Over the past couple of years, gaming on computers have evolved a lot more than it used to be. More and more people are looking for the fastest, most convenient ways of gaming.
Even the most common issue of not being able to comfortably game on a couch with a PC has been taken care of thanks to the lapdogs that are announced by companies like Razer, Corsair, and Roccat.
With that said, considering how pretty much everything about the PC gaming world has evolved, from the actual components to the peripherals.
While the gaming headsets, and mice may have not seen a lot of change, keyboards have seen a lot of change ever since PC gaming became a trend.
For starters, keyboards in the early days used to have membrane keys inside of them, and while some entry level keyboard that costs about $10 to buy is still using membrane keys. The keyboards that are designed for gamers have moved on to mechanical switches.
These switches are made by a German manufacturer known as Cherry MX, as well as a Chinese company known as Kailh. In addition to these 2 main manufacturer, there are a lot of clones available in the market trying to replicate the effect of these mechanical switches. Lastly, the Romer G switches that are made by Omron are also used widely in Logitech keyboards such as the G910.
These mechanical switches are available in several colours that also correspond to their features; for starters, the blue switches have a tactile bump, and a higher actuation force is required, as for the red switches, they are linear with no tactile bump, and lower actuation force requirement. The brown switches are balanced.
These switches have allowed the keyboards to be really, really fast, and responsive both in games, and typing, and are considered the top choice of the gamers, and typists alike.
The market is currently flooded with thousands of mechanical switches with so many different companies that you will actually forget what you’re looking for.
While the hardcore gamers, and enthusiasts are fully aware about where to look at, it’s the newcomer breed that often gets overwhelmed by the amount of options they have available.
In order to make sure that the readers don’t go through the same dilemma about the gaming keyboards they are about to buy, we are going to talk about the best gaming keyboards that are currently available in the market.
In order to help the readers, get more understanding, we will be splitting each review into 3 different categories; build quality, and software, typing/gaming. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best gaming keyboards 2017 available in the market.
Best Mechanical Keyboards of 2017
|Corsair K70 |
|Logitech G910 |
|Steel Series |
|Das Keyboard |
|Cooler Master |
Quick Fire Rapid-i
|Corsair Strafe |
|Logitech G810 |
|Corsair K95 |
|Cherry MX |
1. Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire
The first gaming keyboard on our list is obviously the Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire. Now this keyboard may come as a surprise to some, because it is basically an updated version of the K70 RGB, and the K70 RGB LUX.
In case you’re wondering what’s updated and what’s not, keep in mind that you’re getting an updated lighting controller, and in addition to that, you’re getting the all new Cherry MX Speed switch which is also known as the MX Silver switch because of the colour.
This switch has the same actuation force of 45 grams as the MX Red, but the actuation point has been reduced from the standard 2mm to a 1.2mm.
For those who don’t know, the actuation force is basically the amount of force required to bottom out the key, as for the actuation point, it’s the amount of distance a key has to travel in order to get registered.
If you’re someone who wants to have top of the line build quality, you’d be happy to know that the Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire comes with fully aluminum build, making this keyboard one of the most solid gaming keyboards in the market.
The entire front of the keyboard is covered in a nice, brushed aluminum frame that is sturdy, and looks amazing. As for the back, it uses plastic, but feels really, really good. In addition to that, the included detachable wrist rest has a rubberized texture that feels really good, and helps a lot in typing.
The wire is thick, and braided with 2 USB ports leading out, one for the LEDs, and one for the keyboard, you also get a USB pass-through at the back of the keyboard, along with a hardware switch for polling rate.
Overall, the build quality is super satisfying, however, the only issue is that Corsair’s decision of using ABS keycaps rather than the more durable PBT keycaps. As you all know, ABS keycaps lose their matte finish and become shinier.
The keyboard uses Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) to control all the LED functions as well as program the keyboard as per your liking. The good thing is that the software is very, very detailed, however, at the same time, the downside is that the software can be a lot complicated for the newcomers.
Overall, the software is really good once you get a hang of it, and if you have other Corsair peripherals that have RGB lighting, you can sync them, as well as create your own profiles. Plus, there’s a cool feature that lets you download thousands of available profiles from the internet as well as upload your own too.
