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Gaming gear is all about being both hi-tech and ridiculously good looking. Afterall, you haven’t spent all that time putting your setup together just to have it looking cheap. And keyboards are certainly a key peripheral that you want to make sure looks excellent on your desk.
While darker colored keyboards may have been all the rage in the past, white keyboards have started being a force to be reckoned. I’ve put together the 10 best white gaming keyboards of 2020 to help make your gaming setup standout from that dark and stormy cloud, while still housing some incredible functionality.
1. Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 SE
Interface: USB | Switch: Cherry MX Speed | Backlighting: RGB | Weight: 1.25kg |
- Great Looks
- Super Responsive for Gaming
- High Quality Build
- Easy to use Software
- Onboard Memory
- Dedicated Multimedia Buttons
REASONS TO AVOID
- Premium Price
Our Rating: 9.8/10
Let’s start off with the best of the best. Corsair is known for making some top notch hardware for gaming, but even among their finest, the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 SE stands out as hands down the premium keyboard to own.
While this beautiful, mechanical keyboard does come at a price (about $180 unless you can find it on sale), that price also promises a peripheral that can withstand your gaming sessions and even compete with you if you’re a hardcore gamer.
A full brushed aluminum frame gives you one hell of a sturdy ride, nearly unlimited color customization for it’s per-key RGB lighting (keeping you powerful even in the dead of night), and a detachable, soft-touch wrist rest to hold off arthritis (okay, maybe not but it will keep you comfortable).
One of the most iconic features on the K70 is its switches. Cherry MX Speed (silver) switches provide the fastest and lightest linear switch at only 45g actuation force and a fierce 1.2mm actuation distance. It’s not only quiet but lightning fast with no ghosting to keep up with your reflexes.
These switches are little powerhouses and hold up to 50m keystrokes. While this wouldn’t be ideal for someone looking to use this keyboard for everyday typing, it would destroy your virtual enemies and honestly who needs anything else? Did I mention the keyboard’s PBT doubleshot keycaps? Yeah, you’re never wearing this keyboard down.
Additionally, if you plan to travel with the K70 – it’s ready to keep up. With onboard memory allowing 8MB of profile storage with hardware macro and lighting playback, you can save up to three stored profiles without external software so you can get right to gaming no matter where you go.
The design of the K70 really understands convenience. Thanks to a USB pass-through port, you can easily access additional USB ports for your headset or mouse. You also get multimedia and volume control at your fingertips so there’s no need to pause that game. And of course, you’ve got your Windows Key Lock to really make sure no one’s stopping your fun – not even yourself.
Corsair really hands you a keyboard that won’t give up on you. From its easy to use customization software, macro programming, onboard memory and incredibly durable aluminum build you won’t need to replace the K70 any time soon. And you really won’t want to.
The K70 is the full package and the slightly higher price is justified considering everything you get in the package. As one incredibly articulate critic so poetically declared, “I want to pet my new keyboard.” And if that doesn’t tell you how much you’ll love your new keyboard, then honestly I don’t know what will.
2. Razer Blackwidow Lite Mercury White
Interface: USB | Switch: Razer Orange | Backlighting: RGB | Weight: 0.66kg |
- Light and Portable
- Attractive Aesthetics
- Superb Switches
- Fair Pricing
- Quality and Durable
REASONS TO AVOID
- Not a Full-sized Keyboard
- No Dedicated Media Keys
Our Rating: 9.7/10
If for whatever reason, the Corsair K70 doesn’t work for you, whether because of its expensive price or simply because it’s too cool for you, take a look instead at a smaller, tenkeyless keyboard option – the Razer Blackwidow White TKL.
This modern looking, sleek little fella is definitely helpful on the budget end – being just under $80. Make no mistake, even though this keyboard is compact, it’s certainly powerful and nicely constructed. You won’t be giving up durability.
How does the Blackwidow differ from our K70? It offers Razer’s own Orange switch technology with tactile feedback (versus linear) and a light 45g actuation point with anti-ghosting for accurate, fast gameplay. Oh and an impressive 80 million clicks in case you were worried this little guy wouldn’t be able to compete with you.
