Keyboards can vary just as much as any other kind of computer accessory or component. Many keyboards used today are membrane keyboards, meaning they do not have individual switches under each key. Rather, they use rubber domes that spread underneath the keyboard, which can sometimes make the keys overly sensitive or feel less than ideally firm under the typist’s fingers.
Mechanical keyboards, however, have switches under each key, which can make typing easier, faster, and more accurate. And, of course, these keyboards often make an audible clicking noise when the keys are pressed, which many people find quite satisfying. These keyboards also tend to last longer than their membrane counterparts. Mechanical keyboards are available for PCs and Macs, so make sure to verify the compatibility of your computer and the keyboard before purchasing. Whether you’re looking for a good keyboard for typing, gaming, or some combination of the two, here are some of the best mechanical keyboards out there today.
1. Das Keyboard Model S Professional
This keyboard features 2 USB ports and full N-key rollover, which allows it to process input from more than one key pressed at a time. The keyboard is available with either Cherry MX Blue switches, which make a louder clicking noise and feel light under the fingers, or Cherry MX Brown switches, which are a bit softer to the touch. This keyboard can be purchased on the Das Keyboard website ($139) or from Amazon.
2. Razer BlackWidow Stealth
Compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems, this keyboard has something for everyone. Known for their gaming equipment, Razer has produced a keyboard that not only supports 10-key rollover (one key for each finger simultaneously), but also has included technology that allows users to press down on the keys only slightly in order to operate the key. This enables users to type more quickly and efficiently. The keyboard costs $99.99 and will currently ship for free within the United States. It can be purchased in the US, Canada, and many Asian and European countries. To order online, visit Razer’s website.
3. IBM Model M
Now sold by mechanical keyboard enthusiasts such as Unicomp, this keyboard is hailed as “the original tactile keyboard.” This keyboard is just as big and loud as it was when it first came out in 1984. The keys are operated by buckling switches, which gives it that classic clicking sound. These keyboards range from $79 to $109.
4. Ducky Shine 3
With 7 customizable LED backlighting options, this keyboard stands out as one of the more modern looking mechanical keyboards on the market. Potential buyers have the option of purchasing the keyboard with Cherry MX Black, Blue, Brown, or Red. Visit the Ducky website for more information, or go to MechanicalKeyboards.com to purchase. Keyboards cost around $149.
5. Rosewill RK-9000 Series
This keyboard comes in four different Cherry MX switches: Blue, Red, Brown, and Black. According to the Rosewill website, only Cherry MX Blue switches are available currently, with the other three options being released soon. Designed for maximum comfort and durability, this keyboard comes in at $100 and can be purchased from Rosewill.com.