Best Xbox gaming keyboards 2024

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The list in brief
1. Best overall
2. Best enthusiast
3. Best budget
4. Best compact
5. Best customizable
6. Best mini
7. How to choose
8. How we test

The Xbox Series X|S duo of gaming consoles may pack many high-end features and plenty of power, but most players still use them with a controller in hand. For those seeking more control, Microsoft has baked full mouse and keyboard support into its most powerful gaming machines, and more games that support this input level are released daily.

There's an unfortunate lack of keyboards explicitly designed for Xbox consoles. Still, plenty of the best keyboards around make wonderful companions on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in place of a controller.

With the recent acquisition of Activision, Blizzard, and King by Xbox, there is a high chance that many more games will be coming to Xbox that support a keyboard and mouse input option. Call of Duty on Xbox does support keyboard and mouse, and it's possible (maybe) we could see World of Warcraft make its way over, and perhaps other popular franchises like a Starcraft sequel that will play best with a keyboard and mouse.

So, if you're looking for the best keyboard and mouse for Xbox consoles, now's the perfect time to pick one up with our top recommendations.

The quick list

If you're in a hurry, check my picks for the best keyboard for Xbox Series X. Hit the links below to read a full breakdown of any options, with details of the pros and cons for each.

The best Xbox keyboards in 2023

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Below, you'll find complete breakdowns of why these choices have made my list of the best Xbox keyboards.

The best overall Xbox keyboard

The Logitech G613 is the best overall keyboard for the Xbox. (Image credit: Future)

1. Logitech G613 Keyboard

The best overall keyboard for Xbox


Switches: Romer-G Tactile 70M presses
Travel: 3.2mm
Actuation: 1.5mm 45g
Connection: Lightspeed (2.4GHz) Bluetooth
Battery: Two AA Up to 18 months
Dimensions: 18.8 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches (478mm x 216mm x 33mm)
Weight: 3.22 pounds (1.46kg)
Warranty: Two years

Reasons to buy

Lightspeed wireless is flawless
Romer-G tactile switches perform well
High-end build quality
Unreal battery life
Works with Bluetooth as well

Reasons to avoid

Wrist rest is disappointing
Takes up a lot of space
No backlight

Cut the tether with the Logitech G613 wireless keyboard, positioned as the ultimate cable-free solution for gamers. We've reviewed the Logitech G613 and consider it a top-of-the-line keyboard despite its growing age.

Wireless is increasingly appealing, especially with console gaming, and Logitech boasts a 1ms report rate with its in-house Romer-G mechanical switches. With up to one year of battery life and an appealing price tag, this is an excellent keyboard for Xbox gaming or working in the office. 

The only drawbacks to consider are that it has a cumbersome, built-in wrist rest that gets in the way if you aren't typing on your lap, no backlights to make the keys more visible while typing in low-lit areas, and huge dimensions of 478mm x 216mm x 33mm that take up a ton of space. Also, this product only includes a keyboard, so you will need to buy a mouse separately.

The best enthusiast Xbox Keyboard

The Razer Turret is the best enthusiast keyboard for the Xbox. (Image credit: Razer)

2. Razer Turret for Xbox

The best enthusiast keyboard for Xbox


Switch type: Razer Green Mechanical Switch
Key feel: Tactile and clicky
Lighting: Xbox Dynamic Lighting and Razer Chroma
Connectivity: 2.4 GHz wireless connection
Keycaps: ABS plastic

Reasons to buy

Exceptional build quality
Tactile, satisfying keys
Unique magnetic mouse pad
High-friction underside for lap stability

Reasons to avoid

Rubbery parts get dirty quickly
No left-handed support
Weak Xbox mouse and keyboard support
Hard to find in stock

The Razer Turret for Xbox is the first (and only) officially licensed Xbox keyboard and mouse and is fully compatible with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. It features a lap-suited wireless design for comfortable couch gaming, is lined with mechanical keys, and has a dedicated Xbox button.

It's weighty and feels outstanding in hand. Premium features and fantastic design make this an excellent choice if you overlook that expensive price tag. Includes a keyboard and mouse.

