This $30 mechanical gaming keyboard includes a gasket-mount design and sound-dampening foam

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The superb Keychron C3 keyboard is back on sale. You have a choice between linear Red switches or tactile Brown switches. But whether it's a preference for a gaming keyboard or a keeb aimed more for work, this budget-priced Keychron is a fantastic offer. 

For only $29, yes you read it correctly $29, you can own the Keychron C3 Pro keyboard. Available from Amazon the Keychron C3 Pro is a mechanical gaming/work keyboard with a choice of either Red or Brown switches. Featuring an 87-key tenkeyless (TKL) layout the C3 Pro uses double-shot ABS keycaps with shine-through for illuminating your keys in low-lit environments and letting the red backlighting help you see the keys in the dark without straining your eyes - perfect for late-night gaming sessions. 

What impresses me the most about this keeb is the amount of quality you get for the sale price. For a sub-$30 keyboard, you're getting a gasket-mounted structure to reduce sound resonance and includes sound-absorbing foam in the chassis to reduce any hollow sounds if you bottom out your keypresses. For gamers, there's the 1000Hz polling and n-key rollover for simultaneous key presses - essential in a lot of games, and the ability to remap keys and functions with the fully customizable QMK / VIA open-source software.

Keychron C3 Pro Gaming Keyboard: now $29 at Amazon

Keychron C3 Pro Gaming Keyboard: <a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">now $29 at Amazon (was $49)

A budget gaming keyboard from Keychron that features red backlighting, shine-through double-shot ABS keycaps, and full key programmability through QMK / VIA open-source software. The Keychron C3 Pro uses a TKL layout for a smaller footprint. Gaming features include 1000Hz polling and n-key rollover for simultaneous key presses. This deal encompasses the C3 Pro with either Red linear or Brown tactile switches. 

The Keychron C3 Pro is a wired (via USB-C) mechanical keyboard compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. Included are extra universal keycaps in the box for either Mac or Windows to configure the keyboard to your setup preference. Is this the best keyboard you can get for sub $30? It's certainly giving some stiff competition in this price range, with the only stand-out negative being the lack of a hot-swappable PCB.

Stewart Bendle
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Stewart Bendle is a deals writer at Tom's Hardware. A firm believer in “Bang for the buck” Stewart likes to research the best prices for hardware and build PCs that have a great price for performance ratio.

  • King_V
    My GF has a C1 with brown switches that we swapped to silent browns, and loves it. She's not a gamer, so it's only doing office and non-gaming home use with it.

    When she started a new job, she wanted a similar keyboard for the office. We snagged this C3 back in October for a similar price, and she loves it as well. Since she'd brought the C1 to the office, she used the C3 at home to try it out, and within minutes, forgot she was using a different keyboard.

    She doesn't have that job anymore, so the C1 is sitting on the side back home now, and the C3 is her daily driver. Not because it's better, but because it's so close that she just didn't bother putting the C1 back on her desk.