You’ll even be able to take a look at its orange switches, with the keyboard’s exposed bases – a nice touch to make your gear stand out. While it does have a bit of a click to it, the keyboard stays pretty quiet overall especially thanks to its O Ring Sound Dampeners that work to not only reduce noise but travel distance and typing fatigue.
Choosing the right switch is definitely a matter of preference and the kind of games you play. So if you’re looking for a tactile switch that doesn’t wake up the house when the gaming gets fierce, this is the right keyboard for you. It’s duly useful if you plan to use this keyboard to type with as well.
The Blackwidow Lite also doesn’t offer RGB lighting, so if you’re looking for something more simple and aren’t interested in customizing with color, then this is definitely for you. And have no fear, the keyboard does light up with white LED lighting with brightness control so you can easily play in the dark. You’ll also get to customize how you play with fully programmable macro support so you can always play your way.
To maximise on portability, this compact little keyboard offers a removable cable so you can plug and play as you go. As I mentioned, the Blackwidow is tenkeyless, which gives it its smaller size and is perfect for you if you never find yourself in need of a number pad and prefer saving the space. Overall, the Blackwidow is an excellent budget keyboard that’s compact but durable, tactile and honestly pretty great to look at.
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3. Cooler Master SK650 White Limited Edition
Interface: USB | Switch: Cherry MX Low Profile | Backlighting: RGB | Weight: 0.63kg |
- Nice Low Profile Design
- Fast and Responsive Switches
- On-the-fly Customization
- RGB Backlit
REASONS TO AVOID
- Premium Price
- Flat Keycaps
Our Rating: 9.6/10
Missing out on that number pad and RGB lighting? Fear not, I still have plenty of styles for you to choose from. Including the lovely, silver brushed aluminum finished Cooler Master SK650 White Limited Edition.
The SK650 Limited Edition is just that, a special limited edition piece of hardware to proudly add to your game room. Because of its unique color, the SK650 is a slightly higher price than the original at just under $140. But it’s well thought-out design is worth the price.
This mechanical keyboard offers Cherry MX Slim switches with a 3.2mm travel distance and a stunning 1.2mm actuation point, 6-key rollover and anti-ghosting. These low profile switches are perfect for gaming accuracy and if your reflexes are as good as you claim, then the SK650 won’t disappoint you.
The click is lightning fast and sensitive – allowing you to button mash as needed without confusing your clicks. This linear switch also means there won’t be any annoying clicking sounds as you game deep into the night. With flat keycaps, you get a serious piece of hardware with a seriously nice look to boot and smooth feel on top of that.
One impressive feature that you’ll love about the SK650 is its adjustable keyboard settings. You can easily and quickly adjust per-key backlighting, switch lighting modes and record macros through the keyboard itself. So no need to hassle yourself with software when all you really want to do is get into the action.
And of course, if you do want software to customize to your heart’s content, the SK650 does indeed come with easy-to-use software. And just like the Blackwidow, the SK650 comes with a detachable cable so it’s no problem at all to pick up and go with your new keyboard.
Even without a palmrest, the SK650 is made to keep your clicks light and comfortable. While it might seem like a typing keyboard (and could potentially be used as such), this minimalist design doesn’t take away from its powerful switches and good looking, customizable 16.7 million color RGB.
And while the aluminum is only on the top half of the keyboard, with plastic making up the bottom, the keyboard still seems durable and hefty enough to work with you. It’s definitely a formidable keyboard that’s thinner than the Corsair K70, less expensive but still an impressive peripheral that’s just as fast as you are – maybe even faster.
4. Razer Huntsman Mercury White
Interface: USB | Switch: Razer Optical | Backlighting: RGB | Weight: 0.86kg |
- High Quality Product
- Looks Amazing
- Super Fast Switches
- 100 Million Click Lifespan
- Packed With Features for Gamers
REASONS TO AVOID
- No Dedicated Media Keys
- Premium Price
Our Rating: 9.5/10
Coming in hot, is yet another strong contender from Razer. A fast, clicky keyboard perfect for gamers who want a great peripheral that will demand your gaming be heard. For just under $140, the Razer Huntsman Mercury White is a hefty and powerful full-size gaming keyboard.
