The PC gaming scene in India is on the rise, with more and more people picking up PC gaming these days. While the most essential requirement for a PC gamer is a great PC (duh!), their choice of peripherals also has a significant effect on their chances of improving their play style. If you’re just getting into PC gaming or are a PC gaming veteran, you’ll already know that having a great keyboard and mouse is of utmost importance to gamers, but choosing a keyboard or mouse which fits your needs (and budget) could be a bit intimidating as the market is flooded with tons and tons of options to choose from. Thereby, we’ve compiled a list of the best gaming keyboards available in the Indian market today, which includes gaming keyboards in four different price segments, to help you choose the one that fits your needs perfectly. Without further ado, let’s dive into the list and take a look at the best gaming keyboards available in India.
Best Gaming Keyboards in India (August 2018)
- Best Gaming Keyboards Under 3500 INR
- Best Gaming Keyboards Under 7500 INR
- Best Gaming Keyboards Under 10000 INR
- Best Premium Gaming Keyboards
Best Gaming Keyboards Under 3500 INR
1. Redgear Blaze 3
Starting off at the bottom end of the spectrum with the Redgear Blaze 3, a cheap membrane keyboard which offers quite a few features at a very affordable price. The Redgear Blaze 3 features a floating key design, which gives it the appearance of a mechanical keyboard and has a 3 color backlight, which is a fairly handy addition in such a cheap keyboard. The keyboard has an aluminum chassis with beveled edged, which give it a premium feel, and gives it enough weight so that it doesn’t slide around your desk while you’re gaming.
For gamers, the keyboard offers 19-key anti-ghosting, which means that you won’t have any issues with accidental keypresses while playing games. The keyboard also has a handy Windows key lock feature which means you can game uninterrupted, without worrying about accidentally pressing the Windows key. The keys are rated for 10 million keystrokes which means that it’ll last you a while, even if you’re a heavy user. If you’re looking for a gaming keyboard on a tight budget, you just can’t go wrong with the Redgear Blaze 3.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 999)
2. Gamdias ARES 7
The Gamdias ARES 7 is another great budget membrane keyboard with a fair few additional features over the Redgear Blaze 3 that definitely justify its price. Unlike the Redgear Blaze 3, the Gamdias ARES 7 follows a more traditional membrane keyboard design, along with 7 color spectrum backlighting. The keyboard has a 4 layer construction with a spill resistant design that allows for liquids to easily drain out in case of an accidental spill.
The Gamdias ARES 7 is pretty great for gaming (at its price) as it offers 23-key rollover and a Windows key lock feature for uninterrupted gaming. The keyboard also has three programmable macro keys which can be customized on-the-fly and can come in handy in a number of games. Much like the Redgear Blaze 3, the keys on the Gamdias ARES7 are rated for 10 million keystrokes, which means that it’ll last you quite a while. On top of that, the Gamdias ARES 7 comes with the company’s OUREA optical gaming mouse with a 4000 DPI precision optical sensor, an LED backlight, and a weight tuning system, a feature which is often reserved for premium gaming mice.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 1,999)
3. Cosmic Byte Black Eye
In case you’re not a fan of membrane keyboard and are looking for a budget mechanical keyboard then you can go for the Cosmic Byte Black Eye mechanical gaming keyboard which features Jixian Blue switches. The keyboard features a water resistant design and has a premium look in feel, thanks in part to the braided cable with a gold-plated USB connection. The Cosmic Byte Black Eye also features RGB backlighting with 13 customizable modes, 3 levels of brightness adjustment and 4 levels of backlight speed adjustment.
At its price, the Cosmic Byte Black Eye is the best mechanical keyboard you can get your hands on. The Jixian Blue switches found on the keyboard are a close replica of the Cherry MX Blue switches and offer a very similar feel. The keyboard also features anti-ghosting and n-key rollover, which means you won’t face any issues while playing games that require you to press more than three keys at once. The keyboard comes with a comfortable plastic wrist rest which can be detached in case you’re running out of space on your desk. The Cosmic Byte Black Eye also features 8 dedicated multimedia keys, which is a rather handy addition, and at the price, you just can’t get a better mechanical keyboard.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 3,499)
Best Gaming Keyboards Under 7500 INR
1. Razer Cynosa Chroma
Probably the cheapest keyboard from gaming peripheral major Razer – the Razer Cynosa Chroma – is a membrane keyboard with a very tactile mechanical keyboard like feel to it. Unlike the budget keyboards on this list, the Cynosa Chroma features individually backlit keys which can be customized with up to 16.8 million colors using Razer’s Synapse software. The keys can also be reprogrammed to perform specific function in game using the same software, which is also an added bonus.
