Best Keyboard for Overwatch - The Ultimate Guide
If you want to reach the highest ranks in Overwatch you'll need to master all aspects of your game, and movement is one of those. Be in the wrong place at the wrong time and your tiny mistake can quickly spiral out of control and cause the infamous 'snowball' effect. Getting a good keyboard that has a layout that you like and mechanical switches that suit your needs can definitely improve not only your comfort while playing (and typing) but also your ingame performance. For this reason we've been taking a look at our data on the Overwatch professionals that we analyze and we have come up with this list of the five most commonly used keyboards in the Overwatch pro scene.
This list along with our other documentation on switches and keyboards can serve as an ideal baseline for you to find your own perfect board, so feel free to also check out our best keyboard for gaming article.
What makes a keyboard good for Overwatch?
As is the case with all of our keyboards guides we immediately notice one thing here, and that's that every single keyboard on this list has mechanical switches. That's not a coincidence, since mechanical boards are, quite simply, better than regular rubber dome planks in almost every way.
They're more durable, offer a much more responsive experience, and the vast amount of options when it comes to switches and sizes makes it far more likely that you'll find a keyboard that perfectly suits your playing/typing style and space requirements.
As far as size and features go we don't really see a constant here, and that makes sense. You don't absolutely need a full sized keyboard to play Overwatch nor is there a real requirement to use a smaller sized board since the desks of the Overwatch League (which is where you'll find the large majority of our analyzed professionals) offer plenty of room for peripherals. If it were up to us we'd recommend going with a TKL (Tenkeyless; without a numpad) keyboard, since that means that you can place your mousepad and keyboard closer together which is better in the ergonomics department, but of course this is largely down to personal preferences.
As far as brands go we see that most pros are using a Logitech board. Logitech has been aiming hard at the Overwatch market ever since the game came out, so this is no real surprise. They offer a line of great, no-nonsense gaming keyboards, and their own Romer-G switches offer a feeling that is quite unique in a world that's filled with CherryMX (based) switches though their newest GX switches are coming closer to Cherries. Usual suspects Razer and Corsair take their fair share of the market here too, but after that there's a pretty steep drop.
Interesting note: after Logitech, Razer, and Corsair, specialized keyboard brands such as Ducky quite comfortably hold their own against more mainstream brands such as SteelSeries in the Overwatch scene. In fact, around 18% of the keyboards used in the pro scene come from 'non-traditional' gaming brands like Leopold, Ducky, and Das Keyboard. There are definitely some keyboard nerds (we use that word affectionately) among the Overwatch professionals, and we can only applaud that.
Contrary to something like mice (you need a good sensor for gaming, which is usually only found in gaming mice) you don't need a dedicated 'gaming' keyboard to compete. If you find something that's comfortable for you and it matches your preferences you're good to go.
Most used manufacturer
1. Logitech G Pro
Straight to the point
The Logitech G Pro is their main 'aimed at competitive gamers' keyboard (though it seems like the newer G Pro X keyboard is meant to replace this one over time) and it seems like Logitech aimed well. The G Pro is the most used board by a pretty large margin, and we can see why that is. It sets out to be a no-frills (FPS) gaming keyboard and it does so perfectly if you're asking us.
This keyboard doesn't come with any crazy features that you ultimately don't need for a game such as Overwatch. You won't find any volume dials or multimedia shortcut buttons on this board; you get a pretty basic TKL plank with one button to turn on gaming mode (that turns off buttons such as the Windows button) and a toggle button for the (programmable) RGB backlighting, and that's that.
The G Pro is pretty light and portable thanks to its (sturdy) plastic body with pretty small bezels and detachable cable so it's easy enough to carry around with you when you're traveling or when you've got to play on a stage every week like the Overwatch pros.
All in all this is a perfect keyboard if you're looking for a reliable, no-nonsense gaming keyboard that doesn't break the bank. It doesn't have a big 'wow factor' but that's not really necessary if you'll be using it mainly for gaming.
The only available option here is Logitech's very own Romer-G Tactile switch. They feel a bit like Cherry MX Brown switches if we had to compare them to a mainstream existing switch, though they're a bit less tactile than those.
The fact that this is only available with this one switch is a bit of a bummer since it means you can't test if you're gonna like this switch beforehand (since this Romer-G switch probably won't be on very many switch test kits) but if you're into fast feeling switches and you don't need or want a lot of clickiness these shouldn't be a problem for you. Do note that a newer version (the G Pro X) has been released as well.
2. Razer BlackWidow Chroma TE V2
While the name of this keyboard sounds rather complicated the product itself really isn't. The TE stands for Tournament Edition (which is 'Razer speak' for Tenkeyless) and the V2 just means that it's the second iteration of this keyboard. This is, much like the Logitech G Pro, a very simple keyboard when it comes to functions and features. It's got a detachable cable for added portability and thanks to its compact design it's a winner in the 'great keyboard to take on the road' category.
