We all know how important gaming keyboards are, especially in crucial moments and hard-to-win tournaments. I still remember the days when pressing more than two keys at the same time meant the sudden death of the keyboard and eventually the dreaded computer speaker bleep of oversaturation. These days, of course, are long gone for most serious gamers, but there are still quite a few "gaming" keyboards that can't handle more than a few keys at a time.
We're not going to talk about them, of course, but rather focus on the true champions out there. Before writing this review I did A LOT of research. And I mean it. While I did try to include some of the most popular keyboards out there, my intent is to guide you towards some of the lesser known products that are just as good, if not better, than the most recommended keyboards like the Corsair K70 or the Razer DeathChrome that everyone likes to crown in their reviews. Like ALL the time!! Just check 10beasts, TrustedReviews, and all these guys. Isn't the K70 the most recommended gaming keyboard of all time? It is, isn't it?
Well, it is a good product. Is it the best though?
Read on and find out!
- 1 Best Mechanical Gaming Keyboard 2018
- 2 Why A Mechanical Keyboard?
- 3 1. Das Keyboard X40 – The Best Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
- 4 2. Logitech G PRo – The Tournament Choice
- 5 3. Corsair K70 Lux – The Best Keyboard Runner Up
- 6 4. Razer Ornata Chroma – Massive Disappointment
- 7 5. HyperX Alloy – Three Very Different Keyboards
- 8 6. Asus ROG Claymore – For The ASUS fans
- 9 7. Cougar Puri – For The FPS Purists
- 10 8. G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB
- 11 9. Roccat Ryos MK Pro – Love It Or Hate It
- 12 10. Logitech G613 LightSpeed – The Best Wireless Keyboard
- 13 What To Buy
Best Mechanical Gaming Keyboard 2018
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Why A Mechanical Keyboard?
Take a quick look at the reasons why you should choose a mechanical keyboard over a cheap membrane one any day of the weak. Yes, cheap membrane keyboards are cheap, but they are cheap for a reason. Let’s take a look at the main advantages mechanicals have over regular membrane keyboards:
The average person can reach around 8,000 clicks every hour. That’s a lot of clicks, even for a regular Joe. Add that to a 40 hours work week and we can record 320,000 clicks per week, every week. I’m not going to do the math for a month, year or decade, but you can see that we’ll add a lot of zeroes there.
Mechanical keyboards just have a different feel to them. They feel right. They provide just the right amount of resistance when typing. The click with every stroke so you know it has been logged. They provide invaluable feedback and just feel better, there is no other way around it.
A keyboard can last a really long time, especially a good one. Why change a few crappy 30 dollar keyboards over the course of a few years when you can just spend a bit more and get a keyboard that will last more than a few years.
Membrane keys tear after prolonged use and once they do, the keyboard is gone. It just doesn’t work anymore and there is no easy way to fix it, really.
Mechanical switched rarely break and each key is usually rated for over 50 million clicks each. In case a key does go wrong, you can just order another switch, which is easily replaceable, and keep the keyboard you spent so much time getting used to over the years.
3. They Are Just Better
Here, I said it. They are just better. Feel better, type better, game better. What’s there more to say?
They rank better than any other keyboards on Amazon, Newegg, and any other hardware retailer. There must be a reason for it and the reason is clear. They are the better choice than the old membrane counterparts.
1. Das Keyboard X40 – The Best Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
But I have to admit – I’m not a big fan RGB lights, patterns, waves and all that crap. Yes, other keyboards on the list have much more options when it comes to backlighting and different lighting options. That is, of course, if you want your keyboard to do the wave when scoring a goal on Fifa or anything like that. If you do – you might want to take a look at the Asus or the Corsair, the DAS is not for you. No, I’m not offended, don’t worry!
So here are the things that caught my eye when testing the DAS gaming keyboard:
- Solid Built. It has better built than any other board on the list
- USB Pass-Through. Only 2.0, but present.
- Linear And Tactile Switches – more on that later.
- Headphones and Mic pass-through.
- Own Alpha-Zulu switches
- Dedicated Macro Buttons
- N-Key Rollover
- Interchangeable Steel Top Plate
I’ve been using DAS Keyboards for a while now and each has been a thorough performer. Their Das Keyboard 4 Professional has been sitting on my desk for a while now and I haven’t had the chance to experience a better keyboard for typists so far. And I tried quite a few. I also got pretty excited when DAS announced their X40 Gaming as I expected nothing less than the quality of the 4 Pro. I wasn’t disappointed with the exception of a few things.
