Best High-End Mechanical Keyboards 2017
For the mechanical keyboard veteran or those that just want the latest and greatest, there are a lot of options out there to spend a good amount of cash on. We’ve rounded up the top mechanical keyboard over $150 to share with you all. Generally speaking, the more expensive the mechanical keyboard, the more bells and whistles it will have. You can get low cost mechanical keyboards with its essential features (backlit, RGB, etc.) but it will be lacking some features that you may want. Getting a more pricey mechanical keyboard usually entails a more comprehensive feature list and better build. Lastly, lots of gamers like to spend on mechanical keyboard for its brand (Razer!) rather than just quality or functionality. In this list, we will outline what we think is the best of the best of high-end mechanical keyboards.
Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2 (HHKB)
Happy Hacking Keyboards (or HHKB, as their fans call them) are high-end mechanical keyboards out of Japan. This particular mechanical keyboard uses Topre switches, a choice that’s becoming more popular among mechanical keyboard connoisseurs. As you can tell from the above image, this keyboard is super minimalist and sleek with almost no design whatsoever. This mechanical keyboard made it on to our list due to its uniqueness and large and growing following. It’s only 60% the size of a full-size keyboard, and thus has a lot of quirky layout changes you’ll need to adjust to. For example, there are no arrow keys and the backspace key has been relocated to be directly above the enter key. You’ll want to do all your research before committing to this keyboard.
CODE 104-Key Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard
CODE makes beautiful keyboards, and you can read about their philosophy on their site. A focus on high-quality construction and simplicity gives us a very mature and timeless design. These keyboards use some rare Cherry switches – green or clear. Each key is backlit a simple white color with 7 levels of brightness. We really like the CODE 104-key due to its simple design which allows the mechanical keyboard to be used in a number of different settings (gaming, work, school, etc.). It’s not flashy and yet has all of the features and functions expected of a great mechanical keyboard.
It also has some cool features like onboard memory that will save your brightness settings when you unplug the keyboard, and a USB cable that’s fully detachable. Moreover, we’ve done an in-depth and hands on review of the CODE 104 mechanical keyboard which you can check out here. This review includes images of the unboxing, the keyboard, and our in-depth review of important mechanical keyboard dimensions. It has rated highly in our hands on review which is why it made it onto our list here. This mechanical keyboard is worthy of its price and your consideration (if you’re looking for a top quality mechanical keyboard).
Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate
Das Keyboard also made the list for our best mechanical keyboards of 2017, so it’s no surprise to see them show up here as well. The Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate features an anodized aluminum top panel and sleek blank keys for a stealth and minimalist feel. This mechanical keyboard also has a dedicated volume knob and media buttons, as well as a sleep button.
We’ve also done a hands on review and unboxing of this mechanical keyboard. So, if this keyboard peaks your interest, check out the review of it here.
And finally, something for the gamers. If you’re not familiar with Corsair, their a well-known PC peripheral company in the gaming community. Their known for making much more than mechanical keyboards (RAM, PC cases, etc.) but everything they make tends to have a certain degree of quality to them. The K95 is no different – it is jam packed with features tailored to the everyday gamer. The K95 mechanical keyboard is the top of the line for Corsair gaming mechanical keyboards, and comes with an astounding 18 function keys that you can program on-the-fly. It also lets you set the key backlights on a key-by-key basis, so you can only highlight the keys you need. Check out more backlit mechanical keyboards if the K95 is a bit too much for you!
This list of the best high-end mechanical keyboards definitely doesn’t cover all of the possible keyboards out there. We tried to keep this list varied so that everyone can find something in this list that interests them. We have covered a number of different well known companies, mechanical keyboard types, and features. In the end – choose a mechanical keyboard that fits your needs and style. If you’re looking to get a mechanical keyboard for work – the more simplistic ones on this list would better fit your needs. On the other hand, if your a gamer, you would want to look at the Corsair or Das as they have a more energetic look to them. If you want more mechanical keyboards that have a flashier feel for gaming, check out our list on the best gaming mechanical keyboards. This list is exclusively made for gamers and gaming in mind. The list in this article, on the other hand, is made for all users who are just looking for a high-end mechanical keyboards.
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