Best Mechanical Keyboards Under $50

Due to the amazing benefits of using mechanical keyboards, everybody wants to use them. Doesn’t matter what you do – lawyer, athlete, gamer, doctor, developer, marketing person, HR person, it’s always nice to have a cool keyboard. The range starts from about $30 and can go up to a few thousand dollars. To cater to some of our readers who are looking for pocket-friendly mechanical keyboards we found some keyboards under $50, used them, and shared our observations through this article. 

Best $50 Keyboards:

 

Under $50
1. Redragon K552 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Layout/No. of Keys: 87 keys, TKL design
  • Switch Type: 3 Options – Outemu Blue | Outemu Red | Outemu Brown
  • Color: 2 Options – Black | White
  • Hot Swappable: No
  • Connectivity: Fixed wired
  • Ports: None
  • Keycaps: Precision-engineered ABS keycaps
  • RGB: Yes, LED Backlit adjustable lighting
  • Weight: 13.94 x 4.86 x 1.46 inches
  • Size: 1.98 lbs

Additional Features:

  • Durable Metal-ABS Construction
  • Plate-mounted switches
  • 18 different RGB lighting modes
  • 5 backlight brightness levels
  • Crystal clear uniform backlighting 
  • 87 keys rollover
  • Gold-plated corrosion free USB connector 
  • Ergonomically curved keycaps
  • Space-saving design

At this price point, I think this is one of the best keyboard options available for a beginner. This is a Tenkeyless design keyboard with 87 keys. The Redragon K552 keyboard is available with one of the three Outemu mechanical switches, namely Blue (Tactile, Clicky), Red (Linear, quiet), and Brown (Tactile). This keyboard comes with plate-mounted switches, and the switches are not hot-swappable. The switches are clones of Cherry MX, tested up to 50 million keystrokes. 

The RGB backlit features offer programmable lighting effects with 18 different lighting modes. You can also adjust the brightness level and breathing frequency. The keycaps are highly ergonomic due to their curved design, non-slip surface, and splash-proof feature. The keycaps have crystal clear legends that emit uniform backlighting. The keyboard is equipped with a high-speed USB cable with gold-plated connection points, which is corrosion-free.

Pros:

  • Durable, aluminum frame
  • Full key rollover

Cons:

  • Heavier in weight
  • Switches are not of premium quality in terms of durability and stability

Rating: 4.7

No. of Reviews: 12,272

Under $50
2. SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL RGB Gaming Grade Keyboard
  • Layout/No. of Keys: TKL
  • Switch Type: Steelseries Whisper Quiet Gaming Switch
  • Color: Black
  • Hot Swappable: No
  • Connectivity: Fixed wired
  • Ports: None
  • Keycaps: SteelSeries PrismCaps
  • RGB: Yes, 8-Zone RGB Illumination
  • Weight: 14.84 x 7.44 x 1.85 inches
  • Size: 1.41 lbs

Additional Features:

  • IP32 Water & Dust Resistant
  • Dedicated media controls
  • 3-way cable routing
  • Anti-ghosting
  • Reactive lighting to interactive light shows
  • Clickable volume roller
  • Tested up to 20 million keystrokes
  • SteelSeries cutting edge gaming technology

SteelSeries is a popular brand among the gaming community, as they produce affordable keyboards for gaming with a lot of useful features, which gives an edge to the gamers. The Apex 3 TKL keyboard is IP32 device to protect it from the damages arising due to liquid spills and dust particles which makes it a very durable keyboard. It has dedicated keys for multimedia control and can also adjust the brightness without interrupting your gaming session.  

The gaming switches are made of durable low friction material, which makes the keyboard whisper-quiet even in intense gaming conditions. The keyboard is equipped with anti-ghosting technology, for maximum accuracy and is tested for up to 20 million keystrokes. It is engineered in the form factor of choice among esports pros, packed with SteelSeries’ cutting-edge gaming technology. The 3-way cable management keeps your desk clutter-free to maximize your gaming experience. 

