Welcome to the computer keyboard page.
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A computer keyboard is essential for doing any type of serious work, or serious gaming. Thousands of keyboards are available for sale, from the very fancy ~$300 units, and down to the $5 bargains. A good keyboard will feel nice to type on, and last a lot longer, and may have extra features too. Investing in a quality keyboard pays off quite early, and anyone who uses a quality keyboard for a long time will tell you that they would not want to go back to cheaper stuff.

For other PC peripherals, be sure to check the following guides:

  1. Monitors (link). Normal screens for normal use, and gaming screens aimed at hardcore gamers.
  2. Mouse (link). A wide assortment of mice, from $10 to $80.
  3. Keyboard (link). From very cheap $10 models, and all the way to $200+.

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Mouse-hover on "techie" terms for a short explanation. Abbreviations and techie-terms are explained in the infoboxes at the bottom of this table, along with FAQs, sources, and in-depth information.

Keyboard Guide

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
MS Keyboard 200 Rubber dome N/A USB Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $12From Newegg: $15

Links:
Official link

Description: Extremely cheap, very simple keyboard. It has a classic/professional design, and no extras, and will not look out of place in an office or at home. If you just want something to type on for the least possible amount of $$$ and fuss, this is for you. Look for the MS Keyboard 400 for an alternative with slightly more ergonomic/stylish design.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: 5 (???)

Keycap: Material: ABS (???). Printing: Pad Printing

Extras: None

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Rubber dome.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
MS Keyboard 600 Rubber dome N/A USB Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $12From Newegg: $20

Links:
Official link

Description: One of the cheapest keyboards available with media keys. Decent aesthetic.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: 5 (???)

Keycap: Material: ABS (???). Printing: Pad Printing

Extras: 4 media keys

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Rubber dome.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Logitech K120 Rubber dome N/A USB Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $14From Newegg: $18

Links:
Official link

Description: An alternative cheap keyboard from Logitech. No extra features of any sort, but decent looks and wide availability.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: 6 (???)

Keycap: Material: (???). Printing: Pad Printing

Extras: None

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Rubber dome.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Lenovo Enhanced Performance Rubber dome N/A USB Full (104+13 extra keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $30From Newegg: $45

Links:
Official link User review (Wordpress)

Description: A decent rubber-dome from Lenovo. Decent quality and lots of extras, but it has a slightly not-standard aesthetic.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: (???)

Keycap: Material: (???). Printing: ???

Extras: Wrist rest, 7 programmable keys, 6 media keys, USB pass through

Pros: Cheap, lots of extras.

Cons: Rubber dome.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Logitech G105 Rubber dome N/A USB Full (104+10 extra keys)

Buy it:
From Newegg: $40From Amazon: $40

Links:
Official link Tweaktown review (MW3 edition) Eteknix review User review (Youtube)

Description: One of the cheaper "gaming"-oriented keyboards. Decent quality overall, but it is a bit pricey for a rubber dome.

Backlighting: Yes - Blue

Key Rollover: 5

Keycap: Material: (???). Printing: Laser engraving (???)

Extras: 6 programmable keys, game mode and LED keys, 7 media keys (dual mode with function keys)

Pros: Affordable.

Cons: Rubber dome.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Sidewinder X4 Scissor switch N/A USB Full (104+14 extra keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $60From Newegg: $80

Links:
Official link Tom's Guide review Bit-tech review Techcrunch review Techradar review Hexus review

Description: If you cannot afford a true mechanical keyboard, but still want something decent (and slightly better than a pure rubber dome), this one is for you. Has a gamer-aesthetic with red-backlighting, and has received positive reviews.

Backlighting: Yes - Red

Key Rollover: 26

Keycap: Material: (???). Printing: Laser engraving (???)

Extras: 6 programmable keys, 8 media keys

Pros: Affordable.

Cons: Not significantly better than rubber dome.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Monoprice Mechanical Keyboard Mechanical Cherry blue, red USB Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From Monoprice: $60From Amazon: $77

Links:
Official link Techroport review User review (linustechtips)

Description: Completely barebones, but one of the cheapest possible mechanical keyboards. You can choose between blue and red switches, it is of medium quality overall, and that it is difficult to find outside North America.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: NKRO

Keycap: Material: ABS (???). Printing: ???

Extras: None

Pros: Affordable.

Cons: No extras, no choice in switches. May not be available outside the USA.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Rosewill RK-9000 Mechanical Cherry blue, brown, black, red USB, PS/2 Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $80From Newegg: $80

Links:
Official link Anandtech review Techreport review Guru3d review

Description: It is not flashy, and it does not have any extras whatsoever, but it has solid construction and is an affordable mechanical keyboard. Some early units had a minor USB port problem, so quality control may be an issue. Look for the RK9100 for a backlit edition of this keyboard.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: NKRO (PS/2), 6 (USB)

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: None

Pros: Affordable. Detachable cable.

