Keytron

An ultra-slim wireless mechanical keyboard

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#1 Product of the DayOctober 15, 2018

The Keytron is a wireless mechanical keyboard with low profile switches in an ultra-slim design. Compatible with Windows or Mac, the Keytron keyboard features RGB light, wired or wireless mode, it can connect up to 3 devices simultaneously. Starting at $59.

Reviews
  • Pros: 

    Wireless, Looks sleek, has a better function button location, screenshot shortcut button, and has a number pad, I needed it the most.

    Cons: 

    The battery life could be improved

    I have already pledged for the 104-key model this morning and now they are here in #1 Product Hunt! What a coincidence. I am so excited to try this keyboard on my Mac.

    Mohammad ALZAHRANI has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    Nice to see a wireless mechanical keyboard with a Mac keyboard layout Build quality is pretty good Price point is good

    Cons: 

    Keyboard layout is odd Battery life could be improved Typing speed has noticeable decreased (down to ~97WPM from ~110WPM)

    The biggest downside for me is the layout. Coming from a UK MacBook, I hadn't considered how big the transition is to a US keyboard layout. I actually thought the UK MBP had a US keyboard layout on it due to the placement of the # symbol, but it turns out there are still differences. The most noticeable is that on a UK layout the return key takes up two rows and is narrower, whereas on the US layout it takes up one row and is wider. This means that whenever I go to hit the apostrophe key, I hit the return key instead. Typing messages with don't/it's/can't/won't in them usually results in the message being sent before I've finished it. This is primarily a muscle memory thing, not a criticism of the product, but for any other backers/buyers from the UK who type a lot, be aware that you will accidentally hit the return key a lot. You will also have to re-learn how to tab between application windows because the ~ key has moved. And fn+backspace is close to impossible because the fn key is on the right-hand side. There is a delete key though. Battery life for me has been approximately 10 days with the keyboard backlight completely disabled apart from at times when I accidentally hit the light button. Pro tip: instead of cycling through lighting options, just hit F5 a bunch of times to dim the lights again.

    Dan Davies has used this product for one week.
Discussion
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Sean Washington
Sean Washington@seanwashington · CTO, Design Kollective
Would it be possible to get a typing sound sample? I know that the description mentions quiet, but I think being able to hear what actual typing sounds like would go a long way towards making me pull the trigger on this.
Sven Zhu
Sven ZhuMaker@loong_darren
Sean Washington
Sean Washington@seanwashington · CTO, Design Kollective
@loong_darren Thanks! I fear that the blue switches will cause my parter who's finishing law school to murder me. Are there any plans for a red/clear switch in the future? She'd greatly appreciate it. 😂
Sven Zhu
Sven ZhuMaker@loong_darren
@seanwashington Currently we don't have a plan for it, but if there is enough demand, we will definitely consider, as we need to place a bulk order like 1k pcs to factory each time, we need to be careful of the cash flow. In case of emergency, you can call the police to prevent you get murder first 🙈
Federico Vitale
Federico Vitale@federico_vitale · Developer - Focused on NodeJs and Swift
I'm thinking to pledge for the mid-size model, but I have a question: It's only available with the US layout?
Sven Zhu
Sven ZhuMaker@loong_darren
@federico_vitale Yes at the moment.
Babken Karapetyan
Babken Karapetyan@babken_karapetyan · Innovation is a Memetic Evolution
So, these mechanical keyboards are what type of low profile switches are used by Cherry MX, Kailh / Kaihua, or perhaps Romer-G Tactile, Romer-G Linear?
Mike Coutermarsh
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
@babken_karapetyan @loong_darren Did you build your own switches?
Sven Zhu
Sven ZhuMaker@loong_darren
@babken_karapetyan I am not very clear, those Gateron and Cherry mx switch keyboards shows on our comparison video are traditional switch, but not low profile switch.
Jay
Jay@topdownjimmy · Web Developer & Designer
So intriguing. Would love to be able to get this with even a slightly curved keycap profile instead of "chiclet" keys.
Lin He
Lin He@he9lin · Cofounder, Smiley Science Lab, Inc
I just pledged on Kickstarter and cannot wait to try it out. Keep up the good work folks!