Top 5: Best Gaming Keyboards Under $100 in 2020 | Mechanical Included

Updated: November 27th, 2020By: BrantonKeyboards, Reviews17 Comments

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If you’re in need of the best gaming keyboard for $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.

AT A GLANCE: Our Top 5 Picks for Gaming Keyboards Under $100
  1. Overall Best: Logitech G610 Orion
  2. Best for the Money: Corsair K70 LUX
  3. Razer Blackwidow Ultimate
  4. Rosewill RK9000V2
  5. Havit HV KB-390L

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 still new.

By the end of this list, it should be clear that spending more doesn’t always get you something better! There are plenty of great keyboards for under $100 and you’re about to see 5 of them.

Best Gaming Keyboards under $100 2020

IMAGE PRODUCT DETAILS
Overall Bestpcgh-table__imageLogitech G610 Orion
  • 1ms Report Rate
  • Cherry MX mechanical Switches
  • Media controls
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Best for the Moneypcgh-table__imageCorsair K70 LUX
  • 1ms Report Rate
  • Cherry MX mechanical switches
  • Wired (6ft Braided)
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pcgh-table__imageRazer Blackwidow Ultimate
  • 1ms Response time
  • Razer’s Mechanical Switches -OR- Cherry MX Blue
  • Wired (6ft Braided)
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pcgh-table__imageRosewill RK9000V2
  • 1ms Report Rate
  • Cherry MX Switches
  • Wired (6ft Braided)
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pcgh-table__imageHavit HV KB-390L
  • 1ms Report Rate
  • 87-key NRKO
  • Kailh Blue Switches
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Editor's Rating: 4.9/5

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

The Logitech G610 Orion is the all-around best gaming keyboard for under 100 dollars, just recently taking the seat from 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.

It has a compact design - therefore, it doesn't offer as many programmable G-keys as say a G510s, you can customize the function keys with dedicated macro keys 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 from the ultimate membrane alternative?

Pros

  • Cherry MX mechanical switches (red)
  • Very responsive
  • Programmable function keys
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable to use

Cons

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

Editor's Rating: 4.8/5

Specs
  • 1ms Report Rate
  • Cherry MX mechanical switches
  • Wired (6ft Braided)
  • Single Color (red) Backlight
  • Dedicated media controls
  • Full NRKO
  • 19.3 x 17.1 x 7.8 inches
  • 2.6lbs

Corsair's K70 LUX is a great option when it comes to picking out a top-level gaming keyboard for just a little more than $100.

It comes with high-quality Cherry MX Blue mechanical switches that offer a "clickly" and tactile feedback. The K70 LUX also has 100% anti-ghosting support with complete NRKO.

The detachable wrist rest is fairly decent and is actually pretty comfortable - something I've found uncommon with most wrist rests that come with a keyboard.

Corsair also gave the K70 LUX its own dedicated media keys control including an awesome volume "roller". This style of volume control is much superior and faster to use than +/- buttons. Not enough keyboards include a roller vs buttons, probably because it costs more.

There are really only real minor downsides to the K70. One being that the backlight is a single color (red) instead of RGB, and the keycaps have a tendency to wear after quite a lot of use. That said, you can get an RGB option if you don't mind spending a bit more for it.

All-in-all, Corsair's K70 LUX is a great choice for gaming keyboards if you wanted an option with Cherry MX Blue switches and dedicated media controls. It's the only item featured in this list with  USB passthrough.

Pros

  • Uses Cherry MX mechanical switches (blue)
  • 100% anti-ghosting and full NRKO
  • Comfortable wrist rest
  • Great dedicated media controls
  • Vivid backlight

Cons

  • Not RGB

Editor's Rating: 4.8/5

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

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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 keys 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.

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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

Editor's Rating: 4.7/5

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

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The Rosewill Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is pretty basic as far as RGB lighting 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

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

Cons

  • Not backlit

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Editor's Rating: 4.6/5

Specs
  • 1ms Report Rate
  • 87-key NRKO
  • Kailh Blue Switches
  • Wired
  • Single Color Backlight
  • 13.9″ x 5″ x .88″ (LxWxH)
  • 520 grams (1.12lb)

The Havit HV KB-390L is a really solid mechanical gaming keyboard that comes equipped with all the essentials you need, it uses Kailh Blue mechanical and features full 87-key NRKO for complete accuracy.

When it comes down to mechanical keyboard, Cherry MX is usually considered to be the "standard". But, Kailh is another company who makes reliable switches that get positive reviews all over the place. Havit's KB-390L features a "clicky" blue switch which will give you the audible sound you might be looking for, just like Cherry MX Blue.

One major bonus with the KB-390L is how thin and compact it is. At only 520g and under an inch thick, this board will fit practically anywhere. That said, to be as compact as possible, the KB-390L does not have a numpad.

All-in-all, Havit's HV KB-390L is a really decent gaming gaming keyboard with a really decent price. No, the switches aren't Cherry MX, but they're still mechanical and I bet you'd have a hard time telling them apart.

Pros

  • Mechanical switches (blue)
  • Full NRKO
  • Laser engraved keys
  • LED Backlighting (Ice Blue)
  • Extremely compact and light

Cons

  • No numpad (not a con if you don’t need it)

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 Razer DeathStalker Expert 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. If you want to see even more, check out my top 5 gaming keyboards under $50 list.

Remember, you need more than just a PC and keyboard. Make sure to get a solid gaming mouse as well to improve your playing experience.

If you have any questions, or comments, feel free to use the comment section below! 

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Gulzar Ahmad
Gulzar Ahmad
July 19, 2020 10:25 pm

This is amazing

Anonymous
Anonymous
August 16, 2019 4:09 am

what about the razer blackwidow Lite? also i need to know if all of these keyboards can work on Ps4 (including the blackwidow lite)

Tom
Tom
May 3, 2019 6:48 am

Logitech G610 Orion, can I just plug it straight into my ps4 and play? (Going to build my pc this summer) Because there were mentions of a Logitech gaming software. Sorry!

Anonymous
Anonymous
March 30, 2019 12:18 pm

Have you ever tried the coolermaster ck530?

Anonymous
Anonymous
March 28, 2019 9:42 am

Would the K70 RGB be a good choice or would I just be wasting my money?

Anonymous
Anonymous
October 11, 2018 5:41 pm

what do you think of the g513?

gg
gg
October 9, 2018 9:16 am

Is it really that important to have mechanical keys? Or does it even make a difference?