The Alpha-Zulu switches on the X40 are a nice touch. They are supposed to offer shorter actuation travel than the usual Cherry switches and they do. They have 1.7mm travel compared to the 2mm of most Cherry keys. The Alpha-Zulus, after all, is a Cherry MX in their core and the closer model is the MX Brown, which is still a pretty good switch, although aimed at the more generic audience. The Alpha-Zulu are rated for 60 million actuation each and have gold plated contacts.
The X40 comes with two variations of keys – Linear and Tactile. The linear is quiet and smooth while the Tactile is pretty clicky and provides great feedback when gaming and typing.
I’m surprised to see so many of the gaming keyboards on this list lacking dedicated macro buttons. I really like to have those for RGB and RTS style games where you can program those keys for the most used combinations or macros and have an edge over the competition. Yes, all keyboards can have those programmed, but without the dedicated buttons that means pressing an extra shift, alt or another macro button to activate the command. It kind of defeats the purpose.
Overall, the DAS Keyboard X40 is a solid performer and, in my opinion, thoroughly deserves the title “Best Gaming Keyboard”. The only drawback, if you can call it that, is the absence of RGB lighting. Another issue is that the backlight is only in red and it might not fit the color theme of some gamers setups. If that’s the case read on and I’m sure you’ll find some of the other keyboards on the list a more suitable choice.
On the other hand – if you are looking for a decent typing keyboard with a gaming touch, I can wholeheartedly recommend the DAS 4 Professional. It feels a bit sturdier than the X40, it has a more subtle feel and has very cool dedicated media controls. The sound knob is a nice addition too!
2. Logitech G PRo – The Tournament Choice
The G Pro is no different by any means. It is the first Logitech keyboard to carry the “PRO” branding too. It is strictly aimed at e-Sports professional gamers and hard-core enthusiasts.
The first thing you’ll notice is the absence of the numbers pad on the right side of the board. While the Asus ROG Claymore, which is on this list as well, has the option to attach or detach the num-pad, the G Pro comes without one in the first place. The main reason for that is to remove distraction while gaming and free some space for wider mouse movements, which is important in competitive gaming. According to some, it provides a more natural posture and arm position while gaming, but I’m not too sure about that last one.
Logitech also sports their own version of Cherry MX switches. They are called Romer-G and, just like the DAS X40, they have shorter travel time. It is even shorter than the DAS – only 1.5mm of travel. This is much shorter compared to the average MX travel of 2mm. It is 0.2mm shorter than the DAS too. Only the Corsair Rapidfire K70 has a shorter travel time of 1.2mm. The G Pro has a very short response time as well – only 10ms. While this lighting response might not be noticeable to regular users, some pro gamers might be able to tell the difference.
The main advantage of the G Pro over the X40 is the full RGB lighting. While the DAS has only a shade of red in its backlighting arsenal, the G has the full spectrum of 16.8 million colors.
Nice editions are the detachable cable and the angle adjustment functions. The Logitech Pro is very easy to transport without worrying that you might ruin the cable. You can simply detach it and re-attach it when you arrive at the place. The angle adjustment is in the steps as well. You can level the keyboard at 0, 4 or 8 degrees for maximum comfort.
Overall it is a solid choice but we all felt it is a bit limited for everyday use. It is fully adjustable and perfect for professional or competitive gaming and I’m sure it will be a solid edition in the arsenal of anyone competing at e-Sports or any events at all. However, I didn’t really like the absence of USB pass-through and the num-pad. I personally use them on a regular basis and I can’t imagine life without them, especially if doing anything number related in Excell.
3. Corsair K70 Lux – The Best Keyboard Runner Up
The K70 Lux is the successor of the already legendary Corsair K70 mechanical keyboard. While it might look familiar to people used to the old K70 styling, it has a few notable “improvements” or so to say.
The first one is the textured space button. While it might be a nice addition to some, I really can’t see the point of it. It doesn’t really feel particularly nicer or any positively different than the old K70 space at all. Another difference that people might spot is the relatively weird font that the LUX keycaps are using. It just feels a bit strange to the more conservative gamers out there and especially compared to older one.
The K70 LUX feature full N-Key Rollover or as they call it “100% Anto-Ghosting”. It means the same as usual – there will be no ghosting or non-responsive keys no matter how many keys are pressed at the same time.