Unlike the mechanical switches that we’re used to so far, the Razer offers its own ridiculously fast optical switches. This means the switches have an optical light sensor inside them, so you really don’t have to push down far to press and register a click (in fact, these switches offer a 1.5mm actuation point with just 45g actuation force to really amp up your speed when you play). These guys are not only accurate and responsive, but they also feel great to type on thanks to their tactile stroke.
Each key is backlit by 16.8 million customizable lights and fully programmable macros. Thanks to Razer’s Hypershift, all keys and keypress combos are able to be remapped to help you really personalize your gameplay and execute some complex commands. You would, of course, need to use Razer’s software Synapse to control any of these features.
While this keyboard could benefit from a palm rest for your wrist, if you use its feet to raise the angle, you should give yourself a bit more comfort while gaming. While it isn’t the most ergonomic keyboard, it is good looking and durable with a very unique quality to its key switches. It is a bit on the larger end in terms of keyboard sizes, but if that’s what you’re looking for, then this is the right product for you.
While this keyboard is lightning fast for gaming, it could be a bit too clicky and responsive for every-day typing. It may even be too clicky for gaming, but if that sound is satisfying for you then the Huntsman will definitely fill that clicky need.
Overall, the Huntsman is an excellent piece of hardware. While the size and comfort may be slightly lacking, its keys are incredible to use for gaming and certainly durable. The tech behind these little optical switches means your clicks are going to be extremely precise.
In fact, if you love the K70 but really want a clicky keyboard, then this is the perfect choice, especially with its lower price point. And it’s absolutely worth mentioning that the Huntsman is a terrific looking piece of hardware as well. While big, it’ll definitely add to any chroma-based setup.
5. Logitech G513
Interface: USB | Switch: Logitech GX Blue/Brown/Red | Backlighting: RGB | Weight: 0.96kg
- Quality and Comfortable
- Super Comfortble Wrist Rest
- Great Switches
- Decent RGB Backlighting
- Durable and Easy to Clean
REASONS TO AVOID
- No Dedicated Media Keys
Our Rating: 9.4/10
If you’re on a tight budget, but are still looking for a powerful keyboard that is not only good looking but comfortable as well, then I might just have good fit for you. The Logitech G513 Silver is a great addition in the Logitech world. This quiet, tactile mechanical keyboard comes at pretty reasonable price.
But have no fear, that certainly doesn’t mean the G513 is lacking in quality. Good looking, aircraft-grade brushed aluminum alloy top case immediately gives this keyboard an impressive, eye-catching look.
With a detachable palmrest made of soft memory foam all the way up to its edges, you won’t have to worry about your hands getting uncomfortable right as you’re in the most crucial moment of battle. In fact, that comfortable palmrest is one of the best features of the G513 – it’s that well made.
And now to the keys themselves. The 16.8 million color RGB per key lighting is fully customizable to give the keyboard a unique look that best matches your style. Logitech definitely stepped up its switch game since its G910 keyboard. The original, tactile Roger-G switches used in the G910 had a poor, spongey quality to them.
Fortunately, Logitech upgraded their Roger-G into something linear, quiet and lightning fast. With its 45g actuation force and a 1.5mm actuation point, this is definitely a competitive keyboard. Especially if you’re not looking for a noisy keyboard, the Logitech’s new GX switch has answered your prayers.
Something to note about the G513 however is that it doesn’t have any dedicated media keys. You’ll instead have to double-map Function keys. For the bargain price, if this doesn’t bum you out, then this keyboard is otherwise fantastic. Especially in terms of comfort and click speed.
Like I said previously, with its linear switch, this might not be the best keyboard for writing, but if you’re purely after a strong gaming keyboard, then you definitely have that. You also get a great looking keyboard with durability in its great design. And like the much more expensive Corsair K70, the Logitech G513 offers a convenient USB passthrough port to easily plug in your mouse, headset or even flash drive and mobile device for charging. This feature will help keep you flexible while gaming.
Overall, the G513 is a nicely packaged, sturdily made keyboard that’s both sleek in design and powerful in function. While it may not have dedicated media keys, this is still a great keyboard to consider for the cost.
