Having a good keyboard for gaming can mean the difference between owning, and getting owned. That’s why it pays to find yourself the best possible gaming keyboard for under $50.
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, it’s things like these that will ultimately ruin your experience.
Regardless, whatever your budget is, you’re able to get a great gaming keyboard for almost any price. There are even cheap combo sets available that are awesome for entry-level gamers!
If you have any questions about my list of the best gaming keyboards under $50, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!
Best Gaming Keyboards under $50
Cooler Master Devastator 3
The Cooler Master Devastator 3 keyboard + mouse combo is a great buy for under $50. 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 3 keyboard + mouse combo, and for just shy of $40? That's a hard deal to refuse and it makes for an awesome budget setup!
- Quality kb+m combo
- Laser engraved keys
- Great keystroke feedback
- Highly rsponsive & accurate mouse sensor (Avago 3050)
- 7-color LED backlight
- Scr Lk controls LED Backlighting
- LED Backlight
- Mechanical-feel switches
- Dedicated multimedia keys
- 800-2800 DPI Mouse with 5 Buttons
- 17.7 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches (keyboard)
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.
- Mechanical switches (blue)
- Full NKRO
- Comfortable to type on
- No numpad
- No backlighting / illumination
- Wired (6-ft)
- Mechanical switches (Blue)
- Full NRKO
- 16 x 7.2 x 2.5 inches
- 2.6 pounds
EagleTec's KG010 mechanical gaming keyboard is easily one of the best for under $50. There's a huge variety of different colors available, so make sure you check them all out!
The KG010 uses Outemu Blue switches which are pretty decent. In comparison to Cherry MX Blue, they are louder and feels like they require a bit more actuation force, but are ultimately comfortable to use, very responsive and offer great feedback.
There's a huge variety of different colors and backlight options for the KG010, including a black body + RGB backlight option and a white body + RGB backlight. There are also some sporting a really clean looking brushed aluminum finish that I really wish I had seen before ordering the one I did.
Although the EagleTec KG010 doesn't offer some of the features that my number 1 pick does, it's an amazing entry-level mechanical keyboard for under $50 regardless. The switches are good, the backlighting is good, the full NRKO is awesome and everything else about the KG010 and the KG011 (white/silver models) is well above par.
Keep in mind that there are options offering full RGB backlighting, some with 6-color backlighting, some with no backlighting and some with a single color - there's a ton of options all around the same price range so check them all out!
- Mechanical switches (Outemu Blue)
- Full NRKO (no ghosting)
- Huge variety of different colors available
- Vivid backlighting
- Aluminum and ABS construction
- Splash-proof keys
- Loud switches
- Keys require more force than others with blue switches
- Wired (6ft)
- Mechanical switches (Outemu Blue)
- Full NRKO
- 17.6 x 7 x 1.1 inches
- 2.3 pounds
Redragon constantly delivers when it comes to their budget gaming peripherals. Whether it's one of their mice or a keyboard like the K552 Kumara, you can always expect to walk away with a solid product.
At less than $30, the K552 Kumara is easily one of the cheapest keyboards to offer real mechanical switches. They're not CherryMX by any stretch of the imagination, but they are proper mechanical switches and they feel great to use nonetheless. They are a blue switch so expect to feel a nice tactile bump and hear the audible *click* when you press a key.
One drawback is the fact that the K552 has no numpad. But, this is only a problem if you find yourself consistently using it. Otherwise, most people can probably do without it.
The particular model I've suggest has red LED backlighting and should cost roughly $30. But, there are 3 alternative K552 options available to choose from - the lighting profile is the only difference. There's one that comes without any backlight that costs a little less, one that comes with a rainbow backlight for a little more, and one that has RGB backlighting for just shy of $50.
- Decent mechanical switches
- Red LED backlight
- Very affordable for a mechanical keyboard
- Comfortable to use
- No numpad
- Switches aren’t as responsive as CherryMX
- Wired (6ft, non-braided cable)
- Mechanical switches (Blue)
- Red LED backlighting
- 87-keys (no numpad)
- 13.9 x 4.8 x 1.5 inches
- 2.2 pounds
Corsair K55 RGB
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.
- Responsive tactile feedback similar to a mechanical keyboard
- Comfortable detachable wrist rest
- Vivid RGB backlighting
- Dedicated media + volume controls
- 6 macro keys
- No software
- Rubber dome keys
- RGB Backlighting
- 18.9 x 6.6 x 1.4 inches
- 1.8 pounds
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. If you want to see even more, check out my top 5 keyboards under $100 list.
If you feel that I’ve overlooked a keyboard for under $50 that is simply incredible and you want me to test it, let me know in the comment section!