Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Here on DES have our latest list in no particular order of what we consider will be the likely candidates for the best gaming keyboards 2021. Lots of models come and go but several have been around a long time and have stood the test of time and are still very popular with gamers, sell well and are thus included here.

They may not have all the latest whiz-bang gadgetry but they have proved themselves tough and reliable under the rigorous abuse given to them by gamers ‘spammin’ the macros’ and generally bashing the crap of them!

Our gaming keyboards 2021 round-up includes a couple of the latest releases, notably the cool-but-costly Logitech G910 Orion Spark with its super-duper RGB rainbow key lighting and the pioneering provision of a Smartphone dock.

The 2021 list also includes models from the Cooler Master (CM) Storm Quickfire range, that never made it onto previous lists purely through lack of user feedback data, now we have it these great keyboards have entered the charts with bang!

One model that sneaked in through the backdoor and avoided our initial detection is the excellent TT eSPORTS Poseidon Z Blue, a very popular and robust mechanical keyboard, that has really taken off, unlike TT’s earlier products.

Also finding they way onto this list are good butcheap gaming keyboards, primarily aimed at younger gamers with prices that won’t break the bank, they are included here because of their continued popularity and the aim of this site is to cover keyboards for all gamers.

The Best Gaming Keyboard Contenders For 2021…

CM Storm Quickfire

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

The CM Storm Quickfire in all its many variants has crept into our list as it scores very highly across the board in all its various forms, it has become hugely popular among gamers, and rightly so, not only does it have the superb Cherry MX mechanical keys with key switch color options, but some versions even have backlighting, once rare for a mechanical keyboard, but even rarer at the prices these keyboard sell for. The Storm Quickfire keyboard range from Cooler Master is a real winner, as are the rest of their products including the budget-priced Storm Devastator keyboard and mouse combo, ideal for younger gamers which is currently under $30 for the pair, which is a steal.

  • Cherry MX keys (R,Bl or Br)
  • n-key rollover (ps2)
  • Laser-marked key caps
  • Win menu lock
  • Detachable braided cables
  • Media keys
  • Full size, compact or tenkeyless
  • Check out the full range
  • QuickFire Rapid, Pro, TK, XT
  • Cherry MX switches 100 percent Genuine switches good for 50 million keystrokes and available in tactile, linear or click
  • Brushed aluminum, compact form keyless design with slim profile and floating switches
  • Rib Backlighting with light bar illuminate your keyboard with lighting effects in 16. 7 million colors …

TT eSports Poseidon Z Blue

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Following on from their success with the Challenger Pro TT eSports have produced another up and coming mechanical beauty the TT eSPORTS Poseidon Z, with a choice of the Cherry equivalent (they are not MX switches) Blue or Brown key switches, and a choice of full-size or compact tenkeyless models, all have back-lighting. Very competitively priced. model number KB-PIZ-KLBLUS-01

  • Mechanical switches Blue/Brown
  • Adjustable backlit keys
  • 6-8 key rollover
  • Media controls
  • Tenkeyless version available (the ZX)
  • Tt certified blue switch
  • Anti-ghosting function
  • Accessible media keys
  • Disable windows key function
  • Fully back-lit function

Razer Blackwidow Ultimate

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

The Razer Blackwidow was one of the first mechanical gaming keyboards that offered backlighting, macros, profile storage and many of the other gaming extras not found on mechanicals at that time, and it was, and still is reasonably priced. There are many variants on the basic Blackwidow, including the Tournament and Stealth versions, and the recent Blackwidow Chroma that light-up like a Christmas Tree, and if you own a MAC computer, Razer now offer the BlackWidow Ultimate MAC Elite compatible with the the MAC OSX system.

  • Fully programmable keys
  • 5 extra gaming keys
  • Individual backlit keys
  • Media controls
  • 10-key rollover
  • Braided cord
  • Pass-through USB
  • Windows XP (32) Vista,7,8,10 systems
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 – 10.9.x systems
  • Designed specifically for gaming, the Razer Mechanical Switch actuates at an optimal distance, giving you speed and responsiveness like never before
  • The all new Razer BlackWidow Ultimate features individually programmable backlit keys along with dynamic lighting effects all set easily through Razer Synapse …

Logitech G710+ Mechanical

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Not to be outdone, Logitech get on the list with their G710+ mechanical keyboard, which has become very popular and likely outsells their G19, G19s and G510 products with membrane-type keys.

