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The Best Gaming Keyboards of 2018

Your Weapon of Choice

If you’re a gamer, you take your choice of keyboard seriously. When your keyboard doubles as your game controller, it’s more than just a tool for typing. It is to you what the katana is to a samurai (or cyborg ninja): an extension of yourself, your interface with the digital world.

If you care about PC gaming[1], it pays to know what makes a keyboard great, what differentiates one from another, and what’s on the market today. We’ve rounded up the 10 best keyboards you can buy, along with a brief guide to help you find the keyboard that’s right for you.

Switching It Up

Most gaming keyboards use mechanical switches, which pair each key to its own spring-loaded switch. They are designed to provide superior audio and tactile feedback.

The majority of these switches use mechanisms from Cherry MX, and are identified by color (Black, Brown, Blue, Red), each with a slightly different design, tweaked to provide a specific feel while typing. Which switch you want depends on what types of games you play, and what else you do with your computer. Cherry MX Black switches have the highest activation force, which makes them ideal for games in which you don’t want to have to worry about accidentally hitting a key twice.

This, though, can give them a stiff feel that’s not well suited for games that require nimbler response, so for those types of titles you may prefer Cherry MX Red switches. But because both of these switch types lack tactile feedback, there’s a compromise candidate in Cherry MX Brown switches: They have the same actuation force as the Red variety, but add the tactile bump to aid with typing. If you need a keyboard that can switch back and forth between hard-core gaming and traditional work tasks, this is the kind to look for.

Occasionally, you will still find gaming keyboards that utilize silicone dome switches, which form little domes in a silicone membrane, using the rubbery material as the switch. The result feels mushy and requires a full press with each keystroke, slowing down the speed at which commands can be entered. A slight variation on this is the scissor switch, which still uses a silicone membrane and dome switches, but has a slimmer profile and adds a stabilizing scissor mechanism beneath each key.

Scissor switches are most often used on laptops, but a few low-profile keyboards can still be found for desktops and gaming.

Trick It Out

Features that would be unimportant on a regular keyboard take on new significance when adapted to gaming. Backlighting, for example, is not merely a way to illuminate keys in a dark room; newer twists on the old backlight include adjustable color, and multiple lighting zones with separate backlight for arrow and WASD keys, highlighting the most frequently used control keys. Another customizable feature is the swappable keycap.

Because mechanical switches are distinctly separate from the keycap itself, sometimes the keys can be removed and swapped out for others that feature molded sculpting, texturing for better tactile control, or differently colored plastic. Some keyboards only offer swappable WASD keys, while others also include number keys that can be switched out. A gaming keyboard may have more to offer than exceptionally well-made keys, adding features like macro command customization and dedicated macro keys.

Some go so far as to include entirely new features, such as statistic tracking, text and audio communication, and touchscreen displays. And not all keyboards are made for typing–specialized gaming keypads put a selection of 10 to 20 programmable keys right beneath your fingertips, combining the same customization and ergonomic designs seen in gaming mice and applying them to keyboard-bound game functions. Also be sure to check out our overall favorite keyboards[2] and mechanical keyboards[3].

If you’re looking to fully deck out a gaming system, you’ll also want to read about our top-rated gaming mice[4], monitors[5], and headsets[6].

And if you’re in the market for a whole new system, don’t miss our stories about the best gaming desktops[7] and laptops[8].


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The Best Tablets of 2018

Which Tablet Is Right For You?

There are countless tablets on the market, but which one is right for you? Whether you’re eyeing an iPad, one of the many Android tablets available, or a Windows slate[1] for productivity, here are the key factors you need to consider when shopping, along with some of the top-rated models we’ve tested. With the holiday product lines in place, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is our top pick for tablets under £100.

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro–no number, but it’s the fifth generation–is our favorite Windows tablet of the moment. And while Apple gets points for ambition with its new iPad Pro models, the classic, more-affordable iPad is our favorite iOS tablet.

Choose Your Operating System

Just like with a full-fledged computer, if you’re getting a tablet, you need to pick a camp. There are three main operating systems to consider: Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android (including its Amazon variant), and Microsoft’s Windows 10.

Windows is best if you need to run full-fledged office software with an add-on keyboard. Android tablets[2] make great media players, ebook readers[3], and kids’ devices, and you can often get better specs for the dollar than with iPads (if you want a tablet specifically for children, check out The Best Kids’ Tablets[4]). iPads still have the broadest range of general-purpose tablet apps. Generally speaking, the greatest strength of Apple’s iOS, the operating system on the iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Pro tablet lines, is twofold: It’s very clean and intuitive, and the wide selection of apps that you can buy right on your tablet–more than one million iPad-specific titles at the time of this writing–work uniformly well with very few exceptions. For more, check out our iOS 11 review[5].

