I have covered a significant amount of 60% form factor keyboards recently, including the Kinesis Gaming TKO, CORSAIR K65 RGB MINI, and Ajazz K620T 2.0, with a few more still on the way. It does seem like the entire world is gung-ho on the 60% keyboard craze off late, so I sought to provide some context for these newer keyboards by covering one of the originals. Sadly, my time with the Anne Pro was limited to a few hours from a loaner courtesy a friend a few years ago, and between this and the Vortex Poker, I had learned to appreciate smaller form factor keyboards for their increased ergonomics and the potential to be used as dedicated game pads. Well, the Anne Pro may have come and gone, but we have the Anne Pro 2 now, and here we are taking a look at it!
The original Anne Pro and the newer Anne Pro 2 are the brainchildren of a group of engineers in the keyboard industry who wanted a minimalist keyboard for typing with layered functionality for reduced finger travel. The Anne Pro 2 is by itself not a new product either, having been released over two years ago, but one that is not the easiest to obtain for the sake of reviews unless you buy it yourself. So when Banggood, a B2C entity that provides access to Chinese goods globally, contacted us about doing reviews of keyboards they sell around the world, the Anne Pro 2 was the first that came to my mind. Thanks again to the retailer for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp!
|Anne Pro 2 Keyboard|
|Layout:||61-key, 60% form factor in a US ANSI layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and steel plate|
|Weight:||0.64 kg / 1.4 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB, 6KRO in Bluetooth mode|
|Media Keys:||Available via layers|
|Dimensions:||97 (L) x 284 (W) x 40 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of various Cherry, Kailh, or Gateron RGB mechanical switches|
|Backlighting:||Yes, 16.8 M per-key RGB lighting|
|Interface:||USB or Bluetooth 5.0|