Keychron K2 V2
The K2V2 from Keychron offers flat edges on the frame and slim bezels around the keys. It also features a 75% design, making it a great option for travelers or those who prefer minimalism. You can also choose from Gateron Red, Brown or Blue switches, and there is also a hot swappable version, making this one of the best mechanical keyboards for beginners.
RGB light show:
Womier K87 hot swappable mechanical keyboard
This mechanical keyboard features a clear glass material for the case body, allowing for a full-glow low-light RGB light show on your desktop. The Womier K87 is also a TKL board, giving it a lot of practicality, although 60% designs are also available. It comes equipped with Gateron Red, Blue, Brown or Yellow switches, but you can change them later if you want as it is hot swappable.
Glorious Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard GMMK TKL
Glorious’ GMMK comes in three sizes: compact, TKL, and full. These keyboards are also available as a basic DIY kit (once you add your own switches and keys, it might cost more than the pre-built ones) or pre-built with Gateron Brown switches. You can customize pretty much everything about these, making them a great starting board.
Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac
Das Keyboard 4 Professional lets you choose between Cherry MX Brown or Blue, depending on how loud you like your keyboard, and it even has dedicated multimedia controls, including an oversized volume knob, as well as a numeric keypad. Two USB 3.0 ports make it perfect for ultra-productive people.
- $ 169 at Amazon
$ 170 at Best Buy
Complete but compact:
Keychron K4 V2
If you need a 10-key number pad but still want something relatively compact, then the Keychron K4 is perfect. It’s like the K2 V2 that I use on a daily basis, but it includes a number pad on the right side. It offers 100 keys in a 96% format, so it maximizes space while still providing you with all your needs. It also comes with Gateron Red, Brown or Blue switches, white or RGB backlighting, and an optional aluminum frame, as well as a new hot-swappable option.
Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
When money isn’t that important, there’s the G915 TKL, which uses aircraft-grade aluminum alloy to deliver a slim yet rigid and durable design. You can choose from GL Linear, Tactile and Clicky low profile switches. Experience up to 30 hours on a single charge, and you can customize your colorful RGB lighting and macros with G-HUB software.
- Starts at $ 205 on Amazon
Starting at $ 197 at Best Buy
Professional but cool:
Release mechanical keyboard CTRL TKL
Drop CTRL TKL is a good option to consider if you want something that looks professional but cool at the same time. It also comes with your choice of Cherry MX Blue RGB, Brown RGB, Halo Clear, Halo True, Kaihua Box White, or Kaihua Speed Silver switches. The body is aluminum, there’s an RGB strip for cool lighting effects, it’s hot swappable, and you can fully program it to your liking with the QMK software.
Only the basics:
Macally Backlit Mechanical Keyboard for Mac
This Macally mechanical keyboard is full size so you get everything including the number pad. It has a simple, clean aesthetic that will go perfectly with your Mac, and features Kailh Brown switches (another Cherry MX clone) for a satisfying tactile feel. It uses a USB cable connection and has four adjustable brightness levels for the backlight.
Keychron K1 V4
The K1V4 from Keychron is a low profile mechanical keyboard with your choice of Gateron low profile red, brown or blue switches. This is like a hybrid of an Apple Magic Keyboard with a mechanical keyboard, so it has relatively short keys, although this restricts customization. You can also choose between a TKL or full size (with numeric keypad) if you need it, and white or RGB backlighting.
Built from scratch:
Glorious GMMK Pro
The glorious GMMK Pro is causing a sensation in the mechanical keyboard community. This is a very affordable 75% joint mounted layout keyboard with a built in rotary knob. You choose Black Slate or White Ice for the body; choose your own switches, keys, plates, and more. This is a mass produced mechanical keyboard that allows you to dive into the world of construction from scratch with a reasonable price.