Deals season presents a great opportunity to save on peripherals for yourself and your family members. Even the best gaming keyboards are usually in a great price range to give them as a gift, and the best deals make them even more affordable.
Most gaming keyboards worth their salt are mechanical, and while it's easy to underestimate how much using a mechanical keyboard can improve your typing experience, think of it as the difference between using a touchscreen and a membrane keyboard. The best mechanical keyboards have much greater feedback and satisfaction for each keystroke, and if you haven't tried one yet or still have family you need to convince, now's a great time to do so.
Many gaming keyboards also often come with extra buttons that you can program either to input specific keys or even entire strings of keys (called "macros"). Plus, don't forget the RGB lighting that most include, which lets you rock your gamer style and can even help you game in dark environments more easily. Some RGB lighting is even reactive to what happens in game, upping your immersion.
Don't underestimate how much a gaming keyboard can help with non-gaming tasks, either. If you grew up with a typewriter or an old terminal, prepare yourself for a similarly satisfying clunk on your keystokes.
Below, we're listing all the best holiday gaming keyboard deals we can find. Stay tuned throughout the end of November to get your hands on a great new plank.
Specs to Look For: Gaming Keyboard Deals
Size - Gaming keyboards come in a variety of sizes, from full-size (includes a numpad) to tenkeyless (does not include a tenkey) to 65% (no function row or tenkey) to 60% (no function row, tenkey or arrow keys). Take note of how much desk space you have and which buttons you need before shopping.
Switch - Gaming keyboards come with a wide variety of switches, often from either Cherry MX or Kailh but sometimes from smaller companies or even from the keyboard manufacturer itself. There's three major types of switches. Linear switches (ex: Cherry MX Red) are quieter and actuate faster because they go straight down. Clicky switches (ex: Cherry MX Blue) offer much more feedback and make a pleasant click noise when depressed. Tactile (ex: Cherry MX Brown) switches are like clicky but make no click noise. There are also unique switches such optical or electro-capacitive, plus membrane gaming keyboards (which usually aren't worth it, but occasionally surprise us).
Gaming Keyboard Deals: Quick Links
- Amazon: Up to 42% off Razer, Logitech, HyperX gaming keyboards
- Best Buy: Up to $160 off Corsair, Razer, SteelSeries gaming keyboards
- Dell: Up to 25% off Alienware keyboard and mouse bundles
- Newegg: Up to 65% off EVGA, Patriot Viper gaming keyboards
Best Gaming Keyboard Deals
Redragon K585 Gaming Keypad: was $54, now $46 at Amazon
An alternative to the Razer Tartarus, this gaming keypad from Redragon uses blue switches and has a more conventional key layout and labeling system, albeit with the right side of the keyboard still omitted. Comes with 7 programmable macro keys.
SteelSeries Apex Pro: was $199, now $163 at Amazon
This high-end SteelSeries keyboard uses analog "Hall Effect" switches that feel linear but let you manually adjust when they actuate. It also comes with a small OLED display that helps you adjust settings and can also show extra information in some games.
Corsair K55 RGB Pro: was $49, now $39 at Amazon
This membrane keyboard from Corsair balances out its lack of mechanical switches with IP42 dust and spill resistance, dedicated media and volume keys, an included wrist rest and 6 macro keys with built-in Elgato Stream Deck software integration.
Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum: was $99, now $89 at Amazon
This deal is small, but this keyboard has a lot of features. It has Logitech's in-house Romer-G switches and a divisive design, but also has a tenkey, media keys, a function row and macro buttons. It's also got a dock for your smartphone, which Logitech's software can use to show system data and extra information in some games.
Logitech G915 Wireless: was $249, now $199 at Amazon
This wireless full-sized keyboard from Logitech comes with your choice of clicky, linear or tactile low profile switches. These switches are in-house from Logitech. The keyboard connects via either Bluetooth or Logitech's renowned Lightspeed wireless connectivity standard.
Best Productivity Keyboard Deals
While you can game on pretty much any keyboard, we're also keeping track of deals on keyboards made specifically with productivity in mind.
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Michelle Ehrhardt is an editor at Tom's Hardware. She's been following tech since her family got a Gateway running Windows 95, and is now on her third custom-built system. Her work has been published in publications like Paste, The Atlantic, and Kill Screen, just to name a few. She also holds a master's degree in game design from NYU.