Our favorite membrane keyboard is just $30 right now for Cyber Monday

Razer Cynosa Chroma Cyber Monday deal
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Razer Cynosa Chroma | Membrane | Wired | Full size | $59.99 $29.99 at Amazon (save $30)
We chose the Razer Cynosa Chroma as the best membrane keyboard on the market: It looks good, it feels good, it's durable, and it won't cost you a bundle. Sure it's not mechanical, but it's half price on Amazon, making it a great choice for anyone in the market for an inexpensive keyboard.

A famous man once said that it's not how you feel, it's how you look, and I think that adage applies quite nicely to the Razer Cynosa Chroma keyboard. The swanky RGB lighting and respected Razer logo makes it look like a pricey gaming keyboard, but the fact it's a membrane keyboard means you're not going to have to drop hundreds of dollars on it.

We don't necessarily recommend membrane over the mostly mechanical options we have in our Cyber Monday gaming mouse and keyboard deal hub, but considering the Razer Cynosa Chroma is just $30 right now, it's hard to pass up for some cheap and cheerful gaming.

It's hard to say no to a mechanical keyboard, it's true, although it gets a whole lot easier when you look at the price tag on some of those things. But the Cynosa Chroma isn't just a cheapo last resort. In fact, it holds a place on our list of best gaming keyboards, as not just the best membrane keyboard available, but also as one of the most affordable gaming keyboards on the market—and that's at regular price.

The Cynosa Chroma is fairly basic in terms of features: It doesn't come with a wrist rest, nor does it have dedicated media keys, but it is spill-resistant—without revealing too much about my in-house habits, that's a definite boon for me. It also has fully programmable macros via the Razer Hypershift software, and—this is probably the biggest hook—supports 16.8 million colors on individually backlit keys, which can be synced with numerous big games and equipment from more than 30 hardware partners. Ten-key rollover and a two-year manufacturer's warranty rounds out the package nicely.

And while mechanical keyboards are generally considered superior, membrane units do have one distinct advantage: They're quiet.

"One of the most positive aspects of the membrane switches on this board, however, is the noise—or lack thereof," our pals at hardware site TechRadar said in their review. "This keyboard is going to be a huge hit with anyone who likes to game late at night, because unlike its mechanical brethren, the Cynosa Chroma makes little to no noise, while still providing a tactile experience."

I don't mind loud keyboards—my primary, a Unicomp Model M, is incredibly noisy—but I can tell you from experience that other people do. If that's a problem you've got, this might be the solution you need. And even if all you really need is a cheap keyboard that doesn't suck, this is it: One of our favorites for just 30 bucks. If you're not hung up on having Cherry MX switches under your fingertips, this is a very tough deal to beat.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.