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The Best Mechanical Keyboards for 2019

Corsair K70 Best Gaming Mechanical Keyboard

Mechanical keyboards are often considered the best keyboards you can buy.

Logitech G513 Carbon
They are built with high quality, typically spring activated, key switches. These key switches vary based on the keyboard’s application or user preference. Before making an investment, be sure to understand which switch will be right for you.

Here’s a breakdown of the different key switches (often referred as Cherries) mechanical keyboards can have:

Cherry MX RedCherry MX Reds are some of the most widespread switches out there, and for good reason. These linear switches require 45 grams of force to actuate. The light touch makes them a good choice for both gaming and typing. The keys are also very quiet, particularly the MX Red Silent variant, which makes them good for office environments or crowded houses.

Cherry MX BlackCherry MX Blacks are linear switches that are very similar to Reds, save that they require 60 g of force to actuate. They feel a little more resistant than Reds, and are also available in a Silent variant.

Cherry MX BrownCherry MX Browns are some of the most popular switches in gaming keyboards. Browns are tactile switches that require 45 g of force to activate. They don’t make much sound, and spring back very quickly after actuation.

Cherry MX BlueCherry MX Blues are “clicky” switches, meaning they make audible clicking noises every time you depress them, like typewriters of old. Some users find the noise gratifying; others find it insufferable. You won’t know until you try. Cherry MX Blues require 50 g of actuation force.

Cherry MX SilverCherry MX Speed or Silver switches are built with gamers in mind. Like Reds, Cherry MX Speeds are linear switches that require 45 g of actuation force. Unlike Reds, though, they travel only 1.2 mm rather than the standard 2 mm. This theoretically lets gamers pound keys faster — helpful in genres like MOBA (League of Legends, Dota 2) and MMO (World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic), where skills are constantly refreshing.

 

Which keyboard is the best?

It really comes down to your personal preferences. We’ve put together a list of the best, coolest and most affordable mechanical keyboards of 2019.

Corsair K70 keyboard

1. Corsair K70 RGB MK2

Corsair K70 MK.2 The Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 is a great all-round mechanical keyboard that won’t break the bank. This particular listing features Cherry MX Red switches, although it is available in your choice of Cherry MX switches. These are most popular with gamers for their low actuation force and relatively quiet operation.

Each of the 104 keys is fitted with an RGB LED, which can be controlled using the included software. Corsair promises full anti-ghosting. That means even if you slam your fist on the keyboard in a rage, all those individual key presses will still register.

Bottom Line: The Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 may not possess a litany of substantial upgrades on the previous generation, but it does offer small improvements on Corsair’s steadfast and functional design.

What people Liked

  • Extensive switch options
  • Per-key RGB lighting
  • Versatile utility software

What people Didn’t Like

  • Minimal updates from previous iterations

Pros: Extensive switch options. Per-key RGB lighting. Versatile utility software.Cons: Minimal updates from previous iterations.

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Other popular keyboards from Corsair:
Corsair K70 LUX RGB | Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

 

Razer BlackWidow Elite Mechanical Keyboard

2. Razer BlackWidow Elite

Razer BlackWidow EliteIf your budget can stretch a little further, you can pick up the Razer BlackWidow Elite. Razer chooses not to use Cherry MX switches, opting to manufacture their own instead. That’s no reason to write-off Razer’s keyboards, and some people prefer Razer switches to Cherry MX.

The BlackWidow Elite is available in your choice of three switches: tactile and clicky green, tactile and silent orange, and linear and silent yellow. Razer rates its switches for up to 80 million keystrokes. Each key has an RGB LED inside it, which can be programmed using the included software.

Bottom Line: The 2019 edition of Razer’s BlackWidow gaming keyboard is a smart compromise for budget-conscious players, offering top-of-the-line fundamentals at the expense of some quality-of-life features we’ve come to expect in high-end devices.

What people Liked

  • Compact for a full keyboard
  • Very nice build
  • Chroma Studio lighting

What people Didn’t Like

  • No macro keys or media controls
  • Expensive for what it brings to the table

Pros: Compact for a full keyboard. Very nice build. Chroma Studio lighting.Cons: No macro keys, USB pass-through, or media controls. Price seems a little high for what it brings to the table.

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Other popular keyboards from Razer:
Razer Cynosa Chroma | Razer Huntsman Elite | Razer BlackWidow X

 

Das Keyboard 4

3. Das Keyboard 4 Professional

Das Keyboard 4While you can use just about any USB keyboard on a Mac, most come with the standard Windows key layout. Any Mac users who want a superior gaming and typing experience should look to the Das Keyboard 4 Professional. It’s available in blank, Windows, and Mac key arrangements.

Bottom Line: The Das Keyboard 4 carries on the mechanical-keyboard company’s hardware legacy, but it’s the RGB lighting, not the quirky “Q” alerts software, that will justify the price premium for most of the Das faithful.

