Best 75% Mechanical Keyboards

The 75% keyboards are a good balance between full-sized keyboards and the 60% keyboard, and they have almost the same number of keys as a Tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard, with separate arrow keys and vertically placed navigation keys (page up/down, home and end). The keyboards are made compact by squeezing the space between keys and sections. The 75% mechanical keyboards are very popular among gamers & developers, as it is compact and have a great switch mechanism that makes the moves faster while playing games, especially if you add the right switches.

Let’s take a look at the best 75% MK that are available on the market:

Best 75% Mechanical Keyboards:

There were two challenges that we faced firstly, finding good mechanical keyboards, and secondly, shortlisting the best ones. Here are our recommendations for the top 11 mechanical keyboards (75%), together with the most important specifications, switch type, height adjustments, whether it is suitable for Windows or Mac or both and other important info.

Our Top Pick
1. Keychron Q1
  • Switch Type: Gateron Phantom Red | Gateron Phantom Blue
  • Colors: Shell White, Carbon Black, Silver Grey, Navy Blue, Mint Green
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Height Adjustable: No
  • Hot-Swappable: Yes
  • Weight: 4.02lbs

Keychron Q1 QMK is our #1 pick. It’s compact. It’s heavy, and it feels great to type on this keyboard; really enjoyable if you switch from the membrane keyboard, especially. I bought it with Gateron Red Switches, and they feel so smooth. You can easily switch from Mac to Win. The design is brilliant, and the RGB lighting is also awesome.

I would like to deduct some points that wrist rest is not included with the product and you have to buy it separately. Its front height is 21.6mm, and that is without keycaps. If you don’t have a wrist rest right next to it, your wrists get tired really fast.

You can purchase it fully assembled like I did, or you can buy it barebone and add whatever switches you like & keycaps.

Additional Features:

  • Thick design
  • Curved keycaps
  • Mac/Windows switch
  • Aluminum body(quite heavy)
  • Hot-swappable
  • Pre-key RGB
  • Open source customization
Our #2 Pick
2. GMMK Pro(Glorious)
  • Switch Type: Glorious Linear Fox Switches
  • Colors: Black Slate, White Ice
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Height Adjustable: No
  • Hot-Swappable: Yes
  • Weight: 3.88lbs

One of the best 75% mechanical keyboards you can get, but it comes with a price, and the price is high. This is the most expensive keyboard on the list. GMMK is a well-known brand, especially among gamers, and people love the stuff they create. This keyboard is no different.

This keyboard has also won an award for the best modular mechanical keyboard with enthusiast components and unmatched build quality.

We’ve to admit the metal body truly is great, the customization options are limitless, the RGB lightning coming from the keyboard gives an extra touch, and typing on it feels great. We recommend getting a wrist rest, so your wrist doesn’t get tired. It’s quite high.

If it’s so great, why did we rank it in #2 place? Well, with all these great features and brand the price is $349.99, and that’s the only reason why we didn’t rank it in the #1 place.

Additional Features:

  • Vibrant per-key RGB illumination
  • Metal unibody design
  • Fully customizable appearance
  • 5-pin hot-swap PCB
  • Knob control
  • 6-degree angle
3. Keychron K3 V2
  • Switch Type: 3 options: Gateron Red | Gateron Brown | Gateron Blue
  • Colors: Grey
  • Connectivity: Dual mode. Wireless Bluetooth | USB Wired
  • Height Adjustable: Yes
  • Hot-Swappable: Yes
  • Weight: 1.1lbs

Many people’s favorite, the ultra-slim K3 keyboard, is super stylish, and the typing experience is just perfect.

Keychron K3 Ultra Slim keyboard, which is just 22 mm thick, less than the thickness of a US quarter, and the low profile mechanical switches are 35% slimmer. What spellbound us is that despite its slim build, it is loaded with features and high in performance. The Broadcom Bluetooth 5.1 chipset lets you connect the keyboard with three devices at a time. The keyboard has a unique Mac layout with Mac multimedia keys, and it is still compatible with Windows. 

The MX switches are specially redesigned for a lower profile to keep the keyboard thin, without any lack in functionality or performance. You can easily switch between the windows and mac modes with a simple toggle slider button. The keyboard is made of durable re-enforced aluminum with a plastic base and has 2 level adjustment rubber feet to adjust the angle and height of the keyboard. The adjustable white backlights add to its elegance, with an option to choose static backlight modes.

