Mechanical Keyboards Vs. Membrane Keyboards: Making the Switch

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Mechanical keyboards cost about five to even twenty times more expensive than a regular membrane keyboard that comes with your computer when you purchase a PC. Yes, mechanical keyboards are very expensive, but when we made the switch to them, we never turned back. Many others feel the same way. So, why are mechanical keyboards so expensive?

Mechanical keyboards are so expensive because they have higher quality parts. The parts involve more work to make, but the labor associated with putting together a mechanical keyboard is also higher than a regular keyboard. Rather than having a single layer of rubber for the switches, mechanical keyboards have individual switches under each key (For some keyboards, this could be up to 104 individual switches) that have a metal spring, high-quality plastic housing, a stem, and sometimes a tactile leaf. The cost is high, but the result is worth it for improved longevity and experience.

There are many more features of mechanical keyboards that can drastically increase the price that we’ll discuss in more detail soon. Some of these include the custom keyboard market, some features you’ve never even heard of, and appearance such as lighting and build quality.

Why are Mechanical Keyboards So Expensive? The Difference Between Mechanical and Membrane

In the table below, we outline the differences between a mechanical keyboard and a membrane keyboard. The left column names the feature that we are looking at.

 Mechanical KeyboardMembrane Keyboard
SwitchesIndividual switches for each keyElectro-mechanical membrane underneath all the keys that is cheap to make
Accuracy of key registrationA keypress triggers a pulse sent to the circuit board which tells the computer which key was pressedA keypress sends an electronic signal to the membrane, which sends the signal to the PC
Key Roll-OverA precise one-to-one output that allows for more than one key to be pressed and registered at the same timeRegisters only one keypress at a time and may or may not ignore other simultaneous keypresses
Switch feelCustomizable switches depending on your preference: linear, tactile, or clickyKeys are typically flat and feels mushy when pressed
Switch forceKey force can be changed to fit your needs by change out the switches or the switch springsKey force is not customizable due to the membrane
Switch noiseNoise level varies between different keyboards from being whisper quiet to loud clicks heard from across the room depending on switch typeRelatively quiet when typing
Case MaterialCould be plastic, aluminum, wood, or acrylic. Case weight will vary depending on materialsPlastic exterior is low-quality but is more portable because it’s lightweight
LifespanUp to 100 million keystrokes, depending on switch brandWears out when it starts to feel mushy and no longer provides feedback of keypress
Ease of CleaningKeycaps are removable using keycap puller, making cleaning the keycaps and underneath easyKeycaps are not, difficulty to access the membrane
Other FeaturesRGB lighting, hot-swappability, different keycap options, high-quality stabilizers, ability to be modded, 100% customizableLow cost, may come in a package with mouse and computer

Looking at mechanical keyboards, we see that there is more customizability and longevity. The lifespan of each mechanical switch is much longer, and the case could be aluminum instead of plastic. Although this might be less portable, it will last you a much longer time.

Keyboard on desktop

What is the Average Price of a Mechanical Keyboard?

The price of a mechanical keyboard can range from $35 to $3500. That is a 100x difference between one and the other. There are so many factors in between that you can consider.

A cheap $35 mechanical keyboard can be found on sale at stores like Best Buy or Microcenter straight on the shelf. On the other hand, a $3500 must be custom-made by someone who has experience with building keyboards, hand wiring the circuit board, lubing each switch individually, modding the stabilizers, custom-finished case, and special switches. There are so many things that can affect the price of a mechanical keyboard, so let’s get into some of these things.

Other Things to Take into Consideration That Can Increase Price

Build Quality

Some keyboards have very cheap plastic cases called ABS plastic. Over time, this plastic can accumulate grime and oils from your fingers. Mechanical keyboard cases can come in different materials. Many are plastic, these are the cheapest ones.

