The best low cost gaming keyboard to enhance your home work experience

A gaming keyboard that will improve your performance and make gaming more enjoyable won’t cost more than $ 100. Starting at $ 36, we tested a few options and found that all but one worked really well for the money – perhaps no surprise. cheapest which we will not recommend. Even you work from home or simply spend more time Play PC games compared to you a few months ago, the new game-friendly keyboard can make a big difference.

Like Choose a new gaming mouse, get the right game keyboard has a lot to do with personal preference – from ergonomic design (hello, wrist rest) to whether you like RGB lighting, mechanical keys, haptic feedback, programmable keys, keys Dedicated multimedia or a lot of other features that we can’t even start to list. And to help narrow your keyboard preferences, check out glossary of keyboard terms.

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Corsair’s K60 RGB Pro delivers what few other gaming keyboards have: a full-size gaming mechanical keyboard experience complete with RGB per-key lighting for less than $ 100. When you drop below this price point, you often find flat and dome-shaped gaming keyboards. Or you’ll find a keyboard with a mechanical switch but you’ll get a one-color backlight, or a build quality that might not hold up over time.

But because Corsair used it Mechanical switch Cherry Viola, it can be a little more advanced than the rest. And really, you want the mechanical switches because they’re faster, more durable, and roll-N with 100% anti-ghosting so your individual keystrokes register regardless of your finger. how fast to move. Read more about the Corsair K60 RGB Pro SE.

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If you feel most comfortable doing your office work on a membrane keyboard, Cynosa might be the gaming keyboard for you. It’s a membrane keyboard, not mechanical, so the smooth and sturdy keys feel softer than the others here, and some people might find them a bit flaky. However, if you’re looking to use a keyboard for both work and play, this is a good compromise for its $ 60 price tag.

Many of Original Cynosa follow-up features, including per-key RGB lighting – a rarity at the end of this market – and a durable spill-resistant design. What’s new is a set of media keys added in the upper right corner. Razer also added cable routing below the keyboard so you can keep your desk a little tidier.

It’s also one of the easiest to program keyboards here. There are many preset lighting effects to choose from, and you can also create your own lighting effects using Synapse 3.0 software. There’s also Razer’s Hypershift feature that lets you set up a subset of functions for your keys to be accessed using the “shift” key of your choice. You can also reattach keys and set macros with the software.

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The G12 is a fully programmable mechanical keyboard, though not as slick as the Razer at set up. There are seven color presets and 12 light profile presets that can be switched without any software. You can also use the company’s G-aim software to control lighting as well as set up macros or change key functions. The lighting can even be synced between other G-aim assist devices like KM-P6 RGB touchpad, looks good when combined with this keyboard’s RGB strip around the base.

The only real potential off, apart from the metal upper and plastic bottom, is Outemu Blue Switch. I like them for both typing and gaming but they do have a clattering, humming sound and make a springy sound in the body – not great if you have to share office space. Consider it for less than $ 60 and can be combined with the company’s ultra-lightweight Mouse GM-F3 and an RGB touchpad for under $ 100, the G12 is a bargain.

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Even on Logitech’s lower-end models like G413 backlit gaming keyboards, the company doesn’t come cheap in terms of build quality and components. It uses the same Romer-G Tactile switch found on more feature-rich models, and shares the same thin, simple and durable keyboard design with a brushed aluminum-magnesium alloy top case. It has a braided USB cable with a USB transfer port on the back right and channels below for managing the mouse and headphone cable.

The tactile key switch is relatively quiet, with no click when activated, just a small bump and a short operation. If you love to listen and feel your keystrokes, this is probably not the best switch for you. There is only one color for the backlight – red – but the backlight is bright and the main font on this full size keyboard is easy to read. Logitech includes 12 aspect keycaps, which are very nice but we didn’t feel much difference.

G413 is programmable with Logitech G Hub software, allowing you to set up custom macros and functions on F1-F12 buttons, and there’s a play mode to shortcut Windows. Overall, it’s a more slick mechanical gaming keyboard than the others here, but it’s also more expensive.

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The $ 40 G6 mechanical gaming keyboard uses the Outemu Blue mechanical key that switches the keys, and you should have no problem feeling the trigger point while performing keystrokes. This cheap mechanical keyboard is also huge too, so be prepared for some eye-catching if you’re typing or gaming in public spaces. Also, the keycaps on the side are small, leading to a lot of errors when typing and playing games. Unless you’re really precise or have slender fingertips (I don’t), you’ll need time to adjust.

The keyboard lacks features – you won’t find any macro keys – and there’s no software to install for programmable buttons. As for lighting, you’re limited to a single color per row, but there are nine lighting modes to choose from, and you can create two custom lighting effects. However, it really is, so if you’re just looking for a cheap, mechanical keyboard with lights, multimedia shortcuts and a numeric keypad, then this will hit the spot and save you some money. a good gaming mouse.

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If you want a wireless gaming keyboard and lights, consider K57. This cheap wireless keyboard uses a rubber dome switch with a pronounced trigger point, giving it the feel of an office keyboard like the Razer Cynosa. Gaming on this device requires more touch force than the mechanical keyboards here, and hoverability is limited to eight keys. Besides that, the experience is also good.

The K57 connects wirelessly to your PC via low-latency Bluetooth or Corsair’s Slipstream 2.4GHz technology uses a tiny USB-A adapter for lag-free gaming. It can also be used wired with the included Micro-USB cable, which helps charge the keyboard. While it doesn’t have the same lifespan as Logitech when you’re using RGB per-key lighting, you can get through a few days of gaming without a charge.

A row of dedicated macro keys on the left and discrete media controls on the right round out the features. Plus, Corsair’s software is easy to use, making creating custom keyboard lighting and setting those macro keys pretty easy. At $ 80, though, you definitely have to pay more for those features.

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Finding a good wireless gaming keyboard can be difficult. These kids are rare because the last thing you want to do is probably lead to a lag in your performance. G613’s Lightspeed wireless works as well as wired, and its battery life is stellar 18 months on two AA-size batteries. That said, the keyboard has no backlight, which can be understood as power savings, but without the keyboard backlight actually kills the gaming experience in the dark. You get six programmable buttons on the left side, so that’s for something.

The G613 uses a Romer-G Tactile mechanical switch similar to the G413, so everything I’ve said about that switch applies here. I happened to like the feel of this switch for gaming and typing, even though I was in the minority in our testing. This wireless keyboard is definitely one you should try before you buy if possible.

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Crafted from ABS plastic and aluminum, the $ 40 waterproof (yes, waterproof) K561 gaming mechanical keyboard feels as solid as it sounds. Like Aukey, it uses Outemu Blue switches that are tactile, blinking, and loud. The keycaps are a bit larger, so if you have a wider, more rounded fingertip, you can see Redragon as a better choice. This one also doesn’t have a tenkey, which is for those who don’t want or need a numeric keypad, but the company makes it some other mechanical keyboards and all under $ 70 if you’re looking for a full-size keyboard that can play two tasks like your regular keyboard ..

Software Redragon is amateurs compared to that of Logitech and Razer. You can set up single-key macros and up to three separate profiles. There’s no control over the per-key backlight settings, but that’s hardly surprising given its $ 40 price tag. You can choose from 19 different lighting styles and adjust the speed, brightness and direction of the light’s movement. Whether it’s for comfort or you’re looking to save space on your desk or in your backpack, the K561 mechanical gaming keyboard is a good choice.

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First published last year and periodically updated.

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