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Over the course of the day, many people type thousands of words onto a keyboard, whether it’s one physically built into a laptop or a standalone model. Alongside the mouse, they’re the most important peripherals for modern computers and have attracted a huge following of enthusiasts looking for the best typing experience. The Verge covers them all, from Apple’s latest wireless peripherals to clacky mechanical models with custom keycaps and switches designed by enthusiasts and sold through forums.

Corsair’s new 75-percent keyboard is the confusingly-named K65 Plus Wireless.

Following Razer and Asus, Corsair is releasing a keyboard in the popular compact laptop-style layout, complete with a volume knob on the top right that brings to mind enthusiast keyboards like the Keychron Q1 and GMMK Pro. Hot-swap switches, Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless, PBT dye-sub keycaps, and up to 266 hours of battery life round out the K65 Plus Wireless’ specs.


K65 Plus Wireless on a desk surrounded by Corsair accessories.

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The K65 Plus Wireless has a familiar enthusiast layout.
Image: Corsair

Drop’s swap-top keyboard lets you match your case to your caps

Sure, other mechanical keyboards let you swap out their keycaps and switches, but what if you want to change their overall color? That’s where Drop’s CSTM65 has you covered.

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Dear sir: am in receipt of your love letter, addressed to “keyboards” and weighing nine pounds.

I just got my copy of Shift Happens, an absurdly overengineered, utterly lovely, two-volumes-and-change book by Marcin Wichary on the history of the keyboard. It’s astonishing.

A small number of extras will be available soon.

The Verge’s Jon Porter spoke to Wichary last February just as the book’s Kickstarter launched. Check it out.


Cherry gears up to release another keyboard with its swanky new MX2A switches.

First came the KC 200. Now, Cherry is announcing its new MX 3.1 keyboard featuring its overhauled MX2A mechanical keyboard switches at CES 2024. It’ll be available to buy later this year for $129, when it’ll be joined by Cherry’s new M64 Pro Wireless and M68 Pro Wireless mice with responsive 8,000Hz polling rates and $139 price tags.


Cherry MX 3.1 keyboard in pink, black, and white.

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The Cherry MX 3.1 keyboard, featuring its new MX2A switches.
Image: Cherry
Our review of the Lofree Flow keeps haunting my browser.

I’ve been mechanical keyboard-curious for a long time. Not because I’ve never used one. I’m old; of course I have.

Yet I can’t get over how much I (and my wrists) love the Magic Keyboard’s low profile. That’s probably why I keep coming back to Dan Seifert’s Lofree Flow review. But it’s pricey. Then I noticed it’s $30 off right now (see screenshot below).

Guess I’m finally buying the dang thing.


A screenshot of a dropdown menu showing a $30 coupon for the Lofree Flow.
“The Lofree Flow is a low-profile keyboard that types and sounds like a full-height one,” according to Dan.
Screenshot: Wes Davis / The Verge
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It’s been real, Realforce.

Realforce keyboards — the only full-sized and tenkeyless Topre boards — are on sale at PFU America, which will no longer carry them after the end of the year. Instead it’ll focus on the iconic Happy Hacking keyboard, including the new HHKB Studio.

Realforce boards are expensive, like all Topre keyboards, without the cachet of the HHKB. They’ll still be sold in the US through mechanicalkeyboards.com, including the new R3 models.


“We’ve tested it with a lot of raging.”

That’s Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, introducing the company’s new flagship Huntsman V3 Pro gaming keyboards. They’ve got a second-gen optical switch that can still reset instantly after you press — now with adjustable actuation as little as 0.1mm (down from 1.2mm), and lighter at 40g (down from 45g). See them in the gallery below.


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“Simply slot the TypePak into a keyboard with a compatible Game Boy cartridge slot, flip the power switch, and you’ve got yourself a working wireless keyboard.”

This incredible 58-key split ergo wireless keyboard by FlatFootFox runs on Game Boy Advance cartridges. Excellent concept, great execution, and no vintage carts were harmed in the process. Do yourself a favor and read the build log.


Overhead shot of a split wireless mechanical keyboard. It has an ortho staggered layout, a 3D printed purple chassis, purple modifier keys, white-on-grey alpha legends, and a translucent Game Boy Advance cartridge on each side holding its microcontrollers.
The brains of the TypeBoy keyboard are, of course, inside its Game Boy Advance cartridge.
Image credit: FlatFootFox
A surprisingly notable firmware update for SteelSeries’ hall effect Apex Pro keyboards.

The keyboards are getting a new Rapid Trigger feature, which makes use of their magnetic analogue switches to register keypresses quicker when you press the same key multiple times. It’s a feature that’s made other hall effect keyboards like the Wooting 60HE so popular for gamers looking for the speediest response times.


Apex Pro TKL in front of several eSports stars.
Keyboards like the Apex Pro TKL are being updated with the new Rapid Trigger feature.
Image: SteelSeries
This $795 keyboard is straight outta Hyrule.

Angry Miao’s new AM AFA R2 Alice-layout mechanical keyboard looks like something Purah from The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom would type on. It’s a lot like the original I tried last year, but with easier access to its internal adjustable leaf springs.

It’ll come in six colorful, nerd-inspired colorways when it goes up for preorder / group buy August 31st, starting at $680.


An Angry Miao AM AFA mechanical keyboard in a colorway themed after The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, sitting on a desk setup with a Zelda aesthetic.
A keyboard fit for a researcher at Hateno Village’s Ancient Tech Lab.
Image: Angry Miao