Having cut my teeth on computers back in the 1980s, I have a very soft spot in my heart for the aesthetics of the era. I also happen to be a fan of clicky mechanical keyboards. So when I saw this retro-infused mechanical keyboard pop up over on Kickstarter, I was definitely intrigued.
Created by mechanical keyboard company Durgod, the Fusion keyboard features a high-contrast, multicolor scheme that’s reminiscent of the keyboards on old computer terminals, with hints of Commodore PET, Atari 800, and TI-99/4A among others. It’s a small keyboard, measuring just 12.4″ w x 5.3″ d x 1.2″ h, so it’s easy to carry in your backpack or briefcase. The Fusion comes in three different colorways: Navigator (blue, off-white and yellow), Original (grey, off-white, and orange), and Steam (grey, black and red). Combined with an embossed top bar, you can definitely see the ’80s design influence here.
On top of its looks, the Fusion is quite capable, loaded with high quality Cherry keyswitches, and offering both a wired USB-C connection and a wireless keyboard via Bluetooth or a 2.4GHz dongle. Battery life is rated at 40 days for wireless use. In addition to the three color schemes, you can choose from MX Black, MX Red, MX Brown, or MX Blue switches, depending on your pressure, tactile feedback, and noise preferences.
The Durgod Fusion keyboard will eventually sell for $199, but those who buy early over on Kickstarter can get one for as little as $119 (or $109 if you move really quickly!) Shipping is expected to start in October 2020, and since Durgod has an extensive track record producing keyboards, it’s likely to be a pretty low risk as crowdfunding campaigns go.