If you are looking to get a shiny new keyboard to assist you in your flight sim journeys, then this guide here is for you. Below you will find some of the best keyboards for flight simulator that will enhance your overall flying experience.
The Top-Rated Keyboards For Flight Simulator
|Top Pick||Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT||90%|
|Runner Up||Razer BlackWidow Elite||88%|
|Budget Pick||Corsair K55 RGB||85%|
|Luxury Pick||Logitech G915 Lightspeed||94%|
|Best for Ergonomics||Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB||89%|
|Best for Flight Simulator X||EditorsKeys Flying Simulator X||88%|
Top Pick: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT
- Per-key RGB backlighting and a 19-zone LightEdge across the top of the keyboard delivers dynamic and vibrant lighting effects with near-limitless customization
- Tuned for low noise operation even at full load; MTBF hours
- Gain an in-game advantage with six dedicated macro keys fully programmable for complex macros and key remaps or swap to the included S-key keycaps and program special streaming commands through Elgato Stream Deck software
- Cherry MX Speed RGB Silver mechanical key switches provide ultra-fast 1.2 millimeter actuation and proven reliability with 100 million keystrokes
- A detachable soft textured cushioned leatherette palm rest offers the plush comfort to breeze through marathon gaming sessions
The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT has a well-refined design with a metal top plate, but its base is made of plastic and has a slight flex to it. It also comes with a good quality, detachable wrist rest with ample cushioning for increased comfort.
The keyboard offers three different switches to choose from: Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Brown and Cherry MX Speed. Depending on how silent you want your keyboard to be, and whether you want a tactile bump on your keys, there is an option for you. Also, the premium, double shot PBT keycaps offer good stability when typing and will last longer than regular ABS caps.
The additional media control keys, as well as the dedicated macro keys, are the major selling points of the K95 Platinum. Using Corsair’s iCUE software, you can configure every single button on the keyboard to your liking. You can also save your configuration on one of the five on-board memory profiles, so you can have different settings on the fly.
Runner-Up: Razer BlackWidow Elite
- The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Gaming Designed: Keyboards, Mice, PC Headsets, and PC Microphones
- Signature Mechanical Switch for Gaming: Razer Green switch technology provides a satisfying clicky sound with 50 G of actuation force, ideal for typing and gaming requiring the highest accuracy
- Ultimate Personalization & Gaming Immersion with Razer Chroma: Fully syncs with popular games, Razer hardware, Philips Hue, and gear from 30+ partners, supports 16.8 million colors on individually backlit keys
- Fully Programmable Macros: Razer Hypershift allows for all keys and keypress combinations to be remapped to execute complex commands
- Ergonomic, Magnetic Wrist Rest: Made of plush leatherette to maximize comfort over extended gaming sessions
The Razer BlackWidow Elite sports a stealthy all black look, with individual RGB backlight. It is fully made of plastic, however it feels very high quality and durable, with minimal deck flex. It also comes with a magnetic wrist rest that is soft and plush, making it very comfortable.
The BlackWidow Elite comes in three variants of switches made by Razer. The Green switches are clicky and are more noisy with a higher actuation force than the Silent Orange and Yellow switches. The board comes with ABS keycaps that feel high end and have great stability.
The keyboard comes with dedicated buttons for music control, as well as a volume wheel. While not having additional macro buttons, the software more than makes up for it.
With Razer Synapse, you can rebind each individual button, assign macro functions and save many profiles on the onboard memory of the keyboard or on the cloud. This is very useful if you play different flight sim games, as you’ll always have access to your ideal settings for each game.
