Best Gaming Keyboards 2017

Best Gaming Keyboards 2017

Although many people see keyboards as a basic peripheral that every computer owner must have, you might be surprised to know that picking the right one for your needs can actually enhance your experience whilst gaming. If it doesn’t then at least you’ll end up with a keyboard that looks fancy with RGB color lighting and an aluminum finish, what more could you want? So here is a list of the best gaming keyboards currently on the market.

To help make your decision a little bit easier we discuss everything from the different types of mechanical switches to the wrist rests which each gaming keyboard provides. Each keyboard featured also comes packing with every feature any gamer could ever want to have.

We have included keyboards from all different price ranges so there’s something for everyone’s budget, whether you’re rushing B on Counter Strike or building a science pack facility in Factorio we have you covered.

Keyboard NameMechanical Switch TypeInterfaceBacklighting 
1. Corsair Vengeance K95 RGBCherry MX Red / BrownWiredRGB Backlighting Buy Now
2. Corsair K70 RGB RapidfireCherry MX Speed SwitchesWiredRGB Backlighting Buy Now
3. Steelseries Apex M800QS1 KeyswitchWiredRGB Backlighting Buy Now
4. Razer Blackwidow Chroma Razer Orange or Razer Green SwitchWiredRGB Backlighting Buy Now
5. Thermaltake Poseidon ZKailh Blue or Brown SwitchesWiredYes Buy Now
6. Cherry MX Board 6.0Cherry MX RedWiredYes Buy Now
7. Logitech RGB G810Romer GWiredRGB Backlighting Buy Now
8. HyperX Alloy FPSCherry MX BlueWiredYes Buy Now
9. Coolermaster CM Storm Quickfire TKCherry MX Blue / Brown / RedWiredYes Buy Now
10. Division Zero X40Alpha-Zulu Linear or TactileWiredYes Buy Now

1. Corsair Vengeance K95 RGB

Corsair Vengeance K90 RGB Review

KeyboardCorsair Vengeance K95 RGB
Mechanical Switch TypeCherry MX Brown/Red
Actuation Force Required45g (Brown) / 45g (Red)
InterfaceWired
BacklightingYes
Programmable KeysYes

Albeit being the most expensive keyboard on our list, that high-end price tag does come with some incredible tech and a build quality that will last you for years to come. It might not come as a surprise to you, considering the insanely high price tag, but the Corsair Vengeance K95 RGB comes stacked out with some pretty amazing features which hardcore gamers will appreciate.

For a start you have a set of 18 programmable macro keys which can be located on the left-hand side of the keyboard, this is plenty even for hardcore MMO players that are into serious raiding. But the best part is that every single key on the keyboard can actually be programmed to whatever you want, the onboard memory can even store up to four different profiles for switching between PvP and PvE.

There is a full set of media controls as well which work exceptionally well, the detachable wrist rest is also a welcome addition and helps you have a much more natural resting position.

The Vengeance K95 comes with either Cherry MX Brown or Red switches depending on whether you want a bump response or just a straight linear switch.

Let’s talk aesthetics, quite frankly the aluminum casing on the K95 is nothing to scoff at, tag this along with the RGB backlighting and you have a sleek and gorgeous keyboard that will make you a very proud owner.

Our only major complaint with this keyboard is that it does not feature any sort of USB pass-through, this is a real shame because the actual keyboard itself takes up two USB ports to function correctly.

Pretty much everything about this gaming keyboard is pushing the limits of what a gaming keyboard should be and is the best cherry mx brown keyboard we have on our list, however the price tag will, understandably, be too much for a lot of gamers and so if you can spare no expense in getting the very best then this keyboard should be right up your street. If you feel that it’s just a bit more than you’d like to pay why not check out the older version of this keyboard which is still a great purchase but doesn’t include the RGB backlighting which we have come to expect from manufacturers over the last couple of years.

