Best Mechanical Keyboards For Programming, Typing, Gaming

Best Mechanical Keyboards For Programming, Typing, Gaming In 2020

Don’t buy a mechanical keyboard before taking a quick look at these top mechanical keyboards you can buy in 2020 with review. Technically speaking, there’s little that truly makes a keyboard stand out as being designed for gaming these days. A multitude of extra gaming keys is no longer a requirement for the most part, and many of them use proper mechanical switches too.

Most keyboards from popular gaming peripheral brands, such as Corsair, Razer and SteelSeries, have standard 105-key layouts, with maybe a small cluster of multimedia buttons. Regardless, there’s a general aesthetic to such keyboards. They tend to be bulky, aggressively styled and festooned with RGB lighting. They also tend to be wired, rather than wireless.

For this test, we wanted to explore some of the other options, whether it’s wireless convenience, a super-low profile, a tiny footprint or an ergonomic design. This range of options means we’ll largely be assessing each keyboard on its own merits. If it’s meant to be lightweight and portable, it wouldn’t be very fair to judge it for lacking lots of extra buttons, for instance.

However, there are some basic criteria that we’ll be looking for in all the boards. First and foremost is the quality of the typing experience. The keys should offer a reliable, responsive and stable action, with an intuitive – or easy-to-learn – layout.

Build quality is also important, both in terms of the look and feel of the keyboard as a whole, and the quality of the key switches. You may prefer the shorter action and softer landing of rubber membrane switches, but they very noticeably wear out quicker than so-called mechanical switches, while low-profile scissor switches tend to sit somewhere in the middle. Styling is also a factor, as are any extra features, plus the price.

List of Best Mechanical Keyboards

We have shortlisted top rated best mechanical keyboard for typing, gaming and programming.

  1. Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 Tenkeyless (Best Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard)
  2. HP K2500 Wireless Keyboard (Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard)
  3. KBParadise V60 Mechanical Keyboard (Best Mechanical Keyboard For Mac)
  4. Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard with Silent Typing (Best Mechanical Keyboard For Typing)
  5. Logitech MX Craft Wireless Keyboard with Creative Input Dial and Backlit Keys (Best Mechanical Keyboard Under 100)
  6. Matias RGB Backlit Wired Aluminum Keyboard for PC
  7. Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

1. Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 Tenkeyless (Best Mechanical Keyboard For Gaming)

Filco’s Majestouch range is one of the stalwarts of the mechanical keyboard in the market. Filco offers simple, high-quality keyboards long before the recent trend for mechanical gaming keyboards took off. No-nonsense and built like tanks, they tend to have fairly unflashy designs and relatively basic feature sets. The Convertible 2, then, is a little different.

Okay, so a first glance at the design of this keyboard shows it’s not all that different, as the familiar chunky, all-black styling is as present as ever. However, this tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard has a trick up its sleeve, which is the ability to convert from a simple wired configuration into a Bluetooth-connected mode.

Open up the battery compartment on the back, pop in the two supplied AA batteries and you can set up the keyboard to connect to up to four Bluetooth devices. Setup is decidedly clunkier than the likes of the Logitech K780, but it works well enough. Once it’s paired, you can plug in your USB connection again and carry on with permanent power while connected to all your devices. For some reason, the keyboard requires the batteries to initially set up the Bluetooth connection.

Outside of this Bluetooth feature, there’s not too much to the Majestouch convertible. Its TKL layout means you get a more compact keyboard than full-sized keyboards, but without the highly compromised experience of the KBParadise V60. A numpad is certainly useful, but if you’re not regularly doing numerical data entry, you can easily do without this feature and get the benefit of more desk space, while also enabling you to bring your mouse closer to the keyboard.

You get a smattering of multimedia controls via secondary functions of some of the F keys, and there’s a button for putting your PC to sleep, but that’s your lot. Given the relatively high price of this keyboard, it’s a little surprising to find that it lacks backlighting. Forget RGB or even your single-colour LEDs, this keyboard eschews the lot.

Aesthetics aside, the lack of lighting does make for a less practical keyboard, as you won’t be able to see the key legends in those moments where you might need to use the keyboard in a dark room, such as dimming the lights to watch a movie or play a creepy game.

The key caps themselves aren’t particularly special either, being made from standard ABS plastic, with the legends printed on the key caps. Inside, the keyboard is built around a solid steel switch plate, giving the whole unit a very rigid feel with plenty of weight to it. This construction makes for a reassuringly stable typing platform that doesn’t slide around or flex.

