If you are into retro tech, you are in for a treat. Lofree started the crowd funding campaign for the first vintage mechanical keyboard back in 2017, which turned out to be super successful. Now the Four Seasons Mechanical Keyboard is Lofree’s latest offering that still features the same vintage design but with 4 new seasonal colors.
As far as design goes, this thing looks amazing. The pastel colors are great and the round key caps mimic old typewriters. The key caps are concave and the fingertips rests nicely and comfortably. All of the buttons are rounded, as for longer buttons like Shift, Enter and Backspace, 2 buttons combine to form the number 8. The right Shift button is still a regular sized one and the only 2 keys that are convex are the Esc and Spacebar.
In line with the Four Seasons, there is Autumnal Grey (Autumn), Aestival Blue (Summer), Hibernal Black (Winter) and Vernal White (Spring). The one I have is the Hibernal Black and the pastel color matches perfectly. The Lofree keyboard is made of polycarbonate and has a matt finish to it. As mine is in black, smudges can be seen but it’s easy to clean. It’s pretty heavy at 810g, but feels sturdy, solid and very well made.
There are 2 ways to go about using the Lofree keyboard, wired with the provided USB cable or wireless via Bluetooth. To use via cable, turn the Lofree keyboard to ‘On’ and connect using the cable. As for wireless, turn the Lofree keyboard to ‘Bluetooth’ position. Press on the keys ‘Fn’ + 1 for 3 seconds to start pairing. The LED for the CAPS Lock will start blinking. The Lofree keyboard allows pairing up to 3 devices using ‘Fn’ + 1 – 3.
For battery saver in wireless mode, the Lofree keyboard backlit will turn off after 5 minutes of inactivity, and enters sleep mode after 10 minutes. Looking closer to the charging port, there is an integrated LED around it. This LED will blink rapidly when battery is below 20%, blink slowly when it’s charging and stays lighted when it’s fully charged. Lofree stated the battery can last 6 months without backlit but it’s too long to test it. But ever since I charged it when I got my hands on it, it’s still going strong after 2 weeks at 70% brightness.
The Lofree keyboard is designed to be both Windows and Mac compatible that lets you use the top row as function or media keys.
The Gateron blue switches have a nice clicky feel, almost similar to the Cherry MX that I was using and the sound is one of the main reason I love about mechanical switches. For height, there are non adjustable rubber feet that keeps it in place while typing.
There is always a learning curve with new keyboards and developing muscle memory for frequently used buttons. In this case as a windows user, I still mistook the FN as Control key occasionally. To fit the honeycomb design, the up arrow key is placed to the right that makes the arrow keys hard to use. I also find myself pressing on backslash a lot instead of Shift. In my opinion it should have been a larger button.
The design on the whole is really nice to look at, but the round honeycomb design is more of a form over function thing. I find that the circle buttons are too close and it’s pretty easy to hit surrounding buttons. In fact, I wouldn’t mind if the Lofree keyboard was physically longer for the spacing between buttons to be a little wider. Using it at first was annoying as I kept pressing on the wrong buttons but after 2 weeks it was a little better. But the problems I shared earlier was hard to avoid because of the underlying design. I will still use it occasionally for the looks and light usage, but for serious typing of scripts and work, I will switch to my full size keyboard for now.