This is an older keyboard, but since gaming keyboards with 2.4 GHz receivers are generally less common, this is still a great choice and is one of the few official Xbox keyboards available. Check out our review of the Razer Turret, if you want more details.

The best budget Xbox keyboard

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3. Corsair K63

The best budget keyboard for Xbox


Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB
Color: Ice Blue
Item Weight: ‎2.4 pounds
Batteries: included 1 Lithium Ion battery
Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 6.8 x 1.6 inches

Reasons to buy

An affordable price
comes with a wrist rest
Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches
2.4 GHz wireless

Reasons to avoid

Wrist pad might not be comfortable on your lap
Not the top of the line mechanical switches

A more affordable yet fantastic alternative to the premium Razer Turret is the Corsair K63 lapboard, explicitly designed for on-the-couch gaming. For example, this keyboard features Cherry MC Red mechanical key switches which have increased input accuracy, durability, and a longer lifespan compared to regular key switches. 

In addition, the Corsair K63 lapboard includes a wrist rest, backlighting, a 2.4 GHz wireless connection, and pairing compatibility with the Xbox Series X|S. Do note that this product only includes the keyboard and the accompanying lapboard.

While it can be difficult to find a Corsair K63 Lapboard these days (especially bundled together with the keyboard), its affordable MSRP and well-built qualities are worth the cost and effort to track down. Even the keyboard by itself is worth the price of admission.

The best compact Xbox keyboard

The Blackwidow Lite is a great compact option from Razer for our Xbox, but it's wired only.  (Image credit: Future)

4. Razer BlackWidow Lite

The best compact keyboard for Xbox


Switch type: Razer Orange Mechanical Switch
Key feel: Tactile and Silent
Approximate Size: Tenkeyless
Lighting: True white LED backlighting
Keycaps: Regular ABS

Reasons to buy

Compact design
Removable cable
Quiet orange switches
Hypershift support for macros
Included O rings for added silence

Reasons to avoid

No number pad
Feet don't provide much angle

Razer's fan-favorite line goes fun-sized with the Razer BlackWidow Lite. We reviewed the Razer BlackWidow Lite back in 2019 and to this day still consider it an ideal product for those looking for a more compact keyboard or simply cutting back the cost. 

It includes Razer's orange switches for high performance without disruptive noise and a removable cable for secure storage, offered at an impressive price for a gaming-focused keyboard. It also benefits from the Hypershift function via Razer BlackWidow Lite's companion app, Synapse 3, which allows the user to create macros and customize key bind functions.

Be aware that this product has some caveats to consider: Only the keyboard is included, it has no number pad making it hard to type numbers, there's RGB lightning, and the legs don't provide much of a comfortable angle when typing. Also, as a keyboard for an Xbox goes, this is wired-only, so you will have to be close enough to your Xbox to plug in the cable. 

The best customizable Xbox Keyboard

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5. SteelSeries Apex Pro

The best fifth customizable keyboard for Xbox


Features: Numeric keypad
Cable Length: 6.5 ft
Backlit: RGB
Weight: Specification
Category: 34.25 oz

Reasons to buy

Quiet switches
Configurable actuation
Sleek design
Magnetic wrist pad

Reasons to avoid

Non-detachable cable

One of the best keyboards we've ever reviewed is the SteelSeries Apex Pro. This sleek product comes packed with everything you need from a gaming keyboard in one solid package.

It's a sturdy RGB-draped peripheral built for daily gaming, changeable actuation on a key-by-key basis for insane customization and a magnetic wrist pad to provide extra comfort while gaming. Also, this keyboard allows you to move custom profiles from PC to Xbox One with ease thanks to onboard storage.

Be aware that this product only includes a keyboard and that it's a wired-only keyboard, so you will need to sit close to your Xbox to plug it in and play. Also, this keyboard can be pretty expensive at its MSRP, so be prepared to stockpile a large budget before purchasing it.

