Level up! 5 top gaming keyboards for PC users

For PC fanatics, the key to a great gaming experience is a solid, feature-full keyboard. Read on as we take a look at the top keyboards produced by big names such as Steelseries, Razer and Corsair.

  • Gamdias Hermes Gaming Keyboard
    Gamdias Hermes Gaming Keyboard

    Price: £69.98


    In a nutshell: Good for gamers on a budget

    The Gamdias Hermes Gaming Keyboard is aimed at PC gamers looking to have the edge over their opponents.

    According to the keyboard’s makers, this accessory will ‘increase your clicking speed by 20%’ and also aims to reduce that annoying ‘clanking’ noise found in cheaper keyboards. The keyboard is fully mechanical and features 13 macro keys that users can assign specific actions to.

    Elsewhere, an ergonomically-designed wrist rest provides some comfort for longer play sessions, and there’s also a built-in USB port and microphone jack for quick access. The Gamdias Hermes Gaming Keyboard is fitted with backlit keys with six different illumination variations on offer.

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  • Steelseries Apex Gaming Keyboard
    Steelseries Apex Gaming Keyboard

    Price: £89.99


    In a nutshell: Pricy, with gorgeous backlighting

    The rather pretty Steelseries Apex Gaming Keyboard ensures you’ll stay on top of your game, packed with features designed to improve gaming sessions.

    This accessory from Steelseries features 22 programmable macro keys to assign commands to, also boasting a textured ‘W’ key so that typers can quickly find their way around the keyboard when playing.

    One of the standout features of the Steelseries Apex Gaming Keyboard is the five independent colour zones, which allow users to customise the colours of their keys individually. There’s a choice of over 16.8 million different hues to choose from, so we reckon that’s enough to keep you busy for a while.

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  • Razer BlackWidow Chroma
    Razer BlackWidow Chroma

    Price: £149.99


    In a nutshell: A great keyboard from the experts

    Razer’s BlackWidow Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard has become a favourite within the gaming community, despite its plastic body feeling slightly cheaper than its competitors.

    This PC accessory offers top-notch speed and responsiveness, with keys engineered to ‘reset in half the time of a standard, non-mechanical keyboard’. There’s over 16.8 million backlit colour options to choose from, and gamers can customise patterns based on the titles they’re playing. It’s widely known that Razer’s backlit keys are some of the most vibrant around.

    As with its competitors, the BlackWidow Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard brings fully programmable keys with it.

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  • Razer Deathstalker Expert Gaming Keyboard
    Razer Deathstalker Expert Gaming Keyboard

    Price: £69.99


    In a nutshell: Simple and sophisticated

    This £70 keyboard automatically syncs to the internet to download firmware updates to constantly improve performance, also featuring slim 2mm keycaps that reduce the time taken to press down upon each key.

    Razer’s Deathstalker Expert Gaming Keyboard boasts plenty of customisation options and top typing accuracy, looking stunning in the evenings thanks to the iconic green backlighting.

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  • Corsair K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
    Corsair K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

    Price: £109.99


    In a nutshell: An aluminium treat

    The Corsair K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is one of the most expensive PC accessories on our list, but it’s also one of the best built gaming peripherals around.

    This K70 keyboard doesn’t suffer from the usual noisy ‘bumps’ and taps of cheaper keyboards, leaving users to enjoy their typing experience without any distracting noise. The keys are textured to help users type without looking and the casing is made of black, anodised aluminium.

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