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The 6 Best Gaming Keyboards Under $100 - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Best Gaming Keyboards Under $100
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Whether you're a casual or serious gamer, looking for a gaming keyboard that suits your needs is difficult, especially if they're pricey. Luckily, there are the best gaming keyboards under $100 you can get, and although some won't have extra features like the premium models, they're still reliable for gaming. When looking for a gaming keyboard, it's important to consider which types of switches you're most comfortable with, as some come with mechanical switches and others have rubber dome switches.

We've tested over 140 keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards under $100 that are available for purchase. Also, see our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best keyboards for gaming.


  1. Best Wired Gaming Keyboard Under $100: EVGA Z15

    9.3
    Gaming
    2.7
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.8
    Office
    7.9
    Programming
    5.4
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best gaming keyboard under $100 that we've tested with a wired connection is the EVGA Z15. It's a fantastic gaming keyboard with a few features to improve the gaming experience. It's full-size with a solid frame that provides great build quality, but the ABS keycaps don't feel as good as PBT.

    It's available with linear Kailh Speed Silver switches and clicky Kailh Speed Bronze switches, which we tested, but it's hot-swappable, so you can get any switch you prefer. The clicky ones on our unit have a very short pre-travel distance and low operating force, so they're light to press for gaming. The latency is also extremely low, so you shouldn't notice any delay while gaming. You can reprogram all of its keys through the EVGA Unleash RGB software, but it's not as user-friendly as some software from competing brands.

    Unfortunately, the switches may feel too sensitive for typing, which is why this keyboard performs best for gaming. They're also too loud for a noise-sensitive environment, but the linear switches are quieter. It's a basic straight keyboard with good ergonomics, and it has a comfortable wrist rest, so you shouldn't feel tired using it. All in all, it's the best keyboard under $100 that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best Wireless Gaming Keyboard Under $100: Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

    8.5
    Gaming
    6.2
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.9
    Office
    7.9
    Programming
    6.7
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wireless
    Size
    TenKeyLess (80%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best gaming keyboard under $100 with a wireless connection we’ve tested is the Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This TenKeyLess mechanical model connects with up to two different devices at once, either via the USB receiver or through Bluetooth. It has good ergonomics as it’s a straight keyboard with one incline setting, but the wrist rest feels a bit cheap.

    It's only available with linear Cherry MX Red switches, which require minimal force to press but don't offer any tactile feedback. The keys may not feel as sensitive as other keyboards due to the slightly higher pre-travel distance, though the switches still feel very responsive and shouldn’t cause any fatigue. It has some extra features, like dedicated media keys and a Windows lock that prevents you from accidentally minimizing your game, and you can reprogram or set macros to any key.

    Unfortunately, the backlighting is limited to a single blue color, but at least the keys are individually lit, and you can control the brightness directly on the board. The build quality is only decent, as the frame is made of plastic that feels a little cheap. If you’re looking for a gaming keyboard that’s both wireless and under $100, this is an excellent choice.

    See our review

  3. Best Compact Gaming Keyboard Under $100: Obinslab Anne Pro 2

    8.9
    Gaming
    7.9
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.6
    Office
    8.4
    Programming
    5.6
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wireless
    Size
    Compact (60%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best gaming keyboard under $100 available in a compact size is the Obinslab Anne Pro 2. The advantage of having a small keyboard is that you get extra space to move your mouse around, like if you're playing FPS games with a low-sensitivity mouse. However, there are a few downsides because you don't get arrow keys or a function row.

    It connects with up to four devices at once via Bluetooth, which is great if you have a multi-device setup, like if you game on your computer and reply to messages on your phone or tablet. Latency is a bit high for gaming if you use the Bluetooth connection, but it's much lower with a wired connection for a responsive gaming experience.

    Although it has full RGB backlighting with individually lit keys, it sadly doesn't display pure white well as there are hints of pink, so it doesn't look nice. On the plus side, it's available in a wide variety of switches, including Cherry MX, Kailh, and Gateron, so you can get the ones you prefer. The Gateron Brown switches on our unit offer excellent typing quality. Overall, it's an excellent gaming keyboard available in a compact size.

    See our review

  4. Best MMO Gaming Keyboard Under $100: EVGA Z20

    9.4
    Gaming
    2.7
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.8
    Office
    7.9
    Programming
    5.4
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best gaming keyboard under $100 for MMO gamers that we've tested is the EVGA Z20. It's a higher-end version of the EVGA Z15, so it costs a bit more and has five extra macro keys on the left side. Since it's full-size, you get many keys that you can reprogram or set macros to through the EVGA Unleash RGB software.

    The Z20 is available with linear or clicky optical switches. The clicky ones we tested are very light to press with minimal pre-travel distance, meaning it doesn't take much to press a key, which helps you quickly react to in-game actions. Latency is also extremely low, meaning you won't notice any delay. It also has many features like a Time of Flight sensor that you can customize to lock/unlock your keyboard or change lighting effects if you move towards the keyboard or away from it.

