If you can’t tolerate typing on the Macbook’s scissor switch keyboard, not to mention the butterfly model, and you don’t want to go through equally small laptops with built-in mechanical keyboard, then Epomaker’s new wireless keyboard may be right for you. The NT68 is designed to sit on top of your MacBook or other laptop’s current keyboard, so your fingers don’t have to put up with rubber-like key switches for one second longer than they need to.
That is not a completely new idea (Nuphy’s NuType F1 keyboard is another recent example), but the quality and features of Epomaker ‘s previous keyboards make the NT68 remarkable. It can be connected via USB-C, connected via Bluetooth to up to three devices, and its switches are quickly interchangeable so you can customize the typing feel of your keyboard without the need for a soldering iron. It uses the so-called 65 percent layout, which means you only get five rows of keys and no separate function rows. It’s compact, but at the expense of some extra keys.
Oh, and there’s also an RGB backlight if you care about that. The NT68 includes what Epomaker calls an “invisible stand,” and its magnetic case can support any phone or tablet you want to pair with. Its 1900 mAh battery is rated for two to five weeks of wireless use.
If I’m never going to go to the trouble of carrying a small mechanical keyboard that you can use on a laptop, and then I would seriously consider the NT68. But it’s a big “if”. First, even if someone who owns about half a dozen different keyboards still feels downright awkward to carry an extra keyboard to replace a fully functional laptop-built keyboard. Even then, I didn’t see myself bothering to set up the keyboard directly on laptop keyboard when it is much more ergonomic and comfortable to sit it on a table in front of you.
But hey, I’m not going to tell you how to live your life. Epomaker has not yet announced a release date or pricing for the NT68, but it invites people to sign up for updates on its website.