Alienware launches low-profile mechanical keyboard packed with RGB goodness

What you need to know

  • Alienware launched two new mechanical gaming keyboards at Gamescom 2019.
  • The AW510K is a low-profile keyboard packed with RGB lighting in more, while the AW310K keeps things more basic with white backlighting.
  • Both keyboards are set to go on sale August 20 for $100 and $160.

Alienware has a couple of new mechanical gaming keyboards on the scene, and they're covering their bases with an entry-level model and one kitted out with a few extras. Blessed with the catchy names of the Alienware AW510K and AW310K, the keyboards carry forward the company's new "Legend" design language that has been spreading through its lineup this year.

First up is the flagship of the duo, the AW510K, which packs a low-profile design with Cherry MX switches. Besides low-profile switches, the keyboard features per-key customizable RGB lighting, fully programmable keys, and a dedicated volume roller. Rated for durability up to 50 million keystrokes, the AW510K comes in either white or black variants and the floating keys make it easy to clean if things get a little grimy.

Alienware AW310K

Alienware AW310K

On the other end of the spectrum is the Alienware AW310K, which is the more basic keyboard of the two. You'll still get Cherry MX Red switches here, fully programmable floating keys, and dedicated media keys. As opposed to the RGB keys seen on the AW510K, however, you'll only get white backlit keys here and it's not low-profile.

Both keyboards are set to launch on August 20 alongside the flashy new Aurora R9 at $160 for the AW510K and $100 for the AW310K.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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