The Best Mechanical Keyboards – Complete Top 10 List

On this list we will be looking at the very best mechanical keyboards on the market as of 2017. So to specify, the keyboards do not need to have been released on the market in 2017. It is simply a list of the very best mechanical keyboards, currently available. And as always, we have tested them all in various different types of games, to make sure we knew exactly what each keyboards strengths and weaknesses are.

If you are not entirely sure what a mechanical keyboard is. We have made a  complete guide on the bottom of this list.

When reviewing these products we highly focused on these 4 main factors:

  • How does it feel to play with? –  This is in my humble opinion the most important aspect when reviewing any piece of gaming gear. No matter how good a gaming keyboard is on paper it doesn’t necessarily translate to how it actually feels to use. and since this is about mechanical keyboards, the actual mechanical feel of it is very important.
  • Specifications –  This is the technical aspect, which is basically about how ”good” the product is on paper. And does it have any extra features of real significance.
  • Price – How much value do you get for your money, compared to the other products on the market.
  • Quality – When looking at the quality of various products, it is obviously strongly connected to the price. But a high price is NOT always an indication of great quality, which is why we look at it separately.

these are the most defining qualities that we look at when making these reviews. but we have pretty much taken everything into consideration. Everything from brand, design, software etc. You might wonder why design isn’t one of our main factors, since it is indeed very important. But that is because it is also subjective and therefore i can’t decide that for you.

I hope you will find this list useful in your search for a great keyboard.

The 10 Best Mechanical Keyboards for Gaming in 2017


Are you more for traditional keyboards? Here is our list of the best ordinary gaming keyboards.


10. Corsair Strafe

Cherry MX Brown Switches / Silent & Tactile 

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On the number 10 spot we have this great mechanical keyboard from ‘Corsair’, which is an all-around extremely solid choice for the avid gamer.

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First of all they advertise that is has 100% anti-ghosting which from everything I can gather is true. In all the 5 hours of gaming I put into testing this keyboard, I didn’t hit a single ghost key. And that is in my opinion one of the biggest reasons to get a mechanical keyboard, precise and fast usage.

It has textured and contoured keycaps on ‘W,A,S,D’ and the ‘space’ button, made especially for MOBA and FPS gaming. This is to make sure you know exactly where everything is all the time, which really smooths out the gameplay. Beside everything that any great mechanical keyboard should have it also have a few of those small nice extra features, such as USB port(for all your other gaming gear), smart volume adjusting, endless LED-light customization and 104 fully adjustable roll-over keys. You can assign any control to any key and even switch the textured keys to any button of your liking. Which really makes it unparalleled in terms of customization.

The ‘Corsairs CUE software’ is the reason it ain’t higher on this list. It is a very messy software and are not very user-friendly, and if I didn’t have a lot of experience with gaming software I would have struggled with setting this up. That being said, it’s complexity also adds a huge amount of customization options which is very good if you know how to use it.

Final Verdict

It is a very strong and solid product and all in all one of the best mechanical keyboards on the market. Its major fault is definitely it’s software and it’s over the top complexity. This is NOT a problem if you have some experience in this field but i would not recommend it as a starter keyboard. I would very much recommend it if you’re an experienced gamer with expertise in gaming gear and/or if you really love customisation. But I would advise you to take a look on the other keyboards on this list first.

Specifications

  • 100% anti-ghosting with 104 key rollover
  • Volume and media control
  • FPS/MOBA keycap sets – Textured and contoured key caps
  • Fully programmable keys
  • Unlimited LED lighting customization
  • Corsairs CUE software

Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

7.1 Editors Raiting
The Good
+ Various Customization options
+ Fully Programmable Macro management
+ USB port for mouse, headset etc.
+ Textured buttons for FPS/MOBA gaming
+ 100% anti-ghosting
The Bad
- No Wrist-rest(Purchasable as an extra feature)
- Confusing software
- Plastic build
Feel/Performance7
Specs/Features7.5
Quality7.5
Price6.5

 


9. EagleTec KG010

Custom Switches / Audible Clicky & Tactile

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This was out of the many keyboards we bought for this list, probably the biggest surprise. The price is far lower than almost any good mechanical keyboard on the market, and it’s also from a brand(EagleTec) that we have rarely used. But it certainly was a pleasant surprise.

