Top 5 Best Gaming Keyboards Under $100 | Mechanical Included

Written by Lucas

Last updated Dec 9, 2021

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.

In this post, we’re going to be looking at the top 5 gaming specific keyboards in the $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 6 of them.

If you have any questions about anything on the list, or you want to know if the monitor you’ve picked is good, feel free to ask me in the comment section

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#1 (Best Overall)

Corsair K60 RGB Pro SE Gaming Keyboard

The Corsair K60 RGB Pro SE jumps to the top of our list because of it’s quality build and customizable features. This is a mechanical keyboard with cherry mechanical key switches, and dynamic customizable per-key RGB backlighting to make your gaming experience even better! The body of this keyboard is made from a brushed aluminum and has battle-tested durability. This keyboard also come with a detachable palm rest, made with a soft-textured surface and memory foam cushioning. The palm rest also resists wear and fading. This keyboard has a standard QWERTY ayout with convenient short cuts on the top of the keyboard. 

This is a great keyboard that you should totally consider if your looking for an higher end, reliable keyboard!

The gOOD

  • Cherry mechanical switches
  • Aluminum design
  • Customizable RGB
  • Palm rest
  • Short cut keys on keyboard

The Bad

  • Keyboard clicking can be loud.

    The specs

    • Keyboard Type: Full sized mechanical
    • Key Switches Type: ‎Cherry mechanical
    • Wired/Wireless: Wired 
    • RGB Y/N: Yes
    • Customizable RGB Y/N: Yes
    • Weight: 2.03 lbs
    • Palm Rest Y/N: Yes,
    • Body: Aluminum 

    #2 (Runner up)

    HyperX Alloy Origins Gaming Keyboard

    The HyperX Alloy Origins keyboard is a really nice customizable keyboard with a sturdy design.  The key switches on these mechanical switches are custom designed to be responsive and accurate. This keyboard is rated for 80+ million keypresses with no loss of quality. It has a full aircraft-grade aluminum body, and a compact portable design with a detachable USB-C cable. This keyboard also has customizable RGB backlit keys enhance your gaming experience and onboard memory for three different lightshows, so you can take your customized RGB everywhere you go. There are three adjustable tilt angles, so you can choose which everyone fells best for you. There is also 100% anti ghosting and N-key rollover so that your keypresses register.  This keyboard has many different sizes that you can hose from, and some even come with a wrist rest.

    This keyboard is a solid option if you want a well-built reliable keyboard even if you are stretching your budget just a little bit more.

    The gOOD

    • Three adjustable tilt angles
    • Aluminum design
    • Customizable RGB
    • Palm rest is an optional addon 
    • Onboard memory for three different RGB profiles
    • Anti-ghosting and N-Key rollover

    The Bad

    • No wrist/palm rest included on this particular keyboard. 

      The specs

      • Keyboard Type: Full sized mechanical
      • Key Switches Type: HyperX mechanical switches 
      • Wired/Wireless: Wired 
      • RGB Y/N: Yes
      • Customizable RGB Y/N: Yes
      • Weight: 2.37 lbs
      • Palm Rest Y/N: Yes,
      • Body: Aluminum 

      #3

      SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Keyboard

      The SteelSeries Apex 5 gaming keyboard comes into our #3 position because of its different perks! This keyboard has hybrid mechanical switches which provides the soft cushioning keypress of a membrane keyboard and the crisp sound of a mechanical keyboard. This Keyboard has a aircraft grade aluminum alloy frame and dynamic per-key RGB illumination. It also has a premium detachable wrist rest which is magnetically attached to the keyboard. The keyboard also has a small OLED smart display on the top right corner which you can customize with game info, discord messages, gifs, and more! There is another perk, a clickable metal roller is just beside the OLED smart display to control volume settings, skip, pause, rewind, and more! There is also three different ways to rout the power cable out of the keyboard.  Some people had some software problems and key not working which is why this keyboard isn’t higher on this list.

      Other than the couple of poor reviews this keyboard is awesome, especially if you like unique perks!

