Best quiet keyboards for gaming

The best keyboards for the quiet gamer.

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Gaming keyboards often lean towards clicky and tactile. For many, that solid, audible click is part of the appeal. For others, hearing that click through a microphone is distracting at best and annoying at worst. Luckily for those who fall under the second category, there are silent keyboards.

Clicking comes from switches under the keycaps. They are usually referred to by their color (brown, cherry red, etc.). Some companies have their own system, like Razer, while others follow a standardized metric. Cherry red switches tend to be considered quiet, although they are not silent. Cherry brown are quiet but tactile, and blue switches are very loud and clicky. 

There are others, such as the Cherry MX Silent, the black, and the Cherry MX Speed. The Silent and the black are very quiet, while the Speed sounds the same as the red. 

Another important note is the type of keyboard. Mechanical keyboards are fast and responsive and are especially suited for gaming. They are often very loud, as any Razer owner can attest. But for those looking for a totally silent experience, consider membrane keyboards. Membrane keyboards are softer and quiet. They however may take more force on the keys before the computer registers the input. They may not be rated for as many keystrokes as a result of the added pressure. 

Finally, “quiet” is a somewhat loose term when it comes to keyboards. Nothing is totally silent. Cherry MX Red switches are considered quiet, but there is still a click to them. Even the dampened membrane keyboards will have a soft click. 

Corsair Strafe RGB Mk. 2

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The Corsair Strafe RGB Mk 2 offers two types of switches, the somewhat quiet Cherry MX Red and the Cherry MX Silent. The Cherry MX Red switches are considered quiet and the Cherry MX Silent sound similar to the MX Red. If you want a silent mechanical keyboard, this is the best option for you. The silent switches dampen much of the sound, up to 30 percent, according to SteelSeries’ listing. 

The Corsair Strafe is compatible with Corsair’s iCUE software. The iCUE software enables customization of macros as well as full control of the RGB backlighting on each and every key. It has a USB port, making up for the slot it has to use in the back of the PC. 

Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard

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Corsair’s K55 RBG Gaming Keyboard is a dust and water resistant membrane keyboard. Because it’s a membrane keyboard, any and all clicks are dampened by the membrane, keeping your keystrokes quiet. Membrane keyboards do not have the lifetime of a mechanical keyboard, so you will need to balance your audio needs with the knowledge that you’ll need to replace it earlier. 

The Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard is compatible with Corsair’s iCUE software. Owners can adjust the light settings and program macros. The Corsair K55 has space for up to six macros. 

SteelSeries Apex 3 RGB

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SteelSeries makes several gaming keyboards, some with their own adaptive switches. Most of them stick to the usual blue, red, or brown keys in terms of audio and tactile feedback. The SteelSeries Apex 3 has “whisper quiet” switches. It’s not a mechanical keyboard, but closer to a membrane keyboard. The keys are quiet but tactile. 

A major selling point for the SteelSeries Apex 3 is that it’s water proof. The keys are sitting on top of a rubber dome for the switch. Liquids roll right off the keyboard, even if they get under the keycaps. If there’s a daily risk of spills around your keyboard, or you just want to feel secure that you won’t lose it to some water, this one has your back. 

The Apex 3 does have the same downsides, like all membrane keyboards. This one is only rated for 20 million clicks. Most mechanical ones are five times that amount. You’ll need to replace it sooner than a mechanical keyboard.

Razer Cynosa V2

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Razer Cynosa V2 is a membrane keyboard. All of the keys are cushioned, muffling sound. There is a slight click to the buttons, but it is virtually silent. If you’re looking for the quietest possible keyboard, membranes are going to be the best option for you. 

There are downsides to membrane keyboards. They require more pressure to get through that thick membrane cushion. The extra pressure can make them less durable overall. It may also be tiring for the user, but that is a personal benchmark that will vary per user. The Razer Cynosa V2 is rated for 80 million clicks. While that is a high number, consider the mechanical keyboard counterparts that are rated for 100 million clicks. If that extra 20 million is negligible to you, then you’ll be glad to know that the Razer Cynosa V2 is Razer Chroma compatible, has up to 10 programmable macros, and all the keys are backlit. 

Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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When it comes to wireless keyboards for gaming, Logitech products are at the top of the list. The Logitech G915 is one of the best quiet wireless keyboards you can buy for gaming. It comes with low-profile and tactile keys that offer a comfortable experience for either typing or playing. The G915 has a 1.5mm actuation distance, and its travel distance is 2.7mm. A shorter travel distance helps accelerate using keys, which is essential for some gamers. The G915 offers tactile, clicky, and linear mechanical switches. The tactile and linear switches are quiet ones.

The body of Logitech G915 is made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy to promise durability. The G915 offers almost every key you need, including media keys, num pad, and some extra keys dedicated to gaming. Also, the company claims the battery can last 30 hours on a single charge. For more aesthetics, RGB lighting is available.

Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard

Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard
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If you are looking for a quiet, quality, and affordable keyboard, Logitech K780 can offer all these qualifications and even more. The K780 has a compact design and does not occupy much space on your desk. Also, it can connect to three devices simultaneously. The keys are rounded and have a small size, which might not be good news for gamers with bulky fingers. The K780 is made of solid plastic, and its build quality is top-notch.

This keyboard isn’t built for gaming, but its multi-device support and the short distance between keys make it an inevitable choice for those who use multiple devices simultaneously. The Logitech K780 comes with 97 keys, and it doesn’t have RGB lighting. However, the typing experience is excellent, and the switches are extremely quiet.

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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Corsair products are popular among gamers due to their premium quality and comfortability. The Corsair K95 offers excellent built quality, and its double shot keys are made of PBT for durability. It also comes with a wrist rest pad and a low travel distance between keys. The K95 has a lot of customizability features and lets you customize all the keys and RGB backlighting. There are also six macro keys on the left side to give gamers even more customizable options.

You can order the Corsair K95 with Cherry MX Blue, Brown, or Speed Silver switches. While the typing experience of all three is remarkable, the MX Blue and MX Speed produce less sound and are quieter. The Corsair K95 has decent ergonomics, and thanks to its wrist rest pad, it can support long gaming sessions without causing exhaustion.

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