Alienware has released a lot of new gear recently, with their Alienware Aurora R6 gaming desktop PC and their Alienware 17 R4 gaming laptop. New to the mix though is a range of gaming peripherals that are looking to compete against companies like Razer, SteelSeries and ROCCAT. As they usually provide some mega powerful gear for gamers who either do not like or know how to build their own gaming PCs, will our review of the Alienware AW768 keyboard stand up to this previous powerhouse performance?
As far as keyboards go the AW768 is a pretty large keyboard compared to for example the Razer Ornata but it measures up quite closely with the BlackWidow Chroma V2. It does have a little bit of extra love on the sides with a triangular design which is probably meant to match their other products in style. It gives the keyboard a little bit of a different look but does add some space but part of this space is used by the macro keys.
Kailh brown switches are what’s underneath the keys of the AW768 and are similar to Cherry MX Brown. Depending on your allegiance to Cherry MX switches you might not like the fact Alienware have moved away from them. Razer has done so, creating their own Green switches and although Alienware have not, these Kailh switches are a good brown alternative albeit a cheaper overall price. Like other brown switches, these are quiet but tactile with a fairly decent actuation point of 2mm, roughly about half the length of the key.