Typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboards are nothing new, like with the popular, if pricey, Qwerkytoys QWERKYWRITER. While a lovely piece of engineering, the QWERKYWRITER’s price leaves open the possibility for a more streamlined and inexpensive approach to simulating a typewriter-like portable keyboard experience. The LOFREE keyboard attempts to meet that challenge.
Similar to the QWERKYWRITER, which was a Kickstarter success story, the LOFREE is hitting Indiegogo on March 7. Early bird pricing is going to be a more-than-reasonable $59, with the eventual retail price hitting $99.
While the LOFREE uses the popular Apple Magic Keyboard layout, it will also work with most Bluetooth-enabled devices, including those running iOS, Windows, Macintosh, and Android. The nice thing is is that despite being wireless (there’s a backup wired connection option), it also features an adjustable backlight, which is something not even the QWERKYWRITER sports, and something a lot of wireless mechanical keyboards lack. While it lacks a tenkey (number pad), and therefore doesn’t meet the requirements to become my personal holy grail, its support for pairing with up to three devices is still a nice touch for something meant as a portable.
While it remains to be seen what delivery date they’re targeting, the type of mechanical switches they’ll be using, and how enjoyable its round keys will actually be, it’s a product I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on. While it may not capture a lot of the romance of a typewriter like the QWERKYWRITER does, the LOFREE’s price is a lot more friendly to the old budget.