K3 Ultra Slim Mechanical Keyboard is also ranked as one of the best keyboards under $100

Additional Features:

  • Two-level adjustable feet – to adjust to a 6-degree or 9-degree angle
  • Curved profile keycap
  • Ultra-slim design
  • Bluetooth connectivity with up to 3 devices simultaneously
  • Bluetooth on/off toggle slider button
  • Mac/Windows toggle slider button
  • Reinforced aluminum body
  • Floating keycap design
  • White backlight with modern keycap legends
Good Pick for Gaming
4. Vortexgear Race 3 - Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Switch Type: 3 options: MX Blue | MX Brown | MX Clear
  • Colors: Grey Retro (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow)
  • Connectivity: Detachable micro USB Cable
  • Height Adjustable: Yes
  • Hot-Swappable: Yes
  • Weight: 1.76lbs

Vortexgear Race 3 is a finely crafted keyboard, with really great features, functions, and performance. We can definitely mark it as one of the top-performing 75% mechanical keyboards. It is available in 3 switch types from MX, and all of them are true to their respective switch type characteristics. The OS modes can be easily switched, and the RGBY-colored keys can be swapped with the Mac OS keys that are provided with the product. The keycaps feel is amazing with PBT dye-sublimated keycaps, with the long-lasting side-printed legends.

We also found its solid silver anodized CNC aluminum case, with cone-shaped feet, and has a heavy build that provides stability. The silver-colored Aluminium Frame is very sturdy which ensures durability. We used the blue switch type, and it was highly tactile with 60 cN operating force and a clear audible click on pressing the keys. What makes this keyboard more remarkable is its capability to change the layout from QWERTY (Fn+Home) to COLEMAK (Fn+PgUp) or DVORAK (Fn+PgDn). We found it really great in terms of quality, typing experience, as well as aesthetics.

Additional Features:

  • Anodized CNC Aluminium Casing
  • OS switch modes
  • Compact tenkeyless with only 83 keys
  • 19 extra RGBY modifier keycaps
  • 18 extra Mac symbol keycaps
  • Arbitrary programming (3 layers)
  • 2 cone feet to adjust the height 
  • 60-inch cable 
  • Three layouts: QWERTY; COLEMAK; DVORAK
5. Keychron K2
  • Switch Type: Available in 3 color options. Gateron Red Switch | Gateron Brown Switch | Gateron Blue Switch
  • Colors: Black with white keycaps
  • Connectivity: Dual mode, Bluetooth Wireless | Wired USB
  • Height Adjustable: Yes
  • Connectivity: Detachable micro USB Cable
  • Hot-Swappable: Yes
  • Weight: 2.06lbs

Keychron K2 is very thoughtfully made to provide maximum convenience to the user, especially with its dual connectivity option, long battery life, and favorite shortcut and Mac media keys. It has a quiet and smooth operation, with an extremely fast response and a 60gf actuation force. The manufacturer claims the durability of the keys to up to 50 million strokes so that you can hit the keys confidently. It can be directly plugged or connected to 3 devices at a time without any installation. The keyboard can be inclined at an angle of 9-degrees using the foldable extensions.

Using the keyboard was all the more fun for us with its 15+ RGB light effects and different static color backlight modes, including the white backlight. We also loved the dedicated screen capture key, which is rare in a 75% keyboard. Keychron K2 is a very popular choice, and we can see why. It’s a great-looking keyboard, and it’s enjoyable to type on.

Additional Features:

  • Connect up to 3 devices at a time
  • Compatible with Windows as well as Mac
  • With favorite shortcut keys and Mac media keys
  • Mixed color keycaps
  • 15+ RGB light effects
6. Nuphy Air 75
  • Switch Type: Gateron Brown/Red/Blue
  • Color: Grey+White
  • Connectivity: Wired/Wireless
  • Height Adjustable: Yes
  • Hot Swappable: Yes
  • Connectivity: Triple Mode – Wired USB-C 2.4G Wireless, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Weight: 1.16 lbs

We found this keyboard really great on two fronts. Firstly, it has dual IC processing chips, which give great performance, and secondly, to support high performance it is built with high-quality plastic with a heavier base that provides required stability to the keyboard. It can be used with a USB cable as well as a PS2 cable. If you are using a mechanical keyboard for the first time, then this is a good keyboard to give you a start. 

