For ardent supporters of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, this DOT mechanical keyboard by Lofree should look familiar to you. According to LoFee’s website, the company has won multiple RedDot design and iF awards the past few years, and this keyboard is clearly one of its key products.
Here is my take on the three things to consider before making the purchase.
1. Charging of keyboard
This device needs to be charged with a micro-USB charger – a single charge can last up to a month. With high utilisation on my device, battery life was about a week. Considering that newer devices have all moved to USB-C charging, having the additional cable to keep it charged occasionally can be a hassle.
2. Ergonomic design
The mechanical keyboard is supposed to provide that retro feel of typing on a typewriter and as such, it needs the depth to provide the clicking sound as well as the ‘bounce’ for each key. As such, I find myself having to lift my fingers more just to get to the higher keys. This may not seem like much, but if you happen to type a lot and are looking for convenient and further spaced keys, the DOT mechanical keyboard may not suit you.
In addition, the keyboard is relatively flat although it has two stands supporting at the back. For someone who is so used to having the MOFT stand (see previously written article here), the shift to this keyboard sees me having to type with less of an angle.
3. Mechanical clicking sounds when typing
The mechanical keyboard sound while typing can be pleasing to the ears – if you are not typing on it for long stretches of time. I originally loved the clicking sounds and felt very accomplished with each click. However, the more I heard it (coupled with the fact that my fingers were tired after the constant typing on it), I realised that it wasn’t as pleasing as I thought it would be.
This keyboard is definitely aesthetically-pleasing, provides the cool retro-feel and connects via Bluetooth easily. However, you may want to consider the above three points before making the purchase.
You may look at the other products LoFree carries here.