The majority of models from well-known companies cost $100 or more, making the best gaming keyboards expensive (particularly if they’re wireless). Additionally, many who are passionate about mechanical keyboards are ready to pay significantly more for luxurious, limited-edition custom kits that allow you to fine-tune hundreds of characteristics. However, some people cannot afford or choose not to spend hundreds of dollars on an input device, particularly when they also need to purchase other peripherals and components (food and rent, for example). Fortunately, there are several of reasonably priced mechanical keyboards out there that provide a good typing experience for less than $100, and in some cases, less than $80. Additionally, these mechanical keyboard modifications can be useful if the keyboard you end up with doesn’t quite suit your demands.
Important Key Switches
How the key switches work, including membrane and mechanical ones, can significantly affect how you play games. We’ll talk about the variations and which one would be better for you.
Customization and Macros
A lot of gaming keyboards come with keys and macros that can be customized, so you may make your keyboard fit your own gaming requirements. We’ll examine this feature’s significance.
Backlighting and Aesthetics:
RGB lighting can boost performance as well as the atmosphere of your game. It’s not only for show. We’ll talk about the function of backlighting and keyboard design in gaming.
1. The Redragon K552 Mechanical Keyboard
There is nothing ordinary about the Redragon K552 KUMARA RED LED Backlit Version mechanical gaming keyboard. Its durable construction and over-engineering combine with excellent ergonomics and a compact design to provide a fluid, seamless gaming experience. You are always at ease, regardless of the length of your typing or the intensity of your gaming sessions.
The solid aircraft-grade aluminum and ABS structure, plate-mounted keys, double-shot injection-molded keycaps, premium switches with mechanical ultra-last springs, and crisp, brilliant, adjustable RED LED backlighting are all features of the RED Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. A fast and dependable USB connection that can withstand intense gaming is provided by this high-speed USB cable with a USB connector.
The Redragon K552 Mechanical Keyboard is a powerful gaming keyboard that is small and reasonably priced. It is intended for gamers who desire a luxurious tactile experience without paying premium pricing. The following are the Redragon K552’s salient features.
- Outemu Blue Switches
- Compact Design
- Customizable RGB Backlighting
- Durable Build
- A Budget-Friendly Option
2 .The corsair K55 RBG Pro
With its six easily programmable dedicated macro keys, the CORSAIR K55 RGB PRO Gaming Keyboard enhances your gameplay while illuminating your desktop with bright five-zone dynamic RGB backlighting. With a retractable palm rest for all-day comfort and IP42 certification for dust and splash resistance, the K55 RGB PRO is built to withstand wear and tear and more. Play, pause, and other functions are easily accessible with dedicated media keys, and quiet, responsive keys make typing and gaming comfortable. Customizing your lighting and macros is simple with CORSAIR iCUE software, and selective key rollover and anti-ghosting make sure your important inputs appear when they matter most.
Well, technically, the CORSAIR K55 RGB PRO XT just adds more ammo to my hypothesis that CORSAIR is running out of ideas about how to get out of their self-imposed keyboard numbering scheme that barely holds together logically today. But this time around, the added “PRO XT” makes sense since a CORSAIR K55 RGB keyboard precedes it. What the updated lineup does is offer not one, but two keyboards. The first—not provided as a review sample—is the K55 RGB PRO which builds upon the older keyboard and adds more backlighting zones while retaining Elgato Stream Deck support for the G-keys. This K55 RGB PRO XT also adds per-key backlighting support and game integration with iCUE at a slightly higher cost. We will take a look at these features in detail and begin with the specifications in the table below—thanks to CORSAIR for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp!
- Lighting Type: RGB
- Form Factor: Full-size
- Keyboard Technology: Membrane
- Key Switch Behavior: Tactile
- Connection Type: Wired
3.The SteelSeries Apex 3
The SteelSeries Apex 3 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard was designed to meet gamers’ requirements! Our premium magnetic wrist rest offers complete palm support and a comfortable feel, making it ideal for extended gaming sessions. Are you prone to accidents? You will be safe from spills thanks to IP32 water resistance. Its whisper-quiet gaming switches offer more than 20 million pleasant, low-friction performance keystrokes. Gaming-grade anti-ghosting, dedicated multimedia controls, and 10-zone RGB customization are all included in the keyboard.
With premium features including gaming-grade anti-ghosting, low friction whisper silent gaming switches, IP32 water and dust resistance for protection against spills and mishaps, multimedia controls, and stunning PrismSync lighting, this device is designed with gamers’ needs in mind.
- Design Top Material: High-Quality Polymer Frame
- N-Key Roll Over:24 Keys
- Anti-ghosting: Gaming Grade
- Software RequirementsGG / Engine: Windows 8.1 and above/Mac OS 10.12 and above
- Switch Type & Name: SteelSeries Whisper-Quiet Switches
- Box Content:Apex 3 TKL Gaming Keyboard
4. The Roccat Magma
A Gaming keyboard doesn’t have to be pricey or even mechanical to keep you at the top of your game, as the Roccat Magma membrane keyboard serves as a reminder. The rubber dome switches’ tactile feel, the distinctive RGB top plate design, and the excellent functionality for competitive gaming have all left me very delighted. all highlighted by a reasonable cost for a reliable brand. That’s a unique feature, and even while it might not be as robust or packed with gizmos as some other boards, it’s a (literal) shining example of membrane gaming keyboard brilliance.
From the moment of unboxing, Roccat’s Magma ($59.99, but it can be found online for as much as $15 less) sticks out among the many entry-level gaming keyboards. Its pale white key deck appears strange at first, but as soon as the Magma is powered on, it becomes obvious what Roccat wants. Forget about RGB lighting that just highlights the characters or legends printed on each keycap. Little light strips positioned along a keyboard’s margins are not something to consider. Let the Magma’s complete faceplate’s rainbow of colors distract you instead of the regrettable compromises Roccat had to make to keep the pricing point of the device low.
Furthermore, although the keyboard’s RGB lighting effect—which is visible through a sizable membrane plate that rests beneath the keys—is initially quite overwhelming, it is unquestionably excellent in terms of quality. The AIMO lighting feature of the corporation is automatically utilized by the Roccat Magma. Depending on the programs you’re using, this setting dynamically changes the colors and patterns of the RGB lights. To be honest, it’s very captivating and helps the Magma stand out among the RGB throng.