The Vissles V84 is a solid and robust mechanical keyboard for Mac, but its natural appeal lies in how it looks and feels like a retro computer terminal.
The Vissles 84 is one of those mechanical keyboards that are loud but not too loud. It rises relatively high above the desk and comes with white keys that would feel like you’re working on a computer terminal from the 1980s, if it weren’t for the very modern lights.
This keyboard features a multi-color backlight system that will strobe through some 19 different lighting effects for the slightest excuse. As always, there is no practical benefit to bright colors as there is to the more common white backlight. But, also as always, the colors are deeply attractive.
What’s also appealing to this model is the size, feel, and color of the keys. At first glance, it reminds you of old terminals, and the feeling of typing on it is only slightly smoother than on those machines.
Design: switches and keys
It is a 75% size keyboard, which means that it is a bit narrow compared to the normal ones. The keys are also narrower at the top than at the bottom.
This means they feel more widely spaced, but the tops of each are also small enough that the fingers can be wider than the keys. It’s a weird combination that means it’s fun to write about, but it takes a long time before you can touch the lyrics without making mistakes.
As with other Vissles keyboards, this one comes configured for Mac and iOS, but can also be changed for use on Windows and Android. Its Mac layout also includes macOS multimedia keys.
The keys are Cherry Profile PBT keys, which, according to the company, make them more difficult to use. Specifically, Vissles says the keys are grease resistant, which makes you wonder who exactly buys them.
Design: backlight, writing angle and connectivity
The Vissles V84 has a high profile that lifts off a desk. On its own, it’s noticeably easier to write for long periods of time when placed on your lap.
But for when placed on a desk, Vissles includes a palm rest.
The keyboard is big enough that you don’t want to carry it around, it includes enough connectivity to consider. The Vissles V84 can be paired with up to five different Bluetooth devices.
What’s missing – for Mac users
Unfortunately, two functions are only available in Windows. First, users can customize the lighting effects only through Vissle’s own app, which doesn’t run on Mac.
Additionally, Windows users can also take advantage of a macro recording feature.
However, neither affects the feel of the keyboard on a Mac, which is the main reason for using it.
Should you buy the Vissles V84?
At $ 99, the V84 is more than many mechanical keyboards, including the Vissles V1 from the same company. Vissles claims that the V1 is rated for 60 million keystrokes, so you are paying for a robust device.
However, it depends on the aesthetics of how the keyboard looks and the feel of how you type. The modern backlit white color certainly looks great.
It feels great too, but that’s an even more subjective opinion. There is a nostalgic feel to the keys, and it is reminiscent of an old terminal, which is very attractive.
- Loud enough to be fun, but not too disturbing.
- Retro feel of the white keys
- Compact design
- Multicolor backlight
- Includes Mac multimedia keys
- Lighting and macro customization are only available on Windows