Looking for a new mechanical gaming keyboard can be difficult, especially if you want one that conquers and fulfills all of your desires such as RGB lightning, accuracy, media controls and more under a tight budget and we all know how much a headache it can be to search from multiple sellers or companies providing high end peripherals. In this list, we chose keyboards from companies like Razer, SteelSeries and Corsair to help you find one that suits you.
So, here are our Top 5 picks including our Top Pick of Mechanical Gaming Keyboards that you should purchase for your high end gaming sessions under $200 or 200 US Dollars. Also, most of the products mentioned usually are discounted and are available at a lower price than retail, so make sure to see latest price of the following items.
Quick Comparison Of Gaming Keyboards with Palm Rest
|Image||Name||Switch Type||Media Controls and Wrist/Palm Rest||Price|
|Razer Black Widow Elite||Razer Mechanical||Supported||Check Price|
|Patriot Viper V770||Kailh Red||Supported||Check Price|
|SteelSeries Apex Pro||OmniPoint Adjustable||Supported||Check Price|
|Corsair K95 XT Platinum||Cherry MX||Supported||Check Price|
|Razer Huntsman Elite||Razer Opto-Mechanical||Supported||Check Price|
|Corsair K100||CORSAIR OPX Optical-Mechanical||Supported||Check Price|
Razer Black Widow Elite
Razer BlackWidow Elite is our no.1 Top pick for the list of best mechanical gaming keyboards under $200 USD. The reason being that if you are familiar with huntsman elite, which is also currently in this list, is from the same parent company, Razer.
BlackWidow Elite is basically under priced clone of it with the reduction of RGB lightning beneath the huntsman elite and a few other changes such in design.
More onto BlackWidow elite, it offers a durable build made of military grade metal plate and upto 80 Million Clicks, which is highly impressive given the how often it is available on discount. The RGB customization along with button programming can be done via Razer synapse, which is a great tool to tailor your keyboard to your needs.
In addition, you choose from type of buttons Razer offers, as it has it’s own Mechanical switches including Razer Green (Tactile & Clicky), Razer Orange (Tactile & Silent) and Razer Yellow (Linear & Silent) that are also designed to provide top notch performance for extended and high end gaming sessions.
The underdog of this list but a great performer is Viper V770. A brand unheard of, Patriot has presented an impressive alternative to some expensive keyboard brands. Patriot has released mechanical keyboards before, namely V765 and V730 but V770 has outdone it’s predecessors with unique and much more aesthetic design look. This mechanical keyboard is very much in competition with the Corsair K95 and is proving to be a suitable and money saving alternative. The V770 comes with Kailh red switches that are quieter as compared to traditional Cherry MX red switches, however the performance is top notch for what they are. The build quality is also rock solid with aluminum body with some areas in plastic, no issues in this department. The addition clickable Scroll wheel on the top right hand side is a nice feature to control your audio and other multimedia options right from your keyboard. RGB is customizable throughout all keycaps as well as the buttons including the programmable macro keys to give you an edge during competitive games through the official software of Patriot Viper. However, the RGB on the wrist rest is not in sync with the rest of the keyboard so the RGB is not customizable yet there are bright colors to get you that immersive effect. Overall, this keyboard comes with official two year warranty so if there are some unforeseen issues with your variant, you are backed up by Patriot themselves.
SteelSeries Apex Pro
SteelSeries Apex Pro, from the lineup of Apex series, is one of the fastest advertised professional gaming keyboard with OmniPoint adjustable switches. As SteelSeries claims, they are even faster and better performing than Cherry Mx or other standard mechanical switches and that the OmniPoint switches support upto a 100 Million clicks of durability. The creator of high-end gaming peripherals, SteelSeries also points out Apex Pro has aircraft grade aluminum alloy durability (as opposed to military grade durability in Razer Blackwidow Elite) to offer a never ending compromise on performance.
With the addition of media controls, an embedded smart OLED display within the keyboard (yes, within the keyboard just next to media controls) and a magnetic wrist rest, Apex Pro has a lot going on for the price it offers.
CORSAIR K95 XT PLATINUM
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is sure to be included this list ofthe list of best mechanical gaming keyboards under $200 USD. From the famous computer components provider, Corsair K series is the one you should look into if you like Corsair and also happen to buy a mechanical gaming keyboard.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum supports Cherry MX switches (MX Blue, MX Brown and MX Speed Silver) and Corsair claims that MX Speed Silver with ultra fast 1.2 millimeter actuation switches support upto a 100 Million clicks of durability. Furthermore, XT Platinum have additional dedicated 6 fully programmable MACRO keys (on the far left), which you can program it to your likings and put certain instant commands (such as jump+throw in csgo etc.).
Comes with 19 Zone RGB lightning, there would be surely endless customization of lightning effects on the Corsair Utility engine software and the addition of media controls and detachable wrist rest signifies that Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is a great contender for the competition it is up against.
Razer Huntsman Elite
Razer Hunstman Elite is our next pick from Razer Keyboards for the list of best mechanical gaming keyboards under $200 USD. This keyboard is most famous mechanical gaming peripheral among professionals and streamers. The near identical twin of BlackWidow Elite which is also currently in this list, is from the same parent company, Razer, Huntsman Elite offers several additional changes to the other twin such as faster Razer Optical Switches, which supports upto 100 Million clicks durability and it also offers the underglow RGB lightning that the other twin does not have, while both of them offer RGB lights within the switches. The RGB customization along with button programming can be done via Razer synapse, which is a great tool to tailor your keyboard to your needs.
In addition, you choose from type of buttons Razer offers, as it has it’s own Switches including Razer Analog (Analog Optical), Razer Optical (Clicky Optical) and Razer Linear (Optical Linear) that are also designed to provide top notch performance for extended and high end gaming sessions, should you choose Razer Huntsman Elite.
Corsair K100 Optical Mechanical is our last pick for the list of best mechanical gaming keyboards. From the famous computer components provider, K series is the one you should look into if you like Corsair and also happen to buy a mechanical gaming keyboard. Though the price varies of K100 on Amazon, it might be a good buy for what it offers.
Corsair K100 Optical Mechanical supports Cherry MX switches (MX Blue, MX Brown and MX Speed Silver) as well as Optical Mechanical Corsair OPX Switches, which Corsair claims that these ultra fast 1.0 millimeter actuation switches support upto a 150 Million clicks of durability. Furthermore, just like K95 Platinum, K100 Optical Keyboard also feature additional dedicated 6 fully programmable MACRO keys (on the far left), which you can program it to your likings and put certain instant commands (such as jump+throw in csgo etc.).
Comes with 20 Zone RGB lightning, there would be surely no limit color customization of lightning effects on the Corsair Utility engine software and 4000 Hz Polling Rate, Corsair K100 Optical Mechanical may be fastest switches you may try.