There are more costly ones such as custom-wood, acrylic cases, aluminum cases, and more. If you ever decide to venture into the custom mechanical keyboard enthusiast community, there are many rabbit-holes regarding case materials to fall into. Typically, aluminum cases will be the most expensive.

Aluminum cases last longer, are sturdier, and don’t allow as much sound to echo inside of the case. It offers noise-dampening properties that plastic cases don’t offer. As for wood and acrylic, I’ve only seen people custom-cut or make these themselves. They can be expensive as well, but usually they’re only offered through group buys.  

The same goes for the keycaps. There are higher-quality, more expensive keycaps made of PBT plastic, which are more durable, don’t accumulate as much grime, and don’t have a shine to them.

For more information on cases, we have an in-depth guide to mechanical keyboard cases.

Switches

Switches can range from being 50 cents for each one up to $25 for each switch. Different factors can affect the price, such as supply and demand. Some switches are available everywhere such as Cherry MX switches, which are commonly used on the most popular mechanical keyboard brands such as Corsair.

There are MX-equivalents that are made in China that will cost approximately the same or cheaper. Cherry MX switches are usually $1 each. In a full-sized keyboard, this means $104 for the switches alone.

Then there are switches that are limited edition or rarities that go for much higher prices. Some mechanical keyboard enthusiasts even go as far as combining parts from different switches to get the exact feel that they want.

For more information mechanical keyboard switches, we’ve talked about Cherry MX switches, Razer switches, and have a list of MOST switches available.

RGB Lighting

RGB lighting or lighting in general is important for many people. The LED lights are not too expensive, but the labor involved is. You must make sure that each light is placed within the printed circuit board (PCB) and that each switch housing will let the lights shine through.

Some keyboard switches will have the LED lights on them. Other keyboards use clear housing and have the LEDs on the PCBs.

Usually, RGB lighting will cost $10-$20 more.

Features You Might Not Even Know About

Hot-Swappability

Other features such as hot-swappability increases the price of the mechanical keyboard as well. With these keyboards, you can change out the switches easily using a switch puller instead of having to desolder the switch and solder a new one on. This means that if one switch breaks, you don’t have to trash the whole keyboard. Just replace a singular switch.

We’ve looked at many hot-swappable keyboards if you want to learn more.

Wireless

Another feature is being wireless. Membrane keyboards and mechanical keyboards both can be wireless but adding in a receiver does increase the price.

We’ve also looked at many wireless keyboards if you want to learn more.

Custom Keycaps

Many of you may not be familiar with the enthusiast market, but there are custom keycaps called artisan keycaps available for sale.

They are made by artists and have different themes such as Star Wars, breakfast foods, Pokemon, pretty much anything you can think of.

You can also get expensive keycap sets that go for over $100 for a full set of keycaps. The market is amazing once you look further.

Artisan Keycap on keyboard
Artisan Keycap

Custom USB-C Cables

Along with custom keycaps, we also have custom USB-C cables. These can be bought from custom makers with exact specifications such as what connector, what length, if you want an aviator cable or not, the colors, and more.

For where to get custom cables and how to order, we wrote an in-depth guide for this as well.

Summary

We’ve looked at the many differences between mechanical keyboards and membrane keyboards. We’ve also looked many factors that can make a mechanical keyboard expensive: customizability, hot-swappability, wireless features, switches, cases, materials, and more.

Here are some of the things that you may be interested in checking out if you’re interested in reading more about mechanical keyboards and reviews that we’ve done:

As always, happy typing! We hoped this helped you figure out if you want a mechanical keyboard or not.

We would love some advice on how to improve our writing and content. Please leave a comment down below  if you have additional questions that we can do research on and answer, anything that we can improve, and any comments you have.

Group Buys: Everything You Need to Know

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What is a Group Buy?

In this new series that will be highlighting group buys within the mechanical keyboard community, we will be going over their ending dates, and the products themselves.

First of all, what is a group buy?

