It doesn’t matter whether you’re gaming or working…
There’s nothing worse than hitting the WRONG key on your keyboard because you have big hands! (Or worse, suffering from finger or wrist pain).
As a keyboard nerd with large hands and long fingers (I’m 6’4″ and 230lbs and spend all day at my computer), I feel this pain first hand! (get it???)
My top recommendations for the best mechanical keyboard for big hands:
Below I’ll give you even MORE options–depending on what kind of mechanical keyboard you’re looking for.
Mechanical Keyboard Buying Guide (For People With Large Hands)
Before I show you individual keyboards, here are the top factors you should consider when shopping for a keyboard:
This might surprise you, but the shape of the keycaps (the top part of the keys that your fingers actually touch) plays a huge difference in how it feels to type/game!
They make keycaps in…
- Different heights (low-profile or not)
- Different shapes (flat on top or curved?)
- and more.
Smaller hands and fingers should probably shy away from taller keycaps (like SA keycaps), but I’ve found I have a bit more accuracy on the taller keycap profiles! Click here to read our full guide to keycap profiles.
Keyboard size refers to “how many keys are on the keyboard, not the actual scale of the keyboard size.
Believe it or not, they don’t make keyboards larger–just with more keys.
- 100% Full-size = a complete keyboard with a 10-key numberpad
- 80% and 75% keyboards = Same thing but with no numberpad
- 60% keyboard = No numberpad, no function row, no “home cluster” i.e. Home, End, Delete, etc.
That said, if you have larger hands, you’ll probably want to avoid the smaller sizes (40% and 60%), simply because your hands will have less space to work with.
Read more about keyboard sizes here. I recommend 75% or 80% to start with (or if you NEED the numberpad, a 100%).
This is the actual height of the keyboard, not including the keycaps.
You might think big hands would prefer a taller keyboard, but that’s not always the case! You also have longer fingers, and a low-profile keyboard might be more comfortable.
I will discuss keyboard height for the keyboard recommendations below.
“Switches” refer to the mechanical switches underneath the keycaps, and they come in 3 basic types:
- Linear (Red, Yellow, Black colors): The simplest type. Pressing them is a straight, smooth path from the top to the bottom. There’s no tactile or auditory feedback when you press them, and they require the least amount of force to actuate.
- Tactile (Brown, clear): These switches provide a tiny “bump” when you press them (generally around the actuation point). This “tactile feedback” helps your fingers feel when the key has actually been registered.
- Clicky (Blue, green): These are a sub-type of tactile switches. There’s the tiny bump, but with the addition of a small audible “click.” These are generally louder.
You can probably choose whatever switch you like, regardless of hand size.
Wireless, RGB, Design, and Price
These are the features that all mechanical keyboard shoppers should consider (not just folks with big hands).
- Wireless – do you need Bluetooth? Or it wired-only ok?
- RGB – Almost all mechanical keyboards offer RGB backlighting these days, and you can also turn the lighting off if you don’t like it!
- Design – Mechanical keyboards are produced in all shapes, sizes, colors, etc! Choose a design that makes you happy!
- Price – Obviously you’ll want to consider your budget.
The Best Mechanical Keyboards for Big Hands:
With all that said, let’s move on to the recommendations!
Best Low-Profile – Logitech G915
- Worlds NO.1 Best Selling Wireless Gaming Gear Brand - Based on independent aggregated sales data (FEB ‘19 - FEB’20) of Wireless Gaming Keyboard, Mice, & PC Headset in units from: US, CA, CN, JP,...
- LIGHTSYNC technology provides RGB lighting that synchronizes lighting with any content. Personalize each key or create custom animations from about 16.8M colors with Logitech G HUB software.
- Low Profile mechanical switches offers the speed, accuracy and performance of a mechanical switch at half the height The GL Clicky switch features a distinctive sound and tactile feedback. Comes in 3...
- Tenkeyless design provides more room for mouse movement. Store the USB receiver in the back of the keyboard for additional portability.
- Height: ✅ 22mm(!)