Pros:

  • Gaming technology – specially built for gamers
  • Highly durable – IP32
  • Easy multimedia controls

Cons:

  • RGB non-programmable

Rating: 4.7

No. of Reviews: 11,904

Under $50 (Mouse incl.)
3. Havit Mechanical Keyboard and Mouse Combo
  • Layout/No. of Keys: 100%, 104 Keys
  • Switch Type: Blue Switches
  • Color: 2 Options – Black | White
  • Hot Swappable: No
  • Connectivity: Fixed wired
  • Ports: None
  • Keycaps: PBT Keycaps
  • RGB: Yes, 14 LED-backlit modes
  • Weight: 17 x 8.1 x 2.1 inches
  • Size: 2.64 lbs

Additional Features:

  • ABS & metal panel 
  • 3-in-1 gaming set
  • 14 backlit modes
  • 12 multimedia keys
  • Windows lock key
  • Adjustable brightness level and breathing speed
  • Floating keys design
  • Detachable magnetic wrist rest

This is a combo pack that includes a Havit keyboard and mouse. The keyboard consists of blue switches with a floating key design, which makes it convenient to use. It offers a full n-key rollover. The keyboard has a detachable wrist rest which enables you to work on it effortlessly for hours without putting stress on your wrist. The RGB lighting effect is very appealing with 14 backlit modes.

The 5 customized backlit modes can be easily switched using the 5 dedicated keys, along with shortcut keys for brightness level and breathing speed adjustments. The keyboard also has 12 shortcut multimedia key combinations. The Windows lock is very handy to enable gaming mode. The keyboard is made of all metal elements, which makes it heavier but also durable at the same time. 

Pros:

  • Full-sized keyboard
  • Full key rollover

Cons:

  • Heavier in weight

Rating: 4.6

No. of Reviews: 9,676

Under $50
4. Tecware Phantom 87 Key Mechanical Keyboard
  • Layout/No. of Keys: 87 keys, TKL design
  • Switch Type: 3 Options – Outemu Blue | Outemu Red | Outemu Brown
  • Color: Black
  • Hot Swappable: Yes
  • Connectivity: Fixed wired
  • Ports: None
  • Keycaps: Double-shot ABS keycaps
  • RGB: Yes, per key RGB customization
  • Weight: 14.23 x 5.26 x 1.5 inches
  • Size: 2.09 lbs

Additional Features:

  • RGB, 18 pre-set configurations
  • 16.8 million RGB Per-key Customization 
  • Precise gaming and comfortable typing
  • Fiberglass PCB
  • Braided USB cable
  • Full N-key rollover
  • 1000Hz pooling rate
  • Software support – record and assign macros, 3 user profiles
  • Spare switches + keycap & switch remover tools included

This is one of the most long-lasting keyboards within a budget of $50, owing to its wear-resistant double-shot ABS keycaps, all-metal frame, and nylon-braided 1.8m USB cable. This is one of the very few keyboards within the specified budget that offer hot-swappable switches.  The floating key design enhances the RGB effects and makes your keyboard livelier. Due to the floating keys, you can easily clean the dust and dirt too.

As the Outemo switches are clones of Cherry MX, you can easily swap them out with Cherry MX switches. It comes with 4 replacement switches, along with the switch puller. The keyboard can be customized using the software to assign and save macros for quick actions while gaming. It also lets you customize per-key RGB lighting using the software and personalize up to 3 profiles for easy access. 

Pros:

  • Customizable with support of software
  • Highly durable

Cons:

  • Heavier in weight

Rating: 4.6

No. of Reviews: 5,059

 

Under $50
5. Redragon K582 SURARA
  • Layout/No. of Keys: 104 keys, 100% design
  • Switch Type: 3 Options – Outemu Blue | Outemu Red | Outemu Brown
  • Color: Black
  • Hot Swappable: No
  • Connectivity: Fixed wired, USB
  • Ports: None
  • Keycaps: Double injection ABS keycaps
  • RGB: Yes, 18 RGB lighting modes
  • Weight: 17.68 x 6.34 x 1.81 inches
  • Size: 2.54 lbs

Additional Features:

  • Durable Metal-ABS Construction
  • 6 backlight themes
  • 18 backlight models
  • 50 million keystrokes
  • Ergonomic design
  • Water and dust-proof
  • Supported by software – to set macros and lighting effects
  • USB golden plated port
  • Stability data transmission
  • 12 multimedia shortcuts

If you are looking for a budget-friendly full-sized keyboard, then this is the one I would like to recommend. Being a 100% keyboard, this is still compact due to lesser spacing between the keys. The keyboard is equipped with one of the three Outemo switch options and offers anti-ghosting with 0 lag. The keyboard is designed to resist water spills and dust. It is a good keyboard for elongated gaming sessions or typing sessions due to its excellent ergonomic design and key setup. 

