Best Gaming Keyboard 2019 – The Ultimate Buying Guide

Nearly every aspect of the personal computer has changed significantly over the years except one: the keyboard.

As a matter of fact, the traditional QWERTY keyboard still retains some redundant design elements that date all the way back to the very first typewriters. Today, the familiar layout comes in many forms and colors, as well as with different types of keys.

In this article, we will be bringing you a selection of the best gaming keyboards of 2019, covering membrane, mechanical, and hybrid keyboards, and including a short buying guide at the end that will help you pick out the best keyboard for your needs and budget. Let’s begin!

Top 9 Best Gaming Keyboards For 2019

CategoryKeyboardSwitch typeBacklight color 
Membrane and Hybrid KeyboardsMembraneRGB
MembraneRGB
Mecha-MembraneRGB
Mechanical KeyboardsCustomRGB
Cherry MXRed
Cherry MXRGB
Cherry MXRGB
Romer GRGB
Razer Mechanical SwitchesRGB
Razer Opto-Mechanical SwitchesRGB

We also have a dedicated guide on the best mechanical keyboards, so make sure to check that one out as well!

Membrane Keyboards

True, mechanical keyboards are all the rage among hardcore gamers right now, but there are some who just prefer the old-fashioned rubber domes. Even though the following keyboards are indeed membrane-based, they are still high-quality gaming products, with some being indistinguishable from mechanical keyboards at first glance.

Corsair K55

About the Keyboard

We’re starting off with a familiar name – Corsair, a well-known manufacturer of RAM memory and various gaming peripherals, among other things.  Their keyboard line-up consists of several different models, though the one we will be focusing on here is the Corsair K55.

The K55 actually resembles a mechanical keyboard, but even though it actually uses boring old rubber domes, it is still a high-quality gaming keyboard. This includes not only the design and the RGB lighting but also the build quality, the extra macro keys, and a detachable wrist rest, all of which contribute to making this keyboard a highly appealing gaming peripheral.

Features

  • RGB backlight – The K55 has a three-zone RGB backlight. This does help it maintain a relatively low price tag but, sadly, it also doesn’t look as good as per-key lighting does. Nonetheless, it is functional, looks good, and it is certainly preferable to single-color LEDs.
  • Detachable wrist rest – The keyboarc comes with a  wrist rest that can be easily attached or detached at will, and while it is only a rubber wrist rest, it is fairly comfortable and is a convenient feature to have, especially considering the price tag.
  • Macro keys – Located at the leftmost part of the keyboard are the six dedicated macro keys which make it very easy to carry out complex commands with a single keystroke. Macros are recorded with the “MR” (macro record) button located next to the media keys and they can be useful in a variety of situations, not limited to gaming.

Our Thoughts

The K55 may be “just” a membrane keyboard, but as you can see, it does not rely solely on RGB to make a sale. It is ergonomic, well-built, and comfortable to use, and it even comes with a set of macro keys and a detachable wrist rest. There are no major downsides to speak of, except maybe that the glossy surface gets dirty easily or that some might find it a bit pricey for a regular membrane keyboard when there are highly affordable mechanical  keyboards out there now.

What We Loved

  • Three-zone RGB backlighting
  • Six macro keys
  • Detachable wrist rest

What We Didn’t Like

  • Glossy band on top is a fingerprint and dust magnet
  • Pricey for a membrane keyboard

Razer Cynosa Chroma

About the Keyboard

Yes, we know what you’re thinking: “Since when does Razer make anything affordable?!” And true enough, when you take a look at a company whose name has become synonymous with “gaming” and “expensive”, it is very easy to forget that they make more than just high-end enthusiast products. The Razer Cynosa Chroma counts among the company’s more affordable products, and it is an excellent choice for those who want a relatively affordable keyboard that still has top-of-the-line RGB and Razer flair.

Features

  • Premium design – The Cynosa Chroma borrows a lot from Razer’s recognizable high-end BlackWidow keyboard when it comes to exterior design. And indeed, they look nigh-indistinguishable. But of course, being a more budget-friendly product, the Cynosa sports a simple plastic frame.
  • Chroma RGB backlighting – Something that makes the Cynosa truly stand out is the implementation of Razer’s signature RGB backlighting technology. Indeed, RGB is quite rarely seen among budget-friendly membrane-based keyboards such as this one, let alone RGB as great and as customizable as Chroma.

