NuPhy Air75 Review; Cute Mechanical Keyboard for Mac or Windows

Mechanical keyboards were once thought of as a product for so-called “gamers,” but recently they have become quite popular for office and business use as well, as Logitech, the largest keyboard manufacturer, has been promoting them to target general users.

In this context, we would like to recommend the NuPhy Air75 keyboard.

This article will provide a thorough explanation of Air75.

I hope you’ve had more than enough of the pop and fashionable keyboard charm!

NuPhy Air 75
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メリット
  • 薄型で持ち運びしやすい
  • 配色がおしゃれ
  • 技適対応で日本でも無線接続ができる
デメリット
  • M1 Macbook のキーボードの上において利用することはできない
  • US配列のみでJIS配列がない
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Representative of GreenEchoes Studio

Ryosuke Kawamura

He launched his own media as a site operator and web writer, and now plans and manages multiple corporate media. He often types heavily in his work, and in his search for greater efficiency, he became addicted to the keyboard swamp and established “GreenKeys”.

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What is NuPhy Air75?

The NuPhy Air75 is a mechanical keyboard from an up-and-coming keyboard manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China.

The restaurant became well-known after it was featured on the TV program “Spending TV Nabeshima.

In Japan, “Sanyo Godo Kaisha” acts as a domestic import distributor and sells the product, making it easily available on Amazon and other retailers.

The key layout is a “US layout,” and unlike typical “tall” mechanical keyboards, the “low profile switch” makes it thin and compact while maintaining a solid key feel.

Weighing only about 500g, it is very light for a mechanical keyboard and can be used on top of a laptop computer keyboard, making it suitable for portable use.

仕様詳細

Package Contents

  • 1 x air75 wireless mechanical keyboard
  • 1 x USB-C to USB-A cable (1.5m)
  • 1 x 2.4g receiver
  • 1 x Key Cap/Switch Puller
  • 2 x magnetic feet
  • 3 x spare keycaps
  • 3 x additional switches
  • 1 x Sticker
  • 1 x Quick Guide/Poster

Technical Specifications

  • Switch type: Low profile gateron mechanical
  • Layout: ANSI 75
  • Number of keys: 84 keys
  • Hot-swappable, n-key rollover support
  • Backlight and sidelight: RGB-LED
  • Backlight mode: 21
  • Sidelight mode: 4
  • Mode: 2.4G wireless, Bluetooth 5.0 or wired
  • Battery capacity: 2500mAh
  • Working time: up to 48 hours (lab test results)
  • Connection type: USB type C
  • Supported systems: macos/windows/android/ios
  • Angle: 3.5º/ 6.5º (with magnetic foot)
  • Operating environment: -10 to 50°C
  • Frame : Aluminum
  • Bottom case: abs
  • Keycap: pbt
  • Size: 315.7mm x 132.6mm x 16.0mm
  • Weight: 523 grams

Information reference: https: //nuphy.com/collections/keyboards/products/air75

NuPhy Air75 Accessories

Let’s review the contents of Air75.

accessory

  • Main body (main)
  • usb-c to usb-a cable (1.5m)
  • 2.4GHz Bluetooth receiver
  • Keycaps (Alt x 2/Win x 1)
  • Key Cap @ Key Switch Puller
  • magnetic foot
  • Spare key switches (red-axis, blue-axis, brown-axis)
  • sticker
  • handling instructions

The Air75 is compatible with Windows and Mac and iOS and comes with replacement keycaps.

It is possible to remove the keycap with the “key puller” tool shown on the right of the image, and it can be replaced depending on the operating system.

In addition, the mechanical key switches themselves are “hot-swappable,” meaning that they can be replaced with switches that have a different feel for each keystroke.

The keyboard also comes with “rubber feet” to adjust the tilt of the keyboard, which are attached with magnets so that you will be able to type at your preferred angle.

A Bluetooth receiver is also included for those who want a more stable wireless connection.