      The gOOD

      • Aluminum body
      • Clickable metal roller to adjust sound, play pause, ect…. 
      • Dynamic RGB 
      • Small OLED display
      • Wrist rest
      • Hybrid mechanical switches
      • Cable routing 

      The Bad

      • Some poor reviews

        The specs

        • Keyboard Type: Full sized hybrid mechanical
        • Key Switches Type: Hybrid mechanical switches 
        • Wired/Wireless: Wired 
        • RGB Y/N: Yes
        • Customizable RGB Y/N: Unknown 
        • Weight: 2.04 lbs
        • Palm Rest Y/N: Yes,
        • Body: Aluminum 

        #4

        Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum Gaming Keyboard

        The Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum is a cool keyboard with some cool features. This is a mechanical gaming with Romer-G Tactile switches, which delivers quite and precise mechanical performance. This keyboard also has customizable RGB lighting, and 9 different programmable G-Keys for simplifying complex actions. This keyboard also come with a large palm rest for supreme gaming comfort. The palm rest is non detachable which makes the keyboard a little bulky. There are some dedicated media controls on the top right of the keyboard. There is also a smartphone dock, and a smartphone app so that you can see in-game data you’re your smart phone while your gaming. There has been some people complaining of keys breaking, and lights stop working after a couple years of use.

        I think that this keyboard is a pretty good option if you don’t take your keyboard places because it is a little bulky, but other than that it’s a solid option to consider.  

         

        The gOOD

        • Clickable metal roller to adjust sound, play pause, ect…. 
        • Customizable RGB 
        • Dedicated media controls
        • Wrist rest
        • Mechanical switches
        • 9 programable keys
        • Smartphone dock

        The Bad

        • Aging problem

          The specs

          • Keyboard Type: Full sized mechanical
          • Key Switches Type: Romer-G Tactile
          • Wired/Wireless: Wired 
          • RGB Y/N: Yes
          • Customizable RGB Y/N: Yes 
          • Weight: 3.3 lbs
          • Palm Rest Y/N: Yes,
          • Body: Unknown 

          #5

          Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard

          The Razer Ornate Chroma gaming keyboard is a great option if you want a midrange gaming keyboard. Coming at around $100 USD, this keyboard has hybrid mechanical key switches, it has razer Mecha-Membrane key switches which give the soft cushioning keypress of a membrane keyboard and the crisp sound of a mechanical keyboard. This keyboard has a ergonomic wrist rest for extended gaming comfort and customizable RGB lighting wit hover 16.8 million color options. When you get this keyboard, you might need to give it a little lube, so that the keyboard can function a bit better.

          This keyboard is a pretty good option if you’re looking for a full-sized customizable keyboard with a wrist rest. 

          The gOOD

          • Customizable RGB lighting  
          • Mecha-Memebrane keys
          • Detachable wrist rest
          • Dedicated media controls

          The Bad

          • Some lubing might be required 

            The specs

            • Keyboard Type: Full sized hybrid mechanical
            • Key Switches Type: Razer mecha-membrane keys
            • Wired/Wireless: Wired 
            • RGB Y/N: Yes
            • Customizable RGB Y/N: Unknown 
            • Weight: 2.10 lbs
            • Palm Rest Y/N: Yes,
            • Body: Unknown 

            #6 (cheaper option)

            Redragon K556 Gaming Keyboard

            Our #6 cheaper option for this list is the Redragon K556 keyboard. This keyboard is $70 as of the writing of this post, and this keyboard could be higher on this list. This is a mechanical keyboard has a aluminum body, which makes it extremely durable. There is multiple RGB modes, and 6 themed backlights and 18 lighting models.  This keyboard has anti-ghosting technology so that it can deliver accurate performance without any error. There are brown mechanical switches on all 104 keys which provides ideal typing and gaming. This keyboard also comes with 8 spare switches including brown, red, blue, and black switches for you to try them out!

            Even thought this is our cheaper option it could be higher up on the list, and if you want something a little cheaper check this one out! 

            The gOOD

            • Great price vs performance ratio
            • RGB lighting  
            • Brown mechanical key switches
            • 8 spare switches 
            • Professional software
            • Aluminum body

            The Bad

            • Some times the keyboard does not registers key presses

              The specs

              • Keyboard Type: Full sized mechanical
              • Key Switches Type: Brown switches
              • Wired/Wireless: Wired 
              • RGB Y/N: Yes
              • Customizable RGB Y/N: Unknown  
              • Weight: 3.08 lbs
              • Palm Rest Y/N: No
              • Body: Aluminum  

              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.

              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 want to see even more keyboard reviews, check out 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. I’ve put together top 5 lists for both mice under $50 and mice under $100 if you want to check them out. 

              Have any questions? Comments? Leave them below!

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              sahil
              sahil
              December 4, 2020 3:08 am

              Hey!
              Nice information It will be really helpful for me to find best gaming keyboards. Recommended to all of you and thanks for sharing……

              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?

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