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Best Gaming Keyboards 2019

Keyboards have always been the most important way of interacting with your computer. In recent years, we have seen the rise in popularity of “gaming” branded keyboards. This core reason for this is the appreciation for mechanical switches in the gaming industry. Keyboards used to be just rectangular pieces of metal or plastic with keys that you used to interact with your computer. These days, that is not the case at all. Every keyboard is equipped with different switches, programmable keys, media buttons, backlighting, design etc. This is why this article was created to aid you in the search of the best gaming keyboard for you. Mechanical keyboards have definitely risen in popularity over the last few years. There was a time when mechanical switches were reserved for the higher end of the market. Fortunately for consumers, mechanical switches have become the norm and are blowing up in the market. Prices have come down to earth and it is now relatively affordable for most people to own a great mechanical keyboard.

#PreviewNameSwitchesBacklightDedicated Macro KeysMedia Control buttonsPurchase
1Razer Huntsman EliteOptomechanicalRGBnoyes
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2Corsair K70 MK.2 RapidfireCherry MX SpeedRGBnoyes
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3Logitech G ProLogitech Romer-G RGBnono
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4HyperX Alloy EliteCherry MX Red/Blue/BrownRednoyes
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5Corsair K95 RGB PlatinumCherry MX Brown/SpeedRGByesyes
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NameRazer Huntsman Elite
SwitchesOptomechanical
BacklightRGB
Dedicated Macro Keysno
Media Control buttonsyes
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NameCorsair K70 MK.2 Rapidfire
SwitchesCherry MX Speed
BacklightRGB
Dedicated Macro Keysno
Media Control buttonsyes
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NameLogitech G Pro
SwitchesLogitech Romer-G
BacklightRGB
Dedicated Macro Keysno
Media Control buttonsno
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NameHyperX Alloy Elite
SwitchesCherry MX Red/Blue/Brown
BacklightRed
Dedicated Macro Keysno
Media Control buttonsyes
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NameCorsair K95 RGB Platinum
SwitchesCherry MX Brown/Speed
BacklightRGB
Dedicated Macro Keysyes
Media Control buttonsyes
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1. Razer Huntsman Elite: Opto-Mechanical Switch

The Huntsman Elite from Razer has been the most talked about keyboard of 2019. Razer has gone all out in every aspect of this keyboard. It has their iconic chroma lighting, an included wrist rest and dedicated media control keys. The highlight of this great keyboard is their new blazing fast optomechanical switches. This keyboard really takes speed to the next level.


Opto-mechanical switches have a fast response time Physical design is flawed
Best lighting customization Features do no justify extreme price
Comfy wrist-rest
135 Reviews


Razer Huntsman Elite

Opto-mechanical switches have a fast response time
Best lighting customization
Comfy wrist-rest
Physical design is flawed
Features do no justify extreme price
135 Reviews



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The design and build quality are both superb. The keyboard is made of aluminum painted in this beautiful matte black which looks very clean. Unsurprisingly, as this is a Razer product, this keyboard has their Chroma RGB. The RGB is implemented very well by using a light bar all around the keyboard. The keyboard is paired with a comfortable wrist rest that clips on using magnets. Even the wrist rest has that RGB light bar. No complaints with the look of this keyboard.

Finally, Razer has implemented media control keys. The volume dial is programmable and can be used in different apps to do different things. You can scroll through web pages or scrub through a video timeline in Adobe Premiere.

The new optomechanical switches are very fast. The way it works is that there is a beam of light under the mechanical switch itself. When the switch is depressed it cuts of that beam of light and your PC registers the keystroke. Basically, that results in a super fast keyboard that is miles ahead in terms of speed compared to anything else. The keys have 45g of actuation force and an actuation distance of 1.5mm with the travel distance being 3.5mm. What all that means is that this is a great feeling and fast keyboard to type on. The switches also have that clicky sound. Although, the lack of macro-keys might be a problem for some people

All in all, this is definitely our favorite keyboard from 2019. The switches are tactile and satisfying. The speed of this keyboard remains unmatched. Razer has created a beautiful looking keyboard with great switches and a great look. It also feels great overall. Of course, it is paired with a high price tag to match which might be too expensive for some people. But if you can afford it, this keyboard will not disappoint.

2. Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire

Corsair has become a very well respected name in the keyboard market. They are known for well built and good looking keyboards paired with a great typing experience. This remains true with their K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire. This keyboard comes in a lot of versions but the one we are concerning ourselves with is the Rapidfire version paired with the new Cherry MX speed switches. This is a fast and responsive keyboard paired with a great design. That is why it is only second to the Huntsman Elite on our list.


Cherry-MX speed switches have higher actuation point Buggy Firmware
Provides onboard storage for easy customization Software is a bit difficult to use
As good as Razer in terms of RGB backlighting
426 Reviews


Corsair K70 RGB MK.2

Cherry-MX speed switches have higher actuation point
Provides onboard storage for easy customization
As good as Razer in terms of RGB backlighting
Buggy Firmware
Software is a bit difficult to use
426 Reviews



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The build quality still lives up to the original K70. The keyboard is built out of aluminum which is anodized black. The Corsair logo is also RGB. The keyboard is paired with a USB pass-through to connect other peripherals. One thing we do not like about the design is the cable. It is a braided cable but it is very thick and tough to route through a hole for cable management. The keyboard sports individual backlit RGB keys.

