10 Best Gaming Keyboards 2018 – Mechanical & RGB Keyboards

best gaming keyboards 2018

Keyboards have progressed quite a bit in the past year. Normal backlighting used to cost up to $100 on its own, with features like RGB and mechanical driving prices as high as $300. Nowadays, though, you can get fully-backlit gaming keyboards for $20, and mechanical keyboards for as low as $60. The market has changed, the tech is cheaper and more evolved, so the time has never been better to buy yourself a brand new gaming keyboard.

The benefits of a gaming keyboard may not be immediately obvious to some users. But if you can afford a mechanical keyboard, expect improvements in your typing speed and the responsiveness of your in-game movements. If you like aesthetics, enjoy customizable backlighting features that allow you to make the most of your keyboard.

We spent plenty of time collecting keyboards for this list. Any choice should provide a good experience, but ultimately there can only be one winner.

Breakdown of Top 10 Best Gaming Keyboards 2018

Details Our Rating
#1Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

  • mechanical: Yes
  • rgb: Yes
  • software other features: Customizable LED backlights, macros, macro keys, media keys, USB passthrough, Corsair CUE software
5/5
#2Corsair K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Corsair K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

  • mechanical: Yes
  • rgb: Yes
  • software other features: Customizable LED backlights, macros, media keys, USB passthrough,Corsair CUE software
4.8/5
#3Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

  • mechanical: Yes
  • rgb: Yes
  • software other features: Customizable LED backlights, macro keys, media keys, Logitech software
4.6/5
#4Logitech G610 Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Logitech G610 Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

  • mechanical: Yes
  • rgb: No
  • software other features: Red backlighting, media keys, macros and customizable lighting with Logitech software
4.2/5
#5AUKEY RGB Mechanical Keyboard

AUKEY RGB Mechanical Keyboard

  • mechanical: Yes
  • rgb: Yes
  • software other features: Customizable LED backlights, media keys (via toggle)
4.1/5
#6Redragon K556 RGB Mechanical Keyboard

Redragon K556 RGB Mechanical Keyboard

  • mechanical: Yes
  • rgb: Yes
  • software other features: Customizable LED backlights, media keys (via toggle), software
4.1/5
#7Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard

Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard

  • mechanical: No
  • rgb: Yes
  • software other features: Customizable LED backlights, media keys, macro keys, optional software
3.8/5
#8Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard

  • mechanical: No
  • rgb: Yes
  • software other features: Customizable LED backlights, media keys, spill resistance, software
3.5/5
#9Thermaltake eSports Challenger Prime

Thermaltake eSports Challenger Prime

  • mechanical: No
  • rgb: No
  • software other features: Customizable LED backlights, macro keys, multimedia keys, spill resistance, software
3.5/5
#10DBPOWER Three Colors LED Keyboard

DBPOWER Three Colors LED Keyboard

  • mechanical: No
  • rgb: No
  • software other features: Customizable LED backlights, multimedia keys (via toggle)
3/5
#1

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Last but certainly not least is the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Keyboard.

There’s one downside worth noting: the price. Jesus, the price. Expect to spend about $200 on this keyboard. But in return, you get...well...

Pretty much everything. The Cherry MX Switches of your choice. A fully-fledged RGB backlighting solution. Included macro keys. Included media keys. Corsair’s CUE software allowing you to customize this keyboard in pretty much every way you can think of. Build quality so solid and high-quality that this keyboard is sure to last for years. A slick and sleek aesthetic, including an aluminum finish.

If you can afford it...there’s no reason not to get this.

#2

Corsair K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Full disclosure: The Corsair K70 RGB is my personal keyboard of choice, and I love it to pieces. This is because of its full RGB backlighting, stellar CUE software, unparalleled build quality and fully-mechanical Cherry MX Switches.

Where the K70 is weak is in terms of macro keys (there are none, but you can set up your own macros in CUE) and in price (it’s very expensive). But if you aren’t reliant on macro keys and you want top-notch build quality and features, the Corsair K70 is a completely excellent pick that you can’t really go wrong with.