- Cost: Expensive! 🟡 $150ish to $200, depending on what version you get
- Hot-swappable? ❌ No.
- Backlighting? ✅ Yes
- Wireless? ✅ Yes.
If you have big hands, I’d seriously consider looking at a low-profile keyboard. There are tons of them, but the Logitech G915 is in a league of it’s own!
- fast wireless capabilities
- extra media keys (and extra gaming keys over to the left on the keyboard)
- Linear, tactile switches, and clicky switch versions
- 100% full-sized and 80% TKL versions
- Lightsync RBG (fancy backlighting) and Logitech software (some people love it, some hate it)
YES, it’s expensive, but it’s one of the best mechanical keyboards period (outside of $500+ custom mechanical keyboards)
Keychron K7 – Runner-up low-profile great for travel
- Height: ✅ 22mm (only 17mm at the bottom row of keys)
- Cost: ✅ $70-90, depending on if you want the hot-swappable version
- Hot-swappable? ✅ Yes, but only with low-profile switches (you can’t put MX-style switches in there)
- Backlighting? ✅ Yes.
- Wireless? ✅ Yes, fast 5.0 BlueTooth
The Keychron K7 is my travel keyboard of choice. It’s a 60% layout, which means you WILL have to figure out the function shortcuts to access arrow buttons, etc!
Still, it’s tiny and can go anywhere (and way cheaper than the Logitech option if you’re on a budget).
Logitech G613 – A cheaper wireless alternative
|Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Multihost 2.4 GHz + Blutooth...||$73.99||View on Amazon|
If you like the look of the G915 above–you can get roughly the same keyboard with the G613, for far less! It doesn’t have all the same features, but it’s still a solid build underneath.
Best for Gaming – Corsair K70
- Aircraft grade anodized brushed aluminum frame, built to withstand a lifetime of gaming
- 8MB profile storage with hardware macro and lighting playback allow access to up to three stored profiles on the go, independent of external software
- Per key dynamic multi color RGB back lighting offers near unlimited color customization and control
- Cost: ❌ Over $130
- Hot-swappable? ❌ no
- Backlighting? ✅ Yes.
- Wireless? ❌ No
Corsair is another great keyboard brand in gaming, and the K70 has the FANCY features that’ll delight gamers.
- USB pass-through
- Media controls & extra macro keys
- Detachable wrist rest
Wrist rests definitely take some getting used to, but can be a game-changer if you have oversizes hands (or sometimes if you don’t).
Also, you can choose from a number of Cherry MX switches (the OG name in keyboard switches)
- MX Blue – clicky (light, tappy sounding)
- MX Brown – tactile (what I recommend for accountants)
- MX Red – Linear (the normal linear switch, NOT the Silent version)
- MX Speed – a lighter, faster linear switch
This is the main reason it gets our nod for gamers–grab those Cherry MX Reds or MX Speed switches and rock!
Best Ergonomic – Kinesis Freestyle Edge
- ERGONOMIC SPLIT DESIGN FOR TYPING AND GAMING: Move the right module out of the way and bring your mouse in close for improved endurance and more precise aim (eSports proven). rotate the left module...
- 100% MECHANICAL SWITCHES FOR MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE: Genuine Cherry MX Brown speed mechanical switches (low-force, tactile feel) offer professional-grade responsiveness and unmatched durability (50M...
- IMMERSIVE RGB LIGHTING FOR A CUSTOM LOOK: 16.8M color per-key RGB Backlighting with 10 customizable effects like wave, spectrum, rebound, pulse, rain and much more. Install lighting expansion pack 1...
- Split keyboard so you can adjust positioning REALLY well
- extra-large detachable wrist rest
- switch options
- Really expensive ($160-200)
- Takes getting used to
It’s no secret that a “normal” keyboard doesn’t actually do much to help our developing wrist and finger pain—and many mechanical keyboards are actually TALLER than normal, possibly making pain worse.
Ergonomic keyboards reduce typing fatigue by positioning the keys in the way that your hands naturally lie.
Great for big hands.
