You can find me sitting in front of a computer for most of the day reading and writing code, not necessarily 1s and 0s but enough that I’m constantly typing on a keyboard. Suppose I do not have a keyboard that flows nicely as I feverishly try and correct any errors or add new features. In that case, I find that I can easily get distracted, so I am always on the lookout for a keyboard that feels comfortable for prolonged extended use, but it also has to have some flair to it. After all, one needs to spruce up their work-from-home space. What kind of keyboards do I prefer? I typically use full-sized keyboards that also include a numpad. I’m not a hardcore keyboard enthusiast, I don’t try and build my keyboards and drop in my own switches sourced from various places around the Net, but I do like mechanical ones, at least. I like the feeling of the clicky keys under my fingers and the sounds they make. Lately, though, the low-profile mechanical switches have caught my eye, and now there can be optical switches too. That is what I am going to look at today, a low-profile, mechanical keyboard that uses optical switches for a faster response time. Not that I need lightning-fast response time while writing out various tidbits of code, mind you. That brings me to the Vissles LP85, a Mac-style mechanical keyboard that keeps things simple and does not take up much room.
Special thanks to Vissles for providing us with the LP85 Low Profile Mechanical Keyboard to review.
Type: Optical-Mechanical Keyboard
Materials: ABS Keycaps, Aluminium Base
Switch Brand: Vissles X-Optical
Lifespan: 30 Million Keystrokes
Backlight: 16-Million-Color RGB LED Light Modules
Interface: USB Type-C
Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 / USB Type-C / 2.4GHz
Battery Capacity: 2000mAh
Cable Length: 150cm
Dimensions: 307 x 118 x 15.1 mm
Operating Systems: Windows / macOS / Linux / iOS / Android
When it comes to packaging, the Vissles LP85 keyboard is pretty basic. There are no flashy colours or graphics on it, it’s simple, straightforward and uncluttered. It really looks like they were targeting the Mac enthusiasts out there as it really reminds me of packaging Apple would use for one of their products.
Once you’ve opened the box, there isn’t all that much either. The keyboard is the first thing you see and is protected with a hard plastic shell on top. Once you have lifted the keyboard out, below you will find the Type-C to Type-A USB cable, some stickers, the manual and a little thank-you card. It would have been nice to see a braided USB cable in this day and age, but I won’t take away marks for that.