Hey guys, this is Austin and these are the cheapest keyboards on Amazon. But the question is, are they actually any good? So we take a look at alot of expensive things on the channel, but whatI was really curious about is whether it actually makes sense to go extremely cheap.
What better way to start than with well, a bunch of keyboards of varying degrees of quality but all of which are actually really affordable. To start out with, we have the VerbatimSlimline Corded keyboard. When we purchased this, it was only $5.21 on Amazon but now it’s available with a mouse for $10.21.
So you know, quality. Not only do we have adjustable tilt legs, a stylish and slim design as well as advanced tactile keys. Something I look for in allof my five dollar keyboards but importantly, it supports Windows XP,2000, Vista, 7, and 8. So if you need a sweet window XP keyboard, they’ve got you covered.
There are tons of dedicated gaming keyboards, things like mechanical stuff, but I think really the question I want to answer with this video is, do you really need to spend 30, 40, 50, 60, or even a hundred dollars plus on a keyboard? Of course, you don’t have to but what’s the real difference you’re getting really something like this, which is only going to cost you about five dollars.
Well, you get better packaging on the other ones. That’s for sure. I’ll give them this. This is about as slimas a keyboard gets. It’s definitely one ofthe most lightweight keyboards I’ve ever used. (laughs) Shout out to the not a Windows key that’s on the bottom here.
It’s not Windows, it’s the square key. You know, the square key. At first glance, the layout seems to be fine. We have basically allthe keys we would expect, including a slightlyweird looking Enter key and a smaller Backspace. We also interestingly havepower, sleep and wake. Does that actually work?
Oh, it works. Wait, can I wake up? Wake up. I don’t think anyone’s going to think that this is a gaming keyboard, but it doesn’t feel too bad, so one of the things I really noticed is that it is a littlebit on the springer side and that’s definitely because this is very much a rubber dome style keyboard, but I don’t know, I can live with it.
Is it going to last a long time? Probably not. Can you use it for a little while and actually be completely competent at gaming and a little bit of typing and basic use? Absolutely. Next up we have the AmazonBasics wired keyboard at a whopping $13.22. Now with something like 3600 reviews.
It seems to be one of themore popular keyboards on Amazon’s full stop. What they’ve done here is it’s a little bit more of a slimmer design, so it does have a sort of built in rest as opposed to the other onewhich did have the feet. It’s also got a lot ofglossy black plastic.
Oh boy, all right. So yeah, that glossy black plastic, as you can probably see with three seconds of usage, it’s going to get a little fingerprint, a little dirty, but I guess you can look past that when you’re spending13 bucks on a keyboard. The layout thankfully is a lot nicer. We have a full-size Backspace key.
The Enter key, it’s allas you would expect. We have a few things like Media keys, which is a nice little addition such a cheap keyboard. Oh, we can get a little shortcut to the calculator. I guess that’s useful andmost importantly of all, we have an actual Windows key, not a weird square.
I’m sure the licensing cost was tremendous on such a cheap keyboard. I can tell this immediately has a better feel. Now it is definitely still a membrane keyboard it’s not going to be anywhere near as nice as something like a mechanical keyboard to type on, but it’s a lot less mushy than the Verbatim and I really do appreciate it that it does have a standard layout.
We even have the media control keys. I will say almost immediately that while I do prefer this for typing, I actually don’t quite like the feel for gaming. It just feels like there maybe a little bit more latency or a little bit of input lag. It just feels a little different.
Animation Bloody Gaming Keyboard.
And a big part of thatactually could be the fact that the key switches aren’t quite as responsive. That’s a little weird. Next up we have a Bluetooth keyboard, or more specifically thecheapest Bluetooth keyboard with Amazon Prime that we could find. So at $15 this… Well, it’s a lot smaller, I’ll say that, it’s a whole lot smaller.
