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NuPhy Field75 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Sep 06, 2023 at 10:25 am
Latest change: Writing modified Sep 19, 2023 at 09:18 am
NuPhy Field75 Picture
9.1
Gaming
6.8
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
8.2
Programming
6.2
Entertainment / HTPC

The NuPhy Field75 is a compact (75%) wireless mechanical keyboard, and it's NuPhy's first keyboard explicitly designed for gaming. This keyboard has several expressive colorways and includes various extra features, including rotary knobs, dedicated macro keys, and retro-style DIP switches. In addition to its gaming performance, NuPhy emphasizes this keyboard's typing quality and acoustics. It has layers of silicone-dampening material inside the case and what NuPhy calls a GhostBar, a spacebar fitted with polycarbonate and silicone pieces to help dampen the hollow sound spacebars often make. You can buy this keyboard in a range of tactile or linear switches, and it has a hot-swappable PCB, so you can easily change the switches for those you prefer.

Our Verdict

9.1 Gaming

The NuPhy Field75 is a remarkable gaming keyboard with very low and consistent latency performance that makes it well-suited for playing games in any genre at any competitive level. It also has excellent build quality and is available in various tactile or linear switch types. The PCB is hot-swappable, so you can use different switches if you prefer. This keyboard has a standard high-profile design, which means it can be fatiguing to use for longer periods without a wrist rest. There isn't a wrist rest included, but NuPhy sells wrist rests separately on their website.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Outstanding latency performance.
  • Eight dedicated macro keys.
Cons
  • Macro keys can't be programmed directly on the keyboard.
6.8 Mobile/Tablet

Although it isn't designed specifically for it, the NuPhy Field75 is okay for use with mobile devices. It has excellent build quality, can connect wirelessly with up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth, and has outstanding compatibility with mobile operating systems. That said, while it's also reasonably compact, it's quite thick and very heavy for its size, so it isn't very portable.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Multi-device pairing with up to three devices simultaneously.
  • Connects wirelessly via USB receiver or Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Fairly bulky and very heavy compared to dedicated keyboards designed for mobile use.
7.6 Office

The NuPhy Field75 is good for office use. It has excellent build quality, and layers of dampening material inside the case and spacebar make it very quiet. It also has compatibility modes for Windows and macOS and connects wirelessly with up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. The ergonomics are acceptable, but the standard, high-profile design means it's most comfortable to use with a wrist rest. There isn't a wrist rest included in the box, but NuPhy sells wrist rests separately on their site.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Multi-device pairing with up to three devices simultaneously.
  • Connects wirelessly via USB receiver or Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends, so you can't read legends in a darker room.
  • Macro keys can't be programmed directly on the keyboard.
8.2 Programming

The NuPhy Field75 is great for programming. It has excellent build quality, eight programmable macro keys, and can connect wirelessly via a USB receiver or with up to three devices via Bluetooth. It also has layers of dampening material inside the case and spacebar, making it very quiet and satisfying to type on. It has full RGB backlighting, but the stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends, so you can't read them in darker rooms. It also has a standard high-profile design, which means it can be tiring to use for longer periods without a wrist rest, which isn't included but is sold separately.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Eight dedicated macro keys.
Cons
  • Stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends, so you can't read legends in a darker room.
  • Macro keys can't be programmed directly on the keyboard.
6.2 Entertainment / HTPC

The NuPhy Field75 is acceptable for entertainment or home theatre PC setups. It has excellent build quality and connects wirelessly via its USB receiver or Bluetooth. It's also fairly compact, although it's quite heavy for its size. It has full RGB backlighting, but the stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends, so you can't read them in the dark. Additionally, while it has a volume knob on the left side of the keyboard, it lacks dedicated media keys.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Connects wirelessly via USB receiver or Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends, so you can't read legends in a darker room.
  • No dedicated media keys.
  • 9.1 Gaming
  • 6.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 8.2 Programming
  • 6.2 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Sep 19, 2023: We've made a small clarification to the Differences Between Variants section to indicate better that we bought and tested this keyboard with its stock keycaps but that NuPhy sells alternate shine-through keycaps separately.
  2. Updated Sep 06, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 04, 2023: Early access published.
  4. Updated Aug 01, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Jul 27, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Jul 17, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