Corsair, unlike Das and Logitech, hasn’t had the chance to develop their own version of Cherry MX yet. Another reason might be that they just work and don’t need any improvement, but the short travel time and lighting response from DAS and the G-Pro prove that isn’t really the case. The Corsair LUX can be ordered with either Cherry Red, Brown or Blue switches. I will dive into more on what do these colors mean below.
The LUX features a little switch on the back side of the keyboard with four modes. You can change the report delay to 1, 2, 4 or 8 milliseconds, which in some cases can lead to a polling rate of up to 1000 Hertz. We felt that it is a bit of a gimmick overall since you might think you’re getting a 1ms response time but that doesn’t factor the USB interface delay, signal travel and all that stuff making it virtually impossible to get anything shorter than 7-8ms response even if that. Such quick response rated can lead to BIOS issues with older systems and Corsair provided a setting for that too.
Unlike the Logitech G PRO, the Corsair has a USB pass-through and it is the only board on this list that has a USB 3.0 pass through. This can be a great option for people able to take advantage of the much faster speeds USB 3.0 offers over the 2.0 counterpart. For me, personally, it makes no difference since I used the USB port either for a USB dongle or some other periphery like that, but if someone plugs in a super fast flash drive or something like that the 3.0 will make a world of difference.
Lighting on the K70 LUX is superb. It has a full RGB LED lighting underneath and the Corsair software can fully take advantage of it. There are a lot of downloadable profiles from the Corsair website and you are only limited by your imagination. The software itself can be a bit tricky, on the other side. It is a bit buggy and cumbersome to use – you’ve been warned!
Overall, the K70 LUX is a solid choice, regardless of the Cherry MX combo you choose. It has a fully detachable wrist rest which is quite nice. The media controls feel solid and well made too. However, the LED lighting has a noticeable bleed at certain settings and overall it doesn’t feel as solid as its predecessor, which is still holding in its own in competitive testing. We didn’t like the funky font used on the keycaps either.
4. Razer Ornata Chroma – Massive Disappointment
Razer is the last manufacturer on this list to introduce its own version of the mechanical switch – the “mecha membrane”. While it is not a fully mechanical keyboard, the Ornata is pretty close. It supposedly combines the “best of both worlds” – the mechanical and the membrane switch. A keystroke presses the otherwise mechanical mechanism which then presses a silicone dome that makes the final contact. It, again, supposedly, eliminates the need for a full mechanical or a full membrane type key and, supposedly, provides the best of both technologies. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that is the case at the end of this overview.
Build quality is above average – typical for Razer. It is an elegant gaming keyboard with a full RGB lighting and one of the best wrists rests on the market. At least one of the best I’ve seen and definitely the best on this list. The keycaps are a bit shallower than usual and if you have used the BlackWidow, for example, you might notice a bit stronger light bleed than usual as well. They are a middle height, something between a full height mechanical switch and chiclets found on most laptop keyboards.
The semi-mechanical switches feel OK in general, but a “trained” typist will definitely notice the difference between a fully mechanical keyboard and the Chroma. It is a subtle difference, but noticeable nevertheless. Not really a good thing for the price range.
The RGB lighting is solid and fully configurable. You have a plethora of options and presets from Razer. After all, their lighting and effects are some of the best in business. However, the light bleeding compared to the Deathadder and the Widow is noticeable and again, not a good thing for the price asked.
The Ornata Chrome is not a feature-rich either. You might notice a pattern here and the pattern is that I’m starting to dislike the Ornata quite a lot, especially after experiencing the BlackWidow a few years ago. We’re not even talking about the price yet. The Chroma doesn’t offer any pass-through connections at all. There is no USB port on the back, there are no audio connections either. There are no dedicated macro keys and the cable is non-removable. Yes, using the software Razer provided you can attach macros to any random key on the keyboard, but that’s not the point. Quite a lot of the keyboards on this list have dedicated macro buttons either on the side or on top of the keyboard and lacking those is not a good thing for the price range.
Overall, the Ornata Chroma is a decent keyboard that shouldn’t cost the price asked by any means. If it was in the sub-fifty category it would be a hot sell with the superb lighting and somewhat decent semi-mechanical switches. At close to a hundred, on the other hand, is simply not worth it. Not by a mile.
