The 8 Best Gaming Keypads Reviewed – 2021 Edition

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Gaming keypads are a great alternative to gaming on a keyboard. They take significantly less space on your gaming desk while providing you with all of the essential keys that you need to perform to the highest level.

To help you find the best gaming keypads on the market today, the DiamondLobby team and I have assigned ourselves the challenge to do all of the research for you and deliver you with our honest and confident recommendations.

The selection process was fairly simple, first, we went out to find out what the community’s needs and pain points are. After that, using our findings, we created 6-point criteria, which considered the price, performance, design, keys, features, and connectivity of each product that we came across.

This criteria helped us filter through all of the different keypads that we found as a result of our research and pick out the best qualifying products, which you will read more about today.

We found that the average gaming keypad was RGB-enabled, offered wired connectivity for optimal performance, featured plenty of programmable buttons, and featured some sort of wrist-rest for optimal comfort of your wrist.

So, without any further delay, let’s jump right into it and take a look at the best gaming keypads that you can make part of your gaming setup today.

Why You Can Trust This Review

Our top priority is to provide you with honest and confident recommendations for the best gaming keypads on the market today.

In order to be able to do that, we conducted a 2-stage research process. First, we reached out to the market in order to better understand the needs and pain points of the consumer.

After that, using our findings, we created a 6-point criteria, which considered the price, performance, design, keys, features, and connectivity of the keypad.

Using our comprehensive criteria, we researched the keypad market to the deepest level and found the best qualifying products that we can make part of our final selection that you will find out more about today.

How We Picked

In order to provide you with the most honest and reliable guide and review when it comes to the best gaming keypads, we had to conduct a 2-stage research process, which involved finding out what the community wants and researching the best keypads that matched with the community needs.

After conducting our community research, using our findings, we came up with 6-point criteria, which we later used for judging each gaming keypad that we came across. That way, only the best qualifying keypads could find a place within our final selection that you will see today.

Below, you can find out what each point in our criteria is and how it helped us pick the best gaming keypads that we will compare and review today.

Price

The price is usually the biggest deal-breaker; not just for gaming accessories but for just about anything that you can spend your money on.

To combat this pretty crucial obstacle, we decided to seriously consider the price points of the keypads that we came across, and should we come to the understanding that they may be a little too costly for what they have to offer, we quite simply skipped them.

This helped us immensely in delivering you with options that we believe are 100% worth their money.

Performance

One of the main community concerns was the performance of the gaming keypads as compared to keyboards. Gamers didn’t want to sacrifice their in-game abilities in exchange for having more space on their desk.

So, what we did is include gaming keypads that offered a similar or even better level of performance as compared to standard keyboards and completely ignore those that could hamper one’s in-game performance.

Design

As gamers, everything that we make part of our gaming stations needs to be visually appealing. For some, that may mean a clean, simple, and comfortable design, while for others, it may mean RGB lights.

Regardless of what your design needs happen to be, we have ensured to make a range of different keypads part of our final selection to suit every style and taste.

Keys

Just because you are looking to get a gaming keypad, that doesn’t mean that you should sacrifice it all and remove the large majority of buttons that are normally present on a standard keyboard.

Regardless of whether you want a 20 button keypad or a 50+ button keypad, in this guide and review, you will find the best of both worlds.

Features

From RGB lights to programmable anti-ghosting keys, a lot is expected out of gaming keypads. On the flip side, too many features can unnecessarily bump up the price that you will have to pay for certain products.

When conducting our research, we ensured to put our focus on features that matter to the community. This way, you not only get the features that you want but also don’t pay a penny extra for anything that you won’t necessarily use at all.

Connectivity

Wired vs wireless. We came across quite a lot of discussion when connectivity was concerned. Some gamers believed that for wireless connection and a cleaner look on your desk, you would have to pay a cost in terms of response rate and overall in-game performance.

After conducting some research on the topic, the results were clear. Though minimal, the wireless keypads were not as great in terms of performance as compared to their wired counterparts.

Because of that, we strictly eliminated any wireless contenders and focused our research on wired gaming keypads with the exception of our console-friendly pick.

Best Keypad for PC Gamers

Are you looking for the best overall gaming keypad that money can buy? After concluding our research, we can most confidently recommend you the Razer Tartarus Pro Gaming Keypad.

