The Best Gaming Keyboards of 2017

As a gamer, you make your choice of gaming keyboards seriously. we all know best gaming keyboards will double your game controller.Best gaming keyboard is not a tool but will optimize your game experience and game victory success rate.It’s your interface with the digital world. If you care about PC gaming, it pays to know what makes a keyboard great. what differentiates one from another, and what’s the best gaming keyboards of 2017 that’s updates from best gaming keyboards 2016.That’s the guide to help you find best mechanical keyboard.I will help you find best budget gaming keyboard if you fllow my guides.

Best Gaming Keyboards
Best Gaming Keyboards

The Best Gaming Keyboards of 2017

The best gaming keyboards will give you better feedback when you’re playing games or working.Just want to remind there have wireless gaming keyboard too ,yeah!it’s mechanical gaming keyboard too.Now let me show you all secert of gaming keyboards. Thinking of getting a mechanical keyboard?But choosing the best gaming keyboards can be tricky, since there are dozens of models, different switch types choosing the best mechanical keyboard can be tricky, since there are dozens of models, different switch types,before that you need more info.

 

Mechanical Keyboards Switch Types

Silicone membrane switches are familiar with mechanical keyboards switches but often obsolete and spongy. Mechanical keyboards  switches  are responsive when typing or moving in video games and feel comfortably to push down. The feeling is important, because the gaming keyboard is the peripheral you’ll spend the most time with at your PC, so we have to get best gaming keyboards.
The gaming keyboard market has undergone some major changes. Some companies have made their mechanical keyboards increasingly sophisticated, while others are going back to their roots. We’ve also seen the rise of proprietary switch types from a few companies.

We can say best gaming keyboards use mechanical switches. That means each key has its own spring-loaded switch. These mechanical switches are designed to provide distinct audio and tactile feedback for you. Most of mechanical switches are from Cherry MX.mechanical switches are color-coded to help identify their unique characteristics:Cherry MX Black, Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Red.Each of them with a slightly different design with specific feel when playing games or typing. Which mechanical switches you need depend on what type of games you play or what else you will do.

Cherry MX Black switches have the highest activation force. So when we playing games don’t worry about accidentally hitting a key twice. That will give you a stiff feel that’s not well suited for games.So we require nimbler response, Cherry MX Red switches will work well. Cherry MX Brown give you best tactile feedback, it’s my love. Brow X have the same actuation force as the Red X.But add the tactile bump to aid with typing. If you need a keyboard that can switch back and forth between hard-core gaming and traditional work tasks, this is the kind to look for.

Mechanical Keyboards Features

Mechanical Keyboards backlighting is not just a way to spotlight keys in a dark room; newer design on the old backlight include adjustable color, and multiple lighting zones with separate backlight for arrow and WASD keys, highlighting the most frequently used control keys.

And now you shoud check the mechanical keyboards layout reviews. The traditional desktop 104-key called full-size layout is still common. That means you have a full keyboards, a function row, and arrow cluster. This is probably what you’ll be most comfortable with. The next step down is the tenkeyless (TKL) form factor. They’re sometimes called 80% boards. This is the same as a full keyboard, except the number pad is gone. A less common design, but one that’s increasingly popular, is the 60% or mini keyboard . These boards drop everything except the alpha keys, modifiers and the number row.

Another customizable feature is the swappable keycap. Because mechanical switches are distinctly separate from the keycap itself, sometimes the keys can be removed and swapped out for others that feature molded sculpting, texturing for better tactile control, or differently colored plastic. Some keyboards only offer swappable WASD keys, while others also include number keys that can be switched out.

A gaming keyboard may have more to offer than exceptionally well-made keys, adding features like macro command customization and dedicated macro keys. Some go so far as to include entirely new features, such as statistic tracking, text and audio communication, and touch screen displays. And not all keyboards are made for typing—specialized gaming keypads put a selection of 10 to 20 programmable keys right beneath your fingertips, combining the same customization and ergonomic designs seen in gaming mice and applying them to keyboard-bound game functions.