What people Liked

  • Aluminum top plate
  • Dedicated media controls
  • Nifty RGB lighting

What people Didn’t Like

  • Q software can be frustrating to use

Pros: Aluminum top plate. Dedicated media controls. Nifty RGB lighting.Cons: Q software can be frustrating to use.

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Other popular keyboards from Das:
Das Keyboard DKP13 | Das Keyboard 4 Root | Das Keyboard Model S Professional

 

Logitech G513 Carbon

4. Logitech G513 Carbon

In a crowded world of mechanical-switch gaming keyboards that all use the same handful of Cherry MX key-switch types (or Cherry MX knockoffs), the Logitech G513 Carbon stands out. Equipped with Logitech’s own Lightsync RGB technology, a snug palm rest, and an anodized-aluminum finish that’s cool to the touch, this flagship keyboard undercuts the suggested retail price of the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 while retaining most of its features.

Bottom Line: Though it cries out for media/macro keys, the minimalist Logitech G513 Carbon gaming keyboard justifies its price with custom, RGB-lit mechanical switches that feel great and won’t wake up your household.

What people Liked

  • Choice of Linear and Tactile switch types
  • Comfortable and quiet for typing and gaming
  • Slick design
  • Roomy palm rest
  • Per-key RGB lighting

What people Didn’t Like

  • Software takes patience to learn
  • No dedicated macro or media keys
  • Subdued RGB illumination

Pros: Choice of Linear and Tactile switch types. Comfortable and quiet for typing and gaming. Slick design. Roomy palm rest. Per-key RGB lighting.Cons: Software takes patience to learn. No dedicated macro or media keys. Subdued RGB illumination.

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Other popular keyboards from Logitech:
Logitech G213 | Logitech G Pro | Logitech G910 Orion Spark

 

Redragon K552 Mechanical Keyboard

5. Redragon K552 Kumara

Redragon K552If you’d rather not spend a large amount of money on a mechanical keyboard, you may want to consider the Redragon K552. It’s one of the most popular affordable mechanical keyboards on the market, and a glance over the Amazon reviews reveals many satisfied customers.

To keep the price down, the Redragon doesn’t use name brand switches. The K552 comes with off-brand switches that are comparable to the clicky, tactile feedback provided by Cherry MX Blues. In addition to the 87 regular conflict free, or anti-ghosting, regular keys are 12 media keys incorporated into the function key array.

Bottom Line: The KUMARA K552 from Redragon will satisfy majority of gamers barring one or two. For its price tag, there really is nothing to complain about. Even at twice its current price, this would still qualify as a must-have gaming keyboard.

What people Liked

  • Cheap and reliable
  • Affordable
  • Built like a tank and designed exclusively for gamers
  • Superior key feel

What people Didn’t Like

  • Only has 87 keys
  • No NUMPAD section
  • Quite heavy

Pros: Cheap and reliable aren’t always used in the same sentence but the Redragon K552 is just that. It is affordable, built like a tank and designed exclusively for gamers, The key feel is superior.Cons: The K552 because of its portable nature only packs in 87 keys. Basically, it misses out on the entire NUMPAD section. This may be an issue for some who use the NUMPAD for combos and other in-game controls, It is heavy as a brick.

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Other popular keyboards from Redragon:
Redragon S101 | Redragon K556 RGB | Redragon K552

 

SteelSeries Apex M750 RGB

6. SteelSeries Apex M750 RGB

SteelSeries Apex m750 RGBThe Apex M750 is SteelSeries’ top-of-the-line gaming keyboard, with mechanical key switches designed in-house and per-key lighting that aims to dazzle. Its design is simple but its lighting is complex, and all that comes with a price right where we’d expect to see it.

There are a few valid reasons to buy this keyboard over another: 1. A love of impressive RGB lighting. 2. Owning a whole suite of other SteelSeries peripherals using SteelSeries Engine. Barring those reasons, as solid as the Apex M750 is, it’s hard to recommend over the more versatile Logitech G513 or the more budget-friendly G.Skill Ripjaws KM570.

Bottom Line: The SteelSeries Apex M750 is excellent for seasoned gamers who care less about bells and whistles and more about fast actuation and fine control of backlighting and key assignments.

What people Liked

  • Very fast switches
  • Compact design
  • Excellent backlighting
  • Great customization options

What people Didn’t Like

  • No dedicated media keys
  • G-keys or USB pass-through
  • No adjustable feet

Pros: Very fast switches. Unobtrusive, compact design. Excellent backlighting and function customization options.Cons: No dedicated media keys, G-keys or USB pass-through. No adjustable feet.

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Other popular keyboards from SteelSeries:
SteelSeries Apex 7 | SteelSeries Apex M400

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