Best League of Legends Keyboard List of 2016

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This the most recommended and best League of Legends keyboard of 2016 used by pro League of Legends players from the North American League (NA LCS). These pro keyboards have been used by the top teams in the NA LCS including the champions CLG, TSM, and Immortals and can greatly increase your play especially if switching from a rubber-dome or membrane keyboard. (If you haven’t already, check out our guide on How to Choose the Best Gaming Keyboard to figure out the best switches for you.)

#1. Razer BlackWidow Chroma

Razer BlackWidow Chroma Clicky Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Fully Programmable and 5 Macro Keys

The Razer BlackWidow Chroma

Price: $169.99

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This was by far the most popular and best League of Legends keyboard use among the pro gamer LCS teams (used by the 1st and 4th place teams in the spring playoffs); Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) and Team Liquid (TL). Counter Logic Gaming recently placed 2nd in the world at Riot’s Mid-Season Invitational. Certainly, this speaks to the excellence of the Razer Blackwidow Chroma, checkout the reviews of the most popular keyboard for League of Legends.  There are two variations, “Razor Green” switches which are essentially Cherry MX Blue with similar tactile and “clicking”. The second option is the  “Razor Orange” switch which have a tactile feel like Cherry MX Brown that version is called “Stealth” since there is no clicking sound when bottoming out and can be found here Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth 2016.

Pros:
– Used by the best North American Team
– Lowest Priced Competitive Gaming Keyboard
Razor Green” switches which are essentially Cherry MX Blue
– 10 key rollover for anti-ghosting. This feature is essential for gaming since it means that when you press a key it is not lost. See this description by Microsoft’s Applied Sciences group.
– Durable keyboard – mechanical switches are rated up to 80 million quiet keystrokes
– Individually programmable backlit keys
– USB ports on the keyboard and a 3.5 jack for headphones.

This is one of the best keyboard to come out of Razer. We at League Hardware are giving it 5/5 for the best keyboard for League of Legends we have seen in 2016. Take a look at the impressive roster of well known pro players from around the world that use this keyboard to win major competitions.
 

Just check out these reviews from gamers:

Just simply beautiful. It’s like the same as switching to an SSD from an hold hard drive. Once you go mechanical, you don’t want to go back. I literally feel like I’m typing on air. The actuation force is… incredibly low and the keyboard is heavy so it doesn’t move on your desk even if you attack the damn thing with your fingers haha. -G. Newman

Super low profile, super heavy for a keyboard, a totally entrancing lighting system. Oh, and one of the best mechanical keyboards to boot, it really doesn’t get much better than this. -P. Smith

Best keyboard I’ve every had. Absolutely amazing with no problems. Using this mainly for gaming and some work. -Matt

Teams: (Counter Logic Gaming and Team Liquid)

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Keyboard of Choice For:

CLG: Darshan (ZionSpartan) Best League of Legends Keyboard US, Xmithie Philippines, HuHi South Korea, Stixxay Best League of Legends Keyboard US, Aphromoo Best League of Legends Keyboard US.
TL: Lourlo Best League of Legends Keyboard US, Dardoch Best League of Legends Keyboard US, FeniX South Korea, Piglet South Korea, and Matt Best League of Legends Keyboard US.


#2. Logitech G710+

Logitech G710+

Logitech G710+

Price $149.95

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The Logitech G710+ came in close second in popularity for best League of Legends keyboard among the LCS teams of reported keyboards. This is the team keyboard for Team SoloMid, Immortals, and C9. In the spring LCS playoffs in NA, TSM and Immortals took home 2nd and 3rd place respectively using these keyboards. This is another high quality keyboard that the highest level pros use to win championships, checkout the review below by SaintVicious, the coach of Team Curse.

Pros:
– Uses Cherry MX Brown keys meaning there won’t be loud clicking and will be whisper quiet
– 110 anti-ghosting keys and 26-key rollover
– There are 6 programmable keys on the left side of the keyboard that can be made to do anything from ping in League of Legends to open up your favorite champion build guide website.
– Dedicated media controls (ie. volume control)

Teams (Team SoloMid, Immortals, Curse)

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Keyboard of Choice For:

TSM: Hauntzer Best League of Legends Keyboard US
C9: Balls Best League of Legends Keyboard US, Rush South Korea, Jensen Denmark, Sneaky Best League of Legends Keyboard US, Hai Best League of Legends Keyboard US, Impact South Korea, Meteos Best League of Legends Keyboard US, and Bunny FuFuu Best League of Legends Keyboard US.
IMT: Huni South Korea, Reignover South Korea, Pobelter Best League of Legends Keyboard US, WildTurtle Canada, and Adrian Best League of Legends Keyboard US.