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When you take it out of the box it definitely doesn’t feel one bit cheaper than even the most high-end gaming gear. The aluminum and ABS construction makes it feel insanely sturdy and strong, and makes it look fantastic. Both of which are a huge pluses in my book.

The ‘EagleTec KG010’ claims to have a 100% anti ghosting feature, which sounded like a very bold claim for a keyboard of this price. But I gotta say that I cannot contradict their claim, as the anti-ghosting seems to be working 100%.

The mechanical aspect of this keyboard has a nice audible click sound and some great tactile feedback. This gives it a nice bouncy feeling and also adds to the certainty of your clicks. The LED-Lightning have customization options but not as many as I’d like. Probably because there is no software attached to it which is to be expected. This will be a big drawback for some, but most people actually wouldn’t even use it even if there were. And since this is a perfect starter keyboard, I think that adding a software would only add unnecessary complexity.

Final Verdict

This i the best starter mechanical keyboard I have ever tested. It has no complicated software, and are simply a plug-and-play keyboard. It’s price makes it a very attractive choice if you’re not sure if mechanical keyboards are for you, but you want to try it out. Also it’s quality and performance really makes it feel like a much more expensive keyboard.

Specifications

  • Anti-ghosting
  • Aluminum and ABS construction
  • Mechanical keys with audible click sound
  • Full numeric keypad and splash-proof keys
  • Blue LED adjustable lighting

EagleTec Mechanical Keyboard

7.4 Editors Raiting
The Good
+ Great Value for money
+ Aluminum and ABS construction
+ Splash-proof keys
+ Great LED-Customization
The Bad
- Next to no extra features
- No software
Feel/Performance7
Specs/Features7
Quality7.5
Price9


8. CM Storm QuickFire TK

Cherry MX Red Switches / Quiet & Minimum Tactile Feedback

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Moving on, we have now come to this bestseller and classic. This keyboard is the dictionary definition of a mechanical keyboard, no more, no less. So why is it not higher on the list? Well that’s quite simply because it isn’t made for gaming. It is quite clearly made for writers/typists, but it still manages to do very well in the hands of a gamer.

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It is no surprise that one of the best mechanical keyboards there is, are made for typing. Afterall, that is exactly what a mechanical keyboard was initially made for. This mean that there is no gaming specific features or such. It also means that it has one of the most gorgeous mechanical sound and feel of the entire list.

The build is a mixture of a plastic frame and a rubberized body. This sounds like it has a cheap feel to it right? Well no, it somehow manages to have a quite qualitative plastic feel, which is quite rare. And the rubber body gives it a fantastic hold on the surface, which ensures it will not move incidentally.

The keys have a fantastic tactile feedback, which was surely intended for writing but works amazingly for gaming as well.

This is a compact keyboard, which is something you need to get used to if you aren’t already. Everything is just cramped up a little closer, but this is quite easy to get used to and should not take more than a couple of hours of gaming. Especially the numpad can get some getting used to, and could be quite annoying when typing.

It is worth mentioning that this keyboard comes in both a small, medium and large version. So if you are not used to compact keyboards, and can’t be bothered to. Then it might be smart to look into the large version.

Final Verdict

Is it the best gaming mech keyboard? no. Is it one of the best all-purpose mechanical keyboards? yes.

Before buying this keyboard, you need to understand that it is not made solely for gaming. But if you write in your free time or need to type at home for work. Then this is a fantastic purchase, and strikes a good middle ground between typing and gaming.

The LED lighting are known to sometimes give up on specific keys, but this problem usually occur after a long period of usage. We did however not experience any of this, and it is only known to happen on rare occasions.