This keyboard is available in several colorways with several different stock switch options. We bought and tested this keyboard in the Ethereal color option with NuPhy Polaris switches. We also bought NuPhy's acrylic two-tone wrist rest, which is sold separately in various colorways. The unit we tested has stock keycaps that don't have shine-through legends. That said, NuPhy sells an alternate set of shine-through keycaps available for separate purchase on NuPhy's website. You can see the label of the unit we bought and tested here.

Name Color Options Switch Options
NuPhy Field75 Electro, Ethereal, Noether, Gravity NuPhy Polaris, NuPhy Fleeting Gold, Cherry Speed Silver, Cherry Ergo Clear

Compared To Other Keyboards

The NuPhy Field75 is a compact (75%) wireless mechanical keyboard. It's also Nuphy's first dedicated gaming keyboard. Unlike previous NuPhy releases that have bottlenecked wireless polling rates, this keyboard has a wireless polling rate of 1000Hz, offering lower latency and much more stable and consistent gaming performance well-suited for playing fast-paced games at a casual or competitive level. Similar to models in NuPhy's Halo series of keyboards, NuPhy has emphasized the typing quality and acoustics of this keyboard by including multiple layers of sound-dampening silicone in the case and adding a silicone and polycarbonate fitting in the spacebar. Additionally, like other NuPhy models and similar keyboards produced by Keychron, these keyboards emphasize full compatibility between Windows and macOS systems with a hotkey combination to switch between modes and extra included keycaps for both operating systems.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best gaming keyboards.

NuPhy Air75

The NuPhy Air75 and the NuPhy Field75 are wireless mechanical keyboards with compact (75%) form factors. The Air75 has a low-profile design, making it much thinner and more portable. On the other hand, the Field75 has a high-profile design. It delivers better gaming performance and has a higher wireless polling rate of 1000Hz. It also includes layers of sound-dampening material inside the board and dedicated macro keys that the Air75 lacks.

NuPhy Halo96 [Halo65, Halo75]

The NuPhy Field75 and the NuPhy Halo75 are wireless mechanical keyboards with high-profile designs and compact (75%) form factors. The Field75 is more gaming-focused, with a higher wireless polling rate of 1000Hz and better gaming performance. It also has dedicated macro keys and several control knobs which the Halo75 lacks. On the other hand, the Halo75 has a bit more extensive RGB lighting, with a narrow lighting zone that wraps around the entire case, which the Field75 lacks.

ASUS ROG Azoth

The ASUS ROG Azoth and the NuPhy Field75 are wireless mechanical gaming keyboards with compact (75%) form factors. The ASUS has a gasket-mounted design, giving it a slightly softer, springier feeling to use. It also has lower latency performance, significantly longer advertised battery life, and a programmable OLED screen, a feature the NuPhy lacks. On the other hand, the NuPhy has several additional control knobs and dedicated macro keys, which the Azoth lacks.

Epomaker TH80 Pro

The NuPhy Field75 and the Epomaker TH80 Pro are wireless mechanical keyboards. The NuPhy is more gaming-focused, with significantly better latency performance. The NuPhy also has layers of internal sound-dampening material, dedicated macro keys, and additional control knobs which the Epomaker lacks. On the other hand, the Epomaker configuration software is available for Windows and macOS, while the NuPhy only has software available for Windows.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Compact (75%)
Height
1.6" (4.0 cm)
Width 14.6" (37.2 cm)
Depth
5.6" (14.2 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
8.7" (22.2 cm)
Weight
2.88 lbs (1.306 kg)

The NuPhy Field75 is a 75% compact keyboard. It lacks a Numpad and several navigation keys common on most full-size models, but it takes up considerably less space on your desk. At the same time, it's fairly heavy, given its compact size, and isn't very portable.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The NuPhy Field75 has excellent build quality. The chassis is plastic but feels quite sturdy, with only minimal flexing. Several pieces are metal, including the interior plate, control knobs, scroll wheel, and the handle on the left side. The switches and stabilizers are pre-lubed from the factory, and the keycaps are high-quality doubleshot PBT.

