While optical gaming mice and speedy SSD drives are the visible attributes of any gamer’s setup, one thing they can’t do without – whether they know it or not – is their keyboard. Without the right one, you simply can’t play at your best, and with so many options out there to choose from, choosing the right one can be tough indeed. To help narrow down your choices, here are the best gaming keyboard switches of 2022.
Wireless keyboards and mice are super convenient. They’re simple to set up, more responsive than their wired counterparts, they charge while you’re using them and they let you work without feeling tethered to your computer. But there’s one big downside: no tactile feedback when typing (aka the squish). That’s where gaming keyboards come in, with their soft membrane or mechanical switches that can make all the difference if you spend a lot of time typing on your computer.
Das Keyboard is now taking it one step further with a wireless model, the Das Keyboard 4C Professional Wireless that provides all the benefits of a full-size wireless board in one tidy package. The keys have been spaced out, which will give touch typists enough room to use shortcuts and avoid accidentally hitting the wrong key. Plus, gamers will appreciate the 10 keyless number pad on the right side of the keyboard.
The Das Keyboard 4C comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 18 months per charge. A USB receiver dongle also attaches magnetically onto the back so you’ll never lose it (which is particularly useful because Bluetooth connectivity only works at 33 feet max). Oh yeah — this bad boy has individually lit RGB keys too, so you can customize your backlighting to suit any mood or occasion.
Do mechanical keyboards work with laptops?
Mechanical keyboards work better with PCs than they do with laptops, because laptops usually don’t have full-sized USB ports. But some people prefer a laptop to a PC due to the convenience and portability of the device. And that’s where wireless mechanical keyboards come in: they’re a great option for the person who wants mechanical feel without dealing with any extra wires.
There are two options when it comes to wireless mechanical keyboards: Bluetooth or radio frequency (RF). RF is more stable and accurate, but requires pairing before use; while Bluetooth requires no pairing at all, but has lower durability and more issues when it comes to connectivity. That said, most RF devices will be compatible with your laptop if you want a true-to-life typing experience.
The keys to picking the best switch
There are many different types of keys for your keyboard. As with any tool, the type of key determines how comfortable it is to use and how well it will perform in your hands. But before you choose a key switch, think about what’s important to you.
Maybe you prefer a simple keyboard without too many buttons, but still want a responsive typing experience. Maybe you need something sturdy that can take some abuse while on the road or your coffee table at home. Then again, maybe ergonomics is most important to you and the wrist pain you’re experiencing might force a change after all.
Whatever the reason, let this be your guide as we explore each option available today! Here are our top picks for best gaming keyboard switches of 2022: Cherry MX Red: The good thing about Cherry MX Red is that they have been around since 1986. They provide an excellent clicky tactile feedback when used, which is great if you have an interest in the sound your keyboard makes.
It also has no audible noise when activated so those who wish to be discreet about their playing habits may appreciate this particular characteristic. There’s also no chance of jamming due to its high actuation point, so people who like to mash their fingers against keys will enjoy using these red-labeled keys without worry over potential damage being done.
Cooler Master MK750 Review
With mechanical keyboards on the rise and personal preference playing a huge role in their popularity, Cooler Master’s MK750 is a nice option with a ton of features. These switches are designed for gaming to have more tactile feedback and smoother actuation with no need to press down all the way. The RGB backlighting allows the gamer to customize their color combination, and the media control keys provide easy access to pause, skip or mute any audio or video at any time.
These switches do feel different than other models that I’ve tried before and overall are quite satisfying if you want something quieter with an improved feedback experience. However, there were some drawbacks with this model. The keycaps themselves seem a little cheap, and they did not come off easily when unscrewing them from the board which made them difficult to remove and replace. They also sit just above my desk so there was nothing that could be done about this without getting my chair out from under it as well.
And finally, one last thing about these switches is that they require additional support from something like rubber pads or clips because otherwise it slides around on my desk surface easily when pressed down. All in all though, this is still a great buy if you’re looking for style and performance at a fair price point!
Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Review
With one of the fastest actuation speeds, this gaming keyboard is well-suited to fast paced games. Furthermore, its good typing experience make it comfortable for everyday use. It is not the cheapest out there but the Topre Realforce 87U does have a great build quality and good features with minimal flaws which warrants the slightly higher price point.
All in all, it is worth checking out if you are willing to invest in a premium quality device that will last you many years. If your budget can’t stretch that far then go for the Filco Majestouch 2 instead as it’s performance matches up really well to high end keyboards costing much more than it.
Logitech G610 Orion Brown Review
The Logitech G610 Orion Brown is a corded, membrane keyboard that lacks the amenities of higher-end boards. You won’t find any backlighting or key mapping software on this thing, and it doesn’t have dedicated media controls. What you will find is a durable, functional board with well-placed (if too small) media buttons and cherry MX brown switches. I found them to be tactile and responsive, but if they’re not your cup of tea there are three other options: reds, blacks, and blues.