The most used keyboards by Overwatch 2 players
The most popular keyboards are calculated based on 76 professional players.
If you want to reach the highest ranks in Overwatch 2 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 2 professionals that we analyze and we have come up with this list of the most commonly used keyboards in the Overwatch 2 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. Please also feel free to also check out our best keyboard for gaming article.
The Pro Usage Top 5 gets updated continuously and instantly so that you can always get an accurate overview of what the pros are using at any given time. In the body of the article itself, we go over the five most popular pro products in no particular order and, when relevant, we also give you some extra options in the form of products that fall just outside of the top 5 or are otherwise relevant.
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.
Pros generally trend towards smaller keyboards these days since you don’t need a numpad to play Overwatch 2, and if it were up to us we’d also recommend going with a TKL (Tenkeyless; without a numpad) or 65% keyboard, since that means that you can place your mousepad and keyboard closer together, but please don’t let us hold you back if you’re someone who prefers larger boards. As we said: it’s all about preference.
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 has all of the features and characteristics that you desire, you’re good to go. That’s also the beauty of the mechanical keyboard world: there are tons and tons of options, so you can buy or create a board that’s pretty much custom-fit to your own specific preferences.
Logitech G Pro Keyboard
The Logitech G Pro Keyboard sets out to be a no-frills (FPS) gaming keyboard and if we’re looking at the usage numbers for this board (and its successor, the G Pro X Keyboard) it seems to hit those marks perfectly.
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.
Logitech G Pro KeyboardUsed by 14 Overwatch 2 players ()
❝The Logitech G Pro Mechanical Keyboard doesn’t really do anything revolutionary, but what it does, it does well. It’s a compact, sturdy, and well-performing no-nonsense keyboard that’s geared towards competitive gamers without offering gaudy or ultimately useless (for competitive FPS players at least) extra features.❞
- Good gaming performance
- Pleasant typing experience
- Nice looking RGB
- Keycaps can’t be swapped out due to proprietary Romer-G switches
Razer Blackwidow Chroma TE V2
The Razer Blackwidow Chroma TE V2 is the green brand’s take at a no-nonsense TKL gaming keyboard made for competitive and professional gamers, but there is one standout feature: this comes with a comfy magnetic wrist rest for those times where you want optimal comfort.
Even without the wrist rest (which is very high quality) this would be a good option to consider thanks to its sturdy design and Razer’s high quality in-house switches. It is a bit of an older board though, and that’s showing in some aspects. The stabilizers and ABS keycaps wouldn’t be considered passable by today’s standards, and the Micro USB connector also ages the Blackwidow Chroma TE V2. If you don’t really care too much about that then the Blackwidow Chroma TE V2 is a good option if you want a TKL gaming keyboard made by Razer.
Razer Blackwidow Chroma TE V2Used by 7 Overwatch 2 players ()
❝The Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 has everything that you’d want from a TKL keyboard, except for an easy to remember name. It is a very sturdy keyboard that drops all unnecessary frills in order to offer the user a keyboard that’s ready for competitive gaming.❞
- Comes with wrist rest
- Sturdy build quality
- Razer switches feel good
- Subpar keycaps
- Stabilizers aren’t very good
|Switches||Razer Green, Razer Yellow, Razer Orange|
Razer Huntsman TE
If you feel like your timing on your abilities and ultimates is off you can always look towards the Razer Huntsman TE. This TKL keyboard from Razer has their in-house Optical Linear switches, making for an extremely fast and durable (due to requiring less physical contact points) keyboard.
The Huntsman TE also offers a satisfying typing experience thanks to the PBT keycaps and decent stabilizers, though you might find these switches to be a tad too sensitive for work and productivity, depending on your personal preferences and typing style.
If you’re looking for a fast, no-nonsense, and portable mechanical keyboard with PBT keycaps from one of the big brands then this could be it for you.
Razer Huntsman TEUsed by 7 Overwatch 2 players ()
The Razer Huntsman TE is a no-frills TKL keyboard that focuses on speed. The Razer Linear Optical switches actuate almost instantly, giving this keyboard are very fast feeling. It’s topped off with PBT keycaps and decent stabilizers for a great typing and gaming experience.
