The NuPhy Air75 V2 is a compact (75%) wireless mechanical keyboard in NuPhy's Air V2 series, along with the smaller NuPhy Air60 V2 and the larger NuPhy Air96 V2. These keyboards are a direct update of NuPhy's original Air series, retaining a low-profile design and wireless connectivity via Bluetooth or their included 2.4 GHz USB receiver. Newly introduced features include support for open-source QMK/VIA configuration software, flip-out incline feet, and some refinements to how the keyboard sounds and feels to type on. Additionally, when connected via a USB receiver, it now delivers a higher maximum polling rate of 1000Hz, which improves how suitable these keyboards are for gaming in addition to being well-suited to everyday browsing and productivity use. You can buy this keyboard in one of three colorways and with various Gateron low-profile or Nuphy low-profile switch options. Like keyboards in the previous Air series, these keyboards also have a hot-swappable PCB, so you can change the stock switches without soldering if you like.
We bought and tested the NuPhy Air75 V2, but other size variants are also available within this lineup, including the compact (60%) NuPhy Air60 V2 and the (96%) Air96 V2. See the Differences Between Sizes and Variants section below for more details about these models.
The NuPhy Air V2 keyboards are great for gaming. They have excellent build quality, impressive all-around latency performance, and a 1000Hz polling rate when connected via a USB receiver. There's also full RGB backlighting that you can customize with other settings using the configuration software. You can buy this keyboard in a range of different linear and tactile stock switch options, or you can change the stock switches for other low-profile switches of your choice thanks to their hot-swappable PCBs.
The NuPhy Air V2 keyboards are good for office use. They have excellent build quality and connect wirelessly with a USB receiver or up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. The low-profile design also means they're quite comfortable to type on even without a wrist rest, as you don't need to angle your wrists very sharply to reach all the keys. They also have compatibility modes for Windows and macOS, and they're quiet to type on thanks to internal layers of sound-dampening material. That said, the flat, nSA profile keycaps and compact layout may take a bit of getting used to at first, as they can make typing feel a bit more cramped than typing on a full-size keyboard.
These keyboards are great for use with tablets and mobile devices. They have excellent build quality, and you can connect them wirelessly with up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. Additionally, their compact, low-profile designs make them easy to carry around or slip into bags or cases. Nuphy also sells a portfolio carrying case separately, allowing you to prop up a phone or tablet.
These keyboards are very good for programming. They have excellent overall build quality and layers of internal sound-dampening material, so they don't make too much noise. Their low-profile design makes them portable and comfortable to type on, even without a wrist rest. They don't have dedicated macro keys, but you can program macros to any key using the companion software. There's also full RGB backlighting, although the stock keycaps aren't shine-through, making the legends difficult to read in darker rooms.
These keyboards are sub-par for entertainment or home theatre PC use. Although their compact size makes them easy to use from a couch, and they connect wirelessly with up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth, they lack dedicated media keys. Also, while they have full RGB backlighting, the stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends, which makes them hard to read in a darkened room.
These keyboards offer impressive raw performance with excellent single-key and multi-key latency and a 1000Hz polling rate when you connect them wirelessly with their included USB receiver. They also support full n-key rollover and can send multiple keystrokes per USB report.
NuPhy's Air V2 series keyboards are available in several sizes, in three colorways, and with different stock switch options. We bought and tested the NuPhy Air75 V2 in the Basalt Black color option with NuPhy Wisteria switches. You can see the label for our unit here.
|Name||Size||Color Options||Gateron Low-Profile Mechanical Switch Options||NuPhy Low-Profile Mechanical Switch Options||Hot-Swappable||Battery Capacity||Advertised Battery Life|
|NuPhy Air60 V2||Compact (60%)||Ionic White, Basalt Black, Lunar Gray||Red 2.0, Brown 2.0, Blue 2.0||Aloe (37gf), Cowberry (45gf), Wisteria (55gf), Moss (60gf)||Yes||2500mAh||
|NuPhy Air75 V2||Compact (75%)||Ionic White, Basalt Black, Lunar Gray||Red 2.0, Brown 2.0, Blue 2.0||Aloe (37gf), Cowberry (45gf), Wisteria (55gf), Moss (60gf)||Yes||4000mAh||
|NuPhy Air96 V2||Compact (96%)||Ionic White, Basalt Black, Lunar Gray||Red 2.0, Brown 2.0, Blue 2.0, Aloe||Aloe (37gf), Cowberry (45gf), Wisteria (55gf) , Moss (60gf)||Yes||4000mAh||
NuPhy also sells several accessories and add-ons on the product page for these keyboards, including folio cases, wrist rests, and alternate keycap sets.