The version we are talking about is the Rapidfire which sports the new Cherry MX speed switches. They have 45g of actuation force and an actuation distance of only 1.2mm. The keys are very fast to type on. At first, the keys might be too sensitive for some people, but once you get used to the keys the speed is very useful in FPS games. However, we do feel that the actuation is a bit too sensitive and it might be annoying for some people. If you can get used to the keys this is a great keyboard.

Overall, this keyboard is perfect for gamers who play a lot of competitive shooters. The keys are very fast and responsive. The only reason this is at our second spot is that the keys might not be a good fit for some people. If you think you can get used to the somewhat sensitive key switches then this is a solid keyboard for you.

3. Logitech G Pro

Next up on our list is a TKL (ten key-less) compact option. This is the G Pro from Logitech. It is a small form factor keyboard that doesn’t have any dedicated media keys or macros but that is to be expected from a TKL keyboard. This might be the best compact keyboard on the market. Logitech has equipped the G Pro with their own Romer G mechanical switches which feel just as good as Cherry MX Red switches.


Tenkeyless design is suitable for gaming Build quality of keycaps is not good
Romer G switches are equally good for typing No volume-wheel
RGB lighting doesn't bleed beneath switches No palm-rest
267 Reviews


Logitech G Pro

Tenkeyless design is suitable for gaming
Romer G switches are equally good for typing
RGB lighting doesn't bleed beneath switches
Build quality of keycaps is not good
No volume-wheel
No palm-rest
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The build quality is surprisingly solid considering that is made out of plastic. It does not feel cheap in any way and feels like a durable keyboard. There are no macro keys or media keys as this is a TKL keyboard. The RGB looks great and shines brightly through the keys.

The switches used are Logitech’s own Romer G switches. We don’t think these really classify as the traditional mechanical switches as they don’t really have a stem. Still, they feel just as good as any other mechanical keyboard and they have a great tactile feedback. After typing on this keyboard it feels as though you are using Cherry MX Red switches as they are relatively quiet yet have that satisfying tactile bump to them. No complaints regarding the keys of the G Pro.

The G-pro is a great small package. Paired with a subtle clean design and satisfying keys, this might be the best TKL keyboard out there. But for what it is, we think that the price is a bit too steep.

4. Hyper X Alloy Elite

Next up is a keyboard that is relatively cheaper compared to the rest of the list. This is the Hyper X Alloy Elite. The keyboard is built of a steel frame and feels very durable. There is an RGB version although the Red LED version seems to be a much better value. The backlighting does not look good especially compared to the market. It has a USB pass-through and dedicated media buttons.

The Hyper X Alloy Elite comes with either Cherry MX Red, blue or brown switches. The feel of the keyboard is as you’d expect. It’s a great performing no-nonsense keyboard.


Much cheaper than its relative counterparts Stabilizers give a rattling sound
Uses steel plate beneath the keys No RGB-lighting
Gives a premium look No software
Plastic wrist-rest feels cheap
189 Reviews


Hyper X Alloy Elite

Much cheaper than its relative counterparts
Uses steel plate beneath the keys
Gives a premium look
Stabilizers give a rattling sound
No RGB-lighting
No software
Plastic wrist-rest feels cheap
189 Reviews



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Overall, this is a decent keyboard but nothing stands out as much. The keys are great, the feel is great but it does not really have a standout feature that is why it is low on our list. If you are looking for a great no-nonsense keyboard, then the Alloy Elite is definitely for you.

5. Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

The K95 RGB Platinum is Corsair’s flagship keyboard and it is definitely their best keyboard to date. It has great build quality with an all-metal design. It is paired with programmable macro keys and has dedicated media buttons. The overall footprint is quite large which is definitely something to keep in mind. Being a high-end keyboard, of course, this does have RGB lighting controllable through Corsair’s iCue software. The software UI is a bit cluttered and it would be great if Corsair could do a design overhaul in that regard.

Moving on to the switches, the K95 comes in two variants. Cherry MX brown switches and Cherry MX Speed switches. The speed switches we have covered above in the K70 MK.2 description. The brown switches also feel great as they are dead silent but have good travel and tactile response. The K95 Platinum is paired with macro keys on the side which might be useful for a lot of people.


Provides dedicated macro keys Quite expensive
RBG light-bar provides pleasant aesthetics Only available with brown and speed switches
868 Reviews


Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

Provides dedicated macro keys
RBG light-bar provides pleasant aesthetics
Quite expensive
Only available with brown and speed switches
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Overall, this is one of the best full-size keyboards money can buy. It has great switches, great design, and solid build quality. Plenty of macro keys and textures WASD keycaps in the box. Although this is no doubt the best full-size keyboard, it is quite expensive compared to other options on the market. That is the only reason it is ranked so low on the list. We firmly believe that for a bit more money you should opt for the Razer Huntsman keyboard with the new Optomechanical switches.

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