Typing is a chore — no two ways about it.
I’ve used a keyboard almost daily since I took a typing class back in high school.
The compact Taptek is one that has several good features. The design is minimal, with a brushed metal base and black or white keycaps.
What will strike you first about the Taptek is the backlighting.
Each key has an RGB (multicolor) LED, and you can scroll through 19 backlight modes, some of which put on quite a light show.
I was amused to scroll through all the light modes. Most of them were very pretty, but a few looked more like a dance floor than a keyboard. I finally settled on a single color for the backlit keys, but it was easy to change the colors.
Overall the lights are what will get the most notice from your office mates.
What you’ll notice is the action on the mechanical key switches.
For me, they have just the right amount of travel and a satisfying click that isn’t overly loud.
I’ve been annoyed by loud keyboards in the office before, and the Taptek passes my annoyance test.
I am amazed at the speed I can type with this keyboard, but I can’t say it’s improved my accuracy much.
The Taptek keyboard is very versatile. It can be used wired (via microUSB cable) or wirelessly (via Bluetooth).
The keyboard can also connect to Windows and Macintosh computers as well as iOS and Android devices. It can keep its pairing to up to three devices.
You order your desired keyboard layout, which includes Mac- or Windows-specific modifier keys, but either model works on all devices.
The Taptek has a rechargeable battery that I have yet to exhaust in my few weeks of testing.
The keyboard is only 16 millimeters tall and the switches are made to be used up to 50 million times.
If you are a mechanical keyboard aficionado, Vinpok says the Taptek’s switches are similar in feel to Cherry switches.
Pricing and availability
The Taptek keyboard is available for preorder on Indiegogo or by going to www.vinpok.com and searching for Taptek.
The keyboard will eventually retail for $199, but the limited-time early bird price is $89. That could rise a bit, depending on demand. Shipping will begin in January.
Pros: Sleek, small, wired or wireless connection, great backlighting.
Cons: Retail price is expensive, so buy early.
Bottom line: Nice mechanical keyboard that will travel well in your bag.
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