Interface: USB | Switch: Roccat Titan | Backlighting: RGB | Weight: 1.15kg |
- High Quality Build
- Awesome Aesthetics
- Switches Feel and Sound Great
- Rich and Vibrant RGB Lighting
- Easy to Clean and Maintain
REASONS TO AVOID
- No the Best Palm Rest
- No USB Pass Through
Our Rating: 9.3/10
If you’re in the market for an impressive looking keyboard that doesn’t rely on the usual CherryMX switches, then you just might be in the market for the Roccat Vulcan 122 AIMO. One of this powerful keyboard’s standout features is actually its design. Built with an anodized aluminum plate to keep the keyboard durable, while still maintaining a low profile with its shortened keycaps overall.
The keyboard also features dedicated media control buttons and a nicely textured volume wheel so you definitely have convenience under your fingertips. Rubberized feet help keep the 122 in place and a detachable palm rest helps keep those hands feeling good.
Thanks to its 16.8m color per-key RGB lighting, you can happily customize away! And if you’re not interested in customizing, the AIMO intelligent lighting system lets the entire keyboard change colors continuously and reacts to your keypresses for some truly beautiful, dynamic gameplay!
Now let’s talk about those keys. Again, these aren’t the usual CherryMX, but Roccat’s own Titan, which are powerful little switches. The 122 offers both tactile or linear Titan switches – depending on your preference. These strong, responsive switches have an actuation point of 1.8mm and a 3.6mm total travel distance.
They are loud, but not quite as loud as the Huntsman. Thanks to their full plastic housing, the keys will definitely last you, while the design lets the lighting spill beautifully while you play. Overall, 122’s keys are very well done and will feel good to both play with and work with professionally – especially if you choose the tactile switches.
Getting into the software, you’ll need to download the Roccat SWARM from their website and pair it with the 122. Aside from that bit of troubleshooting, you can quickly get to customizing. With the SWARM, you can set up your macro keys, use the Easy Shift feature (to assign a secondary function to the keys on the left of the keyboard), and of course light the keys to your heart’s content.
Overall, this is a beautiful mechanical keyboard for a moderate price of just under $160, but with that price you get a sexy, sleek design and most importantly – keys that will last that furious typing of yours.
Interface: USB | Switch: Cherry MX Low Profile | Backlighting: RGB | Weight: 1.34kg |
- Super Responsive For Gaming
- Comfortable For Typing
- Unique Design
- User Friendly Software
- Durable, High Quality Build
REASONS TO AVOID
- No Palm Rest
- No Dedicated Macro Keys
Our Rating: 9.2/10
So if price isn’t an issue and you’re a sucker for anything Alienware (don’t worry – I am too), then the Alienware AW510k is perfect for you. Specifically, we’ll be checking out the Lunar Light model. Okay okay, it costs just under $190… but you can definitely hunt it down for a much lower price – around $140. The price sleuthing will be well worth it for this gorgeous keyboard.
This low-profile keyboard both looks good and feels good and shows off its Alienware logo beautifully. An aluminum alloy frame and ABS plastic case come together to create a really nice, understated yet durable keyboard.
Full customizable RGB lighting illuminates your gameplay and a subtle, floating button design gives this peripheral a really desirable landscape you just can’t help but look at.
The AW510k is made up of CherryMX Low Profile Red switches. These little boys are linear and quiet with lightning fast responses to amp up your gaming speed. 3.2mm total travel distance and 45g actuation force combine to make for a powerful and durable key press (50m key presses to be exact). While they’re a little fast for regular typing, they aren’t too loud so they could potentially be used for both hardcore gaming and casual writing.
In order to customize your keyboard, simply plug the keyboard in and the software installs itself! From there, you can program each key however you choose for macros and key assignment including their RGB lighting, of course.
N-key rollover also makes sure your keystrokes are always precise and deadly. An exciting and important feature to note – similar to the K70, the AW510k offers onboard memory so you can easily travel with this keyboard and not have to worry about reprogramming all over again – just get to the action.
Overall, this is an impressive model from the always impressive Alienware line. It’s also just subtle and quiet enough to be a promising partner for you whether you’re gaming or working! Of course, you’ll have to keep up with the lightning speed of those switches, so if you can work through those switches while casually typing, this is the perfect keyboard for work and play.
