Which RGB Lighting system is the best for gaming

Credit: Logitech

Back in the day, RGB lighting for your PC was very much a DIY affair. These days, it's big business. For every brand playing in the gaming peripheral space, there’s an easy-to-setup and bright-to-behold RGB lighting option.

The central argument here is that it's better to more customizability and control over what your PC gaming experience looks like than less. Nevertheless, how much that matters to you is ultimately going to come down to personal-preference more than anything else. Some PC gamers demand the extensive and advanced customizability on offer here. Others don’t care about RGB lighting at all. For a more nuanced and in-depth look at why gamers like RGB lights, check out this feature on the topic.

To newcomers, the sheer number of competing illumination ecosystems jockeying for attention can make choosing one a little intimidating and overwhelming. To clear the air, we thought we’d pull together a round-up that summarizes just what each major RGB ecosystem offers and teases out some of the key differences.

Razer

Razer Chroma RGB LightingCredit: Razer
Razer Chroma RGB Lighting

What is Razer’s RGB software called?

Razer's RGB software platform is called Razer Chroma, which is integrated into their Razer Synapse software.

When reached for a little more clarity on that relationship, Razer told PC World that "

“Synapse is a device configurator for all Razer devices. It’s used to tweak settings, change lighting, sensitivity etc. Chroma is the RGB lighting ecosystem - it’s the technology that enables immersive RGB lighting for both Razer and non Razer devices. The "ecosystem" consists of various components. 1) Chroma modules on Synapse (Connect, Studio, Visualizer) which are the interface for controlling devices. 2) Chroma SDK - used by game and app developers to integrate. 3) Chroma Connected devices - 3rd party hardware devices that can enable their devices to connect to Chroma.”

What products does it support?

Razer Chroma is available on Razer mice, keyboards, headphones, laptops, mousepads, microphones, speakers and external GPU enclosures.It’s also available on select non-Razer peripherals.

How many colors does Razer Chroma offer?

Razer Chroma supports a spectrum of up to 16.8 million colors - which sounds more impressive but is actually pretty much the standard number of colors when it comes to RGB lighting ecosystems.

Does Razer Chroma support per-game profiles?

The Razer Chroma ecosystem supports the ability for your to configure and share your own custom per-game RGB lighting profiles. It also supports developer-led Chroma lighting integration through the “Works with Razer Chroma” program.

Razer Chroma RGB LightingCredit: Razer
Razer Chroma RGB Lighting

Does Razer Chroma support macros?

Razer Chroma-enabled peripherals support macros via Razer's Synapse software.

Does Razer Chroma support per-key customization?

Yes. Razer Chroma supports per-key customization via Razer Synapse. As the wording might suggest, this means you can pick and choose the coloring of each individual lighting node rather than manage the effect through aggregated zones of lighting.

Does Razer Chroma support saving and sharing your own presets?

Yes. Razer Chroma supports saving and sharing custom presets via Razer Synapse.

HyperX

HyperX NGenuityCredit: HyperX
HyperX NGenuity

What is HyperX’s RGB software called?

HyperX’s RGB lighting system is called NGeunity.

What products does the HyperX NGenuity lighting system support?

HyperX’s NGenuity is available on HyperX mice, keyboards, headphones and memory modules. Since HyperX plays in less categories than more established brands like Razer or SteelSeries, it's lighting tech isn't quite as prolific even if it has become more prominent in recent years.

How many colors does the HyperX NGenuity lighting system offer?

The HyperX NGenuity lighting system supports a spectrum of up to 16.8 million colors - which puts it more or less in line with the bulk of the competition.

Does the HyperX NGenuity lighting system support per-game profiles?

Yes. The HyperX NGenuity lighting system ecosystem supports the ability for your to configure and share your own custom per-game RGB lighting profiles.

HyperX NGenuityCredit: HyperX
HyperX NGenuity

Does the HyperX NGenuity lighting system support macros?

Yes. The HyperX lighting system supports macros via the Ngenuity software.

Does the HyperX NGenuity lighting system support per-key customization?

Yes. The HyperX lighting system supports per-key customization via Ngenuity.

Does the HyperX NGenuity lighting system support sharing your lighting presets?

Yes. The HyperX lighting system supports saving and sharing custom presets via Ngenuity.

