Mechanical Keyboard Review: Woo-dy Combines High Tech with Old-School Materials

I love the juxtoposition of high-technology and old-fashioned materials, like leather and wood. That describes the Woo-dy Mechanical Keyboard (starting at $99) that UNICK sent me to review. The keyboard is being crowdfunded but it has already passed its goal and I was able to try a real unit. Here are my impressions. First, it's beautiful. Customers can choose the wood type and key cap colors, and then use the software (Windows only, currently) to customize the backlighting and keyboard layout. While mine had a "WIN" key, it worked just like an Apple Command key.

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Speaking of keys and how they work, they are high-quality, smooth and soft ergonomically contoured Gateron mechanical keys but you may find you need to press harder to register a key stroke, especially with the space bar. It uses the included USB-A to USB-C cable which is also well-made with gold connectors and fabric braiding. And thanks to the keyboard's solid heft, it will stay put on your desk. 

Another plus is that it operates as both a Wired or Wireless keyboard, so it can work with iOS devices via Bluetooth as well as macOS, Windows, or Linux computers via Bluetooth or USB. Gamers may prefer wired for faster response, namely 1ms under wired mode, and 4ms under Bluetooth mode. 

Pros

  • Quality mechanical keys
  • Adjustable LED lighting
  • Wired or Wireless modes, for iOS, macOS, Windows, or Linux
  • Solid heft to stay put
  • Wood base is elegant

Cons

  • Software is for Windows
  • Uses WIN key not Apple Command key
  • Mechanical keys require more forceful typing 
  • No dedicated function or iOS keys

Final Verdict

If you like mechanical keyboards, the Woo-dy Mechanical Keyboard from UNICK is a solid contender.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.