Alienware’s first tenkeyless gaming keyboard unveiled – equipped with Cherry MX switches

Alienware threw its hat into the tenkeyless keyboard game with its newly announced Tenkeyless Gaming Keyboard (AW420K), aiming to provide gamers with a smaller form factor to maximize desk space while still delivering high-end specs.

The new small form factor gaming keyboard includes Cherry MX Red switches, full anti-ghosting technology, N-key rollover, double-shot PBT keycaps, and customizable key commands with five profiles to switch between. And all wrapped up in a sleek, compact design with natural RGB lighting.

Is it enough to get a spot in our list of the best gaming keyboards? We hope so. In the meantime, check out what the Alienware Tenkeyless Gaming Keyboard (AW420K) has to offer.

Alienware Tenkeyless Gaming Keyboard (AW420K)

The Alienware Tenkeyless Gaming Keyboard (AW420K) is the gaming brand’s first-ever tenkeyless (TKL) gaming keyboard. Pricing and availability are still up in the air, but we hope to see it sooner rather than later.

Measuring 14.5 x 5.8 x 2.2 inches and weighing 1.7 pounds, Alienware aims to make the AW420K the TKL keyboard of choice for gamers on the go and free up desk space. While not as small as 60% keyboards like the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 and Corsair K65 RGB Mini, it adds enough space for a full set of function keys.

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The gaming keyboard is equipped with Cherry MX Red switches (with a life cycle of 100 million activations), which are a popular option because they are quite sensitive with a 2.0mm activation point and have that traditional “type” sound that not too overwhelming . Alienware is known for its expertise in introducing Cherry MX switches into its products, including the excellent Alienware m17 R5 (AMD Advantage) gaming laptop.

It also features AlienFX RGB lighting per key with up to 16.8 million colors, and gamers can mess around with the various effects using the Alienware Command Center. In addition, the keyboard looks sleek with its metal top plate featuring the brand’s own “Dark Side of the Moon” color. You can also expect Double-shot PBT (Polybutylene Terephthalate) keycaps for durability.

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The AW420K’s built-in memory can hold up to five profiles, allowing users to customize key commands and macros with fully programmable keys for the different types of games they play. And to avoid accidentally pressing the Windows key during intense multiplayer matches, there’s a Windows key disable switch.

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The keyboard also offers three levels of adjustable height thanks to “flip-up risers” on the bottom. Speaking of which, the bottom also has an integrated cable routing system for cable management, allowing you to attach the two-meter USB-A to USB-C detachable paracord cable where users see fit.

Alienware notes that the AW420K TKL gaming keyboard requires Windows 11 to function, so be sure to download Windows 11. We’re excited to see it in action, but while we wait for its release, check out the best keyboard and mouse combinations.

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