Top 5: Best Gaming Keyboards Under $50

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Having the proper keyboard for gaming can mean the difference between owning, and getting owned. Seriously. You don’t need to have the best keyboard, but you definitely need a good one.

If you’re using a crappy old keyboard that has unresponsive keys, chances are that those keys have caused you a lot of headaches. Or maybe your keyboard just doesn’t feel right?

Either way, whatever your budget is, you’re able to get a great gaming keyboard for almost any price. There are even combo sets that are really good for entry-level gamers, and cost next to nothing when you compare them to individually priced items – and don’t forget those mechanical options!

I hope you enjoy this list of the best gaming keyboards under $50, and don’t forget to leave a comment!

Top 5 Gaming Keyboards under $50

#5 – Razer DeathStalker Essential


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$36.47 USD
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The Deathstalker Essential is easily one of the best gaming keyboard under $50 – in my opinion, regardless if it’s not a mechanical keyboard or not, it’s still great.

Although it doesn’t feature any extra keys, or special functions, it performs like a dream and will easily last for over a year. The keys have a nice tactile feel to them and sound/feel similar to Cherry MX brown mechanical switches with .40mm o-rings – even though the DeathStalker is a membrane keyboard.

I have had a DeathStalker Expert edition for over two years now, and it’s never failed me, yet. The only real difference between the two is backlighting and $15. Check out my DeathStalker Expert keyboard review here, if you’re interested.

One small downside is the fact that every bit of grime or grease from your fingers sticks to everything on the Deathstalker. But, it washes off pretty easy so at least the grime is manageable.

All-in-all, the Deathstalker Essential is definitely something to consider if you’re looking for a quiet membrane (rubber dome) keyboard.

Pros

  • Long Life / Resilient To.. Impacts
  • Low-Profile Keys Laser Engraved
  • Keys Won’t “Rub Off” Over Time
  • 10-Key Rollover
  • Comfortable Wrist Rest

Cons

  • Attracts Grime
  • No backlighting

Specs

  • Wired (6ft)
  • Rubber dome
  • Dual-Function F1-F12 Keys
  • 18.4 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • 2.2lbs

#4 – CM Storm Devastator II


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$25.28 USD
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The CM Storm Devastator II keyboard + mouse combo is a great buy for under $30. Yes, it’s a combo and you’re here for just a keyboard, but hey, it’s great quality and you really can’t beat that price if you need a new mouse at the same time.

The keyboard is really great, and the keys actually feel somewhat mechanical by offering a more tactile feel than your average membrane keyboard would.  It also has dedicated media buttons so you can switch songs or change the volume easily enough. The unit is lightweight but feels relatively durable and not cheap like you would assume. One downside is that the keyboard’s LEDs can only be toggled on/off, and when they’re off it’s nearly impossible to actually see what’s what..

The mouse is not what you would expect from a $30 combo deal either, it really goes above and beyond what you’re probably thinking you’ll get with a combo this inexpensive. It’s highly accurate and features 3 preset DPI levels (1000/1600/2000) which are great options for most types of gaming for the majority of PC gamers. It also has 2 thumb buttons along the left side and rubber grips on both sides near the front.

All-in-all, Cooler master went all out with the Devastator II keyboard + mouse combo, and for under $30? That’s a hard deal to refuse and it makes for an awesome budget setup.

Pros

  • High quality kb+m combo
  • Laser Engraved Keys
  • Tactile Feeling Keyboard
  • Highly Responsive & Accurate Mouse
  • Multiple Colors to Choose From (Red / Green / Blue – not RGB)

Cons

  • Scr Lk controls LED Backlighting

Specs

  • Wired (6-ft)
  • Specially designed “Mem-chanical” keys for enhanced tactile feedback (Still rubber dome)
  • Dedicated multimedia keys
  • 2000 DPI Mouse with 5 Buttons
  • 17.7 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches (keyboard)
  • 2lbs (keyboard)

#3 – TOMOKO MMC023


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Tomoko is another relatively unheard of brand who has recently put out some really great products, like their mechanical switch equipped MMC023 tenkeyless keyboard.