The function keys can be doubled up as multimedia keys, which is the feature that made it stand out among all other 75% mechanical keyboards. The Keycool Hero 84 2021 edition keyboard also has a gaming mode to enhance your gaming experience by disabling the windows keys. This keyboard is available in uses highly recognized Gateron switches available in 2 switch types, namely brown and black. The switches provide a smooth experience with a well-balanced actuation force. The keycaps are also of good quality with a slightly textured design.

Additional Features:

  • 21-key rollover over USB and N-key rollover with PS2
  • Fully compatible with Windows
  • Dedicated multimedia controls
  • High-quality plastic base
7. EPOMAKER EP84
  • Switch Type: 5 options: Gateron Red | Gateron Brown | Gateron Blue | Gateron Black | Gateron Yellow
  • Colors: 3 color options. Grey Black | Grey White | Vintage Grey White
  • Connectivity: USB Wired
  • Height Adjustable: Yes
  • Hot-Swappable: Yes
  • Weight: 2.64lbs

We were quite eager to use this keyboard due to its highly acclaimed hot-swappable gateron mechanical switches, which can be used without the complex soldering process, and using the keycap and switch Puller provided in the package. Hence, it can be easily customized to address your personal needs, and it is compatible with 3-pin as well as 5-pin PCB. What adds to its performance is its anti-ghosting feature and N-key rollover, to give you a seamless gaming and work experience. What makes it more convenient to use on your work desk or gaming table is its 3-way outgoing channel which lets you organize the cables really well.

We found it really great to use as it provided a rich experience with its OEM profile keyboard keycap ergonomic design that doesn’t let you feel any fatigue and stress. It has shortcut keys for both Windows and Mac. We loved the vintage grey-white keyboard, which goes really well with any decor and looks good on the work desk, topped up with RGB backlit. The feet can be adjusted to use the keyboard at your preferred height and angle.

Additional Features:

  • Swappable mechanical 5 pins PCB – compatible with 3 pins as well
  • Adjustable feet
  • RGB Backlit
  • PBT Dye-subbed double-shot keycaps
  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • Ergonomic design – smooth curvature keys
  • N-key rollover
  • 12 RGB Effects and 7 Single Color Available
  • Immersive and colorful typing 
8. YUNZII KC84
  • Switch Type: Red | Brown | Blue | Black
  • Key Colors: Black and Grey | White and Grey | Carbon Retro | Holiday (combination go blue, yellow, white green, etc.)
  • Connectivity: Wired: USB and USB-C
  • Height Adjustable: Yes
  • Hot-Swappable: Yes
  • Weight: 2.31lbs

The KC84 keyboard from Yunzii got us excited with the beautiful multi-colored keys from simple color combinations like black, white, and grey to brighter colors like blue, yellow, and green, paired with 16.8 Million RGB Backlight that provides 19 dynamic lighting effects and 7 backlit colors. This was really fun to use, and it helped us stay energetic at work. Moreover, the ergonomic design made it all stress-free and highly convenient to use. In terms of usability, this keyboard is a masterpiece. It boasts of high-contrast dye-sublimated PBT keys which are soft to touch, and are water and dust resistant.

The KC 84 is hot-swappable and is compatible with all MX switches that come with 3 pins and 5 pins as well, which enhances its usability with personal customization of keys. The USB cable is detachable so that you can easily carry the keyboard in your bag. The unique smooth curvature of the keys is based on its ergonomic design which is made to perfectly fit the shape of your finger. What makes it really useful for gamers is its 100% anti-ghosting feature with NKRO in order to complement the fast movements required while you are playing games. The rubber pad feet make it stable to use, and the flip-out feet can be used to adjust the angle of the keyboard.

