Each month I get a lot of people asking me what is the cheapest mechanical / gaming keyboard out there. Although I would love to help these people, I cannot give an answer within one sentence or one email. It is a bit more complicated than that, with different switch manufacturers and different style mechanical keyboards (If you need it specifically for work or specifically for gaming, then you need different features). So I have decided to go ahead and write this article to help these people, and you, find the best cheapest mechanical/gaming keyboard.
To start this off I am going to give a short and rough explanation on why this question is a bit difficult to answer. When it comes to mechanical switches, up until mid 2014 there was only one manufacturer that could make them. Cherry owned the patent for mechanical switches, and therefore were the only legal manufacturer of Cherry MX switches, so they were free to charge as much as they wanted seeing as they had no competition. In roughly Q2 of 2014, the Cherry MX patent ran out, meaning from then on anyone could legally create mechanical switches. This caused a massive increase in competition, and a lot of cheaper alternatives, which in turn caused a number of very cheap mechanical keyboards to be created. Although there is a big, not so obviously problem here. Currently, Cherry MX switches are still the best and highest quality, rivalled only by Razer switches, and even that is up for debate. So with this in mind, I am going to give you a couple of options for the cheapest mechanical / gaming keyboard out there right now, and then let you pick which one is right for you.
This is the first keyboard on our list, quite simply because it ticks nearly all the boxes for “best cheap mechanical / gaming keyboard”. The price is fantastically low, at around £37. Despite the low price it is well built, comfortable, durable, stylish and reasonably functional. There is only one downside to this keyboard, and that is that it uses Kailh mechanical switches, not Cherry MX. Kailh switches are not that bad. Although not as good as Cherry, for quite a while they were still second best, now beaten only by Cherry and Razer. For the price, this is an incredibly good keyboard.
If you want to read our full review or purchase this keyboard, head over to our Zalman ZM-K500 page.
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Next I am going to go through the cheapest mechanical / gaming keyboards that have only Cherry MX switches.
The Cherry G80 is the cheapest Cherry MX keyboard, made by Cherry themselves. Since they make the switches, they can sell this mechboard a lot cheaper than most others, although there is a big downside to this product. It was creating purely for the office, and without gaming in mind at all. Yes, you can still using this as a gaming keyboard, but it won’t be as good as the next on the list.
Despite it’s lack of gaming features, it is still a good keyboard for what it was built for. It will look right at home at the office in front of your computer. Just as with every Cherry MX keyboard, it will feel good, sound good, and it will last longer than any cheap non-mechanical keyboard.
If you would like to read our review, head over to our Cherry G80 review page.
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SteelSeries G6 V2
This is the last keyboard we are going to talk about, and for most people this will have everything you are looking for. Well priced, designed for gaming, and it uses Cherry MX switches. It has top build quality, it looks beautiful, it is as functional as most high quality keyboards, incredibly comfortable and very reasonably priced. Steelseries have been making affordable but quality gaming peripherals for years now, and they are a company I personally really like, so I am always happy to recommend their stuff.
In terms of price, the SteelSeries G6V2 has a RRP of £72, however it is almost always much lower than that. Right now it is on sale for £68, yet I have seen it go as low as £55. For what you are getting though, all of those prices are much lower than the competition.
If you wish to read our full review, simply head to our SteelSeries G6 V2 review.
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That concludes my list of the best cheapest mechanical / gaming keyboards. Hopefully this has given you a better understanding on why the subject is more complex than it sounds, and maybe even helped you find your next mechanical keyboard! If there is anything on this list you would like to talk about or you disagree with, then please do not hesitate to contact us!