Best Cheap Mechanical Keyboards Under $100

Ever thought of buying a mechanical keyboard or upgrading your same old standard keyboard with little to no features. A good mechanical keyboard is indeed the basic need of a professional gamer. There is a huge variety of mechanical gaming keyboards available in the market. Many of them are brilliant, and we make sure that you purchase the best product available in the market at the best price. You need to be very careful while choosing a gaming keyboard because there are many which looks great but works worst. Nowadays, mechanical switches are the most important thing which is a must in a good gaming keyboard.

 The time is gone for same old silicone switches, and those things ain't good anymore. Then there are scissor switches keyboard too which are rarely available but are still better than silicone keyboards. But at the end, mechanical keyboards are the ones which provide the best gaming experience to you. And as we know, great things ain't cheap. Mechanical keyboards are the most expensive keyboards available. So here at Best Gaming Pro, we will sort and review the 15 best gaming mechanical keyboard available at affordable rates.

Best Cheap Mechanical Keyboards Under $50

There are few things which you might look for when buying a gaming keyboard. First one is back-lighting. Backlights provide a great and premium look to your setup. Especially if you're a gamer, backlights may be your priority.

I will suggest you buy a wired keyboard for gaming, but there are a couple of wireless keyboards too which can do the job. In this best gaming keyboard 2017 guide, we have covered keyboards with all the prices and features which can be suitable for any games. Hope we succeed to find you the best gaming keyboard for your PC.

15 Best Gaming Keyboard 2018

This keyboard by AULA consists of a rainbow backlighting. It consists of 10 pre set modes of lights and three macro backlight modes too. This keyboard consists of blue switches which are perfect for multiple uses. Either you are a gamer, programmer or a writer, this keyboard provides great click. Although this may not be a good choice for FPS games which requires faster and quick response. You should look for keyboards with red or black switches for FPS games. But still, blue switches are very much preferred for gaming. This keyboard does not consist of a numeric keypad, or we can say it is tenkeyless.

The best thing about this product is that it provides some great features at the cheapest rate. But that does not mean it is not strong or durable. It comes with a 100% lifetime money back guarantee. The keyboard is supported with all the versions of Windows and Mac OS. It claims to provide 60 million lifetime switches with a great click. It has a couple of other versions too which come with a numeric pad also. This does not have a numeric pad, but it does provide some well-programmed functions. Overall this a great and cheap Backlit mechanical keyboard at a very affordable price.

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    1. It consists of blue switches which provide great loud click.

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    Also, consists of a key lock.
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    One of the cheapest keyboard available in the market.

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    1. This version of the keyboard does not consist of a numeric pad.

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    2. Blue switches may not be great for first person shooting games.

This is again one of the cheapest keyboards which are a great buy for the price. Redragon provides some good gaming stuff at a very affordable price with great features. This is yet another example for that. The build quality and the look of this keyboard are awesome at this price. It is very difficult to provide such quality at this low rate. The keyboard consists of custom mechanical switches which are claimed to be Cherry's green switches equivalent. The keyboard also has red customisable LED backlights which look very clean and clear.

 It is made up of metal and abs which provide great support and is good for hard core gaming. The customer mechanical switches provide great gaming experience and a good loud click. They pretty much work like blue switches rather than green. The keyboard also has a splash proof design. It consists of 12 multimedia controls on F-keys. It does consist of a window key lockout facility as well. It is supported with almost all the version of Windows OS. The font of the keyboard may seem little awkward to few, but overall at this reasonable price, this is one of the best thing available.


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    1. It has a water resistant and a splash proof design.
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    2. This is again one of the cheapest mechanical keyboards with backlights.
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    3. It consists of customizing switches and adjustable LEDs.

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    As I said, the font of this keyboard may seem little awkward.
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    The green switches equivalent seems to work like blue switches.

This EagleTec keyboard is pretty much similar to the Redragon K552 keyboard. But this consists of a full numeric pad. The keyboard is lighter than others but that does not mean it's not durable. The back is made up of aluminum which provides good support. The combination of white color and the LED backlights looks very attractive. It consists of white caps with transparent symbols which are a unique feature. The keyboard consists of the adjustable blue LED backlights which are indeed a great combination with the keyboard color. You need to be careful cause white color becomes dirty too easily.

This keyboard also consists of blue switches by Otemu the clone of Cherry. The switches provide a good and responsive click. The size is the keyboard huge; it's a full sized keyboard with a full number pad. The W A S D along with the arrow keys which provides great support to every game and allows them to switch it as per their need. Although the design looks simple still it is very classy. You get eight different colors selection with this keyboard. This is not specifically designed for gaming, and you can use it for multipurpose work. Overall, if you are looking for a cheap mechanical keyboard with a numeric pad and some other good features, this one is surely a keyboard to look on.

