Epomaker NT68: mechanical keyboard designed with notebooks in mind
The Epomaker NT68 is a mobile mechanical keyboard with 68 keys, RGB, Bluetooth 5.1 and an ultra handy protective case. Three devices can be simultaneously connected to the keyboard via Bluetooth. Shortcut combinations help to select the desired device to be typed on. Epomaker's product can be customized to suit individual requirements, as is typical for mechanical keyboards. Buttons, key caps and colors can be selected on Kickstarter while backing the product. The driver software can later be used not only to customize the RGB lighting with your own lighting effects, but also to adjust the position and functions of each button on the keyboard.
The chassis of the keyboard is made of aluminum and ABS. At 811 grams, the keyboard together with its protective case is a little heavy. However, the keyboard and its protective case are very versatile. The Epomaker NT68 can easily be positioned over the built-in keyboard of notebooks without a numpad. The protective cover of the keyboard may then be used as a stand for the notebook. Depending on how it is folded, the notebook can be placed with four different tilt angles. If you want to use the keyboard with smartphones or tables, the protective cover also acts as a stand for these devices.
If the keyboard is paired via Bluetooth, it needs a charged battery. Depending on the lighting settings, the keyboard's built-in battery will last between 20 and 80 hours, according to Epomaker. During the six-day test period, we could only determine that the battery lasts longer than 30 hours with the backlight turned on. If the battery does run out, the keyboard can be connected to a notebook via a USB-C cable. It is charged and does not need a Bluetooth connection. According to the manufacturer, a complete charging process takes up to 10 hours.
Two variants of the keyboard with high keys and one with flat keys are available via Kickstarter. In addition, there are various options for selecting the switches. Thus, tactile, clicking or linear pushbuttons from different manufacturers can be requested for both types. The limited available Super-Early-Bird price is 89 US dollars regardless of the selected equipment, the Early-Bird price is 95 US dollars. As of 9:45 a.m. EDT today, the Kickstarter campaign will be live for 35 days.