Gaming keyboards come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. They aim to perform the same task: to allow gamers the best response times and quality of button presses to ensure the best results from their manual inputs. Not all gaming keyboards are made equal, however, as some keyboards take a more stylistic approach, while others are more pragmatic and simplistic in design. Others include the famous RGB backlighting.
But one problem most gaming keyboards share is how loud they can be. Most noticeable in the quiet nighttime, you’ll be playing a game and suddenly hear the loud tacking of your keyboard, more pronounced with the clicks of mechanical keyboards. This can be very off-putting for many, especially those who have difficulty dealing with or are irked by specific sounds.
For this reason, we’ve looked at some of the best quiet gaming keyboards, and we’re going to be reviewing and comparing them today.
Best Quiet Gaming Keyboards Reviews
HyperX Alloy Core RGB Membrane Gaming Keyboard
One solution to dealing with the mechanical keyboard’s louder noises is using a membrane keyboard. This keyboard by HyperX packs all the nifty parts of the gaming keyboard we enjoy into a quieter membrane keyboard.
Beginning with the basics, this keyboard features the signature dynamic RGB lighting effects from below the keys and a lighting bar at the top of the keyboards. There are six different color presets to choose from, from your choice of five colors to the scintillating, shifting combination of these in a pattern.
The frame of the keyboard is quite strong and durable so that it can withstand the occasional punishment should you transport it around and smack it a few times out of rage. It is additionally spill-resistant, so you’ve got plenty of time to get out any spilled liquids and drinks before any significant damage is dealt.
The keys are quiet and responsive, too, especially for a membrane keyboard, which is usually considered more delayed than their mechanical siblings, so this can be regarded as quite high quality. It has built-in anti-ghosting, so all your keystrokes will be precise and registered, no matter how intense the game might get. Finally, there are a few quick access keys for media, lighting, and game modes, as well as a keyboard lock mode, to prevent use when you’re away.
There is one suggestion and one issue worth pointing out. Firstly, there is no wrist pad, which is a bit disappointing, but it is in no way a negative aspect of this keyboard. Secondly, there is a noticeable noise that comes from the keyboard when the LEDs are turned on. This can get quite annoying for some, especially those who do not shut down their computer when they are away or asleep, as this noise will break through the silence in the room.
- Durable and strong design
- Quiet and responsive keystrokes
- In-built anti-ghosting
- Additional keys to control media, lighting effects, gaming mode, and keyboard lock
- No wrist pad
- Noticeable sound from LEDs
Redragon K512 Shiva RGB Membrane Gaming Keyboard
Redragon is known for offering excellent, quality gaming paraphernalia, and keyboards come at reasonable prices. If you’re familiar with their stuff, you’ll notice their design style in this review.
As we stated before, this keyboard is very classically a Redragon keyboard with its bulky, chunky design. It’s robust to withstand a lot of punishment and quite heavy. While this keyboard style may not be for everyone, you cannot deny the positives of ensuring it won’t wobble or move quickly.
The keyboard also features RGB lighting features, offering full dynamic RGB backlighting with seven presets and an additional six customizable presets, for a total of 13 different color arrays. This is all controlled using their onboard keys. Speaking of keys, we already know that this keyboard is quiet, but many have gone on to say that it is nearly silent, so if you are someone who enjoys the auditory feedback, then maybe this isn’t for you.
Additionally, there are 26 anti-ghosting keys, so you will never really experience keyboard ghosting, as well as dedicated media keys and six programmable keys on the left-hand side. One thing we are pleased to see included is a detachable wrist pad, which is perfect for the elevated keys, so you’ll always remain comfortable. This is all at the price of mediocre keyboards, so this is excellent value-for-money.
One thing we wish we could see is software we can use to customize the RGB backlighting better. For now, we’re stuck using the different keys alongside the function key. Additionally, there isn’t any spill resistance, so you’ll have to be extra careful around this keyboard with your drinks.
