Epomaker RT100 Review

Epomaker RT100 Review

Epomaker has gone big and bold with its RT100 keyboard. While other products in the company’s lineup are designed around minimalism and clean aesthetics, the RT100 goes down a different path. This 95% almost full-sized unit is old-school cool but with new-school functionality. Here is my Epomaker RT100 review.

It’s got smarts

Epomaker RT100 Review

Right off the bat, let’s address the obvious: the Smart Mini TV. This optional, detachable TV plugs in via USB and displays PC information in addition to a custom image. I think it’s a cool addition that adds to the retro vibe. However, the ability to remove it is welcome.

Bigger can be better

Epomaker RT100 Review

Speaking of “retro,” let’s talk about the 95% layout. While smaller form-factor keyboards are trending right now, there is still an audience for keyboards that boast a dedicated number pad. That’s where the RT100 comes in, ready to serve accountants, spreadsheet warriors, and other number-focused professionals. The dedicated media controls are also nice to see, with Epomaker utilizing room well. The media control unit doubles as a rotary knob.

The choice is yours

Epomaker RT100 Review

Five different colors are available, covering both the case and keycaps. I’m a big fan of the “Retro White” which nails older PCs’ yellowing grey look. “Deep Grey” is nice, too, and a bit more stealthy. Otherwise, there’s pink, green, and purple.

There’s a choice of five switches: four are Epomaker’s own, and the fifth is the Gateron Pro Yellow. Whether you’re into linear, tactile, or clicky switches, there’s going to be a great option for you.

Though it goes against the whole retro aesthetic, users can opt to enable RGB lighting and customize it within software. The RT100 uses south-facing LEDs, which maximizes compatibility with other keycaps and is the preferred direction for the majority of custom keyboard enthusiasts.

Let’s connect

Epomaker RT100 Review

As with the TH80 Pro that I reviewed previously, Epomaker’s RT100 comes equipped with three different connectivity options: Bluetooth 5.0, 2.4GHz wireless, and USB-C. This gives users the flexibility to connect however they wish. Those looking to maximize battery life while wireless connected will want to connect via Bluetooth, while gamers looking for wireless freedom should choose 2.4 GHz. For everyone else, there’s the trusty USB-C connection.

Epomaker has covered most of its bases with the RT100 making for a very strong product. While the typing experience isn’t the best around and I much prefer the TH80 Pro with its wider selection of switches from Gateron, it’s still solid enough, especially given the price.

Final Verdict

Starting at $105.99 with Epomaker’s own switches, the RT100 is another well-priced keyboard from the company. For those who love retro tech and want a throwback to old-school PC aesthetics and/or love the full-sized form factor, the RT100 is undoubtedly deserving of your attention. Epomaker has done it again with a fantastic keyboard that doesn’t break the bank.

Positives and Negatives

  • Unique design with mini display
  • Full-sized layout for those who want it
  • Wide range of colors and switch options
  • Generous connectivity options
  • Great price point
  • Typing experience could be better

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Disclosure: Review sample provided by Epomaker.

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Unique design with mini display Full-sized layout for those who want it Wide range of colors and switch options Generous connectivity options Great price point Typing experience could be better
Unique design with mini display Full-sized layout for those who want it Wide range of colors and switch options Generous connectivity options Great price point Typing experience could be better
Unique design with mini display Full-sized layout for those who want it Wide range of colors and switch options Generous connectivity options Great price point Typing experience could be better
Unique design with mini display Full-sized layout for those who want it Wide range of colors and switch options Generous connectivity options Great price point Typing experience could be better

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