Best PCB for a TKL (Tenkeyless) Keyboard

8 Best PCB for a TKL (Tenkeyless) Keyboard – A Complete Buyer’s Guide

If you experience damage to the PCB on your TKL keyboard and maybe it can’t be repaired anymore, the thing you have to do is buy a PCB for the TKL keyboard which has a very limited population on the market.

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In this article, we want to provide the best PCB recommendations for TKL keyboards available on the market today. Although the number is indeed limited, but you still have a worthy alternative for you to use on your TKL keyboard case.

Here are the Best PCBs for a TKL (Tenkeyless) Keyboard:

1. HOT SWAPPABLE XD87 CUSTOM MECHANICAL KEYBOARD PCB 87% UNDERGLOW RGB

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HOT SWAPPABLE XD87 is a PCB for tkl keyboard with very complete features. This is a PCB that supports the hot swappable switch feature so you don’t need to solder the switch to the PCB when installing it. This PCB also has a cool RGB feature with Underglow RGB so it will be very suitable for you to use an acrylic casing or aluminum casing that has a special design for RGB underglow.

This PCB has a USB Type C port and you can customize it by using TKG-TOOLS to reprogram the keys or remapping certain key functions on the PCB. For stabilizers that you can use on this PCB is a cherry style stabilizer or Screw-in stabilizer. The custom case that you can use is the XD87 custom case. You can find this PCB at Kprepublic at a very affordable price.

2. Aftermarket MonstarGear TKL PCB

MonstarGear TKL PCB is a PCB with very complete features and can fit quite a lot of custom casings available in the market such as XO V2, XO V3, Acrylic XO, Acrylic 87 XD, Acrylic 87 XD Light, and MonstarGear XO K80 / K80 Polycarbonate.

This is a PCB that supports the hot swappable feature so you don’t need to solder the switch when installing it on this PCB. RGB on this PCB is also very cool because it can light up individually on each button. The port used on this PCB is a USB Type C port and you can reprogram this PCB using QMK Firmware. The stabilizer that you can use is a screw-in stabilizer. You can find this PCB at Omegakeys.

3. GON NerD TKL PCB

GON NerD TKL PCB is a PCB that is quite popular among mechanical keyboard custom enthusiasts. This is a standard PCB that does not support hot swappable features so you have to solder the switches when installing them on this PCB. This PCB still uses Mini USB ports and also doesn’t support RGB individually on each switch port so you have to use RGB switches if you want lighting on your build using the GON NerD TKL PCB.

However, what is very impressive is the software for reprogramming the buttons and also for remapping the PCB which is very good, you can use NerDy which is only available for windows operating system with a very cool appearance and very easy to use. This PCB is suitable for use in various types of TKL keyboard cases as long as the hole for the USB port is on the left. You can find GON NerD TKL PCB at 1upkeyboards.

4. Hineybush H87a TKL PCB

Hineybush H87a TKL PCB is one of the PCB standards for TKL keyboards that has a very good reputation because it is very easy to reprogram and also has quite good features. The RGB feature on this PCB is very cool and lights up individually on each switch port with the Underglow RGB feature, your custom keyboard will look very cool when using this PCB. This PCB does not support the Hot swappable feature so you have to solder the switch when installing it on this PCB.

Unfortunately, this PCB still uses a USB Mini B port which is an ancient port where currently almost all PCBs already use a Type C Port. All button functions and remapping functions on the PCB can be done using QMK or VIA firmware which is very familiar software and very easy to use. The stabilizer that you can use is the Screw-in stabilizer on this PCB. For a case that can fit this PCB, you can see it in the Spread Sheet at this link. You can find this PCB at 1upkeyboards.

5. H87A PCB

H87A PCB is one of the PCBs that is quite popular and has been widely used in TKL keyboards. This is a standard PCB that does not support hot swappable features so you have to solder the switches when installing them on this PCB.

This PCB uses LED lighting on the switch port and does not support RGB. This is a PCB that still uses a mini USB post, not a USB Type C port. However, this PCB supports the RGB underglow feature so it will be very suitable for those of you who have a special case for RGB underglow. You can reprogram this PCB using QMK firmware.

What’s interesting about this PCB is that this PCB can be used on various types of TKL casings which you can find on this link for a complete list of casings. The stabilizer that you can use is a screw-in stabilizer. You can find this PCB on ilumkb.

6. Artof2 TKL Keyboard PCB

Artof2 TKL Keyboard PCB is a standard PCB that does not support the hot swappable feature so you have to solder the switch when installing it on this PCB. This is a PCB that sells for a very cheap price under $30.00.

This PCB does not support RGB lighting but uses blue static LEDs. This PCB only uses a Mini USB port and you can reprogram it using QMK firmware. The stabilizer that you can use is a cherry style or screw-in stabilizer. Cases that can fit PCBs are very limited, for more details you can visit Artof2.

7. Devastating TKL PCB

The Devastating TKL PCB is a PCB specifically made for the DevastatingTKL keyboard and may only fit into the case of the keyboard. This is a standard TKL keyboard PCB that does not support the hot swappable feature so you have to solder the switch when installing it on this PCB.

This PCB has a USB Type C port and supports RGB underlow only. To reprogram the PCB function you can use the QMK firmware. Stabilizers that you can use are cherry style stabilizers or screw-in stabilizers. You can find this PCB at Cannonkeys.

8. Keycult Tenkeyless PCB

Keycult Tenkeyless PCB is a PCB that is only suitable for you to use on TKL keyboards from Keycult such as Keycult No. 1 Rev. 1, Keycult No. 2, and Keycult No. 2 Rev. 1. This is a PCB that supports hot swappable features so you don’t need to solder the switch when installing it on this PCB.

This PCB does not support any backlighting such as RGB or static LEDs. The stabilizer that you can use is a Cherry Style Stabilizer or a Screw-in Stabilizer. This PCB has a USB Type C port option. You can find it on Keycult.

Conclusion

There are a very limited number of PCBs for TKL keyboards on the market so it is quite difficult to find them. But some manufacturers have made PCBs for TKL keyboards that might fit into your keyboard case. The PCB for the TKL keyboard with the most complete features is the XD87 CUSTOM MECHANICAL KEYBOARD PCB and the MonstarGear TKL PCB because it supports hot swappable features, cool RGB, and has very good supporting software and these two PCBs can fit quite a lot of keyboard cases.

As for the standard keyboard TKL PCB, the GON NerD TKL PCB, Hineybush H87a TKL PCB, and H87A PCB are very attractive options because these three PCBs have fairly complete features and can be used on various types of TKL keyboard cases on the market today.