Budget Pick: Corsair K55 RGB
- Dynamic RGB backlighting across three zones, with full customization of colors and lighting effects
- Dust and spill resistant design rated up to IP42 protection guards against accidents so your gameplay never has to stop
- Six programmable macro keys give you the in-game advantage of powerful macros or key remaps
- Detachable, soft rubber palm rest reduces stress on your wrists so you can play longer in comfort
- Dedicated volume and media controls give you direct control over your audio without having to interrupt your game
The Corsair K55 RGB is the little sibling to the aforementioned K95 Platinum. It shares the same layout with a black all plastic build and a zone-lit RGB backlight. The plastic deck feels solid enough for the price, however there is a fair amount of flex to it. The K55 also comes with a detachable wrist rest, a nice addition for the price.
The K55 opts for rubber dome switches instead of mechanical, primarily to keep cost down. These membrane switches have a squishier feel and a higher actuation force as opposed to mechanical switches. Their upside is that they are very quiet, making them ideal if you don’t want to annoy others. Their ABS keycaps are stable enough but don’t expect too much quality at this price.
The key selling point of the K55, is the plethora of additional buttons. The multiple media control keys, as well as the six macro keys, are all programmable through the excellent iCUE software. iCUE also allows for macro settings on each key, RGB control and different profiles saved on the onboard memory.
Luxury Pick: Logitech G915 Lightspeed
- Worlds NO. 1 Best Selling Wireless Gaming Gear Brand - Based on independent aggregated sales data (FEB ‘19 - FEB’20) of Wireless Gaming Keyboard, Mice, & PC Headset in units from: US, CA, CN, JP, KR, TW, TH, ID, DE, FR, RU, UK, SE, TR
- LIGHTSPEED wireless delivers pro-grade performance with flexibility and freedom from cords. Creates a clean aesthetics for battlestations. Delivers 30 hours on a single full charge.
- LIGHTSYNC technology provides next-gen RGB lighting that synchronizes lighting with any content. Personalize each key or create custom animations from ~16. 8M colors with Logitech G HUB software.
- Low Profile mechanical switches offers the speed, accuracy and performance of a mechanical switch at half the height. The GL Clicky switch features a distinctive sound and tactile feedback. Comes in 3 options: GL Tactile, GL Linear or GL Clicky.
- Beautifully crafted, the G915 uses aircraft-grade aluminum alloy to deliver incredibly thin but rigid and durable design.
The Logitech G915 Lightspeed, which is also one of our favorite keyboards for Xim Apex, has a low profile design which makes it seem slim and compact even though it is a full-size keyboard. The frame of the keyboard is made of metal, while the back is made from hard plastic for added solidity. Also, the deck has a bit of flex, partially because of the very thin design. Unfortunately, it does not come with a wrist rest, which is a shame for such a high cost.
The G915 utilizes Logitech’s own GL switches in three variations: Clicky, Tactile, and Linear. Thanks to their low profile, the keys are very stable and the double shot keycaps have a premium feel even though they are made of ABS. While the switches have increased actuation force compared to similar types of switches, they are not fatiguing to use even after a long period.
The keyboard comes packed with extra buttons, both for music control and for macros. You can save up to three different macros on the five dedicated macro keys, using the G-HUB software. You can also register a macro without the software, just by using the MR button on the keyboard. Also, the G915 can be paired with up to two devices, one via Bluetooth and one via the 2.4 GHz receiver so you can answer some texts on your phone while flying.
Best For Ergonomics: Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB
- Versatile split design great for typing and gaming: move the right module out of the way and bring your mouse in close for improved endurance and more precise aim (eSports proven). rotate the left module for optimal key coverage or to squeeze into a tight space at a LAN. Or split the modules up to 20 inches and put your stream mic, HOTAS, or mouse in the middle for easy access. Separate the modules to shoulder-width for an ergonomic typing posture and add the lift kit tenting accessory to reduce forearm strain. The detachable Palm Supports now include all-new thick cushioned palm pads for even more comfort.
- 100% Mechanical switches for maximum performance: genuine Cherry MX Red mechanical switches (low-force, linear feel) offer professional-grade responsiveness and unmatched durability (50M clicks). choose the switch that's right for you.
