The Best RGB Mechanical Keyboards
Best RGB Mechanical Keyboards
CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM
- Very responsive switches
- Customizable RGB lighting
- Reversible wrist rest
- Extremely expensive
- Palm rest gets grungy quickly
Corsair is one of the leading gaming peripheral manufacturers. They released K95 in 2017 as a new version of the K70 version. There haven’t been many changes which could influence an upgrade from the older model, but the K75 sure takes the lead if you are looking to buy a new gaming keyboard with RGB lighting. This keyboard is one of the more luxurious ones featured on this list, with a price tag of about $180, this keyboard is a big deal and designed exclusively for high-budget gaming builds and PC enthusiasts. There are two versions of the K95 keyboard, The one mentioned here is called the Platinum version, the only difference between both models is that the Platinum version has an extra row of macro keys.
- Keys and Switches – There is two version of this keyboard available, One with the Cherry MX Speed switches while another one with the Cherry MX brown. For gamers, MX speeds are a great option, and they deliver a very superior gaming experience. While the MX brown is known to be one of the quietest keyboard switches, so if the “click” keyboard noise bothers you, going with MX brown version would be a great solution.
- Lighting – The keyboard is fully RGB backlit. The lighting is very customizable and can be manipulated to perform almost any rhythmic pattern. It also has a brightness keys located at the keyboard header; these keys are very accessible and super useful for adjusting brightness. RGB on the sides is also very customizable and contains 17 zones that can be configured individually. All the lights can be synced with other Corsair accessories.
- Ergonomics – The keyboard has a uniquely designed wrist pad. The reason for calling it “unique” is its flip-design, The wrist pad has two sides with different textures. This is an excellent addition as some people prefer a textured pad while others like a smoother one, Corsair solved the issue once in for all. It is likely the best wrist pad design out there, and I hope other manufacturers adopt it as well.
- User profile – The keyboard can save up to user profiles (RGB settings and macro keys). The main usage of this feature can plug the keyboard anywhere and have settings preloaded. With the prior version of the K series keyboards, this feature didn’t work the way you would expect; Installation of Corsair link was necessary for user profiles to load properly, which made the whole point of user profile system worthless. Corsair Addressed the issue with this keyboard, and now the user profiles are saved and loaded directly from the keyboard without the need of any software installed on the connected system.
- Made for gamers – Most features of this keyboard are targetted towards delivering a better experience to gamers. One great example is the channel underneath the keyboard for easy routing of headphone wire. We have all experienced issues with headphone wires bugging in while gaming, this channel is a great addition which addresses a very generic problem that no other manufacturer thought to solve before.
- Other features – Other features include Anti-ghosting, N-Key rollover, etc.
Logitech G910 Orion Spark
- Very stylish
- Great RGB lighting
- Awesome macro-recording
- Less lighting options
- Scalloped keycaps
- Mushy Romer-G switches
Logitech is another known gaming peripheral brand, from best gaming mouse to headphones, it is one of leading manufacturers. The G910 is a part of Logitech's gaming series, as the "G" suggest, Other popular peripherals from these series are the G402 mice and G430 headsets. Unlike most other keyboards featured on this list, this doesn't use Cherry MX switches. For this keyboard, Logitech worked with Omron to develop new mechanical switches, which are now known as one of the best cherry MX alternatives.
- Keys & Switches - It is a large keyboard with 140 keys and features anti-ghosting and N-key rollover. Also featuring nine extra macro keys, which can be programmed via Logitech's software. As already mentioned, this keyboard uses exclusive key switch type developed by Omron and Logitech. These macro keys can be configured with three layers of different functionality, and up to 3 different profiles can be saved on the keyboard at the same time.
- Media Keys - Media keys are one of the most overlooked factors, these keys are very crucial for not only gamers but anyone who listens to music while playing games or working. A nice and clean volume wheel and keys design is an excellent addon to the keyboard. It also has a backlit toggle button which is useful, but it doesn't allow you to adjust backlit brightness like the one in CORSAIR K95.
- Economics - The keyboard comes with a traditional wrist rest, it's not one of the most comfortable ones out there but still usable. The main issue with the wrist rest is it's one-sided, It is meant to support only a single side, which is understandable since it's a gaming keyboard but we all use it for other purposes time to time as well, and it's good to have rest for both wrists.
- Phone Dock - It's hard to justify its usage, but still it's there and you ready to hold your phone anytime.
- Lighting - It has a very minimalistic design, yet it features highly-customizable RGB lighting and surprisingly it looks great on the keyboard, Thanks to the customized WASD buttons, it straight justified it as a gaming keyboard. Lighting is not as extreme as CORSAIR K95, which can be a downside depending on your needs.
Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro S RGB
- Excellent build quality
- Vibrant per-key RGB lighting
- Detachable cable
- Weird cable orientation
The MasterKeys Pro comes in 3 different variations, unlike most other keyboards which usually differ in backlit or RGB features, variants of this keyboard have different sizes. The models are the L, M and S. S being the smallest and L being the largest.
- Keys and Switches - Other than the size, there are few other differences in each model, The large version, i.e., MasterKeys Pro L has four programmable keys in the right while the smaller M version doesn't. The smallest one has no programmable buttons or numeric keypad, it's tenkeyless, Which makes it very compact and puts in under the portable keyboard category. Each size variant also comes with different switches, the popular choice is Cherry MX brown, but you can also go with others depending on your personal preference.
