People go nuts for solid wood on everything from guitars to flooring. But how about an all-solid-wood mechanical keyboard?
Japanese outfit Hacoa has one decked out in wood from the keycaps down through the housing, in either walnut or cherry. It’s called the Hacoa Full Ki-Board Wireless.
And it can be yours for the stout price of 99,000Yen ($745) plus shipping costs. That’s more than a base Mac mini.
Hacoa Full Ki-Board Wireless
The Hacoa Full Ki-Board Wireless isn’t the world’s first wooden mechanical keyboard, though the company appears to do a good and thorough job of it. But it’s out of stock for the moment after launching Monday.
I say “thorough job” because it’s not just the frame or the keycaps wrapped in solid wood (rather than a thin laminate or veneer), it’s the whole thing — including the laser-indented keycaps.
That should keep the keys’ letters and numbers readable indefinitely, unless you’re such a furious typist you plan to wear them down to nubs in a hurry.
And because natural wood is used, each keyboard should look slightly different depending on the wood grain and coloration.
The pretty keeb comes with an English-language layout, compatibility with both PCs and Macs, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and USB-C charging.
The keyboard’s walnut and cherry stains come with a protective urethane coating that should take a long time to wear through.
- Full-sized keyboard includes full number pad.
- Comes with detachable wooden palm wrest.
- Mac and PC compatibility.
- Wi-Fi 2.5GHz and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- Clicky “Blue axis” mechanical keys have actuation force of 45g and an actuation point of about 1.2mm.
- 1,000mAh battery (continuous operating time of 240 hours, charging time of 2 hours)
- USB-C port for charging
- Measures 395mm x 140mm x 31.5mm.
As noted above, the wooden keyboard can be yours for $745 plus shipping costs once it’s back in stock, and once you verify shipping includes your country. International shipping from WorldShopping is offered through PayPal, Amazon Pay and other systems.
Where to buy: Hacoa