which model to choose in 2020?

Are you looking for a new keyboard for gaming? In this buying guide, we’ll help you see more clearly between mechanical or membrane keyboards, wired or wireless, and between affordable or rather high-end models. Discover our selection below.

Our selection of the best gaming keyboard

These prices were updated on 08/04/2020 by All4affiliates. They are listed in ascending order and excluding delivery costs. Only the prices displayed at the merchants are valid.

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These prices were updated on 08/04/2020 by All4affiliates. They are listed in ascending order and excluding delivery costs. Only the prices displayed at the merchants are valid.

buying guide on the best gaming keyboards

Our guide to buying the best gaming keyboards is divided into two distinct categories: inexpensive models, offering good value for money, and higher-end products, sold at a premium price and aimed at demanding gamers. At the end of the guide, we take stock of the most common questions concerning keyboards for gamers. To accompany your keyboard, we also invite you to consult our guide to the best gaming mice.

The best budget gaming keyboards

Asus Cerberus

Asus Cerberus

Available around 40 euros on Amazon, this membrane gaming keyboard offers excellent value for money. It offers basic backlighting (in red or blue), 19 anti-ghosting keys (an option that allows you to press several keys simultaneously without encountering a bug) and great ease of use.The Cerberus also allows you to create 12 macros (or series of programmable actions) to chain operations at lightning speed without any latency.

The + The –
19 anti-ghosting keys Too basic backlighting
A reduced price A little low-end overall design
A pleasant wrist rest Rather noisy

Logitech G213 Prodigy

Logitech G213 Keyboard

Logitech offers an imposing elegant and quiet membrane keyboard. The manufacturer has in fact opted for switches with rubber domes in order to reduce the noise of the keys. As always, Logitech accompanies its keyboard with practical and ef fi cient configuration software. In particular, it allows you to adjust the backlight effects.

Unfortunately, the intensity of the lights is fixed by default. We recommend it to players who want to spare the ears of those around them for a rather low price. The keyboard is indeed available for sale at a price of 35-40 euros on Amazon for example.

The + The –
Ultra silent A too plastic fi nish
Comfortable, especially thanks to a wrist rest
No macro keys

MSI Vigor GK40

MSI Vigor GK40 Keyboard

We continue with another membrane keyboard, the Vigor GK40 from MSI. Sold for around 50 euros, the keyboard is aimed primarily at gamers looking for an affordable and quiet solution. Designed for gaming, it is distinguished by an ultra comfortable wrist rest, a backlighting on 6 pleasant zones (also for the most sensitive eyes), successful and customizable, and a perfectible but correct fi nish for a product of this price range. We regret that the customization software provided by MSI does not allow you to con fi gure macros.

The + The –
Cheap A perfectible fi nish
Comfortable No macros
Quiet A bit useless customization software

Spirit of Gamer Xpert-K700

Spirit of Gamer K700

The French brand Spirit Of Gamer offers here a mechanical keyboard of good quality, the XPERT-K700. Each of the 105 keys on the keyboard is elegantly backlit. Unfortunately, the fi rm has not decided to include software to customize the lighting of the accessory. We must therefore be satisfied with 10 prede fi ned modes.

On the other hand, the keyboard is very responsive and comfortable, especially thanks to a removable wrist rest. Not surprisingly, keyboard use is particularly noisy. We recommend it especially to gamers avid Battle Royale who do not want to explode their budget in the purchase of a new keyboard. It is indeed sold at a very affordable price of 65 or even 70 euros.

The + The –
Responsive and ideal for nervous games No customization software
Good value for money
Limited backlighting
No macros

The best high-end gaming keyboards

Asus ROG Claymore – Cherry MX Red

Asus Rog Claymore

We are entering the field of high-end keyboard! Let’s start with Asus’ ROG Claymore. This mechanical gaming keyboard stands out first with its elegant aluminum fi nish. It offers a firm and pleasant typing thanks to very reliable Cherry MX RGB switches. Finally, it is rather discreet and quiet for a mechanical keyboard.

Best of all, it comes with a detachable numeric keypad. This is quite convenient for users who also need a keyboard for office use. Finally, it is magni fi ciently illuminated thanks to its full backlighting accompanied by successful customization software that is easy to use but not sufficiently extensive. Finally, we regret the lack of a wrist rest, especially given the high price of 200 euros.

The + The –
Quality Cherry MX RGB switches A high price
Quiet No dedicated macro keys
The numeric keypad is detachable

Logitech G915

Logitech G915

Available with or without wire, this Logitech keyboard stands out with a premium brushed metal design and beautifully matte black keys. The wireless version is able to connect simultaneously to several devices, such as a tablet, your smartphone or an additional computer for example. This is a very practical option.

It has 5 dedicated macro keys, full backlighting and customizable via proprietary quality software. Logitech promises about 30 hours of battery life if you turn on the lights, which is absolutely fine. Without the backlight, the battery life exceeds 100 hours. It is a very complete keyboard which is aimed especially at the most demanding players … and ready to invest 250 euros.

The + The –
Dual bluetooth connection No wrist rest
Macro keys Very high price
Madness autonomy
Full customization software

Logitech G Pro

Logitech G Pro keyboard

We continue with another high-flying Logitech production, the G Pro. This is an imposing, ultra-complete 980 gram thin mechanical keyboard. The keyboard offers high level performance and responsiveness thanks to Romer-G switches. Robust despite its plastic design, the G Pro is equipped with well-felt multimedia keys and keys that will delight more professional uses (such as Print Screen for example).