Google’s Android mobile OS gives you a choice of hardware from several different manufacturers and offers maximum configurability, a top-notch notification system, fast and smooth web browsing, and seamless integration with Google applications like Gmail, Google Maps, and Hangouts for video chat. Android also includes support for multiple user logins so you can share your tablet with a friend or family member, a useful feature that’s missing in Apple tablets (despite Apple’s Family Sharing, which isn’t the same thing). See our Android 8.0 Oreo review[6] for more. Windows 10 comes the closest to offering a traditional computing experience with full x86 support for all of your Windows software.

And you can run the full version of Microsoft Office when you buy a Win 10 tablet. Also, connectivity options and hardware add-ons for Windows models are typically more plentiful than with other tablet types. Head to our Windows 10 review[7] for more.

What About Apps?

What’s a tablet without quality apps? If you want third-party apps specifically designed for a touch-screen interface, nothing out there beats the iPad with its huge library of programs and games designed specifically for Apple tablets.

The App Store is well curated and monitored, offers a deep selection, and includes every popular app you can think of. If a wide range of compelling apps that look good and work well on your tablet is your main priority, Apple is your best bet. For more, see the 100 best iPad apps[8].

Android has made great strides in app selection, courting more developers and offering more high-quality tablet apps, but it’s still not as many as Apple offers.

It’s tough to say exactly how many tablet-optimized Android apps are available, but it’s likely in the thousands, rather than the hundreds of thousands. There are also Android phone apps, which look decent on a 7-inch tablet, but less so on a 9- or 10-inch one, so you’re likely to have more problems getting high-quality apps for larger Android tablets. That said, check out the 100 Best Android apps[9] for our top picks.

Windows 10, meanwhile, offers an impressive array of more than 100,000 touch-screen-friendly tablet apps, but its real strength is in running the millions of existing Windows desktop apps. Many of those aren’t designed for touch screens, though, and may be better handled with an add-on keyboard and mouse.

Screen Size and Storage

This consideration is a bit obvious, but size–both screen real estate and storage capacity–is important to consider. First things first: When you hear the term “7-inch or 10-inch tablet,” this refers to the size of the screen, measured diagonally, and not the size of the tablet itself.

7-inch tablets are considered small-screen, while 8.9-inch tablets and above are considered large-screen. Apple’s iPads, Amazon’s Fire, and Samsung’s tablets all come in small- and large-screen iterations. And more than ever, phones are blurring the lines with tablets.

Big smartphones (or phablets) like the 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S8+[10] are challenging the need to even carry a separate tablet. Screen resolution is important too, especially for ebook reading and web surfing. A sharp, bright display is key.

Right now, the highest resolution you’ll find is 2,732 by 2,048 pixels, on Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro[11] (the Microsoft Surface Pro is very close). If you’re in the market for a 10-inch Android tablet, look for a display with at least 1,280 by 800 resolution. The weight of a tablet is one definite advantage it has over a laptop–but with large-screen tablets typically weighing around a pound, they’re not cell phone-light.

After you hold one with a single hand while standing up for 20 minutes, your hand will get tired. Setting one flat in your lap, rather than propped up on a stand, can also be a little awkward. And few tablets will fit in your pocket, unless you’re wearing a very large jacket.

If you want pocketability, you might want to consider a phablet.

Cloud (off-device) storage is an option for many tablets (iCloud for iPads, Amazon Cloud Storage for Fire tablets, and OneDrive for Windows), but when it comes to onboard storage, more is always better. All those apps, when combined with music, video, and photo libraries, can take up a lot of space. Many non-Apple tablets have microSD memory card slots that let you expand storage.

Wi-Fi-Only vs.

Cellular Models

Some tablets come in a Wi-Fi-only model or with the option of always-on cellular service from a wireless provider. If you want to use your tablet to get online anywhere, you should opt for a model that offers a cellular version. Of course, this adds to the device’s price, and then you need to pay for cellular service.

Generally, though, with a tablet, you can purchase data on a month-to-month basis without signing a contract. Another way to get your tablet online: Use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot[12]. This won’t work with every phone/tablet combo, so you should check with your carrier before you seal a deal.

You can also buy a dedicated mobile hotspot[13], which won’t kill your phone’s battery life. Some even double as backup batteries[14] to charge your tablet.

The Top Tablets (for Now)

The tablets chosen here represent the best we’ve tested across a wide range of operating systems and price levels. Because we test so many and the market is constantly evolving, we update this story frequently to include the latest products.

That said, there are plenty of great tablets out there there that just missed the cut for this list, and one may be right for you.

For the latest lab-tested reviews, check out our tablet product guide[15].


  1. ^ Windows slate (
  2. ^ Android tablets (
  3. ^ ebook readers (
  4. ^ The Best Kids’ Tablets (
  5. ^ check out our iOS 11 review (
  6. ^ See our Android 8.0 Oreo review (
  7. ^ Head to our Windows 10 review (
  8. ^ see the 100 best iPad apps (
  9. ^ check out the 100 Best Android apps (
  10. ^ Samsung Galaxy S8+ (
  11. ^ 12.9-inch iPad Pro (
  12. ^ Use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot (
  13. ^ dedicated mobile hotspot (
  14. ^ backup batteries (
  15. ^ tablet product guide (

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