#3. Corsair Vengeance K70

Corsair Vengeance K70 Black Cherry MX Brown

Corsair Vengeance K70 Black Cherry MX Brown

Price: $149.99

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The Corsair Vengeance K70 is another well built mechanical keyboard used by NA LCS teams. Although not the most popular this takes third place in our list for the best League of Legends keyboards. This is the keyboard used by Team Dignatas; with well known players Shiphtur as mid laner and KiWiKiD as support. This is a high quality mechanical keyboard that features Cherry MX Brown mechanical key switches. Key movement has been described by reviewers as “buttery smooth” and “utterly divine”.

Team Dignatas

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Keyboard of Choice For

Digitas: BillyBoss Best League of Legends Keyboard US, Kirei Netherlands, Shiphtur Canada, Apollo Best League of Legends Keyboard US, KiWiKiD Best League of Legends Keyboard US.


#4. Logitech G910 Orion Spark

Logitech G910 Orion Spark

Logitech G910 Orion Spark

Price $179.95

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Pros:
– Romer-G Mechanical Switches: Feel like Cherry Brown. Activation region on the keys within the first 0.5 mm.
– Anti-ghosting protection
– 9 Programmable Keys
– Integration with iOS and Android Apps
– Dedicated media controls
– Customizable RGB illumination: 16.8 million colors

Team SoloMid

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Keyboard of Choice For

TSM: Svenskeren Denmark, Bjergsen Denmark, Doublelift Best League of Legends Keyboard US, and YellOwStaR France.


Honorable Mentions for the Best League of Legends Keyboard

These next keyboards are used by just a single pro League of Legends player in the NA LCS. Although not as popular as the three above, these are the high quality keyboards that you expect to see in a competitive match. All of these League of Legends keyboards have the highest ratings and can be expected to perform as well if not better than the most popular keyboards.

Das Keyboard Silent

Das Keyboard Silent

Das Keyboard Silent

Price $119.95

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Team Renegades

Renegades

Keyboard of Choice For

Crumbzz Venezuela

SteelSeries 6Gv2

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Price $119.95

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Team Renegades

Renegades

Keyboard of Choice For

Alex Ich Russia

How to Choose the Best Gaming Keyboard of 2016

razer-mechanical-switches-banner-1First of all, when it comes to choosing the best gaming keyboard for you – you need to decide on a switch type. As far as key types go, mechanical switches are king. Nearly every keyboard the comes bundled with your laptop,  desktop, or tablet comes with rubber domes that barely scrape by as “that’ll do”. These are so cheap and easy to mass produce for consumer products that they are used in everything from Blackberry phones to TV remotes. These rubber domes are terrible for gaming because they lack tactile feedback so the key must be depressed completely to register.

 “Without tactile feedback it is very difficult to type without bottoming out every keystroke, causing over-exertion and finger/hand fatigue that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.”

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Some companies, Steelseries in particular, are trying to resell these subpar setups as “gaming” keyboards (see Apex). Do not settle for these cheap and overpriced products.

We need to find out what kinds of keys fit your play style (what kinds of games you play!). This is why we highly recommend you try out each key type using this easy to use sampler kit. O-rings are also included in this particular kit since some people prefer to mod the keys on their gaming keyboard to give them a shorter traveling length to bottom out.

Cherry MX Sampler Kit

Mounted on PCB to simulate actual key feeling. Includes the switch types Cherry MX Red, MX Black, MX Blue, and MX Brown

So…you don’t want to try out the kit? Check out this video, take a look at the chart below, or find a friend who has a keyboard with a switch you want to try. (Joining a local LAN event can be a great opportunity to try out different switches). In general, the Brown and Red switches on gaming keyboards are most preferred for MOBAs (League of Legends, DoTA), RTSs (Starcraft 2, Civilization 5), or MMOs (World of Warcraft, EvE, Guild Wars 2). While Black switches are best for FPSs (CounterStrike, Destiny, Call of Duty). Cherry MX blue switches are better for typing than the previous three while still being good for gaming. The only downside is that the Blue switches can be annoying due to the clicking.

Most Common Cherry MX Switches (Cherry MX refers to the “+” shape of the key holder)

Switch Types Force of Actuation* Sound Style Characteristics
Cherry MX Red 45 cN – Linear Quiet Lighter Typer Smooth with no tactile bump; a lighter variant of the Cherry MX Black linear switch.
Cherry MX Black 60 cN – Linear Quiet Heavy Typer Smooth with no tactile bump; a stiffer variant of the Cherry MX Red linear switch
Cherry MX Blue 50 cN – Tactile & Clicky Loud Heavy Typer Tactile and clicky switch. You can feel the tactile bump and hear the "click" that occurs when the activation point is hit.
Cherry MX Brown 45 cN – Tactile Quiet Lighter Typer Softer and lighter tactile bump. The tactile point is much less pronounced.

* Minimum force required to register as a keypress

Hopefully this guide has helped you make an informed decision in choosing the best gaming keyboard. You can check out our Most Recommended League of Legend Keyboard List for popular keyboards.