iQunix F96 Coral Sea Overview
So taking a first look at the F96 we have the “Coral Sea” version which features a white, dark blue, and coral color design. iQunix offers the F96 in a few different color options including “Cyber Space”, “Jungle Mystery”, “Sky City”, “Joker”, and “Christmas” so you have quite a few different options there. Overall I like the “Coral Sea” design and it really makes the keyboard stand out on your desk.
One of my favorite things about this keyboard is its form factor. This is a 96% keyboard which has 100 keys, so basically it gives you a full size keyboard in the same space that a tenkeyless keyboard takes up. One of the biggest things you lose when you go the tenkeyless route is a dedicated number pad and you that with this keyboard. Typically full-size keyboards are much larger and clunky so I really like the compact design of the F96. For those wondering about dedicated multi-media controls you do get them sort of, the F6 – F11 keys double as multi-media keys by holding down the function button.
When it comes to keycaps iQunix is using PBT keycaps, which feel so much better than normal ABS keycaps you find on most keyboards. Another thing about PBT keycaps is that they are resistant to shine or wear so your keyboard is always going to look pristine sitting on your desk. iQunix has painted the legends on the white and coral keys dark blue, while the legends on the dark blue keys are coral. Sadly the legends are not see-through, so if you decided on the RGB version of the keyboard you really are only going to get underglow, which we’ll show you in just a bit.
Using the included keycap puller you can easily remove the keycaps to reveal the switches. iQunix using Cherry MX switches on the F96 and we received the version that has Cherry MX Blue’s, which of course are a clicky switch. The keyboard is also offered with Cherry MX Brown, Red, and Pink (silent Red). With the keycaps removed we can see the aluminum top plate that is used as well.
Looking at the keyboard from the side we can see one of the removable side pieces. These are actually made of aluminum, in fact the entire chassis of the keyboard is aluminum. Typically you only see maybe an aluminum top-plate, so it is nice to see the entire chassis be aluminum. Being made of all aluminum the keyboard is quite heavy and has absolutely no flex to it. The keyboard sits at a 6-degree angle and there is not any adjustment, but it seems to be just about the perfect angle for me.
There is another large aluminum panel that runs across the top of the keyboard. Towards one end you have a USB-C connection for the included USB-C cable. The USB-C cable can be used to connect the keyboard to your computer as well as charge the keyboard if you have the wireless version.
Flipping the keyboard over we have a large “F96” logo, four feet (two larger feet and two smaller), and a small switch to toggle between wired and Bluetooth mode.