Best mechanical keyboards for Chromebooks 2024

The best Chromebooks have keyboards with great tactile feedback, but if you're going to be typing on a Chromebook at a desk for hours and hours on end, consider swapping to a mechanical keyboard. Not only will using a separate keyboard help you avoid neck strain by letting you move your Chromebook up to a higher position, but mechanical keyboards are longer-lasting and offer better feedback for your fingers to ensure that you're hitting the right key every time. 

These are the best mechanical keyboards to use with your Chromebook today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

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These are the best mechanical keyboards for your Chromebook

I've been using mechanical keyboards for the better part of a decade now, and they make all the difference in the world when you're typing for long periods. And even though you might not think about these types of keyboards when using the best Chromebooks, they truly do work quite well together. While mechanical keyboards used to inevitably mean shelling out tons of hard-earned money, you can find great keyboards for less than three figures pretty easily these days.

If you want a mechanical keyboard but don't want some kaiju keyboard hogging all the space on your desk, the EPOMAKER SKYLOONG SK61 has a 60% layout and skips the dedicated F1-12 function row for a 61-key keyboard that can fit small desks and crowded workspaces with ease. That's no big loss on a Chromebook where you'd need to remember which F translates to reload (F3), full screen (F4 or F11), volume (F9-10), or others.

Those who love the idea of customizing (almost) every aspect of their keyboards will likely want to spring for the Glorious GMMK Pro. You'll have to figure out what switches and keycaps you want to use first, but that's all part of the fun. There's really nothing quite like building your own keyboard from scratch, plugging it in, and typing away. That is, until you get the itch to take it apart because you found some new switches or keycaps that you want to try out. 

Why switches make all the difference to the best mechanical keyboards

Before you figure out what keyboard is right for you, you'll first want to figure out what switch is right for you. Mechanical keyboards can use a great and ever-growing list of switches, though most styles use the same color-specified profiles so that if you like the click sound of blues, you can get that whether you buy MX Cherry, Otemu, Gateron, or Optical switches.

If you have no clue what switch you prefer, we have a keyboard switch guide you can consult, but here's your quick and dirty color guide:

  • Blue: Clicky, loud and tactile, this is considered the "classic" of the mechanical switches. You'll love it or hate it.
  • Red: Quiet and linear switch, this is a popular switch type for gamers that requires less force than Black. Also nice for speed-oriented typists.
  • Black: Smooth and linear, this is the most popular switch for gamers because it can be faster to double-tap opponents.
  • Brown: This tactile switch is something of a cross between Blue and Red: you have a tactile feel to the key, but it's quiet enough to not drive coworkers insane.

Almost all mechanical keyboards will have a Blue switch option and either Black or Red. Browns show up quite frequently, too, which is great news if you're a tactile typist, but need to work from home without driving your family to insanity.

Andrew Myrick
Senior Editor - Chromebooks, tablets, and wearables

Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.

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