There is a small fanbase in the mechanical keyboard community that absolutely love 75% mechanical keyboards. They are a nice balance between the ultra-compact 60% keyboard and the bulky full-sized keyboard, the only problem is they are quite difficult to find. We decided to put together a list of the best 75% mechanical keyboards to help you pick the perfect one out.
The top five 75% mechanical keyboards of 2020 are:
- Drevo Excalibur
- Vortexgear Race 3
- Keycool 84
- Keychron K2
- Qisan 82 Key
We’ll go more into the details and features of each of the keyboards to help you decide what the best keyboard for you might be. Before we go much further, let’s clarify exactly what a 75% keyboard is and how it’s different from other keyboards.
What is a 75% Mechanical Keyboard?
There are a ton of different mechanical keyboard sizes, so it can get a little confusing keeping track of all the differences between the layouts. A 75% mechanical keyboard is a more compact version of a tenkeyless board without having to get rid of any of the keys. Like tenkeyless layouts, a 75% keyboard does not have the number pad which makes the keyboard much smaller. Without the number pad, you hand also doesn’t have to travel as far to reach the mouse, so it can make it faster to go back and forth between clicking and typing. It does have the drawback of making data entry slower because you won’t be able to enter numbers quite as fast.
The home cluster is formatted in a much different way then TKL and full-sized boards. Instead of being placed in the a 3×3 format, the keys are aligned vertically to save space. By smushing them all together, you end up with a more square shaped board packed with keys. Using a 75% keyboard may be a little awkward at first because you’ll need to get used to the different placement of the delete, home, and insert keys. Luckily, these aren’t used too much anyways, just beware it may take you a little while to get used to the more compact layout.
In my opinion, the 75% keyboard utilizes space in a much more efficient space than other keyboard layouts without removing any features that feel necessary. The next size down, 65% keyboards, get rid of the function row and the entire home cluster so it can be quite difficult to make that jump. With 75% keyboards you’re not sacrificing much for a more compact keyboard. For that reason I think 75% mechanical keyboards are a great size.
5. Qisan 82 Key
The Qisan 82 is a pretty barebones keyboard, but if you’re looking for a relatively cheap mechanical keyboard with the 75% layout, this may be the one for you. This keyboard comes with Gateron Brown switches, which are a knockoff of Cherry MX’s. Usually for a cheaper keyboard such as this one, the switches will be from Chinese brands such as Gateron or Outemu.
The keyboard comes with Blue backlighting and a white case design that offset each other for an interesting aesthetic. The keyboard features the floating keycap design, which looks clean and professional, something that can be used in the office.
You can find the keyboard on Amazon here for an affordable price.
4. Keycool 84
The Keycool 84 is an interesting keyboard, that is on the higher end. The keyboard has custom keycap designs that come in several different colors based on your preference. You can choose between Blue/Grey, Black/Red, and White/Blue designs. The keycaps are PBT which makes them a bit higher quality than some of the other keyboards on the list.
You have the option between Cherry MX Red and Brown switches, so if you enjoy linear or tactile switches, you should be able to get the feel you want. We would like to see more switch options, considering the price the keyboard is going for, but you can’t always get what you want. Overall, this keyboard is very aesthetic and work nicely. You can find the Keycool 84 on Amazon with a lot of different purchase options available.
3. Keychron K2
The company that makes the K2, Keychron, also makes lots of other unique layout models. They have a 65%, TKL-compact, and low-profile models. The company really specializes in the different niche layouts and they do a good job with the K2. You can find the Keychron K2 on Amazon for a really affordable price through this link.
The K2 is a mechanical keyboard with wireless functionality, which can connect to 3 devices at once making it quite easy to toggle between devices. The keyboard also has an impressive battery that can last up to two weeks. The keyboard is also functional with Windows and Apple operating systems as well. Located on the side of the keyboard is a sliding switch that makes it easy to toggle between the different operating systems.
The only things we didn’t like about the K2 was how thick the keyboard is. It makes it very difficult to type on without a wrist rest and can cause some wrist pain. On top of that, the USB-C power cable connection was on the left side of the keyboard which is a little awkward to plug in. Usually the port is located on the backside of the keyboard.
2. Vortexgear Race 3
The Vortexgear 3 comes with an anodized aluminum case, that is sturdy and heavy. This makes the keyboard feel solid and very stable when typing. The keyboard also comes with some nice custom PBT keycaps designs, so the layout is unique and does not get those shiny grease marks that ABS keycaps get. You can find the keyboard on Amazon for an decent price, it’s not cheap but usually aluminum keyboards are quite expensive so the price is fitting.
The keyboard comes layered with COLEMAK and DVORAK, so if you are an expert at typing with these layouts, you’ll enjoy how easy it is to switch between them. On top of that, you have the option between Cherry MX Brown and Blues so you can decide between loud and tactile or quiet and tactile switches.
The only downside we found to this keyboard with the USB plugin did not feel very secure. We also found a lot of complaints from reviews about how for some people the plug would fall out after some light usage. Be careful if you’re keyboard has this issue as well, because it sounds like some of have manufacturing issues.
1. Drevo Excalibur
The Drevo Excalibur comes in either black or white case designs with a floating keycap design. The build looks sleek and very compact. When purchasing you’ll have the option between several different Cherry MX switches including the Black, Blue, Brown, and Red switches. It’s always nice to have a pick between several switch options, because it really allows you to customize the feel of the keyboard for your own specific tastes.
The only downside to this keyboard we found was the legends were not the best, they are big and bold colored, and look like they’re designed with the gamer aesthetic. You may enjoy the keycap design more but for the price it wouldn’t be too crazy to buy another keycap set online for $20 and swap them out. This keyboard only has white backlighting, so if you enjoy RGB lighting you’re out of luck.
Overall, this is a great keyboard for the price and does everything pretty well. The build quality is nice and the keyboard is really fun to use. You can find the keyboard on Amazon for a mid-range price using this link.
We hope you found this list of some killer 75% keyboards useful, we try to review these keyboards in the most unbiased way possible and provide the best keyboard reviews for you. Overall, we were impressed by all the keyboards on this list, but we would like to see more keyboard companies start producing 75% keyboard layouts because they are such a fun size to use.
As always, happy typing!