The Satechi SM1 keyboard is a worthy companion for any workspace. It's comfortable to type on and provides a nostalgic feel for those who grew up with mechanical keyboards. The price is comparable to similar products and despite a cap puller not being included, the package feels complete for this product.
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Upgrade your typing experience with the Satechi SM1 Slim Mechanical Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard.
A few years ago I found myself entering the world of mechanical keyboards. For those who grew up at the dawn of personal computing, you will remember the super heavy, clicky keyboards that came standard with the home gaming systems like Ataris. I remember using them in school computer labs for the longest time. So, when I was re-introduced to the modern mechanical keyboard, I found myself falling for the nostalgia of using a mechanical keyboard again.
I’ve quickly shifted from the full size wired mechanical keyboards to the slim, compact wireless ones like the brand new SM1 Slim Mechanical keyboard from Satechi. I’ve been a fan of Satechi’s keyboard for quite some time now and I was thrilled to see them release their first mechanical one.
About SM1 Slim Mechanical Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard
Satechi introduces the SM1 Slim Mechanical Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard, a versatile accessory designed for seamless compatibility with both Mac and Windows systems, at CES 2024. This rechargeable keyboard features a 75% layout with low-profile brown switches, offering tactile feedback and faster actuation. With four-device connectivity, 14 backlight patterns, and a lock screen shortcut for macOS, it enables users to customize their workspace effortlessly.
The sleek, ergonomic design includes adjustable feet for stability and comfort, while its height-adjustable feature reduces strain on wrists. The keyboard’s compact, minimalist design is suitable for on-the-go use or stationary setups. Supporting various operating systems, including iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows OS, and Google Chrome OS, it accommodates diverse setups with ease. The rechargeable 2500mAh battery, USB-C port, and eco-friendly design make it an efficient solution for users seeking a modern, cross-platform compatible keyboard that enhances productivity and convenience.
- Dimensions: 310mm x 119mm x 21mm
- Weight: 471g
- Model: ST-KSM1LT-EN
- Low-profile brown switches
- Wireless compatibility with up to 4 devices at a time
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Compatible with Mac and Windows devices
- Rechargeable via USB-C
- 16.5-hour battery life with backlight on; 2 months between charges without backlight
- 14 backlight patterns
- Saving power sleep modes
Pricing & Availability
The SM1 Slim Mechanical Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard has a list price of $99.99 on satechi.net.
The SM1 keyboard comes in a standard Satechi retail box. There is a clean image of the product on the front of the box and details about it on the back. When you open the box, you’ll find the keyboard resting in a cardboard insert along with a USB-C charging cable and its user manual. Satechi also includes a few Windows replacement keys if you choose to use your keyboard with a Windows machine instead of a Mac. I was surprised that no key puller was included since replacement caps are. The switches themselves are not hot swappable, but the caps can be replaced.
Out of the box, the keyboard had a charge and I was able to connect it immediately to my MacBook Air. I switched it on and the keyboard lit up indicating that it was ready for use. I did connect the keyboard via Bluetooth at first, but since I swap between computers using a dock, I ultimately opted to use the USB receiver so I wouldn’t have to continually switch Bluetooth inputs on the keyboard.
In keeping with Satechi’s clean, modern product styles, the SM1 has a monochromatic color palette applied to it. Most of the keys are white and are offset with ~50% gray keys. This gives the keyboard a very classy vibe. I personally love this aesthetic and think it will match with most desk setups.
Typing on the keyboard is very comfortable to me. I’ve used other 75% keyboards and it just feels natural to me. It’s nearly full size in regards to the spacing between the keys and I’ve not had any issues adapting to the layout. For some tasks, I do prefer to have an attached number pad, but I’ve found for most uses I can make do with the standard number row of keys.
I do enjoy the backlight feature of the keyboard and the fact that even though its only white light there are different modes a user can enjoy. I’m also a big fan of the sleep modes. Each input type – except wired mode – has its own power saving option and the keyboard will turn off the backlight or go to sleep with certain amounts of inactivity. This is a really smart feature and I wish more wireless keyboards would do this.
In addition to standard productivity tasks, I completed a typing test online to see how efficient was when typing. I typically have an average of 72 WPM as a test score with a standard size keyboard. With some keyboards, I’ve seen that increase to 74 WPM. I use typingtest.com’s 1-minute typing test on Medium difficulty to test my typing efficiencies and speed. I found that my typing speed was slowed a bit with the SM1 and my accuracy suffered as well since my overall score was 68 WPM. This is actually inline with another 75% keyboard I tested – the Redragon AZURE K652. So, I’m happy with the results even though it’s a little slower than my regular average.
The Satechi SM1 Slim Mechanical Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard offers a sleek and stylish design combined with impressive functionality. Its slim profile, tactile key switches, and backlighting make it a standout choice for both professional and personal use. The wireless Bluetooth connection adds convenience and versatility to the keyboard, allowing for seamless connectivity across multiple devices. With its long battery life and durable construction, the Satechi SM1 is a reliable option for users seeking a high-quality mechanical keyboard.
Overall, this keyboard delivers on both form and function, making it a worthy investment for anyone in need of a premium typing experience. Upgrade your typing setup with the Satechi SM1 Slim Mechanical Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard today and elevate your productivity to new heights.