There are plenty of keyboards for gamers, so anyone planning to buy one has lots of choices. There are keyboards that are sleek and simple, and there are keyboards that are big and colorful. There are also flexible all-around keyboards and keyboards designed for a specific purpose. They come in all shapes and sizes.
However, this can also be the reason why some gamers have difficulty buying their own keyboards. The plethora of choices makes it hard for them to settle for one over another. Ultimately, whatever keyboard you choose depends on your taste and preferences, but there are keyboards that are generally agreed upon by the vast majority of gamers as the very best for gaming.
Take a look at some of the best gaming keyboards:
Razer BlackWidow Chroma
The Razer BlackWidow Chroma is a combination of design, responsiveness, and functionality, making it the perfect keyboard to fit in your home's gaming corner. The simple, subdued style eschews the super-cool sleek forms that other keyboards have, although some people with wrist problems may not like its lack of a large wrist rest. Like the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate, this one uses Razer's own switches that provide a satisfying feel as you clack on the keyboard. The keyboard has five, well-placed macro keys, extensive backlighting options, and a gaming mode so that you don't accidentally switch to other screens while in the game.
Microsoft Sidewinder x4
Most of the time, you get what you pay for when buying gaming accessories. Not this time. With the Microsoft Sidewinder x4, you actually get more than you pay for. At only $59, the x4 features a whopping combination of impressive features, including six macro keys that combine with three interchangeable modes to make for 18 configurations. That way, you don't mess up your commands for World of Warcraft with Minecraft or League of Legends. Microsoft has also virtually eliminated ghosting on the x4, making it one of the most responsive keyboards for its price. Just how responsive? Tests show you can actually wham 26 keys at the same time and the keyboard will register all of them.
SteelSeries Apex M800
The RGB mechanical Apex M800 from Steel Series made its first appearance at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Since then, it has been making waves as one of the best new gaming keyboards to make it into existence. The Apex M800 uses switches similar to the industry-standard Cherry MX Black switches, which make for light, noise-free typing with 25 percent better actuation than standard keyboards. The keys are fully embedded with LED light, which completely changes into a different color, making pressing each key an extremely, if not bizarrely, satisfying experience.
Logitech G910 Orion Spark
Logitech made sure to make the G910 Orion Spark one big keyboard. With dimensions of 19.9 x 8.3 inches, this keyboard is as comfortable as it gets and can even come with a wrist rest. There is probably no better use for the G910 Orion Spark than for people who love massively multiplayer (MMO) games. Featuring nine programmable macro keys, three switchable profiles, and an extremely simple macro recording process, this keyboard makes it easy for gamers to reach for their MMO commands.
Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800
Gamers and wireless keyboards do not usually go together, but some people have discovered the pleasures of hooking up their computer to a TV, placing their wireless keyboard on their lap, and pummeling away at their enemies with their legs propped up on the coffee table. If you're one of those people, the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 might be right up your alley. The well-designed K800 is durable and lasts an entire 10 days on a single charge.
Roccat Ryos MK Pro
The Ryos MK Pro is Roccat's first foray into mechanical keyboards. Notwithstanding its lack of experience in this department, Roccat blew away gamers with the Ryos, which packs in all the bells and whistles any professional or amateur gamer would like to have. There are dozens of macros, including the eight dedicated macro buttons, and each key that can be programmed with a macro command. The Ryos can be outfitted with any of the industry-standard Cherry MX switches, with fully illuminated and customizable keys.
Corsair Vengeance K70
The Corsair Vengeance K70 touts a host of high-end features that make it a great choice for MMO, first-person shooters, role-playing games, and virtually any other kind of game available. With its Cherry MX mechanical switches, key-by-key lighting customization, and a 20-key rollover feature, it's no surprise why the Corsair Vengeance K70 has easily become a hard-core gamer's choice. The only beef we have about this keyboard is the complicated software. However, once you get past figuring out how to do things, such as customize backlight or generate macros, it's full-on typing pleasure from there on.
Few gaming keyboards were made for Macs, as Macs aren't intentionally made for gamers. Razer attempts to bridge the gap between Macs and gaming with the Razer Anansi. Although named after a West African trickster god, the membrane-type Anansi is as straightforward as it gets. It's sleek, asymmetrical design features aggressive lettering and 65g actuation keys, although you won't hear the satisfying noise of your fingers clattering through the keys like they would on a mechanical keyboard. There are five macro keys on the left and seven thumb macros and an easy macro recording process.
If you want to pair your best gaming keyboard with a good mouse, check out Tech Times' list of options for your best gaming mouse.