Best Mechanical Keyboards

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 30, 2018
If you're looking to step your game up, there's no better way than to make sure that each and every one of your click doesn't go to waste with the help of the best mechanical keyboards on the market. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Switches
Material
Connection Type
Rollover
Backlighting
Extras
Compatibility
Warranty
 
PROS

The keyboard incorporates backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options, all of which are easily set through the Razer Synapse. The model also offers inter-device synchronization, which is a nice little feature for those who own multiple Razer peripherals. The ergonomic wrist rest that comes with the product should go a long way in terms of ensuring hours of comfortable gaming experience.

CONS

A 10-key rollover might seem insufficient to some gamers.

OUR VERDICT

The Razer RZ03-02030200-R3U1 RGB Mechanical Keyboard is another exceptional peripheral from Razer. Those individuals that value looks and durability have been Razer's loyal customers for a good chunk of a decade now, so there's no reason for you not to join them in their gaming endeavors.

detailed parameters
Switches

Razer™ Green Switches

Material

Plastic case with matte-finish buttons

Connection Type

Wired, USB (6 feet)

Rollover

10-key rollover

Backlighting

RGB, Selectable color (16.8M colors), Dynamic light effects available

Extras

5 additional keys for binding macros, customization with Razer Synapse, Built-in 3.5-mm jack and USB port, Detachable wrist rest

Compatibility

Windows 7 and higher

Mac OS 10.8 and higher

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Thanks to Romer-G mechanical switches, the model is able to deliver up to 25 percent faster actuation compared to even some of the most impressive competitors out there. Nine programmable G-keys will allow you to create custom game macros. You'll also get access to the Arx Control application for your smartphone that will allow you to collect and analyze in-game data and a docking station so that you could instantly put that data to good use.

CONS

Could take some time to get used to the additional space between keys.

OUR VERDICT

Logitech is just about the only company out there that manages to combine remarkable reliability and cutting-edge technologies without sacrificing the performance in return, which is why this peripheral will prove to be the best mechanical keyboard for any gamer that wants to take his online performance to the next level.

detailed parameters
Switches

Exclusive Romer-G Switches

Material

Plastic case with matte-finish buttons

Connection Type

Wired, USB (6 feet)

Rollover

All-the-keys rollover (100% anti-ghosting)

Backlighting

RGB, Selectable color (16.8M colors)

Extras

ARX Control integration, 9 additional keys for binding macros, Customization with Logitech Gaming Software, Easy-access media control, Built-in wrist rest

Compatibility

Windows 7 and higher

Mac OS 10.8 and higher

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The device comes with switches that feature 1.2mm mechanical actuation. Of course, that kind of speed wouldn't be worth much without durable keys to back them up, which is exactly why people at Corsair decided to stick with the tested classic that is Cherry MX mechanical gaming key switches. A full key rollover and a 100% anti-ghosting technology will make sure that each one of your clicks is registered,

CONS

The model isn't water-resistant. 

OUR VERDICT

We believe it would be fair to say that the Corsair CH-9101014-NA is the best mechanical gaming keyboard when it comes to versatility and flexibility, which is why you can easily recommend it to just about any gamer out there that takes his gaming experience seriously, regardless of his preferences.

detailed parameters
Switches

Cherry™ MX Silver switches

Material

Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame

Connection Type

Wired, USB (6 feet)

Rollover

All-the-keys rollover (100% anti-ghosting)

Backlighting

RGB, Selectable color (16.8M colors), Dynamic light effects available

Extras

Customization with Corsair Utility Engine, Additional colored and textured keycaps, Built-in USB port, easy-access media control, Detachable wrist rest

Compatibility

Windows 7 and higher

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The non-slip adjustable rear feet will be able to offer and support the most optimal typing angles and a gold-plated corrosion free USB connector will be able to secure a reliable connection. Of course, then there are features that anyone will be able to appreciate, like a spill-resistant design that's built to withstand your average liquid spill or a case that combines Aircraft-grade aluminum and ABS construction.

CONS

The keys may get a bit wobbly over time. 