You can get Filco keyboards with a whole range of Cherry MX keyswitches, depending on your personal preference. Our review unit was equipped with Cherry MX Red Silent switches, which offer the same 45g linear action of standard Cherry MX switches, but internal cushioning prevents the hard clack of the switch when it bottoms out. The switches are far from silent, as the name suggests – they still clack as they spring back up, but this design does make a noticeable difference to the volume of the noise, and typing on them still feels great.

Specification

  • Connection:  Wired and wireless
  • Cable: Rubber, 1.8m
  • Material: Plastic
  • Switch type: Cherry MX Red Silent (other Cherry MX switch types available)
  • Backlighting: None
  • Extras: DIP switch programming, key remover, alternate Ctrl, Caps Lock and right Windows key

Conclusion

The Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 is a great-quality mechanical keyboard, and the addition of a Bluetooth connection will be a boon for some folks too. It isn’t the most elegant bit of design, and it certainly doesn’t come particularly cheap, but it’s a well-made, reliable option if you’re looking for a well-built, quality typing keyboard.

Perhaps a bit niche in its appeal, the Filco is still a fantastic-quality mechanical keyboard.

What’s Right:

  • Conveniently compact design
  • Very robust build quality
  • Useful Bluetooth convertibility

What’s Wrong:

  • No backlighting
  • Slightly utilitarian design
  • A little pricey

2. HP K2500 Wireless Keyboard (Best Mechanical Keyboard Under 50)

Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

Once you get down to under $30 dollar keyboard, there are so many no-name brands with cheap-as chips, throwaway models that it’s impossible to test them all. Doing so would also be rather pointless anyway – if a keyboard only costs £5-10, as long as it doesn’t blow up your computer, it has essentially done its job. However, we were intrigued to know what sort of experience we could get from a very cheap wireless model from a known brand such as HP.

Costing just $25 inc VAT, the K2500 is just about the cheapest wireless model we could find, so not surprisingly, it offers few frills. However, it’s still a full-sized keyboard with a numpad, and it even includes four extra multimedia keys in its top right corner, including Mute, Volume Down, Volume Up and another button to bring up the ‘secret’ Start Menu (the one that pops up when you right click on the Start Menu in Windows).

The design is basic but functional. The roughly textured black plastic used throughout the build provides a clearly cheap but smart finish. The font used on the keycaps is also clear – which isn’t a given even on far flashier keyboards. As such, there’s nothing that immediately leaps out as being problematic with the design.

Two AAA batteries power the keyboard, with the battery container accessed via a slide-out cover on the underside. There’s no means of charging the batteries (the supplied ones aren’t rechargeable anyway) while they’re still inside the keyboard, so you’ll have to either keep a supply of freshly charged ones on hand, or rely on disposable ones. Battery life is rated at up to 30 months, but we’d surprised if they lasted quite that long if the keyboard is in regular use.

Meanwhile, the wireless signal works via a dongle, which is blessedly small, so it only sticks out 4-5mm from your chosen USB socket – that’s a particular boon if you’re using this keyboard with a laptop.

Installation is as easy as just plugging the dongle into your USB port, with no drivers or other software required. We also experienced no general connection or interference issues while also using several other wireless peripherals. The wireless range is rated at 10m and this held up in our testing.

So far so good, then, but the K2500 has some downsides. While the key layout and selection can’t be faulted, the key action certainly can. The rubber-dome key switches are as basic as it gets, making typing surprisingly hard work. You don’t get the satisfying precise feedback of a mechanical switch, or even just better-quality rubber dome keyboards, such as the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard.

The combination of the stiff action and the wobbliness of the keycaps made typing feel far less precise than on other, better-quality keyboards – you really have to hit the keys quite hard and precisely. We could still touch type easily, but we’d be hankering for an upgrade if we were typing long documents on a regular basis.

The longevity of the key switches is a concern too, as keyboards of this type tend to start wearing out, and become less responsive within a year or two of heavy use.

Specification

  • Connection: Wireless
  • Cable: N/A
  • Material: Plastic
  • Switch type: Membrane
  • Backlighting: None
  • Extras: Four multimedia buttons, USB receiver

Conclusion

If you fancy the convenience and cableless freedom of a wireless keyboard, the HP K2500 offers a perfectly decent way of getting you what you need without breaking the bank. It has all the basic functions you could need and performs reliably. Just bear in mind that it’s a cheap, basic keyboard, with the key action and extra features you’d expect from a board costing half the price. If you’re planning on writing your next novel, you’ll want a better-quality keyboard.

