The Lofree DOT typewriter-inspired Wireless Mechanical Keyboard is one of the unique keyboards with great design that I have seen other than those fancy gaming keyboards.
Inspired by classic typewriters, lofree is a wireless mechanical keyboard that is retro and elegant. It introduces Gateron switches to make it sounds like a typewriter and designed to give you a nostalgic feeling. Spherical round keycaps which perfect fit your fingers. The keyboard is compatible with Mac, iOS, Windows and Android. It also comes with advanced features like simultaneously pairing to three devices, different backlit options, wired/wireless mode, auto-sleep and many more features!
I have never seen a wireless keyboard that can create that much hype and anticipation from the community and social media. The uniquely designed keyboard started with three color options: Pure White, Turquoise Blue and Sandstone Black with the following key features:
Wired or wireless (via Bluetooth) modes
4,000mAh Li-ion Rechargeable Battery
- Connected and charged with Micro-USB cable
Connect and quick switch between up to 3 different devices
Compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices
Fully compatible with Mac’s functional keys
- Spherical round keycap design
LED Backlit with three levels of brightness settings
Last up to maximum 6 month of normal usages without backlit
Auto-sleep mode to save battery
6 degree angle for increased stability, comfort and precision
In this review, we will be using the Sandstone Black version matched with dark-themed desk setup for photography and showcase.
The Lofree DOT keyboard comes with an equally well-designed sleek packaging, where you can find the name and description in both English and Chinese, as well as a sneak peek on how the keyboard looks like.
Inside the bulky package for the Lofree DOT keyboard, you will find:
- 1 x Lofree Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboard
- 1 x USB Charging Cable
- 1 x User Guide
The design and usage
The retro design that Lofree picked up for its DOT keyboard is the best I have ever seen and I do see the aesthetical appealingness is one of the major selling points of this keyboard. Based on the reaction seen on social media, there is a strong demand and desire that people want to have this keyboard as one of the integral parts of their desk setup, regardless the fact that they will be actually using the keyboard as their daily driver.
Lofree has chosen Gateron Blue switches to make the mechanical keyboard sounds like your retro typewriter with tactile feedback. The spherical round keycap design has perfectly put this magic underneath a beautiful coat.
Like many other keyboards, the Lofree DOT comes with LED backlit that helps users who work in the dark for better visibility and it is convenient to switch among three levels of brightness with one single press of a button, like the Macbook keyboard has offered.
Additionally, you can pair up to 3 devices at a time and switch among the devices freely if you were to manage that much in your deskspace.
For those who are users traditional mechanical desktop PC-like keyboard or gaming keyboard, it will not be too much of an issue for you to get used to the Lofree DOT keyboard.
However, for those who are like myself as a long-time Macbook and Apple Magic Keyboard with much thinner key travel, and as Lofree has indicated on their Indiegogo campaign page that “The layout takes a bit longer to get used to it than other keyboards”, it does need some time to get used to the deeper key travel and different key layouts. But that’s a positive trade-off for this elegantly designed keyboard.
The Lofree DOT Wireless Mechanical Keyboard is the keyboard that excels in both practicality and design. It fulfills all mechanical keyboard lovers’ need in one fell swoop with stunning design and tons of great features integrated in one body. The spherical round keycaps is the key to make it both looks and feels good.
To me, it is more of a lifestyle accessories to perfect a desk design, despite the fact that typing on this keyboard feels excellent along with the traditional typewriter keystroke sounds.
There are limited choices for colors but they promised that there will be new different color keycaps upon good demand. I do look forward to seeing and getting the Lofree DOT keyboard with different color keycap combinations for more creative and appealing desk setups.
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