Let’s face facts: there are way too many chiclet keyboards out there. It’s understandable to implement them into laptops. After all, everyone seems to be after thinner, more lightweight models. But what about the rest of us who want a quality keyboard without compromise? What we’ve done is round up some top quality mechanical keyboards for you, all for under under a Benjamin.
Mech keyboards reign supreme in every regard. They’re more durable, often made out of higher quality material, and give you fantastic warranties. In most cases, you can’t get more than five or six million keystrokes covered in your warranty, but with mechanical keyboards, it’s more common than not to see upwards of fifty, or even sixty million keystrokes per key. Let’s get into the five great mechanical keyboards under one-hundred bucks.
Starting from the top down, we haven Pictek’s simple USB plug-in mechanical keyboard. While most mechanical keyboards are marketed to gamers, the benefits of using one for your professional business or at-home job greatly outweigh that of any standard chiclet keyboard you’re going to find today.
Pictek’s keyboard is simplistic, giving you a 1990s feel, but it works like a charm. You’ll get all the benefits of the blue Cherry MX switch, as well as comfort and durability. At nearly three pounds, you won’t experience unwarranted sliding on your desk, or have the entire keyboard jumble around from the vibrations of fast, vigorous typing.
If you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard for the office, don’t worry. You can disable the rainbow backlighting feature, and it will still leave you with an absolutely wonderful keyboard. You get to utilize the blue Cherry MX switch, much like that of the Pictek. You’ll be able to follow the rhythm of the keys clicking while you work, or play: this keyboard is optimal for gaming as well.
We love when it’s a hardwired USB connection. You don’t have to spend any time fussing with batteries, or having the Bluetooth connection interrupted at any point for whatever reason. If you’re in the market for a mechanical keyboard for the office, you’ll be able to flick a switch and go into the neutral, all black-and-white mode, so your boss doesn’t harp on you for bringing some spice to your cubicle.
The AUKEY receives praise from users everywhere. Once you begin using mechanical keyboards, you’ll wonder how you ever let the chiclet keyboard craze slip into your life. At the midway point on our target budget for this list, you’ll be able to enjoy your new mechanical keyboard for years to come.
There’s something to be said for a quality build. With the Z-77, you can choose between nine different backlighting patterns, or shut the feature off completely. It’s the perfect keyboard to hide the gamer in you: corporate by day, MMORPG star by night, with the flick of a button.
The quality of the build is exactly what you want in a mechanical keyboard: heavier than standard keyboards, durable, with absolutely no key flex. The design of the Z-77 competes with some very high-end equipment, showing that you don’t need to be a high-roller to afford quality.
It was a really tough spot for number one, and the Corsair came in a hare’s breath away from taking that coveted spot. This is the definition of what a mechanical keyboard should feel like, and react like. You get full LED backlighting, and the whole device comes in tantalizing red-and-black.
Once you begin typing on the Corsair, you won’t want to stop. The keys react beautifully with your brown(or choice of 3 others) Cherry MX switch, which is also perfect for gaming. This keyboard’s versatility from work to play is just another reason why it’s absolutely awesome to use, and a steal at around $20 less than our target budget.
This is where luxury meets functionality. You’re going to sacrifice a numpad on this one, but you won’t even think for a moment about it. The good folks at Corsair have decided to make a mechanical keyboard in a compact chassis, and they hit the ball right out of the park.
This keyboard utilizes Cherry MX’s red switch, giving one of the best performances you’ll find on the market. Even with the compact size of the Vengeance, you still get ample spacing between the keys to allow maximum comfort, so your fingers won’t get tired typing.
It still comes in at two pounds, and in our opinion, it’s the perfect weight for any mechanical keyboard. You get full Windows compatibility, a wired USB plug-in, and the Corsair name to back your warranty and provide exceptional customer support.
If you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard to use with your laptop on the go, you won’t feel foolish taking out an external keyboard when it’s the Corsair Vengeance: perfectly compact and fits to your laptop with ease.
Mechanical keyboards are the better choice when it comes to performance. You don’t have to break the bank to afford an excellent mechanical keyboard, and you don’t have to compromise on quality. The stigma with mechanical keyboards is that they are too reminiscent of the 90s—we don’t think that’s an issue, especially when you get enhanced durability, longer warranties and more precise typing.
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