Retro is the new cool. As many writers and typists show their love for the classic typewriter, there have been various typewriter-esque keyboards over the year. And the latest to join the crowd is Penna, a Bluetooth keyboard that has been designed to sport the old-time aesthetics of a typewriter but the technology of a modern-day mechanical keyboard.
Developed by Elretron, Penna can be used with both desktop PCs and tablets. The Bluetooth keyboard features two types of keycaps, 4-axis diamond keycaps, as well as a more retro looking chrome-edged circular version (which will likely be harder to type on). Considering the level of resistance and clickiness you prefer, the mechanical switches let you choose between Cherry MX Blue, Red, or Brown options. Besides, the keyboard offers five color options, starting from a modern-looking white to a more classic wood color.
Save frequently used keys
Apart from so many options, which feature has got my attention is the typewriter-like lever it comes with. However, unlike typical typewriter lever, which is usually used to move the paper up a line return the carriage back to the start, Penna’s one is a programmable macro which you can use to save buttons, as well as a whole word or sentence for quicker use.
Instead of just being aesthetic, Penna connects over Bluetooth 4.2 and runs on Windows, iOS, as well as Android devices. What makes me disappointed that the keyboard doesn’t come with a rechargeable option, rather it runs off two AA size batteries, which the company claims will last up to six months when the keyboard is idle.
Elretron is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, which has already surpassed the $50,000 goal. You can order one of these retro Bluetooth keyboards for $89, which you can expect to be delivered in August.