Best Gaming Keyboards Under $150

 

We are entering the big kids league, why because most of these gaming keyboards are often used by pro gamers since they offer the ultimate gaming features! Don’t get me wrong they can be utilized by everyone, from casual gamers to hardcore gamers.

These keyboards might cost a little bit more than your average keyboard, but each of them offers amazing features that can enhance your gaming experience, they can even give you a small edge over your opponent when playing an online game!

Gaming keyboards are an important accessory when it comes to PC gaming, they are one of the main tools, hence why it is important to find the perfect one for you. It can be hard finding the right one for you as they are a lot of models on the market.

In this list, we are going to look at my picks for the best gaming keyboards under $150, all of them are mechanical, and all of them have unique and specific features for gamers!

 

Editor’s pick: Our winner is, Razer BlackWidow Chroma Clicky Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This keyboard offers a great number of features, fully programmable keys + 5 additional gaming keys, over 16.8 million color options. With his extreme durability of 80 million keystrokes plus it comes with a 2-year warranty. It’s a good keyboard for gamers.

 

HERE IS A COMPARISON CHART FOR THE PRODUCTS FOUND IN OUR ARTICLE.

Preview
Corsair STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit Multicolor LED, Cherry MX Red
Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – 9 Programmable Buttons, Dedicated Media Controls
Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, Cherry MX RGB Red
Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Blue
Cougar 700K Aluminum Mechanical 32 Bit ARM Keyboard with Cherry MX Black Switch (KBC700-2IS)
Editor's Pick
Razer BlackWidow Chroma, Clicky RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, 5 Macro Keys - Razer Green Switches
Title
Corsair STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit Multicolor LED, Cherry MX Red
Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – 9 Programmable Buttons, Dedicated Media Controls
Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, Cherry MX RGB Red
Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Blue
Cougar 700K Aluminum Mechanical 32 Bit ARM Keyboard with Cherry MX Black Switch (KBC700-2IS)
Razer BlackWidow Chroma, Clicky RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, 5 Macro Keys - Razer Green Switches
Switches
Cherry MX Red
Romer-G
Cherry MX Read
Cherry MX Blue
Cherry MX Black
Razer Green Switch
Extra Macro Keys
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
USB Pass-through
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Backlit Keys
Multicolor LED
No
Multicolor LED
Red
Orange
Multicolor LED
Rating
Preview
Corsair STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit Multicolor LED, Cherry MX Red
Title
Corsair STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit Multicolor LED, Cherry MX Red
Switches
Cherry MX Red
Extra Macro Keys
No
USB Pass-through
Yes
Backlit Keys
Multicolor LED
Rating
Details
Preview
Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – 9 Programmable Buttons, Dedicated Media Controls
Title
Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – 9 Programmable Buttons, Dedicated Media Controls
Switches
Romer-G
Extra Macro Keys
Yes
USB Pass-through
No
Backlit Keys
No
Rating
Details
Preview
Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, Cherry MX RGB Red
Title
Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, Cherry MX RGB Red
Switches
Cherry MX Read
Extra Macro Keys
No
USB Pass-through
Yes
Backlit Keys
Multicolor LED
Rating
Details
Preview
Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Blue
Title
Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Blue
Switches
Cherry MX Blue
Extra Macro Keys
No
USB Pass-through
Yes
Backlit Keys
Red
Rating
Details
Preview
Cougar 700K Aluminum Mechanical 32 Bit ARM Keyboard with Cherry MX Black Switch (KBC700-2IS)
Title
Cougar 700K Aluminum Mechanical 32 Bit ARM Keyboard with Cherry MX Black Switch (KBC700-2IS)
Switches
Cherry MX Black
Extra Macro Keys
Yes
USB Pass-through
Yes
Backlit Keys
Orange
Rating
Details
Editor's Pick
Preview
Razer BlackWidow Chroma, Clicky RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, 5 Macro Keys - Razer Green Switches
Title
Razer BlackWidow Chroma, Clicky RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, 5 Macro Keys - Razer Green Switches
Switches
Razer Green Switch
Extra Macro Keys
Yes
USB Pass-through
Yes
Backlit Keys
Multicolor LED
Rating
Details

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the 2017-10-23 at 07:04 and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

 

Best Gaming Keyboards Under $150

 

Razer BlackWidow Chroma Clicky Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Editor’s pick)

 

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the 2017-10-23 at 07:24 and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

This is a model in the same family as the Blackwidow Ultimate, but with a few added features.This model features only Razer brand switches specifically designed with gaming in mind and built to withstand the test of time and regular use.

