The GTRACING RGB mechanical keyboard is the clear winner on this list. From a price-point, this keyboard is very hard to beat. A few of the key features are:
All metal structure with a floating key design
Full-size with 104 keys
Click life of about 100 million key presses
Weighing in at a solid 2.25 lbs
Dimensions: 19.5 x 7.9 x 2.1 inches (49.53 x 20.06 x 5.334 cm)
One of the cooler features is the array of settings and control for the RGB back lighting which include:
20 different LED effects to choose from
8 fixed game lighting modes
6 levels of light brightness
5 levels of backlight breathing speed
Very good price for a mechanical keyboard
Solid and sturdy metal base
Excellent key response time
Long click life
Backlight keys that provide light at night
It’s hard to think of a con for the GTRACING keyboard, but if there is one, it could be that some people might need a wrist rest to maximize comfort. The other noteworthy “con” is the key caps are ABS, which most consider slightly inferior to their PBT counterparts.
The Red Dragon K552-N is the cheapest option on our list. It is a 60% mechanical keyboard (87 keys) with no backlight features. Important to note, this keyboard does not come with actual Cherry MX switches, however they are “Cherry MX equivalent” and can be swapped out.
Easy to transport at 30.7 oz (1.16 kg)
Adjustable rear feet for preferred typing or gaming angle
This ultra-compact 60% keyboard is a wireless option allowing for cleaner cable management. Featuring 61 keys and a key life of 50 million presses, this is a solid option for gamers looking for that extra mouse space.
Long-lasting 1450mAh battery life
10 hours of continued usage before recharge needed
Option to plug-in with Type-C cable
Can be shaky during typing
Initial Bluetooth setup can be challenging
Not suitable for access to cursor keys or non alpha-numeric
The AK510 from NACODEX is another full-size retro looking mechanical keyboard. It comes with 3 orange key caps for you to place as you wish on the keyboard. You can use the driver to set up preset macro programming for the light mode.
High quality PBT key caps
Excellent RGB lighting effects with 5 gaming modes
Stock with Cherry MX key switches
Programmable macro function
Heavy at 2.98 lbs (1.35 kg)
Side lights on keyboard flash when computer is asleep
Mechanical keyboards are awesome. We hope this guide of the best mechanical keyboards under $100 has been helpful.
Please leave a comment if you have or intend to buy a mechanical keyboard.