That’s where things start getting really interesting, believe it or not, thanks to the MX Speed/Silver switches, the keyboard is super sensitive, and super-fast when it comes to typing, or gaming. Every keystroke gets registered without the need of bottoming out the keycap, and the overall experience is really, really pleasant
The switches are a bit noisy as compared to MX Red switches, and there’s no tactile bump as well. But the overall feeling of the switches is really good with absolutely no mushiness in typing, and accurate results whether you’re typing or gaming.
- Solid build quality.
- Great looks.
- The CUE software is one of the best.
- MX Speed switches are amazing.
- CUE software can be complicated for the newcomers.
- Keycaps are made out of ABS plastic, and become shiny after intense use.
2. Razer BlackWidow Chroma
The next in line is the Razer BlackWidow Chroma. Now for those who don’t know, much like any other company, Razer’s first gaming keyboards were membrane, however, they moved on and started releasing mechanical keyboards.
The BlackWidow Chroma comes with Razer’s own green and orange switches that are not made by Cherry MX, and while this may put some people off, do keep in mind that these switches are amazing for gaming, as well as typing. So, without further ado, let’s take a look.
The good thing about this keyboard is that Razer has finally ditched their all plastic construction in favour of metal. Much like some of the other high end mechanical keyboards, this one also comes with a metal top, giving it an extra level of protection.
The keyboard offers a USB pass-through as well as a pass-through for speaker and microphone, and the cable is properly braided, providing the maximum security.
The keycaps are nicely designed, and Razer’s traditional font looks really, really good. However, do keep in mind that in order to keep the price in check, Razer’s opted for ABS plastic instead of PBT, but considering how PBT is more expensive, it’s something we can overlook.
Another thing you should keep in mind is that this keyboard does not come with a detachable wrist rest, and the one that’s built-in to the keyboard may feel a lot smaller than some people would prefer.
While Razer may not have created the best gaming keyboard of the bunch, they certainly managed to create the best customization software there is. The BlackWidow Chroma requires the Razer Synapse 2.0 software in order to give you the customization as well as the macro options.
As compared to the software options like Logitech’s Gaming software, and Corsair Utility Engine, the Synapse 2.0 happens to be extremely simple, and well designed.
Yes, you’re not getting as many features as the competition, but what you’re getting is an extremely well design, responsive and easy to understand customization software.
With that said, the strengths of the Razer Synapse 2.0 are also its weaknesses, where this software happens to be really easy to understand and simple, the same simplicity refrains it from being as detailed and customizable as the one in the competition.
Now comes the most important bit, this keyboard comes in Razer’s green and orange switches, and do keep in mind that there’s no denying that these switches are actually rebranded Kailh switches. The typing experience on the green switches remained relatively average with no real incentive over the Cherry MX switches.
As for the gaming, the green switches absolutely shine in that department, offering us one of the best gaming experiences you can get from this keyboard.
While it’s certainly not the best gaming keyboard in the market, it’s good enough, and certainly deserves a spot on our list.
- Excellent build quality.
- USB/Audio pass-through.
- Razer Synapse is simple and easy to use.
- Green switches are amazing for gaming
- ABS plastic keycaps.
- No wrist rest.
- The Razer Synapse doesn’t have the amount of features some people would want.
3. Logitech G910 Orion Spark
The thing about Logitech and gaming peripherals is that Logitech has always managed to stay ahead of everyone else’s game, the Orion series of peripherals caught our attention, and considering how we’re looking at the best keyboards in the market, we couldn’t pass the G910 Orion Spark.
For those who don’t know, the G910 Orion Spark is one of the first keyboards from Logitech that is using their own Romer G switches that were created in cooperation with none other than Omron. Is this keyboard any good? Let’s find out.
In terms of size, the keyboard is an absolute monster, however, you’d be surprised to see that Logitech has opted to go with a high quality brushed plastic instead of aluminum in the build quality. While this makes the keyboard weigh a lot less than the competition, it also makes the keyboard construction feel a bit cheap to those who look closely.
