Top 5 Gaming Keyboards

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - updated August 14th, 2023
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Today we're taking a look at our top picks in Gaming Keyboards available now at PB Tech NZ with options that have pro-grade performance, oh so fancy leatherette plushy wrist rests and of course, seizure-inducing RGB lighting for those that love to go full disco.

We'll be using some keyboard terms in this one, so if anything could use a little more explanation, check out the PB Keyboard Buying Guide for more details on switch types, sizes etc. Majority of the keyboards in our list have anti-ghosting, custom macros, rollover, mechanical keys and all that good stuff that makes them great for gaming. We're including options that cover the super expensive and the best value keyboards so sit back, crack your knuckles, and let us find the best type of Gaming Keyboard for you!

1. Logitech G512 Carbon Lightsync RGB

Logitech's G512 Carbon Lightsync RGB Mechanical Keyboard is an excellent, high-performance gaming keyboard. Not only is it full-featured, but it's crafted from an incredibly strong and durable aluminum-magnesium alloy that allows a minimal design and aesthetic. It delivers a 1 ms report rate and offers the choice of GX Brown (tactile), GX Blue (clicky) and GX Red (linear) mechanical switches. All switches are tested and rated for a 70 million click lifespan to be reliable and durable. If you're not really sure which switch to choose, make sure you read our article on Mechanical Switch Keyboards and Colours.

Additionally, the G512 is full-spectrum ~16.8M RGB with customizable per key lighting, with the option to create your own RGB animation effects or choose from presets. With LIGHTSYNC technology, you can let your games drive the lighting, delivering an awesome and immersive RGB experience.

All-in-all, the G512 takes up a small footprint, while offering a full-featured, full-spectrumed RGB keyboard experience. Compared to competing keyboards around this price range, it offers great value for money!

2. Razer Huntsman Mini

Razer Huntsman Mini
At 60% the size of a regular keyboard, it takes up little desk space
Razer Huntsman Mini
Actuation distance of 1.5mm and an actuation force of 45g

If you're looking for a keyboard with a smaller layout, Razer's Huntsman Mini is a great choice! At 60% the size of a regular keyboard, it's highly portable and ideal for streamlined set ups. Featuring cutting-edge Razer Optical Switches, the Huntsman Mini offers faster, lighter, and smoother actuations than mechanical switches, and lasts longer as it requires fewer moving parts that operate with less friction.

With an actuation distance of 1.5mm and an actuation force of 45g, this keyboard delivers crisp, tactile feedback that sounds as satisfying as it feels. The Razer Huntsman Mini doesn't have the function row, home cluster and numpad of a traditional full-sized keyboard, yet loses no functionality because all these inputs are still accessible via secondary functions and shortcuts.

The Huntsman Mini is ideal for minimalist or smaller setups where desk space is a premium, and its compact build also means it travels well and is easier to position when gaming-allowing you to play more comfortably.

3. Logitech G915 Keyboard

This is one of our most popular gaming keyboards for good reason! The Logitech G915 is a pro-grade wireless keyboard that has high-performance, low-profile mechanical switches, advanced LIGHTSYNC RGB, and a premium, durable, ultra-thin design. It has pro-grade LIGHTSPEED wireless that achieves super-fast 1 ms performance so you can take down your opponents with faster keystrokes. It’s the same wireless technology that e-sports pros all over the world trust in competitions, so you can be sure that as far as your keyboard goes, you're keeping up with the best! 

And then there's the high-performance low-profile GL mechanical switches that provide all the speed, accuracy, and performance of traditional switches - at half the height. You can choose from GL Clicky (audible click and tactile feedback), GL Tactile (a gentle bump for some tactile feedback), and GL Linear (a completely smooth keystroke). All switches are rigorously tested to meet strict endurance, responsiveness, and accuracy requirements. Additionally, the G915 has intelligent LIGHTSYNC RGB technology which lets you fully customise per-key lighting across over 16.8M colours; as well as great controls; remarkable battery life, and more. 

The Logitech G915 is ideal for serious gamers and professionals. Its high-performance mechanical switches, programmable macro keys, customizable RGB lighting, and pro-grade wireless make it perfect for competitive play; and the slim design provides an aesthetically pleasing yet functional gaming setup.

4. Steelseries Apex Pro

SteelSeries Apex Pro
Manufactured for a lifetime of unbreakable durability and sturdiness
SteelSeries Apex Pro
You can adjust each individual key to your preferred sensitivity level

This one is on the high-end but if you're happy to invest in a killer keyboard for excellent gaming performance, then the Steelseries Apex Pro is a great option. This keyboard is one of the biggest leaps in mechanical keyboards since the invention of the mechanical switch over 35 years ago! As one of the fastest and most advanced keyboards, it performs effortlessly for all undertakings, whether you need the fastest keystrokes in gaming to destroy the competition, or deliberate presses for typing accuracy. You can even adjust each key to your preferred sensitivity level. 

Compared to conventional keyboards, you can expect 8x faster response, 5x faster actuation, and 2x more durability. Much of this durability is thanks to the Series 5000 metal frame that is manufactured for a lifetime of unbreakable durability and sturdiness. Additionally, in the latest version of this keyboard, it features a new OmniPoint 2.0 switches that use state-of-the-art magnetic sensors for instant, zero contact keystroke activation to give you what you want - speed. Something else that sets this one apart is the OLED smart display - an integrated command center that allows you to adjust settings, change profiles, and see updates on the fly. It also comes with a premium magnetic wrist rest that offers full palm and wrist support so you're comfortable gaming and typing for as long as you want.

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is ideal for competitive gamers who demand precision and customisation. With its adjustable mechanical switches for key sensitivity and extensive RGB lighting options, it's perfect for those seeking a personalised and responsive gaming experience.

5. Corsair K55 PRO LITE RGB Gaming Keyboard

Picture of Corsair K55 Pro Lite RGB Gaming Keyboard
Light up your battle station with six onboard lighting effects
Picture of Corsair K55 Pro Lite RGB Gaming Keyboard - IP42 Water Resistant
An IP42 rating means the K55 Pro Lite if spill resistant!

We're finishing off the list with our top budget pick! If your budget is less than $100, then this is a great option for you. The Corsair K55 PRO LITE RGB Gaming Keyboard is exceptionally well-priced and offers really good value. Despite its affordable price tag, the K55 Pro Lite doesn't skimp on crucial features. It's 110 keys of RGB goodness with five-zones of dynamic backlighting. You can customise these with six onboard lighting effects, assign a colour to each lighting zone, or program your own lighting effects.

The K55 Pro Lite will also power up your gameplay with six dedicated macro keys, which offer you an in-game advantage. With these, you can record onboard, program more complex macros through iCUE, or assign streaming commands through Elgato Stream Deck software. Additionally, this keyboard has an IP42 rating, which means it is spill resistant. This protection guards your keyboard against spill accidents and dust buildup extending the life of your keyboard.

This keyboard strikes an excellent balance between affordability and performance making it an attractive option for gamers on a tight budget who still seek a superior gaming experience.

Woah! So many great options already and this is just a small part of our massive Gaming Keyboard range here at PB Tech - be sure to keep your eyes on Hardwired Tips & News or our Gaming Keyboard department for the latest models and styles as they arrive!

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