital Trends

The best budget gaming keyboard

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We ranked HyperX Alloy Elite 2 #13 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 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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CNET

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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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We ranked Glorious GMMK #14 in September 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

Cons
No wireless option
Rather dull status lights
On the expensive side

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CNET

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We ranked Mountain Everest Max #15 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 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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We ranked Razer Cynosa V2 #16 in September 2021 because:

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

The best budget membrane gaming keyboard

Pros
Great keyboard feel
Quiet membrane keys
Customisable RGB lighting

Cons
Do you want membrane switches?

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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 Corsair K65 RGB Mini #17 in September 2021 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 Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB #18 in September 2021 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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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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We ranked HyperX Alloy Origins #19 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts 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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CNET

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We ranked Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT #20 in September 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

Cons
Pricey

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We ranked Razer Huntsman Mini #21 in September 2021 because:

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

Best Small Gaming Keyboard

Pros
Light optical switches
Textured, shine-free PBT keycaps
5 onboard memory profiles
Software customization option

Cons
Doesn't feel rugged for the price
60% form factor means no dedicated arrow keys

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PCMag

Best for Esports Pros

Pros
Ultra-reduced footprint
Razer optical switches
PBT keycaps
Lighting changes and keycap "sideprints" help you navigate extra shortcuts
Detachable USB Type-C cable

Cons
Can't remap essential key combos
A little pricey versus some 60 percent alternatives

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We ranked Logitech G413 #22 in September 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

Cons
No media keys
Been on the market a while now

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Rtings.com

Best Budget Keyboard For Gaming

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