On the back of the outer box, there is a character aiming for “moe,” but there seems to be some disagreement about this….

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The packaging looks like it will be well received by gamers, but I personally think it could do without the moe characters… lol.

NuPhy Air75 Features and Benefits

As soon as possible, let’s also look at the features and benefits of Air75.

Air75のメリット
  1. Cute keycap color scheme.
  2. Very high quality aluminum frame body
  3. 75% key layout for everyone
  4. Thin and easy to carry
  5. Includes a switch button for Mac /Windows
  6. Three types of connections are possible: Bluetooth (wireless), USB wired and receiver
  7. Technical compliance (only for models officially sold in Japan)
  8. Can be used on a laptop computer.
  9. 21 lighting effects
  10. Hot-swappable
  11. Case (sold separately) doubles as a stand
  12. Remapping is possible using the NuPhy Console

Cute keycap color scheme.

Air75

The first thing that will catch your eye will be the color scheme of this keycap.

To be honest, I have never encountered such a stylish looking keyboard.

The simple white and gray color scheme with three accent colors is quite stylish.

Replacement keycaps are also available, so you can change the keycaps depending on your mood.

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The black-based keycap is not yet available in Japan and can only be purchased on the official website.

Also, Halloween limited edition keycaps and Christmas limited edition keycaps may be available for a limited time, so check the official website if you are interested.

Very high quality aluminum frame body

The perimeter of the Air75 is an “aluminum frame”.

Plastic frames are commonly used in ordinary keyboards, which do not have a “high-end” feel beyond the disadvantage of lack of durability.

In this respect, the aluminum frame of the Air75 has a look that satisfies the desire for ownership, with a sense of massiveness and luxury.

75% key layout for everyone

One of the reasons the Air75 was a “hit in Japan” is probably because of its “75% layout” with function keys.

In typing in English-speaking countries, there is no need to convert hiragana to katakana by using the “F7 key” because there is no “hiragana to katakana conversion” process itself as in Japanese.

Therefore, you will not have much trouble without function keys.

I believe that US keyboards are often 65% layout with “no function keys” for this reason, which is why they are not readily accepted by the Japanese.

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On a keyboard without a function key, it is necessary to learn the unusual combination of “control + K (Mac)” and “Ctrl + I (Windows),” which are shortcut keys similar to F7.

In this respect, the Air75 has a solid “function key” that will allow you to switch from a laptop to a typing machine with little discomfort.

Thin and easy to carry

The Air75 is very thin and lightweight, thanks to its use of low profile “low profile mechanical switches”.

The thinnest part is only about 16 mm, and the thickest part is only about 21 mm, so it will not be bulky in a bag.

Weighing only about 500g, it is extremely lightweight and therefore ideal for carrying around.

Air75

Includes a switch button for Mac /Windows

Air75 supports Mac /iOS (iPad/iPhone) as well as Windows.

The choice of mechanical keyboards available for Mac is very limited compared to Windows keyboards, so the Air75 is perfect for those looking for a stylish keyboard for use with their Mac.

However, it should be noted that although it is possible to switch between Windows⇄Mac with a single switch, the keycap must be replaced each time.

Three types of connections are possible: Bluetooth (wireless), USB wired and receiver

Air75 offers a choice of the following connection methods

  • USB connection (USB Type-C terminal on the main unit)
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Connection with the included USB receiver

How to connect Air75 wirelessly

FN +/-($) 1(!) / 2(@) / 3(#) / / 4($)

= Bluetooth1 / Bluetooth2 / Bluetooth2/ 2.4GHz (receiver connection)

Each device channel can be switched by pressing the above key briefly.

Press and hold the above command for at least 3 seconds to enter pairing mode.

To make a connection in the 2.4 GHz band, insert the receiver into the USB port.

The included receiver provides a more stable wireless connection, especially for those who have experienced instability with the Bluetooth function of the computer itself.