The Redragon K582 gaming keyboard keycaps have a solid base with double injection ABS keycaps, which makes them tough against usual wear and tear, and is tested for up to 50 million keystrokes. The gold-plated USB connection ensures stable and fast data transmission. The gorgeous and dynamic RGB lighting is something to talk about. With 6 backlight themes and 18 backlight models, and also enables you to adjust the brightness and breathing. The keyboard is programmable to set up complex macros for convenient gaming. 

Pros:

  • Full key rollover with 0 lag
  • Ideal for longer sessions due to its ergonomic design
  • 100%, yet compact

Cons:

  • The key spacings are less
  • Heavier in weight

Rating: 4.6

No. of Reviews: 3,507

 

Under $50
6. Fiodio Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Quick Response Switches
  • Layout/No. of Keys: 104 keys, 100% design
  • Switch Type: 2 Options – Blue | Black
  • Color: Black and Grey
  • Hot Swappable: No
  • Connectivity: Fixed wired
  • Ports: None
  • Keycaps: Precision-engineered ABS keycaps
  • RGB: Yes, Spectrum backlit design
  • Weight: 17 x 6.5 x 2 inches
  • Size: 2 lbs

Additional Features:

  • 10,000,000 keystrokes
  • Durable Metal-ABS Construction
  • Metal superstructure
  • Splash Resistant Design
  • Ergonomic honeycomb wrist rest
  • Detachable magnetic wrist rest
  • Bright rainbow backlighting
  • 3 DIY backlight modes
  • 19 fantastic backlight modes (streaming, racing, breathing, etc.)
  • Fluid and smooth keystroke
  • Dedicated knob to adjust the brightness and volume
  • Multi-purpose multimedia keys (M1, M2, M3)

The Fiodio mechanical gaming keyboard is a very thoughtfully crafted keyboard in terms of functionality, ergonomics, visual appeal, and build quality. The black linear switches are linear and really fast that offers highly consistent and smooth keystroke. The keyboard has a metal superstructure combined with durable ABS elements. The keyboard has a magnetic wrist rest with a honeycomb textured design which provides utmost comfort to your wrist. Adding to its ergonomics, the keyboard has a natural tilt and medium height keycaps, along with adjustable rear feet.

The keyboard has a multi-functional dial with 3 buttons and a knob. The knob allows you to adjust the media volume and RGB lighting brightness, while the 3 buttons can be used to play/pause, previous and next songs. The bright rainbow backlighting is suitable for gaming or working in the dark for an immersive experience. The Fiodio is a splash-resistant design that protects against accidental liquid spills. The keyboard has plate-mounted mechanical keys and switches with a floating key design. 

Pros:

  • Beautiful design
  • Overall great value for money product

Cons:

  • Some users felt the need of adding stabilizers to the switches

Rating: 4.3

No. of Reviews: 1,794

Under $50
7. VELOCIFIRE TKL02WS 87 Key Tenkeyless Ergonomic Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
  • Layout/No. of Keys: 87 keys, TKL design
  • Switch Type: 2 Options – Linear Red | Tactile Brown
  • Color: 2 Options – Black | White
  • Hot Swappable: No
  • Connectivity: Dual: Wired USB and 2.4G wireless
  • Ports: Dual USB ports
  • Keycaps: PBT Keycaps
  • RGB: White LED Backlit
  • Weight: 14.4.×5.3×1.6 inches
  • Size: 2.2 lbs

Additional Features:

  • Non-distracting White LED Backlit
  • Smooth and long-lasting switches
  • Ultra-fast 2.4G wireless
  • Slightly curved keys
  • Universal compatibility
  • 1850 mAH battery
  • Adjustable feet
  • On-board controls, including macro recording
  • Minimalist design, best for professionals
  • 1000 Hz polling rate

If you love to work on devices with a minimalist design that offers a non-disruptive work environment, then this is a perfect keyboard for you. Being based on a simple design, Velocifire TKL02WS is packed with great features like wireless connectivity, programmable macros, and an ergonomic design. You will also get the white backlit LED feature as well which comes in handy when you are working in dark. The keyboard has dual USB ports, and it has a smart charging system that allows you to charge and connect at the same time. 

