Best Keyboard for VALORANT - The Ultimate Guide
VALORANT is a game that rewards precision in pretty much all aspects. This goes for your aim (a headshot with a powerful weapon such as the Vandal results in an instant kill, for example) but also for other areas of the game. If you've played the game before you might have noticed that obstacle course in the practice zone (if you haven't you should go and check it out: it's quite fun!) and Riot didn't put that in there for no reason. With a movement system that allows for things such as air strafing and bunny hopping you can definitely put yourself at an advantage over your enemies if you've got your movement under control. That's where mechanical keyboards (and a lot of practice, of course) come in.
Mechanical keyboards are far more durable and reliable than their membrane counterparts but that is not the only reason why pretty much every analyzed professional is using a mechanical keyboard. With a myriad of switches and sizes to choose from it's pretty easy (once you know what you want) to get a board that suits your exact preferences, which is something that you just don't get with membrane boards, and on top of that mechanical switches just offer a superior response over dome keys which makes a mechanical keyboard more responsive. That's a pretty big advantage for gamers.
What we've done here is we went over the keyboards that the VALORANT pros are using and bundled them together in this article. We'll also go over the features of each board to give you a brief rundown of why it's such a popular board with the pros.
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 VALORANT?
It's the same story for every game that we analyze: pretty much every pro player is using a mechanical keyboard. These not only feel a lot better to use (nothing can beat the satisfaction of mechanical switches) but they are simply way more reliable and accurate to use so there's really no discussion possible as to whether or not they're worth it over a regular membrane keyboard.
Aside from that the options are spread, however. We see professionals going for everything from a super compact 60% keyboard to full-sized boards complete with a wrist rest so there isn't any clear direction that the pros are taking here.
There are some things to note, however. VALORANT isn't a game with a lot of complicated inputs, for example, so in theory there's no need to go for a keyboard that has lots of extra buttons and features. In fact it's even beneficial to keep your board as small as possible; this allows you to have more space for your mouse to move around and it'll also let you place your keyboard hand and mouse hand closer together. That last part isn't as beneficial for everyone (some people really don't care about that, and that's fine) but why waste space on your desk by plopping down a keyboard with a numpad if you're never going to use said numpad, right?
Obviously this is all theory, and we also know these things don't exist in a vacuum. If you're also using your keyboard for work, for example, and that involves a lot of number punching then it's a good idea to go for a full-size keyboard but in general we do recommend people to go for a TKL (tenkeyless) keyboard since we feel that that's the ideal compromise between having a compact size and still having all necessary keys (minus the numpad) at your disposal without having to adjust your workflow too much by having to learn button combinations.
One more note before we get started with the list: in order to keep things interesting and prevent (for example) three different sizes of the same board clogging up the article we've bundled different iterations of the same board together. If a keyboard comes in different sizes with no differences in functionality except for the size (so no change in media buttons or build materials or anything like that) we count their users together.
1. Logitech G Pro X
Logitech are known for their extremely reliable and cutting edge gaming mice but recently their other products have been gaining more and more traction in the pro scene as well. This Logitech G Pro X Mechanical Keyboard is one such product.
Despite being pretty new (and sharing a name with the G Pro X Headset; Logitech are unfortunately also known for their very confusing naming schemes) it's already managed to carve out a spot in some of our keyboard lists, and if you take a closer look at it you can really tell why.
The G Pro X is the successor to the Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard, and people who know that board will probably think not a lot has changed between the two versions. On the outside it's pretty much the same as its predecessor: it's got a compact tenkeyless design with thin bezels on the side, a detachable cable, and two buttons on top of the frame that let you enter gaming mode and toggle the (programmable) RGB lighting on or off. It also has the same pretty sturdy plastic body. It's under the hood that the biggest change has been made.
Whereas the old G Pro came with Logitech's Romer-G Switches this new one houses their fresh batch of GX switches. The coolest thing here is not the fact that Logitech came up with a couple of new switch sets but that the switches on the G Pro X are hotswappable. This means that, just like with keycaps, you can easily swap out the actual switches on the board. That's great news for people who prefer to switch it up (pun intended, if we're being honest) every once in a while because purchasing a set of switches is of course way cheaper than going for an entirely new board.
Aside from the switch upgrade the G Pro X keeps on driving the same path as its predecessor: this is a no-nonsense board made for gaming with minimal distractions.
The Logitech G Pro X keyboard is available with Logitech's GX Blue (clicky), GX Red (linear), or GX Brown (tactile). The feeling of these switches pretty much matches that of their corresponding Cherry MX counterparts of the same color, so it's a bit easier to go for a switch that feels familiar than was the case with their old Romer-G switches.
2. HyperX Alloy FPS
We counted the Alloy FPS and FPS Pro together. The full size version does have a USB passthrough port but other than that there are no differences.
The Hyperx Alloy FPS line has been popular with our analyzed gamers across a variety of games for some time now. This board doesn't try to impress you with fancy RGB lighting (though it's worth noting that the full size version of the Alloy line seems to be getting phased out on HyperX's website for the FPS RGB) or crazy features but rather with its impressive build quality and reliable performance.
