Before you pick up the best keyboard with a knob, let’s get straight what a keyboard knob is. A keyboard knob is small, cylindrical or spherical, and attached to a keyboard; you press it down or rotate it to control the volume, brightness, or other settings on your computer. Some keyboard knobs have additional features, such as programmable macros or RGB lighting. The best keyboard with a knob, therefore, is going to be necessary for a great gaming or productivity setup. Not sure where to start? Let us help. We’ve combed the market for the best keyboard with a knob to apply to any build, setup, or scenario. Don’t take your hands off that keyboard. We’re going in.
Product Comparison Table: Best Keyboard Knob
|Title||Price||Rating (Amazon)||Best in class||Buy|
|ASUS ROG Azoth 75% Wireless DIY Custom Gaming Keyboard||$$||4.7 stars||Most Comfortable|
|Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Mechanical Wired Gaming Keyboard||$$||4.7 stars||Best RGB|
|Corsair K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard||$$||4.6 stars||Best for Gaming|
|Redragon K619 Horus RGB Mechanical Keyboard||$||4.7 stars||Best Budget|
|GLORIOUS GMMK Pro Prebuilt||$$$||4.6 stars||Best Premium|
The first in our best keyboard with a knob showcase is the X. Let’s talk the ‘keyboard’ part first: it’s super comfy. That’s because of an ergonomic design that reduces strain on your wrists and hands with well-spaced raised keys, a soft breathable wrist rest and quiet pre-lubed switches that are uber-smooth to type on. Moreover, wireless connectivity and a 75% layout for compactness and portability give you room to stretch, while programmable shortcuts save you stretching too much.
And the ‘with a knob’ part? The knob’s made of aluminum with a rubberized coating for a comfortable grip. It’s also backlit, so you can easily see it in low-light conditions.
- Soothing quiet switches
- Ergonomic design
- Knob (aluminium and rubberized)
- Battery life could be better
- No dedicated media keys
The ASUS ROG Azoth 75% Wireless DIY Custom Gaming Keyboard is the best keyboard with a knob if you value comfort. It’s got a luxurious feel, and it looks as good as it feels under your fingers – the same can be said of the built-in three-way knob.
The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Mechanical Wired Gaming Keyboard is a high-performance mechanical keyboard. It features Cherry MX Speed RGB Silver keyswitches, which are linear and have a short actuation distance of 1.2mm – but that’s not why it’s our best keyboard with a knob in this category. It’s here in the RGB category because the per-key RGB backlighting and a 19-zone LightEdge across the top of the keyboard are compatible with Corsair’s iCUE software, which allows you to customize the keyboard’s lighting to your preferences.
Knob-wise, we’ve got a well-made and functional backlit (of course) aluminium and rubber number. The best part: click the knob and then use the arrow keys to select a different RGB lighting effect!
- Pretty as a picture iCUE RGBs
- Satisfying linear tactility
- Knob (colorful)
- No dedicated media keys
- Bulky design
With a detachable wrist rest, 6 dedicated macro keys, and USB pass-through port, the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Mechanical Wired Gaming Keyboard would still make our list of the best keyboard with a knob if the RGBs were half as pretty. Lucky for you, the iCUE-powered lighting is a sight to behold.
For gamers, our best keyboard with a knob for you is the Corsair K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Like the other Corsair offering, it features iCUE technology, but what makes this one the best keyboard with a knob for fast-paced gaming is the OPX optical-mechanical keyswitches, which have a very fast (almost instant) response time. Meanwhile, CORSAIR AXON Hyper-Processing Technology delivers up to 4x faster throughput with native 4,000Hz hyper-polling and 4,000Hz key scanning. Speedy.
And it’s knob time again. This knob’s aluminum and has a rubberized coating (again), backlit so you can easily see it in low-light conditions (again) and programmable, so you can assign it to perform any function that you want. Knobtastic.
- CORSAIR AXON Hyper-Processing tech
- Speedy OPX optical switches
- iCUE RGBs
- Knob (again)
- No dedicated media keys
- Bulky design
The Corsair K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is fast. Optically fast. That’s why it’s our best keyboard with a knob for gamers. What’s more, its aluminum casing can stand up to many, many bashed-up ragequits before it gives out. And the double-shot injection moulded keycaps can withstand 10 million angry gamer keystrokes without even starting to fade.
Not that rich? The affordable winner of the best keyboard with a knob in the budget category is the X. Made with (surprisingly) high-quality materials, the Horus has a sturdy frosted aluminum frame and ABS keycaps, satisfying clicky keys, and all the best bits: 16.8m color RGB backlighting, 6 programmable macro keys, and a detachable USB cable. It’s also compatible with the Redragon core software driver, which allows tech-savvy gamers to customize the keyboard’s lighting, macros, keybindings and more in a Twitch (pun intended).
As for the knob, it’s versatile, rubberized and feels more expensive than it is. None of that tacky plastic feel you usually get with cheaper keyboard knobs is present here. We can’t actually feel the difference with more expensive knobs, in fact. So far so knob.
- Competitive price
- Knob (feels expensive)
- Requires Redragon software driver for full functionality
Overall, the Redragon K530 Draconic is a great value keyboard with a knob that offers a lot of features for a relatively low price. If you’re looking for the best keyboard with a knob that’s durable, comfortable, and feature-rich the Redragon K530 Draconic won’t feel like you’re scraping by.
Usually, if you want a keyboard with a knob this good, you have to build it yourself. What makes this prebuilt GLORIOUS GMMK Pro our premium best keyboard with a switch is that you don’t have to. How is this the best keyboard with a knob? Let us count the ways. Compatibility with QMK & VIA OpenSource firmware and Glorious Core software, gasket mounted plate design that aturally dampens keystrokes for a unique haptic and acoustic typing experience, pre-lubed screw in GOAT stabilizers, an individually machined and engraved
CNC aluminum case, fully programmable 16.8 million color RGBs… the list goes on.
This knob is not a mere ‘knob’. It’s a ‘fully-programmable Rotary Encoder’, located on the left side of the keyboard.
- High-quality construction
- All the joy with none of the struggle
- Knob (best on this list)
The GLORIOUS GMMK Pro is a gasket-mounted, 75% percent fully modular, hot swappable keyboard of pure perfection. If you want all the joy of the best keyboard with a knob probably on the market overall – with none of the back-breaking work of building it – this is the one for you. But if you’re feeling crafty, extra keycaps, cables, switch and keycap pullers and other goodies are included.