SABLUTE SG Review: Why It’s A Good Deal for A 60% Mechanical Keyboard

Mechanical keyboards are all the rage and, with so many options in town, it really is hard to keep up with new brands. With the Sablute SG in for review, this is our first encounter with the Sablute brand but hopefully not the last.

Let’s see what the Sablute SG 60% mechanical keyboard for gaming looks like and what it has to offer.

SABLUTE SG features

What does a 60 mechanical keyboard mean? 

It’s about the number of actual keys. A 60% mechanical keyboard has around 60 keys. On a 60% keyboard, you won’t find the traditional arrow cluster. This is usually the most compact mechanical keyboard sizes but well, there are other oddities. 

There are also 40% mechanical keyboards that give up the numbers row…an abomination, right? Still, to each its own.

In this case we’re looking at a 60% mechanical keyboard so let’s see what it’s all about.

60% keyboards are better suited to gaming. Since they have a very small footprint, they leave you with a lot of space on your desk mat for those frantic mouse flicks. For editing and other types of productivity work, in my opinion they’re a pass.  

SABLUTE SG switches and feel

The Sablute SG Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is hot swappable, and ours came with some generic red switches and double shot ABS keycaps. 

This budget mechanical keyboard It has tri mode connection, wired, bluetooth and wireless, thanks to a 2.4ghz dongle which has a slot for safekeeping on the back of the keyboard. 

It has 20+ RGB effects and animations, with everything powered by a 1600mAh battery. 

The typing experience of a Sablute SG is what you would expect from a mechanical keyboard, so it’s a good choice if you’re experimenting with your first mechanical keyboard. 

The stabilizers are decently tuned and don’t rattle very much.  Of course, you can always change them later along with some new switches and key caps. This way, you can build a very decent custom gaming keyboard without spending too much. 

If you need help deciding what switches and keycaps to get you can read our in-depth article on mechanical keyboard switches.

While I’m not a big fan of 60% mechanical keyboards since they feel a bit too…restrictive for me, if gaming is your main use for it, this one is quite a good choice.

How to remove mechanical keyboard keys

And speaking of entry-level mechanical keyboards, you’d be surprised how often I’m asked how to remove mechanical keyboard keys. 

It’s usually from friends who just bought their first mechanical keyboard after years of using regular membrane ones and I get their angst. I’ll just take a couple of minutes to address this, since it’s such a popular question. 

Switching from regular keyboards to mechanical keyboards is so worth it and such an upgrade, people treat mechanical keyboards with super care…sometimes too much care.

Seriously, removing keycaps and switches is easy using a specialized tool. Just don’t try to remove them by hand, sometimes you can apply too much force.

How to clean a mechanical keyboard 

And I’m here to tell you really, there’s no need to worry. If you’re wondering how to remove mechanical keys, the good news is that they simply pop off using a keycap puller. 

Just go ahead, pop them off, wash them with a bit of soapy water then use a brush or a canned air spray to clean the mess left in the plate (the place where switches are socketed) and that’s all the maintenance you need.

If you own pets, mechanical keyboards with keys like the Sablute SG will get a bit gunky with hair, so cleaning your keyboard regularly has to be fast. Fortunately, most mechanical keyboard companies know this, including Sablute, so maintenance is straightforward.

Is the Sablute worth it?

All in all, I’d said yes. 

As I said before, it depends on what you are going to use it for and what your future plans are. If you like the 60% format, then this keyboard is a solid base for further customization. Since it’s very affordable, that leaves you with some extra money for switches and keycaps so you can make it your own – what’s not to love about that?

Also read: A cheap mechanical keyboard? Your Guide to Budget-Friendly Models with Great Features

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