Is it possible to get a good gaming keyboard for under $50? Yes, absolutely!
You will NOT get:
- Cherry MX switches
- Keyboard with LED display
But you can get:
- Decent mechanical switches
- RGB Backlighting
- Dedicated macro buttons
- Dedicated media buttons
- Good build quality
In the following table we compare the 10 gaming keyboards, and below you will find a short review of each keyboard. But first you may want to find out the difference between Gaming Keyboards and Regular Keyboards.
|Name||RGB Lights||Mechanical Keys||Number of keys||Price|
|Razer Cynosa Chroma|
|Redragon K582 SURARA|
|Steelseries Apex 150|
|HyperX Alloy Core RGB|
Rii RK 100+
Vehemo USB Gaming Keyboard
Chonchow M-901 Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard
With it’s mechanical blue switches, and affordable price the Chonchow M-901 is a great deal for beginner gamers. It has 14 different Backlit modes to choose from, and the RGB lights are bright.
The build quality of the keyboard is good and it feels sturdy. It should be noted that the mechanical switches are not Cherry MX, but according to the producer they are equivalent of Cherry MX Blue.
Razer Cynosa Chroma
Razer is well known in the gaming community for their high quality gaming gear. But as we know quality is expensive, and most razer keyboards are in the $100+ range. This basic gaming keyboard with membrane keys just barely made it into our list at $49.97.
When I say that it’s basic, I mean it’s lacking some features like mechanical keys and extra macro buttons. That said, it is a really good gaming keyboard. According to Razer it is in fact the most sold membrane gaming keyboard in the US in 2019.
The membrane keys make for a lightweight and silent keyboard, while still being robust. It comes with a 2 year warranty, and the keys are supposed to withstand 80 million clicks. Every key can be programmed with Razer’s own software, Razer Synapse.
Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard
This low-budget Corsair keyboard comes with 6 programmable macro keys in addition to dedicated multimedia keys. It comes with 10 RGB lighting modes.
Like the low-budget Razer keyboard this one also has membrane keys. While many gamers prefer mechanical keys, the membrane keys on the Corsair K55 are very responsive and quiet.
The wired version of this keyboard is listed at $49.88, but there is also a wireless version. It costs twice as much though ($99.99) so it is naturally not on this list.
Redragon K582 Surara
Redragon is a chinese brand of gaming gear that has gained global recognition recently due to their affordable, high quality gaming accessories.
The K582 Surara is one of their most popular gaming keyboards. It has mechanical keys, although not actual Cherry MX, the switches are equivalent of Cherry MX Red. Which means that they are not clicky or tactile.
So in other words it’s a silent mechanical keyboard, and it works great for typing as well as gaming.
Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard
The Logitech G213 also comes with membrane keys, according to Logitech though, the keys are advanced performance and up to 4 times faster than standard keyboards.
This gaming keyboard has no dedicated macro buttons, but all the regular buttons can be programmed using the Logitech software. It has 4 dedicated media buttons, which can be handy if you like to listen to music while you play games.
This is a rather small keyboard, at only 10.4 x 1.5 inches. For this price it’s a very good product, and since it’s made by Logitech you know that the quality will be great.
SteelSeries Apex 150
The Apex 150 is one of the most popular budget friendly gaming keyboards from SteelSeries. As the producer says it has been engineered with durability in mind. And it really is one of the most solid keyboards on the market, at least in this price range.
This keyboard comes with Discord Chat Integration. It lights up whenever you get a message on Discord, which is a pretty cool feature if you ask me.
This is what they call a “Mechanical Feeling” keyboard. It’s not actually a mechanical keyboard, but it has tactile feedback and clicking sound mimicking that of a mechanical keyboard.
Like most of the keyboards on this list (probably all of them) this one also has anti ghosting technology. Simply put it means that you can hit up to 25 keys at the same time without conflict.
HyperX Alloy Core RGB
The least expensive member of the HyperX gaming keyboard family, this is also the only HyperX keyboard with membrane keys.
The fact that this keyboard is very quiet, makes it perfect for streamers or youtube gamers. It can also be handy if you want to play games late at night without waking up family members.
The Alloy Core RGB comes with 6 preset color effects and 6 dedicated media buttons.
Rii RK 100+
At only $18.99 this is the cheapest keyboard on our list. It is also the one that gives the best value for your money, because this is a top quality gaming keyboard.
Just like the Reccazr HS760 this is also a “mechanical feeling” keyboard with membrane keys. The RK 100+ has LED backlighting, however it is not as customizable as many of the other keyboards we have reviewed. For instance you can’t change it to one single color, so you’re stuck with the rainbow theme.
Still, at this price, it’s an absolute bargain.
Vehemo USB Gaming Keyboard
The Vehemo USB Gaming Keyboard is built on a solid metal frame, and it is waterproof. It has 10 RGB backlighting modes and an ergonomic design.
The metal frame makes it pretty heavy, but it also makes it seem very sturdy. At it’s low price this is an excellent addition to your gaming rig.