Best Gaming Keyboards in 2021
A user’s gaming experience can be significantly enhanced by a gaming keyboard which is essentially an advanced or adapted keyboard which has been specifically designed to become an excellent aid for the gamer. The advanced feature can be anything from a more ergonomic setup to programmable keys, unique to the individual gamer.
To most users a computer keyboard is just a peripheral item for typing up work reports – or ranting on social media. However, supplementing your PC set-up with a specially-built gaming keyboard (and mouse!) will allow you to unlock your full gaming potential, thanks to a number of gamer-friendly features helping you along the way.
Razer Cynosa V2
For newcomers to the world of PC gaming, the most suitable keyboard would be the Razer Cynosa V2 is a cheap gaming keyboard. Although it has just about everything else that one would expect from a full-featured gaming keyboard, this membrane keyboard lacks the comfortable mechanical keys of its more expensive cousins.The Cynosa V2 features full RGB lighting, a programmable Game Mode to prevent one from accidentally shutting down one’s game mid-session, discrete media keys and even some handy cable management. If one doesn’t want to drop $150 or more on a keyboard, this is a good place to start.
To be fair, there’s a reason why membrane keyboards are usually very cheap, and the Cynosa V2 never quite transcends its key style. Typing on the keyboard may not match the input speed of fancier models optimized for esports and programming the RGB lighting is also harder than it needs to be. But if you have already spent most of your money on a fancy PC and need to go light on accessories, the Cynosa V2 is a fine choice.
HyperX Alloy Elite RGB
For a board that can be illuminated in up to 16.9 million colors, the HyperX Alloy Elite sports a relatively simple aesthetic while still packing the features we expect out of a quality gaming keyboard. It comes in your choice of Cherry MX Brown, Blue, and Red. What it lacks in a dedicated macro column, it makes up for with its reasonable price and quality, durable design.
The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB leaves no feature box unchecked. It’s equipped with dedicated media controls, USB passthrough, a detachable wrist-rest, and full RGB backlighting. It also includes an extra set of silver keycaps for WASD and the first four number keys to up its aesthetics. The board supports full N-key rollover, meaning one never has to fret about key presses not registering.
The new HyperX Alloy Elite 2 has now been launched, featuring some beautiful ABS pudding keycaps, but only seems to be available on the HyperX website right now. It is beautiful, but you don’t get the wrist rest… you win some, you lose some.
Only time will tell for sure, but the Logitech G915 represents the future of gaming keyboards. Just as gaming mice and headsets have become increasingly wireless over the past few years, the G915 demonstrates how keyboards can take the same route without sacrificing aesthetics or performance. The G915 is a stunning, ultra-thin gaming keyboard that connects to computers via either USB dongle or Bluetooth. There’s no lag; there are no dropped signals. It’s just as fast and responsive as any wired peripheral.
Thanks to low-profile key switches and full RGB lighting, the G915 is both comfortable and visually striking. Its only real drawback is that it is expensive. But when you consider that it will save your desk from unsightly wires and last for many years, it could be a great investment.
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