The best mechanical keyboards in 2020

Introduction

The first time I went around to buy a keyboard I didn't give it much of a thought. All keyboards are the same, right? Specially when the only differentiating feature they may have is an extra row of multimedia buttons.

Turns out I couldn't be more ignorant. Not all keyboards are the same, particularly in the inside. Enter the mechanical keyboards.

What is a mechanical keyboard?

Depending on your age, you may have grown up during the era of 3'5 diskettes, 4 megabyte hard drives, 8-bit color depth CRT monitors and MS-DOS. Not that long ago, during a radically different time where graphic interfaces were almost non-existant, the keyboards used to have a mechanical switch under every key, but as manufacturing innovations came to fruition and Windows 95 came to be, each home around the world wanted a personal computer, so naturally a keyboard would have to come attached.

The issue at the time is that manufacturers realized that it would be much cheaper to build a single 'switch' (instead of 100+ individual switches) and replace the circuitry of keyboards just so a rubber membrane could be put on top and 'activate' the keystroke upon pressing of the uni-switch, in turn pressing the rubber membrane and activating the keystroke. Voilá, with this invention, keyboard manufacturers slashed their costs by orders of magnitude, increasing their margins by a lot, and became prepared to mass-produce cheap and essential peripherals for the upcoming computer boom.

The mechanism of a membrane keyboard (Picture from Wikipedia.org)

The mechanism of a membrane keyboard (Picture from Wikipedia.org)

And thus, mechanical keyboards were somewhat displaced from the market by their membrane counterparts. But their features were not easily forgotten, and people were quick to pick up on the attractives of the mechanical keyboards. So much that there are entire communities focused around this particular hobby with tailor-made components.

What makes a mechanical keyboard attractive and why you should consider buying one: features and characteristics

When looking for what makes a mechanical keyboard attractive, one might look for, amongst others:

What disadvantages might mechanical keyboards have: issues and difficulties

The reported disadvantages of a mechanical keyboard by owners across the globe seem to be:

What mechanical keyboard should you buy according to...

...the usage you might give it:

Regular/Office usage

This keyboard is ideal for light usage, office-like. If you want the best mechanical keyboards for office work, see below for a selection we put together for you.

Gaming usage

Ahh, that feel when arriving home after school or work, taking a refreshing shower, putting on your comfy clothes and firing up your computer to play a few rounds of your favorite game. Playing a competitive videogame often makes the case of what makes the difference, the tools or the welder. Can you frag more often and efficiently with a proper keyboard and mouse, or is the hardware irrelevant to the player's skill? We advocate for the former, moreso considering that even the PROs (professional players) use top-notch peripherals. We have selected 3 (three) mechanical keyboards that most "gamers" recommend.

Logitech G413 Carbon

Logitech G413 Carbon

G413 Mechanical Backlit Gaming Keyboard delivers unrivaled performance, technologies and features in a thoughtfully balanced design. Featuring Romer-Gswitches, G413 provides unparalleled speed, responsiveness and durability.


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Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L

Elevate your game with the MasterKeys line of gaming keyboards and focus on what really matters: no-nonsense performance in a straightforward package. Choose accuracy, precision, and performance like the pros - not flashy lights and style-over-substance fluff like the average joes.


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Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE

Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE

This is the keyboard used by Ninja, the Fortnite pro star player


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Heavy writing and typing

Sometimes the individuals in most dire need of a proper keyboard are those that, well, spend a great deal of their time typing and writing in front of a computer. If the task of writing several thousands of words per day is ahead of you, the only thing you want is to be able to concentrate in the content and the crafting of the words, effectively turning into a typing machine yourself, without any strain in your fingers that may cause you to lose focus. For this reason, we have picked 2 (two) keyboards that will suit the needs of those with a gift for creating written content.

Das Keyboard 4 Professional Clicky MX Blue Switch

Das Keyboard 4 Professional Clicky MX Blue Switch

The Das Keyboard 4 Professional mechanical keyboard experience is like no other. With a Das Keyboard 4, you'll type faster and longer. It feels so good, you won't want to stop.


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Logitech G610

Logitech G610

Logitech G610 Orion gaming keyboard delivers a pure gaming experience. Starting with a performance-driven design, the keyboard integrates our most powerful technologies like long-life tactile Cherry MX Brown key switches and customizable key lighting.