The price at the time of writing was $119.99.

Design

Visually speaking, the Razer Tartarus Pro features a premium, sleek, and ergonomically-contoured design. It hosts a standard plush adjustable wrist rest, which you can configure to your liking.

In terms of size, it is one of the most compact, measuring at just 5.95″ (L) x 7.96″ (W) x 2.5″ (H).

Keys

Unlike most gaming keypad offerings that support membrane, mecha-membrane, or mechanical switches, the Razer Tartarus Pro has proprietary analog-optical switches that work the same way as analog joysticks via a pressure-sensitive operation.

The keypads’ entire 32-key layout is fully programmable to allow you to customize controls and key binds for different games with ease, augmented by Razer’s Hypershift feature to give you double the remapping capabilities you need.

The Razer Tartarus Pro also has extra controls like a tactile scroll wheel and an 8-way directional thumbpad for camera settings and console-like experience.

Features

One of the most notable features is the Razer Chroma. It allows you to fully sync with popular games, other Razer hardware, Philips Hue, and gear from over 30 other Razer partners.

Besides that, the RGB technology within this keypad also supports 16.8 million colors on individually backlit keys, making it one of the most comprehensive RGB keypads on the market today.

Best Keypad for Consoles

Playing on a console doesn’t mean that you need to play on a controller. Regardless of whether you are playing on Xbox One or the PS5, the GameSir VX2 is the perfect gaming keypad pick for your gaming needs.

The price at the time of writing was $129.99.

Design

Visually, the GameSir VX2 is designed to look like a miniature keyboard. Its sleek and compact design allows for this keypad to be carried around wherever you go.

Near the bottom of the keypad, you will find the GameSir VX2 AimSwitch, which can be utilized for a number of different purposes including moving around and changing the in-game camera angle if you are a fan of simulator or racing games.

Keys

This console-compatible gaming keypad features 36 TTC mechanical red switches, enabling a lifespan of up to 50 million keystrokes. On top of that, it is superior to its competitors for speed and accuracy to give you a console gaming experience like never before.

Features

In terms of features, this product is equipped with the fastest and quietest TTC red switches, which have 1.2mm ultra-high-speed operation capabilities, which are quiet but extremely precise.

The gaming mechanical keypad can remap all the keys to execute complex commands, saving you precious time in the game.

Not quite a feature, but rather a very nice addition is the RGB backlit gaming mouse, which is equipped with a PMW3360 laser sensor, which helps the mouse achieve a DPI of up to 12000.

Note: The GameSir VX2 is equipped with an adapter so you don’t need to spend any more money on purchasing one separately. You just need to plug in the 2.4G Dongle into the USB port of the switch to control all consoles.

For more information on how exactly this keypad works, check the retailer’s product information here.

Our Budget-Friendly Pick

After a compact replacement to your gaming keyboard but don’t really have hundreds of dollars to spend? Check out our budget-friendly pick, the RedThunder Mechanical Gaming Keypad.

The price at the time of writing was $29.99.

Design

This keypad by RedThunder features a compact, 35-key design. For added grip, the WSDA buttons are reinforced by special material in order to better your in-game performance and stability during key moment.

This keypad hosts a mechanical keyboard, which is a little pricier (by around $15) to its membrane counterpart, which also features a slightly different overall design.

Measuring at 9.06″ (L) x 6.69″ (W) x 1.18″ (H), this keypad will save you a ton of space on your desk. On top of that, if you are a laptop gamer, you can bring this device with you wherever you go.

Keys

This keypad by RedThunder hosts a total of 35 mechanical keys. Thanks to the built-in game chip, all 35 keys feature anti-ghosting, which is suitable for almost all PC games, for bringing you a smoother and quicker gaming experience.

Features

In terms of features, this keypad hosts 9 built-in backlight colors and 5 backlight modes, which you can adjust by pressing FN+5 and FN+Tab (respectively) to adjust to the lighting to your liking.

Runner Up

After a comfortable and performance-driven gaming keypad? Check out our runner up pick, the Razer Tartarus v2, which is easily a direct competitor with our main pick, the Razer Tartarus Pro Gaming Keypad.

The price at the time of writing was $79.99.

Design

Visually, this product from the enthusiast peripheral brand doesn’t let you down as it is built well from the ground up, sporting a premium build quality thanks to the robust matte housing that gives it durability without sacrificing the style.

