Best cheap gaming keyboards 2022

Corsair K55 RGB Pro on a desk with other gaming peripherals
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Don’t knock off the best cheap gaming keyboards until you’ve given them a proper chance. Yes, you cannot go wrong with the top-of-the-line options out there, but there are also budget keyboards for gaming that punch above their weight. And, they’re the ticket for budget-minded gamers who want or need to economize.

After all, when it comes to gaming keyboards, price doesn’t matter. There are many cheap options out there that don’t scrimp on build and quality. Many of them even ensure your comfort during long sessions as well, all while looking good doing it. It also boils down on your gaming needs. If the type of games you play don’t require things like macro recording, super short actuation, or hyperfast responses, why waste your money on a kitted-out keyboard that will burn a hole in your pocket.

Whether you’re looking for an entry-level or simply hoping to save money on peripherals, we found the best cheap gaming keyboards 2022 has to offer. Take a look at our top picks below and check out our price comparison tool as it often gives you the best cheap gaming keyboard deals for even more savings.

Roccat Magma against a white background

(Image credit: Roccat)
Best cheap gaming keyboard overall

Specifications

Interface: Wired
RGB lighting: Yes
Switches: Membrane

Reasons to buy

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Fast, accurate keys
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Impressively quiet keystrokes

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively lacking in features

Cheap gaming keyboards often come with compromises, and unfortunately, Roccat Magma’s is build quality. This fairly new offering from Roccat isn’t as robust as its pricier counterparts. In fact, it feels a bit cheap. 

However, it makes up for that in a massive way with surprisingly fast and accurate performance, giving you incredibly punchy gameplay for something so affordable. It also features advanced anti-ghosting technology and quiet keys – not to mention, a semi-transparent top plate with five RGB lighting zones beneath it that make the whole keyboard light up. At $50/£50, it’s a fantastic gateway gaming keyboard and something you can easily upgrade from later on when your skills demand it.

Read the full review: Roccat Magma

HyperX Alloy Core RGB against a white background

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2. HyperX Alloy Core RGB

Best cheap gaming keyboard for beginners

Specifications

Interface: Wired
RGB lighting: Yes
Switches: Membrane

Reasons to buy

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Surprisingly solid build
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Nice tactile feedback

Reasons to avoid

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Keys could be more responsive

Rather than compromise on build quality, HyperX puts that first, giving its Alloy Core RGB a surprisingly hefty construction that will last you a while. This prioritizes taking button-mashing first (as well as spill resistance) and is a good entry-level option for beginner gamers who aren’t quite adept yet at fighting monsters and shooting their enemies. It also offers great comfort, delivering a nice tactile feedback, on top of being quiet for those late night gaming sessions. 

And, because beginners deserve RGB lighting as well, this has several RGB lighting effects and its Signature light bar. The keys may not be as responsive as the premium options, but it does well for novice gamers.

Corsair K55 RGB Pro against a white background

(Image credit: Corsair)

3. Corsair K55 RGB Pro

Best programmable gaming keyboard for the budget-minded

Specifications

Interface: Wired
RGB lighting: Yes
Switches: Rubber Dome

Reasons to buy

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A whole lotta features
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Programmable for macros

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most satisfying

Corsair may be known for its top-notch premium keyboards, but it’s got a few great contenders for the budget-minded as well. Case in point, the K55 RGB Pro, whose plethora of features are only exceeded by its affordable price. 

You’re certainly getting a lot of value from this gaming keyboard – its per-key RGB lighting, six programmable macro keys and a dedicated macro recording button, dedicated media keys, and Elgato support for streamers. For something under $100/£100, that’s a lot. You might find its membrane keys a little unsatisfying to press and its design a bit plain, but if you want to start experimenting with macros, this one’s an ace.

Logitech G213 Prodigy against a white background

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Best cheap keyboard for a mechanical switch feel

Specifications

Interface: Wired
RGB lighting: Yes
Switches: Mech Dome

Reasons to buy

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Satisfying, impressive typing action
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Loads of media keys

Reasons to avoid

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Underwhelming lighting

Logitech’s G213 Prodigy might not have proper mechanical switches, but its mech dome switches sure come pretty close to them. Its mechanical-style performance and feel is impressive, and it can keep up with the best PC games, even the fast-paced ones. It’s even fantastic for typing, especially with its included wrist rest, making it well-suited for productivity tasks. 

We also love its simple design, despite the fact that its RGB lighting is a bit underwhelming and its build isn’t as robust. That’s especially because very much like the more premium Logitech keyboards, it’s loaded with media buttons, including a volume rocker.

Read the full review: Logitech G213 Prodigy

Havit HV-KB558CM Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo against a white background

(Image credit: Havit)

5. Havit HV-KB558CM Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Best bargain-basement gaming keyboard

Specifications

Interface: Wired
RGB lighting: Yes
Switches: YesMechanical

Reasons to buy

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Stunning RGB
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Large keys great for beginners

Reasons to avoid

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Build isn’t very robust

Not only is this gaming keyboard from Havit incredibly cheap, but at less than $50/£50, it comes with a gaming mouse as well. Of course, being a bargain-basement option, you cannot expect breathtaking performance, premium build or a whole lot of features. Still, this combo boasts terrific RGB lighting, which can be adjusted on the fly, as well as 19 anti-ghosting keys and dedicated media keys on the keyboard. 

The mechanical keys on the keyboard are also surprisingly solid yet satisfying to use, and if you’re looking for an entry-level mechanical keyboard, you’ve got a winner here. 

Michelle Rae Uy
Buying Guides Editor

Michelle Rae Uy is the Buying Guides Editor here at TechRadar. She's a Los Angeles-based tech, travel and lifestyle writer covering a wide range of topics, from computing to the latest in green commutes to the best hiking trails. She's an ambivert who enjoys communing with nature and traveling for months at a time just as much as watching movies and playing sim games at home. That also means that she has a lot more avenues to explore in terms of understanding how tech can improve the different aspects of our lives.