A mechanical keyboard can make your typing experience enjoyable and efficient. Almost all keyboards are made with cheap “rubber dome” switches. Apple keyboards use a slightly better “scissor” switch. For fast typing, you really want a mechanical switch keyboard. These keyboards have a satisfying tactile response. They are designed so that you don’t have to “bottom out” a key to make it trigger (or actuate).
These are my recommended keyboards for serious typists:
- The Best Non-Clicky Mechanical Keyboard: Topre Type Heaven
- The Best Clicky Mechanical Keyboard: Filco Majestouch 2 (Brown Switch)
- The Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard: Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 (Brown Switch)
- The Best Mac-Compatible Mechanical Keyboard: Das Keyboard Model S
The Best Non-Clicky Keyboard: Topre Type Heaven
The Topre Type Heaven is a solid, heavy keyboard made in Japan. People describe typing on this keyboard as “luxurious” and pleasurable. After testing this keyboard, I have to agree with these assessments, and I can feel a significant difference when I switch back to a regular keyboard.
The $140 Type Heaven is the only keyboard that uses the expensive Torpe switch. Most keyboards that use this switch are priced over $300.
The Topre switch combines a thick rubber dome with a conical spring, a design which provides the reliability and tactile feedback of other mechanical switches, but retains the smooth feel of a rubber dome design. It also makes Topre keyboard quieter than most other mechanical keyboards.
The Type Heaven is available on Amazon.
The Best Clicky Keyboard: Filco Majestouch 2
If you like your keys to have a satisfying click when you press them, you’ll probably enjoy the Filco Majestouch 2 more than the Topre Type Heaven keyboard.
Filco keyboards are also made in Japan, and they have a simple but very durable design. They incorporate the popular “Cherry MX” mechanism in their keys. When people refer to a “mechanical keyboard” they are generally referring to a keyboard with Cherry MX switches.
The keys on this keyboard have a mechanical and tactile feel. They are also fairly noisy — some people really appreciate this audio feedback and other do not.
Cherry MX keyboards come in a variety of types, the most popular for typists are the Brown and Red types. Here’s a quick comparison:
Cherry MX Red:
- No tactile feedback and it’s lighter so as to improve your double tapping motion
- You don’t have to bottom out the key to have it registered but since there’s no feedback, you don’t know when the key press is registered
- Some typists may have to re-read their output to check that they’ve made no mistakes
Cherry MX Brown:
- These have tactile feedback and they are heavier
- Improves typing experience as you do not need to bottom out a key to know that it has registered on the screen
- Heavier key means you need more force to press
The Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 (Brown Switch) is available on Amazon for about $230.
The Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 (Red Switch) is available on Amazon for about $160.
The Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard: Filco Majestouch Convertible 2
The Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 is basically a wireless Bluetooth version of Filco’s Majestouch keyboard. It one of the few wireless mechanical keyboards on the market.
The Filco Majestouch is available on Amazon for about $230.