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The K70 RGB has dedicated media controls, assignable macros through its CUE software, a detachable wrist rest, a USB pass-through and, of course, RGB lighting that lights up like a Christmas tree. It should also be mentioned that it has a 32-bit ARM processor, an up to 1000Hz polling rate and an 8, 4, 2 or 1ms key-response time. Moreover, there’s barely any keyboard flex, its keys don’t wobble and the keycaps are well made. best gaming keyboards

If you feel you need dedicated macro keys, though, opt for the Corsair K95 RGB instead.

Image of Corsair K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Cherry MX Red Switches, Per Key Multicolour RGB Backlighting, Aircraft Grade Aluminium Chassis, UK Layout) – Black Corsair K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Cherry MX Red Switches, Per Key Multicolour RGB Backlighting, Aircraft Grade Aluminium Chassis, UK Layout) – Black
£114.16
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Key specs – Mechanical: Yes, Cherry MX; Backlit: Yes, RGB; Wrist rest: Yes; Additional ports: USB; Dimensions: 438 x 163 x 24mm

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2: The best TKL mechanical keyboard
Price when reviewed: £135 – Buy now from Amazon

The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 is quite a mouthful, but this keyboard is anything but large. Without the number pad, the Razer is a TKL (tenkeyless) keyboard. Within the package, you’ll find a detachable braided cable and a magnetic wrist rest, which provides an extremely comfortable feel.

You’ll also find Razer has used its own “Yellow” switches, which are made by the Chinese manufacturer Kailh. It’s a linear and silent mechanical switch that requires 45g of force to actuate – making it comparable to the Cherry MX Speed Silver switch. The keys are fully RGB lit and are very comfortable to game or type on.

Image of Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2, Linear and Silent Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Compact Layout, Fully Programmable FRENCH-Layout), Razer Yellow Switches, RGB Backlight Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2, Linear and Silent Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Compact Layout, Fully Programmable FRENCH-Layout), Razer Yellow Switches, RGB Backlight
£109.77
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Key specs – Mechanical: Yes, Razer Yellow; Backlit: Yes, RGB; Wrist rest: Yes; Additional ports: No; Dimensions: 370 x 206 x 40mm

Logitech G613: The best wireless gaming keyboard

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The Logitech G613 is a wireless mechanical gaming keyboard that boasts an impressive 1ms report rate over Logitech’s own Lightspeed wireless technology. This provides a wired-like experience for a select few Logitech products, including the G613.

Logitech has included six programmable keys, which can be customised via the Logitech Gaming software. There are dedicated media controls to the right and a game-mode button that will lock the Windows key. As for battery life, the G613 has a quoted battery life of 18 months and takes two AA batteries, which are included.

The most impressive feature of the keyboard is its wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. With a simple click of one of the physical buttons, you’ll switch between the two modes. This means you can connect, without the USB dongle, to a Bluetooth-enable device (including a smartphone), or benefit from Lightspeed technology by using the included USB adaptor.

As for performance, the Romer-G mechanical switches are a real joy to type on. This is the best wireless gaming keyboard on the market – hands down.

Image of Logitech G613 Wireless Gaming Keyboard (Mechanical Keyboard with Lightspeed Technology) – UK Layout Logitech G613 Wireless Gaming Keyboard (Mechanical Keyboard with Lightspeed Technology) – UK Layout
£99.95
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Key specs – Mechanical: Yes, Romer-G; Backlit: No; Wrist rest: Yes, integrated; Additional ports: None; Dimensions: 478 x 216 x 33mm

Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750: An incredible gaming keyboard
Price when reviewed: £120 – Buy now from Amazon

If you’re looking for a do-it-all keyboard, want a premium frame, a detachable wrist rest and RGB Cherry MX keys, the Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 will tick all the right boxes.

Unlike more expensive keyboards (above), it doesn’t have any additional USB ports, nor dedicated macro keys, but what it does have is an excellent all-around performance and build quality. There are dedicated media keys on the top right-hand side, and the keyboard connects to your PC through a USB Type-C cable.

The MK750 is essentially everything you’d want and need from a fully-fledged RGB gaming keyboard.

Image of Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Wrist Rest “Full Size, Per-Key RGB, Cherry MX Brown” MK-750-GKCM1-UK Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Wrist Rest “Full Size, Per-Key RGB, Cherry MX Brown” MK-750-GKCM1-UK
£102.95
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Key specs – Mechanical: Yes, Cherry MX; Backlit: Yes, RGB; Wrist rest: Yes; Additional ports: None; Dimensions: 438 x 132 x 42mm

HyperX Alloy Elite: The best gaming keyboard under £100
Price when reviewed: £100 – Buy now from Amazon

HyperX’s Alloy Elite mechanical gaming keyboard is as rugged as keyboards come. With a solid-steel frame as its top plate, the keyboard can survive a lot of abuse. And probably a zombie apocalypse.

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There’s absolutely no keyboard flex, the keys don’t wobble and the keycaps are moulded nicely so they grip the fingers perfectly. As for performance, it has the top-notch Cherry MX Red switches, which are excellent for those who want a soft feeling keyboard; it’s ideal for FPS gamers.

The Alloy Elite features a USB pass-through, a braided cable, red backlit keys and a great set of bundled accessories, including textured titanium-coloured keycaps, a key puller, and a detachable wrist rest. Unfortunately, there are no dedicated media keys.

Note: For the same price, we’d pick the Alloy Elite over the Allow FPS for its bundled wrist rest and dedicated media controls.

Fnatic is known in the esports scene for its accomplished gaming teams. There are a few variations of the keyboard, with Cherry MX Blue, Brown and Red coming in the UK, US, Nordic, DE and FR layouts, which all cost £70. For an additional £10, you’ll find the Cherry MX Silent Red switch model. best gaming keyboards in 2018

The quieter Cherry MX Silent switch means you can game at night without having to disturb anyone. It’s significantly quieter and feels just like the vanilla Cherry MX Red switch, a win-win for everyone.

The keyboard has an included wrist rest, red backlit keys on a red PCB, a rubberised black finish, media keys, programmable macros through Fnatic’s software, and a USB port for flash drives at the top left-hand side.