Here are some of the best affordable mechanical keyboards you can buy today!

It's not required to invest vast amounts of money to enjoy a solid typing and PC gaming experience. There is a selection of mechanical keyboards on sale at the likes of Amazon that won't decimate your remaining bank balance. Better yet, our picks in this round-up use Cherry MX or equivalent switches, so you know you're going to enjoy a quality typing experience, regardless of the price.

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So why would you spend more on a mechanical keyboard? The price is usually inflated due to branding, demand, as well as extra features. The latter can be anything from RGB LED lighting that enables you to alter the ambiance of your room to macro keys that can be configured to achieve various functions with little effort on your part. If you simply want a decent keyboard with solid switches, these affordable options will do just fine.

Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition

Razer Blackwidow

Razer is considered by many of its fans to be one of the best options for mechanical keyboards. But just because it's a big brand that can be expensive, it doesn't mean you absolutely have to spend a fortune when it comes to picking up a basic entry into clicky keys. Cue the Blackwidow Tournament Edition.

Priced at $79.99, the keyboard is slightly more costly than other options on our list, but you're investing in one of the most popular mechanical keyboard ranges in the market. The Blackwidow is known as a trusty companion for gamers and the tournament edition slices off any optional extras for a capable input machine that's super portable.

There are other configurations of the Blackwidow Tournament, including full size (with number pad) and backlighting, but you'll need to shell out more cash for these variants. This particular model features Razer's own Green Switch and is a great entry into the world of mechanical keyboards.

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AULA Mechanical Keyboard

AULA Keyboard

The AULA Mechanical keyboard sports Blue Cherry MX switches that are ideal for typing and those long gaming sessions. It's an affordable, no-frills option too — for $59.39 you're getting solid switches without macro keys, backlighting, and other optional features. Some consider said extras mandatory when looking at keyboards, but if you're not fussed, you can certainly save some money here.

But that's not to say this particular model doesn't have a few tricks up its sleeve. The molded keycaps are double-shot injected with 100% anti-ghosting so you could sit on the keyboard and have each and every key press should register just fine (we don't recommend you do this.) There's even a gold-plated USB connector.

The AULA Mechanical Keyboard offering also comes in white with RGB lighting.

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MechanicalEagle Z-77

MechanicalEagle Z-77

The MechanicalEagle Z-77 is another compact option for those looking to save money on peripherals. An added bonus of this $36.99 keyboard is that the company has thrown backlit keys into the mix, along with Outemu Blue switches that are similar to Cherry MX offerings.

There's full anti-ghosting support and the usual function keys, though like other options in this price range you'll not be able to take advantage of macro keys. You can pick up the Z-77 in black or white, both look rather futuristic by being flush with the backplate to offer increased amounts of ambient lighting.

What makes this keyboard, in particular, interesting is the ability for the switches themselves to be easily abstracted from the board and replaced with compatible parts. This is great for those who wish to throw in another type of switch or replace a faulty/damaged key. Not something one would expect from a keyboard that costs less than $40.

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GEEZER Mechanical Keyboard

GEEZER Keyboard

The GEEZER Mechanical Keyboard is yet another listing that uses Cherry MX alternatives but offers a full sized-layout with a number pad to boot. Better yet, for the $40.45 price tag, you're looking at backlighting with multiple modes, usual anti-ghosting, and even a Windows key lock to prevent you from inadvertently minimizing full-screen games.

When looking at entry-level mechanical keyboards, this is a highly rated one that will prove useful in upgrading from membrane models. For the time being, the GEEZER mechanical keyboard is just $40.45, saving $60 on the original listing price (the default pricing has been altered on Amazon for some reason).

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VICTSING Mechanical Keyboard

VICTSING Keyboard

This VICTSING keyboard uses Cherry MX Blue Switch "Switch Master" clones and is a super affordable option for those who don't wish to mess around with lighting, macro keys, and other nonsense. At just $43.99, this compact mechanical keyboard is ideal for typists and gamers who enjoy a more audible typing experience.

As one would expect from our round-up, the keyboard features full anti-ghosting across all keys, but as an added bonus it's water resistant with three drain holes just in case you happen to knock over a can of energy drink in the midst of your gaming. We've spent some time with this entry and found the switches, while not Cherry MX, to be of sufficient quality to handle novel write-ups and lengthy gaming sessions.

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Cherry MX-Board 3.0

Cherry MX-Board 3

Where does one go to find a keyboard that sports on the best switches in the industry? To Cherry MX, of course. The company offers its own keyboard range, which features the Cherry MX switch. Surprisingly, they're not that expensive. Starting at $78.53 for the option of Cherry MX Red switches, these keyboards are designed to perform well without wasting resources on optional extras like backlighting.

There are some interesting features, however. The MX-Board 3.0 comes packing Windows key locking, NKey Rollover for gaming and even a detachable cable, which remains an unfortunate rarity in the industry. Overall, Cherry MX's range of keyboards are fairly competitively priced and ignore some of those extra features you may find annoying or rather pointless.

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Have a mechanical keyboard in mind that didn't make our list? Sound off with your affordable options in the comments!

Updated July 24, 2017: We added the Cherry MX-Board 3.0 to the list.