The Aula F99 Gasket Mechanical Keyboard is the first from the brand I've tried. This gasket-mounted hot-swappable wireless mechanical keyboard punches way above its price category. It has a complete suite of connectivity options, sounds really good, and has a sensible design.
- Gasket-mounted, hot-swappable RGB keyboard
- Connectivity: 2.4GHz (1,000Hz polling), USB-C, Bluetooth
- Double-shot PBT keycaps
The F99 is what we usually call a 96% keyboard. It has a numerical keypad like a full 104-key keyboard, but this is shifted slightly left. This means it has a width similar to a TKL keyboard, saving some desktop space. The plastic chassis is solidly constructed, with no flex or noticeable gaps. It is very heavy at 1.1kg, so the Aula F99 sits firmly on my desk. The rubber feet on the bottom four corners, and flip-out feet help with that, too.
Sporting a three-color keycap set, the F99 looks good. It doesn't have too much of a “gamer” vibe, and will be perfectly at home in a office setting. The PBT double-shot keycaps feel great to type on. However, I don't like the font on them — the thickness of the letters, and kerning for words like “Caps Lock”, “Ctrl” just seem off. Other design features include RGB lighting, an LED strip that displays battery life, as well as Caps Lock and Num Lock LEDs.
My F99 came with a less common SWK blue switch. This linear switch is smooth, and would be very familiar if you are used to Cherry Reds. If you want to use something else, switches are hot-swappable. Aula says it uses five layers of materials to silence the typing sound, and a gasket structure for a better typing experience. I can confirm that the F99 sounds amazing. It makes a muted, low-pitched typing sound that won't bother your neighbours. If you just heard it without seeing it, you would think the sound came out of a much more expensive, custom keyboard.
Connectivity is excellent, too. You can choose to use it wired, Bluetooth or 2.4GHz. I used the 2.4GHz, during which I typed, and played FPS games. I did not experience any noticeable latency during this period. The keyboard has a massive 8,000mAh battery. In half a week of use, switching between 2.4GHz, and Bluetooth (when paired with my Mac), the battery level barely dropped.
My Aula F99 cost me about S$80 direct from Taobao. I found this same configuration on Shopee for just S$91. You can also find it on Lazada, albeit at a higher price. This compares well with a Keychron V5, which goes for S$129. If Aula keeps this up (and improve their keycap font), we may have the making of a new value king brand for mechanical keyboards.
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