The NuPhy Air75 V2 is a compact wireless keyboard in NuPhy's Air V2 series, which follows in the footsteps of NuPhy's original Air series. These new Air V2 boards retain the same approach, a low-profile design, wireless connectivity, and a hot-swappable PCB. However, these new versions introduce several improvements, including support for the open-source software configurator, VIA/QMK, as well as some build quality improvements, like double-shot PBT keycaps, which have a slightly modified profile to provide more space between the edges of keys as well as added silicon pieces inside the spacebar to improve how it sounds and feels to type on.
NuPhy has also addressed gaming performance, as these new keyboards now support a higher maximum polling rate of 1000Hz when connected via a USB receiver, while the old Air series keyboards only supported a maximum update rate of 500Hz. Altogether, these wireless keyboards present a great choice for everyday browsing, working, or gaming. Considering their approachable mid-range price point, they have impressive build quality and a wide and useful feature set. They're also a great option if you frequently take your keyboard on the go, as each of the three size variants is quite compact and easy to move around with.
The NuPhy Air75 and the NuPhy Air75 V2 are compact (75%) wireless keyboards with low-profile designs. The Air75 V2 is newer and includes several upgrades, including a higher maximum polling rate of 1000Hz that provides better overall gaming performance and higher quality double-shot PBT keycaps. They also have a slightly modified keycap profile, providing better key spacing. Both of these keyboards are also available in compact 60% and 96% sizes.
The Keychron K3 and the NuPhy Air75 V2 are wireless low-profile keyboards with a 75% form factor. The NuPhy has better overall build quality, higher-quality PBT keycaps, better gaming performance, and a higher maximum polling rate of 1000Hz. The NuPhy also has a hot-swappable PCB, while the Keychron K3 doesn't.
The NuPhy Halo75 and the NuPhy Air75 V2 are wireless keyboards in different lineups from the same manufacturer. The Halo75 is a standard-profile keyboard with better typing quality. On the other hand, the Air75 V2 is a low-profile model with a higher maximum polling rate of 1000Hz and better gaming performance. The Halo75 is also available in a compact 65% and 96% form factor, while the Air V2 is also available in a compact 60 and 96% form factor.
The NuPhy Field75 and the NuPhy Air75 V2 are wireless keyboards with compact (75%) form factors in different lineups from the same manufacturers. The Field75 is a standard-profile keyboard. It's designed primarily for gaming and has somewhat better gaming performance. It also has dedicated macro keys, which the Air75 lacks. On the other hand, the Air75 is a low-profile model designed for everyday use, work, and gaming.
These keyboards are available in three sizes. We bought and tested the NuPhy Air75 V2 keyboard, which has a compact (75%) form factor. However, a smaller compact (60%) NuPhy Air60 V2 and a larger compact (96%) NuPhy Air96 V2 are also available. You can see the listed dimensions of the other variants on NuPhy's website here.
The NuPhy Air75 V2 is a 75% compact keyboard that lacks a Numpad. The arrow keys and navigational cluster are tucked close to the alphanumeric keys on the right side of the board to reduce the space it takes up.
These keyboards have excellent build quality. The chassis is made of metal on top and transparent black plastic on the bottom. The keyboard feels sturdy and rigid and is slightly less flexible than the original NuPhy Air75. The keycaps are now made of doubleshot PBT plastic, while the previous version keyboards in the Air series had dye-sublimated PBT keycaps. Note that the nSA profile of these keycaps is slightly different compared to the previous-generation NuPhy Air75, as they provide more spacing between the edges of neighboring keys.
These keyboards now have flip-out feet, whereas the previous NuPhy Air75 had somewhat unusual magnetic feet. Unfortunately, these new feet feel a little unsteady at the lowest incline setting. They're quite easy to accidentally collapse if you slide the keyboard forward and there's some tiny back-and-forth movement while typing. That said, when extended to the maximum incline, the feet feel more stable, although the keyboard does slide around somewhat if you accidentally nudge it while typing.
These keyboards have a low-profile design, making them quite comfortable to type on even without a wrist rest, as you don't need to angle your wrists too steeply to reach the keys. The nSA keycap profile on these keyboards is slightly different compared to the previous generation NuPhy Air75, and the keycaps provide more space between the edges of neighboring keys. For more details about this difference, see the Typing Quality section below.
There are also two flip-out feet on the back of the board that provide two additional incline options.
The home row height of the NuPhy Air75 V2 is slightly higher than on the original NuPhy Air75, but it doesn't feel noticeably different.
These keyboards provide impressive hardware customizability. The PCBs have Gateron low-profile pinouts and low-profile Cherry MX-style switch stems. This means that only low-profile switches and low-profile keycaps are compatible. Additionally, these keyboards have 1u-sized right mod keys, which are slightly less common than the typical 1.25u size.
These keyboards have full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. You can use the companion software or hotkeys to customize the lighting effects, colors, and brightness.
These keyboards have poor backlight clarity, as the stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends. That said, NuPhy does sell shine-through keycap sets for these keyboards as additional purchases on their website.
These keyboards come with a rubber USB-A to USB-C charging cable. It retains some kinks from its packaging.
