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Alienware AW420K review: a wholly satisfying tenkeyless gaming keyboard

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Launched alongside the Alienware Aurora R15 are the Alienware AW420K gaming keyboard and the Alienware AW720M gaming mouse, the former of which is a mechanical keyboard outfitted with Cherry MX Red switches. And as with other Alienware keyboards, this one screams premium with its high-quality build, programmable hot keys, RGB lighting, and more. Not to mention the always great Alienware Command Center software, which is easy to use and lets you customize your keyboard in nearly any way possible. If you’re looking for the best gaming keyboard, this is a hot competitor.

The keys feature all the bells and whistles that you’d come to expect from a contender for best mechanical keyboard. That incudes anti-ghosting and N-key rollover, industry-standard Cherry MX Red switches that are boasted by Dell to have a 100 million actuation life cycle (which means even the most typing-heavy user will take years to burn through this keyboard), and PBT double-shot keycaps that increase the wear and tear the keys can handle. The per-key RGB backlighting is also fully customizable through the Alienware software. Finally, the switches are mounted directly on a smooth metal top plate, which makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze.


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