Best Mechanical Keyboards For Typing

Tim Bias

If you’re a writer that writes more than 1,000 words a day, you probably know that doing that on a normal $5 keyboard is annoying and makes your fingers feel unnecessary pain. That’s why, i decided to list the 5 best mechanical keyboards for typing that will help you increase the number of words you can type, and also make it more comfortable. Let’s take a look at them.

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5. G.Skill RIPJAWS KM570

Best Budget

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

Gaming is a pretty expensive hobby, from setting up your rig, buying the latest monitors with high refresh rates, to buying the latest games it can get a little straining on the budget, but it is all worth it in the end, even if it means investing into specialty peripherals such as mechanical gaming keyboards. While there are tons of mechanical keyboards in the market, in the budget range none is better than the G.Skill RIPJAWS KM570, which delivers a great choice of Cherry MX switches, N-key rollover, and solid construction to make this the most attractive budget keyboard in the market.

Right out of the box the G.Skill RIPJAWS KM570 looks unassuming and a little boring, coming with just the silver G.Skill logo for deco and nothing else, but for gamers that do not like flash and attention, this is one of the best options. There are no dedicated media controls or any kind of macros in this keyboard and you won’t find a wrist rest as well. However, there are a few buttons on top of the Numpad for volume controls, and the lack of tons of keys results in a pretty compact keyboard as this thing measures 1.79×17.58×6.25-inches in total. The keyboard comes with a braided USB 2.0 cable with double connectors, however, there is no USB pass-through. On the bottom of the keyboard, you will spot a pair of feet that lets you adjust the angle a little which is pretty good.

The biggest selling point of the G.Skill RIPJAWS KM570 is its selection of the Cherry MX key switches you can choose from. You can choose between Cherry MX Blues, Reds, Browns, and Speed Silver key switches, all delivering their excellent qualities which will make you happy. For hardcore gamers that want excellent performance, you need to choose either the linear, fast and classic Cherry MX Reds or the super-fast Cherry MX Speed Sliver key switches, however, you can get the Blues’ as well for more of a typewriter experience.

The G.Skill RIPJAWS KM570 comes with nice companion software that lets you customize the keyboard and it will mostly be useful if you opt for the RGB option, as there are not a lot of things to customize on the Red lighting version. If you want a great mechanical keyboard for gaming, without spending a lot this keyboard delivers every quality that you may require and more.

4. SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL

Best Value

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
80%
Value
85%

SteelSeries has always delivered one of the best peripherals for gaming, at least in the last few years where it has become one of the most prominent brands in gaming. Its keyboards are also great, especially the SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL which is an amazing tenkeyless model that will deliver the most bang for your buck. This keyboard will provide professional-grade performance, amazing design, beautiful light effects, solid companion software, mechanical key switches and a lot more.

The SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL has a pretty beautiful look with island-style keycaps and aluminum black chassis that makes it very attractive and durable as well. It is a tenkeyless keyboard meaning that it is pretty compact to carry around, as it measures about 14.6×5.3-inches in total meaning that it is perfect for competitive gamers, one of the better-designed keyboards in the market so far.

This mechanical keyboard features a modified version of Gateron QX2 key switches which are designed to provide quickness and comfort at all times. They are pretty similar to the Cherry MX Red’s, however, they aren’t as quiet but they also don’t have quite the typewriter sound of Cherry MX Blue’s. They delivered a good balance overall in my opinion, and the keys are superlinear and deliver a quick spring back, making it perfect for gaming overall.

If you want extra features such as macro keys or some kind of dedicated media controls this compact-sized SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL isn’t the best keyboard int he market, but it is pretty good for first-person shooter games. My favorite feature of the SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL is its companion software, the SteelSeries Engine 3 which works excellently, as it allows you to switch between profiles, and create individual profiles with different customizations, both in RGB lighting and keys.

While it may not be the most feature-rich in the market, the SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL will deliver the most bang for your buck in the mechanical gaming keyboard market.

3. Akko X Ducky One 2

Best Compact Model

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

As far as mechanical keyboards go Ducky has gathered a pretty large and loyal fanbase that won’t change its keyboards for anything else, and Akko is such brand as well and they have decided to deliver one of the best compact mechanical keyboards in the market by a large margin with the Akko X Ducky One 2. This 60% keyboard is fully programmable, has PBT keycaps Cherry MX key switches, very clean and sturdy design, has colored keycaps and many more features.

