I’m not sure there is anything more satisfying than a loud clicky keyboard when writing. For me it a mechanical keyboard has a nostalgic feel and brings me back to the typewriter days.

Earlier this year I got my first mechanical keyboard and it’s been great but I’m a little disappointed in the size. I thought going bigger with the keypad would be better but it’s just so big.

As I started working more on the iPad I wanted something much smaller and started researching cheap small keyboards. I didn’t want to make the same mistake again of buying the wrong size and I found this Royal Kludge RK61 for only $40. Surprising it had good reviews, works with bluetooth, and blue keys for ultimate noise.

Before we continue I think we need to talk briefly about the name of this product. Who thought it would be a good idea to name it “Kludge”? Then again I bought it, so what does that say about me.

It’s a 61 key keyboard and when I ordered it I assumed it’d be the same as the Apple iPad Smart Keyboard. It is almost the same width, but the arrow keys are shared with other important keys. For example, the up arrow is shared with a slash (/) and the question mark (?). This has been my biggest annoyance.

It features an orange backlight and the brightness is adjustable as well as the color pattern. It can tho from constant on, to waves, to off.

Name aside this keyboard is really nice, especially for the price. If you are looking to add a small portable mechanical keyboard to your arsenal, for the price it would make a great one to get started with.

You can pick it up in black or white on Amazon for $39.99 at the time of this writing.

2 thoughts on “ Royal Kludge RK61 Mechanical Keyboard Review ”

  1. saw your post on the laravel newsletter. just to drop the bomb for your server dev routine: tmux. open windows, tabs, split panes, all in one session. and also, keep them open for the next time you login.

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