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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to review the uniquely styled Leobog K81 and was quite impressed with the board. Leobog have reached out again, this time with their Hi-75 board.
While the K81 featured a thick plastic frame, this board features a weighty powder coated aluminum housing, giving the board a similarly super solid and put together feel but with a touch of luxury. Blank space between the escape and function keys is filled in by a small metal button with the Leobog astronaut logo, which turned out to be detachable as it is held on by magnetism. I thought this was a creative touch and will be excellent for fiddling with! I’m personally a huge fan of aluminum housing for mechanical keyboards so I was pretty thrilled to get my hands on one of these. This board also comes with cherry keycaps.
How does the Leobog Hi-75 feel to type on?
From what I could tell from testing the larger keys, the stabilizers give a very clear variation in feedback- giving an illusion of a heavier feel on these keys, but in reality I think they are actually just thoccier. They don’t actually require much more force if at all. The exception is the spacebar which is pleasingly light which I think is a good choice based on how frequently it will be pressed when typing documents. Gasket mounting combined with the weighty case give this board phenomenal feel and dampening.
Leobog Hi-75 Connection modes
The Leobog HI-75 is tethered USB connection only
While a completely different board aesthetically to the K81 (the similarities are limited to both boards using similar rubber feet and a springy coiled cable) it also interestingly comes only with USB connection, opting not to include 3 mode connection. This isn’t a complete shock as a lot of people go with the reliability of the cabled connection, but nonetheless a point to be noted. It’s also possible that leaving out wireless can help to enter a wider range of markets more easily, as less radio testing documentation is required. It could be a plus point for people who prefer tethered that they aren’t paying for extra modes, and might also help to keep the retail price a little bit lower while enabling the use of more expensive materials such as the aluminum case. The only use case I can think of where I’d really want Bluetooth would be when I am using my Ipad as a laptop for typing something up, but luckily that’s relatively rare for me.
Leobog Nimbus 3 Linear switches
This build features Leobog’s own Nimbus 3 Linear switches, which start at 28g and bottom out at 45 grams which I think gives the board slightly more resistance than the K81 I tested earlier. It’s still a relatively light touch but there’s just a little bit more there. The overall typing experience is definitely enjoyable. Leobog pre-lubricate their switches which gives them great performance out of the box which is something I think most pre-built makers should consider doing as it helps to form a fantastic first impression. The sound I would say is more to the clacky side than thoccy or creamy.
Just like the K81 this board sounds amazing out of the box. Leobog is doing a great job of nailing the most important aspects of mechanical keyboard production. It has an audible, satisfying clack to it but the sound is balanced and not too intrusive.
While I like the texture of the volume switch, given the upgraded material choices on this board an aluminum cap on the volume switch may have worked better to complete the design.
|Leobog K81 Review Breakdown
|This board has a nice clacky sound, and stabilizers add some thock
|I like the feel of this board a lot and it includes some nice variation thanks to the stabilizers. The cherry keycaps that come with this board are great for general use.
|You will get more from this board in terms of out of the box performance than a lot of equivalent models as Leobog do a great job of setting up their boards with lubrication. I also think their switches are very good. Tethered connection only.
|Including the matte aluminum housing is class, adding an aluminum cap on the volume switch would give full marks!
|Very nice looking keyboard and I love how some of the variations they have available look
|Another phenomenal keyboard from Leobog!
I highly recommend both of the keyboards Leobog have allowed me to test-the Hi75 and the K81- they are two very different keyboards out of the box but both have great build quality, sound, and setup. The hi-75 comes with an outstanding aluminum case, whereas the K81 has plastic housing (albeit it’s very nicely done) but does have full 3 mode connection.
Check the Hi75 out here on Amazon:
- 【Revolutionary Mode-Switching and Enhanced Control】The EPOMAKER x LEOBOG Hi75 Aluminum keyboard introduces the innovative knob, an epitome of style meets functionality. This intuitive knob allows…
- 【Sleek 75% Layout, Gasket-Mounted Structure】The Hi75 features a sleek, 75% layout with 81 essential keys, striking an ideal balance between minimalistic design and full functionality. This layout…
- 【Solid Aluminum Alloy Build】Crafted from top-tier aluminum alloy and finished with an exquisite spray process, the keyboard’s case promises durability with a luxurious feel. This premium material…
Check out the Hi75 on Leobog’s website
Last update on 2024-02-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API