Unsurprisingly, Logitech has integrated a successful and customizable backlighting (via Logitech Gaming Software). However, we regret a slightly uneven light output, a shame for a device in this range. The keyboard also has 12 macro keys, perfect for RPG fans for example. However, it is possible to save personalized lighting on the internal memory of the keyboard. It’s rare enough to be noted. It is available for 150 euros from most online retailers.

The + The –
Responsiveness thanks to Romer-G switches A slight lack of stability
Versatile 12 macro keys Very gaming oriented, it lacks versatility
Internal memory that stores the settings

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

Corsair K95 Keyboard

The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum stands out among the most comfortable mechanical keyboards on the market today, above all thanks to a large non-slip palm and palm rest. Robust and responsive, it relies on Cherry MX Speed ​​switches that deliver exceptional typing speed. To appeal to gamers, Corsair has integrated multicolored backlighting (RGB) for the keys, which can be personalized via revised configuration software.

It is accompanied by 6 dedicated macro keys and dedicated keys for controlling music or any multimedia content. These keys are quickly adopted by users. Finally, the accessory’s internal memory can store 3 pro fi les. This is useful if you regularly travel with your keyboard. It is marketed around 150 €.

The + The –
Ultra comfortable thanks to a large wrist rest Noisy
Reagent High price
6 dedicated macro keys and multimedia keys

Steelseries Apex Pro

Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard

The STEELSERIES APEX PRO stands out from the competition with its ultra-precise backlighting. If you want to customize down to the last detail how the keys light up, this is probably the mechanical gaming keyboard for you. It also does not demerit in the field of comfort, thanks to a magnetic and removable wrist rest, or responsiveness.

It is also perfect for the most demanding players thanks to switches whose activation point can be changed as desired. Finally, it stands out from its rivals with a small OLED screen capable of displaying contextual information, such as available emojis, for example. On this side, the bar is very reminiscent of the Touch Bar of MacBook Pro. Unsurprisingly, it is very expensive… nearly 300 euros.

The + The –
Ultra customizable backlighting A very high price
The pop-up OLED screen No macro keys
A magnetic and removable wrist rest
The OLED display is only compatible with certain apps and games

Roccat Vulcan 120 AIMO

Roccat Vulcan 120

With the Vulcan 120 AIMO, Roccat offers the ultimate mechanical gaming keyboard. The brand promises high-level responsiveness and zero latency thanks to its own switch technology, the Titan. Roccat assures that the keyboard will save gamers precious seconds. However, this mechanism generates a lot of noise compared to the other high-end solutions in this guide.

The Vulcan surprises with its high-end and original design, with visible switches. Obviously, there is a programmable RGB backlighting. The customization software has amazing and never-before-seen options. We especially loved the smart lighting mode, which automatically adapts to your game. Likewise, it is possible to add a shortcut to all the keys on the keyboard. However, it does not have dedicated macro keys. Roccat offers its gaming keyboard with a wrist rest for 150 euros. A good value for money compared to previous productions in this guide.

The + The –
Speed ​​and responsiveness No dedicated macro keys
Comfort He is very loud
Personalization software Volume controls

⌨A wired or wireless gaming keyboard?

First of all, we invite you to decide if you prefer a gaming keyboard connected by a USB cable or connected by Bluetooth to your computer. It all depends on the con fi guration of your gaming space. If you are gaming sitting in an office chair, sitting in front of a traditional workstation, there is little point in opting for a wireless accessory. On the other hand, if you’re used to gaming lying on your couch, some distance from your PC screen, you’ll have less trouble with a wireless keyboard. Up to you !

🤔 Mechanical keyboard or membrane?

There are two main families of keyboard on the market: mechanical keyboards or keyboards with membrane. Mechanical keyboards are noisier but offer unparalleled responsiveness and comfort. In addition, the mechanical keyboard is more durable. In case of failure of a key, it suffices to replace the switch. No need to automatically switch keyboard. We recommend especially mechanical keyboards to gamers keen on video players who put their reflexes to the test.

For their part, membrane keyboards are the most common type of keyboards in the office automation field. Less responsive than mechanical keyboards, they are on the other hand much quieter but less durable. If there is a problem with a key, you will have to change the keyboard. Membrane keyboards are recommended more to fans of MMORPG-type games, for example, and to users whose use promises to be versatile. They are generally less expensive than mechanical keyboards.

In truth, there is also a third family of keyboards: chiclet keyboards. They stand out from other keyboards by their ultra-flat keys. As a result, using a chiclet keyboard is very quiet. However, this type of accessory is not really suitable for fans of PC video games. They often lack responsiveness. Its use will be reserved for office automation and word processing.

🤷‍♂️Gaming keyboard with or without backlight?

Many keyboards made for video games feature ingenious backlighting systems. In the case of a wireless keyboard, this option can quickly decrease battery life. In the case of a wired keyboard, you won’t have a problem. Note that many manufacturers offer rather extensive customization options. For example, it is possible to illuminate only the essential shortcuts of your video game. Additionally, this feature allows Loom-in-the-Dark players to keep tabs on what they’re doing.

What is the budget for a good gaming keyboard?

If you’re looking for a good entry-level gaming keyboard, you should be able to find what you’re looking for between $ 25 and $ 70. To limit the investment, you can opt for a membrane keyboard or bypass wireless models. For a good mechanical keyboard, wireless, with backlighting, we invite you to invest between 75 and 150 €. Unsurprisingly, some ultra high-end models blithely exceed € 200. We recommend these high-level keyboards to the most demanding players, used to playing long hours in front of their PC.

We hope that this buying guide will help you make an informed choice from all the keyboards available on the market. If you have any other suggestions, comments, or if an error has inadvertently been added to this file, we invite you to post a comment in the section below. Likewise, we invite you to share your testimony and your experience in the field of gaming keyboards with the site community.

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