Technical compliance (only for models officially sold in Japan)

Air75 is certified for technical compliance only for products purchased through authorized sales channels in Japan.

Therefore, wireless connection is possible in Japan without any problems.

Many keyboards made overseas have not obtained technical certification, and although wireless connectivity is possible as a function, in many cases it is not possible to use it due to radio wave laws.

However, it is important to understand that the same product purchased directly from the official website (even if it is a similar product) has not obtained the technical certification and therefore cannot legally be connected wirelessly.

Can be used on a laptop computer.

Image reference: https://nuphy.com/products/air75

The Air75 can be used in the so-called “sonji style,” where it is placed on the keyboard of a laptop computer.

Normally, when using a keyboard in this way, it is customary to lay down an acrylic plate called a “keyboard bridge,” but the “AirFEET™️” function allows use without a keyboard bridge.

It would be a great advantage to be able to use compatible computers not only with Macbooks, but also with Surface and other Windows computers.

*However, M1 Macbook is not supported.

対応ラップトップパソコン

Apple
MacBook (2015-2019), MacBook Air (Early 2015-2020), MacBook Pro (Late 2012-2020)
*Air75’s *AirFeet™ does not support M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pro.

Microsoft
Surface Laptop 1/2/3, Surface Pro 4/5/6/7, Surface Book 1/2

Thinkpad
X1, X390, E490, L490/590, E495/595, T470/480s, 13/14s

Lenovo
IdeaPad 720/730, Y9000K, Y7000/P, S145, S940

home page
Spectre Folio, Spectre X360, Envy X360, Zbook 15

Dell
XPS 13.3″/15.6″

Razer
Blade 15/17

Alienware
New Alienware M15/M17

21 lighting effects

Image taken from: https://nuphy.com/collections/keyboards/products/air75

Of little interest to non-gamers, the Air75 offers a choice of 21 different backlight patterns.

In addition, the lights on both sides of the keyboard will glow, making it look more stylish.

Hot-swappable

Air75 allows you to replace the key switch by yourself.

  • Linear feel with no resistance. Quietest keystroke sound.
  • Brown shaft|A switch with a slight tugging sensation that can be felt when it is pressed. A distinctive sound is the “kotokotokotsu” sound.
  • Blue Axis|Features the “ticking” auditory feedback popular among so-called gamers. It is so loud that it cannot be used in quiet places.
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My personal recommendation is the “tea axis.

Replacement keyswitches are available on Amazon.com and other retailers, so the ability to customize the Air75 is probably one of its most attractive features.

Case (sold separately) doubles as a stand

The Air75 can be carried without damaging the unit by using a case (sold separately).

In addition, this dedicated key case doubles as a simple tablet stand.

Although functionally inferior to the MagicKeybord, it is a good optional part to have if you are considering using the Air75 on your iPad.

Remapping is possible using the NuPhy Console

Image reference: https://nuphy.com/pages/nuphy-console

NuPhy offers a key remapping tool, the NuPhy Console.

This is a tool that modifies the keymap of existing NuPhy products in hardware, a feature that is a must-have for professionals.

Note, however, that while you can change the mapping of normal character keys, you can only change keys with special functions, such as replacing the Shift key with a command key, in the form of combination shortcuts such as “00 + 00”.

Another drawback is that the NuPhy Console software is only compatible with Windows, and the keymap cannot be changed on a Mac.

If you have Windows, you can change the keymap for both Mac and Win, so please try it out.

Of course, Air75 is also supported.

NuPhy Console|Download

NuPhy Air75 keystroke feel|Low-profile lightness

What you may be interested in is the “actual keystroke feel” and “keystroke sound.

The characteristics of each axis are as follows

  • Linear feel with no resistance. Quietest keystroke sound.
  • Brown shaft|A switch with a slight tugging sensation that can be felt when it is pressed. A distinctive sound is the “kotokotokotsu” sound.
  • Blue Axis|Features the “ticking” auditory feedback popular among so-called gamers. It is so loud that it cannot be used in quiet places.

