Best Mechanical Keyboards for Mac iMore 2021

Keyboards are subjective and while some of us may be fine with Apple's Magic Keyboard and other chiclet-style keys, others prefer to hear and feel every keystroke, which is where mechanical keyboards come in. With a mechanical keyboard, you get physical switches (and there are a lot of different ones out there), as well as the option to change your entire set of keycaps to something more aesthetically pleasing. If that's what floats your boat, Mechanical keyboards are highly customizable and can even make you feel more productive while at the computer. Here are the best mechanical keyboards for Mac that you can buy right now.

Great introduction: Keychron K2 V2

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This well-received mechanical keyboard offers flat edges on the frame and slim bezels around the keys. It also features a 75% layout, making it a great choice for travelers or those who prefer minimalism. You can also choose between Gateron Red, Brown, or Blue switches, making this one of the best mechanical keyboards for beginners.

Full but compact: Keychron K4 V2

If you need a 10-key numpad but still want something relatively compact, then the Keychron K4 is perfect. It is like the K2 V2 that I use daily, but it includes a 10-key on the right side. It offers 100 keys in a 96% format, so it maximizes space while still giving you all of the necessities. It also comes with Gateron Red, Brown, or Blue switches, white or RGB backlighting, and an optional aluminum frame, as well as a new hot-swappable option.

Go low: Keychron K1 V4

Keychron's K1V4 is a low-profile mechanical keyboard with your choice of Gateron Low Profile Red, Brown, or Blue switches. This is like a hybrid of an Apple Magic Keyboard with a mechanical keyboard, so you have relatively short keycaps, though this restricts you in customization. You can also choose between a TKL or full-size (with numpad) if you need, and white or RGB backlighting.

Professional clack: Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac

Das Keyboard 4 Professional gives you a choice between Cherry MX Brown or Blue, depending on how loud you like your keyboard, and it even has dedicated media controls, including an oversized volume knob, as well as a number pad. Two USB 3.0 ports make it perfect for the ultra-productive folks.

Backlight champ: WASD CODE 87-key Illuminated Keyboard

If you have a dimly lit workspace or find yourself regularly typing in the dark, then this is the keyboard for you. It features a bright white LED backlighting with seven brightness levels with onboard memory that saves your preferences. You also get four switch choices: Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Clear, or Green.

From $165 at Amazon

Classic Apple: Matias Quiet Pro

This mechanical keyboard, which is specially made for Mac, has very quiet keys, so it delivers all of a mechanical keyboard's comforts with much less clickety-clack. The Matias Quiet Pro also features a full number pad, as well as fold-out legs to raise it if you prefer it that way. Matias Quiet Pro is built with the same premium keyswitch technology that Apple used in the original Apple Extended Keyboard, which is seen as one of Apple's best keyboard ever made.

$140 at Amazon

Steampunk aesthetic: Azio Retro Classic Bluetooth Luxury Vintage Mechanical Keyboard

If you're into steampunk or just like your peripherals to have an aesthetic that pops and looks different from what everyone else has, then Azio's copper-colored retro classic keyboard is where it's at. It features a genuine leather top plate, a zinc-aluminum frame, round keys (think typewriter), and a number pad. This is a conversation piece, but it's fully functional and quite well-reviewed.

$214 at Amazon

Powerful gaming: Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

When money isn't so much a concern, there's the G915 TKL, which uses an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy to deliver a thin but rigid and durable design. You can choose between GL Linear, Tactile, and Clicky low-profile switches. Experience up to 30 hours on a single charge, and you can customize your colorful RGB lighting and macros with the G-HUB software.

Just the basics: Macally Backlit Mechanical Keyboard for Mac

This mechanical keyboard from Macally is full-size, so you get everything, including the number pad. It has a simple and clean aesthetic that will go perfectly with your Mac, and it features Kailh Brown switches (another Cherry MX clone) for a satisfying, tactile feel. It uses a USB wired connection and has four adjustable brightness levels for the backlights.

$100 at Amazon

Type better with the best mechanical keyboards

The dissatisfying keyboards that come with Macs (sorry, Magic Keybaord fans, but there are Apple Magic Keyboard alternatives too) aren't enough for some people. If you like real key feedback and that satisfying clicking sound, you should definitely consider one of these best mechanical keyboards for your Mac.

If you want some recommendations, I would recommend giving the Keychron K2 a try. It's my first mechanical keyboard but still my favorite — it's comfortable, compact, and a great board to customize. For a closer look, check out my full Keychron K2 review. If you want something in-between the Apple Magic Keyboard and a mechanical, then the Keychron K1 V4 is a great option. I take a closer look at it in my full Keychron K1 V4 review.

If you want a great mechanical keyboard to do some gaming, then I would suggest the Logitech G915 Lightspeed. Windows Central Managing Editor, Dan Thorp-Lancaster, tested it out and in his Logitech G915 review, claims that it is his favorite keyboard right now.

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