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Best gaming keyboard 2021 for all budgets and game genres

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The best gaming keyboards can really make or break your PC gaming experience, and with more Black Friday deals rolling out earlier than ever this year, there's never been a better time to upgrade your gaming rig, 

With some of the best keyboards from bands like Razer, Corsair, and more, you can get the most out of the best PC games on the market right now, regardless of your budget.

There are some rather pricey, but feature-packed, options available, but there are also some amazing gaming keyboards out there with plenty of bells and whistles that you can get for pretty cheap even without a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal.

We've gone through and tested all of the latest and best gaming keyboards out there to help you find the one that's right for your needs and budget, from clickity-clack mechanical options to whisper quiet options that provide just enough macro support to keep you gaming at your best.

Best gaming keyboard Black Friday deals

Best Black Friday gaming keyboard deals in the US

$199

SteelSeries Apex Pro Mechanical Gaming Wired Keyboard | $199 $163 at Amazon
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Get 18% off this SteelSeries mechanical gaming keyboard with adjustable actuation switches, OLED smart display, aluminum construction and a magnetic wrist rest for comfortable gameplay. 

$99

Corsair K60 RGB Pro SE Mechanical gaming keyboard | $99 $69 at Amazon
Save $30 - If you're in the market for a new gaming keyboard, the K60 RGB Pro Mechanical gaming keyboard from Corsair offers a great balance between functionality and price thanks to this Corsair Black Friday offer from Amazon. 

$229

Corsair K100 RGB Mechanical gaming keyboard | $229 $189 at Amazon
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Enjoy cutting edge performance from Corsair with the K100 RGB Pro Optical-Mechanical gaming keyboard, featuring 44-zone RGB, a durable aluminum frame, Axon Hyper-Processing technology for faster throughput, and Cherry MX Speed RGB Silver mechanical key switches – all for 17% off this Black Friday.

$149

Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire gaming keyboard | $149 $89 at Best Buy
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Save on desk space with this low profile mechanical gaming keyboard from Corsair, featuring Cherry MX Low Profile Speed Switches and a lightweight aluminum frame and USB port passthrough. 

$179

Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 SE Mechanical gaming keyboard | $179 $152 at Newegg
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Get this stunning Corsair mechanical gaming keyboard for 15% off right now with this Corsair Black Friday deal over at Newegg and enjoy Cherry MX Speed Silver mechanical switches, 8MB profile storage, and more.

$199

Das Keyboard X50Q Programmable | $199 $152.15 at Amazon
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 If you're looking for the ultimate work and gaming keyboard, the Das Keyboard X50Q is a great choice. With programmable RGB keys, pre-programmed applet support, Gamma Zulu mechanical switches, and more, you can't go wrong when you want to move seamlessly between work and play.

Best Black Friday gaming keyboard deals in the UK

Razer Huntsman Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard |   £199.99

Razer Huntsman Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard |  £199.99 £126.00 at Amazon UK
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The Razer Huntsman Elite is one of the best gaming keyboards around, so picking one up for 37% off with this Amazon Black Friday deal is a steal. 

£139.99

Razer BlackWidow V3 (Green Switches) | £139.99 £68.99 at Amazon UK
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Get more than half off this BlackWidow V3 mechanical gaming keyboard with green mechanical switches, doubleshot ABS keycaps for durability, and multi-function digital roller and media keys so everything you need is at your fingertips. 

Razer Huntsman v2 Analog on a white background

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The best gaming keyboard right now

Specifications
Interface: Wired
Keyboard backlighting: Yes
Switches: Analog mechanical
Reasons to buy
+Fully customizable key actuation+Delightfully tactile key clicks
Reasons to avoid
-Eye-wateringly expensive

Combining the latest optical technology and Razer’s analog mechanical key switches, the Razer Huntsman v2 Analog is good enough to get a five-star rating from us. That’s under-selling it. This gaming keyboard delivers the best typing and gaming experience of any keyboard we’ve tested in the last few months, with extremely satisfying tactile feedback and a wrist rest that’s designed to let you game for longer. As far as keyboards go, it is sitting on the expensive side of things, but it’s definitely worth it.