Specifications

  • Braided USB cable
  • Compatible with both mac and windows.( There is a few known minor issues with using it on mac’s)
  • 3 LED lighting modes and 5 brightness levels
  • Compact rubber/plastic build
  • Tactile Mechanical buttons

CM Storm QuickFire TK

7.5 Editors Raiting
The Good
+ Great tactile mechanical feel
+ Works good for both gaming and writing
+ Well-grounded on the surface, due to
the rubberized build
+ Plug & Play
The Bad
- Can get some time getting used to the compact design
- Overpriced, unless you intend on using it for typing/writing
Feel/Performance8
Specs/Features7
Quality8
Price7

7. Azio Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Kailh Brown Switches / Quiet & Tactile

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If you want the most quality for your money, then this is probably the perfect fit for you. It is not the cheapest on the list, but it is still very affordable. The brushed aluminium and slick simplistic design gives it such a qualitative feel to it. One that is nigh impossible to match at this pricing.

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In terms of the mechanical sound/feel, it does quite a good job. It is worth noting that it has more of a ”clicky” sound as opposed to tactile. This can be a major con or pro, depending on your personal preference. Whether you want tactile or clicky, it does not directly interfere with the gaming performance of the keyboard.

The wrist rest works nicely, and are easy to detach/attach.

The key cap puller does feel quite low quality. But as it is not a real part of the keyboard it is not a major issue in my opinion. It can however be annoying when/if you actually want to use it.

The rollover feature on this keyboard definitely deserves to be mentioned. All buttons are completely rollover, which should please moba players especially. If you are not sure what rollover means, it is that you can press literally every key on the board at the same time, and they will all get registered. This is awesome when playing a high intensity game like mobas.

The media control center on the upper right corner was also a nice addition. It looks super cool and keep in tone with the rest of the board. And such convenience are always welcome.

Something that may be a deal breaker for some, is the lack of complete anti-ghosting. It is worth mentioning that keyboards of this price do not usually have that, even if they advertise it. And that even though it does not have 100% anti ghosting, the quality of the mechanical keys provides a great deal of anti-ghosting.

Final Verdict

A truly great gaming keyboard, and one of the best bangs for buck on the market. If you are looking for an affordable but high quality mechanical keyboard, then this I can highly recommend this beauty.

This keyboard was made as a budget mechanical keyboard. Mostly the keyboard does a fantastic job at hiding the fact that it is not a high-end keyboard. But there is a few examples, where Azio clearly chose to cut corners, in order to keep the pricing down. There is a lack of rubber, which can sometimes make the keyboard slippery on rare occasions. And there are a few number of examples of the key caps going a bit loose after long extensive use. However Azio is actually known for amazing customer support, which is always a huge plus.

The minor issues the board has are completely nullified by the price and the overall quality of this keyboard.

Moba and RTS players in particular will really enjoy this one.

Specifications

  • Brushed aluminium build
  • Complete rollover keycap set
  • Media/volume control
  • Detachable wrist-rest
  • Designed for Windows, but works alright on Mac’s as well

Azio Mechanical Keyboard

8 Editors Raiting
The Good
+ Quality brushed aluminium design
+ Affordable
+ 100% rollover key caps
+ Nice wrist-rest, which is easily detachable
+ Great volume/media controls
The Bad
- Not complete anti ghosting
- Poor keycap puller
- Not that much LED customization options
Feel/Performance8
Specs/Features7
Quality8.5
Price8.5

6. LINGBAO JIGUANSHI Mechanical Keyboard

Blue Switches / Audible & Clicky

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Sometimes less is more, which is what make this keyboard so incredible. Undoubtedly one of the best compact mechanical keyboards out there.

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As I was testing this, I couldn’t wait to make this review, since it is such treat to play with. But as I sat down to write it, I realized that it was hard to say exactly what makes this gaming keyboard so great. On paper it is actually the worst on the list, it certainly has very few extra features and has nothing special to it. But I can only say that it feels insanely smooth to play with and it has probably my all-time favorite mechanical sound.

