Holiday Shopping Guide - Best Gaming Keyboards of 2017
For the PC gamers out there, nothing is more important than comfortable and responsive input devices. We’ve already shown you our list of the Best Gaming Mice of 2017, and now we’re going to talk about Gaming Keyboards. These devices have become increasingly more complex in recent years, and while a basic keyboard will do the job, any serious gamer must spend at least a decent amount of money on their most used input device.
Best Gaming Keyboards of 2017
Mechanical keyboards come in a variety of clickity-clack sounds and each of them will feel different. This guide isn’t about explaining which mechanical keys are best for what scenario, as a lot of it will come down to personal preference. The sound they keyboard makes and the feel of the keys is very subjective, so you may be well served heading to a local store and actually physically trying out the keyboards on your short list. We will, however, attempt to provide a good variety of keyboards for any budget, so read on.
CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
It should come as no surprise that the CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is at the very top of our list. It has everything the aspiring gamer could ask for. The keyboard features a sturdy design, fast Cherry MX keys, doesn’t waste a ton of space on useless buttons, and comes with an optional wrist rest. I personally don’t understand the recent trend that seems to dictate that gaming keyboards must have sharp edges. My wrists still need to be comfortable. Of course the K95 features RGP lighting and per button color options, including six G function keys to assign your most important macros to.
Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2
Razer is one of the best PC peripheral makers and has been for many years. Their gaming mice sit prominently atop our Best Gaming Mice of 2017 list, and the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 should definitely be on your list of considerations. The BlackWidow has been especially designed to withstand the heavy abuse gamers will put it through, sporting an 80 million keystroke lifespan. Perfect for intense gaming, the BlackWidow will let you execute ten keystrokes at the same time. Individual RGB lighting of keys and the expected macro keys are also included.
Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Logitech is one of my personal favorite peripheral designers, and the Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is the one that I am currently writing this article on. Logitech’s gaming software is quite solid and this particular keyboard features mechanical keys that are not too loud, something I value. The built-in, but removable, wrist rest fits nicely, and there is no shortage of programmable macro keys. You will want to test drive this keyboard, as some of the keys are shaped in a certain way that may not be for everyone.
Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard
Here we have an option for the more budget-minded gamer on your shopping list. The Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard doesn’t offer mechanical keys but still features many of the functionality that gamers look for, all while keeping the price to a very reasonable level. Dedicated media controls, a built-in wrist rest, and RGB back-lighting will give gamers a solid way to enjoy their favorite hobby this holiday season.
ROCCAT Ryos MK FX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
ROCCAT is another one of those very solid gaming peripheral manufacturers, and it often pays to keep your mouse and keyboard in the same product line. The ROCCAT Ryos MK FX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features two on-board processors for macro storage, RGB lighting with per-key illumination, as well as a very ergonomically designed wrist rest. It also features an audio jack for easily connecting some extra headphones or earbuds.
HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
HyperX has quietly been creating some very solid gaming peripherals, and the HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is no exception. Built solidly with a steel frame, Cherry MX keys, and six dynamic light effects, it offers basic no-frills performance without breaking the bank. Dedicated media buttons and USB pass-thru mean that gamers will have all the convenience they need at their fingertips.
CORSAIR STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Last but not least, we have another offering from Corsair that will appeal to gamers that are looking to spend a little bit less. While the CORSAIR STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard forgoes some of the comforts of a wrist rest, and isn’t as flashy as some of the RGB keyboards, it does include quality Cherry MX keys and everything a gamer truly needs. It features USB pass-thru as well as optional contoured and textured keycaps for FPS and MOBA games. Dynamic backlighting and media controls are also part of the offering.
That’ll do it for our list of gaming keyboards for the holiday season of 2017. Hopefully you’ll have found something that meets your needs and budget. Keep in mind that gaming keyboards take a fair bit of abuse of the years, so it’s not a bad idea to upgrade from time to time. For more of our holiday shopping guides, have a look at our other Best of 2017 articles.