March 2021

Gaming Keyboard Rankings Report

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

We ranked Corsair K100 RGB #1 in March 2021 because:

  • 5 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

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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

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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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Best Keyboard For MMO Gaming

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

  • 5 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

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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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Digital Trends

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We ranked Razer Huntsman Elite #3 in March 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Razer Huntsman Elite as #1.
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

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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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Digital Trends

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We ranked Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro #4 in March 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 Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 #5 in March 2021 because:

  • 3 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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CNET

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Laptop Mag

Still one of the best gaming keyboards around

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

Cons
Expensive

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We ranked Razer Cynosa V2 #6 in March 2021 because:

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

The best in its class

Pros
+Meaningful refinements over its predecessor
+Inexpensive price remains

Cons
-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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T3

The best budget membrane gaming keyboard

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

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We ranked Logitech G915 #7 in March 2021 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

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PCMag

Best for Serious Fans of Low-Profile Switches

Pros
Very comfortable low-profile key switches.
Wireless without lag.
Handy media, macro, and profile keys.
Handsome.
Good battery life.

Cons
Wildly expensive.
No built-in dongle storage.
Low-profile switches are an acquired taste.

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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 Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB #8 in March 2021 because:

  • 3 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

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PCMag

Best for Ergonomically Minded Gamers / 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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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 Logitech G915 TKL #9 in March 2021 because:

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

Best TKL Gaming Keyboard

Pros
Slim, sturdy build
Comfortable low-profile switches
Easy switching between wireless dongle or Bluetooth connection

Cons
No G keys for programming
No wrist rest or USB passthrough
Expensive

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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 Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT #10 in March 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Keyboards” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT as #1.
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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PCMag

Best for Streamers and Macros Tweakers / Editors' Choice

Pros
Same great K95 Platinum design and features.
Elgato Stream Deck support.
More onboard profiles.
New and improved wrist rest.
PBT doubleshot keycaps.

Cons
Not an enormous upgrade over the previous K95 Platinum.

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

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

Best for Fast-Action Gamers

Pros
Stately look can serve gamers, productivity users alike.
High-quality switch feel and sound.
Dedicated media keys and volume dial.
Per-key RGB lighting, plus zone-based lighting.

Cons
No dedicated macro keys.
No USB or audio pass-through.

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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 DAS Keyboard X50Q RGB #12 in March 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 #13 in March 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 Razer Huntsman Tournament #14 in March 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts 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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PCMag

Best for Esports Hounds

Pros
Light, compact design.
Optical switches are accurate and have hair-trigger actuation.
Detachable cable enhances portability.

Cons
Featherlight actuation can lead to lots of typing mistakes.

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We ranked HyperX Alloy Origins #15 in March 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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PCMag

Best for No-Nonsense Mechanical-Keyboard Buffs / Editors' Choice

Pros
Solidly made chassis.
Well-priced.
Proprietary switches offer unique feel.
Detachable USB-C cable.

Cons
No creature comforts, such as dedicated macro keys or USB pass-through ports.

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We ranked SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL #16 in March 2021 because:

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

Best for Esports Players Seeking a Tenkeyless Design / Editors' Choice

Pros
Durable aluminum body.
Handy OLED mini-display with easy-to-use onboard menus.
Snappy mechanical switches.
Per-key-programmable RGB backlighting.

Cons
Loud key action, in Blue sample tested.

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Rtings.com

Best TKL Keyboard For Gaming

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We ranked Logitech G Pro X #17 in March 2021 because:

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

Best for Extreme Tweakers,Key-Switch Connoisseurs

Pros
Allows for swapping out actual key-switch mechanisms on a per-key basis.
Switch-swapping isn't hard.
Compact design.
Feels good to type on and game on.

Cons
Expensive, especially if you buy multiple switch sets on day one.
Onboard memory stores only one profile.

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CNET

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We ranked Razer Ornata V2 #18 in March 2021 because:

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

Best for Fans of a Classic Razer Design

Pros
Dedicated media keys
Programmable volume roller
Mecha-membrane keys
Padded wrist rest

Cons
Not that many new or updated features

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Best Non-Mechanical Keyboard For Gaming

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We ranked HyperX Alloy Elite 2 #19 in March 2021 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

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CNET

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We ranked Whirlwind FX Element #20 in March 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts 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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CNET

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We ranked Corsair K63 #21 in March 2021 because:

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

The best gaming keyboard for a wireless,mechanical gaming setup

Pros
+Reliable wireless signal
+128-bit AES encryption mode
+Premium build quality

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Digital Trends

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We ranked Logitech G413 #22 in March 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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