The folks at MelGeek has launched a Kickstarter for their Pixel keyboard which is they claim is the world’s first brick compatible mechanical keyboard. As of right now, the campaign has already reached its goal but you can still pledge for some early bird deals which start at $219. We’ve received an early copy of the Pixel Canvas for review purposes.
The packaging is actually quite more detailed than I expected. The cover has a slider with a clear window showing the branding. Sliding the knob on the right shows gives another window with some fun designs. It doesn’t show the real keyboard but the presentation is nice.
Flipping open the magnetic cover, you get the product manual which shows the default layout of the Pixel on the front and the instructions for some of the functions on the back.
The keyboard is packaged in a covering with the accessory boxes looking like LEGO bricks.
The largest box contains the USB cable along with the Bluetooth dongle and a keycap puller. The other three boxes contain non-brand third party bricks including 1×1 tiles and 1×2 plates.
The sides of the keyboard as well as the back of it has a blank canvas for you to decorate to your heart’s content. The clutch power for both sides was actually pretty decent. It holds the tiles, both official and unofficial pieces, very well.
The bottom of the keyboard is completely flat but you use the included silicone pads and you may want to go a little higher. I recommend doing so since it feels typing without it but that’s just me. The keys themselves has some indentations for your fingers and to me they feel kind of weird. Also, the keyboard is a little higher than other keyboards I’ve used so you may want to have some sort of wrist rest.
You can pop off the covering to add some tiles for additional covering but that will raise the keys up just a tad since the covering won’t fit down all the way. The switches are also hot-swappable to your desired clickiness.
Using the function key, you can change the light settings in a number of ways including the hue, saturation, brightness, and speed. This will change the lights on the sides and the top of the keyboard.
I’ve used the Pixel Canvas for about a week or so and it takes some getting used to if you’ve been using other mechanical keyboards. It’s definitely not one for gaming but for everyday use, it’s not bad.
The main selling point that MelGeek is trying to make is that the Pixel Canvas is highly customizable with LEGO bricks and no doubt they achieved that. It’s gimmicky and definitely not for everyone especially at the high price point. There are a lot of other mechanical keyboards that are more functional and ergonomic that are at similar price points or cheaper but if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary and can work with LEGO, the Pixel is an alternative. If you’re interested in the Pixel Canvas, you can put your order in over at Kickstarter.
Thank you to MelGeek for sending in this set for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.
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