Positives
  1. Customizable per-key backlighting
  2. Every key is programmable
  3. Comfortable and detachable wrist rest
  4. Customizable lighting modes
  5. Polished aluminum design
Negatives
  1. No USB pass-through connection
  2. High end price tag

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2. Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire

Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Review

 

KeyboardCorsair K70 RGB Rapidfire
Mechanical Switch TypeCherry MX Speed Switches
Actuation Force Required45g
InterfaceWired
BacklightingYes
Programmable KeysYes

The Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire, not surprisingly, is just about raw unadulterated speed. While it is one of the more expensive gaming keyboards on our list we have to say that it’s certainly not lacking in technology as it comes equipped with the latest mechanical switch from Cherry, known as the MX Speed Switch. This switch makes for incredibly sensitive and responsive keys which only require the slightest movement to push them down.

This can be considered a bit of a double-edged sword as on the one hand it’s a great concept for gamers alike, however typing can prove to be a difficult ordeal for some users. With only a 45g actuation force you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be getting all of the quick frags, just make sure you don’t use the keyboard for a dissertation.

The K70 RGB comes in 2 main sizes, the first being a full-length keyboard which is great if you have no need to move or transport it anywhere. If are a busy and active person attending every LAN on the planet then it might be worth considering purchasing the K65 RGB Rapidfire which is the compact version that does not feature the numeric pad and can make transporting the keyboard a much simpler task. Very much like it’s older brother the K65 RGB Rapidfire also features customizable RGB lighting to suit your aesthetic needs.

Overall it’s a fantastic keyboard that delivers where it needs to, yes it’s quite a bit more upmarket than a lot of alternatives but if you can afford to spend this kind of money then why not get the best.

Positives
  1. Original Cherry MX speed switches
  2. Customizable RGB lighting
  3. Stylish aluminum design
  4. Ideal for e-sports
Negatives
  1. High end price tag
  2. Awkward to use software
Buy Corsair Vengeance K90 RGB

3. Steelseries Apex M800

Steelseries Apex M800 Review

 

KeyboardSteelseries Apex M800
Mechanical Switch TypeQS1 Keyswitch
Actuation Force Required45g
InterfaceWired
BacklightingYes
Programmable KeysYes

Labeled as quite simply one of the, if not the, fastest keyboards out on the market, there’s something truly quite special with the Steelseries Apex M800 and as it does not use typical Cherry MX switches, it feels quite a bit different to your average mechanical gaming keyboard.

In fact what this keyboard actually uses is something known as QS1 key switches which, very similar to Cherry MX Reds, has an actuation force of around 45g. It also feels very similar to Cherry MX Reds in the sense that it has a low amount of travel and is very much a linear switch but it is noticeably easier to press.

So again this is another fantastic choice for gamers looking to a product which will potentially provide them with a distinct advantage over other players but we would not recommend this for serial typists due to the sensitivity of keypresses.

The QS1 key switches do have a slight membrane feel to them so there could be a slight learning curve for all users who are coming from a Cherry MX mechanical background of keyboards. The backlighting is not as overpowering when compared to other keyboards and it’s relatively easy going on the eyes for those who are a bit more photo-sensitive.

Our only complaint so far with this keyboard is the build quality and it’s just not quite there for the high price tag, the plastic casing doesn’t really make you feel like it’s a premium product and it seems a bit too easy to make marks on the plastic exterior.

The Steelseries Apex M800 also features not one, but two independent processors to ensure that user input is never sacrificed for better RGB lighting customization. The first processor on offer inside this keyboard is an 8-bit MCU which is there to ensure any customization made on the lighting does not affect user input. The second is a 32-bit ARM M0 processor which ensures that the illumination effects have no effect on the user input.

Overall we think that this keyboard is a great concept at what can be achieved even when you step away from typical Cherry MX key switches and if it’s speed you need when your APM is through the roof on Starcraft then the Steelseries Apex M800 is definitely the gaming keyboard for you.

Positives
  1. Quiet and low profile keys
  2. Easy to use software
  3. RGB backlighting
  4. Dedicated processors to handle lighting customization
Negatives
  1. Feels cheap
  2. No dedicated media buttons
Buy Corsair Vengeance K90 RGB

4. Razer BlackWidow Chroma

Razer BlackWidow Chroma Review

KeyboardRazer BlackWidow Chroma
Mechanical Switch TypeRazer Orange or Razer Green Switch
Actuation Force Required55g
InterfaceWired
BacklightingYes
Programmable KeysYes

The king of features is back in business, here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect to receive if you buy one of these keyboards:

  • RGB Lighting
  • USB Passthroughs
  • A Dedicated Macro Column
  • Metal Face Plate

The only thing that its missing is media controls which are arguably not the most important feature, especially if you are looking at it from a gaming keyboard perspective.

