Fly low with the Sharkoon PureWriter TKL

It baffles me, but I frequently hear praise for laptop keyboards from irregular typists. It seems the short throw, narrow spacing, and low profile of laptop keys are a hit with a certain sort of user. If your tastes swing that way, have a look at Sharkoon's new PureWriter TKL. This tenkeyless keyboard has low-profile keycaps just over 6 mm in height and uses short-throw keyswitches from Kailh that actuate after only 1.5 mm of travel.

In that regard, then, the Kailh switches on this keyboard sound similar to Cherry's MX Speed switches. Sharkoon offers the PureWriter TKL with your choice of Blue or Red switches, both analogs to the Cherry offerings of the same names. That means the blue switches are noisy and clicky, while the red variant models are quiet and clickless. Sharkoon says it will also have a model with brown switches soon. Those switches should have a tactile bump but no click.

The PureWriter TKL ticks all the boxes for a modern mechanical keyboard. It supports a 1000-Hz polling rate, N-key rollover, and has a detachable cable. We're not crazy about the choice of a Micro-USB connector on the keyboard side, but Sharkoon does include two separate cables: one cable a bit over a foot and a half (50 cm) for use with laptops and other devices, and a five-foot cable (150 cm) for use with your desktop PC.

Regardless of which switch option you choose, you get blue LED backlighting with the PureWriter TKL. Single-color illumination might not be as exciting as RGB LED backlighting, but it has one major advantage: lower cost. Sharkoon passes on the savings to purchasers, as the asking price for the PureWriter TKL is just 70€ (about $83). You can already find the keyboard at that price at European retailers like Amazon.de, but it doesn't seem to have found its way to the 'States yet.

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    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    For those unfamiliar with Sharkoon and their products one would be curious enough what this is all about with that sort of headline. I mean, what could a Sharkoon PureWriter TKL be, right?

    • thedosbox
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]It baffles me, but I frequently hear praise for laptop keyboards from irregular typists. [/quote<] Meh, your love for all things RGB-LED baffle me. I find keyboards with (low profile) scissor-key switches more comfortable to type on for extended periods. Plus, they don't annoy the heck out of people in the same room.

    • llisandro
    • 2 years ago

    The company name is “Kaihua”, the brandname of their keyswitches is “Kailh.”

    If you look at their manual, these are [url=http://sharkoon.com/Download/Gaming/Keyboards/PureWriter%20TKL/ds_purewriter_tkl_en_03.pdf/<]ML-type switches[/url<] , not Speeds. ML is a new low-profile design, speeds are just higher-actuating, but traditional form factor. Actuation/travel more similar to Speeds than regular MX, but overall switch is much thinner. Kaihua Red is their non-speed Red variant. (edit: I don't know what they're calling these, other than "low-profile" reds) A popular keyboard reviewer did a [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P_ucdyi1ms/<]quick teardown here[/url<]. IMO Kaihua is putting out some pretty innovative switches lately- they make some of the best Cherry clones, but are also putting out some new designs of their own. FWIW, I've got a board with one of their Speed varieties (copper tactile) and I really like them. Lower actuation force than MX Browns, but they actuate at ~1.2 instead of 2. Even though they operate kinda backward (tactile event is 1.4mm, after actuation) I like the feel a lot- I bottom out less than I do on MX Browns, even though there's 0.4 mm less travel and lighter actuation.

      • auxy
      • 2 years ago

      Kaihua complains when western sites call them Kaihua. (´д⊂) I assure you Zak knows the company’s name; we are IRL friends and he won’t shut up about keyswitches.. There’s no error in the post — being more similar to MLs doesn’t make them less similar to MX Speeds after all — so what’s with the bitchy tone? Having a bad day and needed an ego boost? (´・ω・`) I spent all day today cleaning up the corpses of dead livestock after Harvey-induced flooding but you don’t see me nitpicking!

    • BillyBuerger
    • 2 years ago

    Looks very similar to this [url=https://www.amazon.com/Mechanical-Keyboard-Extra-Thin-Switches-Rollover/dp/B0722GG88M/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1504196842&sr=8-6&keywords=havit+keyboard<]Havit keyboard[/url<] which has been available for a couple months now I think. I like my mechs but I also like my keyboards to be low and slim. So I've been keeping an eye on these Kailh switches for a while. It's nice to see more of these showing up.

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