The Kinesis Freestyle Edge is a keyboard quite literally split down the middle (with a cable connecting the two halves). This lets you use your hands EXACTLY where they’re most comfortable. The proper position, angle, etc.
The Edge has a few different switch options, as well as standard features like RGB, programmable keys, etc.
Plus, it looks cool 😎
Best Budget – Tecware Phantom
- RGB BACKLIGHTING - Enhance your gaming experience with 18 pre-set configurations on the mechanical keyboard, or create a unique one to match your setup
- OUTEMU SWITCHES - The gaming mechanical keyboard comes with Outemu mechanical switches for precise gaming and comfortable typing. Spare switches + keycap & switch remover tools are provided for easy...
- FIBERGLASS PCB - Built with SMD LEDs and FR-4 fiberglass printed circuit board, this Tecware mechanical keyboard is able to withstand extended periods of intensive and hardcore gaming sessions
- Cost: ✅ $40-50!
- Wireless? ❌ No
- Hot-swappable? ✅ Yes
- Switch Options? ✅ a few…
They make the Tecware Phantom is 2 sizes:
I own the 100% Phantom 104, and it feels great for my hands. Plus, for around $40, you get a hot-swappable PCB, a few switch options, and RGB backlighting.
That’s a REALLY great deal.
The Phantom’s come with Outemu switches (red, brown, and blue are usually available), which are definitley budet switches, but that doesn’t mean they’re terrible. The Keyboard is well-built and feels good.
If you’re on a TIGHT budget, the Tecware Phantom’s are for you.
Best Silent – Corsair Strafe MK.2
- CHERRY MX RGB mechanical key switches with gold contacts deliver the ultimate performance and competitive advantage of mechanical keys
- 8MB Onboard profile storage with lighting and hardware macro playback to take your gaming profiles with you
- Per-key RGB backlighting deliver dynamic and vibrant lighting effects with virtually unlimited customization
- 100% full-sized keyboard
- Cherry MX Silent switches
- USB-pass through (meaning there are USB ports on the actual keyboard!)
- Dedicated multimedia keys and volume control
- Great RGB
- Yes another expensive option ($120+)
- It definitely looks like a gaming keyboard, so it might not be as office-friendly.
Do your big hands produce big noises? You might consider grabbing a mechanical keyboard specifically designed to be quieter (usually through silent switches)
Linear switches (red, black, and yellow switches) will generally be a bit quieter anyways–but silent linear switches include an additional dampener within the switch that makes it muted.
The Corsair Strafe is heavy, built like a truck, and has Cherry MX Silent Red switch options!
Plus the fancier features…
- Three profiles (gaming and work?)
- Detachable wrist rest!
- USB-passthrough ports
- Great RGB, etc!
If you want your keyboard to produce less noise, the Strafe RGB Mk.2 is a great choice.
Durgod Taurus – Another silent option for big hands
- STURDY – Extra sturdy case with adjustable feet in two positions for a comfortable typing experience. Durable and fade resistant doubleshot PBT keycaps can be changed with the included keypuller.
- CHERRY MX RED SWITCHES - Linear feedback with a smooth feel and a light spring for a fast and light keystroke perfect for gaming. Light actuation force of 45 cN and 4.0 mm of total travel. Rated for...
- FULLY PROGRAMMABLE – Set up macros or rebind keys in the Durgod Zeus Engine Software. Independent profiles and practical features such as Windows key lock and multimedia controls. Full Anti Ghosting...
If you want more switch options at a lower price point, consider the Durgod Taurus keyboards.
(they also make them in a few different sizes!)
They’re well-built, have LOADS of switch options to choose from, and even have different colors to choose from right off Amazon!
AND not only can you grab the softer Cherry Red switches, but they also offer Cherry Silent Reds for a few bucks more.
The K320 is an 80% layout (meaning no numpad), while the K310 is a full-size with the numpad. I personally prefer the smaller 80% layout to save desk space, but if you need a numpad, go with the K310.
Best for Mac – Keychron K2 (or K10 or K4)
- Keychron K2, a 75% layout 84 keys hot-swappable white LED backlight wireless mechanical keyboard giving you all the keys and function you need while keeping it compact. And let you personalize per-key...