Read the full review: Razer Huntsman v2 Analog

Roccat Vulkan TKL Pro on a white background

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First in its class compact gaming keyboard

Specifications
Interface: Wired
Keyboard backlighting: Yes
Programmable keys: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Fast and accurate performance+Satisfying yet quiet operation
Reasons to avoid
-Plethora of shortcuts have a steep learning curve

Who needs a full-sized keyboard when TKL gaming keyboards such as the Roccat Vulkan TKL Pro exist? This compact gaming keyboard is among the best in performance, comfort, and looks, touting a classy brushed gunmetal finish and floating keys that brilliantly showcase its customizable RGB lighting. Roccat’s Titan optical switches are not only fast and accurate, but satisfying, quiet and robust as well. It’ll set you back quite a bit, but it’s so worth it.

Read the full review: Roccat Vulkan TKL Pro

Mountain Everest Max gaming keybard on blank white background

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Jack-of-all-trades

Specifications
Interface: Wired
Keyboard backlighting: Yes
Programmable keys: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Innovative modular design+Creative media deck and macro pad
Reasons to avoid
-Software can be fussy

The Everest Max is the result of a successfully backed Kickstarter campaign, a fully customizable modular keyboard where it feels like every aspect of the design has been planned by the PC enthusiast community. Its modular design includes a media deck with an innovative display dial with boundless potential to monitor or change your PC performance, a left or right-handed Numpad with four programmable macro keys similar to those seen on the Elgato Streamdeck, and a plush wrist rest. Mountain even includes a set of hot-swappable key switches with the keyboard to help you get a feel for future modifications should you so choose.

Read the full review: Mountain Everest Max

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum, gaming keyboard on a white background

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is one of the best gaming keyboards we’ve tested. (Image credit: Corsair)

The Rolls Royce of RGB gaming keyboards

Specifications
Interface: Wired
Keyboard backlighting: Yes
Programmable keys: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Hypnotic disco lighting+Handy media and shortcut keys
Reasons to avoid
-Rubber palm rest gets grungy quickly

A $159 price tag on a gaming keyboard might a tad too steep, but the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum, one of the best gaming keyboards we’ve tested in the last year, really does give you a lot of ounce for your bounce. We’re not talking the more trivial bells and whistles like fancy RGB lighting either – although since we are on the subject, this one’s got a whole lot of them, not to mention its integrated 19-zone light bar and the 16.8 million color options, to boot. By bang, we actually mean its 6 dedicated macro keys, 8MB on-board storage and aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame.

Read the full review: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition, gaming keyboard on a white background

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition manages to deliver fast performance without being expensive. (Image credit: Razer)

The Razer Huntsman, but smaller and faster

Specifications
Interface: Wired, wireless
Keyboard backlighting: Yes
Programmable keys: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Fast optical switches+Removable cable
Reasons to avoid
-Not a lot of extra features

Shelling out more than $100 for a great gaming keyboard is to be expected if you’re even slightly serious your gaming performance. But the beauty of Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition is that it manages to deliver fast performance without being the most expensive keyboard in town. True, there aren’t a lot of features here, which puts it behind many of its feature-rich rivals, but it makes up for that by being small and boasting a removable to make it perfectly portable for on-the-go gaming.

Read our full review: Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed

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The best wireless TKL gaming keyboard

Specifications
Interface: Wireless
Keyboard backlighting: Yes
Programmable keys: Some
Reasons to buy
+Amazing tactile feedback and typing experience+Wireless multi-device connectivity is impressive
Reasons to avoid
-No full remapping/macro capabilities

The G915 TKL lives up to its name, delivering the speed you need for epic gaming while keeping things cable-free. With a 1,000Hz polling rate and 1.5 mm actuation distance, it can keep up with its wired setup. It also has a long wireless range and decent battery life considering its stunning RGB lighting. Best of all, it’s a gorgeous keyboard with its low-profile floating keys and brushed aluminum deck. Small desk and travel friendly, this is without a doubt among the best gaming keyboards out there. 