The Razer Cynosa Chroma also features a spill resistant durable design with a soft cushioned touch that gives it a very premium feel. The keyboard features 10-key rollover and anti-ghosting which means that you won’t have to worry about missing any key presses during an intense game. While the Razer Cynosa Chroma doesn’t feature dedicated media keys, Razer has included the media key functionality into the function keys, which is a very thoughtful solution to the problem.
Buy from Flipkart (Rs. 3,999)
2. Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L
If you’re looking for a gaming keyboard, but don’t want to deal with all the flashy lights and gamer-y design aesthetics then the Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L might just be the keyboard you’ve been looking for. The keyboard has a very clean and minimal design, with a bright white backlight which gives it a very sophisticated look. While it doesn’t feature RGB lighting, the MasterKeys Pro L does include a few lighting modes and even has brightness control so that you don’t get blinded while using the keyboard in a dark room.
The Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L makes use of authentic Cherry MX Red key switches which offer a very tactile and clicky typing experience. The keyboard also offers 100 percent anti-ghosting and n-key rollover, so you won’t miss a keypress no matter how many keys you press at the same time. Additionally, the Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L supports on-the-fly macros and a profile support program which allows you to configure multiple keystrokes to a single key.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 5,999)
3. HyperX Alloy FPS Pro
The Hyper X Alloy FPS Pro is another great mechanical keyboard which features authentic Cherry MX Red key switches in a tenkeyless (TKL) design which makes it fairly compact and portable. Much like the Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro has a clean and fairly minimal design, except for the backlight which is a dull red in this case. While the LED color on the keyboard cannot be changed, you can choose from a few preconfigured dynamic lighting effects that look pretty neat.
The build quality is top notch as the keyboard has a solid steel frame which gives it a bit of heft and eliminates deck flex. The HyperX Allo FPS Pro also features 100 percent anti-ghosting and full n-key rollover, which is kind of expected at this price point. Another great feature about the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is that it comes with a detachable braided cable that can be easily replaced in case it malfunctions. While I personally prefer the TKL layout, in case you’re looking for a full-sized keyboard then the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro might not be the best option for you.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 7,499)
Best Gaming Keyboards Under 10000 INR
1. HP Omen Gaming Keyboard
Despite the fact that the HP Omen gaming keyboard isn’t mechanical, it has secured a place on this list due to the sheer number of features it offers. Designed by SteelSeries, which is a renowned gaming peripheral manufacturer, the HP Omen keyboard features a very ergonomic sloping design, individually backlit keys with up to 16 million color choices, and a ton of macros which can be programmed on-the-fly. How many macro keys you may ask? 88 macro keys to be exact.
The keyboard also features dedicated media controls and two integrated USB 2.0 ports, allowing you to connect your peripherals to the keyboard for better cable management. The HP Omen gaming keyboard features 20-key anti-ghosting, which is fairly sufficient for any game you can possibly throw at it, and I somehow really like the larger spacebar which gives the keyboard a very unique look. The keyboard even comes with swappable rubber feet, so that you can raise or lower the keyboard in order to get the most comfortable angle while gaming.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 7,999)
2. Razer Ornata Chroma
Another product from Razer to make it to the list is the Razer Ornata Chroma, which is a mecha-membrane keyboard that utilized rubber dome switches with a mechanical feel. The keyboard has low-profile keycaps, which are a bit shorter than traditional keycaps, and they give the keyboard a very unique feel. Much like most Razer products, the Ornata Chroma has a very premium look and feel, with a bit of heft, thanks to the metal backplate which eliminates any deck flex.
The Razer Ornata Chroma features individually backlit keys that can be customized using Razer’s Synapse software and you can even program each individual key to perform specific functions in games using the same software. The keyboard features 10-key rollover and anti-ghosting, so it won’t ever fail to register any keystrokes no matter how hard or fast you mash the keys. Over and above all that, the Razer Ornata Chroma comes with a very comfortable padded wrist rest which provides ample support and reduces fatigue. In case you’re not a fan of wrist rests, you can easily detach it from the keyboard and use it as is.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 8,738)
3. HyperX Alloy Elite
The HyperX Alloy Elite, which is a full-scale version of the Alloy FPS Pro mentioned above, is a mechanical gaming keyboard which also makes use of authentic Cherry MX Red switches. Unlike the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro, the Alloy Elite doesn’t have a TKL design and features a full number pad with additional dedicated media keys and a volume wheel. The keyboard has a very premium build with a solid stainless steel frame which provides durability and stability. Much like the Alloy FPS Pro, the Aloy Elite also features a single red LED light with six dynamic lighting effects and an integrated 18 LED light bar on the top. On the top left corner, the HyperX Elite features three quick access buttons, with which you can adjust brightness, lighting effects and enable game mode on-the-fly.
