mechanical keyboards for Mac
When it comes to the best keyboard for Mac, it will be different for everyone, as keyboards are a very subjective topic. Many Mac users will just stick with the Apple Magic Keyboard or other alternatives like it. Still, others prefer to feel, and hear every keystroke. For those people, mechanical keyboards exist. A mechanical keyboard uses physical switches and even allows users to change the keycaps entirely to something else that better suits their personal tastes and preferences. Honestly, once you discover the magic of mechanical keyboards, it’s tough to go back to the flat, chiclet-style laptop keyboards like the Magic Keyboard — plus you just feel so much more productive. Here are my favorite mechanical keyboards for Mac right now.
Keychron K2 V2
RGB light show:
Womier K87 Hot-Swappable Mechanical Keyboard
This mechanical keyboard features a transparent glass material for the case body, allowing a full-on RGB underglow light show at your desk. The Womier K87 is also a TKL board, giving you a lot of practicality, though there are 60% layouts available as well. It comes equipped with Gateron Red, Blue, Brown, or Yellow switches, but you can change them later if desired since it’s hot-swappable.
Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac
Full but compact:
Keychron K4 V2
If you need a 10-key numpad but still want something relatively compact, then the Keychron K4 is perfect. It is like the K2 V2 that I use daily, but it includes a 10-key on the right side. It offers 100 keys in a 96% format, so it maximizes space while still giving you all of the necessities. It also comes with Gateron Red, Brown, or Blue switches, white or RGB backlighting, and an optional aluminum frame, as well as a new hot-swappable option.
Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Professional but cool:
Drop CTRL TKL Mechanical Keyboard
Have it your way:
A solid and hefty choice
A solid and hefty choice
The Q1 from Keychron has a 75% layout and is also gasket-mounted like the GMMK Pro. It has an all-aluminum body that feels hefty and premium, and you can choose from several different color bodies while choosing your own switches, keycaps, and more. It also comes with a premium coiled cable, and you can customize it with VIA and QMK software. A new knob version is also now available.
Built from scratch:
Glorious GMMK Pro
Glorious GMMK Pro is making waves in the mechanical keyboard community. This is a highly affordable gasket-mounted 75% layout keyboard with a built-in rotary knob. You pick either Black Slate or White Ice for the body; choose your own switches, keycaps, plates, and more. This is a mass-produced mechanical keyboard that allows you to dive into the world of building from scratch with a reasonable price tag.
Customize and minimize:
Premium, compact, customizable
Premium, compact, customizable
The Q2 is the newest addition to Keychron’s extensive lineup of keyboards. This is a 65% layout with an optional knob, and aside from that, it’s quite similar to the Q1 in that it has an all-aluminum body, gasket mount, several different body colors, and it’s fully customizable. It comes with Gateron G Pro switches, but since it’s hot-swappable, you can change them out to whatever you want.
Type better with the best mechanical keyboards
The Magic Keyboards that come with Macs aren’t enough for some people, though there are some good alternatives. But if you prefer real key feedback and the satisfying click or thock sound, or just want the ability to fully customize your keyboard the way you want, you really ought to consider one of the best mechanical keyboards for your Mac.
If you need a little more guidance on this (expensive) hobby, don’t miss out on our Mechanical Keyboards 101: Beginner’s Guide for a deep dive into mechanical keyboards as a whole.
Choosing the right keyboard for you
For those who want a Keychron, but need a number pad, the Keychron K4 V2 is a great option — the 96% layout means you get a full number pad for data entry, and it still has a slightly smaller footprint than a full-size keyboard. Those who want a hybrid between a Magic Keyboard and a mechanical could try the Keychron K1 V4, which comes in either tenkeyless (TKL) or full size. However, this one won’t be hot-swappable, and you can’t change the keycaps due to the low profile.
Since Keychron is a fairly established brand for mechanical keyboards, especially for Mac users, the most recent release, the 75% layout Keychron Q1, is a great choice if you want a higher-end mechanical keyboard. It has a full aluminum body that comes in several different colors, and it is hefty; definitely feels premium. It also is gasket-mounted, so it has a bit more flex and is comfortable as you type. You can choose to have it fully assembled, but you can also go barebones for slightly less and use your own switches, keycaps, and other accessories with it. It also comes with a coiled cable that matches your keyboard’s case color, which is a nice touch. To top things off, you’re able to fully customize the programming for every key with VIA or QMK software. However, the Q1 does not currently have Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and a rotary knob version is coming later.
You could also go for the GMMK Pro, Glorious’ 75% layout premium keyboard that is all about customization, and it includes a rotary knob that you can program. This one has been highly popular in the mechanical keyboard community because it’s a great board for the price. It is considered a good introductory point for custom keyboards, at least until the Q1 came along.
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