Read the full review: Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed

Corsair K65 Mini, gaming keyboard on a white background

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Hard to ignore performance in a compact design

Specifications
Interface : Wired
Keyboard backlighting: Yes
Programmable keys: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Hyper responsive keystrokes with up to 8,000Hz polling rate+Individually lit customizable RGB keys
Reasons to avoid
-No way to change elevation

60% keyboards are more than a passing fad. Gamers with smaller desks or just want a more compact setup in general will find these ultra-compact gaming keyboards a boon, and the Corsair K65 Mini is among the best of those. With incredibly satisfying presses, an impressive polling rate of 8,000Hz, and highly customizable keys, there’s a lot to love here. And, they make this keyboard well worth the admittedly steep learning curve if you’re used to full-sized keyboards. It may take a while to get used to not having arrow keys, for example, but you won’t regret it.

Read the full review: Corsair K65 Mini

SteelSeries Apex 3, gaming keyboard on a white background

The budget-minded SteelSeries Apex 3 may come with a few concessions, but it also boasts some impressive features. (Image credit: SteelSeries)

The Apex of value

Specifications
Interface: Wired
Keyboard backlighting: Yes
Programmable keys: No
Reasons to buy
+Affordable but has impressive features+Great RGB lighting
Reasons to avoid
-No mechanical switches

Not all great gaming keyboards have mechanical switches, as this affordable Apex keyboard is proving. The budget-minded SteelSeries Apex 3 may come with a few concessions, but it also boasts some impressive features that more than make up for those compromises. One of those features is its IP32 water resistance for protection against any spills – because who hasn’t accidentally knocked over a can of soda while gaming? Another is its reactive and customizable 10-zone RGB illumination to make your gaming experience all the more impressive. And, if you absolutely hate those clickety clacking noises that mechanical keyboards love to make, you’ll really appreciate this keyboard’s whisper quiet gaming switches. 

Read the full review: SteelSeries Apex 3

HyperX Alloy Origins 60

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Compact gaming keyboard at an affordable price

Specifications
Interface: Wired
Keyboard backlighting: Yes
Switches: Mechanical
Reasons to buy
+Affordable yet premium build+HyperX Red switches are speedy and responsive
Reasons to avoid
-No macros on hand

Gone are the days when mini keyboards were a novelty. These days, there’s not only a lot of options out there, but a lot more people are also making the switch. Still, it’s easy to find the best one for you. HyperX’s contender, for example, the Alloy Origins 60, is the best option if you’re looking for a mini keyboard that’s affordable yet extremely reliable. Some corners are cut, yes. At the same time, you’re getting a premium build and excellent performance so it’s still worth every penny.

Read the full review: HyperX Alloy Origins 60

SteelSeries Apex Pro, gaming keyboard on a white background

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Taking magnetism to another level

Specifications
Interface: Wired
Keyboard backlighting: Yes
Programmable keys: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful aluminum build+Custom actuation settings
Reasons to avoid
-Is it worth its high price tag?

The SteelSeries Apex Pro’s svelte aesthetic and clever OLED display are just the appetizers. The SteelSeries Apex Pro gets our coveted 5-star rating for many reasons, the biggest of which are its stunning and solid build, custom actuation and comfortable – not to mention, quiet – magnetic switches. Performance-wise, it’s among the best gaming keyboards we’ve tested yet, which makes its $199 price tag worth the splurge.

Read the full review: SteelSeries Apex Pro

Matt Hanson

Senior Computing editor

Matt (Twitter) is TechRadar's Senior Computing editor. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. If you're encountering a problem or need some advice with your PC or Mac, drop him a line on Twitter.