Wireless convenience at an incredibly low price, but it’s otherwise extremely basic.

What’s Right:

  • Wireless convenience
  • Extra multimedia buttons
  • Clean, simple design

What’s Wrong:

  • Poor quality key-switches
  • Wobbly keycaps
  • No battery charging

3. KBParadise V60 Mechanical Keyboard (Best Mechanical Keyboard For Programming)

While the likes of the Logitech MX Craft and Matias keyboards reduce the dimensions on the vertical axis, the KBParadise V60 takes a different tack. This keyboard has a ‘60 per cent’ key layout, which reduces its number of keys from the typical 105 of a normal keyboard to just 62, greatly reducing its footprint.

Where a normal keyboard measures in the region of 45 x 12-17cm, the V60 comes in at just 29 x 10cm. This size not only makes it well suited to particularly compact desk spaces, but also allows more room for your mouse on the right-hand side. This doesn’t make much difference for left-handed mouse users, but for right-handers, it allows you to have your mouse closer to you, so you can keep your wrist at a more comfortable angle.

Being able to use your mouse in a position that’s directly in front of you, rather than awkwardly off to the side, can make mouse movements quicker, more convenient and more comfortable. Sadly, though, actually using this keyboard couldn’t be described as quicker or more convenient. The drastic reduction in the number of keys means that even basics, such as the cursor and Del keys, are consigned to secondary functions of other keys. As a result, there’s quite a learning curve to using this keyboard for even the most rudimentary of operations.

Particularly egregious is the loss of the Esc key, which is a secondary function to the Tilde key in the top-left corner. Thankfully, though, you can change this arrangement via the six DIP switches on the bottom of the keyboard. One DIP switch combination is dedicated to this one swap, and it makes a huge difference as it no longer takes a two-handed key combination just to exit a full-screen video, for example.

Elsewhere, the overall typing experience can still be frustrating, especially if you regularly use the mouse, as some key combinations require two hands, so you can’t just quickly snap to them with your off-hand. The lack of a numpad means you can forget about numerical data entry as well. The main caveats here are gaming and pure text typing, where you may only regularly care about access to the standard alpha key cluster, which is the same as any other keyboard.

In every other regard, the KBParadise V60 is a lovely keyboard. Build quality is excellent, the two-tone red/blue (not RGB) backlighting looks great and the compact form factor, with its removable mini-USB cable (Type-C would be nice) makes for a really convenient keyboard for small spaces or traveling.

The Cherry MX switches (our sample came with Silver Speed switches) feel as good as ever, and you can get a fun range of keycaps including an attractive vintage grey set. You also get a grey Enter key, a bright pink space bar and a set of black Mac keys included in the box. You can get the keyboard with different switch brands as well, including Alps and Matias switches. Meanwhile, the aforementioned DIP switches on the back allow for several key layouts, although you don’t get software programmability unless you opt for the V60 Type R.

Specification

  • Connection: Wired, removable
  • Cable: Rubber, 1.5m
  • Material: Plastic
  • Switch type: Cherry MX and other mechanical options
  • Backlighting: RB LED
  • Extras: DIP switches for choosing layout, backlight control dial

Conclusion

In terms of build quality, style, general typing performance and comfort, the V60 is fantastic, and its compact form factor is convenient in some ways. However, the hugely reduced number of keys is likely to be a stretch too far for many users, and it isn’t cheap either. For most people looking to cut down the size of their keyboard, we’d recommend a 65 per cent or TKL layout instead.

This ultra-compact keyboard has a steep learning curve, but it’s a well-built, decent typing tool if you won’t need the extra keys.

What’s Right

  • Tiny form factor
  • Fantastic typing experience
  • Great build quality

What’s Wrong

  • Steep learning curve
  • Expensive

4. Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard with Silent Typing (Best Silent Mechanical Keyboard)

Best Mechanical Keyboard For Mac

The Logitech K780 is a little different from your average keyboard. Designed primarily as an addition to mobile-orientated desks, where laptops, tablets and phones are the order of the day, it has a slot at the back into which you can sit your phone or tablet. It also offers three prominent buttons for quickly switching control between three separate devices connected over Bluetooth.

It’s not a scenario we often require here, but if you regularly use your tablet for certain applications, and your PC or laptop for others, then it offers a very convenient way to switch between them.