This Keyboard is made for gaming, and only that. This is clear in that, everything unnecessary for your gaming experience has been removed. So it is not because it has a lack of special features, it’s that it is perfectly optimized. This means that if you are a fan of all kinds of extra features etc. You should probably not get this. But if you don’t want to pay for all kinds of features that you might never use, this is for you.

This keyboard has amazing value for money. Which is actually fairly common when buying from an ”unknown” brand like ‘LINGBAO JIGUANSHI’. These usually have a fantastic price, compared to the product. Since they need to prove themselves, and make their mark on the gaming market. So even if this keyboard does not intrigue you, there is still a valuable lesson here. Bigger brands doesn’t always produce the best gaming gear, certainly not when considering the price.

Final Verdict

This keyboard is everything that’s great about a mechanical keyboard without any extra bullshit. The mechanical feel of it is fantastic and it feels like you’re truly in control of every move you make. In addition, the mechanical sound is straight down gorgeous on this keyboard. The lack of extra features can actually feel like a great at times. And as soon as you plug it in you know you get everything it has to offer, you don’t have to figure out some horrible software and do anything else to make it perform perfectly. This really makes it a great starter keyboard, while still being targeted at high-end gaming. I would recommend this if you’re looking for your first mechanical keyboard or if you just want a fantastic keyboard without all the crap that usually comes along.

Specifications

  • 11 colours light design
  • Mechanical shaft design
  • 60 million times key life
  • ABS build
  • Floating keycaps

LINGBAO JIGUANSHI Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

8 Editors Raiting
The Good
+ High value for money
+ Great mechanical sound
+ Beautiful LED lighting
+ Intuitive design
The Bad
- No software
Feel/Performance9
Specs/Features7
Quality7
Price9


5. Logitech G710 

Cherry MX Blue / Clicky 

Image of Mechanical Logitech board

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No list of the best gaming gear is complete without at least one product from Logitech. Being a huge fan of most Logitech product’s myself I was a little disappointed I wasn’t able to put it higher on the list, but it just falls a bit short of being truly outstanding.

It is still a fantastic pick, especially for those who really enjoy Logitech as a brand.

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If you enjoy Logitech keyboards in general, then this is a real treat. Like most decent keyboards from Logitech, it has a great media control outlet. Letting you adjust volume, mute, switch song etc. Without ever having to go to your desktop.

The design was not something I particularly enjoyed, but that mostly comes down to personal preferences. The LED lighting did have fantastic customization options, with a very wide brightness range, which I quite liked.

The mechanical feeling is quite good, but not superb. It feels a bit like it was made more for writing purposes and not gaming. So if you really like that ‘typewriter’ feel of mech keyboards, then this should suit you very nicely.

A nice touch I really enjoyed, was the key specific LED lighting customization. You are able to light up the WASD buttons, brighter than the rest of the keys, which works great when playing FPS/Mobas in the dark.

In terms of quality, it is a bit of a let down. It has quite a plastic feel to it, though without feeling endurable.

If you want a keyboard that works great for both gaming, and typing/work, then it is definitely a great buy.

Final Verdict

If you are a hardcore gamer, looking for the best of the best, you are probably better of with some of the other keyboards on the list. However, if you are looking for your first mechanical keyboard, or maybe just want a keyboard that works great for both typing/work and gaming, then it is a fantastic pick.

