The iKBC F108 RGB is a full size keyboard with 16.8M RGB backlighting from a group of enthusiasts in Taiwan who had good build quality and value for money in mind. The keyboard features thick backlit doubleshot PBT keycaps, two colors, and four genuine Cherry MX switches to choose from, as well as driver-less controls with on-board storage.
The Bloody B820R is a sub-$100 keyboard featuring their LK2 Blue and Red optical switches. The keyboard also gets a brushed aluminum top cover, doubleshot injected legends, multiple RGB animations, and backlighting effects to choose from with or without software driver control, and dust and spill resistance round off a good feature set.
The Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum features Tesoro's new infrared optical switches co-developed with Gateron. This is a keyboard that aims to take customization to the next level, thanks to the ability to mix and match switches as per user preference. The choice is between linear and tactile/clicky switches that are rated to last longer than traditional mechanical switches with faster response times.
The Corsair K68 is a full size mechanical keyboard featuring genuine Cherry MX Red switches, full keyboard backlighting, support for their powerful Corsair Utility Engine software driver, and IP32 rated dust and spill resistance - all at a sub-$100 price point.
The Matias Quiet Pro keyboard features improved Alps-inspired Quiet Click switches with reduced wobble, while still keeping them quiet and with good tactile feedback. The keyboard also has a polycarbonate casing, three spare USB ports, and dedicated media buttons and aims to improve the typing experience of office workers everywhere.
The Aukey KM-G4 RGB mechanical keyboard is an improvement in almost every way over the previous iteration, the KM-G3, which itself was of fantastic value for the money. Featuring software driver control, onboard storage, hardware control over full 16.8M RGB backlighting, smooth Outemu Brown tactile switches, and an aluminum frame, the KM-G4 is a keyboard to strongly consider in the sub-$75 market.
The Retro Classic from AZIO takes the typewriter-inspired MK Retro as a base and builds upon it in every way possible. Be it the thick zinc-aluminum alloy frame with chrome or copper plating options, the genuine leather in two finishes, full keyboard backlighting, and five language options to choose from, this is a luxury product with a price tag to match.
Penclic is a Swedish company that makes small form factor peripherals with ergonomics in mind. Their Mini Keyboard C2 is a low profile keyboard with scissor switches that offers near TKL functionality in a much smaller space while weighing less than a pound to make this a very portable keyboard.
The Evoluent Reduced Reach keyboard for right-handed users aims to optimize the standard full-size keyboard by moving the Num Pad to the left. Combined with a minimized arrow-key column, this keyboard offers reduced reach to the nearby mouse, to help minimize joint pains over the long run.
The SABER68 from Originative Co. is a 65% form-factor keyboard with functionality similar to a TKL keyboard. Originative added its own tweaks to this project in the form of dye sublimated PBT keycaps and exclusive MOD linear and tactile switches that aim to offer options many have asked for and not received from Cherry.
The Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08 is the first keyboard from Creative and features OMRON mechanical switches, full 16.8M RGB backlighting, dedicated media and macro buttons, and a USB pass-through port. The hardware is supported by their Sound Blaster Connect software driver for lighting customization and performance tweaking.
Cooler Master has listened to consumer feedback, and with their MasterKeys PBT series, they have thick PBT plastic keycaps out of the box on all the switches. The keyboard also includes onboard support for multiple OS and typing layouts, macro recording, and an option for the rare Cherry MX Green switches; all for less than $100.
Adesso has a typewriter-inspired USB mechanical keyboard now, with round keycaps, a black and silver trim, and Outemu Blue clicky switches. Priced below $100, this also has novel twist-style feet to appeal to typists both old and new.
The Das Keyboard Prime 13 is Das Keyboard acknowledging that some people want the excellent build quality of their flagship products at a lower price point. Add on back-lighting, a USB pass-through instead of a hub, retain the Cherry MX switches and the Prime 13 offers an option worth looking into.
The Race 3 is the latest iteration in the Race 75% keyboard line from Vortexgear, offering TKL functionality in a much smaller form factor. In addition, the Race 3 has thick PBT keycaps, multiple OS and layout support, four layers with programmability, and an anodized aluminum case to make sure you get a long-lasting keyboard of high build quality.
Palette is a startup that aims to elevate the current standard of human-computer interaction. Their modular controllers based off the MIDI standard use a combination of buttons, dials, and sliders to lower workflow time for content creators. The PaletteApp driver helps with built-in support for over 15 popular programs from Adobe and others, and profile support enables quick changes in functionality for individual modules.
The Viper V770 is Patriot Memory's first RGB backlit keyboard, and they have made sure it leaves an unforgettable impression. It features dedicated media, macro, and lighting control buttons, USB and audio pass-through, full 16.8 M RGB backlighting on not just every single key on the keyboard, but also the provided wrist rest, and a lightweight driver to offer more control and functionality.
The iKBC F87 RGB is a full RGB backlit ten-key-less keyboard from a group of enthusiasts in Taiwan who wanted a solid keyboard without sacrificing much. It features backlit doubleshot PBT keycaps, two color options, four genuine Cherry MX switch options, and driver-less backlighting control.
The Alloy FPS is the first keyboard to come out of Kingston's gaming brand, HyperX. It has a minimalist bezel design, features a thick steel frame for rigidity, floating keycaps, backlighting, and the use of Cherry MX switches in various layouts for customers around the world. To help sweeten the deal, HyperX includes a travel sleeve, a USB pass-through, and replacement keycaps as well.
The Z-Machine K650WP from Zalman is a membrane keyboard that comes in at a price point where there is really no competition from branded mechanical keyboards. At the same time, it offers a waterproof design, dedicated volume-control buttons, and an internal aluminum plate for structural rigidity, making it great value for the money.
The MK Retro is AZIO's take on the humble typewriter modernized to the mechanical keyboard experience. Featuring unique aesthetics, pillar-style feet, and two color options to choose from, it aims to introduce some much needed style to the sub-$100 keyboard market.
The Suora FX is Roccat's answer to those who said their Ryos series was too big and "gamery". It features a minimal bezel, metal housing, new TTC mechanical switches, and full 16.8M RGB backlighting. Roccat has also added in support with their software driver Swarm and is aiming to take on the larger gaming keyboard brands with it.
The CODE keyboard is a collaboration between a keyboard manufacturing company and a famous software developer, making it designed with one thing in mind - lots of typing. Offering rare Cherry MX Green and MX Clear switches, and dip switches to toggle between pre-programmed keyboard layouts, the CODE is built to last and built to code on.
Das Keyboard is a company synonymous with high build quality and clean aesthetics when it comes to keyboards for the professional typist. This flagship product features dedicated media buttons, their trademark volume wheel, genuine Cherry MX switches, and even an integrated ruler.
The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard in its current revisions 227 and 229 aims to get past the issues that plagued the predecessors to re-establish a loyal customer base. It features all new switches, updated firmware, support for niche keyboard layouts, full programmability and more in a form factor smaller than most keyboards.