#3

Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is the first “no compromises” keyboard on this list. Name a feature you want, and this keyboard has it.

Full RGB backlighting? The G910 has it. Fully-mechanical switches? Nine macro keys? Full media controls, including a volume wheel? Extensive software customizations? Hefty, reliable build quality? You name it and this keyboard has it, making it perfect for anyone’s needs.

Playing FPS and need mechanical switches for an ideal experience? You’re covered. Playing MOBAs/MMOs/etc and want macro key functionality? That’s here, too- and there’s nine macro keys! Just like pretty lights? With a fully-RGB keyboard, you can set this keyboard’s colors to any shade that you want, not to mention the variety of effects available for your use. Whether typing or gaming, casually or professionally, you’ll have everything you need in this keyboard.

If you can afford it.

#4

Logitech G610 Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Don’t let the name confuse you: the backlighting in this keyboard isn’t actually red. The Red in its name refers to its Cherry MX Red Switches, which are premium mechanical switches for mechanical keyboards. Cheaper mechanicals use off-brand switches, but Cherry MX Switches are a step above in build quality.

Instead of RGB, this keyboard offers a simple white backlight. Instead of putting its money into light effects, it puts its money into a truly high-quality mechanical keyboard, offering the best possible typing experience for writers and gamers. This will also be ideal for FPS and less ideal for MOBAs/MMOs, thanks to a lack of macro keys.

However, with the fairly high build quality, extensive customizations possible through Logitech software and fully-mechanical construction including proper Cherry switches...this keyboard does make for a worthy option in its price range. If you’re looking for something flashy, you’ll want one of the others...but if you just want a solid, professional keyboard, this one will serve you well.

#5

AUKEY RGB Mechanical Keyboard

This AUKEY RGB Mechanical Keyboard is starting to step a bit out of the budget range, but still offers a stellar mechanical keyboard with good backlighting. It’s also of higher build quality than its Redragon rival, which earns it equal placing in this list despite a slightly worse backlighting solution. Like many budget “RGB” keyboards, this AUKEY keyboard isn’t actually RGB.

Instead, it offers various backlighting modes and only 7 color options. This nowhere near the millions of shades of colors that make up the full RGB spectrum, but the color options present here should be pleasing to most users. Even so, the insistence to mark non-full RGB keyboards as RGB is only serving to mislead consumers, and I wish companies like AUKEY would be a little bit more honest when marketing their keyboards like this.

That being said, its stellar Outemu Blue switches and great build quality do bring it a step ahead of other budget mechanical keyboards. In terms of actual typing experience, this is great for writers and should serve FPS gamers well. A lack of macro/media keys makes this a bit less suitable for MMO and MOBA players, however.

#6

Redragon K556 RGB Mechanical Keyboard

#7

Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard

The Corsair K55 is a budget-conscious keyboard from the masters over at Corsair, who happen to dominate the very top of this list. So how does their option here fare?

Great, but not as great as you’d hope from Corsair. Let us explain.

First of all, this keyboard isn’t actually RGB. This is confusing coming from Corsair, who offer full RGB on their higher-end keyboards with no catches. Instead you’re limited to a set of preconfigured lighting modes and colors- only 10 colors, at that. And you can’t even use Corsair’s CUE software to make the most of it! This is still better than a lot of other “RGB” keyboards in the same price range, with a more limited color palette, but this is disappointing coming from Corsair.

Where this keyboard does triumph, however, is with its included keys. There are six dedicated macro keys- great for MOBAS and MMOs- as well as dedicated media keys on the top right-hand side. These offer a lot of convenience for gamers who like having extra control and convenience while playing their favorite titles.

#8

Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard

Despite its lack of an “RGB designation”, The Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard is our first keyboard offering true RGB backlighting. This is pretty impressive for its price point, and fortunately for us the G213’s list of benefits don’t stop there.

