Epomaker TH96 Review: Awesome switches, bad software

The best mechanical keyboards tend to come in one of a few standard layouts: full-size, tenkeyless (TKL), and 65 or 60 percent. But now that the mechanical keyboard hobby is growing, companies are starting to experiment with different sizes.

Epomaker’s new TH96, for example, is a 96 percent keyboard – 96 percent keyboards omit some of the side navigation keys and group keys that are closer together to give you something that’s more space efficient than, but has most of the features ( and keys) retains ) a full-size keyboard. Just launched on Kickstarter, the TH96 is a gasket-mounted mechanical keyboard with a media button, hot-swappable circuit board, PBT keycaps, and other enthusiast features.

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The Epomaker TH96 is available in both wired and wireless (Bluetooth, 2.4GHz wireless) versions, but – disappointingly – the wired version supports QMK/VIA firmware/software, while the wireless version doesn’t, relying instead on the Epomaker’s own driver that… doesn’t work.

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