Cons: No extras.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Quickfire Rapid Mechanical Cherry blue, brown, black, red USB, PS/2 Tenkeyless (84 keys)

Buy it:
From Newegg: $80From Amazon: $85

Links:
Official link Techspot review Digitaltrends review Tweaktown review User reviews (OCN)

Description: Solid entry-tier keyboard. Not flashy, and no extra keys, but compact and well-reviewed for its build quality and (relatively) good price. Check the Quickfire Stealth for a side-printed (blank on top) keycap alternative, and the Quickfire Rapid-i for a version with backlighting.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: NKRO (PS/2), ??? (USB)

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: 7 media keys (dual mode with function key)

Pros: Compact, affordable. Detachable cable.

Cons: Currently difficult to buy online, due to stock shortage.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Quickfire Tk Mechanical Cherry blue, brown, red USB "Tenkeyless" (92 keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $90From Newegg: $100

Links:
Official link Techspot review Hardwaresecrets review Overclock3d review

Description: One of the cheapest backlit "tenkeyless" keyboards (it still has the numpad, so it is "tenkeyless" in size only). The arrow button and the numpad share the same keys, which makes it difficult to use both at the same time, but at least you have the option of having a numpad in a "tenkeyless" form factor.

Backlighting: Yes - Red, blue or white, depending on the model

Key Rollover: NKRO

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: 7 media keys (dual mode with function key)

Pros: Compact. Detachable cable.

Cons: Numpad and arrows button share the same keys. Weird.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Corsair K65 Mechanical Cherry red USB Tenkeyless (87 keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $90From Newegg: $90

Links:
Official link Bit-tech review Techradar review Ocaholic review

Description: Decent looking, compact keyboard with brushed aluminium. Low quality keycap printing though.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: NKRO

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Pad Printing

Extras: 2 media keys

Pros: Compact. Detachable cable.

Cons: Cheap keycaps, no choice in switches.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Unicomp Ultra Classic Mechanical Buckling spring USB Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From PCKeyboard: $90

Links:
Official link User review (Blogspot)

Description: A clone of the legendary IBM Model M, manufactured using the same equipment and the same specifications as the original. One of the few keyboards available for purchase with buckling springs. Keep in mind that the classic aesthetic, loud clicks, low kro, and hard-to-press keys are not for everyone. Please note that it is not a 100% perfect clone, as it has (slightly) lower construction quality.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: 2 (???)

Keycap: Material: PBT. Printing: Dye sublimation

Extras: None

Pros: Classic.

Cons: Buckling spring keys are the hardest to press. Cable not detachable.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Quickfire XT Mechanical Cherry green, blue, brown, red USB, PS/2 Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From Newegg: $90From Amazon: $130

Links:
Official link HardOCP review Bit-tech review Tweaktown review Legit review

Description: Good quality, full size keyboard. Has media keys, and the option for green switches, which is not very common. This keyboard has received good reviews, and is considered a "safe" purchase for new buyers.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: NKRO (PS/2), ??? (USB)

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: 7 media keys (dual mode with function key)

Pros: Balanced. Detachable cable.

Cons: ???

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Corsair K70 Mechanical Cherry blue, brown, red USB Full (104+5 extra keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $120From Newegg: $120

Links:
Official link Anandtech review Hexus review Techreport review Guru3d review Bit-tech review

Description: Full backlighting, solid construction quality, and a flashy "gamer" aesthetic. It is a bit pricey, but it has a lot of the typical extras.

Backlighting: Yes - Red

Key Rollover: NKRO

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: Wrist rest, 5 media keys, USB pass through, extra replaceable keys

Pros: Balanced, lots of extras.

Cons: A bit pricey, LEDs do not last long. Cable not detachable.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Logitech G710+ Mechanical Cherry brown USB Full (104+10 extra keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $120From Newegg: $120

Links:
Official link Bit-tech review PCworld review Tweaktown review Anandtech review

Description: Widely available keyboard with a "gamer" aesthetic that is not too flashy. Good quality and features, but only available in Cherry brown.

Backlighting: Yes - White

Key Rollover: 26

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: Wrist rest, 6 programmable keys, 6 media keys, USB pass through

Pros: Balanced, lots of extras.

Cons: A bit pricey, no choice in switches, mediocre keycap quality. Cable not detachable.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Poker II Mechanical Cherry blue, brown, black, red USB Compact (61 keys)

Buy it:
From Newegg: $125From Mechanical Keyboards: $115

Links:
Official link Hardcoreware review Rhinofeed review

Description: Very compact keyboard, with no numpad, no arrow keys, and no function-keys either. Great for desks where space is at a premium. Look for the "Poker 2 Backlit" if you prefer ABS keycaps and backlighting.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: 6 (NKRO with firmware update)

Keycap: Material: PBT. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: None

Pros: Very compact. Detachable cable.

Cons: A bit pricey, lack of keys means it is not for everyone, only 6kro for a $100+ keyboard.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Topre Type Heaven Mechanical Topre USB Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From Elitekeyboards: $130From Amazon: $145

Links:
Official link HardOCP review Tweaktown review Jonnyguru review Techreport review Keyboardco review

Description: If you want that Topre feel, but you do not have $200+ to spare, this keyboard may be a good option. It is still not cheap though, and has no extras, but it has a classy aesthetic and good quality construction.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: 6

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: None

Pros: Topre.

