Thanks to e-sports stars like Tfue (a Fortnite professional player), small 60% mechanical keyboards are on the rise like never before. Looking for a 60% keyboard? With so many mechanical keyboard options available in the market. It’s really hard to tell which keyboard option is right for you. A normal 100% keyboard or a 60 percent keyboard?. There is also a kind of hype surrounding 60% keyboards and should you consider picking one up?
Well, smaller mechanical keyboards have all sorts of benefits like more desk space, less hand movement while still being able to access all the functionality for example (I like my mouse to be right there where a normal keyboard has its Numpad), easier to carry around (I personally like being able to bring my mechanical keyboard anywhere and it’s easier when you have a 60% mechanical keyboard) and of course I’m not an accountant xD.
With that in mind, a lot of manufacturers like Ducky, Logitech, Razer, and other companies to step up the game and bring forth some of the best gaming accessories in the market.
Considering how today, I’ve reviewed some of the best white gaming keyboards last month. And now we will be discussing the best 60% mechanical keyboard 2020.
Finding the best 60% Mechanical Keyboard isn’t that easy so here with the help of my team, we have picked the top 5 best 60% keyboards available in the market.
If you are in a hurry, please see the table below for our top 60% keyboard picks.
Top 5 Best 60% Keyboard:
1. Akko X Ducky One 2 – Our Pick
Probably the hottest keyboard on the market right now is this guy. The Akko X Ducky One 2. It isn’t the first or only 60% keyboard or anything like that and we already have Vortex Pok3r and Anne Pro which are both super popular as well. Let’s see what this keyboard offers.
First of all, Ducky is a pretty well-known company and I’m sure you must have heard about them by now. They have produced a ton of keyboards in the past and are well respected amongst the gaming community, I myself is a big fan of their keyboards.
When you start to unbox it, the first thing you will notice is that it does look rather different. The frame of Akko X Ducky One 2 is very thin (just 40mm) in its dual-tone with black and white. This keyboard measures about 14 inches across and from the base to the keycap it’s about an inch and a half. It comes in at just 900 grams, very similar to its main competitors Anne pro and similar brands.
Inside the Box:
You will find:
- A keyboard itself
- A user guide (trust me you don’t wanna lose this)
- A warranty card
- A USB Type-C cable
- A keycap puller
- A set of different colored (green, orange and blue) keycaps (backspace, enter, spacebar and 3 different escape keys).
On the backside of the keyboard, it has its Ducky One 2 branding it does take up about 1/4th of the back but again it’s on a backside and is barely visible, so not a big deal and it still looks cool. Now, on the left side of the keyboard, you have your USB Type-C port (again, showing that most new keyboards are moving to it).
If you see on the bottom of the keyboard, you have 4 rubber strips to prevent it from sliding around your computer desk. It also has 2 feet and it comes out in 2 different angles of elevation. This is something which we rarely ever see in a 60% keyboards. This is a nice keyboard with glossy plastic on the bottom. (Which makes it less nice to be very honest). And a minimal flex because of the steel plate inside this keyboard.
You can also see a dip switch on the back of the keyboard. Which you can use to rearrange where you wanna have your windows key, function key and stuff like that. (You can also read the configuration in the user guide/manual comes with this keyboard).
The keycaps are pretty nice as well and they have classy thin and clean legends on them.
I highly recommend this keyboard to anyone who’s looking for something that’s really small for their desk. Or someone who doesn’t have a whole lot of room. It’s not as thick as it looks from the pictures, the white and black tone really makes it look big. But it’s not like that when you have it in your hands.
DIP Rearrangements for this amazing 60% Keyboard:
Using DIP switches you can do some minor rearrangements/things, here’s how:
- Using DIP 1 and DIP2 keys you can change the position of the fn key.
- DIP 3 changes Caps Lock to fn key.
- DIP 4 switches between N-key and 6-Key Rollover for compatibility.