Sadly, the keyboard doesn’t come with a pass through at all, something that is sad, especially when you look at the price you’re paying for this keyboard. The G910 Orion Spark uses a single USB braided cable instead of 2 that we see on the Corsair lineup of keyboards.
One think that we really like is that the keyboard ships with 2 detachable wrist rests that are slightly different, and are there to provide you the comfort however you want it. Another really clever thing about this keyboard is that it has a dock where you can put your phone in case you need to.
For those who don’t know, this keyboard uses ABS plastic keycaps, however, they are aggressively designed, and contoured. While they may be better in gaming, these keycaps are absolutely no ideal for typing due to the contour.
There’s no denying that Logitech’s Gaming software is perhaps the best customizing softwares we have had the chance to use. It’s simple, it’s easy to use, and it’s loaded with features that are abundant and easy to find.
Needless to say, we can simply go ahead and say that this software is basically combining the best features from both the Razer Synapse and the Corsair Utility Engine, and giving us the best possible experience.
The customizations are deep, and they are extremely easy to access, so much that you won’t even need to touch the manual in order to get all the information about the keyboard’s software.
When buying a gaming keyboard, the most important thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that at some point in your life, you may want to use the same keyboard for typing. This lets you refrain from getting allured by the gaming-centric features.
As for the Logitech G910 Orion Spark, the biggest difference here is that you’re getting Romer G switches instead of the Cherry MX, or Kailh switches. Needless to say, these switches feel nothing like the Cherry MX or the clones, and are quite different.
The first thing you’ll notice when typing, and even gaming on these switches is how silent they are, and while it’s a good thing, you’d be greeted with the overall mushiness and dullness of these switches.
Needless to say, they do not feel like mechanical switches at all. Couple that with the horribly shaped keycaps, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.
- Incredibly well made Gaming software.
- Aggressive, gaming oriented design.
- 2 added wrist rests.
- A dock to hold your phone.
- One of the best lighting implementation.
- Romer G switches are mushy, dull, and don’t feel mechanical.
- The keycaps are again made out of ABS plastic, and are weirdly shaped.
4. Steel Series Apex M800
While most of the leading competition was busy releasing keyboards with Cherry MX switches, Steel Series was still pretty comfortable with using rubber dome in their keyboards. However, things took a significant turn, and Steel Series has finally come up with something new, and different.
Say hello to the Steel Series Apex M800, another mechanical keyboard in the market using proprietary QS100 mechanical switches instead of the Cherry MX, Kailh, or Romer G switches. How does the Apex M800 fair? Well, let’s find out.
In a world where aluminum built keyboards are being preferred, Steel Series has decided to go with a plastic construction, however, we won’t really blame Steel Series as the keyboard is built really well, and looks a lot better than some of the other keyboards we have seen.
First look at it, and you can tell that this keyboard is made for the gamers. You get 2 USB cables that you have to plug in mainly because one happens to be for the lighting controller, and the other one for the keyboard itself.
Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be a wrist rest included, so people looking for something among that line may want to look at some other available options. Luckily, on the back of the keyboard, Steel Series has included 2 USB ports, however, they are not USB 3.0 ports, but they still manage to get the job done.
The Steel Series Apex M800 uses Steel Series’ Engine 3 software, and while the software looks really old in terms of the interface, it manages to make up for it with the ease of access, and the amount of features there are present in the software.
In simpler words, the software is as good as Logitech’s Gaming software minus the looks. However, we can’t really complain about the software a lot as it managed to work really, really well.
Now this is where things get really, really interesting. The Apex M800 uses a QS100 switch that looks a lot like Romer G switches, however, when it comes to typing, there is absolutely no similarity. As a matter of fact, you won’t be finding any similar feeling switch among the list of mechanical switches that you have.
The keycaps are really short, almost like chiclet keys, and the travel distance is 25 percent lesser than what you see in other gaming keyboards. These switches are linear, and may feel a little mushy. However, the good thing is that the switches work really well.
It doesn’t matter if you’re gaming or typing, these switches are fast, and the reduced travel distance helps you play FPS games without having any issue. Needless to say, while they’re nothing like Cherry MX switches, they are still pretty good.
- Striking design.
- Amazing lighting.