Our Thoughts

In the end, the Cynosa is a solid gaming keyboard made with the kind of quality you’d expect from Razer. The keys are responsive, comfortable to use, and are not at all as stiff as you might expect. However, it doesn’t have any standout features such as dedicated macro keys, a wrist rest, etc. That said, the Chroma RGB lighting is its main selling point, so if that’s what you’re after, then the Cynosa Chroma would make a fine pick, though the overall value remains a bit dubious.

What We Loved

  • Quality plastic build
  • Responsive membrane keys
  • Chroma RGB lighting

What We Didn’t Like

  • No exceptional features
  • Dubious value

Razer Ornata Chroma

About the Keyboard

Next up is another gaming keyboard from Razer, although this one is not exactly a membrane keyboard but a mechanical-membrane hybrid – the Ornata Chroma. This type of switch was invented by Razer themselves and it combines the best of both worlds: the lower price tag of a membrane keyboard, plus the responsiveness and tactile feedback of a mechanical switch.

Design-wise, the Ornata Chroma is pretty much what people see in their mind’s eye as soon as Razer is mentioned. It shares the same similar design with both its cheaper and its pricier siblings, and as it can be inferred from the name itself, it comes with fully a customizable Razer Chroma backlight.

Features

  • Mecha-Membrane keys– As mentioned above, the keyboard uses Razer’s Mecha-Membrane technology to combine the features of membrane keys and mechanical keys. They are quite tactile and almost as responsive as a full-fledged mechanical keyboard, but only those who are actually accustomed to using one will notice any difference.
  • Chroma RGB backlighting – Of course, there is Razer’s signature Chroma RGB backlight. As always, it is currently among the best of its kind as it has unprecedented customizability, along with a range of dynamic effects and presets.
  • Detachable wrist rest – The Ornata is accompanied by a massive cushioned wrist rest that is sure to make both gaming and typing more comfortable. It does, however, contribute quite a bit to the keyboard’s overall bulk. Fortunately, this is not an issue since it can be removed at will, seeing as it attaches to the magnetized front of the keyboard.

Our Thoughts

The Ornata Chroma is a great choice if you want to get a true Razer keyboard at a more approachable price. It comes complete with fully customizable RGB lighting and the hybrid switches are a great upgrade over the traditional rubber domes. However, being a Razer product, the Ornata Chroma is still quite expensive. As a matter of fact, there are several high-quality mechanical keyboards out there that you can get at this price point, and others that you can get for less.

What We Loved

  • Tactile and responsive mecha-membrane keys
  • Chroma RGB backlighting
  • Detachable wrist rest

What We Didn’t Like

  • Costs as much as some quality mechanical keyboards

And now, we bring out the big guns – mechanical gaming keyboards. The technology actually dates all the way back to the early 70s, but mechanical switches have become quite popular among gamers over the past couple of years due to how responsive and comfortable they are.

In this category, we will be looking at a selection of the best mechanical keyboards, including the more affordable models as well as the flashy and expensive ones. All of them, however, conform to the highest quality standards.

Redragon K552-R

About the Keyboard

Kicking off the second category, we have a remarkably affordable mechanical keyboard from Redragon, a company known for their affordable peripherals. The specific keyboard in question is the Redragon K552-R. This is a compact tenkeyless keyboard that comes complete with RGB lighting, though it doesn’t use Cherry MX switches but Redragon’s custom mechanical switches.

Features

  • Custom mechanical switches – As mentioned above, the K552-R uses custom switches that were built to resemble Cherry MX Blue switches, meaning that they are clicky and tactile. They are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing and are quite a pleasant surprise to find in a keyboard this cheap.
  • RGB Backlight – Another surprising feature of the K552-R is its RGB backlight, something that we’re not used to seeing in budget keyboards, least of all mechanical ones. Understandably, it’s not the best nor the brightest keyboard backlight out there and there are only several preset effects that can be cycled through.
  • Compact design – Being a tenkeyless keyboard, the K552-R lacks the number pad, so it’s a bit smaller than your average keyboard. This makes it lighter, more portable, helps save desk space, and brings the price of the keyboard down a notch.

Our Thoughts

With all of the above in mind, the Redragon K552-R is a truly remarkable budget mechanical gaming keyboard. It is extremely affordable, more so than some non-mechanical keyboards, and even so, it manages to include good switches, RGB lighting, and an overall solid build.

All in all, our only issues with this keyboard is the sheer bulk of its frame and the dubious durability of the custom blue switches. But apart from that, it’s very easy to see why this highly affordable keyboard is so popular among gamers who are on a tight budget.