In addition to the backlighting, this keyboard boasts dedicated media keys and a spill-resistant design. Spill resistance is especially important for gamers who want to stay hydrated while having long gaming sessions- a bottle of water on your desk shouldn’t spell death for your keyboard, after all. In addition to the backlighting on offer here and the general high-quality inherent in a Logitech product, you can extensively customize every aspect of this keyboard with Logitech’s gaming software.

However, this keyboard does lack one key feature: namely. Mechanical switches. If you’re entering the ~$50 price range for a gaming keyboard, you may want to consider a mechanical gaming keyboard for just a little bit more than this one, since it will offer a tangibly better gaming experience.

Read on our buying guide for Best Gaming Keyboards Under $50

#9

Thermaltake eSports Challenger Prime

It may be a budget membrane keyboard, but the Thermaltake eSports Challenger Prime is a surprisingly feature-rich keyboard for its price point. It offers full-flown media and macro keys- six of the latter on the left-hand side of the keyboard- which instantly sets it apart from other ~$20-$30 keyboards. In particular, people who play MOBAs or MMOs will likely appreciate setting macros to quickly execute in-game key combinations and functions.

Aside from the macro and media keys, there’s also spill resistance- a rare feature for a budget keyboard, one that should extend its lifespan significantly. It also has three backlight colors for you to choose from, as well as lighting effects, multiple profiles, anti-ghosting features...

Honestly, it’s just a fully-featured keyboard. All that it’s really missing is mechanical switches, but we aren’t quite at the point yet where you can get mechanical keyboards for under $30. This keyboard’s sheer amount of features and build quality earns it a place on any budget gamer’s desk, though.

#10

DBPOWER Three Colors LED Keyboard

On a surface-level, the DBPOWER Three Colors LED Keyboard isn’t too much to write home about. It essentially looks like your standard-issue office/home keyboard, just with a few extra backlighting modes that provide extra visual flourish. And for the most part, that’s pretty much exactly what it is!

Anyone that’s familiar with the form factor and feel of a standard Logitech school/office/home keyboard will feel right at home here. And for just a little more than one of those keyboards, you can get extra backlighting features for typing in the dark or just some aesthetic advantages, depending on what it is you’re looking for in a keyboard.

If all you can afford to spend on a keyboard for now is $20, then this keyboard will suit your needs. However, we highly recommend upgrading down the line to one of the other keyboards that we’ve listed below.

Selection Criteria

When buying a keyboard, the first choice to make is really just your budget. If all you can afford is a $50 keyboard, don’t stare at $100+ keyboards and wish you could have more. Understand how much you can afford to spend and if you’re willing to save to make a little more.

Once you’ve decided your price, think about what you value most in a keyboard. Do you want the speed and precision of mechanical switches? Do you want backlighting for typing in the dark and an aesthetic improvement for your setup? Do you want extra macro and media keys?

For gaming and writing, mechanical keys should take the priority. Especially if you’re playing FPS games. MOBAs and MMOs may be able to sacrifice mechanical keys for macro keys, but in general mechanical will provide the best gaming and typing experience overall. Other features really just depend on your own personal preference, and what you happen to value in a gaming keyboard.

Making Your Choice

We can’t decide for you, but we can tell you how we made our choice. Ultimately, we assessed our keyboards and came out with the most high-quality, feature-rich keyboards we could think of.

Corsair’s high-end keyboards took the cake for this reason, because they lack any real downside: price notwithstanding, these keyboards provide everything you should need as a gamer. They’re very well-built and don’t skimp on any features at all.

But our budget choices weren’t bad either. From lesser-known brands, they may not have the reliability or sheer build quality of a Corsair keyboard, but at least they’re stuffed full of great features.

Getting an RGB keyboard for under $100 used to be unthinkable, but now it’s commonplace. You really don’t need to break the bank to get a serviceable keyboard that will do everything you need it to.

For us, it boils down to this: buy what you can afford. If you can afford to spend $200 on a keyboard, grab the Corsair K95.

If you can afford to spend $100 on a keyboard, grab the Logitech G910. If you can only afford $20 for a keyboard, get the DBPower keyboard. It doesn’t have much, but it’s better than some generic $20 keyboard you’ll get at Walmart.

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