Top 9 PS4 Compatible Keyboards

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PlayStation has been a huge player in gaming since its inception back in the 90’s, with PS4 being their latest major product. While this experience has made the gaming part very polished, anything between the games (logging in, browsing the net etc.) still feels very clunky, since the DualShock controllers weren’t exactly designed for this purpose.

However, PS4 does support keyboards and mice, which makes completing all of these actions way simpler and more comfortable. But how simple is it really? Does PS4 support all keyboards? Most importantly, what keyboard would be the best for PS4? Find the answers in our Top 9 of PS4 keyboards.

What keyboards are compatible with PS4?

Before looking for the most fitting keyboard, you should know that all USB keyboards work with PS4, whether they’re wired, regular wireless with a USB dongle or Bluetooth. The only basic thing to note here is that the extra buttons for media control (volume, play/pause etc.) and control macro buttons that many keyboards now have will be largely useless on PS4 since it barely recognizes keyboards for text input, let alone more complex commands. However, since this technology is very common and any decent keyboard will have them, it’s not much of a money-saver to look for a keyboard without these buttons.

At the same time, it has to be noted that very few games actually let you use the keyboard for gameplay as opposed to just entering text in chat or options. This is because PS4 doesn’t natively support keyboards for gaming controls and can’t automatically assign keyboard signals to appropriate controller signals in-game unless such feature is provided by the game developer. So far the only fully confirmed PS4 keyboard and mouse compatible games are War Thunder and Final Fantasy XIV.

 

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Our list of the best PS4 keyboards

*Only one variant of a keyboard is available per eBay or B&H web page, so a bit of digging around may yield more variants than presented here.

 

What defines a good PS4 keyboard?

The main characteristics to look for in a PS4 keyboard is how comfortable it would be to use while playing on a console, whether the keyboard would be used elsewhere (on a PC when not gaming, for example) and, of course, the overall quality of the keyboard (whether it has anti-ghosting for recognizing simultaneous button presses).

We took all of these factors into our top picks as well as the higher quality of mechanical keyboards, which is why all keyboards on our list are mechanical (except the semi-mechanical Razer Mecha-Membrane). In short, mechanical keyboards are way more responsive and last up to five times longer than cheaper membrane keyboards, so in our opinion, they’re definitely worth the investment.

Another feature that keyboard manufacturers provide is anti-ghosting, which makes sure that multiple simultaneous key presses will be registered. For example, if you press an ability button and “run” button at the same time, basic keyboards may ignore one of the two. The downside is that anti-ghosting can be done in different ways, many of which are lazier than others but at the same time running into certain combinations that an anti-ghosting keyboard doesn’t cover is pretty low. All keyboards on our list feature some form of anti-ghosting.

Keyboard key switches

We delved a bit deeper into what makes mechanical keyboards the preferred method for gamers and keyboard enthusiasts. Turns not all of them are made equal since the switches used in buttons can be very different. Undeniably the most popular switches come from Cherry MX and have a color code that lets you know what each key does:

  • Blue switches are the most popular among typists, require average strength for pressing, make an audible click but are an average choice for gaming because of slower response. The spring mechanism also makes this switch tactile, which means that a bump will tell you for certain if you pressed the button or not.
  • Red switches are the best choice for gaming since they require a bit less force to click, don’t make noise and while they don’t give much feedback to whether you pressed the button or not, this allows them to be pressed faster, which matters a lot in competitive gaming.
  • Brown switches would be the middle-ground option here because they don’t make noise, however, they retain the tactile blue switch system that lets you know for sure when you’ve pressed the button (pressing is a bit slower than red, in turn).

For full-on gaming needs, red is flat-out the best, however, blue and brown will work just fine since only huge keyboard perfectionists would notice a huge difference between either. At the same time, both blue (audible) and brown (silent) switches would work if you want to use the keyboard elsewhere since typing is way more responsive with them. There are other, more rare switches as well on our list, which are discussed in detail under the product description.

