XiaoMi’s first shot at the mechanical keyboard market, the Xiaomi Yuemi MK01, was very hit-or-miss. In my review of that keyboard I found it to be a great looking TKL mech with Apple inspired aesthetics and above average build quality. Unfortunately, the MK01 had a couple glaring flaws that severely limited the keyboards gaming performance and usability in general. It only supported 2-key rollover and had problems with key registration when presented with quick, repeated inputs (such as double tapping).
Today I have the pleasure of reviewing Xiaomi’s successor to the MK01, the XiaoMi Yuemi Pro MK02. With their second attempt XiaoMi has not only addressed the obvious shortcomings of their first mechanical keyboard, but they’ve gone a few steps further by upgrading the Yuemi Pro MK02 to a fully aluminum enclosure, genuine Cherry MX switches and USB-C connectivity. Continue reading
You may be familiar with Cooler Master as a manufacturer of gaming related products and peripherals. Despite mechanical “gaming” keyboards often receiving a bad reputation among enthusiasts, Cooler Master has actually released a number of highly regarded mechanical keyboards over the years.
They have a new product releasing soon, the Cooler Master SK621, which is the first release from their new SK600 line of wireless mechanical gaming keyboards available in Full Size, TKL or 60% layout. The SK621 wireless mechanical keyboard is unique in many ways. It’s Cooler Master’s first wireless mechanical keyboard to hit the market, with connectivity provided by means of Bluetooth 4.0 and detachable USB Type-C for wired charging. Continue reading
After starting my research for keyboards to rank on this list I quickly discovered the market for wireless mechanical keyboards is akin to a barren wasteland. There seems to be a solid demand, but the supply of quality mechanical keyboards with some form of wireless connectivity just isn’t there yet. Wired mechanical keyboards are somewhat of a small niche themselves (though growing rapidly). Computer and tech enthusiasts willing to pay the premium to own one are almost always looking for the best performance possible, which admittedly isn’t usually offered via wireless devices. This is especially true for PC gamers who require a reliable connection with low latency and no added input lag. Wireless options are mainly coveted for their convenience and portability.
Still, more choices for a good wireless mechanical keyboard with low input lag, durable build quality and reliable Bluetooth connectivity is something the mechanical keyboard community would welcome with open arms. Since I’m currently on the hunt for one of my own I thought I would share what I’ve learned from my research. We’ll be examining five of the best currently available wireless mechanical keyboards to see if we can find a viable keyboard or two that will please casuals and enthusiasts alike.
I don’t even own one myself, though I hope to remedy that in the near future. (Update: I have now tested the Anne Pro and TADA68 Pro discussed below.) Continue reading
Today Massdrop added a listing for a 65% wireless (Bluetooth 4.0) mechanical keyboard from a brand called Keywalker. The keyboard has 68 keys in a compact form factor similar to the TADA68 Pro. It includes dedicated arrow keys while only being one column wider than a typical 60% form factor mechanical keyboard. The switches are Cherry MX in either tactile (brown), clicky (blue), or linear (red/back) variants. Continue reading
Vortex’s next “big” product comes in a tiny package. The Vortex Core 40% mechanical keyboard with aluminum case was just recently listed on Amazon.
The Core is a ultra-compact mechanical keyboard with only 47 dedicated keys. It uses multiple function layers and programmability to provide functionality similar to that of larger keyboards, but with a much smaller footprint for improved ergonomics and space-saving ability. Continue reading
There are numerous types of mechanical keyboard switches and even more manufacturers producing them. Cheap membrane based rubber dome keyboards may still be the most prevalent, but mechanical keyboards have become extremely popular among gamers and computer enthusiasts over the last decade. Many new companies have been created with the sole goal of filling the gap in mechanical keyswitches. However, one brand was here from the beginning and still stands above the rest. Let’s learn a little about Cherry and their legendary keyswitches. Continue reading
A mechanical keyboard makes use of a physical switch under every individual keycap in order to process input as the user actuates a key. As you press down a key the switch soldered to the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) underneath is activated. This registers the key press. The keyboard PCB then sends a signal to the computer telling it a specific key was pressed.
This is what a mechanical keyboard is and how it works in very basic terms. But let’s look a little deeper and find out what makes the best mechanical keyboard, the primary advantages they provide over other keyboard types and why you should go mechanical if you haven’t already. Continue reading