Best Mechanical Keyboards under 3000 in 2022

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Mechanical keyboards under ₹3000 are really popular with budget gamers, obviously. But with people who are new to the realm of mechanical keyboards. They prefer to test the waters by buying a cheaper mechanical keyboard and then moving on to more premium products.

Mechanical keyboards in this segment will have some compromises to fit in this price bracket. Here are some best mechanical keyboards under ₹3000.

Redragon K551 – Best Overall Brand keyboard under 3000

Switches: Outemu Blue
Keyboard layout: Full keyboard
Keycap Type: ABS (Backlight pass-through)
Connectivity: Wired
RGB: Yes, Onboard programmable
Hot-swappable: Yes

Redragon keyboards rule the budget segment, not only in India but globally too. This keyboard is the best one you can get under ₹3000. It is a full-size keyboard with Outemu Red switches making it absolutely great to type in.

Positives
  • Solid build quality & compact design
  • Great RGB lighting
  • 100% anti-ghosting keys
  • Quality Outemu Blue Switches
Cons
  • Weird hollow metal clang on hitting the Shift and Enter key
  • No detachable USB-C cable
  • No Wrist Support

Redrgaon K551 is a full-sized keyboard, hot-swappable and quipped with Outemu Red switches. The typing feels great on this keyboard because of the red switches which give you a liner feel and silent operation. I am using this same keyboard to type this one.

Even for gaming, this keyboard is not lacking and has no noticeable lag. The red switches have low actuation force which is good for gaming too.

The build quality is great in this keyboard with a metal base, hot-swappable keys and retractable stands. The keyboard is quite heavy which makes it sound better than on lighter plastic keyboards.

The key caps used here are not very great and I, personally, don’t like its fonts. Personal suggestion: For budget Redragon keyboards, buy a set of good-looking custom key caps to make it look significantly better.

For the price of ₹2500, this is the best overall keyboard you can get below ₹3000.

Redgear Shadow Blade MK853 – Best price Value Full-size Mechanical keyboard

  • Switches: Custom Blue /
  • Keyboard layout: Full Layout
  • Key cap Type: Not disclosed by the manufacturer (most probably PBT)
  • Connectivity: Wired (Detachable Type C cable)
  • RGB: Yes, Onboard customizable
  • Hot-swappable: No
  • Control Knob: Control Knob that helps you control your media, i.e. play/pause and volume control
  • Solid and durable Metal Build Quality
  • Anti ghosting
  • Wrist Support & Braided wires
  • Decent typing experience
  • Loud Blue Switches
  • Switches of unknown Brand
  • Not Compact enough

The Redgear Shadow Blade MK853 Blue mechanical keyboard is among the best price value full-size keyboard. Offers almost every feature expected in this price, range. The great build quality along with wrist support makes this a great buy. The media control knob is a plus. Redgear may not be as renowned brand as Redragon. But surely, they should not be underestimated. This keyboard from them proves this.

But there are some points to note as well. Like, the switches in the Keyboard are of unknown brand. However, I have to say they do provide a great typing experience. The other issue being Keyboard is a bit bulky and not compact enough when we compare with its peers. Other than these issues, Redgear Shadow is one of the best full-size mechanical keyboard you can buy in this range.

ANT MK1300 Mini – Budget Compact 60% keyboard

Switches: Outemu Blue / Red
Keyboard layout: 60%
Keycap Type: Not disclosed by the manufacturer (most probably PBT)
Connectivity: Wired (Detachable Type C cable)
RGB: Yes, Onboard customizable
Hot-swappable: No

Ant MK 1300 Mini is the cheapest and best compact keyboard available in the Indian market and is overall better than its competition, 60% keyboard- CosmicByte CB-GK-21.

Positives
  • Compact
  • Detachable Type-C cable (Wired only)
  • Option to choose Red/Blue switches
Cons
  • Plastic Body

Ant MK1300 Mini is a good looking keyboard with compact size and a white tapered bottom. It doesn’t have any retractable stands for more height but is tapered at a good angle.

It is a 60% – 61 keys, compact keyboard best for people who type fast for their work. It is not ideal for gaming although you can definitely use it for gaming. The keyboard is not hot-swappable and the keycaps are not the best quality. Being a 60% keyboard it doesn’t have dedicated arrow keys which may not be preferred by some.

You can choose between Outemu Red (Linear) and Blue (Clicky) based on your preference.

The build quality is good but the base is plastic which might give out a hollow sound when you type but really can’t complain at this price. RGB illumination is good with 14 LED modes which you customise on-board.

Please note that Ant has MK1200 which is an older version of this keyboard and avoid buying that one.

At this price point, this is the best compact keyboard for those who want to keep their table neat and clutter-free.

Evofox Katana – Value Full-Sized keyboard

Switches: Outemu Blue
Keyboard layout: Full keyboard
Keycap Type: ABS (Backlight pass-through)
Connectivity: Wired
RGB: Yes, Software programmable
Hot-swappable: Yes

Evofox (under Amkette) is not a well-known brand but it makes good products and this particular keyboard is really good for this price. It looks good, is hot-swappable and has a detachable wrist pad.