It offers all the same customization abilities as its cheaper cousin, but also provides various colorings including an Overwatch themed color with the game logo in lights along the top right corner making this model perfect for an Overwatch fan.

Like most of the Razer keyboards, this one provides fantastic mechanical switches with 50g actuation force. Giving the user’s speed and responsiveness like never before, perfect for hardcore gamers who want the best gear for those intense online matches.

Thanks to Razer superior engineering, this keyboard is very durable and will last you a long time with its lifespan of up to 80 million keystrokes. Making this keyboard one of the best reliable keyboards in this price range.

The selling point of this keyboard is the customization it offers. First, this model provides individually programmable backlit keys with 16.8 million color options, all easily set through Razer Synapse. From preloaded lighting effects for different types of games to your custom uniquely programmed palette of colors.

Second, you can use the Razer Synapse software to remap keys or to create on the fly macros. The software is very straightforward and user-friendly you will have no problem using it even if it’s your first time. This feature is handy to gain the edge over your opponents, especially in MOBA or MMO types of games.

The Razer Blackwidow also expands significantly on the already fantastic macro support on the Blackwidow model family. It also sports a USB pass through option meaning you can plug a mouse directly into the keyboard to send all signals at once and better manage cords.

The Razer BlackWidow Chroma fantastically sets the stage for higher end mechanical keyboards and what to expect from them.

Overall, despite the high price, this is truly a high-end gaming keyboard, I can safely say it will offer fantastic performance as I already owned one in the past.

Pros
  • Expansive customization options
  • Durability and ergonomic design with gaming in mind
  • Relatively low price considering features list
  • 16.8 Million Customizable Color Options
  • User friendly software
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Really loud clicking noise

 

Corsair STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

 

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the 2017-10-23 at 07:04 and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

This Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Keyboard sets a standard for its price range entirely. Customizable colors, the popular Cherry brand switches, and the included wrist rest are just to name a few more popular features included.

You can choose from several different switch colors with varying resistance and other small but important differences in the keys. It also sports a more modest design but isn’t so plain it looks like an entirely average keyboard at a glance.

This model offers Cherry MX Red gaming key switches. Gold-crosspoint contacts, gold-plated contact closures, and pressure-resistant metal alloy springs give every gamer a competitive advantage. Meaning these key switches provides responsiveness when you need for perfectly executing double and triple taps. A must when you need that small advantage over our enemies.

Like our previous pick, this keyboard allows the user to reassign any key or create on the fly macros for the most hardcore gamers. This model includes a USB pass-through port, perfect for plugging in your headset, mouse or even mobile phone, and it is strategically positioned for uninterrupted gaming sessions.

On top of offering an ergonomic design with its detachable soft-touch wrist rest, this model provides easy-access multimedia controls. You won’t have to worry about abruptly interrupting your game, as these buttons are very accessible. Unfortunately, this model does not offer extra keys for macros, similar to our previous pick.

The CUE software used to customize this mechanical gaming keyboard might be a little hard to use if you are not experienced in dealing with peripheral enhancement software. It is at best mildly-intuitive and takes some basic know-how to navigate until you get comfortable. Not a big flaw, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Overall, this modest gaming keyboard is one of the highest quality on the list and is difficult to really have negatives for considering a number of options available for getting a model to suit your exact needs. Mainly the keyboard is a bit harder to find for purchase which is its biggest drawback so far.

Pros
  • Expansive customization options to fit every person’s individual needs
  • Included detachable wrist rest
  • Flashy design
  • 100% Cherry MX gaming key switches
  • Fully programmable
Cons
  • No headphone/mic passthrough
  • Little bit expensive
  • CUE program is not user friendly

 

Logitech RGB G810 Orion Spectrum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

 

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the 2017-10-23 at 07:24 and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

This particular model is very similar in descriptions to the Blackwidow Razer in the same price range. This model also utilizes custom switches that may be a little unfamiliar to anyone who is accustomed to the standard Cherry brand or the various clones of the brand.