Specifications

  • 6 Programmable G-keys
  • Volume/media control
  • Tactile buttons
  • Compatible with both Windows and mac
  • Key-specific LED lighting adjustment

Logitech G710+

8 Editors Raiting
The Good
+ Endless LED customization
+ Works good for both gaming and typing
+ Media/volume control works very well
+ Premium quality
The Bad
- Semi expensive
Feel/Performance8
Specs/Features8.5
Quality7
Price8.5

4. Pictek Mechanical Keyboard

Blue Switches / Clicky

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This is pretty much the exact opposite as the Lingbao keyboard. Not because it’s expensive, or because it ain’t a great keyboard. But simply because it is loaded with special features and unique additions. This is the Batman utility belt of mechanical keyboards, and I love it! Did you spill some water on it? no problem. Want to relocate all 104 buttons? no problem. Want to control the entire media outlet on your pc, whilst gaming? No problem.

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All the extra features are not essential but they are all a great addition in one way or another. Like the fact that it’s waterproof, it’s not at all essential to make a great keyboard. But it’s a fun and actually quite useful feature nonetheless. And yes! We did test it out. We poured 1 whole gallon of water on this thing and after drying it off it still worked 100%. it was surprising that such a feature rich keyboard did not have a software attached, but it’s simply not necessary. It’s obviously a drawback if you really love playing around with LED customization etc. But personally I didn’t mind it at all.

It’s made of top-grade ABS and metal, which makes it feel extremely study and qualitative. This is a pretty amazing accomplishment, when you take a look at the price. I honestly have no clue on how they managed to put so many great features, specifications and pure quality into this mechanical wonder, at this price. The mechanical sound is less attractive than some of the other picks on this list. But the mechanical function and anti-ghosting is incredibly reliable, and feels great.

Final Verdict

This keyboard manages to score highly in quality, price, features and performance, which is truly astounding. Unless you find the simplicity of the Lingbao keyboard to be extremely attractive, I would highly recommend this. It does not matter if you are a seasoned gamer, or just starting out. The mixture of plug-and-play and tons of features, combined with a price tag this low, makes it an attractive pick for any gamer. One of the potential drawbacks could be the lack of software, but that is more about personal preference.

It should be noted that this keyboard is not my number 3 pick due to its price, but simply because it’s a fantastic keyboard. So the fact that it can even compete with the number 1 & 2 on this list is truly amazing.

Specifications

  • Anti-Ghosting 104 keys. N-Key rollover
  • Water-resistant
  • Made of top-grade ABS and metal
  • Fully removable key-caps
  • Palm and wrist rest
  • 50 million times keystrokes

Pictek Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

8.4 Editors Raiting
The Good
+ Full Anti-Ghosting
+ Water proof
+ Made of top-grade ABS and metal
+ Plug and play
+ Fully removable key-caps
The Bad
- Lack of LED customization
- A lot of extra features you might never use
Feel/Performance8.5
Specs/Features9
Quality8
Price8


3. Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB 

Cherry MX Red / Fast & Quiet 

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As we make it into the top 3 of the list, it’s time to look at this LUX mechanical keyboard from Corsair. When Corsair calls one of their product’s for LUX, you just know you are in for something truly special. Pretty much all Corsair keyboards feels quite luxurious, but this mech keyboard takes it to the next level. And I can honestly say that this beauty is not only luxurious in design and quality, but in performance as well.

This luxury keyboard is obviously not cheap, and the price is the only thing that separates it from our number 1 pick.

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What really separates this keyboard from all the rest on the list is how the mechanical buttons work. In that the sound is much more subtle and less noisy. This does however not take away from the overall mechanical feel, not in the slightest actually. It manages to give the same great feeling that any great mechanical keyboard gives. In fact it gives one of the best mechanical feel of all the keyboards on this list.

Since Corsair calls this a luxury keyboard, we have to talk about quality, and this one takes the cake. It is undoubtedly the one on the list with the most qualitative feeling to it, and that is quite the accomplishment. The aluminium frame is simply of unparalleled quality, and it looks and feels great!

The detachable wrist rest is a welcome addition, compared to the other Corsair keyboard on the list. It works really well in long gaming sessions, but can always be removed if it don’t suit you.

