Published On: Wed, Apr 19th, 2017

Penna, a Bluetooth keyboard that will appeal to even the most discerning hipster

Tech start-up Elretron is now back with a new offering in the form of the Penna — a retro-style wireless keyboard that is compatible with everything from the iPad to iPhone. The model looks very similar to a classic typewriter, but along with some modern features including a built-in tablet stand and wireless connectivity.

There are two styles of keys. The 4-axis ‘diamond keycap’ improves typing accuracy, while the other is ‘chrome keycap’ further resembles that classic styling. These operate with a cherry switch, and ensuring accurate as well as fast typing. The mechanical switches offer a choice between Cherry MX Blue, Brown, or Red options, depending on the level of the resistance and ‘clickiness’ that you like from a mechanical keyboard. This retro keyboard itself comes in a choice of five colors of range.

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In terms of power, this keyboard runs off batteries and should be good for up to 6 months. when idle (the company is not giving any estimates for how much time you will get in active use). This retro keyboard can be connected to iOS, Android, and Windows devices, and can support up to five devices at once. Because it connects via Bluetooth, this mechanical keyboard can also be used with desktops.

Penna is being funded on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where the Elretron behind it’s seeking $50,000 in funding (with nearly double that amount raised). Those interested in this keyboard can get the early bird pack with a keyboard and user-specified switches/color for $89 USD. It is available in 5 colors and should be shipping this August.