Best Keyboard for League of Legends
League of Legends, being the firm flagship of current eSports scene, obviously makes it a highly competitive game. Competitive gaming favors a huge competition between players and teams, making them play even 10-12 hours a day. Just to become the best they could be at what they do. The will to become the best also needs to be supported by the best tools and means available. Just imagine, pro gamers spend 10-12 hours daily applying lots of pressure to their keyboards,(especially to QWER keys), and they still expect their keyboard function with same speed and form for the next gaming sessions. To be able to support high-intensity gaming like this, your best league of legends gaming keyboard needs to have high-quality performance, needs to be durable and also you would probably like to get your hands on it for a reasonable price.
What makes the best keyboard for League of Legends?
Before I delve into the specifics of certain keyboards and types, one should understand the most important aspect of owning a gaming keyboard. Your keyboard must feel comfortable for you and you only. If a pro player uses Razer DeathStalker and it doesn’t feel just right for you, then it just isn’t meant for you. What works for others, might not work for you. While observing what keyboards the pros use, you can get some good examples which keyboards to choose from, but you always have to make sure it feels comfortable and suits your needs in the first place.
Mechanical vs membrane League of Legends gaming keyboards
While most of the pro gamers tend to be using mechanical keyboards, mostly for reasons which we have already covered in this article, some people will still prefer membrane keyboards over mechanical. There are mainly two reasons for this.
- Some people just don’t like the loud clacky sound of mechanical keyboards. They might start to get on your nerves over time and they will certainly do that sooner for other people you are living with.
- Price. Mechanical keyboards are usually priced higher than membrane keyboards, while the durability and longevity of the keyboard remain roughly the same.
Also, the faster response time for mechanical keyboard keys actually isn’t that huge of a deal and playmaker. The ability to cast a spell or important ultimate during team fights is rather determined by your own reaction time, than keyboard’s actuation time to register the keypress. In short, if you would like to react faster in team fights, you must improve your reaction time in the first place and only then start thinking of a keyboard with fast keypress actuation time.
Best mechanical keyboard for League of Legends – Razer Blackwidow Chroma
Razer Blackwidow Chroma is one of the newest addition to Razer Blackwidow keyboard series. One thing I personally like about product series is that it shows that a particular product is very sought-after and is being constantly improved and further developed. There have been many releases before the Chroma edition, which means that Chroma is a truly refined gem, whose mishaps of previous editions have completely eradicated and outstanding features improved even further.
Blackwidow Chroma features unique Razer Green mechanical switches. They are optimized for ultimate tactile feel and thanks to the gold-plated contact points, you will never miss a keystroke again. Their high durability should also be noted. Regular mechanical switches usually last for 50 million keystrokes, whereas Razer mechanical switches will go up to whopping 80 million keystrokes.
The ‘Chroma’ in Blackwidow Chroma means colorful. And when I say colorful, I mean basically all the colors there is! The LED backlighting is customizable and there are up to 16.8 million colors to choose from. And while you can select the color of the backlighting, you can also pick a pattern for the lighting effects. This way you are able to have settings like no-one else in the world and truly stand out with your gaming setup.
Some tech specs:
- 5 dedicated macro keys
- 1,5kg / 3.31lbs weight
- Braided fiber cable
- 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
- Special gaming mode option
- 80 million keystroke lifespan
- Audio-out / mic-in jacks
Best membrane keyboard for League of Legends – Steelseries Apex 300
The Steelseries Apex 300 is almost like a very strong opposite for the Razer Blackwidow gaming keyboard. Unlike Blackwidow, the Apex 300 is very low-profile but also costs only ~50% of the Blackwidow’s price tag and yet doesn’t give away in performance. It is a perfect pick for fellow League gamers who look for a membrane keyboard sleek and minimalistic design along with speed-oriented performance.
The fast, low-profile membrane switches allow you to make important decisions during intense team fights. In order to make your calls even more accurate, the keyboard features 20-key roll-over anti-ghosting. It’s an outstanding feat, while normally it’s only 10-key rollover for regular gaming keyboards. You can also use the SteelSeries Engine to conveniently map the buttons and create desired gaming profiles for different play types.
While the design is very minimalistic, yet ergonomic and sleek, it still does feature illumination behind the keys. You can activate the vibrant white backlighting to improve your night-time gaming by only a single keypress.
Some tech specs:
- 20 Key anti-ghosting
- 17 Macro keys
- White Backlit illumination
- 1,2kg / 2.71 lbs weight
- 1.8m / 6 ft cable
- Steelseries Membrane switches