Being a Razer product it also has fully programmable RGB backlighting, but the most interesting aspect of this keyboard is the included wrist rest. This connects to the board via magnets so it's easy to attach and remove and it's made of a really high quality faux leather that's extremely soft and comfortable to use. So yes, this is Razer's take on a 'basic TKL board' like there are so many others out there, but they do up the ante by including this amazing wrist rest.
There's three options here, all made by Razer. Razer Green (tactile and clicky), Razer Orange (tactile and silent), and Razer Yellow (linear and silent). This pretty much covers the whole spectrum of 'switch preferences' (albeit on a basic level) so you should be able to find a switch that you like if you're liking what this keyboard is offering.
3. Corsair K70 RGB (MK.2)
Full of features and functions
If you're after a full sized keyboard that's preferably packed with features then this is the one to consider. The K70 RGB MK.2 (which is the latest version of this board; some pros are still on an older version) is Corsair's take on a premium gaming keyboard.
With its aluminum frame, detachable wrist rest, dedicated media keys, volume rocker, and onboard storage it's certainly not lacking any features, and even though that doesn't make it the best option out there for people who want to stay mobile it is a great keyboard for people who aren't often traveling, or for people who are after a premium looking and feeling full sized keyboard. Corsair has been making keyboards for a while now, and if you look at the K70 it's quite obvious to see why their products are still so popular with pro and casual audiences alike.
Corsair is one of the few mainstream gaming brands that's still using Cherry MX switches, so this means that there are a lot of options out there for you to choose from. The MK.2 comes with Brown, Blue, Speed, Silent, or Red switches and the new Low Profile version can be had with Low Profile Reds or Low Profile Speeds.
4. Logitech G810
Full size G Pro
If this keyboard seems familiar it's because it's basically the G Pro keyboard with added media keys (plus a volume wheel) and a numpad. This is great news for people who like the aesthetics and the idea of the Logitech G Pro mechanical keyboard but want a numpad and/or media keys.
The G810 was one of the first keyboards to be released with Logitech's Romer-G switches but it's still a really popular board with the Overwatch professionals.
The G810 is only available with Logitech's Romer-G Tactile switch. On Logitech's website they don't really specify what kind of switch they're using in this board, but since the other Romer-G's came after the release of this board we can confirm that the G810 has the same switches as the G Pro.
5. Corsair K65
If you like that Corsair quality and design philosophy but you're lacking space for their full sized boards then you should go for the K65. It has that premium looking and feeling aluminum chassis, along with their renowned fully programmable RGB backlighting, and it comes with a detachable wrist rest. The K65 also has USB passthrough, which is kind of rare to see on a TKL board, but it's definitely a nice addition.
There are dedicated volume keys on top of the board, as well as a gaming mode button, a mute button, and an LED toggle button, so while this isn't the most bare-bones or portable TKL keyboard in the world (the cable also isn't detachable) it does make for a nice compromise between a fully featured 'stay at home' board and a stripped down, tournament-made keyboard. If you want the best of both worlds this is a great option.
The K65 is currently available with Cherry MX Reds and Cherry MX Speed switches, though the version with the Speed switches is called the K65 Rapidfire.
Bonus: Filco Majestouch 2
Break the mold
In our intro we were talking about how Overwatch professionals also go for more niche brands when it comes to keyboards, so we felt like we had to include one of those keyboards in this list. The Filco Majestouch 2 keyboard looks like a regular old office keyboard, but once you start typing or gaming on it you'll immediately notice the difference.
Whereas most gaming keyboards can be compared to, say, a red Ferrari in the sense that they're quite obvious and head-turning the Filco Majestouch 2 is more like an Aston Martin; it's very much a premium product but it won't be as obvious to people who don't really follow cars. Or keyboards, in this case.
The Majestouch 2 is built with typing comfort and performance as the main objective so you won't find any RGB lighting or other shenanigans here, but what you do get is an extremely nicely built keyboard with a supreme typing experience that will remain consistent for years and years. While there are virtually no extras on this board it does offer full NKRO, so if you're after a premium no-nonsense keyboard that will handle gaming like a champ this could be a good choice.
The Majestouch 2 is currently available with Cherry MX Black, Blue, Brown, or Red switches.
Conclusion: the best keyboard for Overwatch
As you can see there's no real guideline that the Overwatch professionals follow when it comes to their keyboards. In this list alone we see a nice and healthy mixture of full-featured premium keyboards and straight to the point, no-frills gaming keyboards.
If you're using the board mainly for gaming and nothing else we would recommend going for a TKL (or perhaps even smaller) keyboard, since the numpad is a pretty useless addition to a keyboard for most games. A TKL board is an ideal compromise between saving space and still having functionality (the arrow keys, for example, come in really handy for browsing and regular productivity and those are still present on a TKL plank) so we would recommend you to start looking there.
That's just a suggestion, though. As long as you get a nice mechanical keyboard with switches that suit your needs and preferences you should be good to go. Hopefully this guide has helped with steering you in the right direction.
Thanks for reading!