With the included wireless dongle connected to a PC and a phone connected over Bluetooth, we had the K780 up and running in minutes, and it was quick and easy to learn the few basic keyboard commands required to navigate Android.

Even when the phone is locked, you can simply tap Enter to activate it and then input your PIN – at that point, commands such as Win-Enter can be used to go to the Home screen and Win-Tab will show the ‘open apps’ screen. Then, once you get onto navigating the web browser, replying to an email or doing some writing, the speed of a dedicated keyboard really comes into its own.

One immediate problem we encountered, though, is that the 11mm slot at the back wasn’t quite wide enough to fit our test phone with its case on. If you were to regularly use this keyboard with a tablet, for example, it would be a significant inconvenience if you had to remove the case every time.

The fixed width also means that devices with different thicknesses will sit at different angles, with narrower devices leaning back further. Some degree of adjustability would alleviate both these issues.

Meanwhile, the rest of the keyboard’s design looks a little odd. The keys are either circular or rounded off in some way, making this a rather childish-looking device. However, the keys make for easy typing. Their circular shape, with the resultant large gaps between keys, means it’s easy to tell keys apart, making it much easier to touch type than on a device such as the Matias.

That’s despite the peculiar layout too. The cursor keys are bunched up underneath the right Shift key, while the Home/End cluster is incorporated into the numpad as secondary functions. It’s a set of compromises that works well, making for a more compact keyboard than usual, while still allowing for an easy general typing experience and a proper numpad.

It’s a low-profile keyboard, as is the style for wireless models, so like the other low profile models on test, it’s comfortable to use without a wrist rest, if your desk surface is soft enough. Despite its slim frame, it’s also surprisingly heavy, so it won’t slide around easily.

Meanwhile, the base is completely flat, and you can’t adjust its angle. It has a large slide-off cover on the underside, which reveals the twin AAA battery compartment, where there’s also a docking bay for the tiny USB receiver. Logitech reckons those two batteries will last you for two years, and it may well be right, particularly with the keyboard’s lack of backlighting.

Specification

  • Connection: Wireless and Bluetooth
  • Cable: N/A
  • Material: Plastic
  • Switch type: Scissor
  • Backlighting: None
  • Extras: Multi-device control, phone/tablet holding slot

Conclusion

This keyboard’s main party trick is its ability to hold and control phones and tablets, and if that’s a feature that fits with the way you work, then the K780 does it with aplomb. It’s effortless to set up and it works well. Combined with a great typing experience and reasonable price, the K780 impresses, despite its strange design.

A surprising pleasant typing experience and useful extra features make this a great keyboard for mobile-centric work spaces.

What’s Right:

  • Easy multi-device control
  • Good typing experience
  • Decent value

What’s Wrong:

  • Odd-looking design
  • Slightly bunched up key layout
  • Phone slot potentially too narrow

5. Logitech MX Craft Wireless Keyboard with Creative Input Dial and Backlit Keys

Best Mechanical Keyboard Under 100

The MX Craft is Logitech’s most premium non-gaming keyboard, and it boasts the same excellent all round typing experience, wireless convenience and low-profile design of the MX Keys, but with the addition of a creative input dial called the Crown.

Like Microsoft’s Surface Dial, this large, pleasingly tactile dial enables you to manually adjust settings such as contrast levels in Photoshop, or the brush size in Illustrator. It’s designed to give creatives a very accurate extra means of adjusting these analogue parameters in a way that isn’t easily replicated with a mouse or keyboard.

It works too. The dial’s relatively large size, heft and high sensitivity makes it easy to very finely adjust whatever setting you’re tweaking. As well as controlling smooth, linear settings, it can also be used for more general desktop work, such as switching applications or scrolling through browser tabs, in which case the Crown will switch its rotation action to a notched feel, like a mouse scroll wheel.

It does this via the same electromagnetic technology used in Logitech’s MX Master Mouse 3 and it works brilliantly. You set up all the Crown’s functions via Logitech’s Options software, which offers a wealth of possibilities for setting up the Crown’s job in any given app.

The software Is also used to configure this keyboard’s other big extra feature, which is Logitech Flow. This allows you to connect the keyboard to up to three devices and not just switch between them, but also move text, images and files between them.

You just copy as normal, switch device via the convenient buttons on the keyboard, and paste. The actual data transfer takes place via the software, not the keyboard, of course, but its seamless nature makes it so convenient.

