Mechanical keyboards have risen in popularity over the past few years, and with good reason—they offer a more pleasant typing experience compared to mushy membrane planks. The rise in popularity also means they don't necessarily carry a premium. Aukey's TKL (tenkeyless) keyboard certainly doesn't—you can snag one for $20.99 on Amazon right now.
It's on sale for $29.99, down from its $45.99 list price, both of which are rather affordable in the realm of mechanical keyboards. But just below the pricing info, there's a pull-down menu to redeem a 30 percent off coupon (if you don't see it, just enter WD963SYF at checkout). That knocks it down to $20.99, saving you $25 over the MSRP.
Aukey Mechanical Keyboard | Blue Switches |
$45.99 $20.99 at Amazon (save $25) (opens in new tab)
It's not too often we see mechanical keyboards priced this low, especially ones that are water-resistant. This one features Blue switches, meaning the key action is tactile and clicky.
Bear in mind that as a TKL board, it lacks a dedicated number pad, which is a drag if you do a lot of number crunching. However, the benefit is a more compact footprint than a full-size plank. It also lacks a backlight.
What it does have, however, are clicky blue switches (my personal preference), full N-key rollover with anti-ghosting (you'll never be able to type faster than this keyboard can register your keystrokes), and water resistance.
As for the keycaps, they are double-shot molded ABS. They'll probably develop a shine over time, but hey, this is about as cheap as it gets for a mechanical keyboard.
Also be sure to check out our roundup of the best gaming keyboards (opens in new tab) for other options.