Five rubber strips underneath the board do a great job at keeping the board in place while you type, and there are rubber feet on the bottom of the incline feet.

NuPhy has also included layers of sound-dampening Poron and IXPE foam inside the keyboard case, and the spacebar uses what NuPhy calls a 'GhostBar,' a sound-suppressing keycap that's fitted with polycarbonate and silicone-dampening materials to eliminate the hollow sound many other spacebars make.

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Curved/Angled
No
Split Keyboard
No
Key Alignment
Staggered
Minimum Incline
3.5°
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
8.5°
Home Row Height
33.0 mm (1.3")

This keyboard has acceptable ergonomics with a fairly standard, high profile. There's also a set of flip-up plastic feet on the bottom of the keyboard that offers one incline setting. NuPhy also has two-tone acrylic wrist rests available for separate purchase. We bought and tested one for our review and found that it wasn't quite as comfortable as a plush wrist rest, but it provides good support for your wrists.

8.7
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
Cherry MX Style
Switch PCB Socket
5-pin Cherry
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
Yes

This keyboard offers excellent hardware customizability. The stabilizers have a plate-mounted, cherry-style design, which means they're fairly easy to remove if you want to lube, mod, or replace them. It also has a hot-swappable PCB that's compatible with 5-pin Cherry-style switches. Note that the switch LEDs are North-facing, which can interfere with some Cherry MX keycaps. Additionally, the right modifier keys are 1u-sized rather than the somewhat more common 1.25 size.

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

This keyboard has full RGB lighting with individually backlit keys. You can use the companion software or hotkeys to customize the lighting effects, colors, and brightness.

4.0
Design
Backlight Clarity

While this keyboard has full RGB backlighting. the stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends, so you can't read them in the dark. NuPhy does offer shine-through keycaps available as a separate purchase.

We replaced some of the stock PBT keycaps with shine-through keycaps taken from another keyboard for reference. You can see a photo here.

Design
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wireless
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 4.9 ft (1.5 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

This keyboard comes with a detachable USB-A to USB-C charging cable. It's braided and retains some kinks from its packaging.

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

The NuPhy Field75 has a 4200 mAh battery. NuPhy advertises that their lab test results yield a battery life of 25 - 42 hours with RGB lighting on or up to 160 hours with all RGB lighting off.

This keyboard connects wirelessly with its included USB receiver or can pair with up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth.

7.6
Design
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 8
Onboard Macro Programming
No
Macro Programming With Software
Yes

This keyboard has eight dedicated programmable macro keys NuPhy calls 'G Keys.' While you can't program these keys directly on the keyboard, you can customize them using the keyboard's software.

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

The NuPhy Field75 has quite a few extra features, including control knobs that toggle between connection modes and adjust backlighting brightness, a USB passthrough, and a larger scroll wheel on the left side of the keyboard that adjusts media volume.

There are LED lock indicators on the right side of the keyboard under the navigation cluster for Caps Lock, Windows Key Lock, and Scroll Lock.

There are also plenty of default hotkey functions, including hotkeys toggle between Windows and Mac compatibility modes. A DIP switch interface is also located under one of the folding feet on the backside of the keyboard. The keyboard's Quick Guide lists hotkey combinations and DIP switch positions. You can see a digital version of this Quick Guide on NuPhy's website here.

