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NuPhy Air75 V2 [Air60 V2, Air96 V2] Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Nov 16, 2023 at 02:20 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Apr 03, 2024 at 11:30 am
NuPhy Air75 V2 [Air60 V2, Air96 V2] Picture
8.3
Gaming
7.7
Office
8.4
Mobile/Tablet
7.8
Programming
5.7
Entertainment / HTPC
8.3
Raw Performance

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.

Our Verdict

8.3 Gaming

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.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Comfortable low-profile design.
  • Great overall latency performance.
  • 1000Hz polling rate when connected via USB receiver.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends.
7.7 Office

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.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Connects wirelessly via USB or via Bluetooth with up to three devices simultaneously.
  • Comfortable low-profile design.
Cons
  • Flat nSA keycap profile and compact form-factor may take a bit of getting used to initially.
8.4 Mobile/Tablet

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.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Connects wirelessly via USB or via Bluetooth with up to three devices simultaneously.
  • Comfortable low-profile design.
Cons
  • Somewhat heavier compared to most keyboards designed specifically for use with mobile devices.
7.8 Programming

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.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Comfortable low-profile design.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Flat nSA keycap profile and compact form-factor may take a bit of getting used to initially.
  • Stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends.
5.7 Entertainment / HTPC

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.

Pros
  • Connects wirelessly via USB or via Bluetooth with up to three devices simultaneously.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends.
8.3 Raw Performance

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.

Pros
  • 1000Hz polling rate when connected via USB receiver.
Cons
  • 8.3 Gaming
  • 7.7 Office
  • 8.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.8 Programming
  • 5.7 Entertainment / HTPC
  • 8.3 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Apr 03, 2024: We've added a link to the newly reviewed NuPhy Gem80 in the Hardware Customizability section of this review.
  2. Updated Feb 05, 2024: We've added a note to the Wireless Versatility section of this review regarding sleep settings.
  3. Updated Nov 29, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.3.1, which adds a new estimated PCB latency test to the Single-Key Latency section and a new Analog test to the Switches section of this review. You can see the full changelog here.
  4. Updated Nov 16, 2023: Review published.
  5. Updated Oct 20, 2023: Early access published.
  6. Updated Oct 16, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  7. Updated Oct 11, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  8. Updated Aug 31, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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


(backlighting on): 30 – 90 hours
(backlighting off): Up to 150 hours

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


(backlighting on): 35 – 57 hours
(backlighting off): Up to 220 hours

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


(backlighting on): 35 – 57 hours
(backlighting off): Up to 220 hours


NuPhy also sells several accessories and add-ons on the product page for these keyboards, including folio cases, wrist rests, and alternate keycap sets.

Compared To Other Keyboards

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.

For more options, see our picks for the best keyboard, the best wireless keyboard, and the best office keyboard.

NuPhy Air75

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.

NuPhy Halo96 [Halo65, Halo75]

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.

Keychron K3

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.

NuPhy Field75

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.

NuPhy Gem80

The NuPhy Air75 V2 and the NuPhy Gem80 are both wireless mechanical keyboards. The Air75  is a compact (75%) prebuilt model with a low-profile design, making it much more portable and more comfortable to type on without a wrist rest. The Air75 V2 is also part of a wider lineup, with larger (96%) and smaller (60%) versions also available. On the other hand, the Gem80 has a slightly larger TKL (80%) form factor. It's only available as a barebones kit, so you must buy and install switches and keycaps separately.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Compact (75%)
Height
0.9" (2.2 cm)
Width 12.4" (31.6 cm)
Depth
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.42 lbs (0.645 kg)

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.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

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.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Curved/Angled
No
Split Keyboard
No
Key Alignment
Staggered
Minimum Incline
2.5°
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Home Row Height
21.4 mm (0.8")

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.

8.3
Design
Hardware Customizability
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
Yes
Stabilizer Fixation
Plate-Mounted
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
6.25u
Size Of Right Mod Keys
1u
Hot-Swappable Switches
Yes
Switch Stem Shape
Low Profile Cherry MX Style
Switch PCB Socket
Non-Cherry Pinout
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
No

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.

If you're interested in a keyboard from the same manufacturer that's available as a barebones kit, offering you more opportunity for customization at purchase, see our review for the NuPhy Gem80.

10
Design
Backlight Features
Backlighting Yes
RGB
Yes
Per-Key Backlighting
Yes
Effects
Yes
Software Controllable
Yes

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.

4.0
Design
Backlight Clarity

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.

Design
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wireless
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 5.2 ft (1.6 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

These keyboards come with a rubber USB-A to USB-C charging cable. It retains some kinks from its packaging.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
3
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable

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.

When left idle, the NuPhy Air75 V2 enters sleep mode to conserve battery power. Nuphy indicates that the keyboard enters a shallow sleep mode after six minutes and a deep sleep mode after 30 minutes. While your first input will register immediately when waking your keyboard out of shallow sleep, your first one or two inputs won't register when waking the keyboard out of deep sleep. We've confirmed this behavior on our unit of the NuPhy Air75 V2, and we expect this behavior to be the same for all size variants in this lineup. If you'd like to share your experience with this keyboard's sleep settings, reach out to us in the comments below.

4.0
Design
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 0
Onboard Macro Programming
No
Macro Programming With Software
Yes

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.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Non-Dedicated
Trackpad / Trackball No
Scroll Wheel
No
Control Knob
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

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.

Design
In The Box

  • NuPhy Air75 V2
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • 2.4Ghz USB receiver
  • Four alternate low-profile switches (these are samples of the other low-profile switch options available for this keyboard)
  • Alternate keycaps for Windows users
  • Keycap puller/switch puller
  • Stickers
  • Enamel Pin (pre-order bonus only)
  • User documentation/poster

Typing Experience
7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality
Key Spacing
19.0 mm (0.748")

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.

To illustrate this point, you can see an image comparing the 4.0mm space between the edges of the keyboard on the NuPhy Air75 V2 here compared to the 3.2mm space on the previous NuPhy Air75 here.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Average Loudness
50.2 dBA
High Pitch Clicks
No

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.

Typing Experience
Switches
Switch Name
NuPhy Wisteria
Switch Type
Mechanical
Feel
Tactile
Analog
No

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.

Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Operating Force
46 gf
Actuation Force
37 gf
Pre-Travel
1.8 mm
Total Travel
3.0 mm

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.

Performance
8.5
Performance
Single-Key Latency
Best Connection
6.4 ms
Best Connection Std Dev ±1.3 ms
Wired
6.4 ms
Receiver
8.7 ms
Bluetooth
17.1 ms
PCB (Estimated)
4.9 ms

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.

8.1
Performance
Multi-Key Latency
Connection Evaluated Receiver
Key Press
8.9 ms
Key Release
12.0 ms

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.

8.7
Performance
Data Transmission
Connection Evaluated Receiver
USB Polling Rate
1,000 Hz
Effective Update Rate
1,000 Hz
N-Key Rollover (NKRO)
Yes
Multiple Keys Per USB Report
Yes

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.

8.1
Performance
Chord Split
4 Chord Split Delay
4.9 ms
8 Chord Split Delay
15.2 ms

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.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name VIA
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes
Onboard Memory
Yes
Profiles
6+

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.

10
Software and Operating System
Computer Compatibility
Windows
Fully Compatible
macOS
Fully Compatible
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux

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.

10
Software and Operating System
Wireless Mobile Compatibility
Android
Fully Compatible
iOS
Fully Compatible
iPadOS
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Android, iPhone & iPad

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.