Let’s face it; Mechanical keyboards give us something we all crave – the tactile sensation and amazing key-smashing sound of something that was built to take abuse… and lots of it. The problem is that lately it is nigh impossible to find a decent mechanical keyboard – one that won’t fall apart the first time you beat the shit out of it in a fit of nerd rage after someone kills you, teabags you and then spams “BOOM, HEADSHOT BITCH!!!” into the chat – for less than the price of a used car. If a keyboard can’t handle the occasional hammer fist or head butt, it’s really not worth any price you pay for it, but even if it can, it’s not worth it if you have to hock your woman’s engagement ring to buy it.
Enter the Monoprice mechanical gaming keyboard; The same type of keyboard you’d buy at many places for upwards of $200 but with a modest price tag of $66.
Wait… did I just say $66? I sure did. For the price you’d buy for a middle-of-the-road membrane keyboard, you get a slick looking mechanical, but is it worth it?
Let me break it down like this. In the world of mechanical keyboards there are really only a couple of major considerations: what kind of switches does it have inside of it and does it feel about as solid as a toy accordion you would buy at the dollar store? Given the price of this keyboard, it is easy to assume that they would have built it from cheap, flimsy parts, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is that this beast of a keyboard is built using Cherry MX black switches (yes, real ones…from Cherry) and a case that may be made out of some form of alien tank armor.
When I say this thing is a beast, I mean it. I picked it up from the folks at Monoprice when we visited them at E3 and I’ve been using it every day since for everything from writing articles to playing ARMA 3. I’ve been hammering away on this keyboard for over two weeks solid now and it has held up to everything I can throw at it, including a couple of hammerfists and random head butts. I’m at a loss at this point as to how I should go about damaging the thing since I don’t have as nuclear bomb laying around. The only problem I have with the keyboard is that the blaze-orange replacement W, A, S and D keys that fit well (0ne is slightly thinner t0 act as a reference), but they don’t have anything on them No lettering at all. For people who can’t touch-type, this could an issue.
At this point I am more than happy to recommend the Monoprice mechanical gaming keyboard. At only $66, this thing really isn’t a steal, it’s practically a bank robbery!