When looking for a Bluetooth keyboard we usually look for something that has a good sized layout and maybe has solid, clicky mechanical keys, right? With just that as criteria there are a lot of keyboards to choose from, really. But what if you add a uniqueness and badass retro look. Well then, you end up with the QwerkyWriter.
The clearly typewriter inspired keyboard isn’t as old fashioned as it looks. It connects via Bluetooth to pretty much any device: Macs, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Windows computers and tablets, in fact, the only thing it won’t work with is an actual piece of paper (irony?).
Unlike actual typewriters made out of heavy steel, the QwerkyWriter is, thankfully made out of a much lighter aluminium alloy that still looks and feels well-made.
The keys themselves are also made out of a metal-alloy that has this vintage concave design that, when combined with the super appropriately typewriter clicky switches give it this awesome typing feel that even the most mechanical of newer keyboards can’t quite mimic. Now, I know what you’re thinking, that keyboard can’t be fast. Well, let’s find out and compare the WPM on it to another mechanical keyboard. To do so, I grabbed the fastest typist… in the office. Let’s see how they did.
Oddly enough, wasn’t much different. Only a loss of about 2 words a minute.
The one other standout input method on the keyboard is a unique macro return bar that you can slap as a return key by default–and there is something oddly satisfying about it.
It can also be programmed by holding down the function key, the return bar and typing any combo of up to 5 keys and then tapping it.
Besides using this with your computer, it also has a built-in tablet stand which will support any tablet up to 10″ wide and completes that typewriter look for sure.
Overall, it’s a well-built, sexy looking addition to bring some old-school charm to your modern office environment, the biggest downside being the price. It retails for about $300 (although I’ve found alternatives that are a bit cheaper here). Which for a keyboard, is a lot. But if you’re one of those people who wants a real typewriter as a decoration, this will give you that same look, be way more functional, and think of all the money you’ll save on ink.
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