OUR VERDICT

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better mechanical peripheral for industrial and office application than EagleTec FBA_KG010 Gaming Keyboard Mechanical. Nevertheless, if you're simply looking for a gaming keyboard, the model still has you covered with exceptional mechanical switches that are accurate and responsive.

detailed parameters
Switches

Custom mechanical switches

Material

Aircraft-grade aluminum housing with plastic matte-finish buttons

Connection Type

Wired, USB (6 feet)

Rollover

All-the-keys rollover (100% anti-ghosting)

Backlighting

Blue

Extras

Spill-resistance

Compatibility

Windows 7 and higher

Mac OS 10.8 and higher

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Despite its mechanical nature, this is actually a fairly quiet product, so any copywriter, programmer, editor, or a typing teacher working in a crowded office will surely be able to find some use for it. Naturally, the fact that it is wireless will also come in handy in a variety of office scenarios where an additional cable or two could easily prove to be a deal breaker.

CONS

The charging cable is relatively short. 

OUR VERDICT

If you're looking for a mechanical keyboard that features silent operation, commendable performance, a decent lifespan, and a wireless technology that will be able to satisfy office workers as well as your average gamer, the Velocifire TKL01WS-87 will prove to be well worth its measly price.

detailed parameters
Switches

MX Brown Switches

Material

Plastic housing with plastic keycaps

Connection Type

Wireless (2.4 GHz USB-connector)

Rollover

All-the-keys rollover (100% anti-ghosting)

Backlighting

Green

Extras

Wireless adapter and charging cable included

Compatibility

Windows 7 and higher

Mac OS 10.8 and higher

Warranty

1 year

Razer RZ03-02030200-R3U1

For Gamers By Gamers

The Razer RZ03-02030200-R3U1 RGB Mechanical Keyboard is, as you could guess from the title alone, a product from Razer. And anybody that's been around the gaming scene for a sufficient amount of time needs no introduction when it comes to this company and the sort of philosophy they stick to with their gaming peripherals. While Razer was never the kind of company to sit on its laurels, constantly trying to push the boundaries in a variety of different gaming markets and directions, they always made sure that each and every single one of their products featured their renowned design and even more renowned durability. And, as you would imagine, this mechanical gaming keyboard is not an exception to this rule.

To get the ball rolling, we would probably prefer to start with durability, especially since the latter was always the name of Razer's game. Though instead of trying to sell you the product by describing all of the technologies that went into its construction, we thought it'd be better to let the numbers speak for themselves. To be a bit more precise, 80 million of those numbers, with every single one of them representing a keystroke, adding up to a lifespan that is simply unfathomable for the majority of its competitors. And, again, since this is Razer we're talking about, it should go without saying that the keyboard incorporates backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options, all of which are easily set through the Razer Synapse. 

The model also offers inter-device synchronization, which is a nice little feature for those who own multiple Razer peripherals. Finally, the majority of Razer's target audience consists of hardcore gamers, which is why an ergonomic wrist rest that comes with the product should go a long way in terms of ensuring hours of comfortable gaming experience. 

All in all, the Razer RZ03-02030200-R3U1 RGB Mechanical Keyboard is another exceptional peripheral from Razer. Those individuals that value looks and durability have been Razer's loyal customers for a good chunk of a decade now, so there's no reason for you not to join them in their gaming endeavors.

Review of Razer RZ03-02030200-R3U1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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Logitech 920-006385

Cutting-Edge Technologies

When it comes to just about any gaming company out there, you will be able to find thousands and often even millions of people who love them and an equally impressive number of people that happen to hate the company's guts. Surprisingly enough, the only gaming-oriented business enterprise that has been able to avoid this sort of judgment over the past couple of decades has been Logitech. Well, it might be a surprise to those that never actually owned a device from the aforementioned company, since the majority of people that switch to Logitech never go back to another gaming company. The reason for that is fairly simple - there's just no other company out there other than Logitech that is capable of delivering in terms of reliability without sacrificing their renowned cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions in return.

With that said, it's time to talk about the Logitech 920-006385, also known as the Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, a model that embodies all of the previously specified elements. 

If performance is what you wish for, the device in question has it in heaps, featuring the world's fastest gaming keyboard that, with the help of the exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches, is able to deliver up to 25 percent faster actuation compared to even some of the most impressive competitors out there. And since this is a Logitech G series, anyone that is familiar with the company's most successful line of products knows that you're getting nine programmable G-keys that will allow you to create custom game macros. With the help of the latter, you will be able to execute complex commands with lightning speed and remarkable accuracy. 

