iPad Gear: Rymek Retro Mechanical Keyboard for Nostalgic Typists

I grew up during the transition from typewriters to computers and used both for many years. Even early computers used the clickety-clackety mechanical keyboards that are hard to find these days. If you long for those days, you will want to back the Rymek Keyboard (TBD) when it launches on Indiegogo. I don't know what the price will be, but if you sign up and are an early adopter, you could save 40 percent.

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I liked the beautiful typewriter-inspired design and that the Rymek is available in two color schemes; black with brown buttons or cream-colored with lighter-brown buttons. I prefer the black model as it looks like a classic typewriter. I also liked the satisfying mechanical keys combined with modern conveniences like multi-device Bluetooth and backlighting. Yes, you can connect via USB or Bluetooth to four devices that can be Android, iOS, macOS and Windows-based. There's also a volume knob and a smartphone/tablet holder. Of course, I'm typing this review using the Rymek keyboard!



  • Beautiful typewriter-inspired design
  • Available in two color schemes
  • Satisfying mechanical keys
  • Modern conveniences like multi-device Bluetooth and backlighting
  • Volume knob and smartphone/tablet holder
  • Sturdy with nice heft yet compact footprint

Final Verdict

If you love typewriters, you will appreciate the Rymek Keyboard. 

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