OnePlus unveils its first-ever Mechanical Keyboard
OnePlus has unveiled its first-ever mechanical keyboard, the OnePlus Keyboard 81 Pro. It also features a sleek rod-style stand at the rear.
OnePlus has unveiled its first-ever mechanical keyboard, called the OnePlus Keyboard 81 Pro. The Mechanical Keyboard was first teased by the company back in December 2022.
Check out the features and specifications of OnePlus mechanical keyboard.
OnePlus × Keychron
The OnePlus collaborated with Keychron for the Keyboard 81 Pro. Keychron is one of the most popular mechanical keyboard brands known for their feature-rich, expertly crafted keyboards. The Keyboard 81 Pro does not have the Numpad , but it retains the fn row, arrow keys, and home cluster, which are aligned vertically.
It boasts a CNC aluminum construction like the older OnePlus devices. The keycaps are in two distinct shades of grey, lighter in the middle and darker at the outer keys, which pair well with the silver aluminum frame. The Esc and Enter keys have a red accent. The keyboard also have a transparent rotary volume knob that looks stunning.
The Keyboard 81 Pro also features a sleek rod-style stand at the rear. Overall, the design looks fantastic and good.
OnePlus hasn’t specified which switches the Keyboard 81 Pro will ship with — only that it will feature tactile and linear options. The mechanical switches are hot-swappable. However, it remains to be seen with which switches they can be hot-swapped.
Double Gasket Mount
The Keyboard 81 Pro offers a double gasket mount design that includes a rubber gaskets between the plate and the keyboard housing (both top and bottom) to provide a more cushioned, comfortable typing experience. Gaskets also produces less sound than a normal keyboard.
The Keyboard 81 Pro will be available in wired (USB Type-C) and wireless (Bluetooth) connectivity options. You have a dedicated toggle at the back (the famous alert slider from OnePlus phones) to switch between wired and wireless modes.
The keyboard also offers multi-OS compatibility. Like all other Keychron-designed keyboards, the layout matches the MacBook keyboard layout key-for-key. The keyboard has a dedicated switch that will help users to toggle between the Mac and Windows modes.
According to OnePlus, the Keyboard 81 Pro runs an open-source firmware and is QMK/VIA-compatible. This will provide users extra control for re-mapping the keys, creating macros, and setting up custom lighting effects via the QMK/VIA software.
Pricing & Availability
While pricing hasn’t yet been announced yet, OnePlus has stated that the keyboard will be up for sale starting April 2023.
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