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The 5 Best Budget Gaming Keyboards - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Budget Gaming Keyboards

Whether you're a casual or serious gamer, looking for a gaming keyboard that suits your needs can be challenging, especially if you're on a tight budget. We've compiled a list of picks to help you find the best gaming keyboard under $100, and although some won't have extra features like more premium models, they're reliable for playing all your favorite games. When looking for a gaming keyboard, it's important to consider which types of switches you're most comfortable with, as some come in a range of mechanical switches while others have rubber dome switches.

We've tested over 185 keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best budget gaming keyboards available to buy. All of these picks are suited for gaming, so if you're looking for budget keyboards that aren't gaming-focused, you can check out our picks for the best cheap keyboards. Although many of these picks are mechanical, you might find something better suited to your needs in our recommendations for the best budget mechanical keyboards. Otherwise, feel free to check out the best keyboards for gaming.

  1. Best Budget Gaming Keyboard

    The absolute best budget gaming keyboard we've tested is the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. As it's an older model in Razer's flagship Huntsman lineup, this keyboard has all the premium features of a high-end board, like a hard plastic body, aluminum top plate, and durable PBT keycaps, but at a budget price point. Plus, its TenKeyLess form factor frees up space on your desk for better flick shots or sweeping mouse movements.

    Under the hood, it uses Razer's linear Optical switches, which have a feather-light actuation force and very short pre-travel. Combined with its exceptionally low latency, each keypress feels fluid and instantaneous, leading to a responsive in-game experience. While it's mostly a straightforward keyboard without too many extra features, it does have media hotkeys, a typical 'Game Mode' that disables the Windows key, and onboard memory to store and program macros without using the software.

    See our review

  2. Best Full-Size Budget Gaming Keyboard

    If you're someone who needs a traditional full-size layout with a Numpad, we recommend the Logitech G413. While it's an older model by peripheral standards, its performance isn't outdated. Thanks to its exceptionally low latency and sensitive Romer-G Tactile switches, games feel responsive and fluid while you play. It also comes with a few nice additional features, including a USB passthrough so you can plug in a device, like a headset, or mouse receiver, directly into the keyboard for better cable management.

    If there's a downside to this keyboard's age, it isn't up to speed with all the new customization options. So, it only comes with one switch type, and its backlighting is limited to only one color. That said, it's a standout choice for gamers who only care about raw performance, as this unit is about as simple as it gets.

    See our review

  3. Best Compact Budget Gaming Keyboard

    While other recommendations on this list, like the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition and the Logitech G413, offer you a more traditional look with their extra keys, the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a compact unit meant to take up as little space as possible. This small size makes it a great choice if you need plenty of room for dynamic mouse movements or have a small desk to play at.

    Packed inside this slim metal frame is a high-performance gaming machine, offering extremely low latency and linear switches that hit a nice sweet spot in terms of their pre-travel distance and actuation force. They're light to press, and their pre-travel distance is short enough to feel responsive while gaming, while it's long enough to avoid accidental keypresses if you graze any neighboring keys.

    See our review

  4. Best Wireless Budget Gaming Keyboard

    Until recently, we've focused on recommending wired-only keyboards since high-performance wireless options usually have a price tag much higher than $100. Enter the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED. This full-size wireless unit has remarkably low latency and uses the same sensitive Romer-G Tactile switches as our full-size recommendation, the Logitech G413. These switches have a smooth tactile bump that feels very responsive while gaming. There are also quite a few extra features packed into this already impressive board, including dedicated media keys, a column of dedicated macro keys, and even a built-in wrist rest for better ergonomic support. However, there are some trade-offs. It lacks backlighting of any kind, making the legends on keys hard to see if you like gaming in a darker environment.

    If this is a deal-breaker for you, check out the Obinslab Anne Pro 2, which has full RGB backlighting that you can customize on a per-key basis. However, its latency is only good enough for gaming when used in a wired mode. If you use it with Bluetooth, the latency is best suited for casual gaming. It also isn't a full-size keyboard, so if you need a Numpad, the G613 LIGHTSPEED is a better option.

    See our review

  5. Best Non-Mechanical Budget Gaming Keyboard

    Mechanical options often hog the spotlight, but non-mechanical gaming keyboards have advantages. Take the Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT, the best non-mechanical budget gaming board we've tested. It uses membrane switches hidden under a piece of solid frosted plastic, a bonus for the folks who like to eat and drink by their keyboard as it's more resistant to spills and crumbs since there aren't any exposed moving parts. These switches are nearly silent during use, making it a great choice for people who game late into the night or have to game in tight, shared spaces.

    In terms of its performance and features, it has pretty much every feature a gamer could want. It includes RGB backlighting that's customizable on a per-key basis, dedicated macro keys for easy access, extremely low latency, and a detachable wrist rest for ergonomic support during those marathon sessions.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Razer Cynosa Chroma: The Razer Cynosa Chroma is a cheap membrane keyboard with great RGB lighting features. However, its latency isn't as low as the Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT, and its software isn't available for macOS. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 19, 2023: We've reviewed this article and refreshed the text for several entries, but we haven't made any changes to our recommendations.

  2. Nov 22, 2022: Removed the EVGA Z15 as a pick due to its price exceeding a budget threshold and user-reported build quality issues. Replaced the EVGA Z20 with the Razer Cynosa Chroma as a Notable Mention due to price.

  3. Sep 23, 2022: Renamed the picks to their sizes; added the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 as 'Best Compact', changed the 'Best Wireless' pick to the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED as it has better wireless latency, removed Notable Mentions that were no longer relevant.

  4. Jun 03, 2022: Restructured article to better align with user expectations.

  5. Apr 05, 2022: Added the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 to Notable Mentions; updated text for clarity and accuracy; no changes to main picks.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming keyboards under $100 for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper product wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no keyboard that is difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all keyboards we've tested under $100. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no product is perfect for every use, most keyboards are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. Be sure to know your key switch preferences before choosing.