Top 5: Best Gaming Keyboards Under $100

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If you’re in need of the best gaming keyboard for under $100, this list will cover our top 5 picks. You can get great mechanical keyboards in this price range, and you can actually get a few membrane keyboards that perform just as well.

PC gaming is like any other hobby or pastime, you need the best equipment to get things done. Without having the best keyboard possible, you won’t enjoy your gaming experience as much.

This doesn’t mean you have to spend $200 on a Logitech G19s, but you should definitely have the best keyboard you can justify buying. There are great keyboards at every price level, it’s just a matter of searching.

In this post, we’re going to be looking at the top 5 gaming specific keyboards in the $50-$100 range, the majority of which will be mechanical. This price range is a perfect fit for anyone, whether you’re just getting into PC gaming, or you’ve been at it since Pentium 2 was new.

By the end of this list, you should have a clear picture that spending more doesn’t always get you the best.

#5 – Razer DeathStalker Expert


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$59.00 USD
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The Deathstalker Essential is easily the best dedicated gaming keyboard under $50, and the Razer DeathStalker Expert is definitely one of the best under $100.

Yes, there are keyboards using mechanical switches for under $50, and definitely for under $100, but the Deathstalker has always been a great keyboard, for me at least.

Although it doesn’t feature any extra keys for macros, it performs like a dream and will easily last you a couple of years. I had my Deathstalker for almost 3 full years before I finally replaced it.

Like I mentioned before, it’s not mechanical like you would expect from a keyboard for over $50, but I found it so responsive that I would almost forget it wasn’t mechanical from time to time.

One small downside is the fact that every bit of grime or grease from your fingers sticks everywhere on the Deathstalker, but a quick wipe when the keyboard is off cleans it nicely.

Overall, the Deathstalker Expert is a great choice if you don’t really care about having a mechanical keyboard, but you still want a good quality keyboard.

Pros

  • Long life
  • Low-profile laser engraved keys
  • Comfortable wrist rest

Cons

  • Attracts grime
  • Not mechanical

Specs

  • 1ms Report Rate
  • Membrane
  • Wired (6ft Braided)
  • Single Color (green) Backlight
  • Dual-Function F1-F12 Keys
  • 10-Key Rollover
  • 18.4 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • 2.2lbs

#4 – Azio MGK-1


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$66.99 USD
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The Azio MGK1 is a really solid mechanical gaming keyboard that comes equipped with all the essentials you need, it uses Kailh Blue mechanical and features full NRKO for complete accuracy.

When it comes down to mechanical keyboard, Cherry MX is usually the “standard”, but Kailh also makes some really reliable switches and they’ve been getting positive reviews all over the place. The MGK1 features a “clicky” blue switch which will give you the audible sound you might be looking for.

The face of the MGK1 is made from a really nice brushed aluminum that gives it a really nice overall look. The detachable wrist rest is another added bonus, and it’s actually pretty comfortable for what it is.

All-in-all, the Azio MGK1 is a really decent gaming keyboard, and if you want a “non-clicky” switch, you’re in luck because of the Azio MGK1-K which comes with less-audible Kailh brown switches, and is only about $10 more.

Pros

  • Mechanical
  • Full NRKO
  • Laser engraved keys
  • Backlighting
  • Braided cable
  • Comfortable wrist rest

Cons

  • Loud (not a con if you like loud keyboards)

Specs

  • 1ms Report Rate
  • Kailh Mechanical Brown Switches
  • Wired (6ft Braided)
  • Single Color (white) Backlight
  • 3 Year Limited Support
  • 17.5 x 5.4 x 1.4 inches
  • 2.3 pounds

#3 – Rosewill RK9000V2


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$72.36 USD
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The Rosewill RK9000V2 is pretty basic as far as RGB backlighting and extra macro keys go, but it does utilize Cherry MX mechanical switches (your choice out of 4 styles) and a basic form that we’re all used to.

With all of that said, it’s a keyboard which has definitely been built with gaming in mind. You’re able to disable the windows key directly from the keyboard, it has an insane rollover limit, laser printed keys, and the chassis is made from metal – to withstand rage sessions. Like I said, built with gaming in mind.

There are a couple of similar alternatives to the RK9000v2, primarily the CM Storm QuickFire and the SteelSeries 6Gv2Both are good alternative choices and offer slightly different options as well as lower price-points.

All-in-all, your choice of Blue, Brown, Black or Red Cherry MX switches, the metal frame and overall functionality make the Rosewill RK-9000V2 a keyboard to seriously consider. You might also want to consider a Cherry MX Switch Tester for about $10, so you can decide which ones you like the best.

