There are two types of keyboards in the market. The first type is the keyboards that use membrane switches. They have a soft and quiet feeling to them and are used in most of the keyboards. They are widely used as they are pretty cheap to manufacture and can be a great choice in the budget offerings.
The other type is the keyboards that use mechanical switches. Mechanical keys as the name suggests have a different key mechanism. Typing enthusiasts often prefer mechanical keyboards over membrane as the mechanical keys provide a certain feel and have an associated sound with them.
There are different types of mechanical keys associated with colours. They range from blue for clicky feel, brown for a tactile feel and red for linear feel. There are a lot of other variations based on these three.
With an increase in options, mechanical keyboards have also become accessible and cheaper. Now the market is flooded with a lot of options to choose from. Here we list out the best keyboards in the market that you can buy to match your use cases.
Top 10 Mechanical Keyboards
1. Cosmic Byte CB-GK-16 Firefly RGB Ten-Keyless Mechanical Keyboard
Cosmic byte is a quite popular brand in making value for money accessories with pretty good quality. The GK-16 is a compact tenkeyless offering from the brand that does a lot of things right. The build is plastic but is sturdy as it is compact and offers good rigidity. As it has a tenkeyless layout the keyboard does not come with the number pad row. The keycaps have a pretty quirky font which might not be for everyone.
The GK-16 uses outemu blue switches. It is similar to the cherry MX blue switches. They have a clicky feeling with a very audible noise. The clicky feel combined with a tactile bump makes it a great choice for people who type a lot. The keys come with anti-ghosting support. There are a total of 12 multimedia keys for easier adjustment.
The keycaps are also textured and raised for a more comfortable typing feel. The cable is braided for extended durability with a length of 1.6 meters. The keyboard also has fold-out legs to increase the height of the keyboard for a more ergonomic angle. The keyboard comes with full RGB support of up to 11 colours.
The GK-16 comes with 1 year of warranty. This keyboard is a great choice for people looking to buy a compact mechanical keyboard with a decent set of features.
2. Zebronics Mechanical USB Wired Keyboard Max Plus
Zebronics is a budget peripheral manufacturer that is well known for its cheap prices. Funny name aside the max plus is a pretty large keyboard with a good set of features. The keyboard comes with a very utilitarian design with a sturdy and heavy build. The keyboard weighs around 1.3 kgs. It is a full-sized layout with a number pad and a total of 104 keys.
The keyboard comes with blue mechanical switches. It has a clicky feeling with an audible noise. The keycaps are double injected which leads to significantly better paint durability. The keycaps are also suspended higher for a better typing angle. The keyboard comes with a total of 11 media keys integrated into the function row.
The keyboard comes with 10 LED modes. The LED backlight brightness can be adjusted in 5 levels and each row can be adjusted with different light colour. The connector cable is braided and is pretty long at 1.8 meters.
Max Plus is a good choice for people looking to buy a clean looking keyboard with blue switches and good RGB lighting.
3. Redragon SURARA K582 RGB LED Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Redragon is quite a popular gaming peripheral manufacturer in India. They provide a great set of features in every price segment they compete in. The surara K582 is a feature-rich keyboard that comes at a pretty reasonable price. The keyboard is quite compact despite its full-sized layout. It comes with a number pad. The keyboard is well built despite its plastic build.
The K582 comes with outemu red switches. The red switches are linear with less actuation force. The red keys are more suited towards gamers as they have quick actuation and a smooth feel for rapid reaction. The keys have a rated lifespan of 50 million keystrokes. The keyboard supports 100% anti-ghosting for better accuracy registering key presses. The keys are also fully programmable for extended customization.
The keycaps are ABS and have double injected characters for higher durability. The keyboard comes with software support that can be downloaded from the redragon website. The dynamic RGB has 6 themes and 18 modes. 12 multimedia shortcuts can be accessed with the function key.
The surara k582 is a great option for hardcore gamers as it has quick action keys. It also has decent RGB customization with software support which seals the deal.
4. Evo Fox Fireblade Gaming Wired Keyboard with LED Backlit
The EVO fox by Amkette is an extremely affordable membrane gaming keyboard that is designed to look like a mechanical keyboard. The fox comes in a compact package as it has a tenkeyless design. The build is predominantly plastic and is pretty decent. The keycaps are progressively raised for a better typing angle and a more ergonomic feel.
The Evo fox uses membrane keys but is programmed to feel like mechanical keys. The keys have an elevated design increasing the travel distance. The keys are also pretty loud mimicking the sound of a mechanical keyboard. The keyboard has support for 19-key anti-ghosting. The keys have a rated lifespan of up to 10 million keystrokes
Evo fox has 12 multimedia keys for adjustment on the go. It also comes with a windows lock key. It also comes with RGB illumination with different breathing effects. The cable is braided and measures a length of 1.5 meters. Evo states that the keyboard has a spill-resistant design.
The EVO fox is a good choice for people on an extremely tight budget. It does a pretty good job at mimicking the feel and is sprinkled with a decent load of other useful features.
5. Logitech G 512 RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Logitech arguably is the most popular peripheral manufacturer in the world. They are especially well renowned in India for their excellent after-sales service. The G512 has quite a minimal design. The top plate is aluminium alloy is brushed for a better touch feel. The keyboard has a great build quality with sturdy chassis. The black colour should also go together well with most of the setups.
Logitech uses GX blue mechanical switches. It is similar in functionality to other blue switches but comes with an even better lifespan. The keystrokes are rated of a life span of 70 million presses. The keys come with a 1ms report rate of 26 key rollover support.
The G512 has excellent software support. Logitech has excellent software for the customization of their keyboards. The RGB is per key and covers the full RGB colour spectrum. There are different programmable game modes with customizable multimedia functions. The keyboard also has a USB pass-through support for data and charging.
