I’ve been typing on a Microsoft Wireless Comfort Keyboard 5000 for over two years, and I’ve not got a bad word to say. It lasts well over two months on AA batteries (with at least four hours of daily use) and the accuracy is top notch. I rarely mistype a word.
But I like to change things up and while the 5000 would no doubt continue to serve me well into the future, I want a mechanical keyboard. I had the pleasure of using a Das Keyboard 4 Professional for a couple of hours this week and I was blown away by how good it felt to work on a mechanical keyboard – when I was growing up, my family home had two computers both with mechanical keyboards, and I forgot just how nice it feels to have a robust click under your fingers.
It helped that the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is full size like the 5000 with similar spacing and key sizes, so I was able to jump straight onto it and type away.
Mechanical keyboards are a niche product, and wireless mechanical keyboards are even more niche.
If I bought the Das Keyboard 4 Professional and I’d no doubt be very happy with it, aside from one thing – the wire.
You see while I don’t move my 5000 around too much, I enjoy the thought of being able to carry it 20 feet away from my computer and still work away. And so I looked at the Das Keyboard range in the hope of finding a model that’s wireless, but alas, there isn’t one – and further searching revealed very few wireless mechanical keyboards from other vendors. It seems that mechanical keyboards are a niche product, and wireless mechanical keyboards are even more niche.
The wireless mechanical keyboard is a mythical beast.
But I was determined to find something that ticked the right boxes.
The keyboard had to be:
- Full size;
So have I found anything? Here’s my finds:
Rapoo KX Mechanical Keyboard
I found the Rapoo KX Mechanical Keyboard through a Google search, but it isn’t full size. It’s wireless and mechanical, but it’s too small for my needs. It does however have a built-in Li-ion battery that offers 40 hours of standby time and can recharge in four hours when wired to USB.
Filco Cherry MX keyboard
This is more like it – a full size mechanical keyboard with Bluetooth that runs off AA batteries. I haven’t tested this keyboard, but it has some excellent reviews on Amazon. It’s offered with Cherry MX blue, brown, black, and red switches which each offer a different feel and noise.
And that’s it – those are my finds, just two wireless mechanical keyboards that appear well designed. If the lack of wireless mechanical keyboards on the market surprises you, rest assured it surprised me too.
If you too are searching for a wireless mechanical keyboard, the two keyboards above are your best bet – particularly the Filco Cherry MX, which ticks a lot of boxes. If you know of any other mechanical keyboards that don’t need to be plugged into a computer, please share your finds by commenting below. They seem to be mythical beasts.