We spend a lot of time putting together super-powerful rigs that can render beautiful pixels as fast as the eye can see, but it’s important to pay attention to your peripherals too. After all, what use is a top-end rig if you can’t control your character with any sort of consistency.
Best gaming mice
The right gaming keyboard ultimately comes down to the right feel while you’re playing. Membrane switches are familiar but often spongy. Mechanical keyboards offer key switches that are responsive when typing or moving in a game and feel good to push down. That feel is important, because the keyboard is the peripheral you’ll spend the most time with at your PC, and it has to feel right.
The gaming keyboard market has undergone some major changes. Some companies have made their products increasingly sophisticated, while others are going back to their roots. We’ve also seen the rise of proprietary switches from a few companies. With all this in mind, here are our picks for the best gaming keyboards:
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum
Our previous favorite high-end board, the K95, has been discontinued. Its retirement also marks the end to the epic 18 dedicated macros. From here on out, the K95 Platinum will be inheriting its legacy.
We’re glad to see that the K95 Platinum isn’t plagued by an over-the-top look. Though its anodized aluminum front plate lacks embellishment, the K95 Platinum is still undeniably sexy. It feels durable, too. Our attempts at bending it don’t faze it much, nor does punching out mountains of text.
Our K95 Platinum is equipped with the jumpy Cherry MX Speed switch. The Cherry MX Speed features a 1.2mm actuation point, 0.8mm shorter than standard Cherry MX switches. Paired with a feathery 45g actuation force and a linear travel for minimal resistance, the Cherry MX Speed is one of the fastest and most responsive switches we’ve tested. Typists, however, may not find it suitable since a tactile switch is generally preferable for such a task. If you fall into this crowd, consider picking up the K95 Platinum with the Cherry MX Brown switch instead.
G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB
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.
There are tons of keyboards we still haven’t reviewed but love to get our hands on. If there’s any in particular you want us to check out, let us know in the comments.