Best gaming keyboard 2018: the best game keyboards we've tested

<pre><pre>Best gaming keyboard 2018: the best game keyboards we've tested

If you already have one of the best game PCs with one of the best graphics cards, the natural next step is to get one of the best gaming keyboards.

We fully understand that it can be tempting to just go to your local big cashier store and buy the cheapest keyboard you can find – it will work, right? Well, after you've dropped a lot of money on the best computer you could collect, you're doing a poor service to yourself and the best PC games by not using one of the best gaming keyboards.

However, you should remember that the best game keyboards can really help you get better at games. That is not to forget the certain you ne sais quoi about lighting up your desk like a Christmas tree with RGB lighting.

When shopping for one of the best game keyboards, pay special attention to the type of switches it uses. Membrane switches are usually not great for gaming, so the best game keyboards have mechanical switches. Do not forget the RGB lighting, it's 2018, you can not have that.

That brings us to this list of the 10 best gaming keyboards currently on the market. Even if you have a limited budget, you will find something to love – we at TechRadar strive to find products that offer a happy balance between price and performance. You can be sure that every game keyboard on this list performs admirably, is reasonably priced and above all – looks great.

1. Razer Huntsman Elite

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlight: Yes Programmable keys: Yes

Quick key operation

Tangible key switches

Expensive

With the Huntsman Elite, Razer has reached a whole new level with its optomechanical switches. That sounds like a mouthful, but Razer has succeeded in taking mechanical switches and integrating optical sensors, this allows the Huntsman Elite to take control to another level – you will simply find no faster keyboard in 2018. But aside switching, it feels great to type on, and it's covered with more RGB lighting than where you can shake a stick. Certainly, it requires two USB cables for power without a passthrough and it costs a small fortune – but with this technology it is absolutely worth it.

Read the full review: Razer Huntsman Elite

2. Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlight: Yes Programmable keys: Yes

Feels great to type

Beautiful lighting

Expensive

Keyboards that leave Cherry MX switches in favor of modified ones are a kind of trend in 2018, but none has assumed the same highs as Roccat with the Vulcan 120 Aimo. Not only does this keyboard have function switches that have the tactile feedback that gamers need, but it's comfortable to type and is not too loud. When you add the overwhelming aesthetics of this board, it is undeniable that this is one of the best gaming keyboards 2018 has to offer.

Read the full review: Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo

  • This product is only available in the US and the UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: view a good alternative in the Razer Black Widow Chroma

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3. Logitech G513

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlight: Yes Programmable keys: Yes

4. Cooler Master MasterSet MS120

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlight: Yes Programmable keys: No