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Hands-On

Hands on with the vintage-inspired Rymek Bluetooth keyboard

The Rymek retro Bluetooth mechanical keyboard is an interesting take on a mechanical keyboard. AppleInsider got to spend a bit of time with it ahead of the crowdfunding campaign.

Rymek Retro Bluetooth Keyboard



It should be noted upfront, we have a fondness for retro-design inspired electronics. We've found ourselves drawn to many of the nostalgic Lofree products including their keyboard and Bluetooth Poison speaker. The Rymek Bluetooth mechanical keyboard fits right into the niche, immediately piquing my interesting.

What it is, is a well-made Bluetooth keyboard in a design reminiscent of an antique typewriter. Of course, many current niceties are built in including some impressive light displays, quality mechanical switches, and metal accents.

We tested out the Rymek keyboard for a bit and have developed some polarizing first impressions.

Right out of the gate, it is clear that this keyboard isn't for everyone. It has a bit of an eccentric design that only a portion of the possible audience for an external keyboard will appreciate. We did enjoy the aesthetics, but had a few issues with build quality.

Rymek Retro Bluetooth Keyboard



Namely, the key caps felt distinctly cheaper than the remainder of the keyboard. The actual switches underneath, Cherry MX Blue models, were great, but the actual keys were far too light and had a hollow feel when we hit them that wasn't as pleasant as we'd have liked. Since this is a mechanicalkeyboard, the feel of each keystroke is important, and it just wasn't exactly up to snuff.

Rymek Retro Bluetooth Keyboard



We can easily see many people jumping on board the Rymek simply for the design. However, in that regard, we have few complaints. Everything works well together, and there are plenty of additional controls built in such as the knob on the right and the bar on the left.

Rymek Retro Bluetooth Keyboard



The carriage return bar on the left is used to easily swap between USB mode and Bluetooth.

Rymek is pretty universal, working across iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows, though it is a bit difficult to see using this with either an iPhone, or our Mac. The iPad is really the ideal device to use with the Rymek, regardless of the size. The zync-alloy stand along the back can easily hold any size iPad in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Rymek Retro Bluetooth Keyboard



If you are in the mood for some flair, then there are several different lighting modes that animate while typing. They can be fun and interesting, but also a bit distracting when actually trying to type.



We aren't sure we really want to type on the Rymek Bluetooth mechanical keyboard each and every day, but it is certainly an attention-grabbing device that does what it is meant to do.

It works well, across many different systems, both wired and wireless. If you dig the retro design, then the Rymek may be worth the plunge. You can back it on Indiegogo, where it has amassed well over its goal, for $99.