5. HyperX Alloy – Three Very Different Keyboards
As you might already know, there are three different versions of the HyperX Alloy keyboard. There are three different sub-versions as well depending on the type of CherryMX keys you go for, of course, but we’re not getting into that here.
Let’s start with the HyperX Alloy Elite. It is a full-blown mechanical gaming keyboard with all the bells and whistles of one. A choice of Brown, Red or Blue CherryMX switches, removable wrist rest, dedicated media buttons, few macro switches, full RGB backlight – the works.
The Alloy FPS is the stripped-down version of the Elite. You pretty much get a bare to the bone mechanical keyboard – no RGB lighting, no media control, no macros. You only get a removable USB cable, USB pass-through port on the back and a basic, but nice, red LED backlight. And a choice CherryMX switches, of course.
The Alloy FPS Pro is the stripped-down version of the Alloy FPS, if it is possible to strip a keyboard of important (or not) features even more. It reminds of the Logitech G Pro a bit, but it feels more basic and less-refined than the Logitech counterpart. The only differences between the HyperX Alloy FPS and FPS Pro are the chopped-off numpad and the absence of USB pass-through on the Pro version. Overall, it is a pretty basic mechanical keyboard by any means. You get a choice of only CherryMX Blue or Red on this one, no Brown. Not that it is a big deal, though, as most gamers prefer either the clicky Blue or the linear Red anyway.
There is a slight, but notable change of build quality as you go down the line of HyperX keyboards. The Elite feels premium – the steel covers feels more solid than the FPS or the Pro. It offers a nice set of full RGB lighting with selectable profiles, the dedicated media buttons are nice and have the feel of quality. There is a bit of a letdown where the steel plate and the plastic bottom of the boards are connected as it feels a bit cheap and while it doesn’t produce any sounds or creeks, it feels like it’s just about to start doing so.
The wrist rest is nothing to write home about – it feels like a cheap piece of plastic wrapped in a cushion, nothing like the comfy rest found in the Corsair Lux, for example. It’s nice that it is there, but it is not as nice as others we’ve tested.
The keys are the typical CherryMX switches found in most keyboards on this list. N-Key Rollover is present and working perfectly. We tested it and we couldn’t find a way to make the keyboard ignore a pressed key no matter what we tried.
The Elite feels like a solid keyboard with a decent price tag. It has all the bells and whistles of a decent mechanical keyboard. It is not as refined as the DAS above, but it doesn’t suck as bad as the Razer either. Overall it is a solid choice unless you already have an established brand affinity or loyalty over the years.
The Alloy FPS, on the other hand, doesn’t feel as solid or nice as the Elite, unfortunately. As I mentioned above, it lacks most, if not all, the features of the Elite and it feels much more cheaply made too. I couldn’t force myself to like and, believe me, I tried.
The FPS Pro has a very similar feeling to the Alloy FPS. It tries to compete at the Pro gaming and tournament market, but I feel it is a bit of a letdown. The Logitech G-Pro feels nice and solid, refined too. The FPS Pro doesn’t. The Mini-USB port on the back feels outdated. I liked it even less than the FPS, but that’s a personal preference, honestly – I don’t like keyboards without a numpad.
To sum it all up – if you can afford the HyperX Alloy Elite – go for it, it is a solid board with only a few better than it in its class. I’d steer away from the FPS and FPS Pro – just a bit cheap for my taste and the lack of features can be off-putting to some.
6. Asus ROG Claymore – For The ASUS fans
The design of the Claymore is pretty standard for the most part except for the detachable numbers pad. It is a pretty unique option and it can be useful in many ways. As I mentioned above, I don’t particularly care for keyboards without a numpad unless for competitive gaming, which I don’t do. It is just impractical for daily use. But what sets the ASUS ROG apart from the competition is the ability to move the said numpad either to the right or to the left of the keyboards.
Yes, you’ve read it right – the numpad can be attached to the left side of the keyboard making it effectively a removable kit of customizable macro buttons. How cool is that? It is pretty cool given that you can live without the numpad. It isn’t if you can’t since the only way to get dedicated macro buttons is to forgo the numpad. It isn’t a win-win situation, is it? It might be for you, it surely isn’t for me.
Another unique feature is the Aura Sync compatibility. Depending on whether you have any other ASUS ROG products in your PC, the Aura Sync allows you to synchronize your RGB lighting effects across different ASUS components – monitors, cases, graphics cards, keyboards, mice, laptops and more. It is a pretty cool feature if you’re into RGB lighting and custom effects. You can even build your own Aura compatible devices and apps if you’re into coding and all that stuff.
