500 comments and more than 50 different keyboard nominations later, we have our contenders. In a surprising twist, there was a tie for 5th place, so we actually have six nominees rather than the usual five going into the voting round.
Rules are pretty simple: read about each keyboard if you like, and then cast your vote in the poll. We also encourage you to make your case for your keyboard of choice in the comments section (or your case against someone else's choice).
The mechanical CM Storm Quickfire Rapid comes with a variety of switch options, and is not backlit. Many iterations of the CM Storm line are available, all the way up to the Ultimate. The Rapid's price varies depending on the keys, but can be had for as low as $70 as of this writing. [Amazon]
The mechanical G710 Plus is Logitech's flagship and comes with all the trimmings. Personally, I am a big fan of the aesthetics of the G710 as well. Cherry MX Browns. Currently sitting at $120. [Amazon]
Like the CM Storm Quickfire, the mechanical Black Widow comes in a variety of permutations which can be a bit confusing if you're not familiar with the line. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate is sitting at around $140, and is #1 on Amazon's best selling PC gaming keyboards list. [Amazon]
The mechanical Corsair K70 is a very attractive keyboard. Practically murdered out and packing lots of aluminum, the K70 won't look like a toy on your desk. Cherry Reds and a whole lot of backlighting options for $130. [Amazon]
The Sidewinder is the cheapest keyboard on the list, and doesn't include the mechanical keys found in 4 of the 5 other keyboards we're voting on. It's an attractive, muted keyboard with a slim profile and lots of lighting options. 55 bucks. [Amazon]
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