Additional Features:

  • Hot-swappable Gateron Switch
  • It supports 3 Pins and 5 Pins
  • Macro recording & Customized RGB effects
  • Strong compatibility with Mac and Windows
  • 85% PBT Dye-Sub PBT Keycap
  • NKRO and ergonomic design
  • 100% Anti-ghosting
  • Exciting colors to choose from
  • 19 RGB dynamic lighting effects and 7 backlight colors
9. AK33 Geek Mechanical Keyboard
  • Switch Type: Blue Backlit Blue Switch White keys | Blue Backlit Black Switch White keys | RGB Backlit Black Switch | RGB Backlit Blue Switch | White Backlit Black Switch black keys | White Backlit Blue Switch pink keys | 
  • Connectivity: Wired, USB
  • Height Adjustable: Yes
  • Hot-Swappable: Yes
  • Weight: 2.31lbs

This unique 82-key keyboard from Ajazz’s Firstblood Only Gaming has a unique layout design while delivering complete functionality and saving desk space with a size of 12.2 x 4.72 inches. The keyboard is well illuminated and is available in options to choose from white or RGB backlit. We used the blue switch option and we found it to provide the ultimate mechanical keyboard experience at 60±15g actuation force. Ajazz is a 10 years old company, which has used all its experience of 10 years in crafting this keyboard with first-class industrial design and quality. The build quality is really great with a fully anodized aluminum frame.

What we particularly liked about this keyboard besides high-end mechanical switches are double-shot injection molded keycaps which offer really great touch to the keys with sharp fonts. And the other highlight of the keyboard is the ergonomic design of the keys with a special design for some widely used keys, which enhanced the overall experience of using this keyboard without any feeling of fatigue or stress. The 100% anti-ghosting 82 keys make it a truly gaming keyboard with accurate performance.

Additional Features:

  • Anti-ghosting
  • Illuminated keyboard
  • RGB and white backlit to choose from
  • Adopting R5 ergonomic key designs
  • Anti-fatigue
  • Double-shot Injection Molded Keycaps
  • Pluggable USB cable
  • Fully Anodized Aluminum Frame and ABS construction
10.  EPOMAKER 3084B Plus
  • Switch Type: CS Jelly Pink, CS Jelly Purple
  • Key Colors: Black & Pink
  • Connectivity: Wired Type-C, Bluetooth
  • Height Adjustable: No
  • Hot-Swappable: Yes
  • Weight: 2.94lbs

The EPOMAKER 3084B Plus 75% mechanical keyboard is created at a perfect size and weight which is ideal for gaming as well as professional purposes, while adopting the TKL layout it retains the shortcut and arrow keys. The black & pink color of this keyboard complements any decor very well. The PBT keycaps are made using a dye sublimation process which ensures high-quality print on keycaps that lasts really long. It uses 100% origin CS switches.

You can use many keys simultaneously on your keyboard as it is NKRO (N-Key Rollover), which is very helpful in high-intensity gaming, and the anti-ghosting functionality leaves no room for error when you are playing your favorite game. We found that this keyboard has a comfortable typing sense and highly stable performance. Moreover, we found it very flexible in terms of height/angle adjustments as it has triple footpad adjustments with a three-way outgoing line.

Additional Features:

  • PBT Keycaps
  • RGB Backlight
  • N-Key Rollover
  • Compatible with most mainstream devices
  • Can connect via Bluetooth up to 3 devices
11. Smart Duck XS-84
  • Switch Type: Black Switch | Brown Switch | Blue Switch
  • Color: White
  • Connectivity: Wired, C – type cable connection
  • Height Adjustable: Yes
  • Hot-Swappable: Yes
  • Weight: 2.12lbs

Dukharo’s Smart Duck XS-84 keyboard is a TKL based keyboard that has 84 keys with wired connectivity using a type-c cable connection. We were impressed with its performance as it is equipped with high-end Outemu mechanical switches that provide excellent quality of touch, sensitivity, responsiveness, and performance to use up to 5000 times. The characters on the keyboard are very crisp and clear, due to the use of double-shot ABS Keycaps, that don’t fade with time and are resistant to dust. The 12 most used keys are hot-swappable, which can be easily replaced with other keys thus reducing the damage.

We liked the white color of the keyboard, and we were using the black switch option which we found correspondingly fast, which makes it ideal for gamers, coders, and others who intend to use it fast like data entry operators. The function keys are doubled up with media functions (play/pause, volume up/down, and mute buttons). What makes it much more exciting is the 7 global lighting modes and 5 interactive lighting modes with music rhythm, and the brightness and frequency of the lights can be adjusted. Along with the keyboard, you will receive a removable type-C cable, switch puller, keycap puller, and a user manual. You can adjust the keyboard incline using the rubber keypads provided at the back.

