When I started writing this post I wanted the list to be a lot longer. I quickly discovered the market for wireless mechanical keyboards is akin to a barren wasteland. There seems to be a demand, but the supply just isn’t there yet. Wired mechanical keyboards are somewhat of a small niche themselves and enthusiasts willing to pay the premium to own one are almost always looking for the best performance possible, which admittedly isn’t usually offered via wireless solutions. This is especially true for PC gamers who require low latency and no input lag.
Honestly, I don’t even own one myself yet, though I hope to remedy that in the near future (Update: Review added for the Anne Pro). Still, more choices for a good wireless mechanical keyboard is something I think many in the mechanical keyboard community would welcome with open arms. Since I’m currently on the hunt for one of my own I thought I would share what I’ve learned from my research. Let’s take a look at five of the best currently available wireless mechanical keyboards and see if we can find a viable board or two that will please casuals and enthusiasts alike.
To make the list a keyboard needs only meet two obvious requirements. 1. Have mechanical switches. 2. Support some form of wireless connectivity, whether through Bluetooth or a USB dongle. The ranking of these wireless mechanical keyboards isn’t scientific, just my own personal opinion based on known facts and reported user experiences about each board. They are ranked in no specific order, though I am partial to the Filco brand. Let’s get started!
1. Filco Majestouch Convertible 2
Full Size Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
Filco produces top-notch mechanical keyboards. Some of the sturdiest on the market in fact. Their Majestouch Convertible 2 also comes in a model with wireless support over Bluetooth. It’s a full size board with 104 keys, ABS keycaps and Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red or Black switches.
It’s the only full size board on this list. That’s good if you want wireless but aren’t willing to sacrifice your numpad. Bad if you plan to travel and bring it along for the ride. It’s large and relatively heavy, weighing approximately 2.7 pounds.
The Convertible 2 is powered by two standard AA batteries. It can also draw power over USB while still using Bluetooth connectivity and features a battery saving mode that puts the keyboard on sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity.
The Majestouch Convertible 2 can also communicate via USB, but reportedly has problems with with Macs over the wired connection where some key presses are not properly registered. It works fine on Mac over Bluetooth and no issues have been reported for use with PC for either wired or wireless.
The Majestouch Convertible 2 is a solidly built wireless mechanical keyboard from one of the most respected names in the industry. The $200 price point will be too much to stomach for most, but it’s the perfect option for a full 104 key layout; as long as you don’t plan on using it wired on a Mac.
2. Anne Pro
60% Wireless RGB Mechanical Keyboard
Of all the boards on this list the Anne Pro intrigues me the most. It’s a really new wireless board on the market and I wasn’t able to find many actual reviews, but what little info I did find portrays a mechanical keyboard unlike any before it.
The Anne Pro is a 60%, compact form factor mech that supports wireless connectivity over Bluetooth 4.0. This means it has no dedicated arrow buttons, numpad or F1-F12 keys. The arrows and F1-F12 are there, just under a secondary layer of other keys that requires holding a Fn key to initiate. This design results in a absolutely tiny footprint that’s ideal for portability. A layout that has become very popular of late.
The other specs are also pretty amazing. It’s available with Gateron Blue, Brown or Red switches. Gateron is a copy of Cherry MX with similar qualities that some users actually consider superior due to their extreme smoothness.
The keycaps are PBT, a material usually found on more expensive mechanical keyboards that is generally more wear resistant and won’t yellow with age like ABS plastic does. On top of that they’re doubleshot! This should result in a very durable keycap with legends that are impossible to fade.
That’s not all. The Anne Pro’s keys are RGB backlit, meaning each one has a LED that supports a wide range of colors (over 16 million). The colors can even be customized by an app downloaded to your Android or Apple smartphone. With such a rich array of features you would think the Anne Pro would be on the pricier side, but it’s relatively cheap with prices between $70-$80.
This is one of the wireless mechanical keyboards I will be trying for myself, if for no other reason than to review it. The only negative comments I could find about the Anne Pro that stood out during my research were related to the internal rechargeable battery. It’s manufactured in China, so I’m sure they skimped a bit on battery quality. If you’re handy it wouldn’t be difficult at all to replace it with a higher quality battery.
3. Varmilo VB87M
TKL Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
Next up is a TKL (TenKeyLess) Bluetooth 4.0 enabled mechanical keyboard from Varmilo. The VB87M features a 87 key mid-sized layout that size wise falls somewhere in the middle between compact 60%’ers and full sized boards with numpads. It uses a internal rechargeable battery, not AA’s.