For the actual keystroke sound, please refer to the video below and the sound I recorded.

Gateron Low Profile Mechanical

Red SwitchesBlue SwitchesBrown Switches
pressing pressure45±15g50±15g55±15g
Movement to operation1.5±0.5mm1.5±0.5mm1.5±0.5mm
keystroke2.5±0.5mm2.5±0.5mm2.5±0.5mm
reactionlinearclickytactile
soundquietclickygentle
sample

sound sample

Gateron Low Profile Red
Gateron Low Profile Blue
Gateron Low Profile Brown

Personally, I still prefer the feel of the brown keys.

Unfortunate disadvantages of NuPhy Air75

Although the Air75 is very attractive, there are some “disadvantages” that you should check before purchasing.

Here are three disadvantages of Air75.

Air75のデメリット
  1. Only US sequence is available in the lineup, which changes the typing method.
  2. Direct purchase does not allow wireless connection due to lack of technical compliance
  3. M1 Macbook cannot be used on top of the keyboard.

Only US sequence is available in the lineup, which changes the typing method.

The biggest disadvantage of using the Air75 is that a Japanese-language model is not available.

The basic alphabet positions are exactly the same, but the symbols are arranged differently, so some familiarity with the US keyboard is required.

In addition, the Enter key is horizontal and has a small area, unlike Japanese keyboards, so there is a possibility of pressing the “¥” button or “Shift” button by mistake when pressing it with the pinky….

In addition, there is no “alphanumeric ⇄ Japanese switch” key, so you have to learn to “press in combination” here.

How to switch between Eisuji and Kana

For Mac /iOS

control +1.0 Spece

For Windows

Alt + ~

For Windows, the conversion method can be changed from the IME settings.

Direct purchase does not allow wireless connection due to lack of technical compliance

Air75 can be purchased from “authorized domestic distributors” or “NuPhy official website (overseas mail order)”, but “wireless connection” is only available for those purchased from “domestic distributors”.

Although it is slightly less expensive to purchase from the official website, those who insist on a wireless connection should purchase from an authorized domestic retailer.

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If you use the coupon code “ryo10” provided by the official NuPhy for GreenKeys, you can purchase it at a lower price than the domestic price, so please use it if you don’t mind wired connection.

M1 Macbook cannot be used on top of the keyboard.

The Air75 can be used in the “Venerable Master Style” without the m-keyboard bridge, but unfortunately it is not available for Macbooks with the latest “M-series” processors.

Starting with models equipped with M series processors, the function keys have been changed to normal key size, which interferes with the rubber feet on the Air75.

The Air60 is compatible with the M series without a keyboard bridge, so please consider this option as well.

対応ラップトップパソコン

Apple
MacBook (2015-2019), MacBook Air (Early 2015-2020), MacBook Pro (Late 2012-2020)
*Air75’s *AirFeet™ does not support M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pro.

Microsoft
Surface Laptop 1/2/3, Surface Pro 4/5/6/7, Surface Book 1/2

Thinkpad
X1, X390, E490, L490/590, E495/595, T470/480s, 13/14s

Lenovo
IdeaPad 720/730, Y9000K, Y7000/P, S145, S940

home page
Spectre Folio, Spectre X360, Envy X360, Zbook 15

Dell
XPS 13.3″/15.6″

Razer
Blade 15/17

Alienware
New Alienware M15/M17

Manual for NuPhy Air75

Unfortunately, the Air75 instruction manual is not available for download on the official NuPhy website.

Please refer to the manual contents below for reference on the settings.