Top Gaming keyboards 2017

Topre Realforce RGB
Topre Realforce RGB

1. Topre Realforce RGB

The best keyboard for gaming and typing

Keyboard Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Keyboard Programmable keys: Yes

  • Incredible Topre keyswitchesGorgeous
  • RGB lighting
  • Variable actuation points
  • Solid build quality
  • Cherry MX and Topre keycap stems
  • Premium, ultra-smooth Topre switches
  • Extra-grippy, texturized rubber feet
  • Doubleshot keycaps
  • No included wrist rest
  • No included keycap puller

The Topre Realforce RGB is the second Topre keyboard we’ve tested. Our previous best, Cooler Master Novatouch TKL, is no longer being produced.

Topre switch has been around for a while now, but it’s new to the backlit scene, let alone RGB. The RGB Topre switches is a fairly significant step forward, bringing some much-needed lights to typists in the dark.

Whether the Topre switch belongs in the membrane family is a hotly debated topic. On one hand, there’s a conical spring under each cap which detects a keystroke when it’s depressed, on the other hand, the conical spring is covered by a rubbery electrostatic layer that’s responsible for most of the tactile feedback. We like to think of Topre as a more refined version of the rubber dome switch.

While the Topre switch comes in different actuation forces, its distinct feel is consistent across the entire lineup. They all feature tactile point at the start of actuation followed by a smooth, uniform linear travel until they’re bottomed out. Due to the rubbery electrostatic layer, the impact when bottoming out isn’t as harsh as Cherry MX switches.

The hardy chassis is sculpted with sharp edges and chiseled corners. A flat, satin black finish adds to the professional look.

A feature we didn’t think we’d need was textured rubber feet. Compared to the traditional flat feet, they do a much better job at keeping the keyboard planted on our desk through our torrential typing. It’s a subtle detail we appreciate, and we wish more companies would follow suit.

One of the best features of the Topre Realforce RGB is its doubleshot keycaps. Unlike traditional laser-etched keycaps that use a single layer of plastic, doubleshot stacks two layers of plastic on top of one another. The bottom layer fills the letter cut out in the top layer, forming the keyprints. Doubleshot keycaps have superior longevity since the keyprints will forever stay clear, the only downside is the associated increase in cost.

Many switch manufacturers today attempt to decrease the latency between keystrokes and actuation by reducing the actuation distance. Unfortunately, a single fixed actuation point may not be flexible enough to cater to everyone’s needs. To tackle this issue, the Topre Realforce RGB comes with varying actuation points. Because of its capacitive nature, the actuation distance needed to register a keystroke can be changed to 1.3mm, 2mm, or 3mm. We recommend the 3mm setting for a classic rubber dome feel.

Some downsides of the Topre Realforce RGB includes the lack of braided cables, macros, and wristrest. The biggest deterrence, however, is its gut-wrenching $250 asking price. At the same time, this is understandable: the Topre switch is a premium switch with very tight QC, and using 108 of them can make the board quite expensive. While the price gap between the Realforce RGB and a similar Cherry MX keyboard may be hard to swallow, it’s the best bet if you want the perfect membrane feel without sacrificing longevity.

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

2. Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

This mechanical animal has cheetah-like speeds

Keyboard Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Keyboard Programmable keys: Yes

  • Classy aluminum build
  • Hypnotic disco lighting
  • Boatloads of features
  • Fast Cherry MX Speed switch
  • Superb build quality
  • Comfy wristrest
  • Extra set of keycaps
  • Awkward software
  • Rubber palm rest gets grungy quickly
  • Shoddy ABS keycaps

While Corsair’s new flagship keyboard, the K95 RGB Platinum, is already here, it simply can’t edge out the original K95 for the price. Until the K95 RGB is discontinued, it will continue to sit on the crown as the top gaming keyboard Corsair has to offer.

