It’s been a slow year for peripheral manufacturers, understandably. But the pandemic hasn’t stopped them from putting out new offerings for mechanical gaming keyboards. Continuing the trend from the previous few years, mechanical keyboards have become increasingly more popular – and affordable – with a variety of switch types, keycaps and form factors to choose from. We’re seeing more premium features showing up on budget keyboard offerings, and we’re seeing brands stray away from Cherry MX keycaps and going for either their own variants or cheaper alternatives. In fact, none of the Zero1 mechanical keyboard contenders we got this year had Cherry MX keys! The winner and runner up were pretty close this time around, with the winner just barely inching past.