Yeah, I know, there are hundreds of budget gaming keyboards that are good to use. But I have tried to find the 8 best budget gaming keyboards on the market right now and which ones are going to sell well this year.
Like other gaming accessories, gaming keyboards need to be replaced after a certain period. And if you don’t have the money to buy the best gaming keyboard on the market with all the best features, then this article is for you. I’m going to help you to find the best-selling budget gaming keyboard available right now in 2016. I’m a hardcore computer user. I use my computer for more than 10 hours a day for professional and personal tasks that include playing games, too. So, personally, a gaming keyboard that has customizable keys and user profiles is very important. I have tested a few cheap gaming keyboards to find out which of them are worth buying.
Attention: The following keyboards are the best budget gaming keyboards on the market; it’s only the small details that have determined the scores on the various keyboards.
Also read: Best Budget Gaming Mouse of 2016
1. aLLreLi K9500U
[Score: 9.8/10] The aLLreLi K9500U Gaming Keyboard is a USB budget keyboard with a long wire which is perfect to use with your desktop PC. A corded keyboard is always better than a Bluetooth keyboard for a gamer because the batteries may go down in the middle of the game. With this cheap gaming keyboard, there is no tension of possible battery death. Its initial view and the red backlight have really impressed me. The backlight takes power through the USB; hence, batteries are not required.
It has an impressive design with lifted keys that are easy to use without any fatigue. As a gamer, I have to say that I really like the G1-G6 hot keys, which are customizable. Also, this keyboard supports user profiles, which is great for playing different games without readjustment of settings. If you are a rough and tough user, this keyboard is the one and only, because the keys never get stuck whether you hit keys slow or fast.
Overall, I have to say that the aLLreLi K9500U is the perfect budget gaming keyboard with great features and an affordable price.
2. Logitech G105
[Score: 9.8/10] The Logitech G105 is one of the best gaming keyboards on the market that every gamer should have on their desk. Though it is a Call of Duty: MW3 edition, it does not mean you will not get good performance for other games; it can be used to play any game and you will get the same pleasure for every game as Call of Duty: MW3. Its backlit color, which is a military-style green color, creates a perfect environment for a MW3 game. The brightness of the keyboard is superb for playing games at night without any vision problem. One thing that I personally feel should be there is the capability to change the backlight color. This Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard has the military-style green color backlight only, which is a limitation for those who are not pleased with this green color.
The keyboard has a strong build with a minimal design that makes it perfect for desks of all sizes. Keys are perfectly spaced, giving the gamer enough space to easily use them.
The best feature of this Logitech G105 gaming keyboard is that you can program its keys as per your requirements for different games. It has six G-keys (G1-G6), which are programmable. There are three M-keys (M1-M3) and a macro record key, MR, which you can use to record macros and set key sequences for quick actions. Though the keyboard is programmable, you will have to search Google or Bing to find the Logitech keyboard software, because without the software you cannot configure macros. It does not take much time to find, download, and install the software. The software interface is simple to understand, as is the setup of macros. Overall, I am pleased with the quality and features of this budget keyboard, except the backlight.
3. 1STPlayer GK3
[Score: 9.5/10] For a serious gamer, the 1STPLAYER GK3 Fire Dancing gaming keyboard is a good gaming keyboard to have, with 26 anti-ghosting keys that provide tremendous control in various games. As per the design, it is not much different from an office keyboard, but its backlit profile gives it a unique look. It has 7 backlit color profiles that can be switched on anytime. The keyboard is built wise and is steady. It has a plastic body but it is durable; you cannot flex it. The keyboard is a little heavy (about 2.2 pounds), which means that you can’t move it easily without some effort, which is good for a more serious gamer. The 1STPlayer GK3 gaming keyboard has water and dust resistance, which it is great for the gamers who keep their drinks and food on the desk when playing games for hours.
This is not a mechanical keyboard, but the keys are similar to a mechanical keyboard. You can hear the sound when you type, which is just perfect, not too low and not too loud. The behavior of the keyboard is perfect for FPS gaming. When you are typing on the keyboard, it feels really smooth with the tactile functionality of the keys. It’s a full-sized keyboard with separate side key panel for fast functioning. When considering its size, the keyboard isn’t that large and people with limited desk space will be able to use it easily. There is no software required to configure this keyboard; just plug it and it’s ready to use.
Although I’m missing the macro keys on the keyboard, I’m still getting a lot compared to the price.
4. Bakth K-36-GK
[Score: 9.4/10] The Bakth K-36-GK is a light-weight, full-size keyboard with all standard keys, including the right-hand side keys that can be used to perform fast actions. Though it is light-weight, its build is strong. The keyboard has an elegant design which makes it feel really sporty when it is in front of you. It has a uniquely designed spacebar key, which is long and wide. When playing most games, the role of the spacebar key is very important. It may be that the company had cautiously studied this fact and is the reason why they have designed such a nice spacebar key.
This keyboard has backlit illumination for the better night-vision, but it has only one backlit color, which is blue. I would say that it should have at least 3 colors to choose from because not everyone likes the blue color. I personally like the red backlit color for my keyboards, but for the cheap price you cannot expect to have the best. Switching the backlight on/off is just the matter of a key press. Press the Scroll Lock key to turn on/off the backlight. During the day, you can turn it off and at night it can be turned on. Also, if you feel the default backlight brightness is low, then press Fn + to set the brightness as per your need. When I was testing it, I turned off the backlight because I didn’t like it.
