Mechanics in a certain environment has become a cult thing, even a collector’s item. But the best mechanical keyboards have their own pros that make them the ultimate tool. How to choose one — tell KP
The first computer keyboards were exclusively mechanical. When the era of personal computers came, this rule remained until the mid-80s, when much simpler and more affordable rubber-membrane keyboards began to appear on the market. The latter, in fact, completely replaced the mechanics in the 90–00s. The second birth for such a keyboard was the end of the 2000s, when fashion suddenly returned. Gamers fell in love with the mechanics, because the switches give a minimum delay, and the resource of such keyboards is several orders of magnitude higher. In general, now mechanical keyboards have occupied a stable niche and are in demand. If you are thinking about buying such a thing, then we will tell you which models you should pay attention to.
A4Tech Bloody B810R Black USB
The option when it can be good and inexpensive in one device. The layout here is classic and consists of 104 keys. Unlike many competitors, Cyrillic letters are not only applied here, but they are also highlighted. However, the Latin font is rather strange and many do not like it. The RGB backlighting here is multicolored and has the ability to be fine-tuned. For example, you can animate it, although such a thing is not for everyone. The kit includes overlays for the main WASD keys for any gamer. Tactile sensations from working or playing on such a keyboard are the highest, but you need to be prepared for the fact that the sound from it will be carried throughout the apartment. You can still find fault with the Bloody B810R Black — someone complains about the backlight control software, and someone doesn’t like the rectangular Enter. But this is all so, trifles.
Pros and cons
Value for money; Cyrillic with backlight; clear optical switches
Backlight control software may not work correctly
Top 9 rating according to KP
1. HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Black USB
An expensive game mechanic based on Kailh switches. The latter are considered among the fastest on the market and are respected by fans of shooters, where this speed is very necessary. The keyboard weighs 1.1 kg — the frame of the device is made of metal. But the keyboard stands on the table very confidently. It can highlight the keys with all the colors of the rainbow, Cyrillic characters as well. But they are made in a completely different font, so it is difficult to see them against the background of the Latin alphabet. The case has an additional USB connector, which will not be superfluous. Quick switches can play a cruel joke — some users complain that the keys are pressed from a weak touch, and someone has false positives when typing.
Pros and cons
Super fast switches will appeal to gamers; stable and does not bend due to the metal in the structure; USB in case
Cyrillic is barely noticeable; there may be problems with false clicks
2. Logitech G G613 Wireless Black USB
This keyboard from Logitech looks like an attempt to return to the origins of mechanics as a working tool. However, there are additional G keys here, which should be useful for gamers. But for the rest of the audience playing this mechanical “clave” — there is no backlight or special features. Yes, and Romer switches are not informative enough. Otherwise, the keyboard is fine — a wide wrist rest, a normal layout font and a phone stand. With the latest G G613 Wireless, it can also work via Bluetooth — there is the possibility of a wireless connection, and not only via the blue tooth, but also via the radio channel. There are complaints about the quality — someone’s switches are stuck, someone is faced with thoughtfulness when exiting the standby mode. It’s a shame, but for such cases there is a two-year warranty.
Pros and cons
Classic office keyboard; wireless connection
No backlight; there are complaints about the quality
3. Redragon Dark Avenger Black USB
Budget and interesting mechanical keyboard of Chinese origin. There is no digital block here, and Outemu Blue, a cheaper analogue of Cherry MX blue, is used as a switch. The backlight is present and even multi-color, there is the possibility of fine-tuning it. Along with the Latin alphabet, Cyrillic letters are also applied on the keys, however, they stand almost close to each other, which may not please perfectionists. There are no questions about the quality of work — that when playing, that when printing, everything works as it should, and the response is exactly what is expected from the mechanics. True, it is noisy, even by the standards of mechanical counterparts — when typing, a metallic clang is clearly audible.
Pros and cons
Very cheap; work without complaints
The absence of NumPad will not please many
4. OKLICK 969G SHOTGUN Black USB
It can be even cheaper, right? True — if it’s OKLICK 969G SHOTGUN Black USB. The manufacturer offers a mechanic for 2000 rubles, and for that kind of money it is not always possible to find a decent office membrane. But there are plenty of compromises, too. For example, Cyrillic is highlighted worse. There are questions about the backlight in general — here it is single-mode, shimmering with all the colors of the rainbow. That is, setting a neutral milky white will not work. There is no digital block here, and there is also no wrist rest. Of course, this has a good effect on the compactness of the mass — the keyboard weighs a little more than 600 g. Moreover, it stands steadily on the table thanks to rubberized legs. The model has recently appeared on the market and it is too early to talk about its resource, but it is pleasant to print on it.
