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Best Gaming Keyboard 2024: The top 8 boards you can buy

There’s little point in investing in a high-end PC while settling for a basic gaming keyboard, as it will most likely hold you back from victory. For this reason, we’ve created the best gaming keyboard list so you know which are the best options to buy right now.

Our team of experts review a wide range of gaming keyboards throughout the year, ranging from great value picks that excel at the basics, to more luxury keyboards packing fancy features such as hot-swappable switches and OLED displays.

Keyboards that get a 4-star rating or above are considered for this best gaming keyboard list, allowing you to find all of the recent top-rated options in one convenient article.

We’ll be updating this list on a frequent basis, so make sure to check back in a few weeks if you can’t find a keyboard you like right now. And if you’re looking for keyboards that perform well outside of gaming, you can also check out our Best Mechanical Keyboard or Best Wireless Keyboards lists.

Best gaming keyboards at a glance

How we test

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We use every keyboard we test for at least a week. During that time, we’ll check it for ease of use and put it through its paces by playing a variety of different genres, including FPS, strategy and MOBAs.

We also check each keyboard’s software to see how easy it is to customise and set up.

Asus ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless

Best overall gaming keyboard
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  • Good looks
  • Pre-lubed switches feel excellent
  • Vibrant RGB lighting


  • Fiddly and slow software

The Asus ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless was lucky enough to score five stars from us alongside a Trusted Reviews Recommended badge, putting it firmly at the top of this list. It provides a solid frame with a plastic chassis and metal top plate, bringing a decent amount of heft that makes it feel very sturdy to type on. 

Our model came with pre-lubricated NX Snow switches; the lubrication makes them extremely smooth to type on with no form of scratchiness and a very short amount of travel, making them feel supremely snappy to the touch. The keyboard is also hot-swappable, so you can use any switches you like, so long as they conform to the MX standard of a 3-pin or 5-pin mounting. 

The Strix Scope II 96 Wireless comes with a quoted battery life of up to 1500 hours when using the bundled 2.4GHz receiver, so long as the RGB lighting is disabled. We didn’t have to top this keyboard up even once during our review period, so you can rest easy knowing that there is no fear of it dying halfway through a gaming session. 

Download the Asus ROG Armoury Crate application and you can fiddle with the RGB lighting capabilities of this keyboard as much as you like. We did find the software to be a little slow at times, but we were able to remap keys and customise the lighting as well as the functions of the wheel in the top right corner. 

The only downside of the Strix Scope II 96 Wireless is that it does not come with a lot of software customisation compared to some other keyboards out there. However, if you prefer hardware-driven personalisation and favour a study and sleek build, then the Asus ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless is a very good choice. It scored five stars for a reason, and if you’re happy to pay the premium prices, then you will be treated to a premium experience.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: Asus ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless review

Asus ROG Falchion RX Low Profile

Best low profile gaming keyboard
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  • Gorgeous looks
  • Smooth and snappy switches
  • Vivid RGB lighting


  • Armoury Crate is clunky

As evidenced by the excellent top pick on this list, Asus has some impressive keyboard chops, but it isn’t all about performance. The Asus ROG Falchion RX Low Profile is a compact and portable low profile wonder that has a strong typing experience to boot.

The ROG Falchion RX makes a great first impression with a design that is both understated, in a traditional gaming keyboard sense, but eye-catching for its bright white keys. It feels high quality while remaining impressively slim and offering immense portability, including a plastic cover. Handy connectivity some through wired, Bluetooth and a 2.4GHz receiver.

The main event is the low profile typing experience. We found it to be positively glorious. This Asus ROG offers smooth and snappy keypresses that are top-tier gaming performers but also act as an impressive hybrid option for productivity work.

You can game for plenty of time with this wireless set of keys, with up to 400 hours when the RGB is off and the 2.4GHz receiver is used. The ROG Armoury Crate is helpful as well, letting you customise the stylish RGB lighting and some remapping.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: Asus ROG Falchion RX Low Profile review

Razer Huntsman V3 Pro TKL

Best tenkeyless gaming keyboard
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  • Incredibly well-built
  • Powerful and versatile key switches
  • Synapse 3 offers lots of customisation


  • Expensive
  • Wrist rest isn’t as plush as its predecessor

For a long while the range that lends its name to the new Razer Huntsman V3 Pro TKL has been a go-to for high-class gaming keyboards. This trimmed-down tenkeyless board is no different.