8. Redragon K550
Interface: USB | Switch: Brown Tactile | Backlighting: RGB | Weight: 1.30kg |
- Great Price
- Detachable Wrist Rest
- RGB Backlit
- Tons of Macro Keys
- Dedicated Media Controls
- Perfect for Gaming
REASONS TO AVOID
- Heavy, Not Really Portable
- Wrist Rest not Cushioned
Our Rating: 9.1/10
Another formidable keyboard that helps you stay budget-conscious is the Redragon K550. For less than $85, this keyboard is really packed to the brim with features. Starting off with the design, you get a really subtle aircraft-grade aluminum build and plate-mounted mechanical keys for a reliable product that can keep up with your gaming!
Its detachable wrist support also packs in added support as you play. The keys are also medium click with a tactile bump that are very similar to the Cherry Brown, so you can easily switch from gaming to office-work. Anti-ghosting and molded keycaps promise precise gaming and sturdy keys you can mash on.
Now for something I really love about the K550. This keyboard comes packed with 12 multimedia keys and 12 programmable macro keys to give you an intensely personalized gaming experience. While these keys aren’t backlit, you’ll love having so many programmable options to choose from that stay right under your fingertips.
Not to mention, this little keyboard also gives you onboard memory for storing macros and lighting configurations so you can quickly get to gaming no matter where you are. Pair all of those features with the added bonus of its USB passthrough and volume control, and you get a strong keyboard at an incredibly low price.
The K550 would be perfect if you’re a more casual gamer and also looking for a keyboard to support your dayjob. It’s smartly designed and not too over-the-top with long-lasting materials and keys that feel good to game and work on.
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9. Eagletec KG011
Interface: USB | Switch: Clicky Blue | Backlighting: Blue LED RGB | Weight: 1.04kg |
- Budget Friendly Price
- Decent Quality
- Good Enough Switches
- Looks Good
REASONS TO AVOID
- Not the Best Switches
- No Dedicated Media Controls
Our Rating: 8.9/10
If your main concern is keeping to your budget but you still want to get your gaming on, then I may have a very budget-satisfying keyboard. The Eagletec KG011 is a subtle, sleek mechanical keyboard with quite a bit to offer with a surprisingly low cost of just below $45.
You get really sleek aircraft-grade aluminum construction and a gorgeous blue LED RGB backlighting. While you can’t customize the lighting, the blue is plenty good looking on its own. So if you’re not interested in adjusting your keyboard lights and dig the blue, this is just right for you.
Its molded keycaps also make sure you won’t be wearing down the keys any time soon, so the keyboard will stay looking good for a while.
Just like the Redragon K550, while you won’t be able to get CherryMX switches for such a low cost, you’ll still get powerful equivalents. The KG011 offers CherryMX Blue equivalents, meaning a more tactile bump with a clicky sound that isn’t too loud but definitely makes its statement while gaming or typing.
It’s not as quick to respond as some of the other keyboards on this list, but that might just make it perfect for you – especially if you’re not yet used to faster, linear switches or plan on using this keyboard as a more casual gamer. It also means it’ll work pretty well for general typing too.
With anti-ghosting and n-key rollover, you’ll get that precise gaming you absolutely need from your gaming keyboard. For such a low price, you still get a full sized numeric keypad, multimedia keys for increased control, WASD arrows key exchange, and a lockable windows key to make sure your gaming doesn’t get interrupted! And hey, it’s spill-proof to boot! So spill away, while you play!
While this keyboard offers the lowest price on my list, I would definitely recommend it if you’re after a more entry-level keyboard or if you’re planning to work on it more than play. That said, it’s still a strong-enough keyboard to keep up with your gaming and for the price, it’s hard to beat!
10. GameSir GK300
Interface: Wireless / USB | Switch: TTC Red| Backlighting: White LED | Weight: 1.30kg |
- Plenty of Connectivity
- Nice Subtle Design
- Budget Friendly
- Great Wireless Performance
- Detachable Wrist Rest
REASONS TO AVOID
- Not Overly Game Oriented
- No RGB
- Only 6 Key Rollover with Bluetooth
Our Rating: 8.8/10
And last, but certainly not least, we have a slightly more expensive keyboard option to the Eagletec KG011, but still under $70. If you’re not terribly interested in having a keyboard with a distinct “gamer” look to it, then the GameSir GK 300 wireless keyboard is the option for you.
