The keyboard isn’t mechanical which does tend to hold a certain annoyance with me whilst gaming, however what it does have, which I really truly love is the onboard LCD gaming screen that allows you to read in game data analysis and statistics without ever needing to leave the game. Again, comes with custom backlighting and I have to say it really does look like the business. This literal heavyweight (weighing approximately 2.6 pounds) as one Amazon.com reviewer claimed “is a great mechanical keyboard and highly recommend it to any one who is looking for a no frills gaming keyboard” and I can’t say my personal opinion differs much — a gamer looking for a sure bet to get a high performing gaming keyboard all for under a $100, can’t really go wrong with this little beauty.
Now, the Logitech G510, I have mixed feelings for.
The SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard — Price: $99.99
The 6GV2 is perhaps the most popular gaming keyboard around — being specifically designed to “improve the user’s ability to obtain more actions per minute than any other keyboard in the market”. Moreover, like the Pro, and as can be seen in the image above of the Blackwidow Ultimate — it has illuminated keys for high game play even within low lighted areas. Although perhaps not as popular as the 6GV2 above, it shouldn’t be considered any less efficient. However, with a report rate of 500Hz (2 milliseconds) and like I mentioned before a non-mechanical key structure, it doesn’t quite match my vote for the best gaming keyboard for under 100 dollars.
Below is a showcase of some of the very best gaming keyboards available for under 100 dollars in today’s current market. Every PC gamer, from a casual online first person shooter (FPS) to a professional computer gamer — will know of the edge and advantages that a gaming keyboard can offer you, from their rapid response rate to their customisable set of keys to suit your very specific needs — which in all, could very well mean the difference between life & ‘winning’ and death & ‘losing’.
Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Pro — Price $99.23
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510 — Price: $94.99
The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate is the certainly one of the ‘big players’ in the gaming keyboard world, again like the 6GV2 and the Pro, the Blackwidow has a mechanical key infrastructure providing gamers with ‘a tactile feedback’ — a rather crisp feel along with a claimed accelerated game play. With mechanical ‘high grade’ Cherry MX Brown switches accompanied with a 1 millisecond response time (1000Hz) it makes the Pro a certainly mean gaming device with the right hands. Overall, I have to say this my personal favourite — a quality board and when you after you have become accustomed to the way it feels and works — it can allow you to gain a big in-game advantage. Accompanied by its ‘backlighting’ with laser engraved keys the user can have the option of a N-Key roll over (USB) which essentially allows each key press to be registered regardless of how many others keys are held down. Again, a hugely popular keyboard amongst gamers and there is a reason why — it works and it works well. SteelSeries with the 6GV2 have also gone on to claim that they have redefined ‘Anti-ghosting’ — allowing you to use up to six keys (as well as modifiers) simultaneously. Plus the fact that you are pretty unlikely to find a backlighting with MX brown switches on a keyboard for under 100 dollars.. In addition, the keyboard offers you the ability to allow a simple “record[ing] of unlimited macros on-the-fly” allowing you to always stay in game. And OK granted it is a little bit more than the budget mark, but there are alternative sellers out there who sell it for less than a $100.
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard — Price:$102.99
Another highly rated gaming keyboard that comes just under the 100 dollars budget is the Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Pro