If I have to sum up how good the Akko X Ducky One 2 really is in 1 word, I would say It’s Amazing!
Akko X Ducky One 2 vs Anne Pro 2
The biggest differences in Akko X Ducky One 2 and Anne Pro 2 are how they look, switch choices, and a couple features like Bluetooth vs mouse emulation.
|Go for this one, of you don’t mind spending a little more $, you won’t regret it.||Go for this one if you are a fan of Bluetooth connection|
|Get the Ducky for increased reliability||Get the Anne Pro 2, if you want to fiddle with the key bindings|
2. Anne Pro 2 – Runner Up
While creating a list of our top 5 best 60% keyboards, it was a hard decision for me to pick #1 spot and #2 spot. Between 2 of the best keyboards Akko X Ducky One 2 and Anne Pro 2, and after hours of research, the winner for the #1 spot was Akko X Ducky One 2. Well, that doesn’t mean that we do not recommend Anne when it comes to comfort, portability, and longevity.
Anne Pro 2 is also one of the most popular and hottest keyboards on the market right now. In a time where 60% keyboards were not that common, the Anne Pro was a huge success. Along with offering that unique form factor, but also comes with a Bluetooth and RGB lighting features at a decent price. The first version of Anne Pro was no doubt an amazing 60 percent keyboard with similar features like RGB Lighting, Gateron switches, both Bluetooth connectivity and wired connection. But it had some software and hardware issues, now in “Anne Pro 2” they have fixed those issues plus improved typing experience and build.
So without any further ado, let’s see what this keyboard offers.
Upon inspecting the keyboard you will notice that this keyboard is slanted, extremely lightweight. (It’s not too heavy and it’s not too light it is actually the perfect weight). Just like the frame of Akko, it’s very thin. This keyboard measures about 11.2 x 3.8 x 0.8 inches and it comes in at just 630 grams, it is very light in weight, if we compare it to Akko. (Akko was 900 grams) and a 1900mah powerful battery which is up to for 8 hours continuous wireless usage.
Inside the Box:
- A Keyboard itself wrapped in foam.
- A Quickstart guide.
- A USB Type-C cable.
- A wire keycap puller.
- A bunch of cool CMYK blank and colorful (pink, yellow, purple, green and blue) keycaps.
If we talk about the built options, you can get Anne Pro 2 in White or Black and most commonly you can find this keyboard with Cherry MX, Gateron and Kailh switches. At first glance, it looks very similar to the older version “Anne Pro“. But with a closer look, you can see various improvements and amazing new features in the newer version “Anne Pro 2“.
While reviewing Anne Pro 2 one of the biggest differences I noticed is the switches. Thanks to the box switch design that now the Kailh Browns has a more stable tactile feel and improved stabilization bars for the keycaps as compared to Anne Pro. One of the most requested features for this keyboard was a Bluetooth switch, which they also incorporated at the bottom of the keyboard now.
I will highly recommend this keyboard if you are someone who wants to reduce the number of cables on your desk. Then Anne Pro 2 is a keyboard that seemed like a step in the right direction.
We’ve had this keyboard for a week, testing it full-time at work for the last 5 days. I can tell you that, Anne Pro 2 is one of the best 60% mechanical keyboards that I’ve ever owned.
- AP2 adds a 2nd function key for more control options.
- FN1 is mapped for the missing keys from a full-size keyboard
- FN2 is for the Bluetooth and lighting controls.
Anne Pro 2 vs Vortexgear Pok3r
A quick comparison of two of the best and hottest mechanical keyboards in the market.
|The Anna sounds hollow compared to the Pok3r.||The Pok3r definitely feels more solid than the Anna Pro.|
|Key caps and case on the Anne Pro are better in terms of customization and looking cool.||Key caps and case on the Pok3r are better in terms of quality.|
|Bluetooth as well as cable connectivity.||Wired keyboard.|
|Plastic case and RGB LEDs.||Aluminium case and no LEDs, single colour LEDS, RGB LED options.|
|1 programmable profile.||3 programmable profiles.|
3. Vortexgear Pok3r – Third in our list of 60% Keyboards
Vortex Pok3r RGB 60% Keyboard, I’m literally confused that what should i say about this amazing keyboard? We have reviewed some of the best keyboards in this series and each of them is just amazing. Now, Vortex is also one of those high reputable gaming accessories companies that people love. Even if you ask around the gaming forums, most likely you will hear names like Vortex, Ducky, Leopold if you are looking to get into 60 percent mechanical keyboards.
