The 3 best gaming keyboards of 2017
These top keyboards for gamer have the keys to victory
Not everyone wants the low profile of today’s island-style keyboards. Microsoft’s Modern Keyboard may have a fingerprint scanner, but nothing is more satisfying than the clicks and clacks of a mechanical gaming keyboard.
Not only are the best gaming keyboards more reliable than your run-of-the-mill office keyboard, with KaiHua brown-equipped QWERTY’s like the Alienware Advanced rated for 50 million keystrokes, but they’re also more satisfying to the touch. After all, there’s nothing like the feel of a tactile “bump” mid-way down the keypress.
1. Logitech G413 Carbon
Sleek, cheap and responsive
Interface: Wired | Keyboard Backlighting: Yes | Programmable Keys: No
In recent years, Logitech has been seemingly going out of its way to make only the most high-end. Cutting-edge peripherals without taking value into consideration. That’s all changed with the G413 Carbon. A mechanical keyboard that sacrifices RGB backlighting and customizable macro keys in favor of an affordable price tag. Its low-profile appearances might make it look barebones in comparison to competing keyboards in its range. But the Logitech G413 Carbon is all the better for its magnesium-alloy skeleton exposure. Though the Romer-G switches might be a turnoff for Cherry MX enthusiasts. They’re virtually silent, fairly responsive and rated for 70 million actuation.
2. Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2
Steeled for online gaming
Interface: Wired | Keyboard Backlighting: Yes | Programmable keys: 5
Because it ships with a detachable wrist rest, snugness is by no means optional in the case of the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2. That’s not where the amenities end, however, as Razer has tacked on five macro keys that can be assigned to virtually any in-game action. Also unlike the BlackWidow X Chroma before it, the BlackWidow Chroma V2 gives you the option between Razer Green, Razer Orange, and Razer Yellow key switches, which Razer claims to range from “tactile and clicky” to “linear and silent.” This is all made better by a catalog of 16.8 million colors to choose from for the backlighting, which can be assigned per-key or in an animated pattern of your choosing.
3. Topre Realforce RGB
The best keyboard for gaming and typing
Interface: Wired | Keyboard Backlighting: Yes | Programmable keys: Yes
The Realforce RGB from Japanese company Topre brings so many innovations that it’s difficult to know where to start. This is a multi-talented keyboard that feels incredible to type on thanks to its capacitive Topre key switches, which offer superior tactile feedback compared to Cherry MX variants (they’re closest to MX Whites in feeling.) You can type for an entire day and experience minimal finger fatigue on the Realforce RGB, though you should pick up a decent wrist rest to go with it. These top keyboards for the game lover.