Of course, any G series keyboard wouldn't be complete without a one-touch control panel for all of your media purposes and applications. The last point we would like to make before finishing this review is that no Logitech device would be complete without some kind of an innovative solution, which is why this one provides you with the access to the Arx Control application for your smartphone that will allow you to collect and analyze in-game data and a docking station, so that you could instantly put that data to good use. 

To reiterate, Logitech is just about the only company out there that manages to combine remarkable reliability and cutting-edge technologies without sacrificing the performance in return, which is why this peripheral will prove to be the best mechanical keyboard for any gamer that wants to take his online performance to the next level.

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Corsair CH-9101014-NA

The One That Has It All

The Corsair CH-9101014-NA is one of those mechanical keyboards that was designed and produced by people that clearly understand what it is exactly that gamers want out of their peripherals. Of course, the gaming community isn't a hivemind of a sort and everyone has his own opinion on what are the main aspects of a gaming keyboard. Nevertheless, the developers at Corsair were never the one to run from a challenge, otherwise we wouldn't be presented with arguably the most well-rounded mechanical keyboard for gamers on the market.

For those gamers that value speed, the model has you covered with switches that feature 1.2mm mechanical actuation. Of course, that kind of speed wouldn't be worth much without durable keys to back them up, which is exactly why the team of experts at Corsair decided to stick with the tested classic that is Cherry MX mechanical gaming key switches. Though, with the help of the former technology, the keyboard will be able to deliver actuation that is up to 40% faster compared to your average Cherry MX Red switches. To be fair, keys are one thing, naturally, but the entire product has to be able to withstand the test of time as well and, with the help of an Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame, it should very well be able to deal with that task.

Now, for those gamers that prefer to put most of their stock into looks, this RGB mechanical keyboard will be able to offer advanced lighting control that will allow the customers to play with dynamic, vibrant multi-color backlighting that features customization options that are virtually unlimited. Finally, the types of gamers that assign the highest amount of importance to comfort and controls won't find too much here to be disappointed either, taking into the account a full key rollover and a 100% anti-ghosting technology that will make sure that each one of your clicks is registered, giving you the sort of competitive advantage over your opponents that is worth a few additional bucks. In terms of comfort, the model comes with a detachable soft-touch wrist rest, which is something that your hands will thank you for later. 

Taking all of these things into consideration, we believe it would be fair to say that the Corsair CH-9101014-NA is the best mechanical gaming keyboard when it comes to versatility and flexibility, which is why you can easily recommend it to just about any gamer out there that takes his gaming experience seriously, regardless of his preferences.

Review of Corsair CH-9101014-NA

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EagleTec FBA_KG010

Not Just for Gamers

The majority of mechanical keyboards are designed and manufactured mostly with the gaming crowd in mind and the EagleTec FBA_KG010 Gaming Keyboard Mechanical is not an exсeption to this unwritten rule. But it's not that these peripherals' features and specifications will go to waste in an office scenario. On the contrary, any person that has to type a lot for a living (which, let's be honest, more or less describes the majority of professions nowadays) will be able to appreciate mechanical keyboard's responsiveness, durability, and convenience. It's just that mechanical devices are often much more costly compared to membrane ones and gamers are, generally speaking, one of the very few groups of people that'd willing to pay this kind of money for what essentially is a relatively insignificant upgrade. Of course, not every mechanical keyboard requires you to spend an exorbitant amount of money, and that is exactly where the model in question comes in.

Without further ado, the EagleTec FBA_KG010 is a gaming keyboard that will just as well be able to satisfy those that do not care about video games. Naturally, the manufacturers had to make sure to implement a few solutions to attract the nine-to-five crowd, like an ergonomic non-slip design that mostly manifests itself with the help of non-slip adjustable rear feet that will be able to offer and support the most optimal typing angles and a gold-plated corrosion free USB connector for a secure and reliable connection. Of course, then there are features that anyone will be able to appreciate, like a spill-resistant design that's built to withstand your average liquid spill or a case that combines Aircraft-grade aluminum and ABS construction. 