This is a little bit of an older keyboard, I think they will be coming out with a newer updated version near in the future. (We will update with the newer version as soon as they release one).
So without further ado, let’s take a look at this keyboard and see if it deserves its name with Ducky One 2 and Anne Pro 2.
Inside the Box:
- A keyboard itself.
- A USD cord. (Not a USB Type-C, as we already have mentioned this is a bit of an older keyboard)
Note: We reached out to Vertex and we are happy to announce that they have upgraded the Pok3r with PBT keycaps, including the one in this review.
The Vertex POK3R shares a very similar build (but in 60% layout) to the original Poker and Poker 2 (both have full-sized standard layout). We have two color options available in white and black (although for the black keyboard option, the keycaps are actually very closer to a dark grey) in which both the keycaps and aluminum case will be either white or black.
If we talk about the aluminum case, adding an aluminum case in Pok3r is a great move by Vortex. If you are familiar with the keyboard modding, you may know that second-hand aluminum cases cost over $40 and a new one for over $100. But we already have a default aluminum low-profile in Pok3r which is a great addition by Vortex in this keyboard and it bumps the value of this keyboard.
Moving underside of the keyboard we have four rubber feet on the bottom which are designed to prevent it from sliding around your computer desk. This keyboard is very light-weight (only 370 grams) if we compare it to Anne Pro 2 which was 900 grams. This is what makes it difficult to intentionally or even accidentally push around your desk.
They have used PBT keycaps in this keyboard (before the recent upgrade they were using ABS keycaps). PBT keycaps as compared to ABS keycaps are considered to be everlasting keycaps. Most of the keycaps of the keyboard go shiny and smooth (which happens most of the time), these keycaps will take longer to go shiny and smooth. They also have a nicer sound, so, it is a cool addition by Vortex.
Similar to Anne Pro 2 and Ducky, it also comes with four DIP switches on the back of the keyboard. You can use a DIP switch to quickly switch between different settings.
- Using the first two DIP switches you can enable or disable a DVORAK, COLEMAK or QWERTY layout.
- Using the 3rd DIP switch you can turn your Caps Lock into an FN key.
- And using the 4th switch PN and FN key to wherever on the keyboard. (except CTRL key)
If we talk about the switches, this keyboard comes with Cherry MX Clear, Brown, Red, Blue or Black.
Vortex Pok3r vs HHKB Pro 2
A quick comparison of Pok3r and HHKB, two of the best 60% mechanical keyboards in the market.
|Vortex Pok3r||HHKB Pro 2|
|Pok3rs function layout is better because it requires less finger movement.||Using a custom controller, you can customize that to whatever you want.|
|Go for Pok3r if you are a gamer.||Best keyboards for programming.|
|Cherry MX||Topre (These types of switches are harder to find)|
4. Happy Hacking Professional 2 (60% Keyboard Designed by Programmers For Programmers)
- Topre capacitive switches...
- Compact, near-symmetrical...
If you search for Best 60% Keyboard and read articles or even watch Youtube videos, you’ll inevitably hear the Happy Hacker Keyboard Professional 2 mentioned. This keyboard is designed for programmers, developers, and other power users but as you will see it holds its own in gaming applications as well.
If we talk about the case, this keyboard has a matte ABS case that’s decently durable, but not very nice as compared to other keyboards we reviewed previously in this series. Some of the users have complained that they have noticed a few nicks, scratches and dirt marks after using it for a few months. The width of this is keyboard is almost the same as the length of an a4 size piece of paper.