When you’re looking for luxury in the gaming space, you head to Razer. The Huntsman V3 Pro TKL offers it in spades, with a sturdy construction and classic sleek Razer looks. The TKL layout means you get that extra desk space but additional function keys remain present for key macro customisation and more.

For performance, you get doubleshot PBT caps, which provide a comfortable yet detailed press as you type on this high-performance gaming option. We loved the speedy press you get from these second-gen optical Analog switches. Razer’s Rapid Trigger feature also adds an extra dose of swiftness to every response.

You also get Razer’s powerful Synapse software. It’s ideal for customising lighting, especially if you have more than one Razer device but it goes further, providing useful presets and settings, such as Gaming Mode for preventing accidental keypresses.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: Razer Huntsman V3 Pro TKL review

Roccat Pyro

Best value gaming keyboard
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  • Properly sturdy build quality
  • Quick linear switches are ideal for gaming
  • Affordable price
  • Great backlighting


  • Lack of USB passthrough
  • Grooved plastic may not please some
  • Cherry MX clones may not be the choice for purists

The Roccat Pyro is an excellent value gaming keyboard, especially considering it does the basics incredibly well.

It’s well built, with its sturdy plastic frame ensuring no noticeable flex in the chassis. We also found its metal top plate to feel fantastic and offer a more premium look than the price of the Pyro suggests. The keycaps on offer may not be PBT, but their smooth ABS plastic felt good under finger for both typing and gaming. The fact the keycaps were also double-shot moulded also allow the vibrant RGB lighting to shine through with ease. It also comes with a plastic wrist rest for added comfort which we thought was a nice touch, although it is made of scratchy plastics, which feel a little jagged on our wrists with extended use.

Inside, there are some TTC Red Switches, which we found to be great for general gaming, given their light actuation force and snappy linear keypress. They’re also some of the more substantial feeling Cherry MX clones out there, with a consistent force and tone. Some other clones we’ve tested can feel scratchy and offer an inconsistent sound and feeling between two keys, but these TTC Reds didn’t fall into that camp at all. Alongside this comes handy creature comforts for a gaming keyboard in the form of anti-ghosting and full NKRO which make keypresses as precise and accurate as they can be through ensuring no inputs are missed.

We also found the accompanying software, Roccat Swarm, to offer fantastic functionality with loads of customisation on offer, ranging from configuring the Pyro’s RGB lighting to programming macros and mapping keys. On the point of convenience, the Pyro is a wired keyboard and connects up via a standard USB-A connector, which is handy.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Roccat Pyro review

Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro

Best for macros
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The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is a keyboard with customisability at its forefront. First off, there’s the customisable Command Dial – essentially a more elaborate macro key. The dial allows you to adjust the parameters of various settings within your PC. You can use it to adjust the keyboard’s RGB lighting, move through playback, zoom in and out, and more. Each setting isn’t far away, with just a click of the dial required to toggle between different ones.

The level of customisation doesn’t end with the Command Dial, with plenty of regular macro keys on offer. There are five going down the left of the keyboard as well as three on the side of the peripheral. It’s a plethora of options for those who love a good shortcut, with Razer’s software offering up nigh-endless choices on what you can do with the macros.

Customisability extends beyond macro keys as well, with RGB lighting able to be tweaked to the nth degree. Each key is individually backlit and you’ve got a wide range of timid or extravagant effects you can apply to the lighting. This keyboard is about choice and it’s lived up to whether that’s with the macro keys or the RGB lighting.

Along with the freedom and control the BlackWidow V4 Pro offers you, it’s a keyboard with Razer’s stamp of quality. There’s a sturdy metal build and a simply phenomenal wrist rest for dodging typing fatigue. You’re paying a lot for this keyboard but Razer does a lot to back up its high price with luxury materials and comfort.

