Best Mechanical keyboards for gaming under INR 6000 (2021)
Agood keyboard is important for any gamer. The split-second between pressing the key and it being registered can be the difference between life and death. Mechanical keyboards do the job well and the good ones usually have a life expectancy of 50 million strokes per key. Here are our picks for the best mechanical keyboards for gaming under Rs 6000:
This offering by Logitech will cost you Rs 5899 from Amazon. The keyboard has Logitech’s in house Romer GTM switches, which are tactile switches without the clicky sound. The keyboard has a red backlight and a USB pass through. It has alight Aluminium Magnesium body, which can put some people off. If you are looking for a keyboard with switches other than Cherry MX but with the same performance, this might be it.
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro
The cousin of HyperX Alloy FPS, FPS Pro is the TKL model of the former. This Keyboard comes without RGB, but with the red backlight. It will cost you around Rs 5800, but it comes with Cherry MX switches. You will have the option to choose from Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Red or Cherry MX Blue switches.
CoolerMaster MasterKeys Pro L
This is one of the best offerings by CoolerMaster. For Rs 5500, this keyboard is loaded with features, if the CherryMX switches weren’t enough. It comes in all three switch variants and if you are tired of the red backlighting, it has white backlights. It has a solid build and weighs around 1 KG. I am using this keyboard myself and I can assure you that you cannot go wrong with this.
Gigabyte Force K83
For those looking for a great keyboard with CheryyMX switches on a budget, this one is for you. This keyboard replaced TVS Gold as the go to budget mechanical gaming keyboard after the latter ditched CherryMX for Kailh. Force K83 can be bought for around Rs 3000. It comes with CherryMX Blue and it does not have lighting. But it does have all the other features of a gaming keyboard like N key rollover and multimedia switches.
Circle Squadron M
This is the only keyboard on this list with Kailh switches. Squadron M comes with Kailh Blue switches and RGB backlighting with presets, which are honestly good looking. It comes with a TKL design and also has a solid aluminium build. If you are in on the RGB hype, this is a good keyboard for you.
Asus TUF Gaming K3 RGB –
The ASUS TUF Gaming K3 RGB keyboard has Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Red, or Cherry MX Brow-equivalent mechanical switches, depending on your choice. The keys are rated at 50 million keystrokes and the keyboard has a full N-key rollover. It has per-key RGB, too, and it works with ASUS’ Aura Sync RGB via Armoury Crate software for various customisations and lighting effects. The ASUS RUG Gaming K3 RGB keyboard has eight fully programmable keys, on-the-fly macro recording, media keys, and onboard memory. It has a USB Type-A passthrough port for connecting the mouse or a pen drive, offering added convenience. The keyboard is made using aluminium alloy for excellent build quality and the magnetic wrist rest offers much-needed comfort for long gaming sessions.
HyperX Alloy Origins Core/HyperX Alloy Origins Core –
The HyperX Alloy Origins Core is a slightly higher-end gaming keyboard with a tenkeyless layout. For the additional price, you get a full aluminium body, HyperX mechanical switches with up to 80 million keystroke lifetime, a detachable USB Type-C cable, onboard memory, and extra-bright per-key RGB backlighting. Its keys and lighting effects can be customised using the Ngenuity software. It has a basic yet durable design, something that is also suitable for office work. It lacks a wrist rest, though. It also comes in a variant with a full-sized layout (called HyperX Alloy Origins) .
Razer Huntsman Mini –
If you want a mini-sized mechanical gaming keyboard, you can’t go wrong with the Razer Huntsman Mini. It is a 60% layout keyboard with boxed Razer optical switches (Razer Purple and Razer Red). The combination of an aluminium body, doubleshot PBT keycaps, and switches that last 80 million strokes offers excellent build quality and reliability. It is also available in black and white colours, so if you are someone like me who likes white PC components or have a white PC setup, the Huntsman Mini can go well with your theme. It has onboard memory, various lighting effects via Razer’s Chroma system and software. It has a detachable USB Type-C cable, which means you have the freedom to use third-party cables.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum –
The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is one of the best gaming keyboards ever made. It has a wide-body design with a full-sized key layout and additional programmable keys for macros. It uses Cherry MX Brown or Cherry MX Speed Silver keys, an aluminium body, excellent per-key RGB light, bright RGB lighting strip around the keyboard’s body, a USB passthrough port, dedicated media keys, and a reversible wrist rest. It is compatible with Corsair’s iCue software that can be used to customise lighting effects, keys, and various other things. The K95 RGB Platinum also features onboard memory and a full N-key rollover. However, it is quite pricey and lacks a detachable USB cable. Moreover, the braided USB cable can feel cumbersome to some users.
Logitech G613 –
The only good wireless gaming keyboard that you can officially buy in India is the Logitech G613. It is a full-sized gaming keyboard with all the keys that you find on other gaming keyboards. Plus, it has 6 programmable buttons. It works with both Bluetooth and RF wireless interfaces. It has Romer G mechanical switches, a wrist rest (which is stiff and could’ve been better), a number pad, arrow keys, and media and volume controls. It is compatible with Logitech G Hub software for customisations. It lasts 18 months on a pair of AA batteries. Its response time is 1ms, which should be virtually indistinguishable from wired gaming keyboards. It has a few downsides, though, including below-average key quality for a gaming keyboard and it lacks backlit keys.