Now, I know the first question you are going to ask is what switches does it use? My answer would be to just hear me out for a second, because yes the Razer Blackwidow Chroma uses Razer’s own gaming switches and unfortunately they have yet to introduce a linear travel switch, however the difference is pretty minor that it won’t really affect your ability to game on this peripheral.

The switches that it does use, The Razer Orange and Green switch, have been designed based on the Kailh Brown and Blue Switches respectively, both of these switches are tactile and have a bump. While this can provide the smallest disadvantage whilst gaming Razer switch’s, in my opinion, have always had a spot in my heart for how they feel to use, I strongly urge you to try it out.

Let’s just take a quick step back from the features that this keyboard has to admire its aesthetics which are quite frankly amazing. Not only does this keyboard come with RGB lighting as standard but there are also a few limited/special editions floating around on the marketplace which feature some incredible artwork based on certain games. Now depending on how hyped that particular game is you can actually sometimes find yourself a bargain when it comes to these custom paint jobs if the game title was not popular then you might actually save some money on the base model.

Overall it’s a great all-rounder and definitely deserves its spot at number 3 on our list, if you can get past the idea of using Razer switches then it will not be a disappointing purchase.

Positives
  1. Sturdy design
  2. High quality Razer switches
  3. Various lighting modes
  4. Versatile software
Negatives
  1. Razer switches are not the best for typing
  2. Could do with more customization options
Buy Corsair Vengeance K90 RGB

5. Thermaltake Poseidon Z (Budget Award)

 

Thermaltake Poseidon Z Review

KeyboardThermaltake Poseidon Z
Mechanical Switch TypeKailh Blue or Brown Switches
Actuation Force Required50g (Blue)/45g (Brown)
InterfaceWired
BacklightingYes
Programmable KeysNo

Even though this is quite an old keyboard, the bang for buck which you get from it is simply unheard of and so we simply have to put it on our top 10 gaming keyboards. Whilst most gaming keyboards around this price range would start to strip out, what some might consider, basic features such as backlighting and a numerical pad the Thermaltake Poseidon Z does the complete opposite and ensures these features are still present.

Where this keyboard might frustrate some users is the fact that it does not feature Cherry MX switches but instead substitutes them with either Kailh Brown or Blue switches. They are very similar to Cherry MX switches but are generally classed as an inferior version but quite honestly you won’t notice the difference whilst gaming.

It’s generally accepted that the Kailh Blue switches will have a better feedback very much like their Cherry MX counterparts whilst the Brown switches are noticeably quieter and provide you with less tactility.

Taking an almost 180-degree turn from the previous keyboard which had fantastic aesthetics, I’m sure you’ll have noticed that the Thermaltake Poseidon Z keyboard is not really the prettiest on our list. Saying that the case does actually feel relatively sturdy and although it doesn’t have a aluminum finish nor a crazy design we appreciate the simplicity of it and it does not take away from the fact that this keyboard is exceptionally cheap for what it is.

Positives
  1. Insane value for money
  2. Sturdy design
  3. Solid mechanical switches
  4. Kailh Brown switches are quieter than the Cherry MX equivalent
Negatives
  1. Not the best-looking keyboard
  2. Limited customization
  3. No RGB lighting
Buy Corsair Vengeance K90 RGB

6. Cherry MX Board 6.0

Cherry MX Board 6 Review

KeyboardCherry MX Board 6.0
Mechanical Switch TypeCherry MX Red
Actuation Force Required45g
InterfaceWired
BacklightingYes
Programmable KeysYes

This is the beast that Cherry have developed and are now selling as their flagship model, this particular keyboard has quite a low profile so if you prefer to use a wrist rest then this might just be what you are looking for.