The Razer Tartarus V2 has an ergonomic profile that follows the natural contour of the human hand thanks to the detachable soft palm rest with two adjustable positions to let you choose between for the best fit.

Besides that, it is also one of the most compact keypads in our final selection, measuring at just 7.98″ (W) x 6.02″ (L) x 2.36″ (H).

Keys

The Razer Tartarus V2 hosts 32 mecha-membrane keys, which is more than you’ll usually need for shooters or casual games but is heavily advantageous for MMO players.

The Razer Hypershift also allows for all keys and keypress combinations to be remapped in accordance with your needs to execute complex in-game commands.

Besides the usual key layout, the Razer Tartarus V2 also has a handy ridged scroll wheel and an 8-way directional pad to add versatility to your setup should you want to tweak control options to their fullest potential.

Features

One of the most notable features is the Razer Chroma, which can be fully synced with popular games, Razer hardware, and gear from over 30 other partners. Besides that, this gaming keypad supports over 16.8 million colors on all individually backlit keys.

Other Great Gaming Keypads

Didn’t quite find the gaming keypad that suits your needs and budget from above? Below, you can find 4 other great gaming keypads that confidently secured their position within our final selection.

Logitech G13

Without a doubt, the Logitech G13 is one of the contenders for the top position within this list. It is comfortable, programmable, and made for enhancing your in-game performance.

The price at the time of writing was $155.90.

Design

Visually, the G13 keypad features a very modern, sleek, and durable design in black. At the forefront, you will find an LCD display alongside membrane keys, a joystick, and wrist padding for an added level of comfort.

The naturally contoured design follows the natural shape of your hand and fingers for increased comfort during those long gaming sessions.

Keys

This gaming keypad hosts 25 high-quality, relatively silent membrane keys all of which are fully programmable. With those, you have the complete freedom to customize the keypad according to your needs via the Logitech software. Whether it be for quick MMO hotkeys or specialized shooter keybinds, you can cater this product to your exact needs and perform like never before.

Features

One of the most notable features is the onboard memory, which allows you to program up to 5 ready-to-play profiles, which you can cycle through on-demand, in a matter of seconds.

The Logitech G13 also features a built-in LCD panel that shows readout for game stats, system information, current profiles, and even in-game messages from fellow players.

Besides that, you can also take advantage of the fully customizable backlighting feature, should you want to bring an additional level of contrast to your setup.

Moreover, should you be interested in playing any racing simulators, you can also make use of the integrated joystick unit.

Redragon K585 DITI

The Redragon K585 DITI is great mid-level gaming keypad. Despite its relatively low price point, this mechanical keypad is easily one of our favorite picks, especially when it comes to value for money.

The price at the time of writing was $46.99.

Design

Visually, the Redragon is one of our top favorites, even at its relatively mid-level price point.

While this gaming keypad is priced relatively low compared to some of the products in our final selection, this product has a rugged build quality that can take a beating even under daily use – although it’s worthwhile to note that the plastic does feel a bit unrefined to the touch.

It comes with a detachable wrist rest that connects via magnets, which help elevate your wrist height, but the lack of a cushion might be a deal-breaker for some.

For me personally, having a flat wrist rest is the best as it not only does the job extremely well in terms of providing comfort but also doesn’t irritate my skin.

Keys

This Redragon keypad comes with a total of 42 keys but only seven macro keys are programmable from the lot, which might be a let down for some that really need the flexibility from a fully programmable keypad.

Other than that, the Redragon K585 DITI offers a mechanical keyboard experience as it comes with Outemu mechanical switches, which aren’t very common for keypads in this mid-level range.

You can choose from either Blue or Brown variants, the former offering tactile feedback and audible click while the latter offers a more silent mode of operation. The keypad also features anti-ghosting so you won’t suffer from any lost clicks.

Features

One of the most notable features is the 5 RGB backlighting modes which can contrast in more than 16.8 million colors while improving key visibility in darker setups.

The USB pass-through port can also take in any USB-powered or connected device if you want to save an extra USB port on your gaming PC.

Delux T9

The Delux T9 is another budget-friendly option for gamers who don’t want to spend a ton of money on a decent replacement to their keyboard.

The price at the time of writing was $34.99.

