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This one is for all you gaming folks out there building battle stations and high-powered systems to enhance the lives of your digital avatars. One of the components you’ll surely need is a gaming keyboard and of course you’ll want something that doesn’t require you to fork out a small fortune. So, you’ll be happy to learn that there are high-performance options, from trusted brands, which give you everything you need – minus a few special features. These options won’t lead you to baulk at the price tag, or start lamenting the use of membrane switches. They also come with the market advantage of being both affordable and distinctly usable as well.
Now, let’s take a closer look at a few of our picks, rivalling high-end keyboards in terms of performance and build. Get ready to enhance your arsenal with the 5 Best Affordable Gaming Keyboards, proving you don’t have to scrimp on quality to build a cost-effective gaming setup:
5. HyperX Alloy Core RGB
One fear when it comes to spending less is that you’ll need to sacrifice on build quality – or, quality in general. This HyperX keyboard is specifically designed to offer construction that is very difficult to criticise. The design is robust and styled to withstand even the most frenzied stint of button-mashing. This is a great choice for entry-level gamers, starting out on their deep dive into catalogues of exciting and infinitely playable titles. You’ll be hard-pressed to damage this keyboard, during all your various quests and online battle royales. Granted, the keys might not live up to the responsiveness of other higher-end options, but for novice gamers there is enviable comfort and tactile feedback that definitely deserve some consideration.
4. Corsair K55 RGB Pro
Okay, so you might presume this one slipped our critical net – given that Corsair are more widely known for their premium keyboards, with appropriate price tags. In actual fact, the Corsair K55 RGB Pro is tailored for the more budget-conscious gamer, with a range of features and great value for money. If you can get over the slightly unsatisfying feel of membrane keys, you’ll surely enjoy RGB lighting per-key, programmable macro keys (six of them) and dedicated media keys, as well as Elgato streaming support and the welcome addition of a recording button.
3. Logitech G213 Prodigy
Don’t they all have fantastic names? This keyboard from Logitech isn’t just paired with a strong designation, you can also enjoy a mechanical performance and feel that is a delight to get to grips with. Mech dome switches act like mechanical switches and enable you to keep up with the pace of even the most demanding PC games. For all you writers – you can also enjoy an advanced typing experience, with wrist rest and other subtle ergonomic features that support overall productivity. The design is uncomplicated too, although it’s got more than its share of media buttons and a slightly underwhelming display of RGB lighting.
2. Havit HV-KB558CM
If you can get over the slightly off-putting jumble of letters and numbers, you’ll be set to enjoy a very affordable option that packs a proverbial punch as well. This gaming keyboard, from the trusty folk at Havit, comes with a gaming mouse and is ideal for budget gamers not looking to splash out on every special feature imaginable. Don’t expect the performance to blow your mind. Do expect impressive RGB lighting (which is adjustable), anti-ghosting keys (19 of them) and enough media keys to make your experience more versatile.
1. Razer Cynosa V2
Last up, we’ve come to another brand known for premium gaming keyboards (like Corsair) – again, this brand knows a thing or two about budget gaming as well. The Razer Cynosa V2 is an example of their impact in this market and this keyboard holds back very little when it comes to performance. Building on the design of its predecessor, you can look forward to RGB keys (all lit up individually) and the expected media controls. What might surprise you though are very enjoyable keystrokes from this membrane design. The keys are quiet too and suitable for long periods of typing at ungodly hours, when you don’t want to wake the whole house up.
Any affordable additions we missed in our selection of gaming keyboards? Let us know in the comments section below…