The best cheap gaming keyboards in 2019

Snagging a keyboard with that sick gamer aesthetic doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Our picks for the best cheap gaming keyboards will give you the look and feel you crave without breaking the bank. The manufacturers on this list may not carry the same clout as the best gaming keyboards from Razer or Logitech, but they can definitely replicate the look and feel of the more popular brands.

When we’re talking cheap, we’re looking at stuff we wouldn’t mind adding to our personal collections if we had less than $50 to our name. These keyboards may not be bristling with features like their more expensive cousins, but they are still well rounded and bring something to the table that we think merits mentioning. 

When shopping for a budget keyboard, it’s just as important to notice what’s missing as well as what’s there. One of the first things to get the ax when talking about budget keyboards is software, which can occasionally be something of a blessing in disguise. On the one hand, you don’t have yet another third-party application mucking op the works, but you lose the versatility that some external software can offer, such as fine-tuning RGB lighting or assigning macros.

The second and probably more apparent exclusion is the switches these keyboards use. Not all of them utilize mechanical key switches, and those that do are likely using knock-off Cherry switch designs. Bottom line is, if you find a keyboard that mentions that it has “blue” switches, they’re probably not Cherry MX Blues, so don’t be surprised if they feel a bit different from what you were expecting.

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The keyboards on this list are arranged in no particular order, but we’ve tried to include as many as we could that encompass a variety of price points up to and including $50. There are even a couple of quality keyboards on this list that come bundled with other peripherals to sweeten the deal. While these may not qualify as some of the best mechanical keyboards around, they’ll still make for solid additions to your arsenal, especially if you’re on a budget. 

Best Cheap Gaming Keyboards

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1. STOGA Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

A great, clicky, all-rounder

Switch: Propietary Blue | Size: Tenkeyless | Backlights: Pre-set RGB | Passthroughs: No | Media Controls: Function Key | Wristrest: None

RGB Backlighting

Durable form factor

No Wrist Rest

No Software

The STOGA mechanical keyboard uses a facsimile of Cherry MX Blue switches to emulate that clicky sound and feel sought after by gamers and typists. This model is a compact, no-nonsense tenkeyless design with pre-determined RGB backlighting. Unless you despise clicky switches, or desperately need dedicated media controls, it’s difficult to go wrong with the STOGA.

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2. PICTEK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Sturdy, with dedicated media controls

Switch: Propietary Red Switch | Size: Full size | Backlights: Pre Set RGB | Passthroughs: No | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wristrest: None