The switches are however designed to be optimized for a gaming experience, and the board features the macro customization and LED customization similar to most of the models on this list. Choose from up to 16.8 million brilliant colors and experience intelligent illumination that synchronizes lighting and key commands to in-game action, great to match your gaming setup.

With that said the Logitech doesn’t have any particular standout features, it is fairly priced for its level of quality and feature list. The Logitech gaming software might be the only standout feature this keyboard provides. It comes pre-loaded with profiles for over 300 games, giving the user full control to personalize Orion Spectrum to their personal preferences.

If you’re a hardcore gamer and what to create macros to give you that small edge vs. your opponents this keyboard is perfect for you. The Orion Spectrum offers customizable function keys, program custom macros to F1-F12 keys with Logitech Gaming Software. It also features straightforward media controls. You won’t have to hit alt-tab to change music tracks.

Despite being on the higher end of its price category, this gaming keyboard does not have a wrist rest. It is not a big problem, but for the price, one would expect to have a wrist rest, it’s something to keep in mind before purchasing.

Logitech is a decently well-known brand, and if they are typically your first choice then the keyboard would most likely suit your needs, but it would be best to try this model out before investing the price into something you may not be completely sure about.

Pros
  • Customizable LEDs, and Macros
  • Fair price considering the quality
  • Features most capabilities of other keyboards in the same class without sacrificing in any category
  • Ultra-Responsive Keys
Cons
  • No standout features to make it truly unique
  • Even falling into our highest price category it does not include a wrist rest when most other models at a similar price do

 

Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

 

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the 2017-10-23 at 07:04 and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Another high-quality Mechanical Gaming Keyboard designed for hardcore gamers created by Corsair. The K70 LUX RGB is very similar to our other picks regarding design and what it can offer to its users. Loaded into a rugged aluminum body, Corsair LUX keyboards provide the ultimate experience for every situation.

This model features the Cherry MX Red switches, which are considered by many to be the pinnacle of gaming optimization. This means the keyboard is extremely responsive, allows for multiple key presses at once without input confusion, and has some of the fastest transmission to your PC of any keyboard available and it does all of this almost silently.

This model also boasts aircraft grade materials and design and sports a wrist rest with an ergonomic design to deliver one of the most comfortable typing and keyboarding experiences possible. The board also doesn’t skip in the customization category providing a software program to customize the LED backlight of each key individually or by programming a light show into your keyboard for some beautiful effects.

The software CUE is fantastic and user-friendly. It provides the users with sophisticated macro programming, fluid dynamic illumination for an enlightened gaming experience. This model even includes multimedia controls, meaning you can switch between music tracks without interrupting your game.

Like the Razer Black Widow Chroma, the K70 has a built in USB pass-through port. The port is positioned for uninterrupted game play and ready for your mouse or wireless headset adapter. Great if you want to keep your desk clear from clutter.

The only problem that might bug some people out is this monster takes up 2 USB slots on your computer. Computers nowadays have a lot of USB slots, but still, it might be a problem for some people, hence the reason I wanted to include it.

Ultimately, this is one of the best keyboards available and does hit a little heavy on the price tag, so if you’re not looking for the highest end model this may be more than you need.

Pros
  • Extremely durable build extends longevity of the board greatly
  • Lots of customization options
  • USB pass through option
  • Very elegant design
  • Aircraft-grade material
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Non-Standard Bottom Row (Space bar)
  • Takes two USB spot to work

 

Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard

 

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the 2017-10-23 at 07:04 and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

This is a keyboard for a pro gamer or someone who needs a keyboard that works through multiple applications as quickly as possible. This Keyboard is similar to our last pick. The only difference is the RGB lighting, if you’re the type of gamer who does not need a high-end keyboard with a standard look, then this is the perfect one for you.

The Corsair K70 LUX is indeed designed for gamers, as it offers 100% Cherry MX Brown key switches, for fast actuation, light tactile feedback. On top of having 100% anti-ghosting with 104 key rollovers on USB. Reliably accurate performance, no matter how fast you are. Making it one of the best performing keyboards in this price range.