The rest of the keyboard is relatively typical of a premium, low-profile keyboard. It has a stylish, dark grey and silver appearance, and generally excellent build quality throughout. Backlighting is also present, and although it’s just plain white, it makes for a very clear, easy to-read keyboard in all lighting conditions.

You get a full complement of keys, and there are even legends for both Mac and PC use, so if part of your multi-device workflow involves switching between both types of machine, you have those commands on hand. This does clutter up some of the keys quite a lot, but it feels like a sensible compromise for its target market.

The typing action is good too. The keycaps have a rather silly-looking round dent in their tops, rather than a conventional dip that spans the full top of the key, but it still does its job well enough, helping to keep fingers centred on the keys. The scissor key action is a little spongier than some keyboards when it bottoms out, but it still feels crisp, responsive and comfortable, plus it’s relatively quiet too.

Really, the only issue with this keyboard, other than its high price, is that the battery is captive. It can be replaced but not easily. Instead, you charge it via a USB Type-C port on the back, which sits next to the power switch.

Specification

  • Connection: Wireless and Bluetooth
  • Cable: USB Type-C
  • Material: Plastic and aluminium
  • Switch type: Scissor
  • Backlighting: White
  • Extras: Crown dial, Logitech Flow, multi-device connection

Conclusion

The MX Craft is an excellent keyboard for creatives looking for a low-profile model. The overall typing experience is very good, the backlighting is spot on, and it has loads of features, including the very useful Logitech Flow.

The Crown dial is also super-useful in certain circumstances, and we could easily see it becoming an essential part of some workflows. However, its price is hard to take. It’s a full under 100 dollar more than the MX Keys, and the only extra is that dial. A great keyboard for creatives, but it comes at a high price.

What’s Right:

  • Great typing experience
  • Potentially useful creative dial
  • Easy device switching
  • Loads of features

What’s Wrong:

  • Very expensive
  • Creative dial is of niche use
  • Captive battery

6. Matias RGB Backlit Wired Aluminum Keyboard for PC (Best RGB Mechanical Keyboard)

Best Mechanical Keyboard Under 50

Matias is known for it Mac keyboards, which offer a similar low profile, premium aluminum design to Apple’s own models, but come at a lower price and have more features. It makes some PC-focused models too, though, such as this oh so elegantly named Matias RGB Backlit Wired Aluminum Keyboard for PC.

As You can probably guess from that name, this is a wired unit and it has an aluminum shell. The company does also make wireless units but not in this PC-focused, RGB-capable form.

Another feature that isn’t offered on Matias’ wireless units is the all-black livery of this model. The aluminum top has a black anodized Surface, and keycaps and base are made from matt textured and glossy black plastic respectively, resulting in a very stealthy, sleek vibe. The aluminum top is noticeably cold when you first get the keyboard out of the box, but it soon warms up and we didn’t find it to be a troublesome heatdrain.

Adding further to its sneaky feel is this keyboard very low profile. It measures just 19mmtall at back and 8mm at the front. In fact, it’s so low that I found I had to get rid of the wrist rest is normally used with conventional height keyboards.

Considering that RGB is prominent in the name of this keyboard, however, it’s surprising to find that its lighting system is so unintuitive.

Out of the box, the keyboard doesn’t light up at all, and there are no secondary function legends on the keys indicating how to turn on adjust the lighting. Matias has admittedly printed instructions in huge letters on the inside of the box, but we still missed them the first time we opened up the box and tried out the keyboard –they’re just not where you would expect to find them.

It transpires that hitting the Fn button along with – and + will turn on and adjust the lighting brightness, while and Fn-Esc will turn it off (although not back on again). As for choosing the colour, there’s a tiny dial on the back of the keyboard that, when rotated, will adjust the colour of the backlighting from white through yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green, yellow and white again, in a smooth continuous gradient. It’s an unusual lighting control system but it works.

Also around the back you’ll find a single USB 2 pass through port, which won’t be much good for fast data transfer, but is fine for plugging in a mouse. A rather cheap-looking 1.5m rubberised cable also protrudes from the back edge.

Meanwhile, the keys themselves use a scissor switch design and the caps have a very low profile. In fact, we found them slightly too flat, with the lack of contouring making it noticeably harder to feel your way around the keys. The very small gaps between each key didn’t help here either – you have to be very accurate with your touch typing to get it right. However, thanks to the very light key action, you can type with a pleasingly light touch once you get used to the shape and size of the keys.

