Grab a Zalman mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches for $40

Are you still using a membrane keyboard? If you are and want to upgrade to a mechanical keyboard, first off, solid choice. Secondly, you don't have to spend a ton of money on one—Zalman's KM-K700M is just $40 on Newegg today.

That's half off its list price and is significantly cheaper than the $130ish that marketplace sellers are asking on Amazon, or the $140 price on

Zalman's keyboard uses Cherry MX Red key switches. These are popular for fast-action gaming, as they offer minimal resistance without a tactile bump to overcome. They're also fairly quiet (see our guide on mechanical key switches for more info).

What you don't get here is RGB lighting, though it does sport a white LED backlight. It also features various lighting effects, a frameless design, and a set of dedicated gaming/macro keys, that last bit being a rare amenity in this price range.

Go here to grab this keyboard.

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Paul Lilly

Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).