- Easy to use software.
- Good switches.
- Software is a bit dated.
- Full plastic construction.
5. Das Keyboard X40
The next keyboard on our list is something that a lot of people don’t know about. The Das keyboard is one of the best companies for keyboards out in the market, and they are known for creating some of the finest keyboards in the market. Both for gamers, and typists.
The Das Keyboard X40 is company’s attempt at making a good gaming keyboard, and the good thing is that the company has succeeded in making one of the best keyboards out in the market. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the Das Keyboard X40.
You’d be happy to know that Das Keyboard X40 is made out of a combination of aluminum and plastic, something that we have seen on almost all the high end gaming keyboards. However, there’s one really good thing about it.
As compared to the same old design, the aluminum top can actually be removed and changed with a plate of a different colour, allowing you more customization options than usual.
You find the USB pass through as well as an audio pass through for those who want, and the overall construction is nicely done without giving up on too many features. Last but not the least, you also get a thick braided cable in case you need one in order to make your typing experience all the more enjoyable.
The thing about this keyboard is that it doesn’t need any software to be controlled, all the features can be controlled from the keyboard itself, however, if you want to have a proper control over your keyboard like recording macros and doing some other customization, you can use the software.
The software is pretty straightforward to begin with, considering how there are no RGB LEDs in this keyboard, everything is simple as it gets, and that’s how most people want it. In all honesty, if it wasn’t for the detailed macro setup, the need to have the software wouldn’t have existed.
Now this is something interesting, but a lot of people don’t know that this keyboard uses Alpha Zulu switches, and not your traditional Cherry MX switches. These switches have a smaller actuation point of 1.7mm instead of the traditional 2.0mm. Meaning they should be faster than other switches.
In our typing and gaming tests, we realized that this keyboard is a rather joy to use, the switches, even though are linear, the experience is rather well, and you can actually type without any hassle. The gaming experience relatively remained pleasant as well.
Do keep in mind that this keyboard is targeted at the gamers, and while it may not make a lot of sense, it’s better in gaming than it is in typing, still, that thing is something completely subjective.
Overall, we have no issues with the keyboard, and while the exclusion of RGB lighting should mean a smaller price point, the keyboard still costs a pretty penny.
- Solid build quality.
- Great, aggressive design.
- Alpha Zulu switches are a treat to use.
- Simple, easy to use macro configuration.
- Quite expensive despite having only red LED.
- Limited set of features.
6. Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i
A lot of people are under the illusion that Cooler Master is only known for making cases, power supplies, and coolers. Well, not anymore, you may be surprised to know that the company stands pretty respected in the peripheral market as well.
Today, we will be looking at a TKL (ten key less) Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i, one of the best mechanical keyboards that are being offered by Cooler Master featuring the Cherry MX switches. So, without further ado, let’s take a look.
The important thing about any keyboard is the build quality as well as some of the other redeemable factors, unsurprisingly, the build quality on this keyboard remains relatively satisfying. The keyboard is built with solid material throughout, and even though most of the construction is plastic, the good thing is that you won’t be breaking your keyboard considering how the materials are sturdy.
The keyboard comes in MX blue, brown, and red switches, and for those who don’t know, it only uses white LED, but it looks really good because white here isn’t a combination of other colours.
The keyboard uses ABS keycaps, and in addition to that, you get a braided cable that can also be removed, something that we prefer because in case of cable failure, you can easily get things fixed.
Considering how this is a TKL keyboard, the overall footprint is small enough to give the keyboard some additional flexibility when it comes to putting it in tight spaces, or your backpack.
Now here’s the point where things get really interesting, instead of using a software to offer the customization, Cooler Master has decided to ditch the software and made sure all the features that you can use or program are accessible direct from the keyboard itself.
While it certainly makes things simple, it also makes them a bit complicated because now you’re required to remember which combination of commands do you need in order to use a specific feature. However, one good thing about is that all the features are stored on the keyboard, so you can do some quick and easy customizations without a hassle.
Overall, the software-free experience may seem weird to some, but the fact that it’s really, really refined, and easy to learn is just a good thing about this keyboard.