What We Loved

  • Compact tenkeyless design
  • Solid custom blue switches
  • Decent RGB lighting
  • Extremely affordable for a mechanical keyboard

What We Didn’t Like

  • Dubious switch reliability
  • Bulky and heavy

Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS

About the Keyboard

Kingston is a company best known for their memory and storage solutions but like many other hardware companies, they also branched out into gaming, and their HyperX brand is highly popular today.

One of the more popular HyperX peripherals is the HyperX Alloy FPS, a fairly compact keyboard that comes in both a full-sized and a tenkeyless variant, and with several types of switches: Cherry MX Blue, Brown, and Red.

Features

  • Red LED backlighting – The keyboard includes a simple but effective red backlight. While RGB enthusiasts might find this disappointing, red works rather well here for two reasons: the color red is aggressive and befits a gaming product, but red light’s low wavelength also makes it the least distracting in low-light conditions, all the while efficiently illuminating the keys.
  • Compact steel frame – Unlike the bulky plastic exteriors that are commonly seen in gaming keyboards, the main body of the Alloy FPS seems almost nonexistent. The front consists entirely of steel, while the back is made of high-quality plastic.
  • Portability – Apart from its overall compact build, there are two more factors that contribute to this keyboard’s portability. Firstly, the power cable is detachable, and secondly, the keyboard comes with a padded carry case that ensures safe and hassle-free transportation.
  • Alloy FPS Pro – We have already mentioned that the Alloy FPS comes in two variants. The first is the standard one which is shown above, but there is also the Alloy FPS Pro which gets rid of the number pad to contribute to the overall compactness and portability. It doesn’t actually add any additional features, but it is obviously cheaper since it has fewer switches.

Our Thoughts

Honestly, the Alloy FPS is pretty much everything that most users would want out of a gaming keyboard. It will fit any desk, is easy and convenient to transport, and it is extremely well-built. It comes in two variants, both of which can utilize one of the three most popular types of Cherry MX switches, thus catering to everyone’s tastes.

The only downside is that the red backlight doesn’t contribute much in terms of aesthetics as it does when it comes to function. Sure, it’s popular among gaming products, but it may still clash with the lighting on some other peripherals. And while an RGB version of the keyboard exists, it is quite a bit pricier.

What We Loved

  • Compact design
  • Small footprint
  • Three types of switches and two formats

What We Didn’t Like

  • No RGB

Kingston HyperX Alloy Elite

About the Keyboard

Speaking of RGB, here is the ultimate HyperX keyboard – the HyperX Alloy Elite! It is similar to the Alloy FPS in many ways, both in terms of design and in that it also comes with Blue, Red, or Brown Cherry MX switches. But of course, it adds some extra features on top of that to justify the “Elite” moniker.

Features

  • RGB lighting – Unlike the more affordable Alloy FPS, the Alloy Elite comes with fully customizable RGB lighting, including a number of beautiful effects. In addition to functioning as a backlight for individual keys, there is also a good-looking RGB strip running along the top of the keyboard.
  • Detachable wrist rest – The Alloy Elite comes with a detachable wrist rest that can make long gaming sessions more comfortable.
  • Media buttons – While most keyboards relegate multimedia controls to the Fn key and the function keys, the Alloy Elite comes with a set of dedicated multimedia keys that are a convenient feature to have.

Our Thoughts

Overall, there isn’t much to say about the Alloy Elite, as we’ve already covered all the important points in the previous entry. It boasts a high-quality build, there are several types of switches to choose from, and the keyboard is very comfortable to use, with or without the wrist rest.

The only downside is the value, as the Alloy FPS offers all of the important features at about half the price, barring the wrist rest, the RGB lighting, and the extra media buttons. So, if you’re pinching pennies or simply prefer function over form, then the Alloy FPS should be a far better choice.

What We Loved

  • High-quality build
  • Several types of switches to choose from
  • Beautiful RGB lighting
  • Detachable wrist rest

What We Didn’t Like

  • Dubious value
  • Pricey

CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2

About the Keyboard

Up next, we get to Corsair and their excellent K70 RGB MK.2 gaming keyboard. Much like the Alloy Elite, it is a sleek mechanical keyboard with quality RGB lighting and a detachable wrist rest, but what stands out about the K70 MK.2 is that there is a low-profile version available in addition to the regular version.