Keyboard key lighting

Another thing that makes gaming keyboards stand out is key lighting that can be irritating to some people or just not be the right color. Some keyboards are lit with a basic color or an unchangeable mixture of colors in a rainbow theme, but some may have more complex lighting features. RGB (Red, Green, Blue) keyboards contain LEDs of all three colors under each button and allow you to customize to lighting to fit your style with software that should come with such a keyboard. Razer’s Chroma lighting is similar to RGB just with way more customization options. So don’t worry if pictures of such keyboards look too much like rainbow vomit to you as you will be able to choose the exact color scheme you want. Needless to say, the last two will cost a bit more than regular or no lighting at all.

 

On this list, we look only at wired keyboards, so to find separate or attachable-to-controller Bluetooth or wireless keyboards, check out our Top 8 Bluetooth Keyboards for PS4. You can find out more about connecting keyboards to a PS4 in our article How to use a keyboard and mouse with PS4.

 

PS4 compatible keyboard reviews

1. EagleTec KG011

EagleTec KG011 Office / Industrial LED Backlit Mechanical Keyboard (White + Silver)

While we do play games to relax, some moments may enrage us a whole lot (with some games built to do just that) and God forbid if that rage overtakes you on the couch with an expensive piece of equipment in your hands. This is why for some people a sturdy keyboard like EagleTech’s KG011 would be a good choice. It’s made out of aluminum and has been engineered to endure a lot of beating with features such as plate-mounted keys that separate keys from the electrical parts better.

While the switches don’t bear the Cherry MX branding, they have been designed as equivalent to Cherry blue switches – audible and tactile. You can get this keyboard in black or white, with both colors available with blue, rainbow or no backlighting at all. On Amazon, you can buy a combo set with a mouse and mouse pad for the price that other manufacturers sell only the keyboard.

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2. MechanicalEagle Z-77

MechanicalEagle Z-77 Multicolor Backlit 87 Keys Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Blue Switches DIY Replaceable Switches - Black

MechanicalEagle Z-77 is the first numpad-less keyboard on our list, which makes it much more compact and more fitting for some people if you’re using a console in your living room. This keyboard has Outemu and Gaote blue, replaceable switches which function the same way as Cherry MX blue ones. Outemu switches can be considered Cherry knock-offs but they still work just as well and some people even prefer them over the more expensive ones, same with Gaote. Either way, they are compatible with Cherry switches and can be replaced if this matters much to you.

You can get this keyboard in white (with white backlight), black (no backlight) or either color with a multicolor backlighting option that gives you nine backlighting modes, so if one of them fits your style there would be no need to pay extra for an RGB keyboard. Speaking of RGB, there is also a model called Z-88 with a numpad and an RGB backlight available. Either model comes with a 1-year warranty and a 30-day refund guarantee.

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3. Corsair STRAFE

Corsair STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit Multicolor LED, Cherry MX Red

Corsair is definitely one of the leaders among gaming gear manufacturers and the STRAFE keyboard is one of their masterpieces. It’s available with RGB or red LED backlight with blue, brown or red Cherry switches to fit anyone’s taste. STRAFE also has a USB 2.0 port for connecting other USB devices, which can potentially save one of your PS4 USB slots for other devices.

Other than basic quality, what makes this keyboard stand out is the Corsair Utility Engine, which lets you fully customize the keyboard and control the lighting on RGB models. Also, this is one of the first keyboards to feature Cherry MX silent red switches (red LED backlight only), that are almost completely silent upon clicking, which may be important to many PS4 gamers. While the price may be relatively steep, this is definitely one of the best choices for a PS4 keyboard.

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4. Razer BlackWidow

Razer BlackWidow Chroma, Clicky RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, 5 Macro Keys - Razer Green Switches

You can’t have any decent list of gaming gear without including at least one of Razer’s quality products and our PS4 compatible keyboard top is no different. BlackWidow may not be the newest keyboard from Razer, but it is one of the most popular with good customer reviews backing up the quality. This keyboard features Razer green switches, which function the same way as blue switches, except fit more for gaming with quicker response times.

This keyboard also comes with Razer Chroma technology which is a much more customizable version of RGB backlighting. A 2-year warranty is also included.