- Heavy, chunky design – stable and robust
- Customizable RGB settings, keys, media keys
- Included wrist pad
- Great value for money
- Not spill or liquid resistant
- Limited in ways you can customize RGB settings – no software
Redragon K509 RGB Quiet Low Profile Gaming Keyboard
This one is a bit of an anomaly for Redragon, but it still stays true to their style choices, if a bit smaller. This quiet gaming keyboard from Redragon is shrunk down and made a low profile for those who need the additional desk space.
This keyboard is a low-profile design designed to be discreet and easy to move around and handle. Therefore, it’s perfect for making into a quiet gaming keyboard as you’ll already be wanting something that isn’t big and loud anyway.
While the keyboard’s appearance may be different to what Redragon users are used to, fear not, for it still has the same durability and responsiveness famed by Redragon users, made with a solid ABS construction.
The keys are mechanical, which you wouldn’t realize until you tried it out yourself and felt the telltale tactile clicks of the mechanical switches going into motion. This means it has all the satisfaction and responsiveness of a mechanical keyboard, but with the sound closer to that of a membrane.
Other features include RGB backlighting beneath the keys themselves, which is controlled similarly to the previous Redragon, and an ergonomic design and spill-resistant design. It features the standard 25 anti-ghost keys we see with other Redragon keyboards, as well as 12 multimedia keys.
There are a few gripes that some have had, however. One of the downsizing results is that the LED backlighting is sometimes affected, and many feel that the lighting is far too dim for darker workspaces. The clear plastic that makes up the keys’ details is also difficult to read when in a well-lit room, so it can be quite annoying to see anything on the keyboard unless you’re in an already dimly lit room.
- Compact design saves space
- Durable aluminum design
- Mechanical response times with quiet keystrokes
- 25 anti-ghosting keys
- LEDs are incredibly dim
- Clear key details are challenging to read in a lit environment
Powzan Light Up Quiet Gaming Keyboard
Returning to membrane keyboards, this clear letter backlit keyboard is quiet and sleek, with an almost futuristic feel.
As a keyboard, the Powzan is pretty standard as keyboards go. It isn’t necessarily anything special, and this is reflected in the average pricing. Where it does excel, though, is in its reliability. This keyboard has a sleek, flat, black design with LED backlighting.
Unfortunately, this lighting is one solid cyan color that cannot be changed or customized. This keyboard is also a membrane keyboard, so it remains relatively quiet, and it also possesses up to 19 anti-ghost keys. One thing we have to see mentioned is a guarantee. Should you not be satisfied, you’ll get all your money back.
The only real gripe is the lack of ability to change the backlighting color so that you will be stuck with the standard cyan. Otherwise, it’s a reasonably typical and all-around average keyboard.
- Sleek build
- Bright backlighting
- 19 anti-ghost keys
- Money-back guarantee
- Cannot change the color of the backlighting
Corsair K68 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Our last review is for a keyboard from the ever so illustrious Corsair brand. This means that it’ll be on the pricier side, but you can be assured good quality.
Another robust and bulky design, this mechanical gaming keyboard is proud but not very loud. It has vivid RGB backlighting controlled with software so that you can have virtually limitless customization potential. To further add to the robust nature, this keyboard is both spill and dust resistant.
You also get access to Corsair’s legendary performance and response times and customizable macros, and 100% anti-ghosting keys. Additional handy features include a comfortable wrist pad, media keys, a keyboard lock, and a gaming mode.
One complaint we have is that the keys are quite slick for a mechanical keyboard, and there isn’t much tactile feedback. This means you often end up slipping up when typing, leading to slower typing overall as you become more deliberate.
- Robust – dust and spill-resistant
- Fast response times
- 100% anti-ghosting
- Unlimited customization
- Very little tactile feedback
- Typing becomes relatively slow with this keyboard
To quickly wrap up, here are our recommendations. The Redragon K512 is an excellent value for money keyboard, especially with the quality you get. If you are looking for a budget option, the HyperX option is decent, and the Corsair is an excellent option for those who want a brand name and have the money to spend.