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Qwerkytoys Qwerkywriter S Keyboard review

When typing is a large part of how you make a living, the muscle memory you develop while typing with your keyboard can be hard to shake. Before reviewing a new keyboard, I like to take some time with it to ensure that my impressions of how it performs aren’t colored by my personal preferences. Only after my typing is up to speed, which usually happens after a few weeks of using a keyboard, do I dig in.

With that in mind, the Qwerkywriter S mechanical keyboard is very pretty and types beautifully. Unfortunately, its design (as its name suggests) contains a number of quirks that keep it from achieving perfection.

Qwerkywriter S: Build quality and design

The Qwerkywriter S is exceptionally built. Its rounded, matte black aluminum body and chrome accents absolutely nails the aesthetic of a mid-century typewriter, with a look that reminds me of my old Remington portable. It’s heavy like a typewriter too, and it will stay exactly where you put it. Given the propensity of many lighter Bluetooth keyboards to slide around on my desk as I type, this heft is a welcome feature.

It took about a week to become accustom to the Qwerkywriter’s round key caps. Each of the plastic key caps is finished with clear, easy-to-read stenciling that feels like it will last for years before fading. A slight indentation in each cap makes it easy for your digits to peck out the key.

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The Qwerkywriter S’s round keycaps could make touchtyping difficult for some users.

Since the Qwerkywriter’s key caps are round—as opposed to the neat chicklet-style keys that Mac users are accustomed to—the spacing between the keys can feel massive at times. When comes to providing an overall sound, mechanical keyboarding experience , the Qwerkywriter S, with its Cherry MX switches, delivers. The keyboard’s rollover is excellent, as are the pitch and travel of its keys. Touch typists (provided they can live with the feel of the round key caps,) will love this thing.

The Qwerkywriter can be paired with three different devices—an iPhone, iMac, and iPad, for example—and switch between them with the push of a button. If you do choose to use it with a tablet or smartphone, you’ll be glad to know that the keyboard comes with a built-in stand, positioned to make it look like the device you’re using is a piece of paper fed into a typewriter. However, the position of the stand cannot be adjusted, so taller users may quickly find themselves working with a kink in their neck.

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