As it’s the very same company who created the Cherry MX switches they have gone all out and made sure to use what are arguably the best-suited keys for gaming which are Cherry MX Reds, with a linear motion and only 45g of actuation force your fingers will feel like they are pressing down on clouds to get that quick frag.

Normally I would suggest avoiding Cherry MX Red switches for typing but due to the low profile of the keyboard and the minuscule amount of spacing between each key I would actually be comfortable recommending this keyboard for both gaming and typing.

Right, let’s talk about aesthetics and to start it off I want to say how vaguely similar this keyboard looks like it’s from the corsair range, which isn’t necessarily a bad point. The Cherry MX Board 6.0 comes encased within an aluminum shell which will catch the eye of any onlookers.

Overall this keyboard isn’t cheap but on the plus side nor does it feel cheap and with its low profile and key spacing you could most certainly use it for gaming and everyday use without an issue, the red backlighting is also a welcome addition that adds a sense of controlled aggression.

Positives
  1. Phenomenal build quality
  2. Gorgeous aluminum casing
  3. Detachable wrist rest
  4. Dedicated media control buttons
Negatives
  1. Limited backlighting
  2. No macro keys
  3. High-end price
Buy Corsair Vengeance K90 RGB

7. Logitech RGB G810

Logitech G810 RGB Review

 

KeyboardLogitech G810
Mechanical Switch TypeRomer G Switches
Actuation Force Required45g
InterfaceWired
BacklightingYes
Programmable KeysYes

Logitech has always been a noteworthy brand in the mechanical keyboard industry, the G810 is no exception to the standard set by previous models.

This is yet again another keyboard which does not feature Cherry MX switches but instead Logitech’s very own Romer G switches.

All of the media keys work surprisingly well on both Windows and OS X operating systems.

Overall there’s nothing that stands above the rest in terms of features but don’t let that put you off the Logitech G810 as it is a well-rounded keyboard that offers no crazy designs or features like LCD touch screens. So if you want a solid keyboard that does everything it says on the box then this is definitely for you.

Positives
  1. Elegant design
  2. Comfortable keys
  3. Aesthetically pleasing backlighting
  4. Customizable RGB lighting
Negatives
  1. Not ideal for typists
  2. Not always the perfect software
Buy Corsair Vengeance K90 RGB

8. HyperX Alloy FPS

HyperX Alloy FPS Review

KeyboardHyperX Alloy FPS
Mechanical Switch TypeCherry MX Blue
Actuation Force Required50g
InterfaceWired
BacklightingDynamic Red Lighting
Programmable KeysNo

We are now into the realms of gaming keyboards specifically targeting certain genres, more specifically the FPS genre.

The HyperX Alloy FPS uses loud Cherry MX blue switches which can, for some users, become quite annoying so make sure not to use this in an office environment.

When comparing this keyboard to many others on our list you might be surprised as to why we’ve decided to include it, however the plain and simple fact is it has outstanding build quality.

The metal body of the HyperX Alloy FPS prevents any form of keyboard flexing which is nice to have especially if you have a particularly frustrating gaming session.

Even though there is a number pad attached to this keyboard it’s surprisingly compact and even comes with a convenient carry case for traveling between LAN parties.

The red backlighting is a nice aesthetic touch which is a welcome addition to an already good looking keyboard.

Overall it’s a great compact full-sized keyboard that offers a healthy amount of features whilst looking the part and having a great build quality.

Positives
  1. Official Cherry MX switches
  2. Customizable backlighting
  3. Hardy build quality
  4. Compact design
Negatives
  1. No RGB backlighting
  2. No Software
  3. Cherry MX Blue switches can be too noisy for some
Buy Corsair Vengeance K90 RGB

9. Coolermaster CM Storm Quickfire TK

Coolermaster CM Storm Quickfire TK

KeyboardCoolermaster CM Storm Quickfire TK
Mechanical Switch TypeCherry MX Blue/Brown/Red
Actuation Force Required50g (Blue) / 45g (Brown) / 45g (Red)
InterfaceWired
BacklightingYes
Programmable KeysNo

Going back to the topic of compact keyboards, here’s another one!