We’re glad to see that the K95 RGB isn’t influenced by an over-the-top look. Though its anodized aluminum cover lacks any flourishment, the K95 RGB is undeniably sexy. It feels durable, too. Our attempts at bending it didn’t faze it much, nor does punching out mountains of text.

The Corsair  K95 RGB is the updated version of the aging Vengeance K95. Being numero-uno in Corsair’s gaming keyboard lineup, the Vengeance K95 RGB has all the uber-end features that competitive gamers need. A set of 18 programmable macros rests on the left side, more than enough for even the most demanding MMO gamers. Macro programming also isn’t restricted to just the macro keys; every key on the K95 is programmable as well. To top it off, there are four profiles that can be stored directly in the onboard memory. It also comes with a full set of media control buttons and a superb detachable wrist rest.

Although we like the Vengeance K95 RGB outfitted with the tactile Cherry MX Brown switch, it also comes in Cherry MX Reds if you prefer a straight, bump-less travel. The switches use Cherry’s new transparent switch housings and surface mount LEDs to up the light show.

Due to its enormous number of macros and the large wristrest, The K95 RGB’s sprawling footprint will require some desk cleaning before it can be nested comfortably. Besides its size, the biggest turnoff is the cheapo ABS plastic keycaps. It’s the same grade of stuff used on some basic membrane keyboards.

Feature-wise, the K95 RGB’s got it all. Dedicated media controls and a USB passthrough? Check. Metal volume wheel? Check, RGB lighting? Check. It even comes with a set of textured keycaps for the WASD keys.

For the time being, the Corsair K95 RGB continues to stand as the pinnacle of what gaming keyboards can be. As extra icing, the price of the K95 RGB has dropped significantly after the initial release; it’s now within reach of many more gamers.

Razer Ornata
Razer Ornata

3. Razer Ornata Chroma

Combining mechanical and membrane into one

Keyboard Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Full color | Keyboard Programmable keys: No

  • Razer Mecha-Membrane Technology
  • Mid-height keycaps
  • Razer Chroma backlighting
  • Ergonomic wrist rest
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • Fully programmable keys with on the fly macro recording
  • 10-key roll over
  • Dedicated Gaming Mode
  • Anti-ghosting capability for up to 10 simultaneous key presses
  • Short key throw won’t jive with everyone

For too long we have to make a quick decision between mechanical keyboards and membrane keyboards ,but now Razer has finally brought the two together with its ‘Mecha-Membrane’ Ornata keyboard. These new switch types pull from everything Razer Ornata Chroma has learned over the years. The result is a grand typing experience with shorter keys, the tactile feel of the green switches from the Blackwidow X Chroma and a loud audible click. Just like its other products, the Ornata features a fully customizable, per-key backlight and it comes with a plush pleather wrist rest too.In my mind it’s the best gaming keyboards if you like membrane keyboards.

As we had expect from any product that fuses two disparate technologies, the Razer Ornata Chroma feels a bit weird at first. Though Razer says that the Mecha-Membrane design delivers a “crisp tactile click” in line with what you get from mechanical switches and retains the “soft cushioned touch” of a silicone dome keyboard, that wasn’t the case for me. I’d estimate I got about 60 to 75 percent of the mechanical keyboard experience (using the clickier Cherry MX Blue and Brown switches as a reference point), which is admittedly pretty good. But I also got about 60 to 75 percent of the silicone dome experience, which for me has never been “soft” or “cushioned” so much as “mushy” and “unnatural.” If you don’t groove on that kind of heaviness, the Ornata Chroma may not enchant you right out of the box.

There’s a reason you don’t see many top-notch budget gaming keyboards: In order to check the right boxes and hit the necessary price point, manufacturers must either sacrifice features for the typing experience or the typing experience for features. To get both, you typically have had to go with something high-end (and much more expensive), like our Editors’ Choice, the Corsair K95 RGB. But thanks to an innovative new switch, Razer gives you the best (or at least most of the best) of both the gaming and typing worlds in the Razer Ornata Chroma, which costs just $99.99. It’s our Editors’ Choice for low-cost gaming keyboards.

