Jelly Key comes back strong with two more keycap series we look at today. The first is a cute retro TV series invoking a golden era of imagination and first visitors, and the second dips into mythology by paying homage to dragon legends. Both are good examples of intricate, hand-finished designs that truly make them artisan.
Razer's new Huntsman V2 TKL is an enthusiast product in a mainstream gaming keyboard skin, with two optical switches to choose from and doubleshot PBT keycaps out of the box. There is even sound dampening foam in the case, and individual switch stablizers make for an impressive typing experience.
MarvoDIY is a new brand aiming to break into the custom keyboard market, and Ajazz is introducing its own series of fruit-themed switches. We use the two and build a new 60% keyboard featuring the MarvoDIY Undefined 61, Charcoal PBT keycaps, and Ajazz Diced Fruit Peach switches.
Kailh wants to quieten things down a few notches with the all-new BOX Hush mechanical switch for keyboards and the equally new V&S switch for mice. We examine both in detail, focusing on the former courtesy the provided Kailh BOX keyboard made by Hexgears and the latter with the Hexgears M105 mouse.
Drop has been the source for many a custom keycap set, especially those manufactured by GMK.Today, we examine the RedSuns GMK Blue Samurai custom keycap set, which comes in several kits and add-on options and, more importantly, is typically in stock for immediate purchase without a long lead time.
Drop builds upon the strong feature set of its CTRL keyboard with the 65% form factor ALT keyboard. It is rich in hardware and software customization options and has improved side lighting and portability options for those looking for a premium small form factor keyboard.
Shurikey Gear is a new brand with ties to Varmilo and focuses on bolder ideas with more fun ventures promised. Their first keyboard, the Hanzo, is a 65% form factor unit that adopts a retro-industrial design, comes in three themes with unique color combinations, and uses the new Varmilo EC V2 switches.
Drop drops onto the TechPowerUp review database with its own CTRL keyboard. It is not a new release, but aims to show that the feature set and build quality hangs in 2021 just as well courtesy the plethora of hardware and software customization options and excellent build quality.
Epomaker's new NT68 comes in a regular and low-profile version with many different switches and keycaps to choose from. This review examines the low-profile version that comes with a "magic case" to double up as a stand and measures just 23 mm tall!
Epomaker's new NT68 comes in a regular and low-profile version with many different switches, keycaps, and wired or Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity to choose from. This review examines the regular-profile version that features a "magic case" to double up as a stand with or without a laptop involved!
CORSAIR and Cherry have enjoyed a long collaboration, and it continues with the new Cherry VIOLA switches used in new CORSAIR K60 PRO keyboards. We take a look at the K60 RGB PRO today, which is also a name update to CORSAIR's first-ever keyboard from nearly a decade ago!
EVGA took the top-down approach with its keyboard lineup revamp that began with the flagship Z20. Today, we look at the Z12, their most affordable offering to date. It's a membrane keyboard with tweaked switches for Cherry MX keycap compatibility and feel. You also get a feature set that you would only see on far more expensive mechanical keyboards.
Leopold makes a grand debut on TechPowerUp with its most popular keyboard to date: The FC660C is a 65% keyboard using genuine Topre electrostatic capacitive switches, in the new silent version, paired with a classic two-tone PBT dye-sub keycap set.
The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic keyboard is a legend to this day for offering a well-designed, ergonomic typing experience without breaking the bank. Today, we examine the latest generation of the same. Simply called the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard, it gets some modern tweaks, but retains the excellent layout of the original.
ZSA, the maker of the ErgoDox EZ, aims for the heavens with the new Moonlander Mark 1 ergonomic split keyboard. With several innovations and more customization options than the number of outer space puns you can make, this premium keyboard will turn you into a better typist while also minimizing the potential for wrist pain.
Akko goes old-school with its new World Tour-Shanghai theme, this time available only as a keycap set. Evoking 1940s Shanghai nostalgia, this 136-key set has a nice mix of vintage colors and novelty designs paired with high build quality PBT keycaps in the extremely rare JDA profile.
Join me as we build a keyboard again! Today, we use a 60% case made out of real wood from Epomaker and pair it with Akko's ASA profile Carbon Retro PBT keycap set. I also cover in detail my personal favorite mechanical switch design by going over five different Kailh BOX switches.
Korea might not be famous for ninjas, but Monstargear sure hopes to change that with its new NINJA87BT TKL keyboard. It can be bought as a kit with uncommon switches, optional keycap sets, wired and wireless connectivity options, hot-swap switches, lubed stabilizers, and sound-absorbing foam, and even starts at under $100, too!
ASUS joins the mainstream trend of 60% keyboards by going with a 65% form factor with the ROG Falchion. It adopts a minimalist design, but doesn't compromise on features by adopting wired/wireless connectivity, wireless Aura Sync, plenty of switches to choose from, and a novel touch pad on the side!
We look at two new keyboards from Epomaker today which follow a "red wine" color scheme. The SK61 is a 60% keyboard designed purely for typing with layers in mind, and the SK21 is an add-on numpad for when you need to do some number crunching.
Hexgears collaborated with enthusiast-minded Input Club to bring out the Gemini Dusk and Gemini Dawn twin keyboards. Today, we examine the former, which comes in black and uses a clean, industrial design paired with vibrant side lighting on top of per-key backlighting and open-source firmware compatibility!
What happens when you combine a minimalist design, gaming keyboard features, TKL form factor, and great price? You end up with the Redragon K552 Kumara, a budget-prioritizing keyboard that aims to replace your OEM keyboard at not much more in cost, but way more in functionality and customization.
If the Akko Monet's Pond keyboard was too flashy for you, maybe the King Koi suits your needs better? We take a look at the 3108v2 King Koi today, which draws inspiration from Chinese ink drawings and calligraphy to depict a Koi pond and neighboring elements on the keyboard.
The Royal Kludge brand is popular for several keyboard models that took advantage of its in-house engineering, design, and manufacturing facilities. With the RK84, we see features that come on flagship keyboards at a budget price, including a 3-port USB hub, wired/Bluetooth/2.4 GHz connectivity options, and more!
Kono Store hedges all its experiences working with keyboard and switch brands in designing its very first mechanical switch. Aptly named the Kono Midnight, this is a highly tactile speed switch with a translucent dark blue polycarbonate housing and a smooth, lubed POM stem.