Pros

  • Black, blue, brown or red Cherry MX mechanical switches
  • Robust, high-set keys
  • Comfortable to type on

Cons

  • Not backlit

Specs

  • 1ms Report Rate
  • Cherry MX Switches
  • Wired (6ft Braided)
  • 17.3 x 5.4 x 1.5 inches
  • 1.6 pounds

#2 – Razer Blackwidow Ultimate


$64.07 USD
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If you’re a fan of Razer products, and you demand a mechanical keyboard, the BlackWidow Ultimate is a great choice – or the Chroma version if you’re looking for basically the same thing with RGB lighting.

The BlackWidow Ultimate features Razer’s own proprietary mechanical switches which is based on the Cherry MX switches and feel very similar. They’re definitely nice to type with and game on thanks to the great level of responsiveness and just the general feel of the keys.

There’s also an option available which comes loaded with Cherry MX Blue switches, but it’s a little more pricey than the Ultimate edition with Razer’s switches.

It also has a USB port and audio jacks built into the side. I found this pretty useful and ended up using it for my headset for a while without any noticeable difference in sound quality compared to my case’s 3.5mm jacks.

I ended up using the Chroma version way more than the Ultimate due to the RGB lighting, but in all honesty that’s the only real difference for double the cost. They both feel the same and perform the same.

So, if you’re needing a high-quality mechanical keyboard with a few extra programmable buttons for macros, the BlackWidow Ultimate might be exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re in search of something similar with RGB lighting, then the Blackwidow Chroma is what you need.

Pros

  • Mechanical
  • Very responsive
  • Laser engraved keys
  • Braided cable
  • Responsive
  • USB + audio jacks (requires additional connections)
  • 5 additional programmable keys

Cons

  • Heavy for a keyboard

Specs

  • 1ms Response time
  • Razer’s Mechanical Switches -OR- Cherry MX Blue
  • Wired (6ft Braided)
  • “Gaming Mode” disables alt+tab/alt+f4
  • 10 Key Rollover
  • 18.5 x 7.2 x 1.5 inches
  • 3.4 pounds

#1 – Logitech G610 Orion


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$79.00 USD
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The Logitech G610 Orion is the all-around best  gaming keyboard for under $100, just recently taking the seat of the impossible to find G710+.

It features your choice of Cherry MX Brown, or Red switches and combines these with the incredible versatility you get out of a Logitech keyboard. Although it doesn’t offer as many programmable G-keys as say a G510s, you can customize the function keys with custom macros using the Logitech Gaming Software – probably not useful to everyone, but definitely a selling point for some!

The adjustable backlighting is an interesting feature if you’re concerned about missing certain keys in a game. You can customize the backlight on certain keys to be brighter or dimmer than others, so you’ll never miss an important spell again! Honestly, this is kind of a novelty feature to me, but I can only imagine that it’ll help out a lot of people in lots of different games.

Overall, the G610 is a relatively new gaming keyboard in the scheme of things, but like the G710+, the G610 Orion is attested to by numerous reviewers and long-time gamers. It delivers great performance, utilizes Cherry MX switches, and leaves out the useless flair by delivering a more minimalist look – what more could you want?

Pros

  • Cherry MX mechanical switches
  • Very responsive
  • 24-key rollover
  • Programmable function keys
  • Customizable backlighting for each individual key
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable to use

Cons

  • Only one backlight color (white)
  • Absolutely need the Logitech Gaming Software

Specs

  • 1ms Report Rate
  • Cherry MX mechanical Switches
  • Media controls
  • Wired (6ft)
  • 24-Key Rollover
  • 17.5 x 6 x 1.4 inches (LxWxH)
  • 2.6 pounds

Conclusion

For $100, you can easily get a great keyboard that you can game hard on, or that you can use for typing and browsing, without looking like too much of a nerd.

From the Azio MGK1 to the Logitech G610 Orion, all of these keyboards are great, for the right person. It’s just a matter of picking the one that suits you the most because they’re all high-quality keyboards with their own unique pros, and cons.

If you absolutely need Cherry MX switches, I would strongly suggest checking out the Rosewill RK9000V2, the Logitech G610, or one of our honorable mentions below.

Honorable mentions go to the CM Storm QuickFire, the SteelSeries 6Gv2 and the Poseidon Z. All 3 are great keyboards for under $100 but didn’t quite make the cut for this specific list. As far as basic mechanical “gaming keyboards” go, the Rosewill RK9000V2 is better than both the Storm QuickFire and the 6Gv2. Regarding the Poseidon Z, the Azio MGK1-K has it beat and is priced similarly.

I hope you enjoyed our Top 5 Gaming Keyboards Under $100 list and don’t forget to leave a comment below!

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Branton

The first game I ever played on PC was Ultima Online way back in 1999, since then I've been hooked on PC gaming and putting together awesome builds! Thanks for stopping by!

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