SteelSeries Apex M800
SteelSeries Apex M800

4. SteelSeries Apex M800

Keeps a low profile

Keyboard Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Keyboard Programmable keys: Yes

  • conic, competitive design
  • QS1 Mechanical Switches
  • RGB Illumination
  • 60 Million Keypress Lifetime
  • SteelSeries Engine 3 Compatible
  • Typing takes some getting used to
  • Plasticky build

Billed as the fastest keyboard in the west (and the rest of the world for that matter), the SteelSeries Apex M800 feels different to type on than just about every other keyboard out there. That’s because of its incredibly responsive QS1 keyswitch featuring 1.5mm key travel and 45cN actuation force. Its low travel and linearity lend it a similar feel to Cherry MX Reds, but with less effort to strike each key. This makes the Apex M800 a great keyboard for gaming, but its membrane-like keyswitch means you’ll need to take some time adjusting to it when it comes to typing – especially if you’ve come from a tactile keyboard with Cherry MX switches inside. The M800’s individually-lit keycaps are easy on the eye and the SteelSeries Apex M800’s six left-positioned macro keys help you fire off spells and switch weapons in a snap.

The SteelSeries  Apex M800 measures 1.6 by 20.1 by 6.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 3.1 pounds. It’s similar in size to the older SteelSeries Apex, which measures 1.18 by 20.5 by 8.7 inches, and is slightly bigger than the Corsair K95 RGB (0.9 by 19.7 by 6.5 inches). Its large frame makes it difficult to pack into a backpack or bag to take with you to, say, a LAN party. Unlike the Corsair K95 RGB, which is fashioned out of aluminum, the Apex M800 is all-plastic, but the sleek profile is at least attractive, and the plastic is nicely textured.

The keyboard has 110 mechanical keys, all of which are equipped with a QS1 switch. This is a special high-end switch that SteelSeries created with the help of outside experts. The company claims that the QS1 switch offers 25-percent faster actuation than traditional mechanical switches, and the keys are laid out in a smooth, low profile to make it easier to glide across rows and columns while retaining good key travel. The keyboard includes N-key rollover for up to 256 simultaneous button presses—well more than there are even keys present, so all of your input will register during intense gaming sessions.

Cherry MX Board 6.0

5. Cherry MX Board 6.0

An all-metal affair

Keyboard Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Keyboard Programmable keys: Yes

  • Excellent typing feel
  • Comfortable low profile
  • Red LED key backlighting, adjustable
  • Rubber palm rests with magnetic docking
  • Lacks extra features

Cherry’s flagship MX Board 6.0 features a lower profile than other gaming keyboards like the Razer BlackWidow X Chroma, making it perfect if you prefer to type and game using a wrist rest. Cherry’s MX Red switches under the keys lend the Cherry MX Board 6.0 fast response times, but because the keys are positioned fairly close together they’re excellent for typing too. Housed in an eye-catching aluminum chassis, the Cherry MX Board 6.0 certainly doesn’t feel cheap and its blood-red key lighting is deliciously ominous. It’s a mechanical keyboard that’s also suited for the office.

A keyboard like a precision instrument. Faster than any other. More accurate than any other.Pure in its concept and quality:Uncompromisingly fast. Uncompromisingly precise. Uncompromisingly focused.Designed to dominate with its sophisticated features and innovative technology.The CHERRY MX BOARD 6.0 breaks through technical boundaries and sets a pioneering new course. A keyboard for people who want to advance.For people who want to leave their mark instead of following others.A keyboard like a precision instrument. Faster than any other. More accurate than any other.Pure in its concept and quality:Uncompromisingly fast. Uncompromisingly precise. Uncompromisingly focused.Designed to dominate with its sophisticated features and innovative technology.The CHERRY MX BOARD 6.0 breaks through technical boundaries and sets a pioneering new course. A keyboard for people who want to advance.For people who want to leave their mark instead of following others.