The Coolermaster CM Storm Quickfire TK is one of the smallest full-size keyboards on the market, there is literally no space wasted around the edges.

It might take a while to adjust to the size of this keyboard but it’s quite a surprising treat once you do.

You can purchase the Coolermaster CM Storm Quickfire TK with three different Cherry MX Switches Red, Blue or Brown.

One quirky addition that comes with the keyboard is a tool that you can use to pull out each individual key when its time to give it a clean.

This is definitely a keyboard which you can use for both gaming and in the office, it’s compact size also makes it simple to transport.

The lack of macro support is unfortunate but sacrifices have to be made when you have a keyboard this small and for such a low price.

The backlighting is somewhat limited and only comes in one color but it does have three different lighting modes, it’s not the best backlighting we have seen on this list but at least it’s something.

Overall it’s a well-built keyboard that provides all essential features that any gamer would need. If you’re looking for something that has a few extra features and crazy aesthetics then this might not be the keyboard for you.

Positives
  1. Wide selection of Cherry MX switches available
  2. Sturdy build quality
  3. Compact design
Negatives
  1. No macro keys
  2. Limited backlighting options
Buy Corsair Vengeance K90 RGB

10. Division Zero X40

Division Zero X40 Review

KeyboardDivision Zero X40
Mechanical Switch TypeAlpha-Zulu Linear or Tactile Switch
Actuation Force Required45g For Both
InterfaceWired
BacklightingYes
Programmable Keys5 Macro Keys

To round off our top 10 gaming keyboards for 2017 we’ve decided to include something that a lot of you won’t be too familiar with but don’t be put off by its name as the Division Zero X40 has quite a lot to offer.

This little gem comes from the gaming line at Das Keyboard and can be purchased with either silent or clicky keys, there’s no Cherry MX switches to be found here and instead Das Keyboard use their very own Alpha-Zulu switches which are comparable to the Cherry MX Reds which a lot of gaming keyboards make use of.

Here are some notable features which you can expect to find with the Division Zero X40:

  •  5 programmable macro keys (found on the left-hand side of the keyboard)
  • USB pass-through
  • LED backlighting
  • Gamer mode AKA disabled windows key

Aesthetics are quite interesting to discuss when it comes to the Division Zero X40 as the aluminum faceplate is actually interchangeable so that means you can mix and match colours to best suit your gaming style, it also means if you ever happen to damage the case then you can easily pick up another one to replace it.

Overall we have included this gaming keyboard on our list simply down to its build quality and hardy design which will make it last many gaming sessions to come.

Positives
  1. Sturdy design
  2. Utilizes full n-key rollover
  3. Interchangeable top aluminum plate
Negatives
  1. High-end price for the amount of features included
  2. Limited backlight customization
Buy Corsair Vengeance K90 RGB

Differences Between Mechanical Switches

So you’re new to the whole mechanical keyboard game and all you can hear is “Cherry MX Red is the best gaming switch” and “Cherry MX Blue feels the nicest”, but how do these switches actually differ and do they impact your gaming session on a keyboard of your choice?

Let’s do a quick rundown of the specifications and differences associated with the different switches you might encounter throughout our list of the best gaming keyboards for 2017.

First let’s start with the three different types of switches you can get:

  • Clicky – This is argued as the most pleasant switch to use, albeit being the loudest by a long shot. The clicky mechanical switch is one where you will feel a bump halfway through pressing it and this is then partnered up with a rather satisfying clicking sound.
  • Tactile – Very much like the ‘Clicky’ switch the Tactile features a bump somewhere halfway through a keypress but it does not come with the clicking sound afterward thereby reducing the noise levels produced by the keyboard and also the amount of actuation force required to press down.
  • Linear – Arguably the most popular type of switch to be used in gaming keyboards for their simple and consistent keypress with no bump and no clicking sound, this allows for a lower actuation force that has to be applied in order to register a key press.