Specification

  • Connection: Wired
  • Cable: Rubber, 1.5m
  • Material: Aluminium top, plastic base
  • Switch: type Scissor
  • Backlighting: RGB
  • Extras: USB 2 pass through, RGB backlighting dial

Conclusion

This premium keyboard is ideal for PC users who covet the sleek, low-profile look of Mac keyboards, but still want proper PC keys and RGB lighting. It’s sleek, stylish, well-built and it provides a good typing experience. It’s a tad pricey for what’s on offer, though, and it can take a while to get used to the very light action and flat keycaps. Slim, sleek and well built, but its flat keycaps and very light action isn’t ideal for everyone.

What’s Right:

  • Incredibly thin
  • Stylish design
  • RGB lighting
  • USB pass through

What’s Wrong:

  • Flat keycaps
  • Hidden lighting controls
  • A little pricey

7. Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

Best RGB Mechanical Keyboard

Microsoft’s Ergonomic Keyboard design has been around for decades, and has long proven itself as a comfortable option for people spending long periods of time typing. Now in its umpteenth iteration, it still offers the same core shape as previous versions but brings its design and features up to date.

For those unfamiliar with the range, the idea is simple: by raising up and flaring out the central portion of the keyboard, it better fits the angle and position of your hands when placed on your desk. The large padded wrist rest is integral to the shape too, adding genuine support and padding for the heel of your hand, unlike the token wrist rests you often see supplied with keyboards.

That’s the principle, and thankfully the design works in practice too – as 20-odd years of the same design being produced will attest. In fact, it’s quite amazing just how instantly more comfortable this keyboard feels than any keyboard with a standard shape. Your arms and hands sit at a pleasant neutral angle, and all the keys fall comfortably within reach, so you don’t have to adjust your hand position all the time to reach them – hand size notwithstanding.

New to this version is a slick all-black design with a smart, understated look – it will fit just as well in an office as a home. You also get a range of extra buttons across the top, starting with three numbered buttons that you can program via Microsoft’s software, but by default will open Explorer, your web browser and email client. There are further buttons for media playback, opening the calculator, taking a screen snip, opening task view, locking your PC and opening a search. It’s a great overall selection that makes for a well-equipped keyboard for most general Windows tasks.

There are some downsides though. The first is the keyboard’s sheer size, thanks to its outward curved central section and very deep, fixed wrist rest. Then there’s the learning curve of the split keyboard design. I’ve used an ergonomic keyboard before, so fell back into it relatively easily, but typing was still slower than with a regular layout. I also regularly mixed up the left Windows key and Alt key when performing shortcuts. It will take quite a bit of time and practice to get used to it.

The quality of the keyswitches is nothing special either. It’s essentially a basic rubber dome-switch keyboard with a neat design, so the key presses are fairly stiff and nowhere near as crisp as with good scissor or mechanical switches. It’s still a big step up over the likes of the HP K2500, though, with the consistency of action and stability of the keys being vastly better.

These types of keyboards don’t last as long as mechanical or scissor ones, though, so regular heavy use will likely see key response deteriorate after a couple of years.

You also miss out on a removable cable and key backlighting, which are understandable omissions given the price, but the lack of feet for adjusting the angle may irk some people. This keyboard does offer a very comfortable typing angle by default, but some customization would be welcome.

Specification

  • Connection: Wired, USB
  • Cable: 1.8m, unbraided
  • Material: Plastic
  • Switch type: Membrane
  • Backlighting: None
  • Extras: Integrated wrist rest, ergonomic shape, multimedia and shortcut buttons

Conclusion

There’s a reason the Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard has been around in various guises for many years: its design really does offer a much more comfortable typing experience than standard keyboards.

This latest version doesn’t revolutionize the design but adds a few modern twists, including a fetching style update. Hard use will likely see it wear out long before mechanical keyboards, but you’ll have a more comfortable experience along the way. A great way to make your typing experience more comfortable without breaking the bank.

What’s Right:

  • Genuinely comfortable shape
  • Wrist rest provides meaningful support
  • Plenty of multimedia buttons

What’s Wrong:

  • Takes time to learn layout
  • No backlighting
  • No height adjustment
  • Fixed wrist rest

Conclusion

Our suggestions above are what our experts say are currently the best mechanical keyboards available in the market. We factor in the price (a cheaper mechanical keyboard gets attention compared to a premium keyboard).

If we really had to choose a best value mechanical keyboard out of the above list, we’ll go for HP K2500 Wireless Keyboard. It has just about everything you could ask for in a mechanical keyboard (yes, including the dazzling RGB lights), all for a reasonably mid ranged price.

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