One thing that I worship in the Bakth K-36-GK is the incredible waterproof design, which could be really useful for some people. A free mouse pad will accompany this keyboard, but the quality of the mouse pad is not as good as it should be. So that’s a really useless “gift” that is included.
5. E-3lue EKM725
[Score: 9.3/10] The E-3lue EKM725 is one of the best budget gaming keyboards with the backlit profile on the market. It is beneficial for both a newbie and normal gamers. It is easy to install and use. You just need to plug in this keyboard and the operating system of the computer will automatically install its drivers. First time I plugged the E-3lue EKM725 into my computer, a rainbow like backlit effect appeared on the keyboard, which looked really awesome. If you do not like this rainbow effect, which looks really fancy, and want a solid color backlight, you can easily shift to that. The E-3lue EKM725 gaming keyboard supports eight solid colors like red, blue, green, cyan, orange and more. Or, if you do not want backlight at all, like me, then you can easily turn it off. When the backlight is turned off, the keyboard will have a white color with gray text on the keys.
A manual will come with the keyboard. Using it will make setting a backlit color profile easier. There is no software required to set up the backlit profile. This keyboard is not only a good choice because of its backlit profile, but also the design is compact with evenly arranged keys. The keyboard has all standard keys along with 22 without conflict keys. It also has 12 multimedia keys that are easily accessible. Another remarkable thing about this keyboard is that it has about 70 inches of braided wire. Typing is enjoyable on this keyboard because the keys do not stick when you type at a fast speed. The only thing that needs improving is the font used on the keys. Replacing the font with a simple and clear looking font will make the appearance of this gaming keyboard much better. That is my personal opinion.
Overall, it is one of the best cheap gaming keyboards if you compare it with the price tag.
Also read: Best Budget Gaming Mouse of 2016
6. Elegiant K70
[Score: 9.1/10] The Elegiant K70 is a decent gaming keyboard for passionate gamers. I love to play games for hours, therefore, I often keep my food and drinks on my desk. When you play games and dive into the fun, it becomes really hard to safeguard the keyboard from a drink’s spills. So, I tested the Elegaint K70 gaming keyboard, and all my worries have gone because it is a perfect waterproof keyboard that does not stop working or start behaving in a weird manner after a water spill. Cleaning the keyboard is pretty easy. Personally, this is one of the most important features of this keyboard among its other qualities.
The multi-color backlit illumination of the Elegiant K70 is breathtaking. Different colors highlight the different areas of the keyboard. For example, the purple color fills the left part, yellow color fills the middle part, green color fills the right-hand keys, and the light blue color fills the numeric keypad on the right hand side. So, with different colors, it becomes easier to distinguish keys. I like this multi-color profile. Also, the illumination is awesome, as I don’t need to turn on the lights in my room. The Elegiant K70 wired gaming keyboard also has a small button on its top right corner, which can turn the backlight on and off. This little button is good for the gamers who do not like the backlight at all. Overall, this keyboard has several good features, but I think the Enter key should have been a little bigger.
7. Tek Republic TK Pro
[Score: 8.9/10] The Elegant K70 is a decent budget gaming keyboard for passionate gamers. I love to play games for hours, therefore, I often keep my food and drinks on my desk. When you play games and dive into the fun, it becomes really hard to safeguard the keyboard from drink’s spills. So, I tested the Elegaint K70 gaming keyboard and all my worries have gone because it is a perfect waterproof keyboard that does not stop working or start behaving in a weird manner after a water spill. Cleaning the keyboard is pretty easy. Personally for me, this is one of the most important feature of this budget gaming keyboard among its other qualities. The multi-color backlit illumination of the Elegant K70 is breathtaking. Different colors highlight the different areas of the keyboard. For example, the purple color fills the left part, yellow color fills the middle part, green color fills the right-hand keys, and the light blue color fills the numeric keypad on the right hand side. So, with different colors, it becomes easier to distinguish keys. I like this multi-color profile. Also, the illumination is awesome, as I don’t need to turn on the lights in my room.
The Elegaint K70 wired gaming keyboard also has a small button on its top right corner using which the backlit can be turned on and off. This little button is good for the gamers who do not like the backlit at all. Overall, this budget keyboard has several good features, but I think the ‘Enter’ key should have been a little bigger.
[Score: 8.8/10] Playing games on a computer or laptop is the favorite pastime of young blood, including me. When the game starts, it usually goes for hours, hence, it is a must to have a sturdy keyboard that can bear the load of repetitive keystrokes. The BlueFinger wired gaming keyboard is such a durable keyboard that it has the capability to withstand even the hardest of strokes. The quality of the keyboard is awesome; you cannot flip it so easily. As far as the design and the shape of the keyboard are concerned, I have really liked the shape of this keyboard. It has all standard keys along with right-hand keys for quick actions like page up, page down, home, end, numeric keypad and more!
Not only the shape of this budget gaming keyboard is good, but it also looks nice with a crackling design that becomes pretty awesome with the backlight. I love the blue backlight that gives me the stunner feeling when I turn off the light of my room. The illumination is so good that I do not need to turn on the lights; I can easily type on this keyboard in the dark. Though I like the blue backlight, not everyone may like this color. So, this keyboard has two more backlight color profiles: red and purple. Changing the backlight does not need any software. Just press the Fn + Sun key and you will be able to set the backlight as you want. I also liked its plug and play feature. One more thing that I must tell you about the BlueFinger wired gaming keyboard is that I have received an awesome mouse pad absolutely free when I ordered it. I can’t complain.
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