Gift Guide: 9 Ultimate Gaming Keyboards for Under $100

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As a PC gamer you interact with your entertainment via your mouse and your keyboard -- for those who are able to do so. Not everyone is able to.

But with so many options out there, and for a wide range of prices, what do you buy if you are on a budget?

There are three main types of keyboard: membrane, mechanical and a mix of the two. The membrane keyboard is similar to the one you might find on your laptop; they don't have much feeling when you click, and their buttons can often get stuck if you are a messy gamer. Suffice it to say, these types of keyboards will not be found on this list.

Mechanical keyboards, on the other hand, will. These come in a wide range of types. Some are harder to press, while some are easier, some click when pressed, some depressed when pressed and some just don't click at all. Arguably, the best mechanicals are made by Cherry with the MX range (there is also the ML range for low profile [laptop] keyboards).

Then, the mix-type keyboard marries the height and the (overall) feel of mechanical keyboards with the cost effectiveness of the membrane types. These don't feel as good, but they also don't cost as much. 

And of course, it's all about finding the perfect middle ground between functionality and comfortability. 

So which gaming keyboard is the best keyboard? Lucky for you, here is a list of sub-$100 keyboards that might sound budget, but definitely aren't in quality.

Just make sure you also have a good gaming headset too.

Published Dec. 10th 2016

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