- Backlit - All three sizes of this keyboard are available in 2 version. First one has the full sixteen million colors RGB luxury and the other one features a minimalistic look with solid colored backlit. An additional feature which enhances the vibrant RGB lighting is the white backplate under the keys; many manufacturers have adopted this since it delivers excellent results. Most of the RGB configuration can be done directly on the keyboard but to exploit the full lighting features, You can install the Cooler Master's software.
- What comes in the box - Much like any other keyboard, it comes with a "Get started," a connecting cable, on top of these, it also comes with an exclusive carry bag. If you travel a lot, Small version is the best choice, with the carry bag that comes with it, it's a breeze to carry it anywhere you go.
- Ergonomics - The keyboard is quite comfortable to use, if you are used to an angled keyboard, it has some clips to raise the keyboard slightly. The power cable has a weird orientation which might give you trouble while playing video games or managing cables in general. It is not the most ergonomic keyboard, but the small size and portability with all high-end keyboard features are quietly appreciable.
It is for a very specific audience, It sure looks good, but if you are looking for a desktop keyboard, it's likely not the way to go, something with a good wrist rest would be a much better pick. Considering it's form-factor, It's undoubtedly a good pick as a portable RGB mechanical keyboard.
Razer Ornata Chroma
- Attractively priced
- Convenient wrist rest
- Good in-game performance
- Hybrid keys add nothing
Marketed as the most ergonomic keyboard, The Razer Ornata Chroma is an exclusively build keyboard for gaming enthusiasts. Razer is known for their stylish peripherals, expect nothing different from this keyboard. It features everything you could ask for in a keyboard, but also to mention; it comes at a very high price, so brace yourself for the Razer Ornata Chrome.
- Keys and Switches - This keyboard uses an exclusive switch developed by Razer themselves, Called the Razer Mecca membrane, it is one of the unique switch design which is very advanced and seems to have solved a lot of problems we had with mechanical switches in the past. This switch type combines the design of a membrane keyboard with the mechanical tactile click, giving it a much better actuation. It features 10-key rollover unlike many others on this list which have N-key rollover, It's acceptable and not a downside as ten simultaneous key presses are quite impractical in reality.
- Backlit - For the lighting, it features the usual 15 million color RGB lighting featured in most Razer products. This keyboard also comes in a non-RGB variant; it features the traditional green Razer lighting, it's a great choice if you don't want to pay the extra $20 for RGB.
- Ergonomics - This keyboard undoubtedly has the best wrist rest you can get, equipped with a magnet, installing and uninstalling it is a breeze and hardly takes any effort or time. The wrist rest is very soft, unlike many keyboards which feature a rubberized and hard pad. Many users prefer hard wrist pads, and that is why the first keyboard (CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM) we mentioned features a wrist rest, which is hard on one side while cushiony on the other, depending on what you prefer it can full fill the need. It also has a rubberized feed to adjust keyboard's angle.
- Cable management - It's far superior to cable management compared to other keyboard featured in this roundup. A dedicated channel allows you to run the cable to right, left or to the center.
Alienware Pro Gaming
- Reasonably priced
- Responsive switches
- Macro Keys
- Attractive design
- Wrist rest costs extra
Alienware is another known brand among gamers; they are known for their range of gaming laptops and PC peripherals. The Alienware Pro Gaming is a 104 key RGB backlit mechanical keyboard. The body is constructed from plastic, but it has a metallic look. It is a big turn off since it looks like made from high-quality metal but as soon as you put your hands on it, the plastic feel is quite disappointing; Disregarding that, it is a great keyboard with a decent weight and look to it, The overlook aesthetics are very durable and high quality,
- Keys and Switches - This keyboard has no complexities when it comes to choosing friends, with only one available model, it comes with Kaley brown switches, which have low noise (compared to other mechanical switches) and have great actuation and make a perfect choice for gamers. They don't compete with Cherry Switches regarding both quality and lifespan.
- Solid Built - Many keyboards are very flexible and pressing keys flexes them down, it is a very unpleasant feeling. Most reputed manufacturers use metal backplates to prevent this, this keyboard also uses a similar plate to deal with the issue, It looks great, and the keyboard has almost no flex when keys are pressed.
- Lighting - It comes with 16.8 million RGB backlighting with 13 different lighting zones. Each zone can be configured individually using the Alienware Control Center software. A bizarre feature of this keyboard is the lighting underneath, it a great addition to the board. Unfortunately, the under-board lighting cannot be confirmed individually.
- Made For Gamers - The while Alienware range of accessors and hardware is highly targetted towards gamers, it's no different with this keyboard. Much like other keyboards we mentioned in this list, it has great software for recording macros, configuring function of keys, etc. An Alienware logo is placed on the un-detachable wrist rest of the keyboard, which doesn't enhance the overall looks but doesn't turn it either.
- Multi-media buttons - On the top right, the keyboard comes with a dedicated scroll wheel and a mute button, both of which are a great addition for gamers. It doesn't have other multi-media buttons which can mostly not very essential and not having them gives it a clean look.
- Ergonomics - The keyboard does support a wrist rest but it needs to be purchased separately, costing about $22, it is a huge downside. Most other keyboards in the price range come with a complimentary wrist rest, and it is one of the essential parts of a gaming keyboard.
- Other features - Other useful features include N-Key rollover and anti-ghosting.