Hot gaming gear: Keyboards

Every year we test a huge batch of gaming gear to find the winners to suit all budgets. Here are the best keyboards.

A quick reminder of how we review gaming gear:

  1. We test the main features, including advanced functions and ease of use.
  2. We check the build quality, use of durable materials and smart design.
  3. Finally we consider the price compared with its competitors.
  4. That’s FEATURES + BUILD + PRICE = VALUE.
  5. We also consider the suitability of each product for different kinds of users.

Gaming keyboards

Razer Huntsman Elite

It’s not often that keyboard tech gets completely reinvented, but that’s what Razer has done here. Instead of the traditional mechanical switches that all serious gamers rate so highly, the Huntsman uses laser beams inside each key for an even faster response. The clicking of the keys only marks the movement and rebound of the key, but not the input, which now happens at the start of the keypress when the laser beam is broken. Razer claims 0.03 ms for the key to reset each time. Crazy stuff! We especially like the magnetically attached wrist rest, which has a become a common feature of top-end keyboards, but Razer has gone all out by adding RGB lighting here too. The keyboard also has dedicated media keys and a volumecontrol dial. R4 000


Trust GXT 890 Cada

Trust is fast becoming our favourite budget-gaming brand. The Cada keyboard is an example of why that is. For a very reasonable price, it has delightful build quality, with a hard-wearing metal top plate, decent key travel and properly sticky feet to keep things stable in the heat of battle. Set up top 10 custom lighting profiles, different for each game, or choose from 18 preset RGB effects. R1 300


Redragon Yama

This is probably our favourite Redragon product so far with a massive array of keys for every kind of user. There’s a whopping 12 programmable macro buttons and some decent multimedia keys with a roller control for volume or advancing media playback. It also has a large detachable palm rest, which is now on trend for gamers. It does occupy a lot of desktop space, though. R1 400

 

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