If you’re searching for a compact, low-profile mechanical keyboard, you may want to consider the Vissles LP85 Mac Style mechanical keyboard.
Using optical switches, the Vissles LP85 responds excellently, without the deafening sound you might find on a mechanical keyboard designed for gamers. It offers a good balance between style, portability, and functionality, without the price tag you often come across in similar keyboards.
Unpacking The LP85
We were sent the Vissles LP85 keyboard for review. The keyboard was packaged in a simple and stylish box; what can only be described as the design of a Mac-packaged device.
I was surprised at how light the package was. Although I expected something slim and sleek, I wasn’t quite expecting the build quality that I unraveled inside.
This ultra-thin 75% mechanical keyboard boasts a well-crafted aluminum frame. Pair it with your tablet or desktop, and it wouldn’t look out of place in a home office or in-the-office setting.
Measuring just 5.4mm in height, the switches may not, at first sight, seem that mechanical. However, run your fingers smoothly across the top and you’ll be taken back to the old-school feel of a typewriter.
Standing just 12mm high, the Vissles LP85 is one of the smallest mechanical keyboards around. In fact, it currently boasts the award for the world’s slimmest 85-key keyboard; an affordable alternative to the Apple Magic Keyboard.
What Is The LP85 Keyboard Compatible With?
Being a Bluetooth keyboard, the Vissles LP85 is compatible with most Bluetooth devices. It boasts a Mac and Windows layout and can be paired with up to three devices.
LP85 supports macOS, Windows, Chrome OS, Android, Linux, and iOS systems. It also comes with a USB Type-C port for wired connections and for charging.
To pair the LP85 with your device, you can either connect it via the USB-C, then switch to Bluetooth, or if you’d prefer to go wireless straight away, hold down the Fn + P keys for 5 seconds. The backlight of the P key will start flashing to let you know the keyboard is in pairing mode.
If you’re not happy to fork out for an Apple Magic Keyboard, for instance, the LP85 is definitely worth consideration. Whether you’re using a MacBook, desktop PC, iPad, or smartphone, the LP85 makes a great addition to your device’s accessories.
To switch between Mac and Windows, simply press Fn + A for Windows or Fn + S to switch to Mac. It’s really simple, and I felt as though it would be an easy option for those who aren’t technically minded, or are looking for a straightforward, portable keyboard with the build and responsiveness of a mechanical keyboard.
Keycaps and RGB
Gamers may be familiar with mechanical keyboards where you can swap out the keycaps for alternative keys or replacements. Unfortunately, the LP85 doesn’t support this, however, it’s not something we’d necessarily expect from a low-profile keyboard.
The fingerprint-resistant coating on the Vissles LP85 is especially useful, allowing you to keep your keyboard clean at all times. Not to mention, the keycaps are incredibly comfortable, allowing the tips of your fingers to carefully be caressed by the slight concave.
Underneath the keys, you’ll be greeted with RGB lighting. There are 19 different configurations you can play with, offering the feel of a gaming keyboard, without the price tag and hefty build.
How Optical Switches Can Make a Difference
The main difference between traditional mechanical keyboards and the LP85 which features optical-mechanical switches is actuation. The short actuation distance of 1.2mm pre-travel is very noticeable. It takes less time and effort to type, allowing you to press keys in an instance; whether that be for responsive gaming or typing.
The LP85 boasts N-key rollover (NKRO) with an average 0.2ms response. What this essentially amounts to is a very responsive mechanical keyboard that comes with the satisfying audible clicky sound, without the weight of Cherry MX switches.
What’s The Price?
Currently, the Vissles LP85 keyboard is available to purchase via Kickstarter for $99. Once the Kickstarter campaign has ended, you can grab this sleek, ultra-thin keyboard for just $139.
When you compare that to the likes of the Apple Magic Keyboard or a gaming mechanical keyboard like the Razer Huntsman, you’re getting yourself a pretty good deal.