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One of my favourite gaming keyboards ever just got a whole lot smaller

Wooting 60HE keyboard on a desk with a cable attached
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Keyboards aren't known for their analogue expertise, yet there's one brand of mechanical board that really nails it: Wooting. I've been a fan of both the Wooting One and Wooting Two keyboards for quite some time now, giving both perfect scores in a previous life, but something new this way comes. Something smaller.

It's called the Wooting 60HE, and it features analogue Lekker switches with adjustable actuations, along with all the benefits included with the newer Wooting Two HE, in a highly compact package.

It's pretty darn cute, too, as most 60% keyboards are. But what makes it special are those Lekker switches.

Previously, Wooting boards used Infra-red Flaretech switches, which used the magic of light to offer adjustable and incremental action for each key switch. Those switches have since made way for Lekker switches, which use a magnet and Hall effect sensor instead.

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Either way, what this means is that the Wooting is able to offer analogue control in much the same way as a controller. It's kind of a strange concept for resolutely PC gamers used to a digital on/off keyboard switch, but you get used to it after a few hours.

It's pretty handy for controlling the gait of your walk, steering (when all else fails), and you can even use it to create macro shortcuts depending on how hard you press a key.

That last one was a bit beyond my demands of a full-size or even TKL keyboard, but it could work wonders for a little 60% board like the 60HE.

Wooting will open up pre-orders for this little board from September (so any day now). There's also the larger Wooting Two HE that's up for preorder now, for delivery in October.

Jacob Ridley

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.