This nicely laid out model has many of the usual refinements found on Logitech keyboards, including the usual programmable G-keys, the G710+ has dual-zone adjustable backlighting, which, being white some gamers may not be happy with. To ensure accurate gameplay this baby has 26-key rollover, and nobody can press that many keys at one time without sitting on it!

  • Mechanical keys
  • 2-zone adjustable white backlighting
  • 18 macro functions (3x 6 keys)
  • Media keys
  • 26 key rollover
  • Pass-through USB
  • Detachable palm rest
  • Windows menu disable
  • Windows Vista,7,8,10 systems
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 – 10.9.x systems
  • Tactile, high-speed keys: Quiet mechanical keys deliver gaming-grade responsiveness and superior tactile feedback without noise distractions
  • Adjustable dual-zone backlighting: Adjust the brightness of WASD/arrow keys independently from the rest of the keyboard so you can easily find any key?even in low light …

Logitech G910 Orion Spark

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Is more for your hardcore gamer who likes his kit to look cool with individual key lighting and has more than a passing interest in game stats. This mechanical keyboard model number 920-006385, has Logitech-made Romer-G mechanical switches which, they claim, actuate 25 percent faster, and have a longer life than even Cherry MX’s. In addition you also get 9 programmable macro keys.

Perhaps the jewel in the crown of the Orion Spark and what currently sets it apart from anything else is the Arx Control App and smartphone dock.

The dock allows you instant access to in-game data on your smartphone or tablet without interrupting the game in progress.

See what folks say about this model at Amazon

  • Romer-G mechanical key switches
  • Custom RGB backlighting
  • Arx Control App and smartphone dock
  • 9 programmable macro keys
  • 113 key anti-ghosting
  • Media control keys
  • 2 palm rests
  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 operating systems
  • World's fastest RGB mechanical gaming keyboard: Exclusive Romer-G Mechanical Switches with up to 25 percent faster actuation
  • Customizable RGB illumination: Personalize individual key lighting from a palette of 16 million colors ; Cable Length (Power/Charging): 6 feet (1.8 meter)
  • Arx Control App and smartphone dock: Instantly access in-game data on your smartphone or tablet without interrupting the game …

Microsoft Sidewinder X4

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Don’t laugh, the Microsoft SideWinder X4 is one of the oldest models on our list and it is still a very popular keyboard for gamers, despite the fact it now costs nearly $100, thousands of gamers have nothing but praise for this little gem. You know anything with the Microsoft name is reliable and well built (except Windows OS haha!, sorry Bill).

The X4 is featured on other site’s ‘best of’ lists too notably Cnet, Gamesradar and others.

  • Rubber dome keys
  • Adjustable 3 level backlighting
  • Auto profile switching
  • 6 programmable keys
  • 18 macros per profile
  • 26 key rollover
  • Macro repeat key
  • Media keys
  • Windows XP (32bit), Vista, 7, 10
  • Dual Mode: Customizable for work or play
  • Powerful Versatility
  • Get Immersed
  • Designed for Gaming
  • 3 year Limited Hardware Warranty

Perixx PX-1100

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Is another popular budget model, very similar to, and possibly an updated version of, one of the first-ever keyboards aimed at gamers the Saitex Eclipse II, comes with adjustable backlighting.
Well built German-made keyboard, and users love theirs.

  • Rubber dome keys
  • Adjustable backlighting
  • Media keys
  • Adjustable Palm Rest
  • MINI AND DURABLE DESIGN - Mini keyboard design without number pad section that save desk space and comfortable to use
  • FOR DAY AND NIGHT TYPING - See and type easily in dim light or even in the dark with all-around white LED backlighting; ENERGY SAVING - The backlighting turns off after 10 minutes of inactivity …

Corsair Vengeance K70

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Another relative newcomer, the K70 quickly established itself as a favorite due to its adjustable backlit mechanical Cherry MX keys (available in red or blue) and its 100% n-key rollover. Now available with the fashionable RGB multi-color lighting