Features

  • RGB backlight – Naturally, as with any mechanical gaming keyboard in this price range, the K70 MK.2 supports great-looking, customizable RGB lighting that can be customized with Corsair’s iCUE software.
  • Low-profile keys – As mentioned in the introduction, a low-profile variant of the K70 MK.2 is available along with the regular one. The difference, of course, comes down to the keycaps, which are much shorter than the usual keycaps that you’d encounter in a mechanical keyboard.
  • Several switches to choose from – As usual, the keyboard comes with several Cherry MX switches, including Red, Blue, and Brown. On top of that, there are also the less common Cherry MX Speed and Cherry MX Silent switches.
  • Media keys – The keyboard comes with separate media keys and a volume wheel, just like the Alloy Elite.
  • Detachable wrist rest – Again, as is to be expected, the K70 MK.2 also ships with a detachable wrist rest, though it’s not quite as stellar as the wrist rest that you’d usually get with a keyboard in this price range.

Our Thoughts

Overall, the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 is pretty much the same deal as most other keyboards in this price range, featuring a customizable RGB backlight and offering users a choice between a total of five types of Cherry MX switches. It is very well-built, too, though as mentioned above, what makes it stand out the most are the low-profile keys that some users might appreciate.

What We Loved

  • Five types of switches to choose from
  • Low-profile variant
  • RGB backlight
  • Quality metal construction
  • Detachable wrist rest

What We Didn’t Like

  • On the expensive side
  • Not the best wrist rest

Logitech G Pro

About the Keyboard

Moving on, we get to another recognizable company that is known for high-quality peripherals, and a particularly good tenkeyless keyboard of theirs – the Logitech G Pro. Being a tenkeyless keyboard, it’s fairly obvious that compactness is one of its primary strengths, and if you’re looking for one such keyboard that doesn’t skip other high-end features, then we can hardly think of a better model.

Features

  • RGB backlight – RGB is nothing new in this price range, and the G Pro features just the kind of RGB that you’d expect – vibrant and easily customizable using Logitech’s own software.
  • Romer G switches – Like other Logitech mechanical keyboards, the G Pro uses custom Romer G Tactile switches. As the name obviously suggests, they are tactile, durable, and highly responsive, making them great for competitive gaming.
  • Compact and portable design – Naturally, this keyboard was designed with portability and compactness in mind, so not only is it quite small and lightweight, but the cable is also detachable, making transportation easier.

Our Thoughts

With the above in mind, it’s fairly obvious what type of gamer the G Pro will appeal to. Its responsive switches can constitute a minor but important advantage in games and the tenkeyless design is always welcome if you like your keyboards portable. However, it is quite expensive, relatively speaking, considering that it offers fewer features than other full-sized keyboards in this price range.

What We Loved

  • Responsive Romer-G switches
  • Compact and portable design
  • RGB lighting

What We Didn’t Like

  • Relatively expensive

Razer BlackWidow Elite

About the Keyboard

Moving on, we get to Razer once again, only now we’ll be taking a look at one of the best keyboards they’ve ever made: the BlackWidow Elite. It’s got pretty much everything you’d expect of a high-end Razer keyboard, including the company’s proprietary switches, top-notch RGB, and some convenient extra features.

Features

  • Beautiful Chroma RGB lighting – For a while now, Razer has had some of the best RGB lighting in the industry, and this premium-quality keyboard is no different. The backlight is bright, the colors are vibrant, and it can easily be customized using Razer’s Synapse 3 software.
  • New proprietary switches – With the BlackWidow Elite, Razer has redesigned their switches. They now feature dual side walls which help make the key more stable and more durable. Of course, they also come in multiple colors: green, orange, and yellow, roughly corresponding to Cherry MX Blue, Brown, and Red switches respectively.
  • Extra media keys – The BlackWidow Elite has several extra multimedia keys and a volume wheel, which is always a convenient feature to have.
  • Detachable wrist rest – Again, a feature that is only expected among high-end keyboards such as this one is a detachable wrist rest. This particular wrist rest is a bit better than the competition, though, as the padding makes it extra comfortable to use.
  • Fully programmable – Every single of the BlackWidow Elite’s keys is programmable and each of them can have a secondary function assigned to it using Razer’s Hypershift software, thus making the keyboard very versatile.

Our Thoughts

All in all, Razer is Razer, and you know what you can expect from their keyboards: quality and reliability, but with a considerable price tag attached. That said, if you’re looking for quality and you can afford it, then the BlackWidow Elite, with all of its advanced features, will definitely not disappoint.