Right off the bat, yes, this is a wireless keyboard with 2.4GHz bluetooth that can survive gaming for about 30 hours before it needs to be charged. And yes, you can still use it while it’s being charged. This is our only wireless option and perfect if you hate being tethered or even prefer gaming or typing with the keyboard on your lap.
Now for the design itself. This understated, aluminum alloy top plate blends in well in an office setting while secretly being a powerful little gaming keyboard. So yes… you could game at the office and no one would suspect a thing (not recommended). While there is backlighting for all of the keys, they only offer white light and if that’s your preference, this is the option for you.
Again, it’s really focusing on a more subtle design. So if you prefer a keyboard that blends in, simply turn the lights off or dim them. But if you game in a dimly lit room, you’ll still have the option to light up your setup to see what you’re doing. The keyboard also offers a detachable wrist pad to keep you comfortable.
Why is this the perfect in-between keyboard for gamers and professionals in a cubicle? The GK 300’s TTC Red Switches: Adopt 104 are mechanical and offer a tactile bump that isn’t clicky to keep you quiet enough around a workplace, with a response that’s just precise enough for gaming, but not so sensitive that the keys are difficult to use when you’re just casually typing or working. That, plus its 50 million keystroke lifespan and 10-key rollover with anti ghosting ensures that even for its budget cost, you get a keyboard that won’t let you down.
While the GK300 might not be quite as powerful as the Corsair K70, you’re still working with a great product. If you’re not interested in showing off elaborate RGB lighting, the GK300’s understated light is still good looking enough to give you the slightest hint of its gaming capabilities. Quiet keystrokes, a sleek aluminum finish and cable-free gameplay makes this budget keyboard a really nice option.
What Makes a Good Keyboard?
As with any piece of gear, deciding on what works best for you really comes down to what you’re looking for and what you’re willing to pay. Of course, you have to figure out what best suits you.
Find out what sort of switch fits your gaming. Do you prefer membrane keyboards for their lower price points or the more expensive, mechanical keyboards for their typewriter-like keys and more reliable build? Are you looking for a linear, tactile or clicky switch?
For most hardcore gamers, that answer is linear with about 45g actuation force and anything at or below 1.5mm actuation force – but of course the final choice is yours. The size of the keyboard and material is another feature to consider. Is an aluminum frame too good looking to pass up? I definitely think so!
The amount of customization is also something you may want to consider – do you absolutely need dedicated media keys and RGB lighting? In terms of size, does your gaming preference require the extra buttons you get with a number pad? If so, a tenkeyless keyboard might not be the way to go. What about comfort? Do you game so hard, that you have to have a detachable palm rest or are you okay risking your wrists without one?
Tons of questions aside, finding the right keyboard isn’t all that complicated as long as your parameters are clearly understood before you dive into shopping. Ultimately, you’re going to want to hunt for a mechanical keyboard, even if you’re not necessarily a hardcore gamer.
There are some solid keyboards that work well for more casual gamers who also need it for everyday work. And while mechanical keyboards may be slightly more expensive, they’re worth the price knowing that they won’t suddenly break on you in the middle of intense combat.
My best advice would be to see these keyboards in person and take them on for a test drive. If you can, walk into a store in person so you can make sure you love the feel of the keys. Afterall, you’re going to be touching them long and hard.
(Get your mind out of the gutter!) And don’t be afraid to spend a little more for the right keyboard to make sure it can last intense use and keep up with you whether you’re writing a simple paper or commanding unstoppable virtual armies.
And the winner is…
Of all the excellent options I’ve listed for you, my choice hands down has to be the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 SE. Even with its somewhat higher price, you’ll know you’re getting your money’s worth in all aspects. Not only is the material durable and able to withstand the toughest gamers, but you get some great features to boot.
The K70’s Cherry MX Speed switch is top of the line in terms of speed and a light weight actuation force. It’ll make sure your lightning fast reflexes are felt by all of your enemies. Adding to that, you also get exciting customizable lights and macros to make the keyboard really feel like your own.