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The 6 Best Budget Gaming Keyboards - Fall 2022 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 180 keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards under $100 available for purchase. 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 that 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, like a hard plastic body, aluminum top plate, and durable PBT keycaps, but it comes at a nice 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 a 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 bells and whistles, 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

    You might be one of those people who like having a Numpad, in which case the Logitech G413 is a good choice. While it's an older model by peripheral standards, its performance isn't outdated.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's that it isn't quite 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. It's a solid 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 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 well-suited to those who favor dynamic mouse movements or simply have a small desk to play at, like in a dorm room.

    Packed inside this tiny, 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 by nicking a neighboring key.

    See our review

  4. Best Wireless Budget Gaming Keyboard

    Until this point, we've only recommended wired keyboards. That's because a high-performing wireless gaming keyboard usually comes with a price tag much higher than $100. Enter, the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED. This full-size wireless unit offers incredible gaming performance thanks to its remarkably low latency. It also uses the same sensitive Romer-G Tactile switches as the Logitech G413, which offer a nice keypress with a smooth tactile bump that feels very responsive while gaming. There are quite a few extra features packed into this already impressive board, like dedicated media keys, a column of dedicated macro keys, and even a built-in wrist rest for better ergonomic support. Of course, there are some trade-offs. The G613 lacks backlighting of any kind, which is a bummer for those who like dark room gaming as you'll have to rely on your screen to illuminate the keys from above.

    Alternatively, the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 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. Otherwise, if you use it with Bluetooth, the latency is best-suited for casual gaming.

    See our review

  5. Best Non-Mechanical Budget Gaming Keyboard

    Though you might scoff at the idea of using membrane switches to game, they have some advantages. Take the Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT, the best non-mechanical budget gaming board. It uses membrane switches that are 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. Plus, 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. This 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

  6. Best Hot-Swappable Budget Gaming Keyboard

    While formerly limited to a hobbyist or enthusiast crowd, hot-swappable keyboards, like the EVGA Z15, are gaining popularity among gamers and the more mainstream markets. These keyboards allow you to change the stock switches for your preferred switch, giving you much more freedom to change your keyboard to feel exactly how you want it.

    The Z15 is a great base model thanks to the solid plastic and brushed metal used in its construction. Though the stock switch options are tailored to gamers, you can pluck these switches out and replace them with whatever 3-pin or 5-pin switch you want using the included keycap and switch pullers. Regardless of how you configure this keyboard, you'll have a base unit with dedicated media keys, a volume wheel, and split millisecond latency that's sure to exceed your gaming needs.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • EVGA Z12: The EVGA Z12 is one of the cheapest gaming keyboards we've tested. Like the Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT, it uses membrane switches. However, its latency is much higher than the Corsair, and it has zoned RGB backlighting rather than individually-lit keys. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

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

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

  4. Feb 04, 2022: We've confirmed all picks are currently available for purchase and continue to represent the best picks for their respective categories. We've also added the Redragon K582 SURARA RGB to our list of Notable Mentions.

  5. Dec 07, 2021: Restructured the article to reflect user needs; moved the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 to its own 'Best Compact' category; added the EVGA Z20 as the 'Best MMO', and removed the EVGA Z12. Updated Notable Mentions based on changes and market availability.

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.