The keyboard is highly recommended for writers, programmers, and students who need to type in real fast with higher accuracy. The keys are slightly curved and keycaps are placed in an arc and slope manner which allows your hand a natural placement. The wireless signal coverage is really great at 26 feet, and the smart power management ensures that the battery usage is optimum.

Pros:

  • 26 ft wireless connectivity in a budget-friendly keyboard
  • Smart power management

Cons:

  • Heavier in weight
  • Switches need to be lubed after a few months of usage

Rating: 4.7

No. of Reviews: 11,904

Under $50
8. MechanicalEagle Z-77 Multicolor 9-Mode Backlit 87-Key
  • Layout/No. of Keys: 87 keys, TKL design
  • Switch Type: Outemu Blue
  • Color: 2 Options – Black | White
  • Hot Swappable: Yes
  • Connectivity: Fixed wired USB
  • Ports: None
  • Keycaps: ABS keycaps
  • RGB: Yes, LED Backlit lighting
  • Weight: 15 x 7.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Size: 1.76 lbs

Additional Features:

  • Ergonomically stepped keycaps
  • Space-saving design
  • Top-grade ABS and metal material
  • 8 gaming light patterns options
  • Backlights in six different colors
  • Anti-Ghosting 87 Keys

MechanicalEagle Z-77 keyboard is one of the few keyboards in this budget that offers the hot-swappable option, compatible with any Outemu or Cherry switch. The keyboard is ergonomically designed with stepped keycaps which let you place your hand comfortably. The keyboard supports full key rollover that allows multi-keys to work simultaneously at high speed. 

The keyboard also has multimedia keys (fn-keys) along with the Windows key lock which is very convenient while playing games. The RGB has 9 backlit modes and also supports selectable key lighting. The rubber pads at the bottom provide required stability to the keyboard and also have adjustable angle support for inclination adjustment. 

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Full key rollover
  • Hot-swappable

Cons:

  • Keycaps don’t look premium, but you can change them easily

Rating: 4.7

No. of Reviews: 11,904

Under $50
9. NEWMEN GM610 60% Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Layout/No. of Keys: 61 keys, 60%
  • Switch Type: 3 Options – Outemu Blue | Outemu Red | Outemu Brown
  • Color: White
  • Hot Swappable: Yes
  • Connectivity: Dual-mode – Detachable USB Type-C and Bluetooth
  • Ports: USB
  • Keycaps: Precision-engineered ABS keycaps
  • RGB: Yes, LED Backlit adjustable lighting
  • Weight: 11 x 4 x 1 inches
  • Size: 1.98 lbs

Additional Features:

  • Connect 3 devices at a time using Bluetooth
  • 1600 mAH battery

This is a great overall 60% keyboard which is packed with features including multi-connectivity, hot-swappable, RGB backlight, etc. Using the Bluetooth option you can connect to up to 3 devices at the same time. It is equipped with a powerful 1600 mAH battery which can run easily for 8-10 hours. This is a hot-swappable keyboard where you can change the switches to any other Outemu switch easily, or if you want to use Cherry then you have to shave off the additional pins.

The keyboard comes with the additional full set of keycaps in a different color theme, so you can change them if you get bored using the default ones. The keyboard has anti-ghosting and full key rollover. The smart power management will switch off the RGB backlit after a few minutes of inactivity. You can switch on/off the backlights, adjust the brightness, and breathing speed and switch single color effects. This can be a really good option for gamers due to its compatible size, lightweight, and performance-oriented switches.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Multiple connectivity options

Cons:

  • Only compatible with Outemu switches

Rating: 4.3

No. of Reviews: 652

Under $50
10. Havit Mechanical Keyboard Tenkeyless
  • Layout/No. of Keys: 89 keys, 85%
  • Switch Type: Linear Red
  • Color: 2 options Black-Orange (Retro) | White-Blue
  • Hot Swappable: No
  • Connectivity: Fixed wired, USB
  • Ports: USB
  • Keycaps: PBT keycaps
  • RGB: No
  • Weight: 15.8 x 7 x 1.9 inches
  • Size: 2.4 lbs

Additional Features:

  • Multi-colored keycaps
  • 8 fn multimedia keys
  • Stable and clear keycaps
  • Space-saving design
  • Ergonomic structure
  • Wide compatibility

The Havit mechanical keyboard has a unique 89 keys design with a differently designed numeric pad, for space-saving over your desk. It has a numeric pad, without the extra enter and backspace keys and other numeric operators (=,+,-,*,/) It is a highly durable keyboard with solid build quality due to PBT keycaps. 