The keyboard also features USB passthrough which will allow you to connect your USB 2.0 peripherals directly to the keyboard for better cable management. As you’d expect, the HyperX Alloy Elite features 100 percent anti-ghosting and n-key rollover which ensure accurate inputs even in clutch situations. In order to improve the overall experience, HyperX has included a detachable soft-touch wrist rest which could come in handy if you’re a heavy user. On top of that, the HyperX Elite comes with additional titanium textured keycaps and a keycap tool, which you can use to replace the existing 1,2,3,4 and W,A,S,D keys.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 9,137)
Best Premium Gaming Keyboards
1. Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2
The Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2 is one of the best premium gaming keyboards you can get in the country right now. The full-sized keyboard makes use of Razer’s own award-winning mechanical switches which have become a go-to choice for pro-gamers all around the world and are rated at 80 million keystrokes, so you won’t have to worry about the keyboard dying out on you. Much like other Razer Chroma keyboards, the Blackwidow Chroma V2 features individually backlit keys that can be customized and programmed using Razer’s Synapse software.
The keyboard also features 10-key rollover and anti-ghosting to ensure the accuracy of each key stroke, provided you’re not pressing more than 10 keys at once, which is rather unlikely unless you’re bashing the keyboard in rage. I’d strongly suggest against it. The Blackwidow Chroma V2 also comes with an ergonomic padded wrist rest which will ensure that your gaming sessions remain comfortable, no matter the duration. Additionally, the keyboard features five customizable macro keys which you can also configure using the Synapse software.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 13,199)
2. Corsair K70 Rapidfire RGB
Boasted as Corsair’s fastest mechanical keyboard ever, the K70 Rapidfire RGB is a mechanical keyboard which makes use of authentic Cherry MX Speed switches which are specifically designed for gamers that offer an ultra-fast 1.2mm actuation and light 45g actuation force. The keyboard is constructed using an aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame which significantly improves durability. The keyboard features individually backlit keys with advanced lighting controls and large font keycaps which shine brightly when lit.
The K70 Rapidfire comes with CUE support that enables advanced macro and lighting customizations which allows for virtually unlimited game customizations. The keyboard has a detachable soft-touch wrist rest and a floating key cap design which allows the lighting to shine through brightly. The K70 Rapidfire has a durable braided cable, which will definitely last you a while and it features dedicated media keys along with a volume wheel which is a rather handy addition. I personally like the textured spacebar on the K70 Rapidfire, but if you’re looking for something more minimal then this might not be your keyboard of choice.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 14,185)
3. Logitech G910 Orion Spark
Rounding off the list is the Logitech G910 Orion Spark which is a mechanical keyboard that makes use of Logitech’s own Romer G switches. The Romer G switches on the Logitech G910 offer a very unique typing experience which you won’t find with regular Cherry MX switches. While some people swear by Logitech’s Romer G switches, other have also criticized them for their mushy feel, so it’s best that you put in some research before you get this keyboard.
The Logitech G910 Orion Spark features fully customizable RGB illumination with the option to choose from a palette of 16 million colors. One of the most unique features of the G910 Orion Spark is the included smartphone dock and Arx control app which will allow you to instantly access your in-game data on your smartphone or tablet without interrupting your gameplay. The keyboard also has 9 programmable G-keys which you can use to create custom macros or execute complex commands in an instant. On top of that the G910 Orion Spark also features dedicated media keys and a lopsided wrist rest which has room for your left hand but not for your right hand.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 16,249)
Best Gaming Keyboards: There’s One for Every Budget
That concludes our list of the best gaming keyboards available in India, which includes a variety of gaming keyboards at different price points with a variety of different features like mechanical switches, RGB backlight, programmable macro keys, and dedicated media keys. Depending on your budget, you can easily select a keyboard which fulfills your requirements and make sure you let us know which one you end up buying in the comments section below.