Let’s see what this keyboard offers.
Inside the Box:
- A USB Cable.
- A Keyboard itself.
- User manual. (The box and manuals are written in Japanese)
- And a few stickers.
This keyboard has 2 port USB 2.0 hub on the back next to the port for its removable mini USB cable. There’s also a removable cover that gives access to DIP switches for alternative layouts, I’ll talk about that later in details. On the bottom of the keyboard, it has 2 feet with two different heights choices which give great options for the angle of the keyboard.
HHKB also uses PBT (using PBT means that the keycaps will feel rougher and you will feel better grip) and a dye-sub printing process for its keycaps to make sure that the keycaps will not fade (they will not develop that shine that ABS keycaps are known to do) with use over time. This is the main point of contention for many reviewers when talking about this keyboard.
Update: We forgot to mention that the spacebar and frame of the keyboard use ABS.
It has a nice sound, it’s like the satisfying fizz of a Cocacola can when you open it and it is not so loud as in many keyboards.
Some of the other notable differences in the HHKB are the locations of different keys. For example, “Ctrl” which is where “Caps Lock” would only be. “Function” key is at the right of the “Shift” key and “Delete” key which is where the “Backslash” key normally is and the “Backspace” key is the default function of delete as opposed to its own key. And lastly, the “Tilde” key is located above the “Delete” key. These key layout options will look very strange at first but you will get used to it soon.
There are 3 main mods for this keyboard, you can check the different features for each mode in the picture below.
Best 60% Keyboards under $50:
So far we’ve reviewed the top 4 and best 60% mechanical keyboards with a heavy price tag. Below we have reviewed the best 60% keyboards under a $50 price tag.
5. Redragon K552 – Budget Pick
- Tenkeyless compact mechanical...
- Rainbow LED RGB backlit...
You may have heard the name of this company, Red Dragon becomes very popular in a very short amount of time. They are popular for producing quality and budget gaming accessories. The Red Dragon keyboard we are going to today is the Red Dragon K552 60% mechanical keyboard. It has the same build construction with aluminum base and covered in ABS plastic material which makes the K552 super durable.
It lets you turn the WASD and Arrow keys around and you can do that by pressing Fn key and W key and to get it back to the way it was all you have to do is press it again. You can also disable the Windows key by pressing the Fn key and Windows key together so you don’t accidentally press the Windows key while playing the game and lose your killstreak. K552 only has the red backlight (but you do have an option to buy either with a red backlight or full RGB). You can also adjust the backlight between 9 different brightness levels, you also have an option to turn on or off the backlights.
On the backside of the keyboard, you have anti-slip rubber pads that prevent it from sliding around your desk. At the top, you get two slip out keyboard feet with both of them having anti-slip pads as well.
Now let’s move into the important part of the review, the switches and how they feel. The K552 uses custom Red Dragon mechanical switches that are equivalent to Cherry MX green switches and have the same design as the Cherry MX. But if you want to get custom keycaps, well, you can. All you have to do is to get keycaps that fit any Cherry MX switches. The default keycaps are double-shot injection molded keycaps so you already are getting quality keycaps that won’t scratch off after time.
By using the included keycap puller, you can take all the keycaps and see the custom switches. These custom switches are great in this price tag but it has a loud audible click which can be disturbing when you are working in an office with a lot of people.
Now let’s take a look at the good and bad aspects of K552 by keep in mind the price tag.
What is 60% Keyboard?
Answer: The 60% keyboards are mechanical keyboards that have 60 percent of the keys that a normal full-size keyboard does. Having minimum keys means that suppose you have inherently had less functionality at hand than someone who owns a full-size keyboard. (Source)
What is 60% Keyboard?
Answer: These functions are usually accessible by holding the FN key and pressing other keys. The 60% form factor has about 61 keys, depending on the layout. (Reference)
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