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    1. Comes with adjustable eight different variations of colors and LED backlights.
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    2. Otemu blue switches work very well as a Cherry clone.
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    3. The polished aluminum provides this keyboard a great look.

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    1. The weight of the keyboard is very light as compared to others.
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    2. Wrist rest is not available with this keyboard.

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    3. The white color version of the keyboard may catch dirt easily.

SADES K10 LED Mechanical Keyboard is available in two different color options (Black and Gold). This wired mechanical keyboard has a great ergonomic design and can be used for many other purposes. The base plate is made of ABS and looks little shiny. It is a full sized keyboard with 104 key arrays. It does consists of a full number pad. The color does not change fully, but the color set is different in different rows. The brightness of the LED backlights can be adjusted up to 9 levels, and it does offer some different color patterns. The design is not extraordinary but still looks impressive.

This keyboard also does not have cherry switches. It also consists of a clone of Cherry blue switches named Huano blue switches. The keyboard provides you the option of window lock key which prevents any interruption while gaming. The keyboard is compatible with almost every version of windows, Mac OS, and Linux as well. The keycaps of this keyboard are curved to provide you a comfortable experience. It also consists of 6 TPF rubber pads to prevent skid and harm your desktop. It does not have a wrist rest, but it is very obvious on the keyboards at a low price. So at a budget around 50-100 bucks, this is also a great option available with some great ergonomic features and can be the perfect mechanical keyboard for a beginner.

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    1. The keyboard consists of 12 multimedia and function program keys.

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    2. Consists of good clone blue switches of Cherry which provides good click.

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    3. This keyboard too has windows lock key option.

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    1. Wrist rests not available.

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    2. Blue switches are good for some but may sound little loud.

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This is a full sized keyboard by Havit with a very impressive and unique design. This keyboard provides you those features to customize it in your way. This probably is one of those rare cheap keyboards which provide you customisable full RGB Backlighting option. So if you are a backlights lover, this one is for you. You can customize the color for every single key depending on your likes and dislikes. You can also adjust the brightness to different levels and can control the speed of change of color of the LED backlights. And if you want then you can also turn off these LED lights as well. It also allows you to change the task for built in hotkeys.

If we talk about the switches, this keyboard has a clone of Cherry. It consists of Otemu or Gaote blue switches which perform very similar to those of Cherry. The base of the keyboard is made up of hard metal, and it also provides you an option for wrist-rest as well. This is a kind of rare feature which we see on a low budget keyboard. The design is very attractive, and the built quality of this keyboard is awesome, so this should last for long enough. It is also compatible with most of the versions of windows, Mac and Linux too. Overall, this is a great budget mechanical keyboard with a fully adjustable RGB LEDs as well as a wrist rest which adds up some extra points to this keyboard.

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    1. It consists of a full RGB lighting with the options of adjusting brightness and color change speed.

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    2. It also consists of a wrist rest.

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    3. Blue switches provide a good loud click.

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    1. The indicator LEDs cannot be turned off.

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    2. The space bar shape is not rounded.

This mechanical keyboard by Azio stands little higher than the other keyboards mentioned till now if we talk about price. But Azio focuses on providing great ergonomic and many other features in this keyboard which are worth its price. This keyboard is a full sized keyboard which also has some shortcut keys, and it does include a numeric pad too. If we talk about its back lights, then it has a simple white colored LED backlight which looks very impressive in combination with the black color of the keyboard. The brightness of the lights can be adjusted to different levels. Look wise, this may not be a fancy one, but it is indeed one of the most classy keyboards that you can find at an affordable price tag.

This keyboard also has a windows key lock system which prevents any interruption in gaming. The keys consist of Kailh Brown switches which are the clone of cherry brown switches. It provides a fair and loud click. This keyboard also consists of some additional features like detachable wrist rest and a volume controller as well. Moreover, you can also mute the sound from it. The base is made up of aluminum. The keyboard comes with 3 years of warranty. It does support major versions of windows, mac, and Linux. Overall we can say this is an another great mid-budget mechanical keyboard with some additional features like volume control and detachable wrist rest. If you want to have a classy keyboard, this might be the best for you in this budget.

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    1. Consists of kailh brown switches which provide genuine click.

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    2. Has a detachable wrist rest.

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    3.  Also, has a volume control and mute button.

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    1. The number symbols are upside down.

This is yet another high-quality mechanical keyboard with premium design and of course higher price. Now we are no more into the clones of Cherry Mx. This mid budget mechanical keyboard by SteelSeries provides the Red Cherry MX switches. As the company says, these switches are industry-leading switches which are mostly preferred by the gamers. This keyboard is straight and simple which is built to provide high-end gaming experience. The keys also have features like Anti-Ghosting too. The physical durability of this keyboard is very impressive. It is made up of hard strong and durable material.

