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It’s the season of giving gifts to your friends, loved ones, and family members. Before the year ends, we’re here to provide you with a simple gift guide related to gaming! For this episode, it’s all about gaming keyboards!

Fret not, this list will not break your bank as it is meant for people with a tight budget. Before we start, we’ll discuss some basic knowledge with regards to types of keyboards. Let’s begin!

Note: this gaming keyboard gift guide that we’ll provide is mainly used on Personal Computers. There will be some that are compatible with your mobile devices so feel free to take a look at our curated list.

Brief background on keyboards (and gaming keyboards)

For the sake of relevance and simplicity in this list, we’ll only discuss the difference between two common keyboard mechanism types — Membrane and Mechanical.

First, Membrane keyboards are the most common type that you are probably using in offices, schools, and at home. These don’t have separate parts and have a flat surface with only rubber pads in between their circuit board. Basically, when you press its keys, it’s usually mushy, quiet, and requires little effort to push down.

Next are Mechanical keyboards or MKBs which can be considered as the main gaming keyboards. The most notable feature of this type is that it has Switches that provide users with a better feel when pressing down keys than membranes. A switch has a spring that provides a different typing experience. You can do a lot of things with MKBs as there is a wide variety of things that you can find that will suit your taste.

Gaming Keyboards

Switch Types

Speaking of switches, there are three main types of these which are:

  • Linear – this type of switch can easily remind you of membrane keyboards but way better. This is because there is no tactile feedback or little to no noise when pressing it. The most common example of this are switches that are color Red.
  • Clicky – This switch type is the loudest of all the switches. This provides an additional “click” sound along with tactile feedback whenever you press it. The most common color of these switches are Blue.
  • Tactile – From its name, you’ll know that there is tactility or a bump when you press this switch type. This is actually in between linear and clicky so if you want a good balance, then this is a good choice. Brown is the most common color for this switch type.

Given that mechanical keyboards can be very comprehensive, we will be listing pre-built MKBs. This means that when you buy one, the switches along with the keycaps are already installed on the board.

What we will differentiate, however, are hot-swappable and non-hot-swappable ones. The former basically means that you can replace the switches in the MKB whichever type you want. The latter is usually soldered into the board and can’t be removed by normal means.

Keyboard Layouts

Lastly, there are different keyboard sizes to choose from. For the sake of this list, we’ll just boil it down to the most common sizes.

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  • Full Layout – This is the usual layout of keyboards that comes complete with function keys, arrow keys, and numpad..
  • TenKeyLess (TKL) – Basically, if you remove the 10 keys of the numpad in a keyboard, you’ll get a TKL size.
  • 65% – Reducing the keyboard size further and you’ll get a 65% layout. This type doesn’t have function keys and have limited navigation and editing keys like delete, home, and others. The good thing here is that it still has arrow keys.
  • 60% – Slimming the keyboard further by usually removing the arrow keys and you have yourselves a 60% layout. This is great if you’re just really into typing without using much navigation.

We won’t discuss keyboard backlight given that it’s self-explanatory. So now that you’ve been oriented, let’s start listing down our top keyboard picks!

PHP 1,000 – PHP 2,000

I remember how I got one of my first gaming keyboards and it was in this price range. Yes, you don’t really need to spend much just to experience how mechanical keyboards feel. Of course, the following are entry-level but nonetheless, they’re great to start with.

Redragon KARURA 2 (K502) (RGB)

gaming keyboard

Keyboard Layout – Full Layout

Keyboard Type – Membrane

Available Switches – N/A

Hot-swappable – No

Lighting – RGB

Connection – Wired

Price – PHP 1,095

Redragon Lakshmi (K606) (RGB)

gaming keyboard

Keyboard Layout – TKL

Keyboard Type – Mechanical

Available Switches – (Outemu Blue, Red, Brown)

Hot-swappable – No

Lighting – RGB

Connection – Wired

Price – PHP 1,295

Redragon Kumara (K552) (RGB)

gaming keyboard

Keyboard Layout – TKL

Keyboard Type – Mechanical

Available Switches – Outemu (Blue, Red, Brown)