Reviewer: Callum Bains
Full review: Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro Review

Corsair K70 Max

Best hall-effect switch gaming keyboard
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  • Gorgeous looks
  • Powerful and snappy switches
  • Software provides good functionality


  • Expensive

The Corsair K70 Max is an excellent new gaming keyboard from a trusted brand, with cutting-edge features to ensure you are getting one of the best gaming keyboard experiences around.

At over £200/$200, the K70 Max isn’t a cheap keyboard but if you’ve got the capital then you won’t be disappointed. Your cash gets you a high-end feel that offers no deck flex at all and robust overall construction. There’s a touch of solid plastics but it’s backed up by smooth anodized aluminium. This gives the keyboard a luxurious look and feel that’s fitting its high price.

To appeal to serious gamers, Corsair is using hall-effect switches here. These kinds of switches use a magnet and a sensor to register a click rather than a more traditional mechanical option. As a result, you can make adjustments to the actuation point to suit your needs and wants. Some games may warrant a higher actuation point whereas some are more befitting of something lower, it’s a feature that avid gamers should love. The keypress itself is smooth and snappy, backed up by an 8000Hz polling rate.

On top of its high-end design, the lighting receives top marks too. The Corsair iCue software allows for endless customisation of the vivid RGB lighting as well as allowing you to easily tweak the actuation point and more.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Corsair K70 Max review

Corsair K100 Air Wireless

Best Ultra Low Profile gaming keyboard
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  • Incredibly slim
  • Snappy and tactile ULP switches
  • Vibrant lighting
  • Clever software


  • Incredibly expensive

The Corsair K100 Air Wireless is an Ultra Low Profile gaming keyboard, with a skinny frame and slender keys resulting in a wonderfully sleek design that takes up very little desk space.

Low-profile switches can sometimes feel a little too shallow and uncomfortable, but that’s not the case here. The Cherry switches provide a satisfying tactile bump, with the high actuation force requiring firm presses as to avoid accidental keystrokes. The short travel distance also ensures a speedy performance, so there’s little delay between key presses and the resulting on-screen action.

It also has onboard macro keys and multimedia buttons, while offering both Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz support for wireless connectivity. Our tests also show the quoted 50-hour battery life to be accurate.

The biggest issue? This gaming keyboard is very expensive at £279.99/$279.99/€299.99, which is likely too pricey for the vast majority of gamers. But our reviewer called it one of the best gaming keyboards he’s ever used, so we still think it’s worth the investment.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Corsair K100 Air Wireless review

SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless

Best mini gaming keyboard
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  • Adjustable actuation point switches are a game changer
  • Solid build quality
  • Bright RGB lighting


  • Expensive
  • 60% layout may be too small for some

The SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless is the best mini gaming keyboard we’ve reviewed. Its compact size ensures that you won’t clutter up your desk space, and it delivers a top-notch performance for those who want to gain an edge in multiplayer games.

We found the OmniPoint switches to offer a smooth actuation, with light key presses. What’s more, you’re able to configure the actuation point of each key, anywhere between 5% and 95% of the total key travel. This makes this keyboard extremely customisable.

The Apex Pro Mini can connect up to your PC with two different wireless formats: via the bundled USB-C receiver, or through Bluetooth. The former is the fastest, ensuring there’s virtually no latency when playing games wirelessly. We were also hugely impressed with the compatible software, allowing you to remap keys and configure the vibrant RGB lighting.

If you love the idea of a mini gaming keyboard, but don’t want to miss out on having arrow keys, we also recommend considering the HyperX Alloy Origins 65. Although it doesn’t offer quite as much customisation as the Apex Pro Mini, especially in terms of software.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless Review

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What is a mechanical keyboard?

Mechanical keyboards feature physical switches underneath each key, which result in a crunchy, tactile feel, making them ideal for gaming.

What is RGB?

RGB stands for ‘Red Green Blue’. Any keyboard that features ‘RGB lighting’ means it can produce lots of coloured lighting by combining the three core colours together.

Can you use a gaming keyboard for work?

There’s nothing stopping you from using a gaming keyboard for work, although some models do lack a number pad. However, mechanical gaming keyboards tend to be noisy, so be mindful if you’re sharing a working space with others.

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