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Your laptop keyboard sucks, so put this mechanical one on top of it

Epomaker's new NT68 wireless mechanical keyboard wants to save you from Apple’s mistakes.

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I had been using the NT68 for about five days straight before I realized there was yet another configuration to try out...

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That’s part of the beauty of Epomaker’s newest wireless mechanical keyboard — it’s so adaptable, so portable, so well-made that it kind of boggles the mind while making you wonder how this didn’t exist sooner.

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65%

NT68's size compared to a standard keyboard layout.

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As many of us are painfully aware, laptops’ butterfly and scissor keys are absolute hell, so Epomaker provided a simple, ingenious solution to the bane of MacBook owners everywhere.

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At 65%, the NT68 is pretty much the same size as most laptop keyboards. The accessory’s four minuscule, rubber pads raise it just enough to position it literally on top of your computer’s keyboard without pressing against the device’s actual keys, allowing you to use it on the laptop itself.

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One of the most interesting features of the NT68 isn’t the keyboard itself, but its accompanying case / stand. Epomaker’s latest model comes with a proprietary magnetic, tri-fold covering reminiscent of a Kindle cover.

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The slim case’s origami-like folding options allow for a truly impressive number of different positions, angles, and uses. Keyboard stand, laptop riser, or some combination thereof — NT68’s case is a selling point all on its own.

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The accessory even features three rubber stoppers, allowing users to prop multiple devices up at a time (the NT68 can also connect to up to three devices simultaneously and switch between connections, by the way).

The keyboard itself is housed in an ABS+Aluminum frame, providing the sturdiness necessary to make the device a truly portable option. The NT68 comes with default Gateron blue switches, although it does provide a few alternative switches to mix things up with keys like the spacebar.

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The battery life on this thing is no joke, either. I used mine for multiple working days in a row, even with the RGB lights on the whole time. Epomaker claims that the NT68’s fully-charged 1,900mAh battery can last 2-5 weeks, or between 20-80 hours while using the RGB lights.

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Charge time is a little long at 8-10 hours, but with the USB-C outlet, you can essentially charge the thing while physically connected to your computer, if need be.

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While definitely a bit extra, Epomaker’s upcoming NT68 is an extremely fun addition to any mechanical keyboard fan’s collection. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but it’s a great alternative to have around and is one of the rare, genuinely portable options on the market.

Price and release date aren't available yet, but you can sign up to be the first to know at Epomaker’s site now.

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