STEP
モード選択
  • Win mode: Set the switch on the side to “Win”.
  • Mac mode: Turn the switch on the side to “Mac”.
STEP
接続方法の選択
  • Switch right: power off
  • Switch center: Wired mode
  • Switch left|Wireless mode
STEP
ワイヤレス接続方法(Bluetooth pairing)

FN +/-($) 1(!) / 2(@) / 3(#) / / 4($)

= Bluetooth1 / Bluetooth2 / Bluetooth2/ 2.4GHz (receiver connection)

Each device channel can be switched by pressing the above key briefly.

Press and hold the above command for at least 3 seconds to enter pairing mode.

To make a connection in the 2.4 GHz band, insert the receiver into the USB port.

STEP
バックライト設定
  • FN +1 Switching backlight mode
  • FN +. → → Backlight Color Switching
  • FN +↑↓ ↑↓ Backlight: Brighten/Darken backlight
STEP
サイドライト設定
STEP
バッテリーチェックライト設定
  • FN | (vertical line): Check remaining battery level
  • FN +. ] : Battery level is always illuminated by the light on the right side.
  • FN + | (vertical line): Cancel constant lighting of battery level
STEP
その他ファンクションキー
  • Scissors (Mac only): Select a portion of the screen and take a screenshot (as with Shift + ⌘ + 4)
  • FN + (Mac only) Scissors (Mac only): screenshot the entire screen (as with Shift + ⌘ + 3)
  • Scissors (WIn only): screenshot of the entire screen (similar to the PrintScreen button)
  • Cat. : Siri / Cortana activation
STEP
スリープモード設定
STEP
工場出荷時の状態に復元する(ファクトリーリセット)

Comparison with Competitive Products|Low Profile Keyboards

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NuPhy Air75

Keychron K3

MX MECHANICAL
The disappointing partOnly US array is available.Japanese-language models have a special position for the directional keys.
lack fashionable airs
The keystroke feeling is not so good
lack fashionable airs
key layoutUSJIS /USJIS
access methodBluetooth
USB
receiver
Bluetooth
USB
Bluetooth
USB
receiver
weightApprox. 523gApprox. 476gApprox. 612g
key switchGateron LowProfile
Mechanical
Keychron LowProfile
Optical
Kailh LowProfile
Mechanical
Axis typeBlue Switches
Red Switches
Brown Switches
Blue Switches
Red Switches
Brown Switches
Blue Switches
Red Switches
Brown Switches
hot swapsupportsupportincompatible
Price19,800 yen16,830 yen19,200 yen
Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now
All prices include tax

We will compare the Air75 with its competitors, the Keychron K3 andMX MECHANICAL Mini.

Although the Air75 is inferior in terms of price and “Japanese-language” layout, you will find that it is still by far the best in terms of stylish looks.

We recommend the Air75 keyboard to those who believe that the advantage of “overwhelming stylishness” outweighs the disadvantage of not having a Japanese-language keyboard.

NuPhy Air75 Review Summary

This is my review of the NuPhy Air75.

We are sure that you too will find Air75 appealing.

If you can ignore the disadvantages of having only US keyboard layouts, this is one of the best low-profile keyboards.

If you are interested in this product, we can confidently say that it is a good buy.

Please consider purchasing one.

Frequently asked questions about NuPhy Air75

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about NuPhy Air75.

NuPhy Air75はQMK/VIAに対応していますか?ReMap等でキーマップの変更は出来ますか?

NuPhy Air75 does not support QMK/VIA, so it is not possible to change the keymap with those software.

The same cannot be changed in ReMap.

Keymap changes for NuPhy Air75 can only be made on the NuPhy Console.

Note, however, that some keys, such as Shift, can only be changed to simultaneous presses in some cases.

NuPhy Air75は技適に対応していますか?

If the product is sold or purchased by Sanyo Godo Kaisha, an authorized distributor in Japan, it is compliant with the technical standards.

Wireless connection via Bluetooth will be available in Japan.

However, please note that Bluetooth connection in Japan is a violation of the Radio Law, since products purchased directly from the home country or parallel imported products have not yet acquired the technical qualification.

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