The Top 8 White Gaming Keyboards in 2018
If you're trying to rise to the top in the world of online gaming, you've got to have the right kind of gaming keyboard for your rig. Of course it has to be responsive, which means you're going with a mechanical keyboard, but outside of that there's a laundry list of potential options that may or may not affect your online performance.
Of course, you also want to look cool while you're blowing apart the opposition in Counter-Strike or Fortnite, and nothing quite beats the aesthetic of a white keyboard for style. It's not a piece of hardware you want to skimp on. That's why we've reviewed the top 8 white gaming keyboards. Look through the reviews, and by the end you should be able to pick the keyboard that works best with your rig.
|Redragon K550W Yama||Mechanical RGB||17.9 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches|
|Rattay 16.8 Million RGB||Mechanical RGB||18.1 x 6.7 x 1.9 inches|
|EagleTec KG011-R||Mechanica without RGB||17.6 x 7 x 1.1 inches|
|Razer Black Widow X Chroma||Mechanical RGB||7.2 x 18.1 x 1.6 inches|
|Huo Ji E-Element Z-77||Mechanical RGB||19 x 1.8 x 8.1 inches|
|Huo JI Z-88||Mechanical RGB||12.2 x 4.8 x 1.4 inches|
|Tesoro Gram TS-G11SFL||Mechanical RGB||17.5 x 5.3 x 1 inches|
|AULA Wings of Liberty||Mechanical RGB||17.5 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches|
Our Favorite White Mechanical Keyboard
Let's be honest for a second—there is no one keyboard that will be perfect for everyone. That comes down to your specific needs, goals, playing style and budget. However, our research did uncover a clear favorite, the Redragon K550W Yama. This white gaming keyboard has custom mechanical key switches under its keys that are comparable to Cherry MX Brown switches—the kind of mechanical switch most gamers favor. It's also got anti-ghosting to make sure your multi-key combos will never falter, and a color selection/lighting mode combination that can really make it stand out.
Of course, you might be looking for something slightly different. Maybe you want a white gaming keyboard that is more compact or has more RBG backlighting options. No problem. Take a look through our list. One of these models is sure to be the gaming keyboard you've been looking for.
1. Redragon K550W Yama
The Redragon K550W Yama mechanical keyboard just might be one of the best gaming keyboards on the market. It features custom mechanical switches that rival the premiere Cherry brown switches, optimized for rapid actuation while gaming.
In addition, the Redragon K550W Yama features anti-ghosting capability on its 104 keys to enable multi-key input, a must-have when gaming. A detachable wrist rest made our hands extremely happy during extended play sessions.
Then there are the colors. the Redragon K550W Yama gives lets you customize your gaming keyboard with seven different colors, six lighting modes, five backlight brightness levels and the ability to adjust the backlighting breathing speed.
Finally, the build quality of this white mechanical keyboard is extremely high. This might just be one of the best keyboards on the market today.
2. Rattay 16.8 Million RGB
This white gaming keyboard is also solidly built. It features Cherry brown keys to cut down on distractions, and all of its 104 keys feature anti-ghosting, so your character won't freeze the next time they have to perform a technique that requires you to press FN-G or Alt-4 or something similar.
We gave this one a spin in World of Warcraft and were surprised by how reliable activating abilities could be.
The Rattay 16.8 million RGB also scored high when we tested its backlighting capabilities. The Rattay has nine lighting combinations and 13 preloaded backlit modes, so you can be sure it will match the style of your gaming rig.
3. EagleTec KG011-R
If you're looking for a budget white gaming keyboard, take a look at EagleTec's KG011-R.
This keyboard comes standard with 104 anti-ghosting keys that use Blue switches for a tactile treat while gaming. Eagle also built this keyboard with durability and versatility in mind, so the keys and switches can stand up not just to gaming, but also to industrial and office work.
We gave this keyboard to a transcriptionist friend of ours for a day just to see how much it could take. At the end of the day, the transcriptionist didn't want to give it back!
The RGB lighting offers five different modes with five different brightness levels. If you need a mechanical keyboard with a low price point that provides an enjoyable gaming experience, give the EagleTec KG011-R a try.
4. Razer Black Widow X Chroma Mercury Edition
This RGB keyboard by Razer was designed to make gamers stand up and take notice. Unlike most mechanical gaming keyboards, it features green switches.
These not only give a nice mix of speed and responsiveness, but also durability. Each key on the Razer Black Widow X Chroma Mercury Edition has a lifespan of about 8 million keystrokes. (Razer claims the lifespan is actually closer to 80 million keystrokes. All we can tell you is that we ran an experiment where we tapped on the same key for an hour without noticing any side effects other than a sore finger.)