Another unique feature is the ability to set fan speed and overclock your PC on the fly if you are using a ROG motherboard. Via the ASUS software, you can set pre-configured profiles and call them up on the fly by pressing a few buttons on the Claymore keyboard. No other board on this list offers that. Of course, you’ll have to be invested in the ASUS universe and if you already are – there is no question for you – the ROG Claymore should be your keyboard of choice.
The build quality is solid. It is as good as any on this list, if not better. It is a full aluminum keyboard with a very solid feel to it. It comes with a choice of CherryMX switches that offer full RGB backlighting as well. The profiles can be set from the provided software and synced via the Aura universe.
Anti-ghosting and N-Key Rollover are, of course, present in the Claymore. They work great and the keys have a nice feeling to them, depending on the type of Cherry switch you choose.
A bit of a letdown, especially for the price tag, is the absence of dedicated macros and media controls. There is a massive volume control/mute key in the upper right corner of the board, but that’s about it. No play/pause, no next/prev, no forward. There is no pass-through USB port either, which is a major letdown for me, personally.
Overall, if you are invested in the ASUS eco-system and already have other Republic Of Gamers products, especially with Aura Sync enabled, the ROG Claymore is the natural choice for you. Yes, it doesn’t have a USB port on the back. Yes, there are no media controls except for the volume knob. Yes, it is expensive, but so are the rest of the ROG products family and you are already used to the ASUS Pricing. The Aura Sync and the fan controls/overclocking options are really nice and well worth the price tag if they work for you. That’s why this keyboard is named “For The Asus Fans”. Because it is. If you are one – buy it – it is well worth the price.
7. Cougar Puri – For The FPS Purists
Cougar is a relatively unknown brand in the gaming world, especially compared to the heavy hitters above. Well, so is DAS, but DAS keyboards scream quality from the get-go, unlike Cougar products. I’m sure that you’re wondering why did I include a Cougar keyboard after my last sentence and rightly so. Let’s see if the Puri deserves a spot on this list.
There are two versions of this keyboard – the Cougar Puri and Puri TKL. The only difference between the two is the absence of the numerical keypad on the TKL compared to the full 104 keys Puri. Evidently, the full Puri is really hard to find in most outlets we’ve tried, but if you are patient enough I’m sure it will be well available soon enough.
The Puri TKL follows the familiar form factor of the Logitech G Pro and the HyprX Alloy FPS Pro. It features a full NKRO, which is provided by a choice of CherryMX switches. Since it is a still very new product, we managed to find only Red and Blue switched available in the stores at the time of the review, but, as I said above, if you are patient it will be all available soon enough.
The Puri TKL doesn’t have any fancy features at all. No RGB backlight, no pulsing or overly complicated lighting setups. What it does feature is one of the best keyboard covers I have ever seen. It is a magnetically connected clear plastic cover that just works. You can use it to protect your keyboard while traveling or simply use it on your desk to protect your keyboard from spills and other damages when it is not in use.
The full Cougar Puri has dedicated media controls, but no macro keys whatsoever. The TKL doesn’t have macro keys either. That can be a dealbreaker for MMORPG or RTS players as they can very useful for complicated strategies and role-playing games.
Overall, the Cougar Puri is a basic mechanical keyboard that ticks most of the boxes for us. True, it doesn’t offer full RGB lighting, but it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg either. Unlike some of the “higher-end” Cougar keyboards, it doesn’t have cheap Chinese TTC switches that scream “Cherry knockoff” as loud as they can. It offers proper Cherry MX switches, simple design and a lucrative price tag. The Cougar is actually one of the cheapest mechanical keyboards from decent brand on the market and it is a solid choice for the less demanding gamer.
8. G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB
Up until recently, I didn’t know G.Skill makes anything else but a high-end high-performance memory. I still remember the day when I got acquainted with the brand. It was by receiving a seeming knockoff pair of memory sticks in the mail. These sticks had the infamous Winbond BH5 chips that were famous overclockers back in the day. That proves how old I am, but that’s a whole different story.
Let’s take a look at the KM780 RGB mechanical keyboard. It has all the bells and whistles of a proper gaming keyboard. The design is exclusively gaming – it has a bare metal base with prominent decorative elements on each side and full-blown RGB lighting. It is definitely geared towards gamers as no person in his right mind will take the G.Skill into the office.