A minor issue I had with this keyboard, is that it feels a little too compact. As if all the buttons are cramped closer to each other compared to other keyboards. This however only took a few hours to get used to, and really isn’t a big deal

Final Verdict

If you want quality, performance and durability, this surely match that of the number 1 & 2 pick on the list. In terms of quality it actually surpasses any keyboard I have ever tried. However the reason it’s not the number one pick is simple, it’s quite pricey. It performs just as well, but has quite a hefty price tag, and in terms of value the extra buck does not match how much better it is.

The less noisy mechanical buttons is what truly stands out. So if you want all the benefits of a mechanical keyboard, without waking up your neighbors, this is THE ideal pick.

Specifications

  • Aircraft-grade brushed aluminium frame
  • 100% anti ghosting
  • Full rollover keys
  • CUE macro customization

Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB

8.6 Editors Raiting
The Good
+ Unparalleled quality build
+ The brushed aluminium looks amazing
+ 100% anti-ghosting
+ Tons of macro & LED customization possibilities
The Bad
- Pricey
Feel/Performance10
Specs/Features8.5
Quality10
Price6

2. Razer BlackWidow Chroma

Razer Green / Clicky & Tactile 

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A lot of gamers were probably expecting this to be the number 1 on this list. Partly because it is the most popular and well-known mechanical keyboard on the market. But also because it is such a truly fantastic piece of gaming equipment.

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I’m not shy of saying that I rarely find Razer’s products to live up to the hype. Usually it seems like the entire focus is to make their gear look as cool as possible, and that their actual performance is a second priority to them. But sometimes we just have to give credit, where credit is due. This is, alongside the Razer Deathadder, the best piece of gaming gear Razer has ever produced.

This keyboard is every great thing you’d ever expect from Razer, without any of the letdown. It has a beautiful LED lighting, with more customization options than you will ever need. This is combined with a crispy tactile mechanical feel, which is both reliable and responsive. The mere quality is second to none, with a durability of around 80 million keystrokes. It has fully programmable key caps, which only adds to the endless customisation options. And last but not least, the anti-ghosting is undeniable.

Final Verdict

This is not just one of the best keyboards, it’s one of the most well polished piece of gaming equipment ever made. All these amazing things do have a catch though. It is quite pricey, and certainly the most expensive one on this list. But that does not mean it ain’t worth every penny, it truly is. It is on par with the number 1 spot on this list in every way, except from the price. But there is a reason this is the most popular mechanical keyboard ever produced, it’s simply that good.

  • Tactile mechanical switches
  • 80 million keystrokes
  • 16.8 million color customization options
  • Fully programmable keys
  • Volume/media control
  • 10 key rollover
  • Anti-ghosting

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Razer Blackwidow Chroma

8.6 Editors Raiting
The Good
+ Limitless customisation options
+ Very Durable
+ Extreme durability
+ Crispy mechanical sound
+ Great ergonomics
The Bad
- Pricey
Feel/Performance10
Specs/Features10
Quality8.5
Price6

 1. SADES Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Blue Switches / Clicky 

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This mechanical keyboard from SADES are as perfect as anything made by humans can possibly be. A couple of years ago it would probably come as a surprise to see anything from SADES on the number 1 spot. But in recent years they have become a prominent force in the gaming gear industry. And they keep to make top quality equipment at a fair price, even after becoming a world-famous brand.

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I am truly in love with the design on this keyboard. And instead of having some annoying software needed to change LED lighting, there are some convenient buttons for different backlighting modes. The keyboard itself has an unparalleled crisp mechanical sound and feel. And are one of the few mechanical keyboards that can truly claim to have 100% anti-ghosting. All the key caps are shaped with a very comfortable curved shape and textured for better grip. In addition to that, the mechanical switches has a bouncy effect, making it undoubtedly extremely comfortable to use.  All that put together makes a near perfect product.

This is easily as good, if not better than the Razer Blackwidow, which is otherwise considered to be the best mechanical keyboard ever made. But this beauty from SADES actually has 1 advantage over the Razer giant. The pricing on this keyboard is a lot lower than that of the Blackwidow, even though they could easily charge more for this.

