Gaming keyboards are known to be OTT, flashy and exuberantly priced. And, budget is the most common constraint that online gamers face. Online gaming might be the most addictive drug in the history of human kind, but it is also one of the costliest.
Budget gaming is a concept that has never been fairly explored due to a number of taboos. The moment you put a cap on gaming expenses, the quality of performance goes down. Low-grade keyboards and mice can bring the gameplay down to shameful levels even for pro-gamers. MMOMRPGs like CoD and Overstrike require a certain level of precision, speed and performance that can only be complemented by good gaming PC accessories.
Most gamers have already resigned to the fact that good and budget do not juxtapose in the gaming world, but we are here to prove them wrong.
The winner of budget gaming keyboard 2017 –
Today, we are here to introduce the king of all budget gaming keyboards of 2017. The Thermaltake Poseidon Z has been around since 2015. However, it firmly sits on the throne for the most popular, budget keyboard design in the market. It is quite affordable too. It comes for around $65 and you can buy it off Amazon any time for big discounts as well.
The best within budget –
This is a steal-deal for a tenkeyless (TKL) option. It has a blue backlight that makes the keyboard look classier and quite traditional. The backlight has 4 levels of adjustable brightness. The designers have definitely not compromised on looks to keep the cost down. Moreover, the media keys work on Mac without any requirement of mapping. It has Tt eSPORTS Certified Mechanical switches. These are rated at 50 million keystrokes.
Budget replacement –
The biggest controversy surrounding the Thermaltake Poseidon Z is the use of Kailh Switches. Although more gamers would prefer the use of Cherry MX switches. This would have driven the cost up considerably. Many gamers are of the opinion that Kailh Switches are not smooth enough. We have seen that, even seasoned gamers have trouble telling the difference when it comes to the execution and feet of the Kailh Switches in the Thermaltake Poseidon Z. it has a strong customer service. Everything you need to know about its functions and features are mentioned in the box it ships in.
A few drawbacks –
There are no over the top ornations on the Thermaltake Poseidon Z. it is a solid, plain design that commands respect. Currently, it has just two variations. You can choose between the Kailh Brown or Kailh Blue variants. The blue has a brilliant feedback. It also has a louder click. The Tt eSPORTS Certified Mechanical BLUE switches offer speed and durability, with a distinctly pronounced tactile feel and audible click feedback. The brown variants are less tactile and are much quieter. The choice will depend upon your personal taste. Also, it does not come with a USB or Audio pass-through. Although this is not a deal breaker, it would have been a refreshing change in a budget mechanical keyboard.