A group buy is when a group of people get together and pay ahead of time for a product that will be made and delivered later, usually with a set deadline. This can result in small savings and opportunities to buy items that are custom designed by people within the community or to access items that aren’t available in many stores.

Group buys can be set up by hobbyists to make keycap sets, cases, keyboard kits, and anything else they so choose to. Specific websites, such as Drop (formerly Massdrop) organize group buys on an easily accessibly platform. Other places to look for group buys within the mechanical keyboard community include GeekHack, /r/Mechmarket, KBDFans, and other small hobbyist makers such as tinymakesthings and Qlavier. Some companies start up their own Kickstarter pages to fund their product, and in return, promise you get that product in the future.

a group of people

Things to Look Out for Before Joining a Group Buy

Make sure you ask a LOT of questions.

Because some group buys are organized by the seller themselves instead of companies such as Drop, you must be careful to not get scammed or cheated. We, at Switch and Click, take no responsibility if you do join a group buy that ends up being not what you expected it to be.

Know what the product is, what exactly the features are, if there are pictures of the products from multiple angles. Also ask others within the community if they’re also looking forward to said product and what they know about the group buy.

Know the reputation of the group buy leader/seller.

This is along the lines of asking a lot of questions. Within the community’s discussion boards, ask whether the buy or leader is reputable.

Have they done group buys before?

Did they deliver the product in good quality and on time?

Were there any previous complaints about them?

Make sure the person has good standing within the community, so that you know their product is backed by their personal integrity and reputation.

If the group buy leader or seller is doing their very first group buy, then they have a higher change of  being delayed, not being prepared, not being good at communication with their customers, and not being experienced with the logistics such as shipping, packaging, and organization.

Understand that your group buy will take longer than you expect.

Many group buys that are organized by small groups or people are likely to take a longer time than they think they will get it done.

According to a survey between community members of the mechanical keyboards subreddit completed in 2015, 19% of group buys took longer than expected. The times delayed, however, ranged from weeks to even years.

The survey results and source will be linked here to the person collecting the data. I’ll attach the picture below for quick reference.

A more recent discussion documented peoples’ experiences with specific group buys within the past year.

a survey on reddit regarding group buys

Know That The Money You Spend on a Group Buy Might Amount to Nothing

Some group buys, unfortunately, end up in disaster and failure. I’m not telling you to not participate in them at all, I’m saying to be cautious and really think about the situation before putting in your money.

Some of these buys could be outright scams with the seller or leader intentionally taking money from people with no intention of producing and giving them any product at all.

Sometimes, it may just be a lack of organization and experience which results in a failure.

According to the study above, in 10% of all group buys, the seller does not fulfill the orders of the buy. It could be due to many factors: illness, an accident, moving, depression, literally anything.

Drop (formerly Massdrop)

Drop teams up with designers and collaborates to come up with products that the community will like. They also feature third-party products after looking at polls and discussions for products the people want most.

The Drop team will contact the manufacturers and try to establish a connection to obtain those products. Other products, that the community did not pick out, are products that the manufacturers recommend, or they’re selected by community managers.

For certain products, they only last a certain amount of time on Drop until the group buy closes. For third-party products, they last an average of 5-7 business days with one price. These are called runs, which are product offerings from Drop and third-party products. The selection of these product varies, so make sure to check their website regularly.

When the run ends, Drop places the order with the vendor. For you to get the product, the vendor can either ship directly to your front door or ship everything to Drop, who will then ship to you.

In the future, we plan on collecting information on Drop group buys, taking note of their end date, product details, estimated shipping, reviews, and more to make sure that there is a place where

Summary

Overall, group buys are a great opportunity to invest in a maker and product that is limited and not in most stores. But, on the other hand, there are many things to be aware of when going into a group buy.

Make sure you are cautious, don’t just throw your money into them, ask a ton of questions regarding the reputation of the seller or leader and the product itself.

Keep in mind that it could take a really long time, even years, to get your product after committing your money into a group buy. Even reputable sites such as Drop can be delayed with product fulfillment.