Final Verdict

This is my absolute favorite, and in my opinion the best mechanical keyboard ever made. But to be honest, I really had a hard time choosing if the Blackwidow or This should be the number 1 pick. The pricing regrettably ended up deciding it. I would honestly love to have anything bad to say, to make it seem more authentic. But this keyboard is truly second to none.

Specifications

  • Anti-ghosting feature
  • Works with both Windows and Mac
  • Plug N Play
  • No driver needed.
  • Blue mechanical switches

SADES Mechanical Keyboard

8.8 Editors Raiting
The Good
+ Crisp mechanical sound
+ Anti-ghosting feature
+ Good value for money
+ Beautiful breathing LED design
+ Sturdy and strong feel
The Bad
- No software(can
be a good thing)
- No wrist rest
Feel/Performance10
Specs/Features8.5
Quality9.5
Price7

 


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What is a mechanical keyboard

A mechanical keyboard does unlike a normal keyboard have switches underneath its buttons to recreate the feeling of using a typewriter. Even though they all have different kinds of switches, it’s all for the purpose of more accurate keyboard usage. This is obviously why it has become increasingly popular among gamers. Although it was initially created for office workers that are dependent on fast and precise typing. Some may find the louder sound to be an annoyance, but in my opinion it just gives a much more satisfying feeling than a regular gaming keyboard. And the sound is probably why it has become to mainstream among gamers in the last couple of years.

What makes a mechanical keyboard different from the old regular membrane boards are the switches. These switches are made of different components, a plastic stem, two metal contacts, and a spring. When you press a key the spring will be pushed down and the two metal contacts will connect, this will allow your computer to register what you press.

The quality is usually higher in mechanical keyboards, and they will last longer. Mechanical keyboards allows for millions of presses on each key.

Anti ghosting : This is something that most mechanical keyboards advertise to have, and also should have to some extent. It is the ability for a keyboard to register multiple keys at once, which is something most hardcore gamers find essential.

Different types of mechanical switches.

When shopping for mechanical keyboards you have most likely come across wordings such as: Cherry mx red, cherry mx blue and kalih red etc. But what does it mean? We will take a look at the most common and popular ones, to make it easier for you to choose the perfect one for you.

A simple search for a great gaming keyboard displays a lot of mechanical options. We at Progammerriview have picked out the best of the mechanical and non-mechanical options based on its performance, tactile feedback, feel and comfort. So what are mechanical and non-mechanical keyboards?

Mechanical keyboard use mechanical switches which basically have their individual switch which is spring-loaded. This helps for amazing response as soon as the key is slightly pressed. In turn you get amazing tactile feedback and don’t have to worry about pressing a key twice. Most importantly, the feel when pressing these keys is quite unique. The clicky sound is also quite sort after by a lot of gamers. There are multiple Cherry MX types. I.e. Brown, Blue Red, Black. All these provide a different feel to the keyboards offering different things like feedback, agility etc. Mechanical keyboards also have the added advantage of durability. Keys last longer and can also be replaced if needed quite easily.

Switches Matter

Not all mechanical keyboards are great for everyday use as well as gaming though. The Cherry MX brown type serves a hybrid usage purpose well. If your game requires a more agile response then you can even make do with a non-mechanical option.

The switches are divided into colors with distinct functionalities. You will usually see a brand like Cherry or razer etc. Before the color, but in general the difference is small between brands. It is the color you need to be aware of.

Red

This one is made solely for gaming, as it has no tactile feedback. It grants a very fast and smooth gaming experience, but the lack of tactile feedback makes it unsuited for typists.

Black

It is basically the same as the red version, with the only difference being a little more resistance, making it a bit more suited for writing. Whilst still working great for gaming.

Blue

This is Cherries ”clicky” version of a mechanical switch. It has a very distinct clicking sound, which is often seen used by Twitch streamers.

