Top Picks for 2021’s 5 Best Programmable Keyboards

voxter

Vortex Poker 3 Ultra-Compact Mechanical & Programmable Gaming Keyboard

Best All-Around Mechanical, Programmable Keyboard (Small-Sized at 60%)
  • Keyboard Switch Feels - 9/10
  • Ergonomics - 8.8/10
  • Programmability - 9/10
  • Durability - 8.7/10
  • Price - 9/10
Pros
Cons
  • Not ideal for those who works on numbers as it has no keypad
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8.9
Bottomline
A favorite among compact, TKL keyboard fans, the Vortexgear Poker 3 Mechanical Keyboard is known as a "60%" keyboard given that it is only 60% of the normal-sized keyboard.
mistel

Mistel Barocco MD600 60%, Ergonomic Split Programmable Keyboard

Best Versatile, Ergonomic Programmable Keyboard
  • Keyboard Switch Feels - 9.2/10
  • Ergonomics - 9/10
  • Programmability - 8.9/10
  • Durability - 9/10
  • Price - 9/10
Pros
Cons
  • The micro-USB port, which is what connects the keyboard to your CPU, wears easily. When worn down, the keyboard’s connection to the CPU becomes intermittent.
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9.02
Bottomline
Also a fully programmable, 60% keyboard similar with the Vortex Poker 3, what makes the Mistel Barocco MD600 unique is its ergonomic, split design.
rosewill

Rosewill RK-9000V2 RGB, Full-Size Programmable Gaming Keyboard

Best Full-Size, Aesthetically-Pleasing Programmable Keyboard
  • Keyboard Switch Feels - 9/10
  • Ergonomics - 8.8/10
  • Programmability - 9/10
  • Durability - 8.7/10
  • Price - 9/10
Pros
Cons
8.9
Bottomline
From innovative tech gadgets company, Rosewill comes the RK-9000V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
  • Keyboard Switch Feels - 9/10
  • Ergonomics - 8.7/10
  • Programmability - 9/10
  • Durability - 9/10
  • Price - 8.5/10
Pros
Cons
8.84
Bottomline
A mini mechanical keyboard that only has 47 fully-programmable keys (ANSI layout), the Vortexgear Core Mechanical Keyboard is an amazing find for anyone who requires a smaller-than-usual yet powerful keyboard.
corsair

Corsair K95 Gaming Keyboard

Multi-Function Programmable Keyboard
  • Keyboard Switch Feels - 9/10
  • Ergonomics - 8.7/10
  • Programmability - 9/10
  • Durability - 9/10
  • Price - 8.5/10
Pros
  • Massive, unlimited programmability with its Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) app
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Cons
8.84
Bottomline
An excellent gamer’s keyboard but will also serve well for programmers, the Corsair K95 features responsive keys that are light to the touch.

Vortex Poker 3 Ultra-Compact Mechanical & Programmable Gaming Keyboard

Best All-Around Mechanical, Programmable Keyboard (Small-Sized at 60%)

SCORE

8.9

CRITERIA RATINGS

Keyboard Switch Feels

9

Ergonomics

8.8

Programmability

9

Durability

8.7

Price

9

PROS

CONS

THE BOTTOMLINE

A favorite among compact, TKL keyboard fans, the Vortexgear Poker 3 Mechanical Keyboard is known as a “60%” keyboard given that it is only 60% of the normal-sized keyboard. But there’s a reason why the Poker 3 is a crowd favorite among small keyboard enthusiasts – what it lacks in size certainly isn’t lacking in functionality and customizability. Its on-board memory handles the programmability of the keyboard. As such, there is no software to install. There are 3 available layers of customization, 3 kinds of layout (QWERTY, Colemak, and Dvorak). Recent upgrading allows each key to be able to execute 32 different keystrokes. This programmable keyboard features an anodized CNC aluminum cast frame that is tough and long-lasting.

Mistel Barocco MD600 60%, Ergonomic Split Programmable Keyboard

Best Versatile, Ergonomic Programmable Keyboard

SCORE

9.02

CRITERIA RATINGS

Keyboard Switch Feels

9.2

Ergonomics

9

Programmability

8.9

Durability

9

Price

9

PROS

CONS

THE BOTTOMLINE

Also a fully programmable, 60% keyboard similar with the Vortex Poker 3, what makes the Mistel Barocco MD600 unique is its ergonomic, split design. Split keyboards are known to provide more comfort, reduce strain, over-reach and stress to the user’s hands and fingers. So, if you’re a fan of compact, TKL keyboards that you can program to your own preferences but would also like to experience the benefits of using a split keyboard, the MD600 may just be the right programmable keyboard for you.

Rosewill RK-9000V2 RGB, Full-Size Programmable Gaming Keyboard

Best Full-Size, Aesthetically-Pleasing Programmable Keyboard

SCORE

8.9

CRITERIA RATINGS

Keyboard Switch Feels

9

Ergonomics

8.8

Programmability

9

Durability

8.7

Price

9

PROS

CONS

THE BOTTOMLINE

From innovative tech gadgets company, Rosewill comes the RK-9000V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Designed to give gamers an almost-flawless keyboard experience, the Rosewill RK-9000V2 is an ingenious mechanical gaming solution that will fit most gamers’ needs. If you love full keyboard customization options and love programming your keyboard on-the-fly, then this may be the keyboard for you. Also, it’s under-$200 price isn’t so bad, as well. This is a full-size, fully-programmable keyboard that offers great value for money.

Vortex Core 40% Programmable Keyboard with CNC Aluminum Casing

Best Compact, Portable Programmable Keyboard

SCORE

8.84

CRITERIA RATINGS

Keyboard Switch Feels

9

Ergonomics

8.7

Programmability

9

Durability

9

Price

8.5

PROS

CONS

THE BOTTOMLINE

A mini mechanical keyboard that only has 47 fully-programmable keys (ANSI layout), the Vortexgear Core Mechanical Keyboard is an amazing find for anyone who requires a smaller-than-usual yet powerful keyboard. Other than it’s pocket-sized proportions, and great price, it is fully-customizable. It is also available in Cherry MX Brown, Blue, and Red. To add to its programmability, one feature that stands out about the Vortex Core is its split space bars that you can decide to keep both to use as a space bar or you can opt to reprogram the other half and leave the other half as is. You may also reprogram both, if that’s what you prefer.

Corsair K95 Gaming Keyboard

Multi-Function Programmable Keyboard

SCORE

8.84

CRITERIA RATINGS

Keyboard Switch Feels

9

Ergonomics

8.7

Programmability

9

Durability

9

Price

8.5

PROS

CONS

THE BOTTOMLINE

An excellent gamer’s keyboard but will also serve well for programmers, the Corsair K95 features responsive keys that are light to the touch. Users will also love its dedicated RGB backlight, great for late-night gaming. In terms of programmability, it’s designed with the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) app allows you to customize each key’s function, allowing an almost unlimited degree of customization – setup sophisticated macros and key combos quickly and easily. CUE also allows you to tailor lighting effects for an even better visual gaming experience. For durability, the gaming keyboard is protected with aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum. You can play hours and hours of intense gaming without worrying about destroying your keyboard.

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