Let's also not forget about the plate-mounted keys and switches that will be able to handle industrial and office application just as well as they will deal with hours of intense gaming sessions. The aforementioned mechanical keys offer medium resistance, precise actuation, audible click sound, and tactile bump feedback, with twelve of those keys being reserved for multimedia purposes.

Finally, the WASD and arrow keys are interchangeable and the WIN key can be disabled for gaming. To sum it all up, you would be hard-pressed to find a better mechanical peripheral for industrial and office application than the EagleTec FBA_KG010 Gaming Keyboard Mechanical. Nevertheless, if you're simply looking for a gaming keyboard, the model still has you covered with exceptional mechanical switches that are accurate and responsive.

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Velocifire TKL01WS-87

Silence is the Answer

Cutting straight to the chase, the Velocifire TKL01WS-87 is a bit of a different offer compared to the majority of mechanical keyboards out there. To start with, what we're dealing with here is a wireless keyboard, and while these kinds of peripherals often have a downside or two when it comes to responsiveness, the manufacturers have been able to do a fairly decent job of negating some of these drawbacks.

As the name suggests, this is a mechanical keyboard, and that means it won't just be able to give any wired membrane model a good run for its money in terms of accuracy and actuation, but might just very well be able to beat the majority of its wired counterparts in the aforementioned aspects. Nevertheless, despite its mechanical nature, this is actually a fairly quiet product, so any copywriter, programmer, editor, or typing teacher working in a crowded office will surely be able to find some use for it. Naturally, the fact that it is wireless will also come in handy in a variety of office scenarios where an additional cable or two could easily prove to be a deal breaker. Frankly, about the only people that might find this model to be inconvenient will be accountants and other individuals that work with numbers since this is a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard, meaning that it doesn't feature a numeric pad.

Now, when it comes to durability and performance, this peripheral is nothing to scoff at either, featuring MX Brown switches that are renowned for their accuracy, all while being able to last for 50 million keystrokes, which is more than a respectable number for gaming and a more than impressive one for office work. Aside from that, we would be remiss not to mention the full rollover anti-ghosting technology, which might prove to be useful in terms of typing but is simply indispensable for MOBA and RTS gamers. And if this and a few other aspects do not sound that impressive to you, keep in mind that we're talking about a product that costs no more than 40 bucks, an almost unheard price for a mechanical keyboard.

All things considered, if you're looking for a mechanical keyboard that features silent operation, commendable performance, a decent lifespan, and a wireless technology, the Velocifire TKL01WS-87 will prove to be well worth its measly price.

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What Is a Mechanical Keyboard?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of decades, you probably have at least somewhat of a clue as to what a keyboard essentially is. Well, a mechanical keyboard is, as the name suggests, still a keyboard and that means it will be able to handle all of the applications that a regular keyboard does. Nevertheless, an average mechanical keyboard normally features a price tag that is at least two times higher compared to that of your average membrane or dome-switch keyboard. Well, the reason for that is quite simple. First off, every single key on a mechanical-switch keyboard features a complete switch underneath it. And since each one of these individual switches is composed of a housing, a spring, and a stem, a mechanical keyboard does a noticeably better job of registering your clicks. In addition to that, a mechanical-switch model generally features a lifespan that is much longer than that of a regular membrane keyboard, so while you might spend more money on it initially, there's a good chance it will prove to be more cost-effective in the long run.

Since a mechanical keyboard is something that can greatly improve your gaming performance, you might want to consider looking into our reviews of gaming mice and gaming headsets in order to get a complete package.

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Sources:

1. Mike Fahey How To Pick The Right Mechanical Keyboard, Kotaku. February 5, 2018.

2. Patrick Miller Mechanical Keyboards: Should You Switch? PCWorld. October 2, 2014.

3. Bryan Clark Popular Keyboard Technology Compared: Which is Right for You? MakeUseOf. May 5, 2015.

4. Alan Henry How to Choose the Best Mechanical Keyboard (and Why You'd Want To), Lifehacker. April 6, 2013.

5. Alex Cranz What's Going on Inside Your Keyboard, Explained, GIZMODO. August 2, 2017.

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Publish Date: 2018-03-16 11:07:01