  • Cherry MX Keys (R,Br or Bl or Bk)
  • 20-key Rollover
  • Individual Key Backlighting
  • Onboard Memory
  • Textured WASD Keycaps
  • Metal chassis
  • Multimedia Keys
  • Extra key cap set
  • Wrist rest
  • Corsair fastest mechanical Keyboard, ever
  • 100 percent anti ghosting and full key rollover on USB/ 100 percent Cherry MX Speed gaming key switches with ultra fast 1. 2 millimeter actuation and light 45G force
  • Aircraft grade anodized brushed aluminum frame for superior durability/ advanced lighting control and large font key caps deliver dynamic, vibrant back lighting …

Razer Deathstalker Expert

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

If you cannot quite stretch to the expense of a mechanical model, then take a look at the Deathstalker Expert is possibly the best rubber dome type keyboards around, with 10 key rollover, backlit programmable keys, on-the-fly macros and the ability to use Razer Synapse 2.0 its good value for money at this end of the market. There is a standard model withou the ‘Expert’ tag which is $20 cheaper, but it has no backlighting.

  • Programmable slim chiclet key
  • On-the-fly macro recording
  • 10 key rollover
  • Green backlit keys
  • Gaming mode
  • Wrist rest
  • Braided cable
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
  • Windows Mac OS X v10.6-10.7+
  • Take your gaming into the dark with a fully backlit keyboard. Enabled with Razer Synapse 2.0, you can customize your gaming experience to your unique preferences
  • The Razer DeathStalker Expert features 10-key rollover, meaning no matter the complexity of your commands your keyboard will never get in between you and your game …

Logitech G105

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

Best Gaming Keyboards 2021

The G105 is a fine budget keyboard, under $40, it has back-lighting, 5 programmable keys, and 5-key rollover, ideal if money is short or you need two three gaming keyboards for the kids. Read a Logitech G105 review

  • Rubber dome keys
  • Adjustable blue backlighting
  • 18 macro functions (3x 6 keys)
  • Media keys
  • 5 key rollover
  • Windows menu disable
  • Windows Vista,7,8,10 systems
  • Long-life blue LED backlighting: Select from two brightness levels to easily see keys in the dark
  • 6 programmable G-keys: Configure up to 18 unique functions per game, including single key presses, complex macros or intricate Lua scripts* (*Requires software installation)
  • Multi-key input: Press up to five keys at once to perform multiple complex actions without interference or ghosting …

Nopoo Choc Mini 84

Noppoo Choc Mini 84
If you want a compact (84 key) fast mechanical keyboard you can play games on with few frills that is brilliant for rapid typing then you might want to look at the Choc Mini, it’s a got a weird name but it’s a fine compact and many gamers love ’em.

  • Cherry MX Black/Red mechanical keys
  • compact tenkeyless design
  • Windows menu disable
  • Laser-etched key caps
  • Media keys

Steelseries 6GV2

Steelseries 6GV2
Steelseries keyboards are, like the DAS, built like brick sh.. outhouses and they are not going away any time soon. The bulletproof 6gv2 is a favorite of gamers and typists alike with its Cherry MX Red or Black key switches. Getting on a bit now and lacks the bells and whistles of more recent top keyboards for gamers but still a good no-nonsense unit.

Check out the details on the Steelseries 6GV2 here

  • Cherry MX Black/Red mechanical keys
  • 6 key rollover (USB)
  • No Windows menu key
  • PS/2 adapter

If you already have a keyboard and want to add a new dimension to your gaming you may also want to check out some gaming keypads to kick off 2021 such as the classic Logitech G13 or the more recent Razer Orbweaver or Nostromo models, the Orbweaver has mechanical key switches.

Some people may be looking for a good wireless gaming keyboard, but those are as rare as rocking horse dung, while they sound like a good idea, and are fine for general typing, it’s probably true to say they will never match the speed and reliability or in-game performance of wired versions, gamers know this and is why there is no demand for them. Those that were available the Xarmor U9W and the Nopoo Choc Mini 2M seemed to have disappeared from the online retailers we checked. We cannot recommend any of the few cheap wireless imports that are available.

That concludes our current crop of the top gaming keyboards for 2021, we hope you find one you like!