Trying to build a PC can be costly, and you don’t want to cheap out on the hardware inside your case. When it comes down to it, the keyboard isn’t something that always needs to be top of the line. But even if you decide to look for a lower budget keyboard, you can still find some great pieces of hardware. Here are a few solid choices.
This is the most expensive on the list at $49.99. The K55 will allow you to utilize Corsair’s iCUE system to customize your keyboard’s glow pattern. The Corsair isn’t too loud, as mechanical keyboards often can be, and it offers a wrist rest in the package. The response time is quick enough for any hardcore gamer as well. The keyboard also includes 6 programable key inputs that allows you to add macros for even more customization.
The Red Dragon S101 not only includes a wireless keyboard but an RGB mouse as well. This combination is a solid pick for any gamer who also wants to grab a whole set of new peripherals. The S101 comes with 7 different modes of backlighting to give the user some customization. This keyboard also has a comfortable wrist wrest which doesn’t take up too much space on your desk.
This MageGee keyboard and mouse combo is another steal for the frugal gamer. MageGee brings in an LED backlight that shines through a transparent backplate, however, it is not customizable. The keystrokes are responsive and are quiet enough for this to be used in an office setting. Gamers who prefer smaller mice might fight the included one a bit too chunky. For the price, this is another great bundle for someone just getting into PC gaming.
Pictek brings in a simple yet essential keyboard. This wired keyboard will have everything you need from media control, multiple RGB modes, a number pad, and an ergonomic wrist wrest. The keys feel like soft plastic and are not overly “clacky.” It also has non-slip stands to keep the keyboard at a 6-degree angle.
If you’re looking to go as cheap as possible but still come out with a decent keyboard, the NPET is for you. This is a compact keyboard that will cost under $15 but still gets the job done. While it does have 7 RGB modes, they are not very bright unless you are in low lighting. The media shortcuts are found in the F-keys to make it even more compact. This keyboard does not include a number pad, but when you are looking for compact, that is a sacrifice you have to make.
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