SteelSeries MX 800 consists of RGB lighting, but it is very expensive. This keyboard consists of brilliant blue color LED lights which provide a great eye catching look to the keyboard, and the keyboard seems very classy with the black-blue color combination. SteelSeries provides great customizing options for the keyboard. You can program keys, set advanced macro settings with SteelSeries engine. The keyboard is compatible with Windows 7+ and OSX 10.8+. It does not consist of any wrist rest and also the USB cable is not detachable. Overall, this is a good mid range mechanical keyboard. Cherry MX Red switches and blue colored adjustable LEDs are the main highlights of this product.

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    1. Cherry MX Red switches provide great smooth clicks with a warranty of 50 million clicks.

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    2. The SteelSeries Engine allows to program keys.

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    1. It only has blue LED, R and G are not present.

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This keyboard by Razer is not a fully mechanical keyboard. We can call it a mech and membrane keyboard. This is because it is a combined form of membrane rubber domes and mechanical switches. It contains the feel of the rubber domes while it performs best with its mechanical switches. It consists of mid height softly cushioned keycaps which provide faster delivery like other mechanical switches. The mid height may be the problem to some, but overall it looks good. Companies like Razer does not compromise with the build quality and durability of their products. This is also built a tough and strong material.

If we talk about the backlighting, the keyboard consists of Razer Chroma customizable lighting with 16.8 million color options. This chroma tech by Razer is indeed the best part of the keyboard which creates incredible lighting effects across the keyboard. It also consists more of an ergonomic palm or wrist rest support which makes you feel comfortable while hours of intense gaming sessions. It does have a built-in Anti Ghosting system as well with ten key roll-over system. Overall, this keyboard may not have Cherry or other switches but is no less than them in performance at an affordable price tag, which is enough to make it to the list of best gaming keyboards.

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    1. The keys feel soft cushioned while they provide loud and tactile click.

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    2. Razer Chroma technology is the main highlight of the keyboard.

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    3. Also, includes a comfortable wrist rest.

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    1. It is not a fully mechanical keyboard.

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This keyboard is available in two versions. One is this, and another is a newer platinum version which is great, but the price tag is the big thing that we need to look at if we want a cheap and low range keyboard. This indeed is not very cheap, but it is still a great buy for the asking price. The design is very classic, weight is light, but it does not compromise on build quality. The keyboard consists of Cherry MX mechanical switches which are very much impressive and mostly preferred by many gamers. They provide smooth and faster click which is required a lot if you are an FPS gamer. So, the switches of the keyboard work very well.

If we talk about its lighting system. It has an RGB or multi color LED backlighting system, and you can assign different colors to every single key on the keyboard. It consists of 18-G keys, and you can get easy access to the 108 macros which provides you faster gaming experience. It also has an Anti Ghosting system and counts your every single click. It is compatible with almost all the version of windows after from XP. It also consists of media controls including volume controlling option as well. Overall, this is one of the best full customizable keyboards with red switches available on the market.

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    1. Consists of Cherry MX red switches which provides great responsiveness.

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    2. Also, has a detachable wrist rest.

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    3. A great multi color lighting system for every single key.

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    1. The price is high.

This keyboard is by Logitech is available in three different versions which include Cherry MX Red, Brown or Blue switches. So that you can be comfortable with the stuff that you like. This one consists of Cherry MX blue switches and is more expensive than the other versions. The switches provide a loud and tactile click and good response. They also claim that the keyboard can last up to 50 million of great tactile clicks. The material used to make this keyboard is very strong and durable. The keyboard is little heavy, but this is not a problem at all. The design looks decent, and there is nothing very attractive about it.

If we talk about the backlighting, this keyboard has Dual mode adjustable White LED backlights. Although these lights do look awesome it would be great if they could have provided RGB lights. The brightness can be adjusted to four different levels. The brightness of the WASD and the arrow keys can be independently assigned so that they look clear. The keyboard also consists of media access buttons like volume control, play, mute. It consists of 6 programmable G-keys which can be assigned 18 different functions. It also consists of detachable palm rest and has tilting legs too. It is compatible with Windows 7 + and Mac OS. Overall, it is a good keyboard but does not consist of RGB Backlights.

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    1. Blue switches provide great tactile feedback.

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    2. Consists of detachable palm rest and tilting legs as well.

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This is yet another great and affordable product by Razer. This keyboard is indeed one of the first mechanical keyboard designed for gaming. This is a very highly durable and strong keyboard which was first released in 2010 and it keeps on evolving with time. Now it comes with two different versions which consist of either Razer orange switches or green switches which you can select as per your choice. This is the orange switches version of the keyboard which provides silent and tactile click with great responsiveness.