The red switches used are highly stable and firmly placed on the board. The red switches are good for gaming as well as for work purposes. The F1-F8 keys double up as media keys when pressed with Fn key. The keycaps are very ergonomically crafted in a high low design, ie, the bottom rows are in declined position while the top rows are in an inclined position and the middle row has flat keycaps. The two kickstands let you choose the angle for comfortable typing or gaming.

Pros:

  • High & Low keys, designed for better ergonomics
  • Stable keycaps and switches

Cons:

  • Slightly different layout so will take some time to adjust to it, eg no enter key in num pad.
  • As heavy as a full-sized keyboard

Rating: 4.4

No. of Reviews: 1,874

What to expect in a $50 Mechanical Keyboard

Being low in budget, it is very important to understand what you will get in a $50 mechanical keyboard.

  • Size/Layout: Not only you can easily get a decent 60%, 75%, or a TKL keyboard, but there are many full-sized keyboards as well available in that budget.
  • Switch Type: Do not expect to get a high-end Cherry MX switch in a $50 keyboard. You can find Gateron switches in that budget, and there are other switches like Outemu and other proprietary switches. The performance of these switches is also good.
  • RGB: You will be able to find a lot of keyboards with vibrant and brilliant RGB effects.
  • Durability: The keyboards we have listed in this budget are durable, and some of them are built on metal frames with ABS elements.
  • Ergonomic Design: You will find a lot of keyboards following various ergonomic principles to enable you to work or play for longer durations.

What NOT to expect in a $50 Mechanical Keyboard

cons of cheap mechanical keyboard

  • Wireless: In most keyboards under this budget you will find only fixed-wired connectivity through USB 2.0 or USB Type-C. But still, you will be able to find very few options with Bluetooth or Wireless connectivity but at the cost of some other feature.
  • Hot Swappable: It is better not to expect this feature in a $50 mechanical keyboard, though there are a few of them we were able to identify and include in this article.
  • Additional Ports: Don’t expect this feature at all in decent keyboards within this budget.

FAQ:

Who should purchase a $50 mechanical keyboard?

We consider $50 mechanical keyboards as entry-level keyboards with basic features and average quality, hence we recommend this for students, gaming newbies, and copywriters. However, there are few keyboards that are good for coders, programmers, and typists.

What are the benefits of low-budget ($50) mechanical keyboards?

If you are a beginner, and not sure to invest a large chunk of money in a mechanical keyboard then a $50 mechanical keyboard can prove to be of benefit to try out. Also, when you are buying a lower-budget mechanical keyboard you can own multiple keyboards to fulfill different objectives, i.e one for gaming, and the other for work. Also, you can replace and change the keyboards frequently.

Are more expensive keyboards worth it?

The straight answer is Yes, and we highly recommend going for an expensive keyboard if you have the budget. There are noticeable differences in more expensive keyboards, and they are totally worth the investment. First of all, on an expensive keyboard, you will get better switches, eg Cherry MX. Secondly, you will get a lot of hot-swappable keyboard options, which in itself is a big game-changer. Besides these, you will get good connectivity options like wired USB, Bluetooth, and Wireless 2.4G. With a lower budget, you will hardly find a keyboard from a well-known brand, so if you are spending more money you will get product from a renowned brand, which in itself can be a hallmark for quality and durability.

Conclusion

You may find it really hard to find a decent quality mechanical keyboard within a budget of $50, but we have worked really hard to identify the best ones, try them ourselves, and deliver our observation through this article. We have also outlined what you should expect and what you should not expect from a $50 mechanical keyboard. We would also like to mention that we have nowhere tried to compare these products to other higher-budget keyboards, and our observations were purely based on the fact that these are just $50 keyboards.

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