Best RGB mechanical keyboards from 2017
Mechanical RGB keyboards have a lot of cool advantages that will help you get the most out of your keyboard, especially if you’re a gamer. Many RGB keyboards come with software to install on your PC that let you control the color profile on your keys. For a gaming enthusiast, this is the best way to upgrade your gaming rig. In this guide, we’ll review our top picks for the best RGB mechanical keyboards, updated for 2017.
The most popular type of RGB mechanical keyboards in 2017 are those that are fully customizable. Fully customizable RGB mechanical keyboards let you do things like setting individual key colors and saving/importing backlight profiles to share with other users. There are also more advanced lighting effects you can pull off. These keyboards typically run $40-80 more expensive than cheap RGB mechanical keyboards. That being said, if you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard that is low-cost, check out our article on the best cheap mechanical keyboards here. Otherwise, read our guide below to get a full overview of the best RGB mechanical keyboards to up your computer aesthetics in confidence. Prices in this list vary but all of them are full of the most important features.
Cheap RGB mechanical keyboards give you great RGB backlights but typically aren’t as customizable. You’ll be limited to the lighting profile the manufacturer programmed into the keyboard itself. Though, this isn’t always the case. There are some good deals you can get and in some cases, the RGB mechanical keyboards will allow you to customize one backlight settings on the keyboard itself (no program required). The more sophisticated boards will require you to download something but will give you much more functionality in terms of lighting options.
Best Fully Customizable RGB Keyboards for 2017
Corsair STRAFE RGB Keyboard
This RGB keyboard from Corsair comes in a variety of Cherry MX switch types to suit your needs. Complete with a detachable wrist-rest and solid white backplate for maximum LED reflection, this mechanical keyboard has a quality construction that will last you a long time.
The Corsair STRAFE RGB also has some of the coolest backlit features we’ve seen, and the ability to completely customize and control your LED backlighting through their Corsair CUE software. We have a full Corsair STRAFE RGB review that you can get more details from. Having tried the mechanical keyboard ourselves, we can confirm that this mechanical board is definitely a top contender! Check out our video below to see what the mechanical keyboard is like in person.
Razer BlackWidow Chroma
Razer makes great RGB mechanical keyboards aimed towards the gaming crowd, and their build shows it. This mechanical keyboard comes with programmable macro keys as well as special Razer gaming switches which claim to have a faster actuation time than traditional switches. If you’re a big fan of Cherry MX switches, just know that things may be different than what you’re used to. Known for their mechanical keyboards and gaming peripherals, you can rest assured that this backlit keyboard will last you a long time. You can check out our Razer BlackWidow Chroma review for more details.
Corsair K95 RGB Keyboard
I would only recommend the Corsair K95 over the Corsair K70 if you’re the most hardcore of gamers that require a ton of dedicated macro keys. Both the K70 and the K95 mechanical keyboards are well known in the keyboard community. The K95 has 18 dedicated macro keys and 6 memory profiles, allowing you to configure up to 108 macro functions. For a mechanical keyboard, that’s a ton of macros and memory profiles – perfect for the ultimate gaming rig.
This mechanical keyboard is the priciest on the list, and most of the features you can likely live without unless you’re an extremely heavy macro-user (perfect for gaming). Though it can be costly, this mechanical keyboard has an amazing build and is fully loaded with features that most mechanical boards don’t have.
Best Cheap RGB Keyboards
HAVIT HV-KB389L RGB (RK PRO104)
This mechanical keyboard is newly crowned our best cheap RGB mechanical keyboard for 2017! For under $100, not only do you get some really cool RGB backlighting profiles, but you also get an amazing side RGB LED! So, if you’re looking for a cost effective gaming mechanical keyboard with a top of the line features, this keyboard is perfect.
For such a small price tag, this keyboard delivers dazzling lighting that will make your desk look incredible in the dark. A possible downside is it only comes with Kailh Brown switches.
For more information and photos, you can read our full HAVIT HV-KB389L review.
Rosewill RGB80 Tenkeyless
If you’re looking for a cheap tenkeyless RGB mechanical keyboard, the Rosewill RGB80 is a solid choice. I don’t think it’s as beautiful as the HAVIT HV-KB366L when lit up, but it’s a great gaming keyboard that comes with some cool transparent keys as a nice bonus.
Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum
For those looking for cheaper mechanical keyboards that support RGB backlighting, this is the mechanical keyboard for you. This Tesoro keyboard features many different color modes that can fire off different affects when a keystroke is registered. This mechanical keyboard has an excellent build and allwos you to customize the backlighting for one setting. Given its low cost, this keyboard can do quite a bit. With 8 backlighting profiles and the ability to customize keys, it’s an excellent budget mechanical keyboard.
RGB mechanical keyboards are a part of every gaming rig for true gaming enthusiasts. Even if your not a gamer, having a backlit RGB board can make typing more enjoyable. Anyone who enjoys their keyboard will eventually buy one. I suggest you shop around Amazon, eBay, or other sellers for potential deals.