For those of you who know what a mechanical keyboard is you can skip this paragraph and head straight down to the reviews, but for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, keep on reading! A mechanical keyboard is simply a keyboard that uses mechanical switches underneath the keys instead of rubber dome switches. But why is this important? Well, rubber dome switches are created by manufacturers to be economic. In other words, cheap and easy to make. Not only do they have a lower life expectancy, but the lower build quality gives them a much more uncomfortable feel to them when typing, that is unpleasant and can even make typing more difficult . Honestly, it is hard to explain in words what makes a mechanical keyboard so much better than a standard one. After using rubber dome switches all your life you really have to experience the feel of mechanical switches to be able to appreciate why so many people are falling in love with them.
Now onto my top 5. I have come up with this list by reviewing all the top mechanical keyboards and then assessing them on quality, comfort, style, functionality and cost to decide which are the best.
This is a very high quality and well designed keyboard. With Cherry MX Brown switches behind the keys, typing on the Majestouch-2 is incredibly fun. Style wise it is also a very beautiful keyboard, and to add to that, because this is a “Ninja” version, the key symbols are all printed on the front side of the keys and not the top, giving a really nice finishing look.
One of the great things about this keyboard is how little you notice it while using it. That may sound weird, but you want a keyboard that doesn't get in your way and lets you get on with the job, which this does perfectly in my opinion.
At this point you might be wondering why this is so far down on my list? Well two reasons. Firstly, although this keyboard is pretty damn good for gaming, its much better at typing. I prefer this one as a work keyboard over a gaming keyboard. Secondly, the price tag. At £126 you would expect a lot more. There are a lot of mechanical keyboards just as good as the Majestouch-2 at much lower prices.
Logitech have always been good at making gaming products, and this little venture of theirs into the world of mechanical keyboards has been interesting, but less than what it should be. It's not very attractive, not very comfortable and is extremely expensive. So why is it on my list? As a keyboard, I really don't like the G710+ , but as a gaming keyboard, it does very well. It has very high functionality due to the customizable “G Keys” that allow you to bind game commands to extra buttons. This is incredibly handy to all gamers, especially those who like RPG games.
This next keyboard is a bit of a surprise. Although SteelSeries have been manufacturers in the gaming scene for a long time, it was still quite a shock to see how this little product turned out. Honestly, there isn't much to say about this one simply because it achieves all of its goals. It looks nice, has great build quality, has good functionality, is comfortable to use and is usually sold at around £57! That is incredibly reasonable for how well this keyboard is put together.
This keyboard is the top choice for most professional gamers and narrowly missed my number one spot. This product has some of the best build quality I have seen when it comes to mechanical keyboards. It's sturdy, long lasting, comfortable and feels amazing to use. With each key having its own backlight it also looks incredibly beautiful.
The only reason this keyboard did not make the number one spot on this list for gaming keyboards is due to its usage of Cherry MX Brown switches instead of the Cherry MX Red ones that were designed specifically for gaming. Although the browns make it great for typing, the added resistance of them means slower key presses and overall less speed on the keyboard.
1. Qpad MK-50
Honestly, this was not the keyboard I would have picked to be the top of a gaming keyboard list… That was until I got my hands on one. The first thing I noticed was how comfortable it was to use. The detachable wrist rest works perfectly, and the Cherry MX Red switches allow me to hit those keys as fast as possible without any added resistance. Another thing I particularly like is the choice of style. Although this is a gaming keyboard, you wouldn't get any strange looks from using it in the work place. It manages to be beautiful while also looking right at home on a desk.
The thing that really got me was the small price of £70. A keyboard this well built, that looks that good and feels so smooth usually costs around the £100 mark, but QPad are letting this go for £70 which is an absolute steal in my opinion.
So there you have it, my top 5 mechanical gaming keyboards. However please don't take my word as gospel. Mechanical keyboards are really about personal preference. If you want something that sounds more “clicky” then go with a keyboard that has MX Cherry Blue switches, or if you want something that requires a bit more pressure to press down the keys then go for something with MX Cherry Black switches. However be warned, once you try a mechanical keyboard you won't be able to go back to the low quality rubber dome switches!
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