- With a unique Mac layout while compatible with Windows, the Keychron K2 has all essential multimedia and function keys you need. Extra keycaps for both Windows and Mac operating systems are included.
- Connects with up to 3 devices via the reliable Broadcom Bluetooth 5.1 chipset and switch among them easily for multitasking needs. The K2 is best to fit home, office and light gaming use while...
- Cost: ✅ $69-$99
- Wireless? ✅ yes
- Includes Mac modifier keycaps? ✅ yes
- Hot-swappable? ✅ yes
- How it works with Mac: physical toggle on keyboard
I’m a MASSIVE fan of Keychrons (which also work great on Windows, too!).
They make them in several different sizes, and these are usually TALL keyboards as well.
These are perfect if you think you’d like a taller keyboard, or want to use a wrist/palm rest anyways.
Super Important Note: There are several different versions of each Keychron keyboard, including the K2!
- Hot-swappable or soldered
- No RGB, white-only backlighting, or full RGB
- Different switch options
- Different versions of the same keyboard (one with grey keycaps, one with white & black)
You should double-check the features before you purchase! They give lots of options 😉
They come equipped with keycaps for both Mac and PC operating systems so you’ll have all the essential Mac function keys you’re used to using with your Mac keyboard.
Click here to see our other Mac-friendly keyboard recommendations (but it’s also worth noting that ANY keyboard can work with a Mac with a few tweaks in the settings).
Best 75% – GMMK Pro (and Best Custom Keyboard)
- Premium Design: Gasket-mounted, 75% percent fully modular, tkl hot swappable keyboard, built for everyone. Compatible with QMK & VIA opensource firmware. Also compatible with Glorious Core software.
- Gasket Mounted Plate Design: Naturally dampens keystrokes for a unique haptic and acoustic typing experience. Pre-lubed screw in GOAT stabilizers.
- CNC Aluminum Case - Individually Machined and Engraved - Aesthetic High-Profile Frame - High-Quality Aluminum
- Cost: ✅ $170-220
- Wireless? ❌ No
- Hot-swappable? ✅ Yes
- Switch Options? ✅
- Best Feature: Rotary knob and side-lighting
Honestly, 75% might be THE most popular size keyboard.
- Takes up less desk space than a full-size keyboard
- All the important keys are still there
- Can look very clean and minimal
PRO TIP: An 80% keyboard layout usually has the same keys as a 75% layout, but the 75% doesn’t include any “dead space” between the key clusters!
The GMMK pro is a SUPER premium 75% keyboard, complete with a rotary volume knob and different customization options.
This keyboard doesn’t come with switches or keycaps, so you’d have to buy them separately. (it does come pre-assembled, or “bare bones,” so you won’t be technically building the entire thing. Just toss in some Cherry MX switches, add keycaps, etc).
If you want a premium typing experience, the GMMK Pro is the PERFECT intro in the “custom” keyboard world (where you get to pick and choose more features, and assemble the keyboard).
Best 60% – Ducky One 2 Mini
A 60% keyboard is a compact mechanical keyboard that is smaller in size than a full-sized 100% keyboard.
These typically do not have…
- A function row
- Arrow keys
- A numpad
- A “home cluster” (delete, home, end, page up, etc)
You will have to learn function shortcuts to access these key commands–so if your big hands don’t like it–stay away from 60% keyboards!
- Distinctive bezel design and dual layer PCB
- PBT Double Shot seamless keycaps
- Supports Ducky Macro 2.0, the most powerful hardware available in the market
- LOTS of different color and switch options
- A trusted brand (a long-term favorite in the mechanical keyboard world)
- Detachable USB cable
- Great build quality (they’re known for that)
- Wired only
- Not hot-swappable
- A bit pricey
The Ducky is a HUGELY popular brand in the mechanical keyboard community, mostly because of solid build quality and attractive design.
Great RGB. High-quality double-shot PBT plastic. And frankly? They just look and feel great.
Oh, and OPTIONS. Want a Ducky white Silent MX red switches? Or how about Kailh box switches?