The wait is this actually full size keyboard? Okay well that looks exactlylike an Apple keyboard. It’s really weird athow light it is though. We don’t have a battery in, do we? No, we need a … Is that AA you think? Oh wait, they’re AAAs, I lied. Yeah, those are…be right back.
One of the advantages of goingwith the Bluetooth keyboard is it does support multiple devices including Macs as well as iOS devices, which is especially evident when you look at the keyboard layout, which I just realized is the Mac layout with the Command and theOption and the Control.
So, we do have a Windowskey and a Windows mode if we switch over to it. If I can figure out how to do that. Due to a slight oversight in that the PC we’re testingwith doesn’t have Bluetooth, we’re going to use my phone. Oh boy I love being preparedfor videos like this. (clears throat) Anyway, let’s give this a try.
So thankfully it is full size. One thing I do immediately notice though, is that it’s kind of flimsy. If you look, I can barely bend it and there’s a lot of flexing. It shouldn’t be a big deal unless you’re very aggressive typer. Are there aggressive typers? Oh yeah, dude look at that. If you really press downthe whole thing flexes.
It should be okay though but… No, I disconnected it. Why does… Okay, so maybe super cheapBluetooth keyboards: not the move. I actually will say thekeyboard doesn’t feel too bad. Actually know what it feels like? It kind of feels like the original version of this Apple keyboard, which is like what, 80 bucks or something?
It’s not quite as nice to be fair. It’s all made of plastic, butit doesn’t feel bad at all. Look at that, I can change the brightness. What? That’s actually kind of cool. For 15 bucks this isn’t too bad. Yes, you should plan ahead and make sure your computersupports Bluetooth.
but even if you are syncingit to something like your iPad or iPhone or something, this really is surprisingly decent for $15. I’m kind of impressed. Last but not least, we have the Rii RK100+. The cheapest RGB keyboard on Amazon, which we picked up for about $15.
However right now its actually available for $10 and seventy three cents. So yeah, this is actuallythe cheapest keyboard here technically as of this very second. This is another one ofthe options that we chose not only just because it was the cheapest, but also it has a fairlydecent amount of reviews.
It’s got 492 on Amazon right now and that looks like amuch more beefy keyboard even though it’s stillincredibly lightweight. Plug this guy in and holy RGB Batman. That is actually kind of a cool look. Now, unlike most RGB keyboards that do have a much morecomprehensive set of software that kind of allow youto customize the zones with this guy.
we can eitherturn on or turn it off, which conveniently replacesour right Windows key, but regardless we have RGB. So let’s give this guy a try. All right yeah. This is actually a lot betterthan that Amazon keyboard. One of the things thatI immediately noticed is that where that one felt a little bit sticky.
The keys actually popup a lot quicker here. Now I’m sure if you open it up it’s still going to bea membrane keyboard, but between that and the RGB, I’ve got to say this isactually totally a decent looking keyboard. Now no, the key capsthemselves aren’t RGB and it is of course all made of plastic, but I kind of like the lookof sort of illuminating the backside with the RGB as opposed to doing the individual keys.
It’s not customizable but itlooks legitimately different than pretty much any othergaming keyboard out there. Something I immediately noticed is that there’s a nicelittle bit of texture on the keys themselves. It doesn’t make a big difference, but it does give youa little bit more grip with your fingers.
It’s not something huge or anything that sort of blows me away, but it is a nice littlebit of an addition. Importantly, it feels good for gaming. It is not as good as amechanical keyboard for example, but realistically, unlessyou’re actually really skilled unlike me, it’s probably not going to notice a huge difference.
I know I’m not any better with this than a Mechanical keyboard or vice versa. Here we go. Yeah, there we go. Well that was worth it. (laughs) So should you buy the cheapest keyboard on Amazon? It’s actually not a totally crazy idea. Now the Rii is definitely my favorite.
I like the RGB for gaming, it has a good feel andit’s got a decent layout and realistically if you’re spending less than say $30, $40, this really should bethe keyboard you pick up. I’m very, very impressed.