Hot-swappable – No

Lighting – RGB

Connection – Wired

Price – PHP 1,695

RAKK Lam-Ang Lite (RGB)

gaming keyboard

Keyboard Layout – TKL

Keyboard Type – Mechanical

Available Switches – Outemu (Blue, Red, Brown)

Hot-swappable – Yes (Compatible with Outemu switches only)

Lighting – RGB

Connection – Wired

Price – PHP 1,795

RAKK ILIS (RGB)

gaming keyboard

Keyboard Layout – TKL

Keyboard Type – Mechanical

Available Switches – Outemu (Blue, Red, Brown)

Hot-swappable – Yes (Compatible with Outemu switches only)

Lighting – RGB

Connection – Wired

Price – PHP 1,995

PHP 2,000 – PHP 3,000

Now we move on to the price range that will definitely be your target point in gaming keyboards. Here, you’re already on the edge of entry-level gaming keyboards and entering the mid-range segment.

RAKK Lam-Ang Pro RGB

gaming keyboard

Keyboard Layout – TKL

Keyboard Type – Mechanical

Available Switches – Kailh (Box White, Bronze Speed)

Hot-swappable – Yes (Compatible with Outemu switches only)

Lighting – RGB

Connection – Wired, Wireless

Price – PHP 2,195

Royal Kludge RK61

Keyboard Layout – 60%

Keyboard Type – Mechanical

Available Switches – RK (Blue, Red, Brown)

Hot-swappable – Yes (Compatible with Cherry MX Type of switches)

Lighting – RGB

Connection – Wired, Wireless

Price – PHP 2,250

Royal Kludge RK71

Keyboard Layout – 70%

Keyboard Type – Mechanical

Available Switches – RK (Blue, Red, Brown)

Hot-swappable – Yes (Compatible with Cherry MX Type of switches)

Lighting – RGB

Connection – Wired, Wireless

Price – PHP 2,500

CORSAIR K55 RGB PRO

Keyboard Layout – Full Layout

Keyboard Type – Rubber Dome (Between Membrane and Mechanical)

Available Switches – Rubber Dome Switches

Hot-swappable – No

Lighting – RGB

Connection – Wired

Price – PHP 2,795

PHP 3,000 – PHP 4,000

If you’re going to go deep in gaming keyboards, this is a good place to start. The real fun begins as lots of good choices widen at this price range.

STEELSERIES APEX 3 TKL

Keyboard Layout – TKL

Keyboard Type – Rubber Dome (Between Membrane and Mechanical)

Available Switches – RK (Blue, Red, Brown)

Hot-swappable – No

Lighting – White

Connection – Wired, Wireless

Price – PHP 3,095

Keychron C1

Keyboard Layout – TKL

Keyboard Type – Mechanical

Available Switches – Gateron, Cherry, Kailh

Hot-swappable – Yes

Lighting – Non-backlight/RGB

Connection – Wired, Wireless

Price – PHP 3,295

HYPERX ALLOY FPS PRO

gaming keyboard

Keyboard Layout – TKL

Keyboard Type – Mechanical

Available Switches – Cherry MX (Blue, Red, Brown)

Hot-swappable – No

Lighting – White

Connection – Wired, Wireless

Price – PHP 3,290

COOLER MASTER CK530 V2 TKL

Gaming Keyboard

Keyboard Layout – TKL

Keyboard Type – Mechanical

Available Switches – Gateron (Red)

Hot-swappable – No

Lighting – RGB

Connection – Wired

Price – PHP 3,550

Keychron K8

Keyboard Layout – TKL

Keyboard Type – Mechanical

Available Switches – Gateron (Red, Blue)

Hot-swappable – No

Lighting – White

Connection – Wired, Wireless

Price – PHP 3,550

And this wraps up our Gaming Keyboards gift guide for 2021. It was really hard to pick given that there are lots of budget-friendly keyboards on the market. What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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