The 7 Best Gaming Keypads

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This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in January of 2019. By far the most popular setup for PC gaming, the keyboard and mouse combo offers incredible versatility, in part due to the sheer number of buttons available. A dedicated keypad offers additional customization features, and better access to a range of keys, to help decrease your reaction time. Here are some of the best and most affordable models to help take your game to the next level. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Razer Tartarus Pro

2. Redragon K585 DITI

3. Koolertron SMKD92

Editor's Notes

December 24, 2020:

If you want something reasonably priced, go for the Redragon K585 DITI, or for something that's not flashy, the Koolertron SMKD92. Fans of complex MMOs or combo-heavy fighting games will appreciate the huge wealth of keys on the Aula 109R and how easy it is to reach them. As far as relatively keyboard-like models go, though, the Razer Tartarus Pro is basically impossible to beat. It's immensely well designed and has a host of premium features that place it very clearly at the top of the pack.

We also want to mention the Logitech G13 Gameboard, which is a great device in its own right, but due to some specific durability issues, has been discontinued. It might not last for years, but the issues that it does have are often fixable if you're handy. Then there's the Azeron Classic, which, as you can see, is very weird, but many dedicated gamers simply love it.

January 16, 2019:

First off, keep in mind that these things will be under a lot of stress. So make sure you take care of it, and keep it clean. And they tend to have very different installation and programming methods. These all offer a widely varying range of features, and depending on what you need, it's important to get the one that will work right for you. If you're just testing the keypad waters, try the Teshiuck or Sades, because they cost next to nothing, and so make a great starting point. If your mitts are wide enough, the Aula is a good option, and it's laid out in a perfect grid, whereas most of the others are offset like those on a normal keyboard.. The Razer OrbWeaver tries very hard to be a professional-quality device, and with a little bit of extra upkeep and maintenance, it's quite satisfactory, if expensive. Incidentally, the Razer Tartarus (either version) is not recommended; we've just seen too many dissatisfied customers. Southpaws should look into the Deebol, because it's the only good symmetrical one we could find. Oddly enough, in a category full of breathing lights and flashy devices, the relatively simple Koolertron may be the best choice for some gamers, because it works very well, lasts a long time, is fully programmable, and leaves most buyers with a good impression.

Special Honors

ZSA Moonlander An evolution of the popular Ergodox EZ, the Moonlander is a customizable split keyboard that's fully programmable and has a range of ergonomic enhancements. It's one of the few options out there for left-handed gamers.

4. Aula 109R

5. Azeron Classic

6. GameSir VX2 AimSwitch

7. Logitech G13 Gameboard

Christopher Thomas
Last updated by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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