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Mac Mechanical Keyboards?
Some may think mechanical keyboards go against the grain of Apple’s minimalist aesthetics. However, in terms of typing comfort, many users profess mechanical keyboards are stubbornly incomparable. Now… the real question is, what are the best mechanical keyboards? Below is a breakdown of 3 favored keyboards based on aesthetics, features and price.
Top 3 Mechanical Keyboards - Mac
- Das Keyboard 4 Professional - Wired $169
Das Keyboard was one, if not the first, to innovate the mechanical keyboard market with outstanding quality & aesthetics.
- Keychron K10 - Bluetooth $104.99
Designed with hybrid Mac / Windows compatibility, the K10 is a solid option for users seeking a wireless workspace.
- Macally BMKEY - Wired $99
For the Apple purists, the Macally BMKEY has 16 specific Apple shortcuts and accentuates a minimalist workspace with its white aesthetics.
DAS KEYBOARD 4 PROFESSIONAL FOR MAC
- Switch: Cherry Blue or Brown
- Dimensions: 6.8″ x 18″ x .8″
- Weight: 2.90 lb
Pros vs Cons
Dating back to 2005 in Austin Texas, Daniel Guermeur and his team introduced the Das Keyboard line. He then proceeded to evolve their premium mechanical keyboards for PC & Mac, which the Das Keyboard Professional 4 (DKP4) is a testament to devotion to perfection. Just be prepared to pay top prices for this level of quality. At $170, you can expect weighted keys, and lubricated switches, which are not just any switches; Cherry switches are rated the best switches by numerous keyboard experts.
In terms of quality, you will not be disappointed with the DK4 Professional. However, even though it is priced well for such high-level quality, it still can be out of budget for many users seeking to upgrade their keyboard. After all, a keyboard is just a keyboard when it comes down to it – at least for those seeking to get a job well done.
KEYCHRON K10 FOR PC & MAC
- Switch: Gateron G Pro Red
- Dimensions: 7.1″ x 18.3″ x 2.1″
- Weight: 3.39 lb
Pros vs Cons
As a new company, that started in 2017, Keychron is a Hong Kong-based entity that has taken the mechanical keyboard market by storm. Key members to note are Will Ye & Sven Zhu, who pride themselves on extensive keyboard production experience and understanding the pulse of the mechanical keyboard audience.
Ultimately, the Keychron K10 is evidence of Keychrons passion to meet the needs of both the PC & Mac audiences. For example, the K10 comes with two sets of keycaps (one for PC and one for Mac) for an effective tailored experience. In terms of aesthetics the unique black, grey, and orange color scheme, is perfect for darker workspaces. Lastly, the fact that it has multi-device Bluetooth (pairs up to 3 Bluetooth devices), makes the K10 a dominant go-to for your mechanical keyboard needs.
MACALLY BMKEY FOR MAC
- Switch: Kailh Brown Switches
- Dimensions: 5″ x 17.2″ x 1.7″
- Weight: 2.89 lb
Pros vs Cons
Macally is a company that has been devoted to Apple since the time Jef Raskin and Steve Jobs created the first Mac back in 1984. The first keyboard Macally created was the IKEY4, which you can still find on eBay! Through this devotion, Macally has led innovative keyboard solutions for Mac for over 30 years.
The BMKEY is for users who desire to accentuate their Mac workspace with simplicity. Macally’s mission of innovation through simplicity is carefully interwoven into the BMKEY as it matches the Apple ecosystem, not just with specific Apple shortcuts but also through clean-minimalist aesthetics.
Note: If you have any favorite Mac-specific mechanical keyboards, let us know in the comments. Also, check out this post for the best ergonomic keyboards for Mac