10 Best Mechanical Keyboards Under $100

Who doesn't love a good deal on a mechanical keyboard. The past few years the manufacturing cost of these keyboards have gone down, and with some many brands in the market the average price for the consumer has also gone down.


What is a Mechanical Keyboard

A mechanical keyboard is a keyboard built with high quality spring activated key switches. These switches vary depending on the users preference and what type of feel they want while typing. These keyboard raise the bar when it comes to typing in every way. They have higher quality switches, framing, functionality, key construction, PCB boards, LED lighting and many different lighting effects when compared to your traditional membrane keyboards.


Why buy a mechanical keyboard

Many programmers and gamers prefer to have a mechanical keyboard. They prefer the mechanical switches because of the precise control and feedback that mechanical keyboards provide. It has also been proven that because of the feedback from a mechanical keyboard, typists type faster and more accurately.



In addition to the precision and speed you gain from using a mechanical keyboard, they also have a significantly longer lifespan. Many of these keyboards are rated to last anywhere from 20 million to 100 million keypresses, while the average membrane keyboard is only rated for 5 million to 10 million. A perfect example of this is my Razer BlackWidow V1. I have had and actively used this keyboard for over 10 years and have only needed to clean it.


If a key or switch breaks, you can replace them. Keycaps can be removed with a simple key puller. This also allows for you to customize the keycaps, allowing for cool esthetics and different textures. This also allows for an easy way to really get a deep cleaning done on your keyboard.


HyperX Alloy Elite 2

Cost: $89.99

Connectivity: USB

Number of Keys: 104

Switches: HyperX Red


Extra Features:

Signature light bar & dynamic RGB lighting effects

Volume Wheel

Media Profiles & Gaming mode

Solid steel frame

Link to Purchase

Firstblood AK50

Cost: $49.99

Connectivity: USB

Number of Keys: 104

Switches: Similar to Cherry MX Blue


Extra Features:

White LED backlit

Anodized Aluminum Frame

Link to Purchase



Black Shark

Cost: $39.99

Connectivity: USB

Number of Keys: 104

Switches: Similar to Cherry MX Blue


Extra Features:

Backlight effects - RGB

Comes with Keycap Puller

360 RBG Side Lights

Link to Purchase



MageGee MK-Box

Cost: $29.99

Connectivity: Type-C to USB

Number of Keys: 68

Switches: Similar to Cherry MX Red


Extra Features:

Compact

Blue Backlit LED

Link to Purchase


Reddragon K552

Cost: $32.99

Connectivity: USB

Number of Keys: 87

Switches: Outemu Red/Brown/Blue


Extra Features:

Can purchase in Black or White

Multiple options for Switch Type

Comes with Keycap Puller

Tenkeyless design

Link to Purchase


Logitech G413 Carbon

Cost: $47.99

Connectivity: USB

Number of Keys: 84

Switches: Romer-Gmechanical


Extra Features:

Red LED backlight

Brushed Aluminum-magnesium

Link to Purchase


Havit

Cost: $39.99

Connectivity: USB

Number of Keys: 89

Switches: Similar to Cherry MX Red


Extra Features:

Multicolor keycaps

2 Variants

Link to Purchase



Keychron K4

Cost: $79.99

Connectivity: Bluetooth & USB

Number of Keys: 100

Siwtches: Gateron G Pro


Extra Features:

Multiple options for switch type

Comes with Keycap Puller

Multi colored key caps

4000mAh Battery

Link to Purchase



Havit Bundle

Cost: $44.99

Connectivity: USB

Number of Keys: 104

Switches: Similar to Cherry MX Blue


Extra Features:

Comes in black and White

Comes with RGB gaming mouse

14 Backlit lighting modes

Detachable Wrist Rest

Programmable Mouse

Link to Purchase






Corsair K60

Cost: $69.99

Connectivity: USB

Number of Keys: 104

Switches: CHERRY VIOLA Red


Extra Features:

Lighting control through iCUE

Brushed aluminu frame

Link to Purchase