Choosing the best gaming keyboard of 2022 is going to be a damn close call. Of the many gaming keyboards we’ve looked at throughout the year, loads have delighted us—the MelGeek Pixel (opens in new tab) notwithstanding. However, only one will forever be regarded as the soulful switchmeister of 2022. Let’s look back at the year to get a better bead on which one might end up this year’s absolute king of caps.
2022, it would seem, is the year of the smol gaming keyboard. Each and every keyboard nominee we’ve chosen this year comes in a compact form factor, be that a teeny 60% board, or a slightly more stretched out 98-key option. That’s in part thanks to the fact that going small is such a fantastic way to save money, while still enjoying the wonders of a mechanical keyboard.
Importantly, all of those below come with the basic necessities for a great gaming experience: N-key rollover, double-shot PBT keycaps, 1,000Hz polling, and of course RGB backlighting.
You should see the arguments ensuing in chat over these mechanical masterpieces, and which one will end up our 2022 gaming keyboard of the year. Only time will tell who will emerge victorious from the jostle of keycaps flying around in the office over this one.
Best gaming keyboard 2022: the nominees
The winner of the PC Gamer Hardware Award for the best gaming keyboard will be announced on New Year’s Eve. It’s all to play for, and any one of these three is completely deserving of the crown.