Cooler Master has kept things really, really simple. They have released this amazing keyboard in Cherry MX blue, red, and brown. Meaning that if you’re a gamer, you can go for the red switches, if you’re a typist, the blue switches are the best, and if you need balance between both, you can have the brown switches.
Overall, the typing experience on the keyboard remained very, very pleasant. We tested the blue version, and even in gaming, the experience was pleasant. This is as good as Cherry MX switches can get.
Cooler Master also did a great job with the keycaps, even though they are ABS plastic, they are good because they are simply made without any advance features, or awkward curves to hinder your typing experience.
Needless to say, Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i is typing and gaming perfected.
- Solid build quality.
- Great design
- Genuine Cherry MX switches in multiple options.
- Easy to control modes.
- No advanced features.
7. Corsair Strafe RGB
When Corsair released the K70 RGB, a lot of people raised concerns because of the high price of the keyboard due to the aluminum construction. Say hello to the Corsair Strafe RGB, a new breed of mechanical keyboard from Corsair that has everything you want.
Considering how this one is cheaper than the K70 RGB, the construction is plastic, however, just because it’s plastic doesn’t mean it’s bad. In order to make the product even better, Corsair has put some flairs in the keyboard that will impress even the hardcore lovers of the K series.
So, let’s take a look.
The Strafe lineup isn’t made out of aluminum, instead, Corsair has used some really good quality plastic, and while it may turn some people away, there’s a catch.
The plastic build has allowed Corsair to add some better things into the Strafe like a red face plat that helps the RGB lights reflect, and look a lot more vibrant than the K series. In addition to that, both the right, and left side of the keyboard uses an illuminated bar.
The keyboard comes with a thick cable with 2 USB ports, and as you may have guessed, the cable is not braided here. However, you should keep in mind that unless your cat chews onto the cable, it won’t be breaking.
You’ll also notice some small changes like the exclusion of the volume wheel and media keys, however, there’s a slight welcomed change on the top left; you’ll see a hidden Corsair logo that will light up with whatever lighting profile you have set.
Now when it comes to the software, the most common thing you should know is that the software remains the same as the Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire. As a matter of fact, all the Corsair peripherals (headphones, mics, mousepads, and keyboards) are controlled through Corsair’s CUE (Corsair Utility Engine).
While the version of the software was really difficult to understand because of a lot of features, it became much more convenient after the 2.0 version was launched. Still, we don’t really hate the software just because it demands the user to pay extra attention. As a matter of fact, the amount of customization provided by CUE is just unrivaled, and the ability to share your profiles, and download the profiles made by other users is a blessing.
Overall, we wish Corsair releases a “simple” mode for people who just want to have some small amount of customization, but even without that, the software experience is amazing as always.
The good thing about Corsair Strafe RGB is that it’s available in a number of different switches, you get the traditional red, blue, and brown, and then you get the Cherry MX Silent switches as well. While the red switches are made for gamers, the blue ones cater to the typists, as for the brown ones, they are balanced.
The silent switches like reds, but without the noise signature, and they are indeed linear just like red switches. Needless to say, the typing experience on all 4 switch types remain relatively pleasant, and the same goes for the gaming experience.
Sure, the reds are less noisy, and the blues will be making some noise, but all the switches are well balanced regardless of the task you’re handing them.
In our personal opinion, the Corsair Strafe RGB is quite possibly one of the best keyboards out in the market, and for people who can’t afford a K70, this one is a really, really good option to consider.
- One of the best RGB implementation.
- Solid build quality despite plastic.
- Variety of switch choices.
- Great customizability.
- Plastic build may not be for everyone.
8. Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum
It’s an established fact that there was more than 11 thing wrong with the Logitech G910 Orion Spark, and there’s no way to deny that. Well, in case you were left with a bad taste in that case, we are bringing you something different, something better.
Say hello to somewhat younger brother of the Orion Spark known as the Orion Spectrum, this is part of Logitech’s budget range of gaming peripherals, and while it still uses the Romer G switches, Logitech has made some changes in order to make the experience somewhat better. Let’s find out.