Like the Filco, the Varmilo VB87M is another board available with Cherry MX switches in either Blue, Brown, Red or Black. Or if you prefer Gateron switches they have been known to use a large variety of those, specifically Blue, Brown, Red, Black or Clear.
You have two color choices for the keycaps (black or white) and their material is PBT, so that’s a plus. The legends are laser etched. Normally laser etched legends can fade, but these happen to be side printed. So unless you have a really weird typing style the characters won’t be fading away anytime soon. The keys do feature white LED backlighting, but the legends are not translucent so they won’t be illuminated.
Prices for the Varmilo VB87M hover in the $140 range, but finding one is another story. They’re rarely in stock from the more reputable shops. If you find one for sale and have the funds I would recommend snatching it up quickly.
4. Drevo Calibur RGB 71-Key
65% Wireless Mechanical Keyboard with RGB & Arrow Keys
The Calibur’s style and layout reminds me of the Magicforce 68 I recently reviewed. The Drevo Calibur is a 65% (basically a 60% with arrow keys) wireless mechanical keyboard with floating key design in either all black or white theme. It has a long, thin profile. The length is comparable to TKL layouts but the depth is shorter, like a compact. With a retail price of only $60 the Calibur is by far the best value of these five wireless mechanical keyboards.
Corners had to be cut somewhere to reach this low price point. That corner was apparently the switches. They are Outemu MX clone switches in either clicky Blue or linear Black. Similar to Gateron, but generally considered to be of inferior quality. The lowest quality switch on this list, but still mechanical and infinitely better than 99% of membrane type rubber dome boards.
The keycaps are advertised as doubleshot PBT, which would be a bit of a miracle at this price range. A quality set of PBT keycaps alone will usually set you back $40+. It has RGB backlighting with various patterns, profiles and adjustable brightness. You can also record two of your own lighting profiles with individual key color customization.
The rechargeable internal battery provides about 20 hours of typing on a full charge and the RGB backlighting will automatically shut off when not in use to conserve battery life.
To be frank, the Drevo Calibur barely made the cut. It probably wouldn’t have in a world abundant with excellent wireless mechanical keyboards, but the pickings were slim. Not to say it’s a bad mech. The Calibur has some really nice features you just don’t normally find in this low of a price bracket. That being said, I’m not a huge fan of Outemu switches. The next newly released wireless keyboard that uses Cherry MX or better mechanical switches will have a good opportunity to bump the Drevo from this list.
5. Filco Majestouch Minila Air
Compact Wireless Mechanical Keyboard with Non-standard Layout
We’ve finally reached the last wireless mech and wouldn’t you know it, another Filco. I wouldn’t mind only having access to Filco mechanical keyboards; I like them that much.
The MINILA Air is yet another compact, 60% board and the layout is a bit…quirky (just look at that bottom row and spacebar). But once you get past some strange key positioning it’s another premium product from Filco that exudes quality. That’s enough to peak my interest.
Don’t let its meager size fool you. The MINILA Air is built like a tank. Despite the small footprint it weighs in at 1.5 pounds. That’s on the heavy side for this board’s physical dimensions.
DIP switches located on the back allow you to switch the placement of certain modifier keys and two Fn keys are located on the bottom. This setup allows for maximum efficiency with little finger/hand movement. Once you get accustom to the unique layout, that is.
Available switch options for the MINILA Air are Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red and Black. Boring and predictable, but Cherry is the industry standard after all.
Keycap material is the only issue I have with these Filco boards. They both use ABS plastic with pad printed legends. The full sized Filco has a standard layout and key sizes, so it would be easy to find high-quality PBT replacements. Not so much with the MINILA Air. Not a huge deal, but worth considering. Filco mechs aren’t cheap and once you own one you’ll want another, so tread lightly.
Conclusion On Wireless Mechanical Keyboards
These five boards offer a great starting point for anyone in the market for a wireless mechanical keyboard. The overall selection of wireless mechs in quantity may not be up to par, but the top rated models featured here all offer a high quality mechanical typing experience over Bluetooth connectivity.
So the next time you’re traveling or just relaxing on the couch and yearning for a mech, just remember other options exist that won’t leave you tethered to your phone, tablet, or laptop.