Brown

Brown is the more subtle switch. It has medium tactile feedback but the mechanical sound are kept to a minimum.

RELATED: Read our complete guide to mechanical switches right here.


FAQ About Mechanical Keyboards

The most frequently asked questions we get about mechanical keyboards

1. Why choose mechanical over membrane keyboards?

Mechanical keyboards are generally faster and more precise. Also the mechanical switches offer an incredible amount of durability compared to their membrane counterparts, some lasting up to about 80 million keystrokes PER key. This is almost 4 times as much as most regular boards. The different switches also offer a very specific performance, which can cater more personally to a lot of gamers. Last but not least, the actual feel of the mechanical switches can be incredibly satisfying and give an entirely new enjoyment to your gameplay.

2. Why would anyone choose a regular keyboard over a mech?

Well, on paper the membrane keyboards don’t look as good as the mech ones. However, in the end it all comes down to personal preference. Some people just enjoy the regular feel more than the mechanic tactile switches. There is even actual pro gamers who prefer regular keyboards. So the most important thing is to figure out what you personally enjoy yourself, maybe try out a mecha-membrane to get a feel for mechanical, without going all the way.

3. What is anti-ghosting?

When you press multiple keys simultaneously, and your computer fails to register some of them, those keys are known as ghost-keys. So per definition, anti-ghosting means that your keyboard can register multiple presses at the same time. This is also known as roll-over keys. 100% anti-ghosting means that you can press the entire keyset down at once and it will register every single keystroke, while 10 roll-over keys as an example, mean that you can press 10 at a time with same effect.

4. Which ones do the professional gamers use?

This is very dependant on which type of game, and who the player is. There is however a couple of very popular options, which is seeing a lot of use in most genres of eSport. Such as the Razer Blackwidow, CM Storm Quickfire, SteelSeries G6v2. It is important to know that pro gamers don’t always use their prefered equipment, as a lot of teams and or players have sponsor deals with specific brands. Although, if a pro gamer is actually using the keyboard, it is likely pretty amazing, sponsor deal or not.

5. Do pro gamers prefer mechanical over membrane keyboards?

In general, yes. Most eSport athletes tend to play on a mechanical option. Simply because of the increased tactile feedback and precision, but you still see some pro gamers who prefer ordinary keyboards, even despite of these things.

6. Which switch type is best for gaming?

There is no straight answer for this, since mechanical switches really comes down to personal preference. Among pro gamers, brown switches are immensely popular, but you see a lot of blue and red ones as well. Blue switches are also very popular with a lot of Twitch streamers, and is famous for it’s very clicky sound. All different switch types can be used for gaming, but most people would generally say that the brown or red ones are the best.

7. Are mechanical keyboards really worth the extra money?

Yes, unless you are on a tight budget, but if hat is the case then it is probably not the time to buy a new keyboard. There is nothing quite as exciting as a gamer, than receiving a new mechanical keyboard, especially if you are used to membrane. The difference in feel and performance is just incredible.

8. Which is the most popular mechanical keyboard?

That would be the Razer Blackwidow Chroma, and with good reason too. It is the perfect default pick for all types of gamers. The Razer switches are amazing and the quality is way above what to expect from Razer. It actually has the most durable switches in the whole industry, lasting up to about 80 million keystrokes, which is basically forever. It also comes in both a silent, clicky and tactile version.

9. What does RGB mean?

RBG simply strands for red, green and blue. This feature simply means that you can fully customize the LED lighting, and usually up to and about 16.8 million different color variants. Obviously 16.8 million is the technical amount, and it basically just mean that you can customize your LED to every color known to man.

10. What does macro management mean/do?

This is the ability to customize specific or all keys on your board. As an example you can change your F1 key to the windows key, or the Enter key to the Space key etc. This is usually done quite simply through the gaming software that came with the keyboard. Having a fully programmable keyboard can be very helpful for gamers that really try to maximize their performance, but it is by no means a necessity for most.


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