The switches are made by Gaote, and they’re really decent for being used in such an inexpensive keyboard. They offer a good level of tactile feedback and a lot of responsiveness. They sound pretty much like any other blue switches you’ve heard, and they perform very similar to the higher-end brands.

Tenkeyless (missing the numpad) keyboards aren’t my personal go-to keyboard, but they work great for most people. I think I’m in the small percentage of people who still use the numpad, so it’s hard for me to go without one. That combined with the lack of any illumination at all, and you have the MMC023’s downsides.

All-in-all, when it comes to mechanical keyboards for under $50, our options are still pretty limited – but Tomoko’s MMC023 is easily one of the best options.

Pros

  • Mechanical switches (blue)
  • Responsive
  • Full NKRO
  • Durable
  • Comfortable to type on
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No numpad
  • No backlighting / illumination

Specs

  • Wired (6-ft)
  • Mechanical switches (Blue)
  • Full NRKO
  • Tenkeyless
  • 16 x 7.2 x 2.5 inches
  • 2.6 lbs

#2 – Redragon K552


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$33.99 USD
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Redragon’s K552 KUMARA makes the #2 spot on this list by offering everything the TOMOKO MMC023 does, plus backlighting. Maybe it’s only single-color backlighting, but it’s still better than none.

It’s tenkeyless, meaning it doesn’t have a num pad, but that’s a major reason why Redragon is able to charge closer to $20 than $50 for the K552. The green switches are very responsive and offer slightly more of a tactile feedback than the blue switches in the MMC023 – but neither feel equivalent to a Cherry MX green switch.

The design is nice and basic without being too bland, and the fact that it’s tenkeyless should be great for anyone who is working with limited desk space. The backlighting works well, but it’s only single color (red) and can’t be changed. There’s also an RGB version, but it’s a bit more pricey.

All-in-all, the K552 is definitely an option to consider if you’re looking for a very cheap and solid mechanical keyboard for well under $50.

Pros

  • Mechanical switches (Green)
  • Full NRKO
  • Responsive
  • Backlighting
  • Gold-Plated USB
  • Long Life
  • Laser Engraved Keys
  • Comfortable to use

Cons

  • No numpad

Specs

  • Wired (6ft)
  • Mechanical switches (Green)
  • Full NRKO
  • Tenkeyless
  • 13.9 x 4.9 x 1.5 inches
  • 2.2lbs

#1 – Corsair K55 RGB


$49.88 USD
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Corsair consistently puts out top level products and their K55 RGB keyboard is absolutely no exception.

It features a nice take on RGB backlighting that keeps things simple but also limits customization options. You can change colors and patterns (pulse, wave, etc) across 3 zones to make it feel customized, but that’s where the customization ends.

The keys are very nice for being membrane and offer a great tactile feedback which feels similar to some mechanical keys. Personally, I really didn’t mind them when compared to Cherry MX Browns.

I listen to a lot of music, so I really enjoy having dedicated media keys so I can skip songs etc while gaming. So it’s great to see dedicated media keys as well as volume control on the K55.

Detachable wrist rests can either be really good or really bad when it comes to less expensive keyboards. Luckily, Corsair chose to go with a very comfortable rest with rubber inserts to make it even better to use.

All-in-all, these reasons are why Corsair’s K55 is my #1 pick for the best gaming keyboard under $50.

Pros

  • Responsive tactile feedback similar to a mechanical keyboard
  • Comfortable detachable wrist rest
  • Vivid RGB backlighting
  • Dedicated media + volume controls
  • 6 macro keys

Cons

  • No software

Specs

  • Wired
  • Rubber dome keys
  • RGB Backlighting
  • 18.9 x 6.6 x 1.4 inches
  • 1.8 pounds

Conclusion

Not everyone wants to throw $100+ down on a keyboard just to get Cherry MX mechanical switches, not when you can get really decent and almost equivalent mechanical keyboards for under $50!

For those budget-minded gamers out there, this list should have given you a good idea of which keyboards you should look at. Keep in mind that this list is entirely subjective and it’s based on my own personal experiences with the keyboards listed.

