Do you prefer a powerful keyboard? This compact mechanical model with RGB is only $ 25
Some of the best gaming keyboards cost between $ 100 and $ 200, but if you’re looking for something a little more affordable while still sticking with mechanical boards, good news: there are a few Aukey mechanical keyboards on sale, including the compact KM-G14, which you can buy for just $ 25 shipped.
The KM-G14 has an MSRP of $ 57.99 and is discounted to $ 49.99 on the Aukey website. However, the much larger discount comes after applying the promo code FALL50 at checkout, which reduces the sale price by 50%. So what starts out as a reasonably priced keyboard turns into a super affordable deck.
Aukey KM-G14 mechanical keyboard | Keyless | Blue switches |
$ 57.99 $ 25 at Aukey (save $ 32.99)
Here’s a super affordable mechanical keyboard with powerful Outemu Blue switches and RGB lighting. It’s also compact, swapping a dedicated numeric keypad for a small footprint. Use promo code FALL50 at checkout for full discount.
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This keyboard uses Outemu Blue switches, which are cheaper alternatives to Cherry’s MX Blue switches. They share similar characteristics, namely, both have a tactile feel when pressing the keys, and both produce an audible click which I personally find satisfying. If you’re looking for a quieter keyboard, this isn’t it. But on the other hand, if you enjoy a stronger typing experience reminiscent of the days of IBM Model M, this is a low cost option.
Keep in mind that this is a keyless (TKL) board, which means it swaps a dedicated number pad for a shorter profile. It also lacks inconspicuous media controls and game / macro keys that you are bound to find on more expensive models. However, you can bind macros to the normal key set and customize the RGB backlight.
If you prefer a full-size keyboard with an intact numeric keypad, you can pick up Aukey’s KM-G12 for almost the same price (read what our friends at Tom’s Hardware had to say about this model).
Aukey KM-G12 mechanical keyboard | Full size | Blue switches |
$ 54.99 $ 27.99 at Aukey (save $ 27)
If you can’t do without a numeric keypad, the KM-G12 is a full-size alternative to the KM-G14 for about the same price (no promo code needed for this one).
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There’s no need for a coupon code for this one – Aukey reduced it from $ 54.99 to $ 27.99, also with free shipping. It is similar to the KM-G14, except that it is longer because of the numeric keypad. You still get per-key RGB lighting and the same Outemu Blue switches with a 1.8mm actuation point (slightly shorter than Cherry MX Blues, which activates at 2.2mm).
Both options are usable, and neither will leave you feeling like you’ve spent too much on a keyboard.