While you might think that it will be really hard to operate with just 60% of the keys of a normal keyboard, the Akko X Ducky One 2 will prove you wrong with its nice fn key layer system that brings you all the functionalities. The chassis of the device is made out of two plastic parts, the top part having a black finish and the other one a white finish, however, the plastic is pretty thick and adds amazing durability to this keyboard. The keys have a floating design and it looks extremely pleasing to the eye, the RGB lighting just takes the experience to another level. This 60% keyboard is the perfect options who need portable options for their gaming needs, while still coming in as a pretty beautiful keyboard.

The Akko X Ducky One 2 has a USB Type-C connector on the back and comes with a USB Type-C cable on one side and a USB A connector on the other side to connect it to your computer. On the bottom of the device, two rubber feet provide two different angles, to deliver you better ergonomics.

It is worth mentioning that the Akko X Ducky One 2 comes in three available key switch options, of which all of them are Cherry MX. If you want to get them solely for gaming you can opt for the Cherry MX Red’s which are linear, fast and extremely quiet, however, you can also opt for Brown switches for versatility and Blue ones for typing. The keycaps are also made out of double shot PBT material with laser engraved side labels meaning that your keycaps will now wear out for a long long time.

While the Akko X Ducky One 2 doesn’t have a companion software, it doesn’t need it as all the customization can be done from the keyboard itself, one of the best keyboards in the market.

2. Corsair K95 RGB

Most Versatile

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

If you want a versatile mechanical gaming keyboard you have to opt for the Corsair K95 RGB, which is the definite dream of every gamer, delivering absolute competitive performance for every gamer. It is equipped with Cherry MX Speed mechanical key switches, customizable RGB lighting, a set of macro keys, an onboard memory to record your profiles on it, so you can go to LAN parties and competitions without having to set your settings one more time. It is also a pretty expensive keyboard but it will be all worth it.

The Corsair K95 RGB is not as big as you would expect, as it measures about 18.3×6.7×1.4-inches in total resulting in a compact package for a full-sized keyboard with macro keys. Speaking of that on the left-hand side you will get 6 macro keys, and on the top row above the function keys, you will spot the media controls that make everything smoother for you.

In the package of the Corsair K95 RGB, you will spot the detachable palm rest which is rubberized on top to result in increased comfort. On top of that this keyboard has USB passthrough to result in a solid package.

One of the biggest selling points of the Corsair K95 RGB is its aforementioned programmable macro keys and the 19 zones LightEdge lighting on top of the keyboard. Six macro keys are there to deliver perfect performance for MMORPG games, and the LightEdge light strip is also customizable and will deliver effects to make you fall in love with.

As I mentioned earlier the Corsair K95 RGB is equipped with Cherry MX Speed key switches, which are super responsive, with a travel of 1.2mm and an actuation force of just 45grams. The fastest and most sensitive in the market, while the strokes are a little loud overall, for in house use they are just perfect.

If you want the very best and most versatile gaming keyboard in the market this Corsair model will deliver you everything you may wish for.

1. Razer Huntsman Elite

Best Overall

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

Coming to the top of the list we have a pretty interesting model here coming from Razer, the Hunstman Elite. This keyboard delivers a pretty futuristic performance with its hybrid optomechanical key switches, that deliver amazing responsiveness speed, durability, and many more features. On top of that, the Razer Huntsman Elite comes with a great wrist rest, RGB lighting, and many more features that will make you fall in love with this mechanical keyboard.

The Razer Huntsman Elite has a pretty minimalist design, thanks to its aluminum chassis and elevated floating keys on the top. This goes perfectly with the overall futuristic vibe of this keyboard, and if you turn off its RGB lights you can easily take this keyboard to the office without looking out of place, but I wouldn’t turn the lights off since they are gorgeous.

This particular model is packed with tons of interesting features, like the dedicated media controls that are pretty well though and look excellent. The wrist rest is the best one I have seen in the keyboard market, delivering excellent comfort, thanks to its large size and plush foam to deliver a great typing and gaming experience.

I was skeptical of Razer’s optomechanical switches, but after using them for a while I can say that they are my favorites. They are very fast and have tons of advantages over normal mechanical switches, thanks to its use of infrared light instead of electric contact, which delivers the quickest performance in the market.

There is absolutely no latency, and the accuracy is amazing overall, in addition to that the Razer Synapse 3 software works perfectly with the keyboard delivering great customization and personalization to deliver the best possible experience.

While the optomechanical switches are pretty new to the market, and they have raised so much controversy, however, in my opinion, they deliver a pretty amazing experience and they deliver a great mechanical feel with increased speed. They delivered a pretty speedy performance and they have an actuation distance shorter than other clicky switches, and the overall tactile feedback is perfect. The comfort levels you will get from this keyboard are truly amazing and the durability of these switches is about 100 million presses, which is amazing.

If you want the very best mechanical keyboard for gaming, the Razer Huntsman Elite is your safest pick.

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