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Best Quiet Gaming Keyboards 2019 – Reviews And Buying Guide

If you play PC games a lot but hate the fact that the keyboard’s loud keys draw you out of the immersion of the game, it might be time you consider an upgrade. However, it is important to know the different type of keyboards out there like wired, wireless, mechanical, and membrane and which ones are the most reliable.

 

Wireless VS Wired

Wireless keyboards can be connected to a PC with a USB and a battery-powered keyboard, and they are favored for their portability, especially by gamers. The catch is that certain models tend to lag, even more so when the batteries are close to dying.

Wired keyboards do not usually require batteries, but they can require more than a single wired connection to the computer. Some require more than a single USB wire, increasing the need for more wire maintenance. However, they are generally more responsive and reliable than wireless.

 

Mechanical VS Membrane

Think of the keyboards that have been used by almost every computer in the last 20 years or so. Those are mechanical keyboards. They work by each key having an individual switch, and each key and be removed and replaced with another with a different shape or design depending on the preference.

Membrane keyboards are newer and not as common because they are not as favored by people who use them on a daily basis. This is because they have little to no space between each key because they are light with a flat membrane/pressure pad that activates the keys. They are quieter, more portable, and lighter than mechanical keyboards.

 

Extra features

It might be best if you try not to prioritize extra features above the quality or main features. That being said, some extra features can increase a keyboard’s quality. For example, a keyboard that is spill-proof may allow it to last longer than one that is not. Some of the most common extra features are:

  • Number pads
  • Wrist Rests
  • LED lights
  • Extra keys
  • Extra customizable switches
  • Extra keycaps
  • Spill-proof
  • Dustproof
  • Waterproof
  • Backlight

 

 

Biostar Keyboard GK1 PRO Gaming Silent Mechanical Keyboard

Specs
Connection: Wired
Type: Mechanical
Backlight: Green (multiple modes)
Size: 18.5 inches by 7 inches by 1.3 inches
Extra Features: Media controls, audio jacks for headphones and microphones, 2 2.0 USB pass-through

Specifically targetted towards gamers, the Biostar GK1 PRO is one of the German company’s latest models. To some, it is a great blend of being visually appealing, because of the bright green backlight and angled design, and high-functioning, because of the over 50 million key clicking lifespan that each key has.

One of the unique features this keyboard has is that the USB and audio wires are gold plated, ferrite core braided nylon line. That and the keyboard has a separate jack for both headphones and microphone right beside the main cable that plugs into the computer, and beside that the 2 2.0 USB pass-throughs.

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Newer model
  • Bright LEDs

CONS

  • Awkward bar where wrist-rest would be
  • Unpopular

 

 

Logitech G613 Lightspeed Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Specs
Connection: Wireless
Type: Mechanical
Backlight: None
Size: 18.82 inches by 8.5 inches by 1.33 inches
Extra Features: Bluetooth connection, 6 programmable keys, media controls, battery life indicator, smartphone stand

With an overall standard and simplified appearance, the Logitech G613 is a popular model among gamers who are running low quality to standard performance games. For a wireless keyboard, it is one of the most reliable keyboards in terms of keystrokes and reaction times. The battery indicator is also a favored feature since it gives players a warning that they will need to pause the game soon to change the batteries.

Although there are no backlights on the keyboard, a favored feature by many gamers, the extra features to make this model one of the better options for gaming. Most importantly, it is one of the more quiet models currently out there.

PROS

  • Long battery life
  • Good for low to average gaming
  • Well-made and designed great

CONS

  • Not as ascetically pleasing as other models
  • Some keys stick

 

 

Logitech G413 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Specs
Connection: Wired
Type: Mechanical
Backlight: Red
Size: 17.5 inches by 1.4 inches by 5.1 inches
Extra Features: 12 programmable keys, extra 2.0 USB pass-through, media controls

With a design very similar to the Biostar GK1 PRO, the Logitech G413 also has a 2.0 USB pass-through beside the connection wire, although it is only one. It also only a single color blacklight like the GK1 PRO, but instead of green, it is red. Some other notable differences are that there are no audio or microphone jacks, it does not have a wrist rest, and the top case is made out of aircraft-grade aluminum.

For quiet gaming, it can be a hit or miss depending on your preference. Some of the keys, like the spacebar, have been known to be noisier than average. However, because of the top case, it is extremely resilient to falls.

