Small and clutter-free mechanical gaming keyboards are great for long gaming sessions as it provides a great “clicky” sound as well as offers lower response time, impressive RGB backlight, and overall, gives you the best selection of keys without the clutter.
Plus, small gaming keyboards are compact and great for traveling since you can pack them in a bag, connect it whenever and wherever you want to enjoy path-breaking gaming sessions with ease.
We dig deep into the best small gaming keyboards that you should try in 2021 so here’s the list that you can refer to.
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1. Ducky One 2 Mini
Ducky One 2 Mini is among the best 60% gaming keyboards out there. It feels premium to touch and has a clean petite bezel design with premium plastic used for its frame.
You can program the keys without any software. It lets you try 10 different RGB modes with settings for color and speed so it is one you.
Along with that, Ducky One 2 Mini comes with three adjustable angles thanks to the double-layered feet which is a great feature for those who have a habit of using their keyboards at a certain angle.
Other features include PBT double-shot seamless keycaps, Cherry MX keys for better tactility, and more.
2. HyperX Alloy Origins 60
Another in the list that I found out to be amazing is the HyperX Alloy Origins 60. It is a 60% mechanical keyboard made up of aircraft-grade aluminum that brings a low latency rate and higher response time.
The HyperX REd linear switches are among the fastest. You can bring the full-fledged RGB backlighting to as low as 1percent in brightness.
You can customize the RGB colors as well as set macro functions to all the keys via the NGENUITY software. It is certainly a well-put-out small gaming keyboard that finds its way between cheaper and expensive keyboards out there.
3. Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion Series Gaming Keyboard
A tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard, Corsair K70 RGB is a top-of-the-line product available at your disposal.
Priced at a $139.99 tag, the Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion Series keyboard is highly responsive and runs 8 times faster than a traditional gaming keyboard.
It comes with Cherry MX Speed Silver that enhances response timing and reduces actuation distances. There’s a detachable USB Type-C cable allowing for both wired and wireless connection.
The keyboard is resistant to oil and sweat and offers a much more premium build quality than many in the same price segment.
4. Razer Huntsman Mini 60
Razer Huntsman Mini 60 falls in a higher than $100 price range but offers a lot on the table. It is a premium-quality gaming keyboard equipped with light technology that makes touches and keystrokes lightning fast.
It supports 16.8 million colors on fully backlit individual keys. Razer Huntsman Mini 60 has oil-resistant PBT keycaps. Made up of top-quality aluminum, Razer Huntsman Mini 60 has become one of the best-selling gaming peripherals in the U.S.
It lets you program keys and combinations of keys for macro use.
5. Cooler Master MK730 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Certainly among the best small gaming keyboards, Cooler Master MK730 offers on-the-fly functionality.
It lets you switch lighting modes in-game, record macros, adjust backlighting for individual keys, and more although you will need Cooler Master’s software to do these functions.
The Cherry MX Switches allow lower actuation and faster response timing. With a detachable USB cable, you can use Cooler Master MK730 in both a wired and wireless manner.
It is a tenkeyless % keyboard. A premium build quality and affordable pricing are what make Cooler Master MK730 among the most popular in the gaming community.
6. Logitech G Pro
A portable mechanical gaming keyboard, Logitech G Pro is among the best of keyboards at a $130 price tag.
Equipped with a tenkeyless design, the Logitech G Pro has a detachable micro USB cable that lets you take it anywhere and use it anywhere you want.
With 16.8 million colors available for the RGB backlighting scene, Logitech G Pro promises precision and speed as well as quiet key presses.
You can use G Hub software from Logitech to program 12 F-keys macros. Logitech G Pro is certainly a compelling small gaming keyboard available at your disposal.
It is built to last longer with GX Blue Glick durable switches and overall, is great for esports athletes.
7. SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Mechanical Keyboard
A bit on the pricier side, SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Mechanical Keyboard gives you absolute control over the keyboard when gaming. The OmniPoint switches reduce latency and improve response timing even greater than that of Cherry MX switches.
A top-of-the-line product, SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL is tenkeyless as said and it is made up of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and a removable magnetic wrist rest that gives you comfort for long gaming sessions.
A smart OLED display gives you access to settings and controls while the 16.8 million per-key RGB illumination gives you an unmatched customization prowess.
8. Redragon K552
With more keys than K530, the Redragon K552 uses top-quality material for its constructions.
It is one of the many tenkeyless small gaming keyboards available with 18 different RGB lighting modes, 5 backlight brightness levels, and 9 different colors giving you a much better personalization.
Redragon K552 has anti-ghosting on all 87 Cherry MX Brown keys that improve gaming performance.
You can use the keyboard both wired or switch to wireless with Bluetooth v5.0 and a 2,400 mAh battery under the hood albeit the USB cable is not detachable. You can adjust the angle of the keyboard all you want.
9. E-Element Z-88 RGB
Made up of mainly metal and ABS, E-Element Z-88 RGB 60% tenkeyless keyboard has 81 keys at your disposal. It looks and feels premium.
There’s anti-ghosting to enhance performance. The switches on E-Element Z-88 are made to last longer with more keystrokes, better responsiveness, and durability as a package.
Choose between five different color boards i.e. White, Pink, Gold, Blue, and Black, and a few more options when it comes to the switches. The keyboard is water-resistant as well.
You get 98 RGB backlit modes, a gold-plated USB connector for both wired and wireless connections, and more.
10. Fnatic Streak65
Fnatic Streak65 is a good-quality 60% compact tenkeyless design with four dedicated macro keys and more. Fnatic Streak65 gives you an ergonomic design with low-profile switches and a build quality that will satisfy paying for a $100+ price tag.
There’s RGB backlight support although you don’t get a per-key control and the Fnatic OP software lets you control most of the settings.
Just like any other keyboard you try, there are some cons to Fnatic Streak65 as well. The keys are tightly packed and there are a limited number of customizations available with it.
We certainly cannot include all the “best gaming keyboards” out there because the list says
10 best keyboards. Do let us know which one blew your mind. Note that this list is based on many factors including popular choices so user discretion is advised.
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