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The 5 Best 60% Keyboards - Black Friday 2022 Reviews

Best 60% Keyboards

A 60% keyboard is a small keyboard that typically lacks a Numpad, navigational cluster, and a function row. Instead, these buttons are layered as secondary functions on the alphanumeric keys that make up most of the board. These little units are having their moment in the sun right now, and it's easy to see why. They offer gamersโ —and on-the-go typistsโ —much more room on their desks for dynamic mouse movements while gaming or to keep a coffee close at hand. While many of these picks are gaming-focused, they're still versatile units that you can use for just general work or typing tasks.

We've tested over 185 keyboards with over 15 compact units. Below are our picks for the best 60 percent keyboard. If you're interested in more gaming-oriented options, check out our list of the best gaming keyboards. Or, if you want a dedicated typing or programming keyboard, we have options for those as well in our best keyboards for programming and best keyboards for typing articles.

  1. Best 60% Keyboard

    The best 60 percent keyboard we've tested is the SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless. The name may sound familiar, as it's the compact version of the enduringly popular SteelSeries Apex Pro. Like its full-size predecessor, it also has an adjustable pre-travel distance feature, letting you customize the sensitivity of your keypresses on a per-key basis.

    Rather than typical mechanical switches, this keyboard uses magnetic switches called OmniPoint 2.0. With these switches, you can adjust the pre-travel distance from an ultra-sensitive 0.2mm to a deep 3.8mm. As a plus for space-saving, this keyboard connects using a USB receiver or Bluetooth, so you don't have to worry about cable management.

    That said, its battery life is a bit on the lower end, which is normal considering all the incredible gaming features, RGB lighting, and high performance. The battery will last you between 30 to 40 hours, depending on your usage, so while it'll last you throughout the week, you'll have to charge it pretty frequently. Though, there is a wired version of this keyboard, the SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini. The wired version also saves you a couple of bucks on the overall cost without compromising on performance.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 60% Keyboard

    Like our best pick above, the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog also has an adjustable pre-travel distance feature. However, the optical switches—laser beams, for the less informed—aren't as consistent or accurate as the magnetic switches on the SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless. Plus, the range isn't as wide as the shortest you can go is 1.5mm. That said, it performs pretty similarly to the SteelSeries, with equally low latency and excellent RGB backlighting. However, the Razer has a few more interesting features up its sleeve that the SteelSeries lacks.

    One such feature is the "Analog Mode." When enabled, the switches register how far down you've pressed a key to respond in-game, like a gamepad controller. This feature is beneficial if you're a fan of racing games or flight simulators, as it gives you much finer movement control than you'd typically get with your average WASD keys. It's worth noting that this is a wired-only unit, so you'll have to do some cable management. Thankfully the cable is a detachable USB-A to USB-C cable, so if you find it too stiff or bulky, you can easily change it for something more flexible.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 60% Keyboard

    While the Razer and SteelSeries picks above are great versatile units, the Corsair K65 RGB MINI is a straightforward unit focused on raw gaming performance. Instead of non-standard switches with adjustable pre-travel distances, the Corsair comes with typical Cherry MX switches. You can get your choice of switch type, including Cherry MX Speeds, a classic gaming switch with a feather-light actuation force and a short pre-travel distance for a sensitive and smooth keypress throughout—though beware, you're likely more prone to typos.

    The font on the PBT keycaps is sharp and aggressive, and the shine-through legends showcase the RGB backlighting. And its gaming performance is unparalleled with its higher-than-average maximum polling rate of 8000Hz and split-millisecond latency for a highly responsive in-game experience. This keyboard is also compatible with Corsair's iCUE software, meaning you can sync up your lighting effects with other Corsair products, like your mouse or PC components, for a unified theme in your setup.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget 60% Keyboard

    If you're looking for a budget model that offers solid performance for gaming and general typing, we recommend the Obinslab Anne Pro 2. When used wired with its connection cable, this popular model has an exceptionally low latency that's on par with gaming-oriented options like the Corsair K65 RGB MINI. However, you can also pair it with up to four Bluetooth devices if you'd rather use it for work or general typing tasks, but its latency this way is much higher.

    It comes in a variety of switch types from brands like Kailh, Gateron, and Cherry, so you can find an option that works for you. It also comes with a few colorful keycaps to add a bit of personal flair to it. On the note of the keycaps, this board has doubleshot PBT keycaps, which is a nice touch for a budget board. They feel great on the fingertips and have a nice texture for a good grip. Plus, while most compact boards lack arrow keys, this keyboard has a feature, so the right-side modifier keys act primarily like arrow keys when enabled.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap 60% Keyboard

    Although its latency isn't nearly as low as the wired latency of the Obinslab Anne Pro 2, and its build quality isn't as high as the Corsair K65 RGB MINI, the ROYAL KLUDGE RK61 is your best bet for a cheap compact board. It's well-suited for casual gamers or on-the-go professionals looking for a tiny board to use both at home and the office.

    Surprisingly, for a cheap board, it has a hot-swappable printed circuit board, meaning you can swap out the stock switches with any mechanical switches of your choice to get a more customized and tailored typing experience. It's a great choice if you're just getting into keyboards since it's a cheap way to test out what switches you like without spending a small fortune. Plus, it comes in several different variants that offer various wireless connectivity options, backlighting options, and sizes, so you'll surely find the version that works best for you.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Ducky One 2 Mini V2: The Ducky One 2 Mini V2 is a very nice 60% keyboard that offers a very comfortable typing experience. However, its latency is much higher than every keyboard on this list, making it better suited for casual gamers and typists looking for a smaller board. See our review
  • Keychron Q4: The Keychron Q4 is a premium 60% keyboard with a high build quality and a very satisfying typing experience. However, its latency is much higher than the SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless, so the Q4 is better suited for typists and casual gamers. See our review
  • HyperX Alloy Origins 60: The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a great 60% gaming keyboard with remarkably low latency, solid build quality, and full RGB backlighting. However, it doesn't feel as nice to type on or use as the Corsair K65 RGB MINI, and it can be a bit hard to find in stock on certain online retailers. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 60 percent keyboards available. We factor in the price (a cheaper product wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), the feedback from our visitors, and availability (no keyboard that is difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere). 

If you'd like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is our list of 60 percent compact keyboard reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no product is perfect for every use, most keyboards perform well enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.