Home Features (Image credit: Future) If you’d wanted a new gaming keyboard in 2021, you wouldn’t have been short of quality options. This year has been practically bursting with peripherals, and that’s a small silver lining to an otherwise difficult year for PC building. The less said about that the better, though. Instead, let’s dive into the key switches and keyboards that made our year that little bit better. We’ve chosen quite the selection for this year’s award nominees. There are the two titans of Razer and Corsair battling it out for gaming peripheral dominance, as they are to do until the heat death of the universe, but also the much smaller Wooting outfit. All three are worth contenders for the crown, however: either improving on a much-loved design or bringing something entirely new to the table. Gaming keyboards especially need something special to stand out from the crowd of others vying for PC gamers’ cash. And we don’t depart with ours easily. That’s because many share key switches and features, meaning it comes down to who can do it best, deliver more, or build something extra special. For us here at PC Gamer, these three gaming keyboards did just that. Best gaming keyboard 2021: the nominees The winner of the PC Gamer Hardware Award for the best gaming keyboard will be announced on New Year’s Eve. It’s all to play for, and any one of these three is completely deserving of the crown. Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he’s not writing about GPUs and CPUs, you’ll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.