If you're a gamer, one of the peripherals that most affects your performance is your keyboard. As of April 2020, there are some great keyboard options that we're going to explore. These are the best of the best, and are the options you can explore if you're looking for the best possible performance. These keyboards are all widely and commercially available. Enjoy!
If you're looking for products that will fit with your clean aesthetic and offer superior technology, there's really no other brand to look to other than Logitech. Their G915 keyboard is at the pinnacle of keyboard technology at the time of writing. It has Logitech's LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, 5 macros, per-key RGB lighting, and is the thinnest keyboard around. Its height is less than the diameter of a dime, and it also features Logitech's own low-profile GL switches available in a tactile, clicky, or linear style. On the brushed aluminum top plate, there are an arsenal of multimedia keys, all RGB backlit, and a beautiful steel volume roller. If you're going for a minimal look, don't want unnecessary wires, or just want top quality all around, the G915 must be in your consideration.
Admit it: part of the appeal of a gaming keyboard is the look. The aesthetics of a keyboard can be one of the main drivers of sales, and Corsair knows this. Their K95 Platinum XT keyboard doesn't jump out in terms of flashy, new technology, but attracts attention with its sheer quality and beauty. It's rated to an abnormal 100 million keystroke lifetime, a brushed aluminum frame, and textured, double-injection keycaps. On the top right there are a few multimedia keys and a metal volume roller. This keyboard also comes with a comfortable, detachable wrist rest. All keys are individually backlit, and you can even program the macros to perform almost any function through the Elgato Stream Deck software, because Elgato is a subsidiary of Corsair.
Small Size, Big Power
If you want to save some space on your desk while still using a world-class keyboard, the Razer Blackwidow TE V2 is the way to go. Available in three variations of Razer's own switches, this keyboard is definitely the option most gamers would pick. It does away with the unnecessary numpad, but still includes a magnetically detachable rest, double-injection PBT keycaps, and per-key RGB backlighting. Overall, everything you need for a comfortable typing/gaming experience, and nothing unnecessary.
If you want the flashiest, most feature-filled keyboard, the Steelseries Apex Pro is the way to go. It has a host of different bells and whistles, such as Steelseries' "omnipoint" switches. These are like Cherry MX Red switches, but you can individually adjust their actuation point down to a tenth of a millimeter. Yes, you heard that right. Instead of using different types of switches for certain keys such as WASD, you can adjust the actuation point to require less or more force to actuate. Additionally, at the top right of the keyboard, there is not only a volume roller but an LED screen. This screen works like Apple's Touch Bar, able to control many different functions, including adjusting key actuation point.
Durable and Reliable
Oftentimes, what wears down a mechanical switch over time is the repeated physical contact. Every time you press a switch down, it slams the contacts onto the keyboard's circuit boards. Although many keyboards today are rated to 50 million or more keystrokes, what if there was a way to eliminate the physical contact entirely? Enter the optical-mechanical switch. This switch, when actuated, allows a beam of light to pass through it, instantly sending a signal to the keyboard. While increasing speed marginally, the real benefit of this is incredible durability. The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition boasts these switches, as well as per-key RGB backlighting, PBT keycaps, and a sleek aesthetic. If you want more features, the Huntsman Elite also includes a wrist rest, numpad, and RGB all around the edges.