The board has a solid steel frame so that it can easily survive multiple trips to local LANs or practice houses and with its razor-thin bezels and detachable cable (even on the full size version, which is a rarity) it's also extremely portable. Couple that with the inclusion of Cherry MX switches and you can see why so many pros prefer this no-nonsense plank. This is a great option if you don't care about RGB and you want a reliable and sturdy keyboard.
The Alloy FPS is available with Cherry MX Blue, Red, or Brown switches. Oddly enough the FPS Pro can't be bought with Browns. Perhaps also worth noting is the fact that the Alloy FPS RGB (which seems to be replacing the full size FPS Pro on the HyperX website) only comes with Kailh Silver Speed switches.
3. Ducky One 2
As used by aceu, Kurt, 1mpala, ...
The One 2 line comes in full size, tenkeyless (TKL), 65% (SF), and 60% (Mini).
The name Ducky might not ring any bells if you're not all that familiar with mechanical keyboards but it's definitely a household name in enthusiast circles as the brand that kind of bridges the gap between regular gaming keyboards and (usually much more expensive) niche/custom mechanical boards.
The One 2 line is one of the most popular keyboard lines that's not made by the 'usual suspect brands' across all of our analyzed games, with the One 2 Mini being the most popular out of those. That board is not for everyone since it loses the arrow keys and the function row in favor of an ultra compact design but since there are no real differences between the different version except for the size you can get yourself a One 2 at pretty much any size.
What makes this board so popular is the fact that it's just so good. The thin bezels paired with the detachable cable (on all models) makes for a very portable board but what makes the One 2 so popular is the typing experience. The stock keycaps are high quality (this is an area where other companies sometimes try to cut corners) and the Cherry MX switches that Ducky uses are of course known for their quality typing/gaming experience.
This is a great board if you don't really want any crazy extras and just want a reliable and great feeling keyboard from a company that's famous for creating high quality typing/gaming experiences.
Ducky's keyboards are available with pretty much any current Cherry MX switch.
4. SteelSeries Apex Pro
As used by zotie, 7ssk7, dizzy, ...
We counted the Apex Pro and Apex pro TKL together.
Over the past couple of months the people at SteelSeries have really been trying to push boundaries with their newest peripherals. Not every attempt is as successful but we'd argue that this Apex Pro definitely is a success, and pro gamers seem to agree with this as we see it pop up in a number of lists.
The Apex Pro is a premium board, complete with a programmable OLED display (you can put literally anything you want on there, as long as it fits), USB passthrough, a volume dial, media button, and a detachable wrist rest. All of that is nice but that's not what makes the Apex Pro unique.
The customizable OmniPoint switches are what sets this product apart from its competitors. These are linear switches that allow you to change the actuation point of each individual key. You could, for example, set your WASD keys to be super light (the lowest actuation point is 0.4 millimeters) for that smooth movement while you set your ultimate and ability keys to be heavier so that you don't accidentally 'fat finger' those. This feature won't be as handy for everyone but we definitely know a few gamers who could do with ultimate keys that are harder to press than others, for example.
The switches are obviously the main attention grabbers but aside from those this is a well-built keyboard with a bunch of extra buttons and dials so if you're into that kind of thing this could be the one for you.
The Apex Pro is only available with SteelSeries' adjustable OmniPoint switches.
5. Corsair K70
Full sized option
For those who like a full sized keyboard with a bunch of extra knobs and dials there is this Corsair K70. Corsair are perhaps best known for these types of 'stay at home' battlestation-style boards, and the K70 (and the newer K70 Mk. 2) is a fine example of why that is.
This board has a nice brushed aluminum finish, dedicated media keys and volume wheel, and full support for macro recording and button reassignment as well as probably the most in-depth piece of lighting software on the market. It's well built, reliable, and comes with a detachable wrist rest if you're into that kind of stuff.
Of course this isn't the most portable and mobile board on the planet but if you're looking into this type of product it's unlikely that this aspect is going to bother you. If you're looking for a full option board this is a great one to put on your list.
The Mk.2 version comes with Cherry MX Speed, Red, Brown, Blue, or Silent switches. It's worth noting that the older K70 also comes with Speed switches, but that one's called the K70 Rapidfire.
Conclusion: the best keyboard for VALORANT
As you've no doubt been able to read the VALORANT pros go for a wide variety of different boards. The only thing that's for sure is that you'll want to go for a mechanical board if the pros are to be believed but beyond that it's pretty much up to you. We see everything from stripped down keyboards without RGB lighting to full-featured planks complete with cutting edge adjustable switches so there's a myriad of options to choose from here.
That's also what makes mechanical keyboards so exciting. The fact that there are so many options out there pretty much guarantees that you'll be able to find something that suits your style, so hopefully this guide (perhaps combined with our switch guide if you're new to this whole thing) can aid you in your search for your next keyboard.
Thanks for reading!