Let me clear up a few misconceptions up very quickly before we proceed to the different models of mechanical switches:

  1. There is almost no difference to a normal gamer when choosing out of the three types of mechanical switches. Regardless of which type you choose the feedback you receive will be plenty for any PC gaming the question really comes down to which you feel more comfortable with
  2. Cherry MX Red Linear switches are bad for typing with – This one I partially agree on, but as an owner of a Cherry MX Red keyboard for the office I can say without a doubt that given some time you will quickly adjust to the linear switch for typing and I find it actually helps me to touch type as the travel is smooth, consistent and the lower actuation force means I can dash across the keys whilst writing an essay

Durability

It is well known that buying a mechanical keyboard over a membrane one can potentially save you a considerable amount of money in the future as mechanical switches will, on average, have a very high life expectancy compared to their membrane cousins. An example would be a typical Cherry MX Red switch which is rated to have a lifespan of 20-50 million keystrokes, as long as you don’t have a particularly stressful gaming session…

Let’s move on to the switches on offer and how they differ.

Before moving on to the specifications of each mechanical switch here’s a useful and relatively short video (credit HardwareCanucks) on everything you need to know regarding mechanical switches.

 

Cherry MX Switches

Arguably the most well-known brand in the mechanical keyboard industry, the Cherry MX switch range is known for its high-quality keys and versatility when it comes to what’s on offer.

Cherry MX Red

Switch Type: Linear

Actuation Force: 45g or 44.1cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 4mm

Noise Level: Low

Estimated Lifespan: 50 Million keystrokes per key

Best Used For: Over the last few years the Cherry MX Red switch has kicked up a storm in the gaming community by being heralded as the best option for gamers due to its linear motion and low actuation force, this allows for quick responses with minimal resistance from the keyboard. I know earlier I stated that these switches are not unusable for a keen typist however, if you are looking to type more than play games then perhaps it would be better to pick a mechanical switch that has some form of feedback.

Used In: Corsair Vengeance K95 RGBCherry MX Board 6.0Coolermaster CM Storm Quickfire TK

Cherry MX Brown

Switch Type: Tactile

Actuation Force: 45g or 44.1cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 4mm

Noise Level: Low

Estimated Lifespan: 50 Million keystrokes per key

Best Used For: If you aren’t too sure about whether or not you’ll use a gaming keyboard more for the typing side or gaming then having Cherry MX Brown switches is ideal, this switch is consistently praised for being the best of both worlds. As there is only a bump halfway through the travel and no clicking noise at the end you have some form of feedback for when you are typing but then not too much to interfere you when video games are running.

Used In: Corsair Vengeance K95 RGBCoolermaster CM Storm Quickfire TK

Cherry MX Blue

Switch Type: Clicky

Actuation Force: 60g or 58.8cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 4mm

Noise Level: High

Estimated Lifespan: 50 Million keystrokes per key

Best Used For: Generally speaking, you are looking to buy a keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches if you are going to use your gaming keyboard primarily for typing. This switch has a very distinct click after the bump halfway through the key press, this provides you with plenty of feedback to know when your fingers should move on to the next letter. The only downside is that this additional step of feedback is known to slow down users and also create a very loud noise, so beware of using in an office environment!

Used In: HyperX Alloy FPS, Coolermaster CM Storm Quickfire TK

Cherry MX Speed Switch

Switch Type: Linear

Actuation Force: 45g or 44.1cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 4mm

Noise Level: Low

Estimated Lifespan: 50 Million keystrokes per key

Best Used For: Essentially imagine this mechanical switch as a Cherry MX Red that’s been suited and booted for delivering a faster and more responsive keyboard for gamers who are under pressure. If you are dead serious about becoming a professional video gamer then this is the switch for you.

Used In: Corsair K70 RGB Vengeance

Other Non-Cherry MX Switches Featured in Our Top 10 Gaming Keyboards 2017

Now that we’ve had our little Cherry MX fanboy moment let’s start talking about other mechanical switches that we have encountered on this list and how they stack up to the main competitor.

QS1

Actuation Force: 45g or 44.1cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 3mm

Noise Level: Low

Best Used For: Steelseries quite simply wanted to have the fastest mechanical switch that was possible, that’s why they visited the good people over at Kaihua and asked them to develop it. A bit of R&D later and we have the QS1 which popped up on retail shelves everywhere inside the SteelSeries Apex M800 gaming keyboard (we reviewed it earlier on). When I mentioned that the Cherry MX Speed switches were there for serious e-sports gamers I may have lied just a little bit, if you truly want the fastest switches then the QS1 is where you need to be. The short travel distance of 3mm and low actuation force makes it incredibly easy to teabag and taunt your fallen comrades.

