For casual gaming, every mechanical keyboard will perform the same but when you are into competitive gaming, you could shave off milliseconds of time using a better keyboard. That might factor into real-world differences.
If you are looking for the best gaming keyboards in India, here they are.
Unnecessary, 8000Hz Polling Rate making it Expensive
Razer Huntsman is a keyboard that is meant for gaming. The newer Razer Huntsman V2 is a full-sized keyboard with all the nifty features that you would need for gaming.
It uses optical switches, which are faster in actuation than traditional mechanical switches. It has two options – Optical Linear Red and Clicky Purple. The Linear Red switch is more apt for gaming and the better of the two in terms of gaming.
The keypresses are smooth and blazingly fast. Typing can be hard on optical linear switches since it can be too sensitive for many. Well, it’s a keyboard that is meant for gaming and it is perfect at that.
It uses high-quality PBT keycaps which feel nice to use. Latency is really low and this is the first keyboard to have an 8000 Hz polling rate (Completely unnecessary). It is one of the fastest gaming keyboards available on the market.
Talking about other useful features, it has Windows Lock, and RGB customisation via software which can also program keys to your requirements. It has got dedicated media controls and even has a wrist rest for added comfort.
It has a TKL version which costs a little less but lacks the dedicated media controls and the number pad. Overall, this is a performance gaming keyboard meant for competitive gaming and there is no compromise on performance or quality.
HyperX Alloy Origins Core – Best Value Gaming mechanical Keyboard
Yantragyan Take – HyperX Alloy Origin Core is a gaming keyboard that doesn’t cost a kidney. The switches used here are not Cherry or Gateron, but their own HyperX switches. For the best gaming experience, linear Red works great.
Apart from switches, the keyboard is built with Aluminum which eliminates scratchy plastic sounds. RGB illumination is great and customisable via HyperX Ingenuity software. The PBT keycaps are pleasant to use and RGB. You can customise the macros keys with the software.
For ergonomics, it has 3 levels of keyboard angle and a detachable Type-C cable comes in handy to carry around the keyboard.
You can choose between the full-sized version and the TKL version based on your preference. Overall, this is the best value gaming keyboard in the Indian market right now which doesn’t compromise on quality or features.
Ducky One 3 Mini – Best compact mechanical gaming keyboard
Yantragyan Take – Ducky One 3 Mini is a genuinely improved keyboard over Ducky One 2 Mini. The new model has a better sound with dampening foam behind the PCB. It also has a slightly changed design and weighs around the same.
For gaming, the best choice is to get Speed Silver or Red switches. The response time is fast, especially with Speed silver’s low actuation force (even lesser than Red switches). The latency isn’t the lowest but it is definitely not noticeable even at competitive levels.
The build quality is top-notch and the keyboard sounds really good and there is no ugly rattling or hollow sound. If you want a keyboard that looks good, can game and also be used for typing, look no further.
Anne Pro 2 – Best Value Wireless mechanical Gaming keyboard
Yantragyan Take – Anne Pro 2 is a great keyboard for typing or even gaming. It is a very compact 60% keyboard but you can expand its functions with Magic Function. Side-printed letters help in making use of the keyboard at full potential.
Gateron red switches are great for gaming. It has a relatively higher latency in wireless mode but it won’t be noticeable if you are causal gaming. Although its latency is low in wired mode, you can switch to wired mode for more competitive scenarios.
Ergonomics is a bit underwhelming as it provides no retractable stands or a wrist-rest. Overall, a good keyboard for gaming that is compact and minimalistic and is good for general use too.
Razer Blackwidow v3 Pro – Best Wireless mechanical Gaming keyboard
Yantragyan Take – Razer Blackwidow V3 Pro is a rather expensive keyboard but it might be worth it if you need a wireless gaming keyboard. It has absolutely low latency even for competitive gaming and its yellow switches are smooth and linear.
It has dedicated media controls and allows you to customise macro keys and RGB with its software. It also has a wristpad for comfort. The PBT keycaps and good build quality enhance the experience.
Overall, a great wireless gaming keyboard albeit a little expensive.
Redragon K599 – Best Budget Wireless/Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
It is a wireless 65% keyboard where you don’t have to struggle with the lack of dedicated arrow keys and is almost as compact as a 60% keyboard. It features Outemu red switches (linear feedback) that work great for gaming.
The build quality is great with a metal base and subtle textured finish. The keycaps are well-designed are large enough and per-key RGB illumination is great. Plus, you can mod the keyboard if you want since it is hot-swappable.
Overall, an all-rounder keyboard perfect for casual or even semi-pro gaming. The keyboard is wireless, hot-swappable, and compact and provides good value for the money spent.
Royal Kludge RK68 – Best Budget mechanical Gaming keyboard
Weird hollow metal clang on hitting the Shift and Enter key
No detachable USB-C cable
Royal Kludge RK68 is a 65% keyboard which is perfect as a small keyboard apt for both gaming and productive tasks. RK68 is hot-swappable and is available with Blue, Brown or Red Gateron switches.
For gaming, Gateron Red switches work like a charm and it is better than some budget Chinese OEM switches. The double-shot ABS keycaps are good enough and the build quality is decent.
With a metal base and plastic bezels, it weighs around 780 grams. It has a detachable USB-C cable but is not wireless. It has got RGB which can be customised onboard or using the software.
Overall, a good budget gaming keyboard that has good reliable switches and works well for gaming and otherwise.
You can spend a lot on gaming keyboards chasing after the best features which you might not even use. After a point, there is no point in spending more because they will remain more or less in terms of performance.
Yantragyan hopes that this list of the best gaming keyboards has helped you narrow down your choices. All the listed keyboards here are great for gaming and the final choice depends on your preferences with form factor, size, and features like RGB, macros, etc.