Logitech doesn’t really stress on using metal in their peripherals, and we completely understand why. However, that doesn’t mean that the build quality of the G810 is questionable. Despite the fact that this keyboard is made out of plastic, the build quality remains pretty solid, and that’s a good thing.
The keyboard is pretty small in the overall footprint, and reminds you of those old keyboards when you look at it, however, the good thing is that everything remains solid.
One odd thing about this keyboard is that Logitech decided to use a circular design for the media keys, and while it certainly looks minimalistic, the weird thing is that it actually looks odd along with the rest of the keys that are not like them.
Speaking of the keys, Logitech decided to move away from the weirdly sculpted keycaps on the G910, and decided to go for the traditional looking keycaps, making this keyboard look a lot simpler, as well as better in typing.
Now, this shouldn’t be surprising as we have already had an experience with the Logitech’s amazing gaming software, and the same software is used to control this keyboard.
By control, we basically mean that setting up macros, as well as all the lighting controls that are controlled through the software.
In terms of customization, there are plenty of options and you can even sync in your other Logitech peripherals with the lighting mode you’re using on this keyboard. While the software is pretty extensive in terms of customization, it isn’t as much as the Corsair CUE which keeps on impressing us with their lighting modes, and the freedom to do things.
Still, the software is a lot easier to use as compared to the CUE, and that is certainly a good thing, especially if you’re a newcomer who’s looking for a few simple lighting effects.
The first time we tried the Romer G switches, we didn’t really get any good impressions mainly because the keycaps on the G910 were badly made. However, with the traditional design back in the mix, we’re looking at the same switches once again in order to find if Logitech’s redeemed themselves.
The good thing is that the key switches feel a lot better with the new keycaps, and while the overall mushiness remains there, the good thing is that the new keycaps actually make the experience a lot better than it already is.
Gaming and typing experience is way better on the G810 than it was on the G910, and while the general feeling of switches didn’t go away, it was nice to see Logitech making up to the users.
However, the only complain we have is that this keyboard doesn’t really come with a wrist rest. We’d have understood that completely, but considering the price, it doesn’t seem like a nice thing.
- Nice minimalistic design.
- Good build quality.
- Amazing software.
- Nice key switches.
- Great RGB implementation.
- No included wrist rest.
- Romer G switches still not as satisfying as Cherry MX.
9. Corsair K95 RGB
For those who are impressed by the Corsair K70, take a look at the Corsair K95 RGB, Corsair’s flagship mechanical keyboard that managed to set the bar really, really high with the aluminum build, a lot of macro keys, and one of the best RGB implementation we have seen.
In short, the K95 is the bigger version of the K70, and while both keyboards look almost identical, the left side of the K95 is populated with 3 columns of programmable keys with 6 buttons in each row.
While the K95 is certainly one of the most expensive mechanical keyboard, it certainly is one of the best, if not the best.
The thing about Corsair’s build quality is that even if this entire section was left empty, people would have still bought the K95. The company happens to be extremely dedicated towards the products they create, and while some people think that it’s charging you a lot of money, do keep in mind that they make up for it thanks to their brilliant build quality.
The entire keyboard is built as solid as a tank, with aluminum frame complementing the plastic sides, and back. The keyboard is quite heavy, and large, the USB wire is thickly braided, and speaks quality.
Keycaps are matte finished, and despite being ABS, look and feel really good. As for the wrist rest, it’s detachable, and offers a rather comfortable rubberized finish just like the K70. Sadly, the K95 doesn’t come with a USB/audio pass through, something that may be a letdown for some users.
Needless to say, Corsair K95 is one of the best built gaming keyboards we have had the chance to use.
Not a lot needs to be said in terms of software considering how we’re back at using CUE, the Corsair Utility Engine is by no means a bad software; it offers done of customization as it is, and if you are bold and daring enough, you can shift to the advanced mode where you’ll be granted by less lighting modes, but a lot more customization options.
However, the reason why people want to stay away from this is mainly because it can be a bit too overwhelming, even though the remapped version is a lot better than the original CUE, some people, especially those who are new to the mechanical keyboard industry can get easily overwhelmed.
With that out of the way, let’s not forget that this is still a solid software with ton of customization options, however, it would have been better if it was just a tad simple.