Positives
  • Good build quality
  • Detachable wristpad
  • 100% anti-ghosting keys
  • Software programmable RGB
Cons
  • Reported quality control issues

EvoFox Katana is a full-size keyboard with a detachable wristpad for extra comfort. It is equipped with Outemu blue switches which give you a tactile clicky experience.

Since it is a full-sized keyboard, it is not missing any functions and the RGB is completely programmable with their software which is rare to see in this segment.

The build quality is good with a brushed aluminium finish and a thin metal base. It doesn’t have any height adjustment feature which is a bummer. The keycaps look good with per-key RGB and a large enough area, although it uses ABS plastic keycaps. It also has a detachable wristpad for ergonomics.

Overall, this keyboard is a really good value full-size keyboard with all the features needed for pleasant usage.

Redragon K630 – Only Brown Switches keyboard under 3000

Switches: Outemu Brown
Keyboard layout: 60% – 61 keys
Keycap Type: ABS (Backlight pass-through)
Connectivity: Wired (Detachable Type-C cable)
RGB: Yes, Software programmable
Hot-swappable: Yes

Another Redragon keyboard which is a great 60% compact keyboard and the only keyboard with brown switches below 3000.

Positives
  • Great build quality
  • Hot-swappable
  • 100% anti-ghosting keys
  • Detachable Type-C cable (wired connection only)
Cons
  • Brown switches only (personal preference)

Redragon K630 is another small factor 60% keyboard on this list. This is the best 60% keyboard under ₹3000. The only problem is that many people do not prefer Brown switches (tactile) over clicky blue switches or silent, linear red switches.

The build of this keyboard is top-notch even though it is a budget keyboard. The keyboard uses a metal base, hot-swappable switches and a retractable stand. The keycaps used are ABS plastic keycaps but look and feel better than on K551.

It only has a wired connection but it uses a detachable Type-C cable which is located on the left of the keyboard.

RGB is great on this keyboard and you can customise it via software. You can also opt for a Pink backlight version of this keyboard if you don’t rainbow RGB or want to save some money.

If you do not prefer brown switches, you can swap out the switches to your preferred switches or get Ant MK1300 Mini for blue or red switches. Overall, this is the best 60% keyboard under ₹3000.

Zebronics Zeb Max Pro V2 – Best-looking keyboard under ₹3000

Switches: Outemu Blue
Keyboard layout: Full-sized keyboard – 104 keys
Keycap Type: ABS (Backlight pass-through)
Connectivity: Wired
RGB: Yes, Onboard Programmable and Side Illuminated RGB
Hot-swappable: Yes

This keyboard from Zebronics is slightly above 3000 but it often goes on sale bringing the price below 3000. Zebronics Zeb Max Pro V2 is a full-sized keyboard with Outemu Blue switches and is the best-looking keyboard on the list.

Positives
  • Great build quality
  • Hot-swappable
  • 100% anti-ghosting keys
  • Detachable Type-C cable (wired connection only)
  • Braided cable of 1.8m
Cons
  • No detachable USB-C cable
  • No Wrist rest

Zebronics Zeb Max Pro V2 is well built, sturdy keyboard but doesn’t have the hot-swappable feature of Redragon keyboards. It is equipped with Outemu blue switches and doesn’t have any other options.

The keycaps are a little better than the keycaps (especially fonts) used in Redragon which contributes to its “good-looking” factor. It has also got a side-illuminated RGB if you love RGB lighting. Even the font

The keys sound good and don’t have any hollow sounds which are common in budget keyboards.

If you are into aesthetics and RGB, this is a great full-sized keyboard you can pick up.

Redragon K552-RGB – Best TKL keyboard under 3000

Switches: Outemu Red
Keyboard layout: TKL (80%) – 88 keys
Keycap Type: ABS (Backlight pass-through)
Connectivity: Wired
RGB: Yes, Onboard Programmable
Hot-swappable: Yes

Tenkeyless (or TKL) is another form factor of the keyboard which doesn’t include the dedicated number keys to save space. But unlike 60% of keyboards, it does include dedicated arrow keys.

Positives
  • TKL layout for space-saving
  • Hot-swappable
  • 100% anti-ghosting keys
Cons
  • No detachable USB-C cable
  • Sub-par keycaps aesthetics
  • Loud Blue switches

Redragon K552 is a TKL 80% keyboard with all the function keys but no dedicated number pad. This is a great form factor for people who want a smaller keyboard but do not want to miss “arrow keys” or function keys.

Redrgaon K552 is equipped with Outemu red switches and is hot-swappable. The build quality is very similar to K551 and has the same problems with its plastic ABS keycaps. It is a little lighter than K551 since it’s 20% smaller.

Moreover, keep in mind there are 2 versions of 552, K552-RGB and K552-KR. Go with RGB version. We have already linked to RGB version listing on Amazon. Overall, this is the best TKL keyboard under ₹3000.

Conclusion

Mechanical keyboards under ₹3000 are quite competitive and you will find many keyboards in this category in India. If you can’t quite figure out what to pick up, this list will help you narrow down your choices.

Unfortunately, you will not find any wireless options in this price segment and you will have to settle for wired options. Nevertheless, this price segment has some really good keyboards.

Based on your size and switch preferences, you can pick any of these keyboards and have a worthwhile purchase.

If you can push your budget a little more or looking for keyboards under ₹5000, you can check this list.