Drop + OLKB Planck V6 Kit

Best 40% Mechanical Keyboards in 2021

The 40% layout is one of the smallest mechanical keyboard sizes around. At around 47-keys, the 40% layout is a size down from the 60% keyboard, with no number row keys, creating a more minimal and compact form.

These are our picks for the best 40% mechanical keyboards available to buy in 2021.

Drop + OLKB Planck Mechanical Keyboard Kit V6

Drop + OLKB Planck V6 Kit

The ortholinear 40% Planck mechanical keyboard is hailed for its unique layout—and the new version is even better.

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Bm43 RGB Kit

Bm43 RGB Kit

Fully programmable PCB plate custom mechanical keyboard.

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YMD40 V2 DIY Kit

YMD40 V2 DIY Kit

CNC Case + Type C PCB + Plate + Stabilizers Needed + Screws + Rubber Feet

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Vortex Core 40%

Vortex Core 40%

The Vortex Core is a 47-key mechanical keyboard with Dye Sub DSA Profile PBT keycaps and a choice of Cherry MX Black, Blue, Brown, Clear, or Red switches.

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Magicforce Mini 49-Key

Magicforce Mini 49-Key

The Magicforce Mini is a 49-key 40% mechanical keyboard with ABS keycaps and Gateron Blue switches.

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TL;DR - Best 40% Mechanical Keyboards

  1. Drop + OLKB Planck V6 Kit
  2. Bm43 RGB
  3. YMD40 V2 DIY Kit
  4. Vortex Core
  5. Magicforce Mini 49-Key