What We Loved

  • Responsive and durable Razer switches
  • High-quality build
  • Top-notch Chroma RGB lighting
  • Highly ergonomic wrist rest

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive

Razer Huntsman Elite

About the Keyboard

And for the final entry, we have another Razer keyboard – the Razer Huntsman Elite! It may look nigh-indistinguishable from the above BlackWidow Elite at first glance, but there is one key difference – the Huntsman Elite comes with Razer’s opto-mechanical switches, the fastest mechanical switch made to date!

Features

  • Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch – So, what makes this switch so special? Well, as the name implies, it uses a built-in optical sensor, making it more responsive than any other type of mechanical switch. On top of that, it is highly durable, as it can take up to a whopping 100 million keystrokes.
  • Chroma RGB lighting – Just like the BlackWidow Elite (and just like most Razer peripherals), the Huntsman Elite comes with the company’s unmatched Chroma RGB lighting.
  • Multimedia keys – The Huntsman Elite features the same extra media keys and volume wheel as the BlackWidow Elite which, again, is definitely a convenient feature to have.
  • Detachable wrist rest – The wrist that comes with this keyboard is also the same as the one described above: detachable and with padding that makes it more comfortable to use for prolonged periods of time than most other keyboard wrist rests.
  • Fully programmable – As is to be expected, the Huntsman Elite also supports Razer Hypershift, allowing the user to bind a secondary function to any of the keys and making the keyboard extremely versatile

Our Thoughts

So, overall, the Huntsman Elite is pretty much identical to the BlackWidow Elite, the main difference being the opto-mechanical switches that some, but not all, may find highly useful. They are extremely responsive and they could very well be worth the extra buck if you’re into competitive multiplayer.

But that said, the same drawback remains – the price. The Huntsman Elite is, understandably, even more expensive than the already pricey BlackWidow Elite, all due to the more advanced switches that it utilizes.

What We Loved

  • Fastest switches ever made
  • High-quality build
  • Superb Chroma RGB lighting
  • Ergonomic detachable wrist rest

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very expensive

Choosing the Best Gaming Keyboard

This might be a lot of information to take in, especially if you’re new to the whole thing. But have no worries, we will do our best to explain each important factor when it comes to finding the ideal gaming keyboard for your needs!

Types of Keys – Membrane vs Mechanical

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As you can see, there are two distinct types of keyboards, if we’re going by the keys. They can be either mechanical or membrane-based, and though there are various “hybrid” keyboards out there, they are nowhere near as common as the former two.

The way that membrane keyboards function is rather simple. A key rests on top of a rubber dome i.e. a “membrane”, and when enough pressure is applied to it, the dome collapses and allows the key to make contact with the board underneath.

In the case of mechanical keyboards, the situation is quite a bit more complex. What we call a key on a membrane keyboard is merely a keycap here. It rests on top of a more intricate mechanical switch, and it is this switch that makes contact with the board after enough pressure (actuation force) is applied.

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So, what are the pros and cons of either?

Well, for starters, membrane keyboards are inherently cheaper due to how easy they are to manufacture. They also tend to be quieter in the majority of cases, and how loud they are depends entirely on how fast you’re typing or with how forcefully you’re pressing the key.

On the other hand, mechanical keys are much more comfortable to use since you don’t have to push a key all the way down for it to make contact, something that also makes them faster and more responsive. The obvious downside is that they are more expensive to manufacture. They can also be quite loud based on the type of switch, but clicky keys as opposed to quiet keys is really a matter of personal preference.

That said, membrane keyboards tend to be cheaper and quieter, but if you’re on a really tight budget,  you should check out our guide on the best wireless keyboard and mouse combos, as you can save quite a bit of money. Understandably, though, the keyboards and mice that come in these bundles can’t really hold a candle to proper gaming keyboards and gaming mice.

Types of Mechanical Switches

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As you can see, there are quite a few switches to choose from if you’re going for a mechanical keyboard. The most popular ones are the Cherry MX switches, followed by proprietary switches such as those made by Logitech and Razer. Furthermore, there are the Kailh switches made by Kaihua Electronics. These are modeled after Cherry MX switches and are, essentially, a more affordable Cherry MX alternative.

When it comes to describing a switch, they can be:

  • Quiet or Loud – This is rather self-explanatory. Quieter switches produce less noise upon actuation, whereas louder ones will produce an audible click once the actuation point is reached.
  • Linear or Tactile – In addition to aural feedback, some switches also offer tactile feedback. Namely, when a tactile switch reaches its actuation point, you will feel a bump, signaling that the keystroke has been registered. Conversely, linear switches provide no such feedback.

