Top 8 Best 60% Mechanical Keyboards for 2019

On this page, I’ll be reviewing and comparing the 8 best 60% mechanical keyboards for 2019!

A 60% keyboard is 60% the size of a regular-sized keyboard. These mini mechanical keyboards are a very popular choice amongst mechanical keyboard fans. The 60% size is achieved by removing the function, numpad and navigational keys. The keycaps are no smaller than the ones you’ll find on a regular keyboard. A lot of people have no use for these extra keys making a 60% keyboard a more practical choice.

The small size of 60% mechanical keyboards makes them very aesthetically pleasing. They take up a lot less desk space making your setup look clean and neat. The removable mechanical keycaps give you the freedom to customize your own design. A lot of people buy 60% mechanical keyboards simply because they look cool.

These keyboards can be hard to find so I have only included keyboards currently available on Amazon.

Akko X Ducky One 2 – 60% Mechanical Keyboard

Ducky have earned their reputation as one of the most popular mechanical keyboard brands. The Ducky One 2 is a 60% mechanical gaming keyboard with three Cherry Mx switches to choose from. This keyboard is aimed at PC gamers and is used by a few professionals such as Tfue.

The key switches available are the Cherry Mx Blues, Cherry Mx Reds, and Cherry Mx browns. These are some great switches to choose from with a good range of styles. Cherry Mx keys are extremely popular for gaming, the Mx reds are the most common choice.

It’s a black keyboard with RGB backlit keys and a white base. There are various lighting modes to choose from. You can switch between each lighting mode using keyboard shortcuts. Both a Ducky and Akko logo can be found on the back of the keyboard. The PBT keycaps are high quality and printed with the double-shot method.

You will also receive a keycap puller which you can use to remove and place your own custom keycaps onto the keyboard. A few extra keycaps are also included in the package with random colors.

Key features:

  • Three Cherry Mx switches to choose from
  • Double-shot PBT keycaps
  • Keycap puller + extra keys included

Qisan Magicforce 68

This is more like a 65% keyboard as it includes the arrows keys, insert key, delete key, home key and the end key. For gamers who like using the arrow keys, this is a great balance between a 60% keyboard and a TKL keyboard. It’s still a compact keyboard and these 8 extra keys only add a few inches.

It has a silver base with white keycaps. This is a great choice for someone going for an all-white gaming setup. The keys are backlit with white LED lights. You can adjust the power of the backlighting, the max setting is impressively bright. The retractable keyboard legs allow you to prop up the keyboard or simply leave it flat. There are no borders on the edges giving it a floating keyboard effect.

It’s currently only sold with OUTEMU Brown mechanical switches on Amazon. These switches are essentially a clone of the Cherry Mx Browns and should hold up to a similar standard. Brown switches have a tactile bump with no audible click. They are perfect for people who like a tactile feedback without causing a racket.

Key features:

  • Unique 65% layout
  • Perfect for white setups
  • Currently only available with Outemu Brown switches

Vortexgear Poker 3 (Pok3r)

The Poker 3 is a compact keyboard with a simple and clean design. It’s an extremely sturdy keyboard with an aluminum case and PBT keycaps. The aluminum case makes it resistant to breakage and flexing. The PBT keycaps are laser etched meaning they shouldn’t become smooth or shiny after prolonged use.

The keyboard does not lie completely flat due to the base being slightly angled. There are no keyboard legs which could be a deal-breaker for some. I’m sure you could add some custom legs but that wouldn’t be ideal. The keys have a floating effect to them as there are no borders on the edges of the keyboard.

This keyboard is available with 5 different Cherry Mx mechanical switches to choose from. The range of key switches to choose from makes it the most diverse keyboard on this list. You can choose from Mx Browns, Mx Clears, Mx Reds, Mx Silent Reds, and Mx Silvers.

Programmers will be pleased with the four independent programming layers available with the Pok3r. The custom keys are saved on the keyboards hardware rather than requiring additional software to access them. There are also four DIP switches on the back allowing you to switch between different keyboard settings.

Key features:

  • 5 Cherry Mx switches to choose from
  • Floating keys design
  • Laser etched PBT keycaps

The Anne Pro 2 is a 60% mechanical keyboard designed with gaming in mind. It’s available in both black and white on Amazon with 4 switches to choose from. The keys have true RGB backlighting which can be customized using the Obin software. Each key has independent RGB backlighting giving unlimited lighting designs to choose from.