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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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18 Comments on “Top 5: Best Gaming Keyboards Under $50”

  1. Hi there!

    I’ve been interested in buying a Redragon Karura K502 for a while.
    When I clicked on the link to Amazon, it said it was priced at $100+.

    1. Hey Mack,

      Wow. That’s happened just in the past few days. The K502 has been selling for $25-$30 for over a year, and as recently as February 26th (see this review for proof). I’m hoping that is an error on Redragon’s part because the K502 is nowhere near a $125 keyboard, and I would never recommend it for that price.

    2. Just as an update here, I fired off a message to Redragon and they replied saying that they’re currently sold out of the K502 and the price you’re seeing has been set by third-party sellers not affiliated with them.

      1. Hello again! (Sorry it took so long for me to reply)

        Thanks for the updates! As soon as they re-stock, I’ll be straight onto buying one.
        Thank you for these awesome reviews as well, really helps out!

        1. No problem! But, I wouldn’t hold your breath on the K502… Don’t quote me on this, but it doesn’t seem like they are going to restock them anytime soon. With that said, I’m currently working on finding another suitable replacement.

          Redragon also just launched a couple of mechanical keyboards for right around $50 (tenkeyless is $40, full is $60). I haven’t had a chance to test one myself yet, but they have been getting a lot of positive reviews elsewhere.

    1. I wish I knew! I just bought it to test not even a month ago and then it became unavailable last Friday/Thursday… Hopefully it comes back into stock soon, because it’s definitely a great keyboard!

  2. I would just like to correct a small detail on the CM Storm Devastator KB+M Combo. I’ve had this combo for a long time and your only con is that “Num Lock” controls the backlighting but it is actually scroll lock that controls it, which is rarely used anymore, if ever. This should not be a con as scroll lock has no real world application anymore and is basically an unused button on any keyboard nowadays.

    1. Thanks for the input Zack,

      That was a type-o that I had meant to rectify a while back (still not a fan of the Scr Lk control as it steps away from the usual fn+f-keys, I should have specified this more, my bad) at the same time as adding another con regarding the mouse wheel starting to squeak after a couple of weeks, have you experienced this at all with your mouse yet? Something else which has come to light since the Devastator combo launched is that the mouse wheel will sometimes register two clicks after only being moved once, although this isn’t something that mine has done yet, has yours?

      Thanks again 🙂

  3. Hey I’m kinda of new to this whole computer gaming stuff. I usually would play games on console, but I was think of switching to PC gaming because that’s what my friends are doing. What gaming keyboard would you recommend for me? Thank you!

  4. Hey man just read this article and it’s awesome! You’ve put alot of time in it and that’s awesome so I’m looking (you can probably allready guess) a ‘cheap’ gaming keyboard that packs a punch. Personally my previous mouse and keyboard was actually the cm devestator and damn it’s good! I was just thinking about stepping my game up and getting a ‘slightly’ better mouse and keyboard. I’ve never used a mechanical keyboard so i don’t really know the difference allthough people say that the difference is like hell or heaven. You’re list seems very helpful and I’m doubting between the dbpower and the reddragon. You mentioned the dbpower feels as if it’s mechanical even though it isn’t. Does that still mean you can definetly feel the gap between the two? Also I’m kind of disappointed in the fact the reddragon doesn’t have a numpad, but hey they had to cut something out and a numpad is considered as an extra. Anyways do you know a different reddragon version (or different brand) that’s like this but with a numpad. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10-15$ more expensive. Also for mice I’m not really an expert as I’ve noted I’ve only used the devestator combo (the first version). So far there seems like alot of stuff to choose from do you think the steelseries rival 100 is any good? Or should i go for something like a logitech or a zowie. Zowie seems very popular but for the price it doesn’t really seem worth it. I hope you can help me and I’m sorry im giving you so many ‘tasks’.
    Allready a big thank you

    Stanley

  5. Is the corsair k55 keyboard a good option, when getting into serious pc gaming? I am not really going to play Fps games; I prefer rts’s, I also plan on picking up the corsair harpoon mouse. Would that be a good combo?

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