This keyboard also does not have RGB lighting. There is higher version available with RGB, but they are pretty expensive. So I preferred to go with this. It consists of green color LEDs which can be controlled by Razer BlackWidow software. It has ten key roll-over option as well. The Razer Synapse keeps you updated with the firmware and other updates. It allows you to customize settings with a single login. The switches are supposed to last till 80 million clicks and come with a warranty of 2 years. Overall, this is a great mechanical keyboard by Razer at a low price tag.

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    1. The product comes with two years of warranty and provides up to 80 million clicks.

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    2. Consists of Razer orange switches which provide smooth but responsive click.

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    3. Also, includes a comfortable wrist rest.

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    1. Does not have RGB lighting.

This is one of the cheapest keyboards on this list. If you do not have a huge budget, this may be the right choice for you. The build quality of the keyboard is great and the material used is very sturdy. This keyboard uses Gaote blue switches which are the clone of Cherry MX blue. The switches provide a loud and tactile click. It does consists of some functions keys shortcuts and also has features like window lock key as well. Tomoko has provided great basic features in this keyboard with blue switches which work very effectively.

Now comes the sad part, Tomoko may have provided single LED backlight, but unfortunately there is no backlighting system in this keyboard. The keyboard does not have a number pad as well. You should also not expect luxurious features like wrist rest, other customizations as well. This is just a simple, neat and sturdy product which contains good and effective blue switches which perform impressively and contains some good little features. This will be a great buy if you have a low budget and just want a good keyboard with better performance. You can look for other keyboards on the list for other options too.

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    1. Great build quality. The design is water resistant.

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    2. Blue switches provide nice and loud click.

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    1. It has no wrist rest.

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    2. No LED backlights.

This is also a cheaper mechanical keyboard with some better features than the previous Tomoko keyboard. This is one of those cheap keyboards which manages to provide Cherry MX switches below the keys. There are different versions of keyboard available with different switches at different prices. This version consists of Cherry MX Red switches. The keyboard is also available in Rapid Tenkeyless version, but it costs little higher. The red switches provide great smooth and responsive click. The build quality is also impressive, and it looks sturdy.

Unlike Tomoko, this keyboard does consists of Red LED backlights which provides three modes and five brightness levels. The keyboard also consists of a number pad as well. The keyboard provides you seven multi media shortcuts which save your time. The keyboard comes with a warranty of two years so you can be assured of the quality of the product. It has a detachable braided USB cable and a good cable management as well. Overall, this is a good and cheap keyboard which gives you Cherry MX switches at an affordable rate.

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    1. Consists of Cherry MX Red switches to provide smooth, responsive performance.

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    2. Red LED adjustable backlights to provide it a great look.

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    1. Has no RGB backlights.

This may not be best on this list, but this is the best buy for the price which it demands. Tomoko provides this full sized keyboard with 104 keys which also include some additional buttons like multi media access shortcuts and a number pad as well. The keyboard is available in two different colors. It consists of Cherry MX blue clone Gaote switches which work very well and provide loud and tactile click.  The build quality looks decent, and the design is very attractive. Especially those rainbow colors LED adds up the spark to the keyboard.

Yes, this keyboard consists of rainbow LED backlights. It provides you nine different modes, allows to adjust pattern speed and the brightness as well. But the color cannot be set for each key. They are fixed for the rows still it looks very attractive. It does have a palm or wrist rest as well. The keycaps are spill proof. The company claims up to 50 million of tactile and loud clicks. It also comes with a year's warranty. Overall, this is a great cheap keyboard with blue switches and LED backlights as well.

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    1. Consists of additional features like wrist rest and multimedia controls as well.

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    2. Blue switches provide great tactile click.

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    1. Color mapping not available.

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    2. Blue switches may be little loud to few.

This is one of the most expensive keyboards on this list. In case you have a big budget, this is the most recommended product that is worth its price. There are cheaper versions available too, but in those, you have to compromise with the backlighting. It also comes with different versions of Cherry MX switches including Red, Brown and Cherry MX Speed. This version consists of Cherry MX speed or silver switches. These switches are not loud and do not require much force to perform which allows you to game even faster. The frame is made of aircraft-grade anodized aluminum which makes this keyboard very durable and tough.

The keyboard does consists of customizable RGB backlighting with full adjustability. This is what you expect when you are paying a huge amount. It gives you the features like full key rollover and Anti Ghosting as well. It consists of a soft detachable wrist rest and also has media access buttons as well. It comes with the CUE support which allows you to control lighting and macros settings. It is compatible with Windows 7 and higher versions. Overall, it is little expensive but worth its price.

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    1. MX Speed switches are the main highlights which provide fast lighting response.

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    2. Great unlimited customizable RGB LED backlights.

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    3. Great durable Aluminum Frame.

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    1. Does not have RGB lighting.

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    2. Other features like palm rest or media access are also not available with the keyboard.

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