Used In: Steelseries Apex M800

Razer Mechanical Switches

Razer Green

Switch Type: Clicky

Actuation Force: 55g or 54cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 4mm

Noise Level: High

Estimated Lifespan: 80 Million keystrokes per key

Best Used For: Very much like the Cherry MX Blue switches we recommend any mechanical switch that has a lot of feedback to be used for typing and gaming. There’s nothing much to say other than it does have a higher actuation point than the Cherry MX Blue but it’s essentially the same bar it has an extra 30 million keystrokes per key.

Used In: Razer Blackwidow Chroma

Razer Orange

Switch Type: Tactile

Actuation Force: 55g or 54cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 4mm

Noise Level: Low

Estimated Lifespan: 80 Million keystrokes per key

Best Used For: Another mechanical switch with some form of feedback and so another recommendation from us to use it for both gaming and typing. The Razor Orange can be directly compared to the Kailh Brown switch we discuss later on as it’s basically the same switch.

Used In: Razer Blackwidow Chroma

Kailh Switches

The Kailh product range is often referred to as “Cherry MX Clones” now the reason for this is quite simple actually as they are identical in design and the color scheme used is pretty much the same also but at a fraction of the price!

In fact you can actually interchange keycaps designed for Cherry MX keys and place them on to Kailh switches, how crazy is that.

Kailh Blue

Switch Type: Clicky

Actuation Force: 60g or 58.8cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 4mm

Noise Level: Loud

Estimated Lifespan: 50 Million keystrokes per key

Best Used For: As another switch with a ton of feedback we recommend the Kailh Blue switch for both gaming and typing.

Used In: Thermaltake Poseidon Z

Kailh Brown

Switch Type: Tactile

Actuation Force: 50g or 49cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 4mm

Noise Level: Low

Estimated Lifespan: 50 Million keystrokes per key

Best Used For: Our recommendation for the Kailh Brown mechanical switch is to use it for both gaming and typing. This switch is almost identical to the Razer Orange switch.

Used In: Thermaltake Poseidon Z

Logitech Mechanical Switches

Logitech decided to strike a deal with well-known Japanese electronics manufacturer, Omron, to create a unique mechanical switch that challenges every flaw present in current mechanical switches.

The Romer-G switch was created from scratch and features a 1.5mm actuation point, this is 25% shorter than any Cherry MX or Kailh mechanical switch. It’s the perfect blend between a linear switch and a mechanical switch, it does feature a tactile bump however it is so light that under extreme situations where your APM is through the roof then it won’t make the slightest bit of difference. Once you start typing however, you do start to notice the tactile bump which makes it easier to register each keystroke as you are provided with some form of feedback.

Romer-G

Switch Type: Semi-Tactile

Actuation Force: 45g or 44.1cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 3mm

Noise Level: Low

Estimated Lifespan: 70 Million keystrokes per key

Best Used For: Gaming sessions that require pin-point precision and speed is what you will use the Romer-G switch for, alongside this because of the slight tactile bump you can also quite easily use it for everyday typing.

Used In: Logitech RGB G810

Division Zero Gaming Mechanical Switches

Alpha-Zulu Linear Switch

Switch Type: Linear

Actuation Force: 45g or 44.1cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 4mm

Noise Level: Low

Estimated Lifespan: 60 Million keystrokes per key

Best Used For: A combination of typing and gaming.

Used In: Division Zero X40

Alpha-Zulu Tactile Switch

Switch Type: Semi-Tactile

Actuation Force: 45g or 44.1cN

Travel Distance for Keypress: 4mm

Noise Level: Low

Estimated Lifespan: 60 Million keystrokes per key

Best Used For: A combination of typing and gaming.

Used In: Division Zero X40

That about wraps up our list of the best gaming keyboards currently available, if you have an opinion on this or think our list is incorrect then please feel free to leave a comment down below and we will make sure to reply.

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