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The best gaming keyboards

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Everyday office keyboards may be cheap, but they're not all that comfortable, or pretty, or feature-rich. If you've bought or built a fancy gaming PC, you'll probably want one of the best gaming keyboards on the market to go along with it. On this page, we've put together a list of the best gaming keyboards, whether you're looking for something mechanical, small, cheap — or even wireless.

Tom's Guide tests dozens of keyboards each year, and our evaluations led us to recommend the Corsair K70 RGB Mk.2 as the best gaming keyboard for its incredible comfort and versatility. 

Corsair K70 RGB Mk.2

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Corsair K70 RGB Mk.2

Specifications

Key Type: Mechanical
Switch Type: Cherry MX, Various
Illumination: Full RGB
Size: 17.2 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches

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The best gaming keyboard overall

As our best gaming keyboard overall, the Corsair K70 RGB Mk.2 has everything you could want. You can choose from a variety of authentic Cherry MX switches, light your keyboard up with subtle RGB patterns and control your media effortlessly, thanks to discrete keys. Not only does the K70 RGB Mk.2 perform incredibly well in-game, but it also looks beautiful and incorporates quality parts that can last a long time. Pick up a K70 RGB Mk.2, and you won't need (or want) another gaming keyboard for a long, long time.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

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Razer BlackWidow Elite

Specifications

Key Type: Mechanical
Switch Type: Razer Mechanical Switches
Illumination: Full RGB
Size: 17.5 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches

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Mechanical excellence

Razer has been building some of the best gaming keyboards for years, but the BlackWidow Elite is arguably the best one it's made yet. With a choice of three high-quality Razer switches, a full media control bar, pass-throughs for both USB and 3.5 mm audio, and a comfortable wrist rest that won't take up too much extra desk space, the BlackWidow Elite has everything you need to excel in both gaming and productivity. If you have other Razer gear, you can even synchronize the attractive RGB lighting.

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Corsair K95 RB Platinum XT

Specifications

Key Type: Mechanical
Switch Type: Cherry MX
Illumination: Full RGB
Size: 18.3 x 6.7 x 1.4 inches

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Premium and feature-rich

The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT improves on the already excellent K95 RGB Platinum with smart features for streamers, better keycaps, and more onboard memory. This premium keyboard features genuine Cherry MX switches, which proved incredibly responsive and accurate in our testing. 

Like on any Corsair keyboard, you can customize the Platinum XT’s RGB lighting to your heart’s content via the iCUE app. But now you can also program a variety of Elgato Stream Deck commands to the keyboard’s six extra keys, allowing you to easily change scenes, post tweets or launch an app while broadcasting to your Twitch or Mixer audience. 

Combine those smarts with a comfy wrist rest, discrete media keys and a gorgeous design, and you have one of the best gaming keyboards for folks willing to spend a premium.

Roccat Vulcan 121 Aimo

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Roccat Vulcan 121 Aimo

Specifications

Key Type: Mechanical
Switch Type: Titan Switch Tactile/Linear
Illumination: Full RGB
Size: 18.2 x 9.3 x 1.3 inches

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One of the most attractive keyboards you can buy

Traditional RGB keyboards can be very pretty, but with recessed switches and black keycaps, you're only seeing a fraction of the gorgeous color patterns you can program. Enter the Roccat Vulcan 121 Aimo, which features thin, elevated keycaps and clear plastic surrounding the switches. Every gorgeous key can cycle through a whole rainbow — or you can simply turn off the lighting and enjoy the excellent key switches, which work equally well for typing and gaming.

Razer Ornata Chroma

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Razer Ornata Chroma

Specifications

Key Type: Membrane/Mechanical
Switch Type: Razer
Illumination: Full RGB
Size: 18.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches

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Perfect for PC or Mac

While most gaming keyboards will work just fine with Macs, few companies go out of their way to make sure that their software will work as well. Razer is a notable exception to the rule, and the company ensures that its excellent Synapse 2.0 software is fully compatible with Mac operating systems. While any Razer keyboard can complement a Mac, the Ornata is the best gaming keyboard for Macs we've tested. With a stylish appearance and a reasonable price tag, it's both comfortable and functional.

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Logitech G613

Specifications

Key Type: Mechanical
Switch Type: GL Linear/Tactile/Clicky
Illumination: Full RGB
Size: 18.7 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches

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Wireless greatness

The Logitech G915 is everything a wireless gaming keyboard should be. You get your choice of low-profile mechanical switches: GL Linear, Tactile or Clicky, and each one feel satisfying and response. You get full RGB lighting and a variety of eye-catching patterns. 

You get both USB and Bluetooth connectivity, an extra column of macro keys and a full media bar, complete with a volume wheel. The device costs a lot of money, to be sure, but if you want a premium gaming keyboard without the hassle of wires, the G915 is about as good as they get.

Marshall Honorof
Marshall Honorof

Marshall Honorof is a senior editor for Tom's Guide, overseeing the site's coverage of gaming hardware and software. He comes from a science writing background, having studied paleomammalogy, biological anthropology, and the history of science and technology. After hours, you can find him practicing taekwondo or doing deep dives on classic sci-fi.