- Immersive RGB lighting for a signature look: 16.8M Color per-key RGB Backlighting with 10 customizable effects like wave, spectrum, rebound, pulse, rain and much more. Install lighting expansion pack 1 to add Dual layer lighting and two-tone effects.
- All 95 keys are fully programmable for complete customization: Use the dedicated SmartSet key for convenient on-the-fly Remaps and macros, or use the all-new SmartSet app for special actions or to customize lighting effects. 9 Available profiles with dual layers, powerful macros, quick Remaps, 9 game keys, 1ms response time, NKRO, game mode, & much more. All profiles and settings save directly to the keyboard's 4MB onboard memory for Tournament play.
- 100% plug-and-play: compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, and chrome (1 full-size USB port required). no special drivers required. Rgb SmartSet app for Windows and Mac available for download.
The Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB has a unique design and can be split for better ergonomics and comfort. It has a sturdy plastic build that feels solid with no flex or creaks. It also comes with a soft leather wrist rest that can be detached.
The Freestyle comes with a few switch options: Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red and Silver. These should be enough to fit most users’ needs. It also comes with textured keycaps that offer a stable and pleasant experience. Thanks to the plastic construction of the frame, they keys aren’t too noisy and the combination of great ergonomics and plush wrist rest provide superior comfort.
The Kinesis Freestyle comes with nine adjustable macro keys on the left half. All of its keys can be programmed using the onboard buttons or through the RGB SmartSet software. You can save up to nine different settings for macros and keybinds. Also, you can configure a ‘press-and-hold’ action to each key, giving you an outstanding amount of mapping for all the functions of your favorite flight sim game.
Best For Flight Simulator X: EditorsKeys Flying Simulator X
- THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE - Each key has every shortcut and icon for FSX, so you can easily find your way around any aircraft.
- IMPROVE THE LOOK - The keyboard is designed for the look and feel of Flight Simulator so your desktop experience is taken to another level
- USED BY PROFESSIONALS - This keyboard is used by professional Flight Simulation companies and by thousands of users worldwide
- HIGH QUALITY - A high quality keyboard which is also great for typing too, so when you're outside of FSX you'll have an amazing experience
- FULLY BACKLIT - The worlds only backlit keyboard for Flight Sim X. So whether you're flying during the day or at night, you'll be able to see all of the controls.
The EditorsKeys Flying Simulator X is made by EditorsKeys, a company who specializes in custom macro keyboards for different uses. This has the look and feel of a notebook keyboard with its slim and lightweight plastic build, however it is quite durable and solid. It doesn’t feature a wrist rest, which is acceptable considering its low profile.
The FSX keyboard is equipped with low profile membrane switches. This can be a deterrent for fans of mechanical keyboards, but the upside is lower noise levels, for which your housemates will thank you. There is also a backlight feature with three levels adjusted with a button on the board.
The special feature of the FSX keyboard is the pre mapped functions for FSX displayed on each key. Pressing the blue control key or the green shift key together with each key gives you the specific function written on the keycap. The same applies with the yellow numpad key. This is an especially cool feature that makes this board ideal for any Flight Simulator X setup.
What To Look For In a Keyboard
When shopping for a keyboard for your flight sim rig, you should keep the following in mind:
One of the most important factors to consider is build quality. Especially when opting for an expensive keyboard you want it to last for many years. You should look for a keyboard with a metal or at least dense plastic with little to no flex and good quality keycaps.
Type of Switches
You should always look to buy a keyboard with mechanical switches as they provide a better feel and accuracy in game. However they can be expensive and noisy, which can be an issue if your rig is set up in a room that other people frequent. Different types of mechanical switches provide different feel and noise levels, however membrane keyboards are generally quieter.
There are many functions in a Flying Sim game that need to be mapped. Thus, you need as many extra buttons as you can get on a keyboard. Also, you need good software support to be able to register macros and have different profiles saved for different scenarios.
Last Updated on January 23, 2021 by Thomas Bush