Logitech

Logitech G LightSyncCredit: Logitech
Logitech G LightSync

What is Logitech G’s RGB software called?

Logitech G’s RGB lighting system is called Lightsync.

What products does the Logitech G Lightsync lighting system support?

Logitech G Lightsync is available on Logitech G mice, keyboards, headphones and speakers.

How many colors does the Logitech G Lightsync lighting system offer?

Logitech G Lightsync supports a spectrum of up to 16.8 million colors.

Does the Logitech G Lightsync lighting system support per-game profiles?

Yes. Logitech G Lightsync supports the ability for your to configure and share your own custom per-game RGB lighting profiles. Logitech say it boasts support for over 300 titles.

Logitech G LightSyncCredit: Logitech
Logitech G LightSync

Does the Logitech G Lightsync lighting system support macros?

Yes. Logitech G Lightsync supports macros via the Lightsync or Logitech G Hub software.

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Does the Logitech G Lightsync lighting system support per-key customization?

Yes. The Logitech G Lightsync lighting system supports per-key customization via the Lightsync application.

Does the Logitech Lightsync lighting system support sharing your own presets?

Yes. The Logitech G Lightsync lighting system supports sharing custom presets saved within the Lightsync application.

Republic of Gamers

ROG AuraSyncCredit: ASUS
ROG AuraSync

What is Republic of Gamers’ RGB software called?

Republic of Gamers’ RGB lighting system is called Aurasync.

What products does the Aurasync lighting system support?

ROG Aurasync is available on ROG mice, laptops, headphones and speakers.

How many colors does the ROG Aurasync lighting system offer?

ROG Aurasync supports a spectrum of up to 16.8 million colors.

Does the ROG Aurasync lighting system support per-game profiles?

No. ROG Aurasync does not support the ability for your to configure and share your own custom per-game RGB lighting profiles.

ROG AuraSyncCredit: ASUS
ROG AuraSync

Does the ROG Aurasync lighting system support macros?

Yes. ROG Aurasync supports macros via the Lightsync software.

Does the ROG Aurasync lighting system support per-key customization?

Yes. The ROG Aurasync lighting system supports per-key customization via the Aurasync desktop application.

Does the ROG Aurasync lighting system support sharing your own presets?

No. The Aurasync lighting system does not support saving and sharing custom presets.

Steelseries

SteelSeries Prism Sync RGB LightingCredit: Steelseries
SteelSeries Prism Sync RGB Lighting

What is SteelSeries RGB software called?

Steelseries’ RGB lighting system is called Prism Sync.

What products does the Prism Sync lighting system support?

Prism Sync is available on Steelseries mice, keyboards, headphones and speakers. It’s also available on select MSI monitors.

How many colors does the Prism Sync lighting system offer?

Prism Sync supports a spectrum of up to 16.8 million colors.

Does the Prism Sync lighting system support per-game profiles?

No. Prism Sync does not support the ability for your to configure and share your own custom per-game RGB lighting profiles. However, it does support some per-game RGB profiles via a set of purpose-built applications called Engine Apps.

SteelSeries Prism Sync RGB LightingCredit: Steelseries
SteelSeries Prism Sync RGB Lighting

Does the Prism Sync lighting system support macros?

Yes. Prism Sync supports macros.

Does the Prism Sync lighting system support per-key customization?

Yes. The Prism Sync lighting system supports per-key customization.

Does the Prism Sync lighting system support sharing your own presets?

No. The Prism Sync lighting system does not support sharing custom presets in a traditional sense. However, users are able to back up their RGB lighting settings via SteelSeries CloudSync.

Roccat

Roccat AIMO RGB LightingCredit: Roccat
Roccat AIMO RGB Lighting

What is Roccat’s RGB software called?

Roccat’s RGB lighting system is called AIMO.

What products does the AIMO lighting system support?

AIMO is available on Roccat’s latest mice, keyboards and headphones.

How many colors does the AIMO lighting system offer?

AIMO supports a spectrum of up to 16.8 million colors.

Does the AIMO lighting system support per-game profiles?

No. AIMO does not support per-game RGB lighting profiles.

Roccat AIMO RGB Lighting in actionCredit: Fergus Halliday | IDG
Roccat AIMO RGB Lighting in action

Does the AIMO lighting system support macros?

