The Havit 395L isn’t the most advanced on the market, but thanks to its low price it’s a worthwhile entry-level mechanical model. It offers a short travel distance for quick typing, a full number pad, and an RGB backlight with multiple modes.
- Good for work and gaming
- No media controls
- Quality control is below average
Logitech MX Keys
Slightly indented chiclet-style keycaps and a low-profile design make the Logitech MX Keys particularly comfortable to use. Clever proximity sensors tell the backlight to turn on when your hands approach and fade out when they move away.
- Connects wirelessly using rf
- Charges via usb-c
- Tactile feel isn't very crisp
The latest and most advanced firmware installed on the Massdrop CTRL makes in-depth customization straightforward and easy. It can be ordered with hardware from Cherry and Kaihua or less common Halo switches that are either linear or provide sharp tactile feedback.
- Compatible with the qmk configurator
- Programmable rgb lighting
- Extremely expensive
Roccat Vulcan Aimo 121
Designed with gamers in mind, the Roccat Vulcan Aimo 121 comes with either tactile or linear switches, neither of which make much noise. Its actuation point of 1.8 millimeters lets it register keystrokes faster than many others, which can help to reduce your reaction time.
- Per-key rgb illumination
- Onboard media controls
- Relatively costly
Kinesis Freestyle Edge
A significant departure from traditional designs, the two halves of the Kinesis Freestyle Edge are joined by a 20-inch tether so they can be placed at just the right angle to prevent wrist and elbow discomfort and possible injury with extended use.
- Per-key rgb backlighting
- 4 switch options
- Can be completely remapped
Corsair K95 Platinum XT
The Corsair K95 Platinum XT is the updated version of a highly successful gaming peripheral. It features programmable backlighting for playing in the dark, and its onboard USB passthrough is ideal for connecting a mouse or headset.
- Ultra-fast mx speed switches
- Durable aluminum frame
- 6 dedicated macro keys
Perixx Periduo 606
You may not have heard of the company behind the Perixx Periduo 606 but, like most of their devices, this one is thoughtfully designed. It includes an insert that allows for a highly comfortable negative tilt configuration.
- Scroll wheel mounted in the center
- Comes with a vertical mouse
- Surprisingly affordable
Anne Pro 2
The Anne Pro 2 is a mechanical option available with Gateron, Cherry or Kailh switches in either black or white. It connects using a USB-C port or Bluetooth 4.0, and suffers from surprisingly little latency for a wireless model.
- Individually assignable backlighting
- Battery lasts for 8 hours of use
- Supports most operating systems
Logitech Ergo K860
The relatively recent Logitech Ergo K860 features a split and flared design for the comfort and health of your joints. Its tilting legs allow for three angles, from 0 to 7 degrees, and its keys are slightly scooped to match your fingertips.
- Plush wrist rest
- Wired or wireless connectivity
- Using bluetooth or rf technology
A low-profile body with minimal wasted space makes the SteelSeries Apex relatively compact, whether you choose the full-size or tenkeyless version. It uses proprietary switches that can be adjusted to offer from 0.4 to 3.6 millimeters of travel.
- Oled information display
- Aircraft-grade aluminum frame
- Magnetic wrist rest