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...your budget for shopping:

We know that a mechanical keyboard, as mentioned in the introduction, is bound to be more expensive than a regular (i.e. membrane) one. That being said, buying a mechanical keyboard does not require you to save up for several months, as many manufacturers create models with great durability and features at budget prices. We have sorted through countless brands, reviews, replicas and manufacturers and put together a small list of the best keyboards by price range, in three (3) price ranges: less than $50, between $50 and $100 and over $100.

Best mechanical keyboards under $50 (budget picks):

Redragon K552 KUMARA

Redragon K552 KUMARA

The Redragon K552 KUMARA RED LED Backlit Version isn't your average mechanical gaming keyboard. Not only is it over-engineered and built to take a beating, it also has great ergonomics and a space saving design delivering a pure, fluid gaming experience. No matter how long you type or how intense your gaming marathons are, you are always comfortable.


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Eagletec KG010-N

Eagletec KG010-N

If you’re a writer, you quickly will discover this keyboard is a superb typing tool for office work. You’ll love the feel and keystroke accuracy, which leads to fewer errors and typos. If you're a gamer, you take your choice of keyboard seriously. The EagleTec KG010-N Mechanical Keyboard becomes a natural extension of yourself during the most intense gaming sessions.


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Best mechanical keyboards between $50 and $100 (best price/features ratio):

Cooler Master MasterKeys S PBT (Tenkeyless)

Cooler Master MasterKeys S PBT (Tenkeyless)

Looking for a high-performance keyboard that means business when it comes to heavy PC use? The MasterKeys PBT series is ideal keyboard, a natural evolution from our incredibly popular QuickFire Rapid and XT keyboards.


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Logitech G413 Carbon

Logitech G413 Carbon

G413 Mechanical Backlit Gaming Keyboard delivers unrivaled performance, technologies and features in a thoughtfully balanced design. Featuring Romer-Gswitches, G413 provides unparalleled speed, responsiveness and durability.


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Best mechanical keyboards over $100 (most features for professional users):

CORSAIR Strafe RGB MK.2

CORSAIR Strafe RGB MK.2

The next-generation CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 mechanical keyboard features 100% CHERRY MX RGB key switches with vibrant RGB backlighting, full-key-rollover anti-ghosting, and 8MB onboard profile storage to take your gaming profiles with you.


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Cooler Master MasterKeys 750

Cooler Master MasterKeys 750

The MK750 mechanical gaming keyboard is the sleeper hit for elite gamers. The minimalistic, floating key design gives way to durable Cherry MX switches, intuitive On-the-fly controls, dedicated multimedia keys, and hybrid key rollover to ensure peak performance through the toughest battles.


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Das Keyboard Model S Professional

Das Keyboard Model S Professional

German-engineered, gold-plated, mechanical key switches (Cherry MX Brown). Designed to withstand 50 million key strokes.


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Wrap-up, conclusions and winner picks

All in all, we are in love with these gadgets. For those that spend a sizable amount of time in front of a computer, entering data, programming, writing or simply playing games, these keyboards will be a godsend. We really encourage our readers to try one of these and get back to us to tell their experience. It is not even necessary to buy a keyboard (although we have laid out a good number of options for you to try wink wink nudge nudge ), you can always try these on a store.

Take a look at the table below. We have gathered all the aforementioned keyboards and presented their characteristics in a sort of feature matrix.

Winner Picks

...and the 'best mechanical keyboard for gaming award' goes to:

Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE

Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE

This is the keyboard used by Ninja, the Fortnite pro star player


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The keyboard used by Ninja (Fortnite professional player). Need we say more?

...and the 'best mechanical keyboard for typing and writing' award goes to:

Filco Majestouch 2 (Tenkeyless)

Filco Majestouch 2 (Tenkeyless)

A big help for the superfast typist or serious gamer. These keyboards just make you want to type. Tactile feel, ergonomic click action (Brown switch).


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Probably the most battle-tested, well-reviewed, best-selling keyboard. Whether you are a heavy or light user, this keyboard will improve your typing tenfold and relieve your wrists and fingers from strain. A no-wrong choice.

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