Yes. AIMO supports macros.

Does the AIMO lighting system support per-key customization?

Yes. The AIMO lighting system supports per-key customization.

Does the AIMO lighting system support sharing your own presets?

No. The AIMO lighting system does not support sharing custom presets in a traditional sense.

Corsair

Corsair iCue RGB LightingCredit: Corsair
Corsair iCue RGB Lighting

What is Corsair’s RGB software called?

Corsair’s RGB lighting system is called iCue.

What products does the Corsair iCue lighting system support?

iCue is available on Corsair headsets, mice, keyboards, cases, mousepads, fans, RAM, headset stands, CPU coolers and power supplies.

How many colors does the Corsair iCue lighting system offer?

Corsair iCue supports a spectrum of up to 16.8 million colors.

Corsair iCue RGB LightingCredit: Corsair
Corsair iCue RGB Lighting

Does the Corsair iCue lighting system support per-game profiles?

Corsair iCue does support per-game RGB lighting profiles. It also boasts automatic in-game lighting effects for select titles, including Far Cry 5.

Does the iCue lighting system support macros?

Yes. Corsair iCue supports macros.

Corsair iCue RGB LightingCredit: Corsair
Corsair iCue RGB Lighting

Does the iCue lighting system support per-key customization?

Yes. The Corsair iCue lighting system supports per-key customization.

Does the iCue lighting system support sharing your own presets?

Yes. The Corsair iCue lighting system supports sharing custom presets.

Alienware

AlienFX RGB LightingCredit: Alienware
AlienFX RGB Lighting

What is Alienware’s RGB software called?

Alienware’s RGB lighting system is called AlienFX.

What products does the Alienware AlienFX lighting system support?

AlienFX is available on Alienware headsets, mice, keyboards, cases, monitors, desktops and laptops.

How many colors does the Alienware AlienFX lighting system offer?

AlienFX supports a spectrum of up to 16.8 million colors.

Does the AlienFX lighting system support per-game profiles?

Yes. AlienFX does supports per-game RGB lighting profiles.

Titles that support AlienFX RGB LightingCredit: Alienware
Titles that support AlienFX RGB Lighting

Does the AlienFX lighting system support macros?

No. AlienFX does not supports macros.

Does the AlienFX lighting system support per-key customization?

No. The Alienware AlienFX lighting system does not supports per-key customization as it splits lighting into ‘zones’.

Does the AlienFX lighting system support sharing your own presets?

Yes. The Alienware AlienFX lighting system supports sharing custom presets.

ThermalTake

ThermalTake KeyboardCredit: ThermalTake
ThermalTake Keyboard

What is ThermalTake’s RGB software called?

ThermalTake’s RGB lighting system is called TT X1 RGB SYNC.

What products does the TT X1 RGB SYNC lighting system support?

TT X1 RGB SYNC is available on ThermalTake headsets, mice, keyboards, cases, fans,CPU coolers and power supplies.

How many colors does the TT X1 RGB SYNC lighting system offer?

TT X1 RGB SYNC supports a spectrum of up to 16.8 million colors.

Does the TT X1 RGB SYNC lighting system support per-game profiles?

Yes. TT X1 RGB SYNC support per-game RGB lighting profiles. It also support voice control via a mobile app.

ThermalTake TT X1 RGB interfaceCredit: ThermalTake
ThermalTake TT X1 RGB interface

Does the TT X1 RGB SYNC lighting system support macros?

Yes. TT X1 RGB SYNC supports macros.

Does the TT X1 RGB SYNC lighting system support per-key customization?

Yes. TheT X1 RGB SYNC lighting system supports per-key customization.

Does the TT X1 RGB SYNC lighting system support sharing your own presets?

Yes. The TT X1 RGB SYNC lighting system supports sharing custom presets.

Which RGB Lighting System Is The Best For Gaming

There isn't really a one-size-fits-all best RGB lighting system out there. Your individual mileage is ultimately going to be vary and be shaped by the features you do and don't care about. To make things easier, we've put together the chart below summarizing the important differences between each lighting ecosystem.

RGB Lighting Features ComparedCredit: Fergus Halliday | IDG
RGB Lighting Features Compared

This article was originally published in August 2018 but updated in November 2020.

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