This is a weird one because the review of the Epomaker B21 keyboard was supposed to go out well before that of the Epomaker AK84S. The B21 launched earlier, again via the crowdfunding route, and the campaign is nearly done too as of the time of writing. Unfortunately, my review sample came in much later than originally planned, so here we are to help anyone who might still be interested in the keyboard make an informed purchasing decision. Thanks again to Epomaker for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp!
Epomaker works with different brands to get the products out under its big Epoch of Makers umbrella. The B21 wireless keyboard looks to be an Ajazz design, similar to what we saw with the Ajazz Zinc when it comes to the form factor, but that's also where the similarities end. The Epomaker B21 targets a completely different market compared to the AK84S, with lots of glitz and a cute appeal foremost. Lots of comparisons have already been made to the Etch A Sketch toy, and the retro design coupled with the smaller form factor, plastic buttons above the mechanical keyboard, two knobs, and glossy plastic finish to the case makes it seem like a toy, too. Let's dig deeper and see whether the Epomaker B21 is able to balance the fun with function.
|Epomaker B21 Wireless Keyboard|
|Layout:||65% form factor in a US ANSI layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and steel plate|
|Weight:||0.88 kg/1.94 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-key rollover USB, 6KRO with Bluetooth|
|Media Keys:||Dedicated playback and volume control|
|Dimensions:||148 (L) x 317 (W) x 46 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft/1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Cherry MX Red, Brown, or Blue mechanical switches|
|Backlighting:||Single color white|
|Interface:||USB or Bluetooth 5.0|