NuPhy advertises that the NuPhy Air75 V2 has a battery life of 35-57 hours with all backlighting on and up to 220 hours with backlighting off. These estimates will vary based on usage and connection type. Bluetooth is the most energy-efficient connection while using the USB receiver nets better performance and higher battery consumption.
These keyboards don't have any dedicated macro keys and don't support onboard macro programming. However, you can record macros to any key using the configuration software.
On the top of these keyboards, there are two switches: one to toggle between Windows and macOS and the other to pick the connection type between wired and wireless or turn the keyboard off. There are a series of hotkeys on the f-row, including media keys.
The LED strips on the sides of these keyboards display different colors to indicate information about various settings and statuses, including caps lock, connectivity modes, and battery levels.
You can see a full list of hotkey combinations and instructions for configuring sidelight behavior in the user manual. You can see a digital version of the user manual here here.
These keyboards offer a good overall typing experience. The keys are generally quite stable with only minimal wobbling that's only a bit more pronounced on larger keys, and the keycaps are made of high-quality-feeling, double-shot PBT plastic. The stabilizers feel quite smooth and don't make any rattling noises, and there are added silicone pads on the baseplate under the spacebar, which reduces the noise and the somewhat hollow feeling that spacebars often suffer from.
The low-profile design also means you don't have to angle your wrists very steeply to reach all the keys, which can help reduce fatigue and strain from typing for longer periods.
Although these keyboards have standard spacing between keys, their compact form factors mean there aren't spaces between some key clusters like on full-size keyboards (the arrow key cluster or navigation cluster, for instance).
These keyboards have somewhat unusual nSA profile keycaps. They're slightly different from the keycaps on the previous generation NuPhy Air75, providing a bit more spacing between the edges of neighboring keys. Several people around our office subjectively found that typing on the newer NuPhy Air75 V2 doesn't feel quite as cramped as the original NuPhy Air75 and feels closer to typing on a regular, full-sized keyboard rather than a compact model.
These keyboards have layers of poron foam in the keyboard case and silicon pads on the baseplate under the spacebar that help dampen overall noise and deliver a quiet typing experience.
We tested the NuPhy Air75 V2 with tactile NuPhy Wisteria switches, which are quiet and unlikely to bother those around you. You can also get these keyboards in other switch types, including linear options, which we expect to be slightly quieter, and other tactile switch options that we expect will be about as loud as the Wisteria switches.
The NuPhy Air75 V2 we bought and tested uses tactile NuPhy Wisteria low-profile mechanical switches.
You can also buy this keyboard in various other stock Gateron low-profile or NuPhy low-profile switch options. For more details, see the Differences Between Variants section above.
Or, check out NuPhy's product page for the Air75 V2 that identifies and provides details for all the stock switch options available here.
The NuPhy Wisteria switches have a fairly short pre-travel distance and a fairly small and gentle tactile bump that comes relatively early in the keypress. These switches don't require much force to operate, so typing feels quite lightweight and responsive. However, these switches may feel too sensitive if you're a heavier typist.
These keyboards have excellent single-key latency overall and are more than well-suited for playing games in any genre at any competitive. However, the wireless performance is slightly inconsistent compared to many dedicated wireless gaming keyboards, which typically have fewer outlying latency events. Although, it's important to note this is only an issue if you're primarily interested in playing competitively.
These keyboards have great multi-key latency overall. However, the performance is somewhat inconsistent compared to many dedicated wireless gaming keyboards, which typically have fewer outlying latency events.
These keyboards have excellent data transmission performance. They support full n-key rollover, can send multiple reports per USB report, and have an effective update rate of 1000Hz that isn't bottlenecked by other latency components.
These keyboards have very good chord split performance. The 4-chord split delay performance is impressive overall. However, the 8-chord split delay hovers between good and only satisfactory.
Altogether, the performance is quite variable, which can produce consistency problems for playing games requiring many simultaneous inputs, like rhythm games.
These keyboards use VIA configuration software that you can access using any chromium-based web browser after downloading the JSON file from NuPhy's website here. NuPhy also has a guide to help you connect to the VIA software that you can see here.
The software allows you to control backlighting, customize key assignments, create custom layers and profiles, and record or code macros to any key. Overall, the software provides robust customizability options. It's also fairly well laid out and straightforward, but it can be somewhat intimidating for an unexperienced user, and it's less intuitive to set up than most downloadable software options from other manufacturers.
These keyboards are fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux.
On macOS, tested in Mac compatibility mode, all keys work as expected. However, if you're using a non-apple monitor, the F1 and F2 hotkey commands that, by default, control screen brightness don't work.
On Linux, tested in Mac and Windows compatibility mode, all keys work as expected except for the F1 to F6 hotkey commands.
These keyboards are fully compatible with Android, iOS, and iPadOS. However, there's no software available for these platforms.
On iPadOS and iOS, all keys work as expected on the NuPhy Air75 V2 except for the Print Screen and Insert keys, which do nothing.