Best Gaming Keyboards Under $100

In 2020, it is difficult to buy one of the best gaming keyboards under $100 on the market because, in simple terms, there are hundreds of mechanical gaming keyboards out there and it is difficult to know which ones are quality and which ones are half price imitators. In addition, we are now seeing the market absolutely flooded with gaming keyboards that are designed to look professional quality but are not delivered where it counts. And where it matters is manufacturing quality, style, key technology, lighting, connectivity, and features.

What’s the point of having a gaming keyboard that looks good but lets you down in the game? Exactly, what seems like a good deal is actually a costly mistake.

Best Gaming Keyboards Under $100

Here, we hate bad technology, and since we have the first-rate experience in evaluating and rating computer and gaming equipment, we’ve developed our list of the best gaming keyboards under 100 dollars.

1. SteelSeries Apex 5

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The best gaming keyboard under $100 with mechanical switches we’ve tested is the SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Although it doesn’t use the usual mechanical switches, it has hybrid switches that give you the tactile feedback of a mechanical keyboard and the soft touch of a rubber dome switch. It’s a great gaming model that offers the same features as other SteelSeries keyboards, but for less than $100.

It features individually illuminated keys, an OLED display, and a scroll wheel. The SteelSeries Engine software is compatible with Windows and macOS. You can also customize its RGB lighting, set macros, or reprogram any key, and the keyboard has built-in memory. Keys are easy to press, so you can quickly record your actions. Overall, this is one of the best gaming keyboards under $100.

2. HyperX Alloy Origins

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HyperX Alloy Origins’ compact, high-quality construction makes it the best gaming keyboard for ordinary gamers who simply want to get started with gaming. It’s comfortable with a premium look and feels from its keys to its frame and vibrant RGB lighting. If you’re familiar with the linear keys, you’ll feel comfortable with the red keys on this keyboard. We also tested the more clickable version with the Aqua HyperX switches, available on Amazon and in the HyperX store.

But for over $100, you can find gaming keyboards with more luxuries, such as media control buttons, a USB port (to easily plug in another accessory, such as your best gaming mouse), or more advanced software. But what Alloy Origins offers is excellent performance. In addition, HyperX offers a keyless (no numeric keypad) version of this cheaper keyboard, the HyperX Alloy Origins Core for $90. Overall, this is one of the best gaming keyboards under 100 dollars.

3. Patriot Viper V765

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The Patriot Memory is better known for its RAM and storage capacity than its peripherals, but the Viper V765 offers an unmatched feel in an attractive and very affordable package, making it the best gaming keyboard for most people. It’s the only consumer keyboard we’ve seen that uses the white Kailh Box keys, which are faster than ordinary blue or green keys thanks to their slightly reduced stroke of 3.6 mm (compared to 4 mm in competitors’ keyboards). The keys are the most responsive we’ve tested and even produce a more pleasant click sound than you’ll find elsewhere.

The superb switches alone make the Viper V765 worth buying, but it’s also a great looking device. The full-sized keyboard has an aluminum top surface with tapered edges that give it the appearance of a metallic spaceship. The vibrating RGB keys offer dozens of different light combinations, as well as the ability to create your own color patterns. The Viper software isn’t a house to type, but you don’t even need to install it to be able to use most lighting effects. Best of all, this water and dustproof IP56 keyboard sell for about $100 when most competitors cost much more. Overall, this is one of the best gaming keyboards under $100.

4. Razer Cynosa Chroma

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If even membrane wrenches don’t suit you, and you require a complete experience in hitting and playing with membranes, the Razer Cynosa is the game for you. I know there are people who prefer the soft embrace of a pure membrane switch, and that’s fine. It’s every man for himself. The Cynosa is one of the most comfortable and discreet membrane switches I’ve ever tested. At a selling price of $60, it’s one of the most affordable gaming keyboards out there (well, beyond a certain quality threshold).

While it doesn’t have all the features found on game keyboards today, such as a dedicated wrist rest or multimedia controls, it does have Razer’s RGB lighting, which can be programmed by key or zone. It’s a solid, no-frills, good-looking keyboard, which is the best membrane option of a wide range I’ve tested. There is an upgraded version of the Cynosa, but for an extra $20, the only real addition is the RGB lighting. Overall, this is one of the best gaming keyboards under 100 dollars.

