You are definitely missing out If you spend a lot of your time gaming and you haven’t already bought yourself a mechanical keyboard. There are many reasons why you should upgrade now, one of them being the satisfying click and clack of the keys – If you have heard this sound you already know how audibly pleasing it is to your ears.
Buying the right mechanical keyboard for you is an important decision as it can have a big impact on your in-game performance. If you decide to invest you will really see a difference in your game-play instantly. This review aims to give you a list of the best mechanical keyboards for gaming you can buy today and the benefits you will get from them.
The HyperX HX-KB1SS2 is a high tier mechanical keyboard that has all of its keys, unlike the majority on this list that are more compact. The RGB backlit keys give beaming lighting effects, this is all customisable with the HyperX N Genuity software. The software lets you set different profiles on the keyboard with different key-binds, colour preferences and lighting effects. To add to this you can store each profile on the on-board memory, letting you plug into any PC and get playing.
The frame material is manufactured from solid-steel this gives the keyboard an extended lifespan. If you are on the go a lot, there is a detachable cable that you can easily pack up and get on the move if you are a portable gamer. There are many other great features that made this keyboard number one on this list like: game mode, 100% anti-ghosting and n-key rollover functions. If you are looking for a professional level keyboard, the kailh silver speed mechanical key switches are for you, enabling you to be on top of your game.
The Redragon K552-UK KUMARA is a very compact measuring at 3.7 x 12.3 x 35.4 cm. This is because there are only 87 keys (101 keys is a usual keyboard size). There are a few alternative colour options to choose from: RGB, rainbow style backlit and a red backlit. The heavy back plate (weighs around 2.2 pounds) really makes this keyboard long living. The switches are custom made (Cherry Blue equivalent) fit into hefty ABS housing that gives it responsiveness as well as durability.
Other features include a 2m wire and anti-ghosting. The best feature definitely has to be the sound of the keys, giving a very satisfying click noise, perfect for gaming. Overall this is an all round keyboard for the price and quality, you will see an improvement in game-play if you upgrade to this from a classic membrane keyboard.
The HyperX Alloy is a great keyboard, perfect if you were looking for a more compact version of the HX-KB1SS2. This is because of the tenkeyless designs optimal if you are an FPS gamer. The switches are Cherry MX mechanical key switches built for precision and key hit accuracy. Like the other HyperX keyboard on this list, it comes with a detachable cable letting you easily transport your keyboard if you are moving your set up or gaming at a friends house.
The HyperX software allows for comprehensive customisation of the backlit keys and key bind options. In addition to this, the software has a game mode option which helps prevent accidental windows key during games. The solid metal alloy plate is constructed to ensure that the base is fixed while you are playing. Another benefit from the base is that it is very durable, guaranteeing that it will last for a long time.
The Royal Kludge RK61 is very unique as it is wireless and wired – there aren’t many wireless mechanical keyboards on the market. You are able to connect to up to 3 devices wireless at once and then switch between each by pressing the FN + Q/W/E buttons. This feature is amazing if you have a PC and a laptop, letting you quickly switch between each maximising your productivity.
There are only 61 keys on this keyboard making it the most compact on this list, perfect for portability. The blue switches give you an audible “click”, excellent for gaming. On top of this, the switches give you stimulating feedback as a result of the insane response time. The lithium battery is long-lasting allowing you up to 360 hours standby time. There is only one colour option for the backlit lights to give a refreshing glow effect.
The PICTEK is one of the more affordable options on this list. The keys are backlit with 27 lighting modes and colour options giving you a truly immersive gaming experience. If you are not looking for a full-size keyboard this is perfect for you with only 87 keys giving it its condensed design (37 x 14.6 x 4 cm). The keys are blue switch design ensuring for the highest tactical feedback. If you are always spilling your drink the PICTEK mechanical keyboard is fit with a splash-proof layer. For easy cleaning, the keycaps are detachable letting you get inside of the keyboard. To ensure you can press many buttons at the same time, PICTEK has fit anti-ghosting, amazing for fast-paced FPS games.
The TECKNET mechanical keyboard is a great option if you are on a budget. The keys are excellent for fast command entry, this is because of the anti-ghosting feature. There are 6 colours, 12 light modes, this is also customizable from the keyboard. Ensuring for quick set up there are no drivers included with this keyboard letting you connect it straight to your PC. The compact (13.4 x 2.3 x 36.1 cm, 88 keys) design is optimal for those face-paced games like Fortnite, CS:GO and Valorant.