Design

The Delux T9 features a modern and sleek design in black and bright red. The extravagant look is also supplemented with a comfortable and ergonomic non-slip wrist rest to support your wrist during those long gaming sessions.

The AWSD keys of this keypad are red-coated for easy orientation, should this be your very first gaming keypad.

Keys

The Delux T9 features a fine combination of 47 function and arrow keys, which is more than enough for just about any gamer. In fact, some could argue that 47 keys is far too many, but nevertheless, they aren’t in the way of each other so misclicks are unlikely to happen.

One of the downsides to the Delux T9 gaming keypad is that none of its keys are programmable, which probably won’t sit well with hardcore MMO gamers due to its inability to remap keys for rapid spell executions. However, if you aren’t an MMO player, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

All keys on this keypad are membrane-based to give it a responsive yet relatively silent operation. 

Features

In terms of features, the Delux T9 has an LED backlighting feature that spices up its simple aesthetics with three presets available to switch in-between.

While certainly not the best among the bunch, this gaming keypad offers a decent gaming experience for its relatively affordable price point.

AULA Excalibur

If you are after a gaming keypad that doesn’t lack keys, then check the AULA Excalibur, which boasts a whopping 59-key layout, 30 of which fully programmable.

The price at the time of writing was $69.99.

Design

Straight out of the box, the AULA Excalibur keypad may seem complex and a little too over the place. This is perhaps because it is the richest keypad in terms of available buttons.

Though it is quite small, this keypad hosts nearly double the number of keys as compared to any other keypad in our final selection, making it perfect for those that require this number of keys in a product smaller than a keyboard.

The Excalibur also features a detachable wrist rest, which can be of great help to those suffering from fatigue or wrist pains that stem out from prolonged gaming.

Keys

This gaming keypad not only boasts an affordable price but also a whopping 59-key layout; 30 of which are fully programmable.

You can bind your favorite skills to easily-accessible keys and take full control of your macro arsenal with the help of 8 keymaps which can help you in switching from one profile to another on the fly. 

The AULA EXCALIBUR keypad is also equipped with Aula’s very own mechanical switches that provide a responsive and fast click operation to give you the competitive edge over your opponents, featuring a 50g actuation force to improve accuracy and deter any misclick in critical moments.

To top it off, these mechanical switches come with rugged double-shot keycaps that extend their service lifespan by a very decent amount. This gaming keypad also hosts a 100% anti-ghosting chip to ensure that all your keypresses are registered no matter how simultaneous they may be.

Features

In terms of any added features, this keypad solely focuses on delivering outstanding performance. There are no joysticks or any added extras that will only bump up the price of the product.

Picking the Right Gaming Keypad for Your Needs

If you have reached this point in our guide, you probably aren’t quite sure which gaming keypad to go for. Know that this is completely okay. We are here to provide you with a helping hand in picking the right keypad for your gaming needs.

We will help you out to pick the gaming keypad for your needs by providing you with a couple of different scenarios and the product that we believe best fits the scenario in name. So, hopefully, this way, you can relate to at least one of the scenarios and naturally be able to see how our recommendation can fit your needs and budget.

Scenario 1: You want to shift away from using a standard keyboard but don’t want to spend too much money on a new gaming keypad. You also don’t want to sacrifice on performance and are after a keypad that is not only relatively cheap but also good.

For this case, we’d recommend you our budget-friendly pick, the RedThunder Mechanical Gaming Keypad.

Scenario 2: Money is no objection to you and so, you are after the single best gaming keypad on the market today not only in terms of performance but also RGB, portability, design, and comfort.

In this scenario, we’d recommend you our top overall pick, the Razer Tartarus Pro Gaming Keypad.

Scenario 3: You are a console player who is looking to change things up a little and switch over to playing on a keyboard (in this case a keypad) and mouse. Ideally, you are looking to get both the keypad and mouse in the same package and are willing to invest a bit of money into something good that will put you ahead of the competition.

In that case, we would recommend you our top console pick, the GameSir VX2.

Final Thoughts

The more expensive a keypad is, the better it is not only in terms of in-game performance, but also when it comes to comfort, durability, and design.

You can take advantage of programmable keys on mid-range keypads that start at around $30.

Only the most expensive keypads on our list are fully RGB sync-able with other parts of your gaming setup.

Mechanical keypads are typically more expensive than their membrane counterparts.