What sets the RipJaws from the competition is the use of proper Cherry MX switches, unlike the Razer’s Ornata “Mecha Membrane” Cherry wannabes. You have the full choice of Red, Blue, Brown or Black switches. Unfortunately, there is an excessive light bleeding from under the keys, but that’s typical for Cherry RGB switches and it is present on any keyboard that uses them – the Corsair, the Asus and the rest of them.
The KM780 has a full set of dedicated macro buttons – something that we like a lot about it. These are the keys from G1 to G6 and are fully customizable macro buttons that can be recorded and set on the fly. There are a full set of media control buttons on the top right corner as well which automatically places the G.Skill keyboard amongst the top gaming keyboards on this list.
The feature that blew me away was the digital volume display under the media control keys. It looks old-school futuristic if there is a term for that. It reminds me of an old mixing board more than a keyboard. It offers twelve levels or volume and it is the unique sound level display I have ever seen on a keyboard.
Of course, NKRO and anti-ghosting are present as standard and it works great. There is a USB pass-through as well, albeit 2.0 only. That’s not a major dealbreaker as the most keyboard on this list offers USB 2.0 port or none at all, except for the Corsair K70 Lux.
The price is steep, but not as steep as the ROG Claymore. Arguably, the KM780 has more bells and whistles than the Claymore and unless you are already heavily invested in the ROG universe, the G.Skill board is the better board for sure.
Overall, it is a solid choice if it wasn’t for the overly gaming design and the arguably high price. It offers a lot for the money and it thoroughly deserves a spot on this list.
9. Roccat Ryos MK Pro – Love It Or Hate It
The Roccat Ryos MK Pro is one of those love it or hate it type of boards. It has everything that you need, but lots of people don’t like it very much for some reason. For starters, it is a bit too big, according to some. I will certainly understand the FPS crowd not liking it since they need as much space as possible for free mouse movement, making keyboards like the Logitech G Pro and the Cougar Puri TKL perfect for FPS games. True, the Roccat is definitely not chopped off version of a full keyboard.
Second – the wrist rest is non-removable which I’m sure will piss some people off. It is a very comfortable rest, though, I’ll give them that. It’s nothing like the wrapped up plastic thingy of the HyperX boards though – it is a pretty comfortable and well-made wrist wrest.
Asl you probably know, in business you can’t please everyone and Roccat certainly isn’t trying to do so. So let’s take a look at all the positives this board has to offer.
First of all, it has everything that you will ever need from a keyboard – dedicated macro buttons, USB ports, audio ports pass through and more.
It is one of the few keyboards on this list that offers both USB and audio/mic pass-through. Moreover, the Roccat is the only board on this list to offer a dedicated USB hub with two USB 2.0 ports.
t is one of the few boards to offer dedicated macro buttons as well – it has five of them on the left side of the board and another three right under the space bar and they all are fully programmable. The macros can be very helpful in RTS and RPG games with long and hard to remember key combinations.
The USB 2.0 ports are nice, but it left us wondering whether they could’ve fit a 3.0 hub for the price of the board. After all, it is one of the priciest boards on the list.
The keys are the usual CherryMX stuff and it can be configured with Red, Blue, Brown or Black stuff. The test unit that we got had the Red ones and typing was no different than any other Red fitted keyboard. N-Key Rollover is present and working, however, I felt that the keys are placed a little bit too close to each other making it more likely to press an extra button by accident when typing.
The software is a pleasure to use, although it takes some getting used to initially. You can configure all the macros, what every button on the board can do and more. Roccat even provides its own SDK so if you can code you can customize the board even further to play along with your favorite games. It is a pretty cool feature for the coders out there.
The backlight can be a bit of a downside for some. It isn’t a full RGB board so it can’t be configured much in terms of color. The backlight has a very nice blueish glow and can be customized in many ways, it doesn’t offer the flexibility of a full RGB lighting.
Overall, the Roccat Pro is a capable gaming keyboard with a few drawbacks. The main one is the price – it is pretty expensive. For the price you do get a decent build quality, a plethora os pass=through connections and a wrist rest, but the lack of RGB lighting and dedicated media controls can be hard to swallow for some. I personally liked it a lot, but you have to keep in mind that it is a very big board and if you have a limited desk space and play a lot of shooters, a board without a numpad might be a good fit for you.