You can use this keyboard with mobile devices thanks to the 4.0 Bluetooth connection. It can last for up to 8 hours of wireless usage. This is one of the few 60% mechanical keyboards with Bluetooth. Of course it also comes with a USB-C cable for wired computer use.

The four key switch options are Gateron Blues, Gateron Browns, Gateron Reds, and Khail Box Whites. This is a great spread of key switches covering a range of properties and typing experiences.

The OLS software allows you to assign macros to any key on the keyboard. You can also use this software to customize the dynamic lighting effects. Software specifically made for your keyboard means you won’t have to seek out 3rd party software to solve your problems.

Key features:

  • 4 switches to choose from
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless
  • Per key RGB backlighting
  • Available in both black and white

MOTOSPEED’s CK92 is a compact 60% keyboard designed for both gaming and office use. It can be used wired or wireless thanks to the built-in 3.0 Bluetooth. The wireless battery will last for 10 hours of typing and 480 hours during standby.

The keyboard is sold in either black or white if ordered from Amazon. There are only two key switches to choose from; Outemu Reds and Outemu Blues. Blue switches are loud, tactile and clicky. Red switches are marketed as gaming switches due to the light-weighting.

The keys have full RGB backlighting and you can choose from 18 different lighting effects. Each keycap has transparent lettering allowing the lights to shine through them. The keys are durable and shouldn’t show any scratches after prolonged use. The keyboard has a cool floating effect as there are no borders around the edges.

This is another great budget option for a 60% mechanical gaming keyboard.

Key features:

  • Bluetooth 3.0 wireless
  • Available in both black and white
  • 18 pre-installed lighting effects

RK61 Mini Mechanical Keyboard

The RK61 is a mini mechanical keyboard built for gamers and typists. It’s available in black and white when ordered from Amazon. Both colors have full RGB backlit keys with 18 lighting modes to choose from. You can use the keyboard either wired or wireless thanks to the 3.0 Bluetooth connection.

You can choose from either Blue, Brown or Red switches. I don’t know what brand the switches are built by but they should still have a satisfying mechanical feel. You can activate the arrow keys by pressing the Fn key and shift.

This is a relatively cheap choice for a 60% mechanical keyboard. While Royal Kludge is a lesser-known brand they have still done a great job with this compact keyboard.

Key features:

  • Available in both black and white
  • Bluetooth 3.0 wireless
  • Relatively cheap

This is another 65% keyboard as it includes the arrow keys and four utility keys. It’s a black keyboard with a silver aluminum backplate. The aluminum backplate does a great job of reflecting and enhancing the RGB backlighting.

There are two switches to choose from when buying from Amazon. You can either choose Black switches or Blue switches.

A white backlit version is available with Blue switches at a cheaper price than the RGB version. There are 18 lighting modes to choose from and you can create your own using the keyboard software. Each key can be individually customized giving you tonnes of room for creativity.

Key features:

  • Unique 65% layout
  • Available in both black and white
  • Relatively cheap

Happy Hacking Professional 2

This is a high-end mechanical keyboard made by programmers for programmers. It’s the most expensive 60% keyboard on this list making it a luxury choice. Mechanical keyboards are a programmer’s best friend as programmers spend most of their time coding.

The keyboard is can be bought in either white or charcoal. The white design has an old school look to it with some of the keys being light blue. You can choose to buy the keyboard with blank keys which will sound strange to some people. Blank keyboards look super cool but obviously require you to be very familiar with the layout.

It’s equipped with Topre switches which is partly why it’s so pricey. Topre switches are very satisfying to type with and are very popular amongst keyboard enthusiasts.

The ergonomic design combined with its intelligent layout makes it perfect for long typing sessions. This is an expensive keyboard and is a great choice if you want that extra quality to your typing.

Key features:

  • Expensive!
  • Cool old school design
  • Topre switches

Summary – Best 60% Mechanical Keyboards

As you can see there are a lot of great keyboards to choose from, hopefully this list will help you decide which one is best suited for you. The main factors will be the price and the key switches. I have only included high-quality keyboards in this list so any of them would be a great choice.

Thanks for reading!

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