- Nice PBT keycaps
- Decent typing experience
- Fast and smooth switches
- Switches can be a bit loud
|Switches||Razer Linear Optical|
Corsair K70 RGB Mk.2
Corsair is one of the biggest players in the mechanical gaming keyboard market, and even though their dominance has fallen off a bit in recent years, their boards are still being used by plenty of professional and casual gamers.
The K70 RGB Mk.2 is a great option for people who want a big, full-featured mechanical gaming keyboard with a wrist rest to top off their gaming setup. It comes in a wide variety of Cherry MX switches (and also a Low Profile version which we’ve reviewed here) so that you can choose a typing experience that suits your preferences, and the additional media keys and volume wheel give you some extra control options. The amount of customization that you can do via Corsair’s iCUE software is also pretty much unlimited, so if you like to tinker with your board’s lighting you’re good to go with this one.
It’s definitely not the most portable solution out there, but if you want to get yourself a full-sized and full-featured Corsair keyboard then the K70 RGB Mk.2 could be just what the doctor ordered.
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2Used by 4 Overwatch 2 players ()
If you’re looking for a full-featured large mechanical keyboard (including a wrist rest) to top off your battlestation, the Corsair K70 RGB Mk.2 could be for you thanks to its media keys and included wrist rest. There’s also a large variety of Cherry MX switches to choose from when purchasing the keyboard, as well as a low profile version.
- USB passthrough
- Media keys and volume wheel feel good to use
- Sturdy build quality
- Plasticky and cheap feeling wrist rest
- Thick and non-detachable cable can be bothersome with no routing options on the bottom
- ABS keycaps feel subpar
|Form Factor||Full Size|
|Switches||Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Silent, Cherry MX Speed, Cherry MX Low Profile Red, Cherry MX Low Profile Speed|
Logitech G Pro X Keyboard
After the Logitech G Pro Keyboard came the X version, and the differences between the two are fairly minimal. This G Pro X is Logitech’s keyboard for competitive gamers, featuring thin bezels, a durable plastic housing, and a bunch of gaming-focused extra features such as the ability to turn off the Windows key and switch the RGB lighting to improve focus. All of that is also present on the regular G Pro Keyboard, though.
The major difference between the X and its predecessor lies in the fact that the X has a hotswappable PCB, meaning that you can swap out the switches on the keyboard without having to (de)solder them. That’s a fantastic feature for people who want to switch it up now and then because you don’t have to buy an entirely new keyboard or spend hours tinkering with a soldering iron if you want to go for something different.
If you’re in the market for a Logitech G Pro keyboard we would always recommend the X version since that only has upsides over the original version.
Logitech G Pro X KeyboardUsed by 5 Overwatch 2 players ()
❝What you’re getting is a solidly built gaming keyboard without any unnecessary frills that’ll last you a pretty long time and delivers everything you’d want out of a competitive gaming keyboard. Nothing more, but certainly nothing less either.❞
- Hot-swappable PCB means changing switches is very easy
- Sturdy build quality
- Keycaps don’t feel very premium
- Non-standard bottom row means that switching out keycaps can be a hassle
The Overwatch scene has always been known for having many custom-built (or modified) keyboards, even way before the custom mechanical keyboard scene started booming. Making your own keyboard used to be a time-absorbing affair that required quite some technical know-how, but these days most PCBs are hotswappable, meaning that you can simply press in the switches of your choice without having to solder.
These days, building your own custom board (or modifying an existing ‘base board’) doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive either. Since the keyboard boom that started in the COVID pandemic, there are tons of affordable parts out there, and you can make some fantastic boards on a limited budget.
If you are someone who likes to have things personalized and/or you like to tinker with technology, building your own mechanical keyboard is something that we thoroughly recommend.
- Virtually unlimited options to make a board that’s truly your own
- Very easy to build your own board with the rise of hotswap PCBs
- Sourcing the exact parts that you want can be difficult due to limited product runs
- Can get extremely expensive
- Can be hard to see the forest for the trees when it comes to what parts are worth the price
Best Keyboard for Overwatch 2 – Conclusion
As you can see there’s no real guideline that the Overwatch 2 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) 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 steering you in the right direction, but if you have any questions please feel free to reach out!