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Best Gaming Keyboards - The Elite List

By Edward Chester. Posted

Make your gaming, typing and other PC tasks quicker and easier with our pick of the best keyboards. Whether you just need a reliable typing tool or a helping hand in your gaming sessions, we've got a recommendation for you.

All but one of these keyboards uses premium mechanical keyswitches. Not sure what the benefits of mechanical keyswitches are? Check out our mechanical keyboards buyers guide.

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SteelSeries Apex 3 - Best budget tenkeyless (TKL) gaming keyboard

Price: £40 | Supplier:

SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL

The Corsair K55 RGB cuts its cost by opting for rubber membrane keyswitches rather than more expensive mechanical keyswitches. Otherwise it offers a premium design, RGB backlighting, programmable keys and great value.

Asus ROG Strix Scope RX - Best optical esports keyboard

Price: £73 | Supplier:

Asus ROG Strix Scope RX

The absence of extra features means the Scope won’t suit everyone, and the move to optical is impressive but not transformative. The Scope RX is cheaper than the vast majority of other optical units, though, and you’ll notice the difference if you’re a committed FPS or esports player. The Scope serves up a fast, comfortable experience that sits between lighter optical alternatives and slower, heftier mechanical hardware. If you want optical speed with plenty of substance, it’s a great option.

NZXT Function MiniTKL - Best budget mechanical tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard

Price: £100 | Supplier:

NZXT Function MiniTKL

The Corsair K68 RGB forgoes the metal top of the company's more expensive models but still retains a smart design and includes spill resistance. RGB lighting, excellent Corsair software and a decent price make it a great option.

Corsair K70 RGB TKL - Best TKL mechanical gaming keyboard

Price: £140 | Supplier:

Corsair K70 RGB TKL

The Scope TKL Deluxe has loads of advantages. Its strong, compact and modular design makes it great for smaller spaces and frequent transport, and its layout is ideal for FPS and esports gaming. It looks great, with dramatic aluminium and superb lighting. Its CherryMX hardware is reliably excellent, and the Function row switching and Stealth mode options are useful too.

Corsair K70 RGB Pro - Best premium mechanical gaming keyboard

Price: £160 | Supplier:

Corsair K70

One of the chief complaints many users have regarding conventional mechanical keyswitch keyboards is the height of the keys. The Cherry MX low-profile keys in the Corsair K70 Mk.2 Low Profile solve this problem and also make for an even tidier, smarter-looking keyboard than the rest of Corsair's range.

Ducky Shine 7 - Best luxury mechanical keyboard

Price: £175 | Supplier:

Ducky Shine 7

With its zinc alloy top plate, real Cherry MX switches, Type-C USB port and generally rock solid build, the Shine 7 is a lesson in keyboard build quality. It's not packed with extra gaming features but if you just want a rock solid standard keyboard, this is the one to get.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro - Best wireless gaming keyboard

Price: £204 | Supplier:

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

The BlackWidow V3 Pro is an excellent mechanical keyboard that will satisfy serious typists and gamers alike. It looks fantastic, feels well made and has all the key features you’ll need. Razer’s software for programming the lighting and buttons is excellent too. Beware its relatively poor battery life, slightly iffy backlighting on some keys and high price, though.

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum - Best mechanical MMO gaming keyboard

Price: £210 | Supplier:

Corsair K95

The Corsair K95 Platinum boosts its gaming and particularly its MMO credentials by featuring a string of extra gaming keys down the left side of the keyboard. Extra keys are nothing new in gaming keyboards, but many mechanical keyboards now skip this feature. Add in the premium design, RGB backlighting and excellent Corsair software and you're onto a winner.

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