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5. Rosewill RK

Rosewill Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switches (RK-9000V2)

If fancy lighting isn’t something for you, Rosewill’s lineup of RK 9000 or 9300 keyboards will definitely have something for you. You can get this keyboard with blue or brown switches, either with blue LED or RGB lighting, or with no lighting at all, as well as a lighting-less version with Cherry red switches. Aside from a higher price, this is a good choice for someone who just wants a simple keyboard with his/her system.

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6. Razer Ornata

Razer Ornata Chroma – Revolutionary Mecha-Membrane Gaming Keyboard with Mid-Height Keycaps – Ergonomic Design

This Razer keyboard stands out with its unique Mecha-Membrane switch design – it combines the tactile and durable qualities of mechanical switches with the softness of a membrane switch. While Ornata may cause a huge difference in performance for professional gamers, casual or new gamers could find this to be a good introduction into more hardcore gaming gear.

This keyboard comes in either RGB or green backlight with an armrest, which should be noted as it could be too big in some situations.

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7. Roccat Sova Lapboard

ROCCAT Sova Mechanical Gaming Lapboard for Gaming on the Couch with Cushion, Illuminated Backlit, Hotkeys, Programmable Keys, Quiet & Ergonomic, Brown Switch, for MMO & MOBA Games for PC, WOW – BLACK

It may be difficult to find the best keyboard among tons of similar models with similar features, however, sometimes you come across something very unique. The Roccat Sova lapboard is one such thing since it comes with its own handy “platter” that you can comfortably put on your lap when sitting on your couch, playing your PS4 games. This lapboard features replaceable wrist rests, lap cushions and mouse pad, a bungee for your mouse and 2 USB ports for other devices, which definitely makes this one of, if not the best PS4 compatible keyboard out there.

When it comes to switches, the Roccat Sova has TTC brown ones (which are equivalent to Cherry MX brown), that are backlit with customizable blue LEDs. The keyboard is also available with membrane switches, but the money saved there may cost you twice as much, considering the much shorter lifespan of membrane keyboards. The only downside to this being the perfect choice for a PS4 keyboard is the high price – over 150$ (as of May 2017) is way more than what many people would invest in a keyboard. But when you count together the lapboard and extra features, this keyboard is truly worth it.

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8. Redragon K552 Kumara

Redragon K552 KUMARA LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Black)

One of the cheapest keyboards on our list, the Redragon Kumara delivers the quality of any mechanical keyboard combined with a compact design (no numpad), making it a good candidate for your PS4 keyboard. Kumara is available with red, RGB, rainbow or no backlighting.

A notable feature is its custom switches, which are said to be Cherry MX green equivalent, meaning that they are functionally the same as blue switches (tactile and audible), except harder to press (almost twice as much as red switches!). This may be an obstacle if you enjoy longer gaming sessions, as the extra force required to press buttons will cause fatigue much faster.

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9. Corsair Vengeance K65

Corsair Vengeance K65 Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Corsair K65 is a very compact keyboard which may be perfect for PS4 keyboard gaming. It’s also made out of aluminum, making it a bit sturdier than other keyboards, even with the shorter and thinner design. The Cherry MX red switches add even more to the value of this keyboard, by being the best switches for gaming out there.

If durability and size are important factors to you, this may be the perfect choice for your PS4 gaming keyboard needs, considering the relatively lower price for a red switch keyboard.

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PS4 keyboard summary

While all of these would be good picks for a PS4 keyboard, the best middle-ground choice would be Corsair’s STRAFE keyboard, considering the average price for undeniable quality, with Vengeance K65 not falling far behind considering its compact design. If you’re looking for a budget keyboard, either Redragon Kumara or EagleTec KG010 would be good picks, depending on your needs for lighting and a numpad. If cost doesn’t matter to you, the Roccat Sova lapboard would be the most fitting product for PS4 gaming, considering how comfortable it is to use on a couch.

We hope you found the right keyboard for your needs on our list of PS4 compatible wired keyboards, and if not, check out our Top 8 BlueTooth keyboards for PS4.

 

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