Design
In The Box

  • NuPhy Field75
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • USB receiver
  • 4x alternative Windows keys
  • 4x extra NuPhy Polaris switches
  • Keycap puller/switch puller
  • Adhesive pads for the wrist rest
  • Charging cable elastic
  • User documentation

Sold separately:

  • Acrylic Wrist Rest

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Switches
Switch Name
NuPhy Polaris
Switch Type
Mechanical
Feel
Linear

We bought and tested the NuPhy Field75 with linear NuPhy Polaris mechanical switches. This keyboard has a hot-swappable PCB, so you can change the switches without soldering. For more details about compatible switches, see the Hardware Customizability section above.

This keyboard is available with various other switch types at purchase. See the Differences Between Variants section for a list of switch types available and see the Keystrokes section below for a brief comparison between these switches and those we tested.

Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Operating Force
42 gf
Actuation Force
41 gf
Pre-Travel
1.6 mm
Total Travel
3.3 mm

We bought and tested this keyboard with linear NuPhy Polaris switches, which are very lightweight and have short pre-travel distance, making them very responsive. You can also buy this keyboard in several other stock switch options, including linear Cherry Speed Silver switches, which are just as lightweight and have slightly shorter pre-travel. Alternatively, two tactile options are available: NuPhy Fleeting Gold switches, which are slightly heavier and have a bit longer pre-travel, and Cherry Ergo Clear switches, which are just as lightweight as the Polaris but have a significant tactile bump.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

This keyboard offers amazing typing quality. The PBT keycaps feel good and have a slightly textured finish, while the keys have standard spacing and are quite stable overall. That said, larger keys without stabilizers like the Tab, Caps Lock, and right shift button wobble slightly, but this is fairly typical.

We bought and tested this keyboard with linear Polaris switches, which are pre-lubed from the factory and feel very responsive and quite smooth with only marginal scratchiness.

There are multiple layers of silicone material inside the keyboard that softens the impact of typing and dampens noise. The spacebar, in particular, has added dampening material and is quiet compared to many pre-built options at this price point.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Average Loudness
47.9 dBA
High Pitch Clicks
No

The NuPhy Field75 has excellent typing noise and is very quiet with the linear NuPhy Polaris switches on the unit we bought and tested.

This keyboard is also available with other stock switch types. We expect the Cherry Speed Silver switches to be similarly quiet. The tactile Cherry Ergo Clear switches and NuPhy Fleeting Gold switches are likely slightly louder but will still be on the quieter side and unlikely to bother anyone around you.

9.6
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
4.1 ms
Latency Receiver
4.3 ms
Latency Bluetooth
14.3 ms

This keyboard has outstanding latency performance, making it well-suited for playing games in any genre at any competitive level.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name Field Console
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No
Onboard Memory
Yes
Profiles
6+

The NuPhy Field75 works with the NuPhy Console companion software. The software allows you to change a range of expected settings, like RGB backlighting, macros, and key assignments. You can also adjust the polling rate and turn off the Windows key. By default, you can create up to three profiles. However, you can add more and save both your macro and backlighting settings to the keyboard's onboard memory and use them on a computer that doesn't have the software. Unfortunately, the companion software is only available on Windows.

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

This keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. However, the configuration software is only compatible with Windows.

You can toggle between Windows and macOS compatibility modes with hotkey combinations listed in the included Quick Guide. You can see a digital version of this guide on NuPhy's website here.

On macOS, with the Mac compatibility mode enabled, all default buttons and hotkeys work as intended.

On Linux, with the Mac compatibility mode enabled, all default buttons and hotkeys work as intended except for the F3 and F4 hotkeys.

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

This keyboard is fully compatible with Android, iOS, and iPadOS. However, there's no software available for these platforms. Additionally, the F3 hotkey does nothing on iOS, and both the F3 and F4 hotkeys do nothing on Android and iPad OS. We recommend using the Mac compatibility mode for Android users, as some hotkey combinations don't work when using Windows compatibility mode.

The dedicated macro keys work if you've previously saved macros to the keyboard's onboard memory using another computer compatible with the software.