The Black Widow X Chroma Mercury Edition also has style to spare. Each of its keys can be individually programmed to use one of its 16.8 million backlight options with software that is known for its ease of use.
5. Huo Ji E-Element Z-77
The Huo Ji E-Element Z-77 is a white mechanical keyboard that offers a great price to performance ratio. This 104-key keyboard works on custom switches comparable to the Cherry Blues for a fantastic tactile and aural experience while gaming.
The anti-ghosting properties make sure your fingers will never falter when delivering a combo, and it comes standard with nine RGB backlighting options.
Having said that, the keyboard materials are where the Huo Ji E-Element Z-27 really shines. The keyboard has an aluminum body, a gold-plated USB adapter and plate-mounted keys.
6. Huo JI Z-88
Huo must have taken the motto "Good things come in small packages" to heart when they made their JI Z-88 white gaming keybaord.
This compact 81-key keyboard features Cherry Blue key switches for tactile and aural ambiance, as well as the industry standard in durability.
We have to admit, we loved hitting the keys on this during an intense gaming session. The keyboard is also exceptionally durable. It's even water resistant! Backlighting consists of 10 different RGB options.
7. Tesoro Gram TS-G11SFL
When you get the Tesoro Gram TS-G11SFL white mechanical keyboard, you're getting a keyboard optimized for speed. This keyboard features Tesoro's own Agile key switch, a Cherry switch analog that was designed to give gamers fast response with a precise keystroke and accurate actuation.
The Tesoro Agile switches also let the LED backlighting shine through each key to create a beautiful lighting effect. The translucent keyboard casing really helps establish the ambiance you're looking for when you load up a game.
This keyboard has 16.8 million RGB colors to choose from, so you're sure to get the look that is exactly right for you. We were playing around with this feature for hours selecting different color schemes.
8. AULA Wings of Liberty
The AULA Wings of Liberty gaming keyboard definitely has a lot to offer. It was designed to last and support extended gameplay sessions, so it has been built with quality in mind. AULA started with Cherry Blue switches to give each keystroke that satisfying tactile sensation and audible click combination.
From there, they also included a wrist rest to minimize your fatigue while playing. This definitely came in handy during one reviewers' Five Nights at Freddy's Custom Night marathon session!
The AULA Wings of Liberty also shines in the backlighting department. Each key on this mechanical keyboard has RGB backlighting that can be applied to it. This isn't just a great way to create ambiance—you can also use it to highlight important game keys or multi-key combos.
Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Best Gaming Keyboard
If you're looking for a gaming keyboard, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, are you a serious gamer? By that, we mean do you compete in Fortnite tournaments, have a cool alias and can make a decent showing in the rankings? Or is your gaming experience more like downloading Subnautica or Five Nights at Freddie's on your PC and having a couple hours of fun? If you're the latter, don't feel bad about yourself and don't worry too much about a performance keyboard. You can get a decent one for around fifty bucks. If you're a serious gamer, though, you'll have to be a bit more discriminating.
Make sure your keyboard is mechanical. Mechanical keyboards are better for gamers than others because they have a better feel when you click them. They're also the more reliable than other keyboards. The very best mechanical keyboards will have Cherry MX keys, which are the industry standard. A Cherry Blue key clacks when you press it and is resistant to pressure, meaning you'll have to strike it. The Cherry Brown keys are also resistant but are quieter. Finally, the Cherry Red keys are quiet but also respond to a soft touch. Other colors of Cherry keys are available, but most gamers will want either Blue, Brown or Red.
You'll also want to make sure your keyboard has the right number of extra keys for you. There's no one answer for this, because the right number of extra keys will be based on what games you play. If you play team online games, you'll probably want an MMO mechanical keyboard that features several macro keys for fast action. On the other hand, if you always have to travel for tournaments, a portable mechanical keyboard without the ten key number pad could be very useful. It would also confuse the hell out of the TSA, which is both a curse and a blessing.
As far as backlighting goes, this is mostly a style choice. People whose fashion sense peaks at matching their socks will spend weeks making sure their keyboard color complements their gaming rig. Choose what you think is cool and within your price range.
When you choose a keyboard for your gaming rig, you're not only selecting a tool, you're defining your style as a gamer. While there may not be one keyboard that is perfect for everyone, we thought the Redragon K550W Yama came very close with its custom mechanical switches and high build quality. Of course, we encourage you do some additional research to make sure you select a keyboard that is right for you. Trust us on this, though, the perfect keyboard can really elevate your gaming style.