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The 6 Best Budget And Cheap Keyboards - Winter 2024 Reviews

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Best Cheap and Budget Keyboards

A good keyboard doesn't necessarily mean an expensive one. We've bought and tested over 215 keyboards and narrowed our recommendations down to the best budget and cheap models available. These keyboards offer a reliable build quality and a satisfying typing experience for various uses, all without breaking the bank.

Most of the options below use scissor or rubber dome switches, so if you're interested in a keyboard with mechanical switches, check out our best budget mechanical keyboards article instead. Or, if you're looking specifically for a gaming keyboard with a low price point, see our article for the best gaming keyboards under $100. Check out our best keyboards article for other options within a wider range of price points.


  1. Best Budget Keyboard

    The Logitech Signature K650 is our recommendation for the best budget keyboard for most people. You can connect this wireless keyboard via Bluetooth or with the included USB receiver, and it uses a pair of AA batteries that can power this board for up to 36 months, depending on your daily usage. This keyboard uses quiet rubber dome switches, making it a great choice that won't bother others in shared workspaces, dorm rooms, and home offices.

    It has a sturdy plastic body, and unlike more expensive mechanical options, there aren't any exposed moving parts, which means it's more resistant to minor spills or food crumbs if you often find yourself eating or drinking in front of your computer. It also offers good built-in ergonomic features, including a built-in palm rest, low-profile keycaps, and feet that provide two incline settings. These features ensure you can type on this keyboard without angling your wrists too sharply, which can help keep you comfortable, especially when typing for long stretches.

    It's a full-size keyboard board, so not only does it have all the keys you need, including a Numpad, but there's plenty of space between keys. The keycaps also have rounded tops, making it easier to differentiate between keys by feel, which can help you type faster and avoid typos.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Gaming Keyboard

    The best budget gaming keyboard we've tested is the Razer Huntsman Mini. This compact model uses optical switches, which feel just like conventional mechanical switches but use a beam of infrared light to register keystrokes. Coupled with this keyboard's outstanding latency performance, the result is a highly responsive-feeling gaming experience for gaming in any genre. The build quality is also impressive, and it feels very sturdy, even compared to some of the more premium options in Razer's catalog.

    The Huntsman Mini also offers plenty of customizability using Razer's Synapse 3 software. You can program macros, adjust RGB backlighting effects, and save custom profiles to the onboard storage. Last but not least, one of this keyboard's defining features is its compact size. It takes up very little space on desks, leaving plenty of room for more dynamic mouse movements. Just remember that it gives up some of the keys found on standard full-size boards, including dedicated arrow keys and a Numpad.

    See our review

  3. Best Cheap Keyboard

    For a cheaper option, we recommend the Logitech K380. This keyboard comes in various attractive pastel colorways. It's a popular model with students and professionals alike for mixing remarkable portability and functionality at an accessible price point. Compared to our best budget pick, the Logitech Signature K650, which is a full-size keyboard, the K380 here is a compact keyboard that's easy to use just about anywhere. You also don't need to worry about packing any charging cables since it uses two AA batteries that keep it powered for up to 24 months, depending on your usage.

    This keyboard connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, and you can pair it with up to three devices simultaneously and switch between them using hotkeys. While the standard version of this keyboard has both Windows and macOS legends printed on the keycaps, a dedicated Mac variant is available. Its versatility and price make it an outstanding portable board with great build quality. However, adjusting to the relatively small, circular keycaps may take some time when you first start using this keyboard.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Gaming Keyboard

    Many gaming keyboards come with steep price tags, so finding a great unit at a lower price can take time and effort. For a cheaper option, we recommend the SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL. This keyboard has a compact TenKeyLess form factor, which means it lacks a traditional Numpad but still has dedicated arrow keys and a function row. While our best budget gaming pick, the Razer Huntsman Mini, uses optical mechanical switches, this keyboard uses rubber dome switches. Rubber dome switches are significantly quieter, and they're a bit more resistant to minor spills and debris. That said, they don't quite offer the same high-end performance.