Logitech G810
Logitech G810

6. Logitech G810

A minimalist gaming weapon

Keyboard Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Keyboard Programmable keys: Yes

  • Minimal design
  • Satisfying Romer G switches
  • No USB pass-through ports

Logitech G810 has followed up its Orion Spark G910 mechanical keyboard with the Logitech G810, which arrives with a refreshingly grown-up feel. Sporting Logitech’s own Romer G switches, which aren’t quite as squishy as Cherry’s various switches, the Logitech G810 possesses a snappier feel than other gaming keyboards whether typing or gaming. Featuring smart media keys that work equally well on both Windows and OS X, Logitech’s latest keyboard is a solid all-round offering.

Logitech G810 comes preloaded with 300 game-specific lighting modes that take advantage of the per-key lighting, and hundreds more are available for download. There are also three preprogrammed lighting modes: Freestyle, Zones and Effects. With Freestyle, you can configure each key with its own color (from any of 16.8 million possibilities). The Zones mode is an easy, quick-start lighting option that lets you light certain key groups common to gaming—the WASD keys, arrow keys, modifier keys (Ctrl, Shift, Alt, Windows), the F1-F12 keys (standing in for the macro keys)—and highlights them in different colors; you can edit these zones, create new ones, or select custom colors.

Finally, the Effects mode has six preset custom lighting effects. I found Color Wave and Color Cycle (the only two with colors you can’t change) pretty to look at, but watching my keyboard constantly undulate with all the colors of the rainbow was very distracting in normal use and useless for gaming. Even if you slow down the speed of the effect, it’s still too much. That said, I found that Key Press, which briefly changes the color of the keys you hit, added a bit of fun to everyday typing.

If you’re fed up of the weird markings, LCD screens and strange parts that come with competing “gamer-focused” keyboards, the Logitech G810 might be for you.

SteelSeries Apex M500
SteelSeries Apex M500

7. SteelSeries Apex M500

A great bit of no-frills gaming kit

Keyboard Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Keyboard Programmable keys: Yes

  • Minimal design
  • Attractive blue backlighting
  • No media keysCherry MX Reds only

Many mechanical keyboards are gaudy and unwieldy, aimed at gamers on the, err, ostentatious side. That’s not the case with the SteelSeries Apex M500. Like the Logitech G810, the Apex M500 eschews unnecessary bells and whistles in favor of clean design and bare essentials. While it’s lacking media keys, macros and other such extras, it benefits from a compact design that wastes no space. Tailored towards e-Sports, its minimal leanings are refreshing and it looks great sat on a desk, accompanied by the right monitor and mouse of course.

Division Zero X40
Division Zero X40

8. Division Zero X40

Steeled for online gaming

Keyboard Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Keyboard Programmable keys: 5

  • Thick top covers
  • Clicky or silent keys
  • Side positioned macro keys
  • No volume wheel

Known primarily for its brand of professionally-geared keyboards, the X40 stems from Das Keyboard’s latest Division Zero gaming line. With the option of silent or clicky, tactile keys, the Division Zero X40 takes advantage of Das’ own custom Alpha-Zulu switches. For those accustomed to Cherry MX Reds, these will seem eerily familiar. Other functions include an arrangement of five programmable macro keys, LED backlighting, USB pass-through and even a gaming mode designed to disable that pesky Windows key when you’re in your zone. Making this a deal you can’t ignore, the X40 is one of the hardiest, most rigid keyboards around, thanks to its swappable aluminum panels.