Sources

Drop Drop.com

/r/MechanicalKeyboards Reddit.com

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Mechanical Keyboards Pro Fortnite Players Use

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Question and Answer

I really enjoy playing and watching other people play Fortnite. Recently, I’ve decided that I really want to get good. I’ve noticed that all the pro players out there on YouTube and Twitch use special equipment that can give them a more competitive edge. Are there specific mechanical keyboards that will help me improve my game?

Great question. Most pro gamers use mechanical keyboards to play on that will give them quick response time and fast keypresses. In this article, we’ll look at the mechanical keyboards that Fortnite pros play on, such as summit1g, ninja, Tfue, Cloakzy, Myth, and Symfuhny. The five keyboards that they use are the Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire, Logitech G Pro, Ducky One 2 Mini, Anne Pro 2, and the Vortex Pok3r. Their keyboard preferences are very different, but one thing in common is that they are all mechanical keyboards. Let’s get into it, shall we?

5 Mechanical Keyboards the Pros Play On

Twitch on a cell phone
Twitch is one of the most popular streaming websites to watch gamers play.

Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Cherry MX Speed Switches – Summit1g and Ninja

First, let’s start with a popular keyboard made by Corsair, the K70 Rapidfire. It is a standard 104 key, full-sized, mechanical keyboard. This keyboard is used by summit1g and ninja. This keyboard has a 4.5-star review on Amazon with over 1,180 reviews in total.

Summit1g used to be a pro on CS:GO (Counter Strike: Global Offensive) and has transitioned to PUBG and Fortnite, more recently. He streams on Twitch as well as has a YouTube channel.

Ninja is one of Fortnite’s most popular players. His name is Tyler Blevins, and he started competitive esports with Halo 3. He began playing Fortnite in March 2018. He used to stream on YouTube with over 14 million followers, but he has recently transitioned to Mixer, another streaming website.

It is currently being sold at $169.99 on Amazon. It comes with three different versions: The low profile with shorter keys, a special edition with all white keycaps and a light silver brushed aluminum plate, and the original, the Corsair Recommends version.

If you don’t want the RGB version, Corsair offers a red backlight-only keyboard that is $89.99 right now.

Here is their product page on Corsair’s website.

corsair k70 rapidfire keybpard
Photo by: /u/Synt0xx/ on Reddit

It comes with a detachable soft wrist pad and media keys and volume wheels on the top right corner, letting you adjust your audio without having to change screens or interrupt your game.

The keyboard also features an aluminum-finished backplate, a braided USB cable, flip-out feet for angle customization. One issue with this is that dust gets easily caught onto the keyboard.

It also comes with programmable macros and lighting effects via their firmware, the Corsair Utility Engine, also known as iCUE. There are different modes of brightness and pre-programmed effects. The lights shine through the keycaps rather than through the plate itself as well like other keyboards.

It conveniently has a USB pass-through port in the back of the keyboard if you need to connect things quickly to your PC such as a mouse or headset.

The Cherry MX Speed switches is what makes this special for gaming. Unlike most other Cherry MX switches, the speed switches actuate at 1.2mm instead of 2mm, which is 40% faster and less distance. Their actuation force is 45g, like the other ones such as Red and Brown switches.

The keyboard has full N-key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting. No matter how fast you move and press keys, this keyboard can keep up. It will be able to register each keypress correctly and consistently.

The keycaps have a special enlarged font-size for a gaming aesthetic. It lets the light shine-through for a dynamic lighting experience. The most used keys, WASD, QE, and space bar, are specifically textured and contoured to provide a better grip and feel on the gaming keys.

The keyboard has black keys with the WASD keys being a silver color. The K70 is compatible with computers with two USB 2.0 ports and Windows computers.

A special touch is the Corsair-branded escape key for more fashion. It shows that Corsair cares about their products.

This keyboard is very popular within the gaming community, and most people have no problems with their Corsair K70 Rapidfire.

Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard – Myth

Next up is the Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard. Logitech has created a whole lineup of gaming peripherals from headsets, mice, and keyboards to keyboard switches.

This keyboard is used by TSM Myth, one of the earlier adopters of Fornite. He has a YouTube channel and a Twitch stream. He began streaming on Twitch in 2016 and joined Team SoloMid in 2018 as the captain.

Anyways, the Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is currently priced on sale at $79.99 on Amazon. It has a 4.5-star rating with 580 reviews. The original price for the Pro Keyboard is $129.99, and they also have a Pro X keyboard at $149.99. We’ll talk about both in detail and the differences.

A special product of theirs is their switches. They sell their Pro X switches separately at $49.99 for a pack. That’s a story for later as well.

The Logitech G Pro

Out of the box, this keyboard comes with GX Blue switches, which are as clicky as it gets. The keyboard features a tenkeyless (TKL) design, which is compact and convenient for reaching for your mouse.

Alongside that, it also looks much cleaner on a desk and allows for more ergonomic usage while gaming.

It has RGB lighting that is programmable to your setup’s specifications, but it also has preset lighting effects for quick use.

logitech g pro gaming keyboard
Photo by: /u/9393andersson/ on Reddit

It has a detachable braided Micro USB cable for quick and easy connection or disconnection for travel. As special feature is that it has prongs on each side to secure the connection, so it doesn’t accidentally fall off.

Unlike other keyboards, the rubber feet offer three different angles (flat, four degrees, and eight degrees) of customization to enhance your comfort while gaming. It also features a fully programmable row of F keys to put in your custom macros via their firmware, the Logitech G HUB.

It is a sturdy keyboard with no flex. The top right hand has an LED light button to easily turn on and off your lights.

The actuation distance for these switches is 2.0mm with 50g of force to activate. Slightly more length than the previous keyboard, the Corsair K70 Rapidfire.

The LED lights are directly in the middle of the switches, enhancing the light through the keycaps.

The only downside is that the bottom row is a non-standard bottom row. It will not fit some custom keycap sets, so make sure you check for compatibility prior to buying.

Differences Between Pro and Pro X Keyboard

The Logitech G Pro X Keyboard is slightly more expensive and for good reason. Pretty much everything is the same.

One of the differences is that you can pick the type of switches you can get out of three different sets: GX Blue (clicky), GX Brown (tactile), or GX Reds (linear).

The GX Browns have an actuation distance of 2.0mm with an actuation force of 50g. It is not as loud as the GX Blues.

The GX Reds have an actuation distance of 1.9mm (slightly less) with an actuation force of 50g.

Another big benefit is that the PCB is hot-swappable! That means you can mix and match these GX switches however you want. Inside the box is a keycap puller and a switch puller as well.

The switches are mechanical switches with a clear top housing. The stabilizers have a decent amount of rattle, which isn’t a good thing.

A super cool thing is that you can use any switches you want to with this keyboard, considering they’re MX-style.

A downside is the price. It sells at $150. The keyboard still has a Micro-USB, which is a little outdated for 2019. For this price, there are many other keyboards out there that have a USB-C cable, hot-swappable switches, and with a more aesthetic look as well.

Logitech Pro X Switches

These switches are only available on the Logitech website. They come in boxes of 92 switches, so you get a few extra in case you need some replacements.

They are currently selling for $50 for a box of 92 switches.

For an in-depth guide on every single one of Logitech’s switches, they have a great page talking about it with sound bites, a force chart, actuation numbers, distance, and more.

Very cool, Logitech.

Ducky One 2 Mini – Tfue Ultraviolet keycaps

Next is Tfue. Tfue uses the Ducky One 2 Mini with a set of Ultraviolet keycaps.  

Tfue is a professional Fortnite player and a streamer. He started with Call of Duty and Destiny and switched to playing battle royale games such as H1Z1 and PUBG before starting Fortnite. He currently has over 11 million subscribers on YouTube.