Cons: Pricey, particularly since this is a "simple" keyboard. Only 6kro for a $100+ keyboard. Cable not detachable.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Das Model S Mechanical Cherry blue, brown, red USB, PS/2 Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $130From Newegg: $135

Links:
Official link Benchmark review Tweaktown review Techspot review

Description: Probably the most popular keyboard in the world. High quality, no frills, very well reviewed for its good looks and simplicity. Quite pricey though, and lack of extra functionality can be considered a negative. The glossy finish looks good, but attracts fingerprints.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: NKRO (PS/2), 6 (USB)

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: 7 media keys (dual mode with function key), USB pass through

Pros: High quality, good looks.

Cons: Pricey, particularly since this is a "simple" keyboard. Glossy texture attracts fingerprints. Cable not detachable.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Matias Quiet Pro Mechanical Modified Alps black USB Full (105+3 extra keys)

Buy it:
From Amazon: $140From Newegg: $150

Links:
Official link PCadvisor review

Description: Professional looks and high quality construction. This keyboard uses a modified Alps mechanical switch, making it quieter than most other mechanical keyboards. A "compact" version is also available in the Matias Mini Quiet Pro.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: NKRO (???)

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: 3 media keys, USB pass through

Pros: Quiet.

Cons: Pricey. Cable not detachable.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Ducky Shine 3 Mechanical Cherry blue, brown, black, red USB Full (108 keys)

Buy it:
From NCIX: $150

Links:
Official link Benchmark review CConline review

Description: Very popular for being a high quality keyboard with fully customizeable super fancy backlighting (and LED effects). Quite pricey though, and lack of extra functionality can be considered a negative. Look for the Shine 3 TKL for a tenkeyless version.

Backlighting: Yes - Blue, red, green, white, magenta, or orange, depending on the model

Key Rollover: NKRO

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: 3 media keys (dual mode with function key)

Pros: High quality. Detachable cable.

Cons: Pricey, particularly since this is a "simple" keyboard.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
WASD V2 Mechanical Cherry green, blue, clear, brown, black, red USB, PS/2 Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From WASDkeyboards: $150

Links:
Official link

Description: Very customizable keyboard, where you can opt for your choice of colour, key style, layout, switch, etc. You can even opt for a camouflage theme. One of the few keyboards to offer a choice for clear switches. Check the WASD V2 87-Key for a tenkeyless version. Look for the CODE Keyboard as a special non-customizeable (but backlit) edition.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: NKRO (PS/2), 6 (USB)

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: Option for 6 media keys (dual mode with function key)

Pros: High quality, completely customizable. Detachable cable.

Cons: Pricey.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Corsair K95 Mechanical Cherry red USB Full (104+24 extra keys)

Buy it:
From Newegg: $150From Amazon: $180

Links:
Official link Guru3d review Legit review Tom's Guide review

Description: A keyboard with every option that you can possibly think of, except for a choice in keys. Has nothing less than 18 (eighteen, yes) extra programmable keys. Many reviewers have praised this keyboard for its quality and extras, but it remains large, heavy, and expensive.

Backlighting: Yes - White

Key Rollover: NKRO

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: Wrist rest, 18 programmable keys, 6 media keys, USB pass through

Pros: Has absolutely everything.

Cons: Huge, pricey, no choice in switches. Cable not detachable.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Filco Majestouch 2 Mechanical Cherry blue, brown, black, red USB Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From NCIX: $150From Amazon: $230

Links:
Official link Bit-tech review

Description: This premium keyboard has high construction quality and no frills. It completely lacks any extras, and for the high price, it is definitely a status symbol. Check for the Majestouch 2 Tenkeyless, too.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: NKRO (???)

Keycap: Material: ABS. Printing: Pad Printing

Extras: None

Pros: High quality.

Cons: Pricey, cheap keycaps. Cable not detachable.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Leopold FC660C Mechanical Topre USB Compact (66 keys)

Buy it:
From Elitekeyboards: $190

Links:
Official link

Description: A very compact keyboard, with no numpad or function-keys either, but with arrow keys. Uses topre switches, which are said to have the best feel. Very expensive. Check the FC660M for a significantly cheaper version with Cherry switches.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: (???)

Keycap: Material: PBT. Printing: Laser etching

Extras: None

Pros: Very compact. Topre. Detachable cable.

Cons: Extremely pricey.

Name Tech Switch Availability Connection Size
Realforce 104U Mechanical Topre USB Full (104 keys)

Buy it:
From Elitekeyboards: $235From Amazon: $270

Links:
Official link PCauthority review

Description: Not recommended for first time buyers, due to the wallet-busting price. This keyboard has weighted Topre keys, which means that the keys for your pinky finger are less stiff. Some enthusiasts say that Topre switches have the best feel of all. If that is true, it may justify the insane price. Check the Realforce 87U for a tenkeyless version.

Backlighting: No

Key Rollover: 6 (???)

Keycap: Material: PBT. Printing: Dye sublimation

Extras: None

Pros: Topre.

Cons: Extremely pricey. Cable not detachable.