Logitech provides 2 years of warranty with the keyboard. The G512 is one of the best options for people looking to buy a keyboard with a blue switch. It also comes with extended durability and excellent after-sales support.
6. Redgear Shadow Amulet Mechanical Keyboard
Redgear is similar to competing brands like Redragon. They provide good offerings at very reasonable prices. The shadow amulet is a true mechanical keyboard with a full-sized layout that comes at a low price. The design is generic and the font choice is questionable. The keys are raised for a better typing angle. Build quality is decent with a predominantly plastic build.
The shadow amulet uses blue mechanical switches. They come with a clicky sound and a tactile feel. It comes with anti-ghosting support up to 26 keys. It also comes with a windows key lock function to prevent accidental presses on the windows key. The keys are raised further above and it might lead to even more audible noise while typing.
The shadow amulet comes with RGB support and Redgear states it as rainbow LED. There are a variety of colours and has decent customization. The cable though is not braided. There are LED indicators for different key functions such as caps lock.
Redgear provides a year of warranty with the keyboard. The shadow amulet is a good choice for people on a tight budget looking to buy a keyboard with true mechanical switches.
7. Gamdias Hermes E3 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Gamidas is a new competitor in the Indian market. But they have made a name for themselves with excellent looking and pretty functional keyboards. The Hermes E3 is a truly tiny keyboard 60 per cent layout. It does not even come with arrow keys. Rather they are meant to access with two function keys. The keyboard looks truly beautiful with white colour and RGB LED. The keyboard also has excellent build quality with aluminium bezels and it also being small adds to the rigidity.
It can also be bought in black colour. The Hermes E3 uses blue mechanical switches for a clicky and tactile feel. It comes with N- key rollover. It also supports Anti-ghosting functionality. The keycaps sit flush with the keyboard. This results in even quicker actuation and less noise with the clicks.
The RGB backlighting has support for all 16.8 million colours with 19 customizable effects. It can be changed with the keyboard shortcuts and does not require software. It is also extremely light in weight measuring at just around 550 grams.
The Hermes E3 is truly made for people looking to buy an excellent looking keyboard with an extremely compact form factor. It also has great RGB support and blue switches backing up the looks.
8. HyperX Alloy Origins Core Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard HX-KB7RDX-US
HyperX is a premium peripheral manufacturer. They offer excellent quality products but at a premium price. The Alloy origins is a compact keyboard. The compact form factor means it has a tenkeyless form factor without the number pad. The keyboard has excellent build quality as it is made completely of aluminium. The aluminium build adds to the premium feel.
The Alloy origins cores use the HyperX red switch with a linear feel. It is a proprietary switch to the brand. It comes with 100% anti-ghosting support and an N-key rollover function. The keys have 45 grams of actuation force with a 1.8mm travel distance. HyperX keys have much higher durability rated at a lifespan of up to 80 million keystrokes. The keyboard can also be adjusted in 3 angles for a more ergonomic typing experience.
HyperX provides an excellent RGB backlight. The keyboard has per-key RGB support and can be used with preprogrammed dynamic lighting effects. The effects can be adjusted using HyperX NGENUITY software. It can be used to add lighting effects for additional personalization. The software can also be used to add different macros and game modes. The keyboard has onboard memory storage for up to 3 profiles.
The Alloy origin uses a Type-C port for connectivity. The Alloy origins core is pretty much one of the best options for a TKL keyboard. It comes with excellent built and is backed up by excellent durability and software support.
9. CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 SE Mechanical RAPIDFIRE Gaming Keyboard
Corsair is an extremely popular gaming peripheral manufacturer worldwide. They are renowned for their extremely feature-packed and high-quality offerings in all segments of gaming accessories. The K70 RGB is a top of line feature-packed offering from the brand. The K70 has excellent build quality with a brushed aluminium frame. It is also an anodized finish preventing fading of paint over time. It comes in white colour making it better for the RGB colours to pop.
The K70 uses Cherry MX speed switches. They have a linear feel like the red’s but have an even lower actuation point for even better response times. The actuation point lies at just 1.2mm making it extremely quick. The actuation force is also pretty low at only 45 grams. The keyboard supports 100% anti-ghosting. It also has a report rate of 1000hz.
The K70 comes loaded with features. It has corsair icue support which offers excellent customization and support. The software allows for extensive macro programming. The keys also come with per-key RGB which means each key can be adjusted to the colour you want. There are dynamic effects that can be accessed from the corsair software.
It also comes with USB pass-through support. The K70 is the ultimate choice for professional and competitive gamers out there with MX speed switches and great software support. It also comes with a truckload of features to back them up.
10. Ant Esports MK3400W V2 Mechanical Wired RGB Gaming Keyboard
Ant Esports is yet another budget brand that strives to provide good options at good prices. The MK3400 is a good offering from the brand that comes with integrated wrist rest. The design is quite good raised keycaps and a raised frame. The frame around is extended to act as a wrist rest. For integrated wrist rests this is a design. The keyboard comes with a full-sized layout.
The MK3400W uses a blue mechanical switch. It offers a clicky and tactile feel and is ideal for typists and casual gamers. Ant states that it has reduced the noise produced from the clicks. It comes with N-key rollover support. It has anti-ghosting functionality in 26 keys. This keyboard is also sweat-resistant and spill-proof. The windows key lock function helps in avoiding accidental presses.
Ant provides RGB LED support but it has very limited customization and has the only row by row adjustment. As the keyboard has a progressively raised design it results in an ergonomic typing experience.
The MK3400W is a good choice for people looking to buy an ergonomic mechanical keyboard. It is a great choice as it comes with integrated wrist rest and comes at a very reasonable price.