There are tons of different switch options to choose, and they also make the Ducky One 2 with a white case (AND they make a Ducky Mecha Mini with an aluminum case! Though the plastic case is honestly built well, and sounds great).
Anne Pro 2 – Another popular 60% choice.
- Minimalistic design doing more with less. Requires less hand movement while still being able to access all the functionalities.
- Compact and Portable . It saves desk space and easy to carry around. Fits right in backpack. Perfect for home, work and on the go.
- Decent bluetooth connectivity enables wireless connection up to 4 devices and switch seamlessly back and forth.
It’s worth mentioning the Anne Pro 2, which is a bit cheaper. It’s another community favorite 60%, and unlike the Ducky, it’s wireless!
Not quite as many customization options, though.
Tips for Typing Comfortably (with larger hands)
No matter which keyboard you get–here are a few extra tips to consider for more comforta and accuracy at your computer:
Consider a wrist rest
Many of the recommended keyboard above come with a wrist rest, but you can obviously purchase them separately (they sell different lengths that will line up with your keyboard length!).
These palm wrists will elevate your hand position and (usually) lead to more comfort, though they take some getting used to.
Maintain good posture at your computer
Regardless of hand size, posture makes a huge difference!
Try to keep your back straight, and at a height where your arms are relaxed at ROUGHLY a 90 degree angle!
Consider Tactile Switches
Tactile switches (brown, clear) have a tiny tactile “bump” during the keystroke that help your fingers understand when the key has been activated.
Over longer typing sessions, this can actually be more comfortable for your hands and fingers!
If you ONLY game–you might choose linear switches (red, black, yellow), but just about anybody who does more work on a computer should start with tactile or clicky switches (for the tactile bump).
Summary: What’s the best mechanical keyboard for big hands?
Although they don’t actually make “bigger keyboards” where each key is bigger by scale, you can consider a few factors that’ll give your big hands the best experience, including keyboard height, keycap profile, and keyboard size (layout).
- If you’d a low-profile keyboard, try the Logitech G915
- If you’re on a strict budget, consider the Tecware Phantom
- If you’d like a more muted, silent keyboard, the Corfsair Strafe Mk.2 is a great choice!
Happy clacking, my heavy-handed friends!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the largest keyboard size?
A full-sized keyboard (often referred to as 100%) is the largest mass-market keyboard size, complete with arrow keys, a function row, “home cluster,” and a 10-key numberpad. However, there are other larger keyboards (with additional macro or media keys), though they are extremely rare (and are often custom-built).
Are ergonomic keyboards good for big hands?
Although each person is differernt and will find different keyboard setups more comfortable than others, ergonomic keyboards do offer a hand position that might be more favorable if you have big hands! For one, the hand positions should lead to less wrist and finger strain overall, but on an ergonomic keyboard, your hands are physically spaced farther apart, which can be great for larger hands.
What is the best size keyboard for typing for people with big hands?
Since smaller “compact” keyboards require the use of function-based shortcuts (since they don’t have dedicated arrow or function keys, for example), people with bigger hands might find this typing experience uncomfortable. Larger keyboard sizes (75%, 80% TKL, and 100% full-sized) might mean that your hands have to move a bit more (to reach certain keys), but your typing experience will likely be more accurate if you have big hands.
Is a 65% or 60% keyboard better?
Both 60% and 65% keyboards are consider “compact,” meaning they don’t have a 10-key numpad or the function row. However, 65% layouts often have dedicated arrow keys and a “home cluster,” i.e. the Home, End, and Delete buttons. If you use arrow keys a lot, you will likely prefer a 65% size keyboard.
Is there a keyboard for fat fingers?
Although you can easily find keyboards that offer “large print” keycaps, this is only a visual aid, and not actually different from a normal keyboard in terms of physical keyboard or keycap size. However, people with fat fingers might consider switching to a mechanical keyboard (where they can easily customize the feel of their keyboard to better suit their hands), or an ergonomic keyboard (where your hands rest at a different angle than non-ergonomic keyboards)