10. Logitech G613 LightSpeed – The Best Wireless Keyboard
I’m certain many people will feel that way after seeing the Logitech G613. But I’ll have you know that this is the first wireless gaming keyboard that has mechanical switches. And it is a bit personal for me since I LOVE wireless keyboards and I certainly like mechanical ones too. Gone are the days when wireless keyboards would randomly disconnect, drain batteries and take forever to register a pressed key. The Logitech board claims 18 months battery life from two AA batteries and 1ms report rate. That’s almost on par with some of the best wired keyboards.
Another advantage of the G613 is that it can be used both as a LightSpeed connected board and a Bluetooth one. You can connect over either technology and it is great that the Logitech can double up as a Bluetooth keyboard.
It uses the same old Romer-G switches as the G Pro above. They are a bit like CherryMX Brown but not exactly the same. They are supposedly better and they should last longer, but not everyone likes them. To each their own – I couldn’t find anything negative to say about them so it is down to personal preference. They do travel less than the CherryMX switches so they are a tad faster. Actuation force is 45g so they are not too hard to press by any means.
Unfortunately, the Logitech G613 doesn’t have any sort of lighting features. I’m sure you understand why – those LEDs sure draw power away from the batteries and there would be very annoying to change batteries every few hours with RGB backlighting.
On the other hand, it has a set of five macro buttons on the left side of the board, something that it is lacking from some of the boards on this list. While macros might not be an attractive option for some FPS shooters, RTS and RPG gamers would love the dedicated buttons and the ability to program them as they like.
The Logitech G613 Lightspeed is a pretty big board. It measures 478mm by 216mm and it is 33m deep. The non-removable wrist rest doesn’t help with it being portable either. The build quality as excellent and we all know that when Logitech builds something it is built to last. The 613 is no different.
Overall, it is a great gaming keyboard. The Lightspeed is an amazing wireless tech that is taking the response time to less than a millisecond. The G613 has dedicated macros and it features the superb Romer-G mechanical switches. I fell a little bit in love with it during testing and it was very hard, personally, to send it back to Logitech. It is a great gaming keyboard and, hopefully, a great example for other companies to follow.
What To Buy
As I said in the beginning, it is a strongly individual choice so I’ll leave it up to you. Hopefully, after reading this article, you have a much better idea about the strengths and weaknesses of the keyboards on this list. You might be wondering about the choice we made with the ten keyboard on this list, but we had a really long conversation in the office and that’s what we all agreed upon.
After testing and typing on these keyboards for the last month or so, I still think that the DAS X40 is the best choice with a few “ifs”. For example, if you are like me – an occasional gamer that doesn’t go after the shiniest and most flamboyant keyboard on the market, the DAS X40 should be the natural choice. The even better choice might be the DAS Keyboard 4 Professional. It is a much more elegant mechanical keyboard with the serious typist in mind. It features dual USB 3.0 hub, the nicest volume control module I’ve seen on a keyboard and more. It is a professional keyboard of the highest level. I’m a bit of a fan now and the Das Keyboard 4 will be my next keyboard for sure.
If you spend a lot of time playing first-person shooters and need maximum real estate on the desk for rapid mouse movements, the Logitech G Pro is a solid choice. So are the rest of the numpad-less keyboards on the list, but the Logitech is a step above the competition in terms of response, build quality and simplistic design. It feels like a high-quality product that is just better than the competition. There is a reason Logitech used the “G Pro” branding on this particular keyboard.
The ASUS Claymore is the natural choice for anyone invested in the ASUS ROG family. The integration between the different products is seamless. It is a great keyboard as well – the removable numerical keypad is a true breath of fresh air. You can remove it and move it to the left, transforming it into a full-blown macros keypad. Definitely, a good choice if you own other ROG products, especially those with RGB lighting and Aura Sync.
Everything else is down to personal choice. The G.Skill, the Cougar, the Roccat and the Corsair Lux are all solid keyboard with lots to offer. Some have more features than the others, but nothing that really stands out above the rest.
The Logitech G613 is by far the best wireless gaming keyboard on the market. The 1ms report rate and the Lightspeed connection ensure that the G613 is on par with even the fastest cabled keyboards. Yes, it is lacking backlights and USB ports, natural for a wireless keyboard. However, the extra Bluetooth connection is a very nice addition doubling up as a living room/ TV type of keyboard.
I really hope this article gave you a better idea of the keyboards we tested in the office! If you have any questions I’d love to hear about them down in the comments sections!