Cheap mechanical keyboards

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Keyboards are one of the most essential components of a computer setup, but choosing the right one can be a daunting task. With so many options available, from mechanical to membrane, wired to wireless, and more, it can be hard to know where to start. Here I will list my personal list of affordable but good quality mechanical keyboards.

Before you buy make sure you know what switch colors are, you may buy very loud or uncomfortable keyboard.

Silent Ones

Akko 3068B Plus 65%

Akko 3068B Plus 65% is a cheap keyboard with nothing extra. Pbt Double Shot Keycaps & Anti-ghosting, quality hot-swappable jelly switch, stabilizers and regular ABS keys with laser engraving and good thickness. An inexpensive keyboard in which you can change switches, try new things, and even build a custom keyboard.

Akko 3068B plus keyboard can be connected to multiple devices through Bluetooth 5.0, multi-host 2.4Ghz (with a receiver) and wired Type-C modes with easy switch. Equipped with a large 1800mAh battery, this keyboard provides long-lasting performance, ensuring that you can work uninterruptedly for extended periods of time without the need for frequent charging.

MageGee Portable

MageGee Portable — Extremely budget-friendly keyboard with Cherry switches. Has moderately thick PBT Doubleshot keycaps, medium level stabilizers, and backlighting. Not bad for people who don’t have a huge budget for their first mechanic.

Keychron K8 Pro QMK

Keychron K8 Pro QMK— It costs twice as much, but has higher quality PBT keycaps, detachable cable, RGB backlight, Hot-Swappable Gateron G Pro Red Switch, and high level stabilizers. I don’t know about other average people in the keyboard world, but I like this model much better than the famous Akko 3087, IKBC C87/F87 or Durgod Taurus/Aurora.

Kemove61

The Kemove61 is a mid-budget 60% keyboard, on Gateron switches, with PBT Doubleshot keycaps, mid-level stabilizers, removable wire, RGB backlighting, and HotSwap board.

YUNZII KC84S

YUNZII KC84S is a 75%, 84 keys, layout of KC84 keyboard, with a fairly medium cost. It has a bunch of variations, can come with both Cherry and Gateron switches, with both PBT Doubleshot keycaps and regular PBT side-applied keycaps. Otherwise, it has a HotSwap system, a removable cable, and can even connect via Bluetooth. Self-explanatory, with white/RGB backlighting. Also has a TKL version of the KC87.

Varmilo VA87M

The Varmilo VA87M is a keyboard that many consider the benchmark for off-the-shelf keyboards, even though it doesn’t come cheap. Cherry Retool switches, excellent stabilizers, PBT Doubleshot keycaps with 1.5mm thickness and Cherry profile, as well as white backlighting, detachable cable and many unique colors.

PFU HHKB

PFU HHKB — Keyboards along with Varmilo, Vortex and Ducky are considered to be benchmarks, however, now we will talk about more expensive version of the keyboards, equipped with Japanese electrostatic Topre electrostatic switches. Excellent quality, for which you’ll pay a lot of money. PBT Dye-Sub keycaps with an unusual stem design, quality Costar stabilizers. You can’t expect much more from such an engineering marvel.

Before making any purchase, I recommend that you first do a thorough research. A keyboard can be noisy or of poor quality, or it can fit all the requirements and help you save money. In order to understand I wrote an article right here:

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Other factors to consider when choosing a keyboard include connectivity (wired or wireless), layout (standard or ergonomic), and extra features such as backlighting or macro keys.

It’s also important to read reviews and do your research before making a purchase. A keyboard may look great on paper, but may have issues with build quality or durability. Reading reviews from other users can give you a better idea of what to expect from a particular keyboard.

In the end, choosing the right keyboard comes down to understanding your needs and finding a keyboard that meets those needs within your budget. By doing your research and considering all the factors involved, you can ensure that you make an informed decision and find the perfect keyboard for your setup.

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