The best mini Xbox Keyboard

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed is a great mini keyboard option at 65% size. (Image credit: Windows Central)

6. Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed

The best sixth mini keyboard for Xbox


Item Weight: ‎1.76 pounds
Product Dimensions: 5.14 x 1.61 x 12.55 inches
Color: ‎Classic Black
Batteries: 1 Lithium Ion batteries required. (included)
Switches: Yellow Switches- Linear & Silent

Reasons to buy

Choice of Razer Green or Yellow switches
Compact and clean design
Razer Chroma integration
Excellent build quality
HyperSpeed wireless

Reasons to avoid

RGB lighting decimates battery life

Players looking for a compact gaming keyboard should look no further than the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed. In our review of the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed, we fell in love with this 65% mechanical keyboard for its superb performance, impeccable build quality, and great design that makes a fantastic product for any PC or Xbox game.

However, keep in mind that the RGB lights can quickly drain the battery and that this product only includes just a keyboard. Also, be careful if you have big hands and plan on using this keyboard to play a game that requires a lot of typing, like an MMORPG such as Final Fantasy XIV or World of Warcraft for instance. 

This is because the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed has smaller dimensions compared to others (specifically 320mm x 130mm x 25mm), meaning that all the keys are tightly scrunched together with no space between them. So, if you have large hands, this product might be too small for you to use comfortably.

How to choose the best Xbox keyboard for you

How to choose

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S ushered in a new generation of gaming, but they're not leaving the old generation or its features behind. Like Xbox One, Microsoft's current-gen powerhouses continue to support full mouse and keyboard input in various games.

Setting aside the controller in exchange for one of the incredible keyboards above can net you greater control and superior performance in the best Xbox games that support mouse and keyboard input, with many of those titles even counting among the greatest Xbox games in general.

The list continues to grow, too, including new and upcoming releases like Forza Motorsport (2023) and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty or classics like Minecraft and Sea of Thieves.

No keyboard is custom-designed for Xbox like the Razer Turret, which to date is the only "Designed for Xbox" keyboard and mouse combo you can buy. The Razer Turret is a premium peripheral with an appropriately high price tag, so consider the Razer Turret only if you're committed to keyboard and mouse play on your Xbox Series X|S. Also, remember that while the Razer Turret is still a fantastic product, it is on the older side.

If you're looking for a more affordable keyboard that lets you cut the cable, the Logitech G613 is an all-around excellent keyboard for the money. Its use of a USB dongle makes it a desirable choice for Xbox gaming, and it's a no-frills gaming keyboard that gets the job done. Like many keyboards, though, you'll have to buy a separate mouse to pair with it, and the G613 isn't the most 'lappable' keyboard around. Of course, you can always play the old-fashioned way with one of the best Xbox controllers instead.

Many of the highest-rated gaming keyboards can also be effectively paired with the Xbox Series X|S. You should stay away from Bluetooth-only keyboards, but those that plug directly into the console or use a wireless USB dongle should be supported without fuss. As accessories enjoy full cross-gen compatibility on Xbox, these keyboards also work great with Xbox One consoles.

Can I use these keyboards for PC?

Of course, these keyboards are mostly made for PCs besides the Razer Turret. They are compatible with the Xbox because they either use a wired USB-A cable or a 2.4 Ghz wireless dongle to work on the Xbox. It is one of the Xbox ecosystem's major downsides is its lack of support for Bluetooth, and it has majorly affected the Xbox accessories market, but leaks from the FTC vs. Microsoft court case showed that Xbox was looking into adding Bluetooth support on a mid-generation refresh. Those plans could have changed, so for now, pick up one of these compatible keyboards to get gaming on your Xbox. 

How we test keyboards

Please feel free to check out our articles on 'How we test and review on Windows Central' and 'How we test and review laptops at Windows Central' for breakdowns on specifics for certain products. We had the opportunity to review most of these keyboards individually, which means we tested them hands-on, putting them through our normal workflows and gaming with them as well. Most of us here at Windows Central go through a lot of keyboards since we spend so much time typing, and we are always on the hunt for the best keyboard. 

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

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