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5 best mechanical keyboards for 2020, ranked

Whether you're after gaming supremacy or just a more responsive and durable keyboard for work, here's our list of the very best mechanical keyboards.

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You can pick up a computer keyboard for under $10 these days, but you really do get what you pay for when you do that. While they've long been the favourite of the PC gaming community, a wider range of computer users are coming around to the benefits of using a mechanical keyboard for their everyday needs. Here are the best options for all types of mechanical keyboard users.

The best mechanical keyboards in Australia, ranked

  1. Corsair K95 Platinum XT
  2. HyperX Alloy Elite RGB
  3. SteelSeries Apex Pro
  4. Logitech G915 Mechanical Keyboard
  5. Logitech G Pro X

How did we pick this list?

We combined our own reviews of mechanical keyboards with review ratings from major reputable sites and consumer reviews to come up with a list of the best mechanical keyboards.

All choices are independently made based on our combined 60+ years of reviewing experience and are not based on commercial relationships.

Read more about our methodology below.


1. Corsair K95 Platinum XT

An all-round excellent keyboard with a steep price tag.

RRP $319

Corsair K95 Platinum XT

      • Included wrist rest for added comfort
      • Wide macro support
      • A range of switch choices
      • Expensive
      • Large desk footprint
      • RGB lighting is useless if you don't want it
    • Where to buy

      Buy at Amazon
      Buy at Kogan

Why we chose it

The Corsair K95 Platinum XT is lauded by just about every reviewer, and they all pretty much note the same factors that go into making it a top-notch choice. It's an extremely durable and well-built keyboard with your choice of actuation switches, RGB lighting patterns, an integrated USB port and dedicated macro and multimedia controls.

The flipside of that is that the Corsair K95 Platinum XT is an extremely expensive keyboard, and while you get a lot for your money, you also need to give it a lot of desk space to accommodate it in return.


2. HyperX Alloy Elite RGB

A great comfortable mechanical keyboard option.

RRP $289

HyperX Alloy Elite RGB

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Responsive keys
      • Expensive
      • Getting harder to find now that the Elite 2 is out
      • RGB not so useful for office workers
    • Where to buy

      Buy at Amazon

Why we chose it

The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB has long been one of our favourite mechanical keyboards – so much so that HyperX has essentially replaced it with the slightly less appealing HyperX Alloy Elite 2. It's loved for its excellent key actuation and the comfort with which you can nestle into a lengthy gaming session – or, for that matter, hit up some serious office work if you disable the RGB lighting rig.

Read our full HyperX Alloy Elite RGB review here.


3. SteelSeries Apex Pro

A solid but slim mechanical keyboard option.

RRP $349

SteelSeries Apex Pro

Why we chose it

The Apex Pro scores highly with reviewers for two key reasons. Firstly, it's a no-fuss slim keyboard, which means that unlike many gaming keyboards, you don't burn a lot of desk space accommodating it. It also uses magnetically actuated keys with user-customisable actuation for every single key.

  • Do you need that much fine-tuning? If you do for whatever reason, the SteelSeries Apex Pro can give it to you, although it's a little less accommodating when it comes to custom RGB patterns. You also pay a fair premium for those magnetic switches, although SteelSeries does sell other models with this design sans magnetism if you want to save a few bucks.

  • 4. Logitech G915 Mechanical Keyboard

    A mechanical keyboard that's as suitable for the office as the games arena.

    RRP $399.95

     Logitech G915 Mechanical Keyboard

        • Great wireless performance
        • Low profile keys provide comfortable typing
        • Excellent battery life
        • Low profile keys won't appeal to everyone
        • High price point
        • Lightspeed connection only works via USB dongle
      • Where to buy

        Buy at Amazon
        Buy at Bing Lee
        Buy at Catch

    Why we chose it

    Logitech's wireless-enabled G915 is a pricey keyboard, but it's a good match for those who want the benefits of mechanical actuation without the accordant "gamer" look of so many mechanical keyboards. That's thanks to its very low profile keys, which have less travel but plenty of feedback to ensure top-notch accuracy.

    Logitech's claims for its Lightspeed wireless tech bears out in real-world use, although it's limited to PC/Mac via a USB dongle. If you want to hook it up to a phone or tablet, you'll have to use the K915's Bluetooth connectivity instead.

    Read our full review of the Logitech G915 Mechanical Keyboard here.


    5. Logitech G Pro X

    An astonishingly customisable 10keyless keyboard.

    RRP $249.95

    Logitech G Pro X

        • Choice of key styles
        • Keys and switches are highly swappable
        • Compact design
        • Keys are hard to read without RGB lighting enabled
        • Replacement switch sets are expensive
        • Clicky model is very loud
      • Where to buy

        Buy at Kogan

    Why we chose it

    Like any other 10keyless keyboard, part of the reason why you might opt for the Logitech G Pro X is because of its compact size, lacking in a number pad you might not want otherwise. That's not the only reason to opt for the G Pro X, however, with the key to its appeal being the fully user replaceable switches. While many mechanical models enable you to replace their keys, the Logitech G Pro X allows you to replace individual switches as and when you want to.

    The price can climb high if you want to replace the switches frequently. You'll also need to have some level of RGB lighting going at all times, with our reviewer noting how hard it was to read the keys with no backlighting in play.

    Read our full Logitech G Pro X review here.


    Methodology

    75
    Mechanical keyboards considered
    36
    Brands compared
    5
    Best mechanical keyboards ranked
    • We compared reviews from everyday consumers and professional technology writers to find the best mechanical keyboards.
    • Our editorial team has a combined 60+ years of experience writing about tech and reviewing the latest devices.
    • The mechanical keyboards on this list were chosen by our editorial team and were not picked based on commercial relationships.
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