PROS

  • Keys are easy to remove and clean
  • Easy to read text
  • High-quality material

CONS

  • Space bar is very loud and wiggles
  • No damper on the keys

 

 

CORSAIR K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard

Specs
Connection: Wired
Type: Mechanical
Backlight: RGB (customizable)
Size: 18.9 inches by 6.6 inches by 1.4 inches
Extra Features: Wristrest, Xbox One keyboard compatibility, 6 programmable keys, media controls

The first RGB backlight keyboard on the list, the CORSAIR K55 is one of the keyboards with the most extras for gaming. Possibly the most exclusive feature it has compared to the rest is that it is compatible with the Xbox One to play keyboard-enabled games.

One of the oldest models on this list, it is a little unpopular compared to the others because there are some popular problems that popup shortly after using it, the most notable issue being certain keys tend to stop working and fall off easily. Other than that, it is a pretty silent model.

PROS

  • Amazing RGB control
  • Model with the most features
  • One of the cheapest models

CONS

  • Caps and Number lock indicators stop working
  • Fragile

 

 

Razer BlackWidow Elite: Esports Gaming Keyboard

Specs
Connection: Wired
Type: Mechanical
Backlight: RGB (customizable)
Size: 9.2 inches by 17.6 inches by 1.7 inches
Extra Features: Wristrest, media controls, 2.0 USB and audio pass-through

The BlackWidow Elite by Razer is one of the smallest gaming keyboards currently on the market. Visually, it can be considered either simplified or odd, mostly because of the media controls being smaller and circular shaped. Unlike the other models where the USB pass-through and audio jack were beside the connection cable, on the BlackWidow Elite, they are on the right side of the keyboard.

Its response time and comfortable wrist rest make it somewhat popular, but the thing that deters many is the price and noise, both of which are higher than average. However, its RGB backlighting and an onboard memory and cloud storage for personalized settings and its 80 million keystrokes per key lifespan are a few redeemable qualities.

PROS

  • Simple and easy setup
  • Great design
  • Smooth typing

CONS

  • One of the most expensive models
  • Louder than most models

 

 

CORSAIR Strafe RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Specs
Connection: Wired
Type: Mechanical
Backlight: RGB (customizable)
Size: 17.6 inches by 6.6 inches by 1.6 inches
Extra Features: 2.0 USB pass-through, media controls, wrist rest

Another model from CORSAIR, one of the Strafe’s most unique features are that it has onboard profile storage of 8 megabits that has lighting and hardware macro playback. That and it comes with a detachable wrist rest that shares a similar texture as the main gaming keys including the spacebar for the most possible grip.

While it does have an above average price, it may be worth it with the quality of the keyboard and the fact that it is one of the most silent models currently out there. Being one of the newest models out there, it also does not have the past issues other CORSAIR models had like poor and loud keys.

PROS

  • Has a long lifespan
  • High-quality material
  • Convenient RGB control

CONS

  • Easily breakable if dropped or gets wet
  • Above average price

 

 

Redragon K552 RED LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Specs
Connection: Wired
Type: Mechanical
Backlight: Red
Size: 13.9 inches by 4.9 inches by 1.5 inches
Extra Features: Splash-proof, media controls

For the gamers on a budget, you have probably heard other gamers talk about this model being the best since it is one of if not the most popular model out there. The K552 by Redragon is a relatively small and compact keyboard with not as many extras as others. Still, the red backlight and the lit up logo above the gaming keys may add a nice aesthetic to the design to some.

Despite the design, which is specifically targetted towards gamers, the keyboard makes almost as much noise as a non-gaming keyboard, if not more. The fact that it has a below-average lifespan can be something to be wary of as well. However, the response time is relatively good and the splash-proof feature can be very convenient for those who are accident prone with their drinks while gaming.

PROS

  • Detailed instructions are simple and easy
  • Great starter keyboard
  • Ideal for gaming

CONS

  • Louder than average
  • Short lifespan

 

 

Code V3 104-Key Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard

Specs
Connection: Wired (USB to PS/2 adapter)
Type: Mechanical
Backlight: White (customizable)
Size: 17.5 inches by 5.6 inches by 1.2 inches
Extra Features: Onboard memory for backlight settings

Another standard keyboard design, the Code V3 by WASD Keyboards is very similar to the Biostar GK1 PRO minus all of the extra features and more modern design. In fact, the only extra feature it really has is the onboard memory that saves your preferences. Its simplicity is favored by many, especially by programmers.

For gaming, it is a pretty average model, being relatively quiet. However, possibly because it is one of the newest models, it is one of the most expensive keyboards on the list, despite being simple. Because of this, it is still a rather unpopular model.

PROS

  • Favored by programmers
  • LED brightness adjuster is convenient
  • One of the newest models out there

CONS

  • One of the most expensive models
  • Less popular

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