5. Corsair K63 Wireless

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One of the best gaming keyboards under $100 with a wireless connection that we have tested is the Corsair K63 wireless mechanical gaming keyboard. This TenKeyLess keyboard allows you to connect via Bluetooth or a USB receiver, and you can pair 2 devices at the same time. It is slightly larger than other TKL keyboards because of the extra row for its dedicated media control keys, the brightness control knob, and the Windows lock key.

The variant we tested uses Cherry MX Red linear switches, which require a little force to operate but should not cause fatigue when typing for a long time. They are very responsive, but there is no tactile feedback to warn you when a keystroke is registered. Since typing on this keyboard is not very noisy, you should have no problems using it in a quiet environment.

6. Razer Ornata V2

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One of the best gaming keyboards under 100 dollars with non-mechanical switches we have tested is the Razer Ornata V2. This full-size wired model uses Razer Mecha-Membrane switches that combine the feel of soft rubber domes with the rattle of mechanical switches. It really shines with full RGB lighting, and each key can be individually customized in Razer’s Synapse 3 software.

It comes with a soft, detachable wrist rest and has two tilt settings, giving it a pleasant ergonomic feel that should make you feel comfortable while you play. Unlike the original Razer Ornata, this version has dedicated multimedia keys and a scroll wheel to control the volume, while the popular “Game Mode” function can be activated with a function button. It is fully compatible with Windows and partially compatible with iOS as the context keys do not work.

7. SteelSeries Apex 3

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If you’re looking for an even cheaper non-mechanical keyboard, the SteelSeries Apex 3 is an excellent choice. It’s RGB backlighting is not as good as that of the Razer Ornata V2, and it’s not always clear whether a key has been recorded or not, but it looks better built and its accompanying software is superior. It is made of a strong plastic frame that has good flexibility and it is rated IP32 for water and dust resistance, although we haven’t tested it for that.

The ABS keys are stable and the finish is soft and pleasant. The SteelSeries Engine software supplied with the keyboard is excellent and allows you to individually customize the backlight of each key, reprogram each key, define macros, and save unique profiles. Overall, this is one of the best gaming keyboards under $100.

8. Redragon K552-RGB

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One of the best gaming keyboards under 100 dollars we’ve tested is the Redragon K552-RGB. This TKL keyboard is very well built for its price thanks to its robust hard plastic and metal construction that shows no signs of bending. Although the space bar wobbles a little, the double-shot ABS keys are pleasant to the touch and the keys are stable.

Its Outemu Blue switches, which resemble those of the Cherry MX Blues, do not require much force to activate a key. They also provide tactile feedback and an audible click, so you know when the key is registered. That said, this click makes the keyboard quite noisy, which can be annoying to those around you, but you can get it with red switches to reduce the noise. It is also fully compatible with Windows and Linux, but only partially compatible with macOS.

9. Logitech G613

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Wireless device technology has come a long way, and Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless connectivity is a great example. The G613 has never broken a connection despite the plethora of wireless devices on our desktops. It matches the stability and responsiveness of wired devices. It’s also efficient: a pair of AA batteries can last up to 18 months of continuous use. While it’s designed to be practical first and foremost, it’s anything but bland.

A second glance reveals a row of dedicated macros, media controls, and a volume toggle. The wrist rest is also spacious, although it should be noted that it is not removable. Naturally, the backlights have been turned off to save battery power. This exclusive Romer-G switch features a travel distance of only 3 mm and a subtle touch bump. Its soft and quiet nature makes it suitable for both playing and hitting. Overall, this is one of the best gaming keyboards under $100.

10. Corsair K68 RGB

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The Corsair K68 could very well be the best mechanical keyboard for playing under $100 for the clumsy player. If you regularly spill drinks or crumbs on your keyboard while playing, the Corsair’s mechanical keyboard is resistant to both splashes and dust. It’s enough to stand out from the competition, but this feature alone is not enough to justify its existence. Fortunately, Corsair had the foresight to install Cherry Red RX switches (which can be exchanged for Blues if you prefer).

You wouldn’t know it’s a gaming keyboard just by looking at it, so if you want something a little more discreet, it should scratch your beak. This conventional design disappears, however, when you turn on the RGB lighting. A number of presets are built-in, but you have almost unlimited options to create lighting that matches your unique personality. Overall, this is one of the best gaming keyboards under 100 dollars.

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