Using the CUE application, you will be able to create various macros, and each key can be assigned its unique backlighting color for virtually unlimited customization. Perfect for gamers that want the small edge they need to defeat their enemies in those intense online matches.

This keyboard is great for FPS, and MOBA games, the textured and contoured keycaps provide maximum grip and enhanced feel. It’s ideal for any type of game as well. The soft-touch wrist rest is detachable as well, fantastic for those marathon gaming sessions.

It is rare any device that isn’t a computer, phone or gaming device has internal memory, but this keyboard supports it to store one hundred percent of your configurations so plugging it into any compatible computer allows you the same control as your main PC.

Like most of the keyboards on our list, this one provides dedicated multimedia controls, meaning you won’t have to minimize your game to change music tracks. This model has a built-in USB pass-through port. Strategically positioned not to interrupt your gameplay.

Overall, If you’re on a tight budget but still want a great keyboard, then this one is a great fit, not a ridiculous price for good gaming features.

Pros
  • RGB Backlighting
  • Detachable soft-touch wrist rest
  • Dedicated multimedia controls
  • Fully customizable
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • Takes up 2 USB spots
  • Wrist rest is hard to remove

 

Cougar 700K KBC700-1IS LED Backlight Cherry MX Red Switch

 

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the 2017-10-23 at 07:09 and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Last but not least, the Cougar 700K KBC700-1IS LED Gaming Mechanical Keyboard. This gaming keyboard is designed for serious and professional gamers. Inspired by military “stealth technology,” the design is created from elements of geometric facet. On top of having a gorgeous design.

Cougar offers a variety of Cherry MX switches to choose from, which is great for us gamers. The one on our list is the Cherry MX Red Switch model, one of the best switches for gaming. Thanks to the light weighting allowing for more rapid actuation and better accuracy.

The mechanical key modules are mounted on exposed and bended aluminum structure with premium brushed surface treatments, this structure makes the keyboard sturdy and durable. Resulting in a long lasting gaming keyboard.

This model includes a 32-bit arm processor. Allowing the users to store up to 3 full configuration profiles on the keyboard itself. This allows you to preserve your settings even if you bring your keyboard to another computer. A handy option if you have a couple of games you are playing at the same moment. You can even use the on-the-fly key switches to change between profiles quickly.

One of the selling points for me is the six programmable G-keys, five on the left side of the keyboard and one near the space bar. As a hardcore game, these are very useful as they allow the users to key-bind specific actions on these keys, giving you the small edge over your opponents in online matches. This gaming keyboard includes dedicated multimedia keys, great for switching music without alt-tabbing.

Another great option is the USB port and Audio In-Out on the keyboard this will allow you to connect your mouse (or any other USB device), headphones and microphone directly to the keyboard. This is truly a handy option to quickly connect your favorite PC accessory.

This mechanical keyboard can be customized via the Cougar UIX software. This program is user-friendly, reports have said that it might be a little bit glitchy at times but nothing too big. This system will allow you to fully customize every key and create on the fly macros, which is very good to give you a small edge vs. your enemies.

Overall, compared to our other picks the Cougar does not have a flashy design, it is fairly simple but offers a lot of gaming features, plus it does not cost a fortune like some of our picks.

Pros
  • Anti Ghosting technology
  • Gorgeous design
  • Detachable palm rest
  • 6 ergonomically positioned G-Keys
  • Sturdy and strong structural foundation
Cons
  • Software is a little bit glitchy
  • Can’t customize the key colors

 

 

Conclusion

We hope our list gave you a clearer vision on these high-end mechanical keyboards. In the end, you are the one who decides which keyboard you want for your gaming needs. There are no bad options on our list, most of the gaming keyboards found above will offer you the ultimate gaming experience.

If you have the budget it might be a good idea to invest in a more expensive gaming keyboard since they offer the full package, macros, light customization, ergonomic and much more, they can even mean the difference between the victory screen and the defeat screen.

I hope our list of best gaming keyboards under $150 has helped you choose the perfect keyboard for you. Do not forget to leave us a comment in the section below.