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I've had a Corsair K70 RGB Pro for my laptop for quite a while. However, a recent accident with a coffee cup has, sadly, ended that one's use. I need a good, new, mechanical keyboard, which will be used for coding and a little bit of gaming. It must be wireless, and I don't really want a palm rest because my desk is a little too small for a laptop and a massive keyboard, I don't care about RGB, whether it has it or not, and it must be a Windows layout. I don't really mind on the size, but I'd prefer a TKL keyboard now, just because I never use the numpad. Any suggestions? UK QWERTY please Budget is anywhere up to ~£170

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  • Hi e7eth, welcome to Hardeare Recs! Do you have any preference in terms of size/layout (e.g. full size/100%, 96%, 70%, 60%, ortholinear, ergonomic) or specific switches?
    – JMY1000
    Dec 30, 2023 at 0:52

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Keychron Q1 Pro (ISO) - £159.00 (barebones), £176.00 (with switches and keycaps)

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This is going to be your best, no-compromises all-rounder. It's got every feature you could want in a classic keyboard, and at a pretty reasonable price.

  • Classic 75% layout, with a small knob
  • Full CNC aluminum construction
  • Supports wired or wireless (Bluetooth 5.1) operation, with an included 4000 mAh mattery
  • Hot-swappable switches; includes either Keychron Red or Keychron Brown switches in the assembled version, with your choice of keycaps
  • Fully programmable using QMK & VIA, rather than proprietary software
  • No palm rest included, can be added later if you change your mind
  • ISO layout; included keycaps are UK-specific. Includes keycaps for both Windows and macOS.

Epomaker TH80 Pro - £65.99 (barebones), £85.99 (with switches and keycaps)

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The build quality on this keyboard isn't quite as fancy as the Keychron Q1 Pro—it's a plastic chassis, and the included keycaps are PBT with dye-sublimation instead of double-shot ABS—but for the price, it's real hard to complain. In any case, it should still beat your K70 by a mile (although it's not liquid proof :P).

  • Classic 75% layout, with a small knob
  • Plastic chassis with steel plate
  • Supports wired or wireless (Bluetooth 5.0 or 2.4 GHz with a dongle) operation, with an included 3000 mAh battery
  • Hot-swappable switches; includes either Epomaker Flamingo (Linear), Epomaker Budgerigar (Tactile), or Gateron Pro Yellow (Linear) switches in the assembled version, with your choice of keycaps
  • Fully programmable with support for up to three layers, but requires proprietary software
  • No palm rest
  • ISO layout; included keycaps are not UK-specific. If this is a dealbreaker, you can always go with the barebones kit and choose your own switches/keycaps.

Honorable mentions

  • SKYLOONG GK75 Triple-Mode for high customizability; however, the wireless version (triple mode) doesn't seem to come in an ISO layout
  • Ajazz AK820 for being extremely cheap at $50; however, I can't find an ISO layout
  • Wooting, the reigning "best gaming keyboard"; however, the 80HE (TKL layout) is still in the preorder stage and doesn't support wireless

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