Pros and cons
Very cheap; full localization
Strange lighting; the absence of even a minimal platform for the wrists
5. Razer BlackWidow (2019) Black USB
Mechanical keyboard from a cult manufacturer in the gaming environment. “Black Widow” (namely, BlackWidow is translated as such) flaunts not only an emphatically gloomy design, but also protection from dust and moisture. The latter is especially useful for those who like to have a snack at the computer. Razer Green / Clicky switches are used here. By the way, they are quite quiet by the standards of mechanics. BlackWidow backlighting can be customized to be the most bizarre. But for 10 thousand rubles, this is still not enough for success. Users scold “claudia” for weak additional functionality, poor key coverage and insufficient Cyrillic backlighting.
Mechanics from a well-known manufacturer of drives and RAM. Despite some gaming paraphernalia on the case, this keyboard gravitates more towards the classic form factor. “Klava” is full-fledged — for 104 buttons with a comfortable platform for the wrists. So, the work behind it will not cause discomfort. Kailh Brown switches provide a smooth, precise response that the manufacturer promises will give you a tactical advantage in any game. The RGB lighting here is quite primitive — only red and only five presets. And if you can put up with the latter, then the vigorous red color is far from suitable for everyone. Well, on the other hand, the assembly of the keyboard is of high quality — it will last for a long time.
Pros and cons
Quality assembly; comfortable ergonomics
One backlight color, and that one is red
7. SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Black USB
Give 17 thousand rubles for the keyboard? What? Yes! In any case, this is how they argue in SteelSeries, the office revered by cyberathletes. For this considerable money, a compact mechanical keyboard is offered without a numeric keypad and with a wrist rest with a magnetic mount. Magnetic here and switches — Omnipoint. The technology is expensive, but it makes it possible to fine-tune the actuation force. The materials of manufacture and assembly are at their best here — the keyboard will last for many years of uninterrupted operation.
This keyboard is built around Cherry MX RGB switches and features a low button profile. There is no digital block, no wrist rest — this is a compact model. Thanks to the switches, the keyboard is relatively quiet, there will be no obtrusive metallic clang here. SK630 is able to memorize presets that work without software installed on the computer. The RGB backlighting is high-quality and uniform, it can also be finely tuned for yourself. But this model does not have Cyrillic markup — so either print in Russian blindly or subject an expensive device to an engraving procedure.
Pros and cons
Relatively quiet operation; built-in memory for settings; type C port for connection
No Cyrillic on the keys
9. Asus TUF Gaming K7 Linear switch
The keyboard on optical switches with a pronounced gaming orientation from Asus. Although this is not the highest price, but there is protection against dust and moisture, which means that spilled tea will not be the end for this device. The keyboard is full size with 104 keys. There is also Cyrillic, which is slightly dimmer than Latin letters. The kit also includes a removable polyurethane foam wrist rest. Users complain about the raw keyboard software and sudden sticking of individual buttons. The latter is treated by resetting the settings, but it’s still unpleasant.
Pros and cons
Moisture protection; detachable wrist rest
Have questions about the software
How to choose a mechanical keyboard
We looked at the models of the best mechanical keyboards. But about how to choose a gadget for yourself, together with Komsomolskaya Pravda, he will tell Yevgeny Aliev, computer equipment seller.
Form Factor and Chassis
Among the mechanics, two form factors predominate: full-size and shortened. The first is the standard 104 keys, and the second is 87 buttons without a number pad. Any ergonomic options somehow did not take root in mechanical keyboards.
With cases, the choice is more diverse. These are classic, frameless and playful. The first is a regular rectangle without unnecessary details. In such a case, the upper part of the keyboard is covered by a panel on which the switches are installed. Frameless keyboards, or skeletons, feature switches mounted directly on the metal base of the keyboard. Outside, the case does not have any coating. They are loved for their ease of maintenance and air illumination. Game options can be both with a closed and open case. But they already have, for example, additional keys or panels.
The best gaming keyboards
Which model to choose for the most complete gaming experience
Switches (aka switches) are almost the main part of any mechanical keyboard. There are a huge number of varieties and options, and it is often difficult to make out in the names. Roughly speaking, there are three types of switches for switching: tactile, tactile-auditory and linear. The first ones, when triggered, give a feeling of an obstacle when pressed, after which the button is triggered. With them you can understand every click. Tactile-auditory switches, together with an obstacle, make a loud click when triggered — many people love mechanics for this. Linear switches are devoid of both obstacles and clicks — when pressed, the resistance increases with the stroke of the key, and at half the stroke the key is activated.
Switches can be divided according to the principle of operation. The main two are mechanical and optomechanical. The former are installed in 90% of keyboards — they are reliable, pleasant to type on and durable. Optomechanical ones are more durable due to the principle of their work.
Somehow it so happened that the backlight of a mechanical keyboard has become more important for many users than the keyboard itself. This is most likely due to the fact that most of the buyers of mechanics are teenagers, either gamers or teen gamers. In short, they want everything to be more colorful. Therefore, there are completely strange options with RGB backlighting, where you can choose a color for almost every key or set animated overflows. Is it necessary? Not everyone, but a lot of people like it. Pay attention to two aspects. First, RGB lighting is more expensive than single-color LED. Secondly, due to the peculiarities of the construct, the Cyrillic alphabet is often highlighted worse than the Latin one.