Switches can also differ in terms of how much force needs to be applied for a keystroke to register, the key’s travel distance, and the durability of the switch itself. The table below includes information on each type of switch used by the mechanical keyboards featured in this article.

SwitchNoiseFeelActuation ForceTravel Distance (Actuation/Total)Durability
Cherry MX BlueLoudTactile60g2mm/4mm50 million keystrokes
Cherry MX BrownMediumTactile45g2mm/4mm50 million keystrokes
Cherry MX RedQuietLinear45g2mm/4mm50 million keystrokes
Cherry MX BlackQuietLinear60g2mm/4mm50 million keystrokes
Cherry MX SpeedQuietLinear45g1.2mm/4mm50 million keystrokes
Razer GreenLoudTactile50g1.9mm/4mm80 million keystrokes
Razer OrangeQuietTactile45g1.9mm/4mm80 million keystrokes
Razer YellowQuietLinear45g1.2mm/3.5mm80 million keystrokes
Romer-GQuietTactile45g1.5mm/3mm70 million keystrokes

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So, which should you choose?

In essence, it is all subjective. As mentioned before, some people like listening to clicky switches as they type, whereas others only find it distracting and prefer their keyboards as quiet as possible. As for tactile feedback, it is also largely dependent on your preferences.

When it comes to actuation force and travel distance, the differences are rather minor and hardly noticeable unless you’re comparing two types different switches side by side. In this regard, lower is usually better, but it shouldn’t be a deciding factor unless you’re a competitive gamer who needs every possible edge that they can get.

And lastly, there is the subject of durability. Keep this in mind: the 50 million keystroke life-span of the standard Cherry MX switch will be more than sufficient for most people. Let’s say that you were to press a single key ten thousand times each day. At that pace, the switch would still be functioning for well over 10 years. As such, you probably shouldn’t really let on-paper switch durability be a deciding factor either.

So, in the end, comparing switches is mostly just splitting hairs and the choice will ultimately be subjective. As such, you should simply pick the type of switch that you personally feel the most comfortable using.

Backlight

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Today, the vast majority of gaming keyboards come with a built-in backlight, something that is both an aesthetic and a functional feature. It can give a keyboard that particular gaming flair while also making it much easier to hit the right keys in the dark.

When it comes to the technologies used to illuminate a keyboard, we have either the regular old LEDs that can display only a single color and those that can cover the entire color spectrum i.e. RGB. The latter is more expensive but also provides a greater degree of customizability, in addition to being more aesthetically appealing and flexible overall.

In terms of functionality i.e. illuminating the keyboard so as to allow you to see which keys you’re hitting in low-light conditions, both of the aforementioned will be more than sufficient. Which one you pick will depend entirely on your preferences and your budget.

Conclusion – The Best Gaming Keyboard of 2019

The Best Membrane Gaming Keyboard – Corsair K55

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If you’re looking for a proper gaming keyboard that is well-built and incorporates good RGB backlighting but are not keen on getting a cheap mechanical keyboard due to quality concerns, then there is hardly a better choice than the Corsair K55.

It is actually not that much pricier than other keyboards in this range, but it’s extremely well-built and the keys are indeed more responsive than on some generic low-quality keyboard. It even has a set of useful macro keys, and it has no major drawbacks apart from the glossy surface being a fingerprint and dust magnet, as glossy surfaces usually are.

The Best Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS

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While we surely appreciate the beauty of RGB backlighting, here at GamingScan, we appreciate function over form. As such, we are inclined to give this title to the HyperX Alloy FPS, and for several reasons.

First and foremost, it is the cheapest mechanical keyboard that you can get that conforms to the highest quality standards and that still implements Cherry MX switches, as opposed to the custom switches that you’d usually get with cheap mechanical keyboards.

With an Alloy FPS keyboard, you get the entire package, almost – durable build, portability, compact design, three types of Cherry MX switches to choose from, but sadly, the only thing that’s missing is RGB. While a RGB variant does exist, it is noticeably more expensive than the regular version.

The Final Word

And that would be it! Keep in mind that the above are merely our own picks, and that all the keyboards on this list truly are the best of the best. Needless to say, as long as you keep your needs and your budget in mind, you will not regret buying any of them.

Got any remarks or suggestions? Let us know in the comments! We’ll also do our best to answer any questions you might have.

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