Guest post: Play like a Pro: The 5 Best Mechanical Gaming Keyboards for 2019

Today’s guest post comes from Hayk Saakian:

Play Like A Pro: The 5 Best Mechanical Gaming Keyboards For 2019

Gaming accessories are becoming more important than ever. The level of responsiveness and feel that you get from a keyboard, for example, can have a huge impact on how well you play any given game. If you want to keep up with the pros, you’ve got to move on from the cheap plastic keyboards to a more robust mechanical design.

If you’ve never played on a mechanical keyboard, you’ll soon find that the improved response and the solid feel of the keys will change the way you play. If you’re looking to make the switch, you may want to take a look at one of the five mechanical keyboards below.

Alienware Pro

Alienware is back to being one of the premier names in PC gaming after a few years of bad builds and worse marketing, with products like the Alienware Pro really showing off what the company can do. This mechanical keyboard is an excellent example of the form, with both a great visual design and excellent keys that make it easier to play your favorite games than ever. This is absolutely one of the coolest-looking mechanical keyboards on the market, with a design that makes it clear that it’s for gamers first.

The only real downside is that the very cool AlienFX function is restricted to working with other Alienware computers. That definitely moves this keyboard down a few spots for most users, though Alienware owners will appreciate the functionality. Even without AlienFX, though, this is a great (and affordable) mechanical keyboard solution for anyone who wants to get into the game.

Azio Retro Classic

If you were to summon up an image of a classic mechanical keyboard, you’d probably come up with something that looks a lot like the Azio Retro Classic. Shipping with great mechanical switches and designed to look like a true throwback, it’s definitely one of those keyboards that you pick up as much for aesthetic value as you do for any real gaming benefits. It’s the kind of thing that’s going to draw the eye for anyone who checks out your gaming set-up, but it’s still responsive enough that it will impact your playing style.

If you’re going to pick this one up, you might get a bit of sticker shock. It’s definitely something that feels like it’s a bit more for collectors than the average player, as it has a fairly high price tag despite not supporting features like macros or remapping. If you are looking for a good-looking mechanical keyboard, though, it’s going to be hard to beat this model.

Redragon K552

It can be difficult to take the plunge into the world mechanical keyboards, especially if you are used to cheaper standard keyboards. If you don’t want to break the bank but you still want to figure out what these keyboards are all about, the Redragon K552 has you covered. Cheaper than many standard gaming keyboards, it still offers a really good entry point into an entirely new world of gaming.

The unfortunate news is that you aren’t going to get many of the cool features that you’d find in top-tier mechanical keyboards here. What you will find, though, are excellent switches and a few little extras that make this keyboard worth having. This is one of the best tools for testing the waters out there, as it will allow you to feel what it’s like to play on a mechanical unit without requiring you to make a huge financial sacrifice.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

Razer’s BlackWidow Elite isn’t cheap, but you absolutely get your money’s worth with this mechanical masterpiece. It’s all about letting you customize your own options, from the type of switches the unit ships with the RGB color patterns that can be synched up with all of your other Razer devices. This is the keyboard not only for those who prefer Razer switches to Cherry MTX, but for those who are looking for a very particular kind of performance from their mechanical keyboards. If you like what Razer does with its other accessories, you’ll really love what you get here.

One of the coolest features for this keyboard is the fact that every key has its own individual LED light. Each one can be programmed, ensuring that your keyboard will be different from any other model on the market. If you are looking for something on which you can put your own stamp, this keyboard may be the one for you.

Corsair K70 RGB MK.2

The Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 may well be the ultimate mechanical keyboard for gamers. It’s got a little bit of everything, ranging from the entirely practical to the collector-focused. For example, it ships with the much-loved Cherry MX Switches, something that means quite a bit to fans of mechanical keyboards but only means enhanced performance to the average user. What most will notice, though, is that this keyboard is quiet, performs exceedingly well, and isn’t nearly as expensive as some of competing laptops.

A lot of the really cool stuff here, though, is software-based. It’s got anti-ghosting, which means that it will recognize individual keypresses even if the user is mashing keys. It has software-supported RGB lights, which can be synched up for plenty of gaming purposes. It even supports separate user profiles, which will allow you to ensure that you’ve got your perfect set-up even if you’re sharing with other users. In short, this is about as good as it gets for mechanical keyboard users.

Choosing the right mechanical keyboard comes down to knowing the features you want, the performance you need, and the budget with which you can work. There are plenty of cheaper mechanical options for those who want to save money for other products like a high end gpu, gaming earbuds, 4K monitors, but some of the higher-end models can make a huge difference in how you play. Take some time to look at the five models above to figure out which mechanical keyboard will really be the best for all of your gaming needs.

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