Cougar Attack X3 RGB
Cougar Attack X3 RGB

9. Cougar Attack X3 RGB

One of the toughest keyboards goes RGB

Keyboard Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Keyboard Programmable keys: Yes

  • Solid aluminum build quality
  • RGB backlighting
  • No wrist restUS keyboard layout only

Cougar’s Attack X3 was one of the better affordable mechanical gaming keyboards of recent times thanks to its rugged aluminum body. Its successor, which is also forged from a block of aluminum, is every bit as robust and is once again available with Cherry MX Black, Brown, Red or Blue keyswitches depending on your typing preference. Its durability is aided by a braided cable, which sports two USB connections which are used for input and lighting. Features include N-Key rollover, a 1,000Hz polling rate and rubber feet on the bottom that prevents slipping. Corsair’s software is a little rough around the edges and the Attack X3 RGB only comes in a US keyboard layout, but if you’re seeking an affordable alternative to flagship keyboards like the Corsair K70 RGBs of this world then it’s a tempting option.

G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB
G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB

10. G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB

A solid entry-level offering with Cherry Reds

Keyboard Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Keyboard Programmable  keys: No

  • RGB Cherry MX Switches
  • Macros
  • USB Passthrough
  • Wristrest
  • Includes a mouse bungee and swappable keycaps
  • Could use a better design
  • Driver software is crap
  • Eats up desk space

It was tough choice between the Corsair K70 LUX and the G.Skill Ripjaws KM780. In the end, the G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 won our vote due to its more robust set of features.

Sporting a design that’s just as eccentric as G.Skill’s memory modules, the KM780 is clad in metal front plate, braided cables, and a metal rail. The metal rail adds a little more convenience when lifting the keyboard. It also doubles as the rail mount for the mouse bungee and the carrying case for the extra keycaps.

The KM780 is available in Cherry MX Red, Blue, and Brown versions. We picked ours to have the Blues. Cherry MX Blue is renowned for its superior tactile feedback and pronounced clicky actuation. While it works great for FPS games and typing, it may not be ideal for spammy games due to its hysteresis. The loud click is also a hit or miss: to some, it’s the symphony of productivity, to others, it’s the bane of concentration.

Cherry’s translucent switch housing nicely diffuses the light across the top keycap. Sadly, the dimly lit surface-mounted LEDs make them hard to see even in a dark room. Employing a caseless chassis, the switches on the Ripjaws KM780 stick out tall, leaving plenty of space at the bottom for light to spill out.

The keycaps on the Ripjaws KM780 are made from ABS plastic, the most widely used plastic for keyboards. A separate set of textured keycaps for the Gaming Zone (Q, W, E, R, C, A, S, D, F, and G keys) is included along with a key puller. These custom caps are slightly angled to improve ergonomics when gaming. The laser etched keyprints are much more conservative than we expected considering G.Skill’s affinity for flashy designs.

The Ripjaws KM780 comes full decked out with a plethora of extra features. In addition to a column of dedicated macro keys, it also comes with convenient media controls and a mouse bungee installed. Below the volume wheel is a LED indicator strip to show the volume level. It’s a neat little spin that’s actually surprisingly helpful.

Also included is a detachable wrist rest. Its texturized plastic surface is easy to clean and very comfortable. Be warned though, it does take up a good chunk of your desk estate, but you can find worse things to clutter your desk with.

While the keyboard may come with a solid set of hardware, its software fails to impress. The dated interface, microscopic buttons, and confusing setting groups were all turn-offs. Considering this is the same interface used for all of G.Skill’s peripherals, it needs some serious reworking to be considered polished. On the bright side, the settings can be stored directly on to the device, saving the trouble of fiddling with the software whenever you plug it into another PC. Its numerous lighting profiles, such as checkpoint, are pretty neat too.

Saying the list price is budget friendly is a bit of a stretch. The G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 starts at $140 on Amazon, overlapping with lower-tier premium boards. If you can look past its over enthusiastic look and the unintuitive driver software, then what you’ll find is one of the most feature-rich gaming keyboards available on the market.That’s all my advice,and now comes my Best Budget Gaming Mouse.

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