    Sadly, the ABS keycaps are prone to oil shine, and you might notice more typos while typing because of the light-feeling switches. You shouldn't feel much fatigue during long gaming sessions thanks to the good ergonomics with the detachable wrist rest. Overall, it's one of the best gaming keyboards under $100 that we've tested.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Mechanical Gaming Keyboard: Logitech G413

    9.0
    Gaming
    2.7
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.8
    Office
    7.5
    Programming
    4.6
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The Logitech G413 is the best gaming keyboard under $100 that you can get when on a budget. It's a well-rounded keyboard that offers fantastic gaming performance and should please most entry-level gamers. Despite its low cost, it's still well-built with a plastic frame and a solid aluminum top plate, so you shouldn't have any issues with its build.

    It only comes with proprietary Romer-G Tactile switches, which have a low pre-travel distance and offer good tactile feedback while not being too heavy to type on. The keyboard offers good typing quality as the ABS keycaps feel nice to touch and are stable. For gamers, it has low latency, so you won't notice any delay when gaming. It has backlighting with individually lit keys, but sadly it's only available in one color, depending on which variant you get.

    Unfortunately, even though you can set macros to any of its function keys, you can't set them to any other key. Also, the keyboard doesn't have onboard memory, but you can use the Logitech G HUB's cloud sync function to save your settings if you want to use them on another computer. Overall, this is the best cheap keyboard you can get in this price range.

    See our review

  6. Best Non-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Under $100: Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT

    8.3
    Gaming
    2.9
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.2
    Office
    6.8
    Programming
    4.8
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    No

    The best gaming keyboard under $100 with non-mechanical switches is the Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT. Unlike the other keyboards in this recommendation, it has rubber dome switches. They're heavier to press than typical mechanical keyboards and may not have the same tactile feedback, but they're still light to press and should please gamers.

    It's packed with gaming-oriented features; you can set macros to any key, and it even has six extra macro keys on the left side. It has full RGB lighting with individually lit keys that you can customize through the iCUE software, available on Windows and macOS. Latency is also extremely low, which is great. The keyboard has one incline setting, and there's a wrist rest, so it shouldn't cause too much fatigue during long gaming sessions.

    Unfortunately, the typing quality is mediocre. Although this may not seem like much of an issue for gaming only, the ABS keycaps feel slippery and wobbly, leading to accidental key presses. On the plus side, the keys are very quiet and won't bother others if you want to use the keyboard in an open-office environment. Overall, this is the best gaming keyboard under $100 with non-mechanical switches.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Redragon K552 KUMARA RGB: The Redragon K552-RGB is another cheap keyboard that costs a bit cheaper than the Logitech G413, but it doesn't have macro-programmable keys, and the latency is high. See our review
  • SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard: The SteelSeries Apex 5 is fantastic for gaming, and it has unique hybrid mechanical switches, but it's more expensive than the EVGA Z15, so it's not worth the price increase. See our review
  • Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED: The Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED is a good full-size wireless mechanical keyboard, but it lacks backlighting like the Corsair K63. See our review
  • Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition: The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition has linear optical switches, and it's a fantastic choice for gaming, but it's more expensive than the EVGA Z15. See our review
  • Corsair K65 RGB MINI: The Corsair K65 RGB MINI is a fantastic compact gaming keyboard, but it costs more than the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and doesn't have wireless capabilities. See our review
  • Razer Ornata V2: The Razer Ornata V2 has better typing quality than the Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT, but it has higher latency, doesn't have dedicated macro keys, and doesn't have onboard memory. See our review
  • HyperX Alloy FPS RGB: The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is a fantastic full-size gaming keyboard like the EVGA Z15, but it lacks a wrist rest and is only available in one type of switch. See our review
  • EVGA Z12: The EVGA Z12 is a cheap non-mechanical gaming keyboard, but it has higher latency than the Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT. See our review
  • Redragon Dragonborn K630 RGB: The Redragon K630 is a cheap compact gaming keyboard that's excellent for gaming and costs much less than the Obinslab Anne Pro 2, but it has higher latency. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Oct 08, 2021: Replaced the SteelSeries Apex 5 and the SteelSeries Apex 3 with the EVGA Z15 and the EVGA Z12 because they're cheaper; added the Keychron K10 and HyperX Alloy FPS RGB to Notable Mentions.

  3. Aug 09, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the EVGA Z20, EVGA Z15, and Razer BlackWidow TE Chroma V2 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Jun 10, 2021: Replaced the Redragon K552 with the Logitech G413 because it has macro-programmable keys; replaced the Razer Ornata V2 with the Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT because it has dedicated macro keys; moved the Obinslab Anne Pro to alternative to the Corsair K63.

  5. Apr 13, 2021: Added the Logitech G413 as an alternative to the SteelSeries Apex 3 and replaced the Razer Cynosa Chroma with the updated Razer Cynosa V2.

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.

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