    Speaking of which, the overall latency performance on this keyboard is higher than on more premium options, so it isn't a great fit for high-level competitive play. Still, it's more than suitable for casual gaming in any genre. It also has some surprising extra features normally found on more expensive options, including a volume wheel and the ability to set macros to any key. It also has RGB lighting with eight separate zones you can customize using the companion software. If you're interested in a full-size alternative with a Numpad, there's a full-size version of this board called the SteelSeries Apex 3. The full-size version is typically a bit more expensive; however, it includes a wrist rest for added comfort.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Office Keyboard

    The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is the most straightforward keyboard on this list. This keyboard is a solidly built full-size option without unnecessary features, making it our recommendation for any workplace. Note that the MSRP of this keyboard is $50 USD, but the price jumps around quite a bit. It can dip as low as $25, so waiting for a sale can be worth it. This keyboard connects wirelessly with Bluetooth, which means you can use it with any mobile device, tablet, PC, or TV that supports a Bluetooth connection. However, you can't pair it with multiple devices simultaneously.

    Thanks to its rubber dome switches and soft-touch covering around the keyboard, it's nearly silent to type on, so you won't bother anyone else working around you. It's also satisfying to type on as the rubber dome switches have good tactility, so you'll always know when you've registered a key press. However, it's large and not very portable, so it isn't a great candidate for carting between different workspaces or hotdesks. It also has no incline options or an included wrist rest like our top pick, the Logitech Signature K650. If you're looking for an even more affordable alternative and don't need wireless connectivity, check out the Dell KB216.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Keyboard For Mobile Devices

    If you work off iPads, tablets, or even your mobile phone, we recommend the Logitech K480. It's a compact unit that's very similar in design to our best cheap pick, the Logitech K380, but features a built-in device tray so you can prop your mobile devices up at a nice viewing angle while in use. The price of this keyboard can vary somewhat, but we think it's at its best value when its price falls to around the $35 USD mark. This keyboard connects with Bluetooth and pairs with up to three devices at once, and you can switch between devices using a small dial in the corner. It comes with two AAA batteries for power, which can last up to two years before you need to replace them.

    This keyboard uses rubber dome switches, which provide good tactile feedback to help you avoid typos and missed keystrokes. They're also extremely quiet to use, so you won't bother anyone around you if you work in libraries, coffee shops, or co-working spaces. As with any cheap keyboard, there are a few downsides, like a lack of backlighting and a cramped typing experience compared to more expensive, full-size options. That said, it's still a decent-feeling board that's great if you need something to work with while you're on the go using mobile devices.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Logitech G413: The Logitech G413 is a cheap mechanical gaming keyboard and a great alternative to the SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL if you're looking for a full-size keyboard instead. While it does use mechanical switches, it doesn't have as many other features as the Apex 3 TKL. Its price fluctuates, so monitor it to get the best deal. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 08, 2024: We've reviewed this article and confirmed our picks' ongoing relevance, price, and availability, but we haven't changed our lineup with this update.

  2. Dec 13, 2023: We've confirmed each pick's relevance, stock availability, and pricing. We aren't changing our current lineup with this update, as all picks continue to represent the best options available.

  3. Oct 12, 2023: We've replaced the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 with the Razer Huntsman Mini as our 'Best Budget Gaming' recommendation, as it offers better overall performance and is typically available for around the same price.

  4. Aug 10, 2023: We've verified all our picks for price, stock availability, and relevance but haven't made any changes to our lineup with this update.

  5. Jun 12, 2023: We've reviewed this article and confirmed the pricing and availability of all picks. We have kept our lineup the same since each pick remains the best choice for its category. We've also added a special mention of the Dell KB216 to our 'Best Cheap Office' entry.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best budget and cheap keyboards for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our keyboard reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no keyboard is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.