Additional Features:

  • N-key rollover design
  • Universal keys
  • High-performance Outemu mechanical switches
  • Hot-swappable
  • High-quality Double-shot ABS Keycaps for better visibility
  • RGB backlight – 7 global lighting modes and 5 interactive lighting modes
  • RGB brightness and speed adjustments

What to look for in a 75% mechanical keyboard:

In order to get complete benefits out of your choice of 75% mechanical keyboard it is important that you identify the features that are most important to you, and then find the one that fits in perfectly within your criteria.

  • Connectivity Type/Wireless Capability: There are wired keyboards, Bluetooth-connected keyboards as well as wireless 2.5GHz connected keyboards. Many keyboards have dual connectivity as well. But, we found a keyboard with triple mode connectivity. Please go through the article to find the keyboard that has all the 3 modes. If choosing a wired one, you can check out the wire length and the type of port, USB or type C.
  • Backlit: Most of the mechanical 75% keyboards come with backlight function, some of them are RGB backlit, whereas some are white backlit. Choose according to your preference. In many keyboards, there are various light design modes, as well as adjustability for brightness and frequency. 
  • OS Compatibility: You need to cross-check that the keyboard you are choosing is compatible with the OS that you are currently using. 
  • Shortcut Keys: You need to identify what all shortcut keys are provided in the keyboard for the OS you are using.
  • Swappable keys: Though most of the mechanical keyboards provide swappable keys, you need to check how many and what all keys are swappable and how easy it is to swap. Also, check out that the packaging includes the tools required to swap the keys.
  • Switch options: The switches are color-coded to identify them for their own characteristics. The
    • Brown switch: It has 2 stage paragraph sense and light intensity, and it is considered a versatile switch with a slight button sound.
    • Blue switch: It has 2 stage paragraph sense and has a strong manipulator feel, accompanied by a clicking sound.
    • Black switch: It is suitable for professional gamers, which corresponds really fast, and moves up and down without any pause.
    • Red switch: It is quiet with a linear feel, and has a 45gf actuation force which allows rapid execution of the keys.

FAQ’s

What are the differences between the switches in a mechanical keyboard and what are they for?

In mechanical keyboards, every key is placed over a switch designated for a particular character or function. The switch mechanism is accurate and faster than the membrane-based keyboard, and hence they are gaining a lot of popularity. There are 3 primarily three types of switches, namely, tactile, clicky, and linear. Tactile ones give tactile feedback before the registration, clicky ones mostly have no tactile feedback but make a clicking noise when around registration, and linear ones have no tactile feel or click sound but go down smoothly. Linear switches are considered the smoothest and fastest of the three, and hence they are more popular among gamers. The ones who have to type faster prefer tactile, as they return very fast and hence have good feedback.

Why should I consider a 75% mechanical keyboard, what are the benefits?

There are many benefits, but it all depends on the nature of your work as well as your preference. The mechanical keyboards are faster, as well as can be customized. Have a look at the benefits in detail:

Saves space
Dedicated arrow and navigation keys, unlike the other smaller ones (60% keyboards)
Mechanical switches can help you customize the keyboard according to your own need by swapping the keys
Sleek minimalistic design
Most mechanical keyboards come with anti-ghosting and n-rollover keys function
Accurate and faster performance

Verdict: Which Is The Best 75% Mechanical Keyboard?

Whether it’s gaming, work, or general use, you need to have good speed to achieve the desired results, and mechanical keyboards are instrumental in achieving fast typing speeds. We have compiled the list of the best 75% mechanical keyboards with great features like RGB backlights, swappable keys, etc.

We loved and we definitely recommend Keychron Q1(I currently use this one), and that’s an GMMK Pro Glorious . But all of the Keyboard listed in our article are great choices, but it all comes down to your personal preference.

Make sure it has all the features you need – that it has height adjustability, the right switches, so it’s not too loud or too quiet depending on your preference, make sure it has the right connection type, some of these don’t have Bluetooth.

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