This keyboard currently has a 5-star rating on Amazon with 53 total reviews. It is selling for $139.99. The keycap set Tfue uses comes around $50. It currently comes in Cherry MX blue switches or Cherry MX red switches.

This keyboard is a 60% keyboard, which means it’s missing the arrow keys and a number pad. It’s a thin keyboard with a two-tone exterior. The bottom is white with a black top.

With the keyboard, you also get a random-colored custom keycap set with a custom spacebar as well.

ducky one 2 mini
Photo by: /u/Arayous/ on Reddit

It has a USB-C connection on the top left side. This is a standard keyboard, so you can customize all the keycaps to your liking. On the backside of the keyboard is the Ducky branding.

The keycaps that come with this keyboard are double-shot PBT keycaps, which are high quality. The RGB shines through nicely. The FN keys are printed on the front of each keycap, so you know what you’re doing when you press the FN button with other buttons.

This is my favorite part of this keyboard since it’s hard to remember which keys do what on its 2nd layer. The laser-engraving in white is super easy to see. From the top view you cannot see these legends at all. Only when you’re standing in front of it.

The bottom of the board has four rubber feet, and it has two different sets of feet. You get two different elevation settings.

Another thing you might’ve never seen before is a DIP switch, which lets you change the FN keys, Windows keys, things like that. There’s a lot more information about what the DIP switch does in the manual that comes with it.  

The space bar has little to no rattle, which is awesome! They’re made by Ducky themselves.

The keyboard has on-board RGB lighting effect controls and macro controls as well. No software needed, but it can be troublesome since you must keep referring to the manual.

Many people have complained about the USB-C cord fitting into the hole. Hopefully, Ducky has fixed this problem by now.

Anne PRO 2 60% Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Cloakzy

Moving on. Cloakzy uses the Anne Pro 2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Like the Ducky One 2 Mini, the Anne Pro 2 is also a 60% keyboard and has 61 keys.

Cloakzy is a 25-year old professional gamer and Twitch streamer. His real name is Dennis Lepore. He currently plays Fortnite, but used to play PUBG, H1Z1, and others. He is captain of the Faze clan and regularly participates in gaming tournaments.

The Anne Pro 2 has many of the same features of the Ducky One 2 Mini, except it comes at a cheaper price of $89.00 currently and has wireless capabilities. Alongside that, you can also pick Gateron switches or Kailh box switches, which some may consider better than Cherry MX. But if you’re a die-hard Cherry MX fan, they offer those too.

Depending on the switches, the prices of the keyboard will change.

This keyboard comes in two colors: black or white. You have the same switches options for both. It currently has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with 75 ratings.

custom keycap anne pro 2
Photo by: /u/beansguys/ on Reddit

It has double shot PBT key caps as well and RGB lighting. Super durable keycaps, and it won’t accumulate nasty grime like ABS plastic. Unlike the Ducky One 2 Mini, the RGB lighting effects must be modified through software.

It has fully programmable keys through the firmware, so you can do whatever you want to your layout. Unfortunately, there have been many complains regarding the firmware and its ease of use and accessibility. Despite this, many still love this keyboard.

With the keyboard comes some special colored keycaps (red, yellow, green, and purple) for the modifier buttons. It also comes with a key cap puller and a braided red USB-C cable.

It has no kickstands but does have 4 rubber feet. You’re stuck in one angle, but it’s a relatively comfortable one.

The RGB is slightly dim on the board even at maximum brightness, but it does come with pre-programmed effects.

Many others have complained about Bluetooth connection and lighting customization. The team has been constantly working on customer service and fixing this.

Another important mention is that the keyboard is USB-polarized. Make sure the USB cord is oriented correctly to work. If it doesn’t work the first time, flip the USB connector around and try again.

Despite being a 60% keyboard, you can use the keyboard as if it had arrow keys. If you only tap the shift key, ctrl, fn1, fn2, they’ll act as arrow keys. The company programmed the keyboard to include that feature for an enhanced user experience.