Before concluding this, let’s not forget that Corsair’s done a tremendous job at implementing the macro setting, because it happens to be really easy to understand and access.
On the typing and gaming side of things, Corsair has kept things simple and straightforward, the company isn’t using any of the new Cherry MX switches, and selling the keyboard in your standard red, blue, and brown versions.
As always, the gaming experience remains the same as you’d expect on any Corsair mechanical keyboard, as well as the typing experience. The switches are what you’d expect from Cherry, and there’s not a lot to write about this factor, considering how we’ve raved about Corsair more times than we can actually remember.
Overall, the gaming and typing experience on the Corsair K95 is a breeze, and the keyboard is an absolute joy for people who like to have a wider stance while typing thanks to the extra 18 buttons on the left side.
- Excellent build quality.
- Great RGB implantation.
- Available in major Cherry MX switches.
- CUE software remains really advanced.
- 18 programmable keys are a welcomed addition.
- Large footprint.
- No USB/audio pass-through.
10. Cherry MX Board 6.0
You’d think that Cherry is only allowed to make good keyboard switches and nothing more, and you’d be wrong. Say hello to the Cherry MX Board 6.0, a simply named mechanical keyboard from Cherry, coming straight out of their brilliant factories.
The keyboard is made entirely out of metal, something that we all prefer, and has a very simple, rubberized wrist rest that we all love and adore so much. The keyboard is available in multiple colour combinations, and today, we are going to see what’s so special about this.
Here we thought only Corsair could make the best keyboards in terms of the build quality, and then Cherry stepped in. In all honesty, it is one of the best build keyboards we have used in a long time, it’s solid enough that it can go against the likes of K70, and K95.
The keyboard uses an all-aluminum shroud that is sandblasted, and has anti-grease coating, the cable is nicely braided and uses a single USB port mainly because there’s only red LED on the keyboard.
The wrist rest is nice and properly rubberized, making sure your typing experience doesn’t get hindered at all. In case you’re wondering, the wrist rest can be detached.
Overall, the build quality is super amazing, and shows that Cherry didn’t leave a lot of stones unturned when the build quality was put in concern.
The good thing about this MX Board is that there’s absolutely no need for a software to control even the basic functionalities of the keyboard. While the users may find it difficult to control some of the programmable buttons, it becomes easy over time.
A reason why this keyboard doesn’t ship with a software is because you’re only getting red LEDs, which means that there’s absolutely no lighting customization whatsoever. Cherry’s pretty clear about the fact that this keyboard is made for the purists who don’t really care about having all the other fancy, RGB stuff.
Cherry did not brand this as a gaming keyboard, however, it is safe to say that they keyboard is pretty much any gamer would desire, especially when it comes to the amount of functionality you’re getting out of this keyboard.
For starters, the Cherry MX Board 6.0 comes with red switches, the switches that are made for gamers in order to give them the best possible experience. In addition to that, you’re getting a very amazing wrist rest that provides the best comfort level to your wrists.
Everything about this keyboard speaks “gamer” and while it does that, it also manages to keep things simple as possible.
- The best build quality.
- Amazing red LED implementation.
- Amazing typing and gaming experience.
- Responsive, and fast.
- Costs more than Corsair’s flagship keyboard.
- Lacks a lot of advanced features.
So, there we go gamers, and typists. We have finally reviewed ten of the best gaming keyboards that are available in the market. Now a lot of people may be wondering why we only included mechanical keyboards, and the answer for that is rather simple to understand.
Mechanical keyboards are becoming more and more accessible by each passing day, and thanks to manufacturers like Kailh, they are easier to buy as well. While these keyboards are primarily targeted towards gamers, the good thing is that even if you’re a heavily oriented content creator, or generally a writer, you’ll have an amazing typing experience on this keyboard.
As you may have noticed, the list is largely populated by Corsair, and that is simply because of the company’s close relation with Cherry. Needless to say, do keep in mind that each, and every single mechanical keyboard on this list is worth a shot, and if you’re into gaming or typing, you have a lot to choose from.
In case you feel that we have missed out on any important gaming keyboard that you believe should have been on the list, feel free to let us know.