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. That’s a pretty big advantage for gamers.
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.
The most used keyboards by VALORANT players
Logitech G Pro X KeyboardCheck price12.58% of players (39)
Wooting 60 HECheck price11.94% of players (37)
Razer Huntsman V2 TKLCheck price6.13% of players (19)
HyperX Alloy FPSCheck price4.19% of players (13)
Logitech G915 TKLCheck price3.55% of players (11)
The most popular keyboards are calculated based on 310 professional players.
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.
Despite the fact that mechanical keyboards are very subjective, there are some things to note. 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 numbers-based work, for example, 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 like 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.
Logitech G Pro X Keyboard
Logitech are known for their extremely reliable and cutting edge gaming mice but their other products are also well-known and very appreciated in the pro scene. This Logitech G Pro X Mechanical Keyboard is one such product.
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.
Logitech G Pro X KeyboardUsed by 39 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
❝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
Wooting 60 HE
Wooting is a Dutch brand with a firm focus on pushing the envelop in the keyboard market. Their early boards saw some limited usage in the professional Fortnite scene, but this 60 HE has really catapulted them to the mainstream market, and that has a couple of good reasons.
For starters, the Wooting 60 HE is made by enthusiasts. That’s evident by the fact that it’s designed in a way so that it fits in various aftermarket cases so that you can take it out of the plastic case that it comes in if you want to go for a more premium experience. You also get PBT keycaps and a decent typing experience, but one could argue that all of this is considered to be standard in this day and age. What isn’t standard is the Lekker switch.
Wooting’s very own switches are customizable, meaning that you can adjust the actuation point and even bind two actions to one single key if you would like to do such a thing. As an added bonus, the Lekker switches also reset the moment you let them go, so the switch doesn’t have to travel past an actuation point before it’s ready to be pressed again. All of this makes for a keyboard that’s extremely customizable, and in a game such as VALORANT, where precise movement and counter-strafing is of critical importance, this could really make your life a whole lot easier.
Wooting 60 HEUsed by 38 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
The Wooting 60 HE is one of the most cutting edge gaming keyboards out right now. It has customizable analogue switches that can be programmed to do a variety of game-changing things, and the brand also has great attention to detail: the PCB fits in aftermarket cases and is hot-swappable, so you can make the board your own.
- Highly customizable hardware
- Customizable analogue switches
- Customization can be done via your browser
- Gets released in batches, so not available to buy immediately
Razer Huntsman V2 TKL
If you want a premium prebuilt keyboard that’s focused on performance and cutting edge technology then you should probably take a look at the Huntsman V2. It has a report rate of up to 8000Hz, and that combined with Razer’s Optical switches makes it one of the fastest keyboards out there. The switches
The sheer speed might not be all that noticeable in real life applications (regular keyboards are plenty fast for gaming as it stands) but then there’s also the fact that this board has foam inside of it for a better acoustic experience, as well as PBT keycaps for a better and more premium typing feeling. Add that to a comfy, included wrist rest and you’ve got what’s essentially the most luxurious and well-featured keyboard in this lineup.
If you’re looking for modern gaming features in combination with a luxurious and pleasant typing experience, the Huntsman V2 TKL could be the one to go for. There’s also a full size version of this keyboard available. That one comes with added media controls.
Razer Huntsman V2 TKLUsed by 19 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
The Razer Huntsman V2 TKL is a great gaming keyboard for people who want a speedy board. The smooth optical switches combined with a polling rate of up to 8000Hz make this one of the fastest-feeling gaming keyboards out there.
|Switches||Razer Linear Optical|
- Feels very fast and responsive for gaming
- Included wrist rest is comfy and feels high quality
- Sturdy build quality
- PBT keycaps
- Opto-mechanical switches are very smooth
- Stabilizers aren’t the best
- Wrist rest doesn’t attach magnetically like it does with the full size version
HyperX Alloy FPS
The Hyperx Alloy FPS line has been popular with our analyzed gamers across a variety of games for a very long time. This board doesn’t try to impress you with fancy RGB lighting 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 product. This is a great option if you don’t care about RGB and you want a reliable and sturdy keyboard with Cherry MX switches.
HyperX Alloy FPSUsed by 13 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
The HyperX Alloy FPS was made as a minimal-distractions board that’s aimed towards competitive gamers who want a reliable mechanical gaming keyboard without any unnecessary frills, and this full-sized keyboard is exactly that.
|Form Factor||Full Size|
|Switches||Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Blue|
- Straightforward design
- Detachable cable
- Sturdy build quality
- Red backlighting only
- Very limited customization options
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro
The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is basically the exact same keyboard as the FPS (the full size version) but it can’t be bought with Cherry MX Brown switches while the full size version does have that option.
Aside from that difference (and the obvious fact that the Pro version doesn’t have a numpad and no USB passthrough port either) you’re buying pretty much the same keyboard. It’s a sturdy board with red backlighting that focuses on gaming performance and nothing else. No media keys, no special features: none of that. This is a basic Cherry MX gaming keyboard.
HyperX Alloy FPS ProUsed by 9 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro was made as a minimal-distractions board that’s aimed towards competitive gamers who want a reliable, no-frills mechanical gaming keyboard, and that’s exactly what it is.
|Switches||Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Blue|
- Straightforward, compact design
- Sturdy build quality
- Red backlighting only
- Very limited customization options
We’ always mention it when we’re talking about keyboards: the amount of options out there is crazy, and more and more switches, boards, and keycap sets are being added to the hobby every single day. If you’re someone who likes to tinker with technology or you just want a customized experience, building your own keyboard is a perfectly fine option.
There are a couple of things to look out for if you’re going to use it for gaming: make sure you’re not getting a board with a subpar response time (Bluetooth keyboard, for example, are too slow and unreliable for gaming) and make sure you’re getting switches that aren’t too heavy. Admittedly that last point is more subjective, but if you’re going to be gaming for hours on end you really don’t want to have to push a very heavy tactile switch if you need to stop moving on a dime in order to shoot an enemy that suddenly popped up in your vision, for example.
Custom KeyboardUsed by 9 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
Building your own keyboard and using a board that’s fit to your exact standards and preferences can be extremely rewarding.
- 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
Logitech G915 TKL
For the longest time, Logitech’s G Pro (X) keyboard was pretty much the only Logitech board in our lists, but this G915 TKL has been making strides lately. It’s a low profile keyboard with a flawless wireless connection, and that makes it a great compact option for people who prefer a lower key height.
Using low profile switches (the G915 TKL uses Logitech’s in-house switches) isn’t something that’s for everyone, but if you find that you often need a wrist rest because you can feel your wrist cramping up after extended VALORANT sessions then you can definitely try out a low profile keyboard.
Logitech G915 TKLUsed by 12 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
❝The G915 TKL is a great wireless gaming keyboard, and due to the underlying tech (Logitech’s LIGHTSPEED wireless technology ensures a lossless and hassle-free connection) it’s one of your only options on the market today if you’re a serious gamer with a desire to cut the cord. All of that comes at a price though, so if you don’t really care about the wireless aspect there are plenty of other options to look at from Logitech and other brands that’ll be a bit friendlier on your wallet.❞
|Switches||GL Clicky, GL Tactile, GL Linear|
- Flawless wireless connection
- Sturdy build quality
- Looks sleek and modern
- Included media keys and volume rocker
- Multi-device connectivity thanks to BT and USB connection options
- Keycaps aren’t the best
Best keyboard for VALORANT – Conclusion
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 custom-built keyboards in the VALORANT pro scene.
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!