The stabilizers are sturdy without rattle or wiggle.

Vortex Pok3r – Symfuhny

Symfuhny is a Twitch streamer who also makes YouTube videos for Fortnite. He first started streaming in June 2018 and now has over 1.8 million followers. His real name is Mason Lanier. He consistently participates in solo and duo tournaments. Unlike others on this list, he does not play Fortnite professionally for a team.

Symfuhny uses this keyboard, the Vortex Pok3r (pronounced Poker) mechanical keyboard. It is NOT available on Amazon, but you can buy it at mechanicalkeyboards.com instead. The Vortex Pok3r is also a 60% keyboard, so no arrows, no number pad.

modified orange and white vortex pok2r keyboard
Modded Vortex Pok3r by /u/cosmin_c/

This keyboard costs $139.99, and it comes with different colors, backlight options, and switch options. Prices can range depending on what you pick. The link above will show you all the options and you can scroll through for yourself. The switch options can be Cherry MX black, brown, blue, red, green, clear, silver, silent black, silent red, or nature white.

This keyboard is extremely popular in the mechanical keyboard community. This keyboard uses a Micro-USB cord rather than USB-C.

The keyboard has an aluminum base instead of plastic. The bottom of the case has 4 grippy pads instead of rubber feet. It does not have any adjustable kickstands to change the angle of the keyboard.

The keycaps are double shot ABS plastic with clear legends. Unfortunately, they are not PBT keycaps, so over time, you will accumulate some grime and slime.

The stabilizers have rattle and noise, especially the space bar. However, they are stable and usable.

If you pick a version with RGB lighting, there are on-board controls to switch through the pre-programmed lighting effects. It also has programmability on the keyboard itself.

Read the menu to customize the RGB layers using the keys right on the keyboard itself.

There are many resources comparing the keyboards above. Many people like to compare the Ducky One 2 Mini, the Anne Pro 2, and the Vortex Pok3r because they are all 60% keyboards that are popular within Fortnite gaming and the mechanical keyboard community. I’ll link to a few videos of some people that have compared the 3 below:

Brandon Taylor Ducky One 2 Mini vs Anne Pro 2 vs Vortex Pok3r RGB

Bad Seed Tech Vortex Poker 3 RGB Review: vs One 2 Mini and Anne Pro 2

Andy V Nguyen Best 60% Keyboard – Ducky One 2 Mini vs. Vortex Pok3r vs. Anne Pro 2 – 60% Keyboard Showdown!

Summary

Alright we did it! We took the most popular Fortnite players and did detailed reviews of which keyboards they were using. We looked at the mechanical keyboards that Fortnite pros play on, such as summit1g, ninja, Tfue, Cloakzy, Myth, and Symfuhny. The five keyboards that they use are the Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire, Logitech G Pro, Ducky One 2 Mini, Anne Pro 2, and the Vortex Pok3r. They’re all different, but they are all mechanical keyboards with fast and responsive switches. Many of them offer different switch options for further player personalization. Make sure you get the keyboard that is most comfortable for you to game on instead of just copying your favorite player’s keeb.

Happy typing and gaming!

If you have a question, you’d like us to answer, leave it down below. Or a comment or concern, do that too. Thank you!

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Sources

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Keyboard YouTube.com

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Rapidfire Keyboard Review YouTube.com

Gamer’s Dream – Logitech G Pro TKL Keyboard Review YouTube.com

Logitech G Pro Keyboard Review! Why Are Pros Using This Keyboard? YouTube.com

Logitech G Pro X Keyboard Review! Bring on the Mech. YouTube.com

Ducky

Ducky One 2 Mini RGB Keyboard Review YouTube.com

Anne Pro 2 Review! Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard? YouTube.com

Vortex Pok3r RGB Review! Layers.. Layers Everywhere.. YouTube.com