If you are someone like me who spends a major chunk of their day typing away on a keyboard, I bet a comfortable and quiet experience is what you must desire. One of the highlights of mechanical keyboards is their tactile response, which adds to the typing experience. However, not all mechanical keyboards are designed for office work, and the wrong device may end up hampering your productivity instead of boosting it.
More importantly, most of the mechanical keyboards are on the expensive side. Worry not, for there are plenty of affordable mechanical keyboards out there. Naturally, the right keyboard will also add to your productivity.
So here we are with the best affordable mechanical keyboards for office work under $100. Let's have a look. But first,
The first keyboard on our list is a budget offering from Redragon. But let not the budget tag deter you from trying this keyboard, for it checks the right boxes. The Redragon K551 is a gaming keyboard at heart, but it provides a good experience for regular office work. It's a full-sized keyboard and comes with an integrated Numpad. Redragon offers wired connectivity, and you'll get to play with the RGB backlights.
The build is solid and has minimal flex for the price. You'll find the aluminum base of this keyboard quite durable though a bit heavy. Plus, the ABS plastic keycaps have a curved design, making it easy and convenient to rest your fingertips when typing.
Now, coming to the most important part of any keyboard—Switches. The Redragon K551 boasts of Outemu Red switches. These switches are quiet and decent for typing.
The Redragon K551 is quite popular on Amazon. It has received more than two thousand reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.4-stars out of 5. As per Fakespot's estimates, around 80% of the reviews are reliable and can be trusted.
Another mechanical keyboard that proves to be effective for office work is the Logitech K840. Like its counterpart above, this one falls under the affordable section. However, it packs the right features for an office keyboard. Thanks to the anodized aluminum backplate, you get a solid build and a premium look. The latter is a welcome feature for a keyboard of this price range.
Like most Logitech mechanical keyboards, this one also packs Romer-G switches underneath the ABS keycaps. These switches offer tactile feedback, aren't too loud, and are set to last around 70 million strokes. And you can compare Romer-G switches to the Cherry MX's Red and Brown variant.
Aside from the above, the K840 has some nifty features. It can be inclined. Secondly, the rear has non-slip pads that prevent the keyboard from moving around when you are working.
But, the Logitech K840 has a few shortcomings. For one, it doesn't have any wrist pads, which may lead to slight discomfort in the long run. Secondly, there are no macro keys, and the printing on the keys looks a little cheap.
The Keychron K2 is a far cry from the full-length design in the above keyboards. Instead, the Keychron K2 is a sleek and compact keyboard and brings home a minimalistic look. Quite naturally, compact keyboards like this one mean they will occupy less space on your desk, thereby giving you enough room to keep your desk accessories. However, that's not the only feature that makes this mechanical keyboard stand apart from the rest.
For one, it's a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and can connect up to three Bluetooth devices, and you can switch between them directly from the keyboard. Secondly, this one is designed for Mac users and has the same layout as your conventional Mac keyword, complete with dedicated keys for Control, Command, and Option keys.
At the same time, the KeyChron K2 packs the right kind of look. All the keys except one are colored in black and grey, while the red Esc keep grabs your attention. It may sound a little odd at first, but let me tell you that the looks are on point. And this is further backed by RGB backlighting.
KeyChron K2 sports Gateron switches and is available in red, brown, or blue switches. As you may already know, Blue and Brown switches are ideal for computer work or typing since they are both tactile and not as loud as their counterparts.
Keychron K2 has earned its share of reviews and has more than 1,500 reviews to its credits. Out of these, it has acquired an average rating of 4.6-stars, with users loving it for its build quality, typing experience, and price-to-value proposition.
Razer is a well-known name in the gaming arena, primarily for its gaming mice and keyboards. So if you want a keyboard that you can use both for gaming as well as the occasional game, the Razer BlackWidow Elite is the one you should have. This keyboard walks the fine line between a traditional gaming keyboard and office use. Not only does it deliver an excellent typing experience, but you can also play for long hours with this one. The flex is just right, and the build leans towards strong and durable.
And it doesn't end there. The BlackWidow Elite boasts good ergonomics. Unlike the ones above, which do not have wrist support, this one has a magnetic palm rest. This feature comes to the picture if you have the habit of typing for long hours. And yes, like most keyboards, you also get to fiddle with two heights.
Razer gives you three options to choose from—Orange, Yellow, and Green switches when it comes to switches. And if you want quiet and tactile feedback, the orange is the one you should go for.
You can expect some bells and whistles like customizable RGB lighting, media keys, and Windows Lock key being a gaming keyboard.
Besides that, you also find a nifty volume wheel should you want to directly control the volume from the keyboard in the middle of your gaming adventures. Or while you are working on a long PDF while listening to your favorite song.
If you want the whole experience of owning a true mechanical keyboard without spending a lot of money, the Keychron K6 makes the cut. The crux of this keyboard is the swappable switches, meaning you can replace the switches easily (and not just the keycaps) with switches of your liking without any hassles. Like its cousin above, this one is also a compact keyboard.
Just like the Keychron K2, this one is compatible with Windows and Mac. And like it, it's a wireless Bluetooth keyboard (Bluetooth 5.1) and can connect up to three devices and swap between them as per your preferences,
Being a compact keyboard doesn't mean you lose out on some functionalities. Plus, it also lets you customize and remap some of the keys.
The Keychron K2 uses Gateron switches and you can take your pick from three variants—Brown, Red, and Blue. And hey, it also has backlighting options.
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The wrong keyboard can break the experience. Apart from tiring you down and hampering your productivity, some keyboards also make you more prone to typos and errors in the initial days.
If you are willing to pay a tad bit more, Razer's Pro Type checks off all the right boxes. It combines performance with comfort and delivers quality output. And at the same time, this wireless keyboard has a stylish and premium look.