Once I went to a Mechanical Keyboard, I never went back. It was an amazing buy, and I can't see myself not using a keyboard at this stage.
Reason why is because of a few things:
- They're super satisfying to use
- The "clicking" sound after each press just sounds like music to my ears
- The feel of the keycaps is a feeling like no other (some of them feel like you're typing on an old school typewriter)
- You can customize them to your liking. (I'll get to this in a bit).
2. Element Z-88
The Element Z-88 is another great entry-level that is on par with the K552. It's a tad more compact than the K552, has the same keycaps, but has a different layout.
It's also budget-friendly, and can be customized with ease, including different tools like a keycap puller to help you switch out the keycaps.
3. Ducky One 2 Mini
Now getting onto the more expensive yet higher-quality keyboards is the Ducky One 2 Mini. This keyboard is the tinier of the bunch, being at around 60% size.
Tiny, but packs a powerful punch, it includes many different features like dual-functioning keys, a slick and aesthetic design, and as a bonus, has extra coloured keycaps that you can switch out.
A few pro-gamers use this keyboard as their primary, and it's because it includes Cherry MX mechanical switches which are very reputable and widely used in the Mechanical Keyboard world.
4. Anne Pro 2
The Anne Pro 2 is the Ducky One 2 Mini's budget-alternative. Layout is the same, being at 60% and has a nice, aesthetic look to it.
If you're not ready to spend $125+ on a Ducky One 2 Mini, then the Anne Pro 2 is the best alternative.
Do bare in mind that they do have a different set of mechanical switches, which are still great, but aren't as widely known as Cherry MX's.
5. Logitech G Pro
Lastly the Logitech G Pro is for the serious gamers who want that 'premium feel' of a keyboard. It is a widely used keyboard amongst professional eSports gamers and is a great buy.
The G Pro line has been out for a while and as I write this article, I am using their G Pro HERO Mouse.
Logitech is a reputable company, and their G Pro keyboard is no exception. It's the biggest of the bunch out of this list, staying at a TKL size and includes extra media buttons that aren't keys.