The NuPhy Halo96 is a compact (96%) wireless mechanical keyboard in NuPhy's Halo series. These keyboards have a high-profile design with a strip of RGB lighting that wraps around the case. On their product pages, NuPhy emphasizes these keyboards' typing quality and acoustics. There are multiple 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 loud hollow sound spacebars often make. You can buy these keyboards in a range of tactile or linear switches, and they have hot-swappable PCBs, so you can easily change the switches for those you prefer.
We bought and tested the NuPhy Halo96, the largest size variant in this keyboard lineup. Smaller versions are also available, including the NupHy Halo75 and NuPhy Halo65. See our Differences Between Sizes and Variants section below for more details about these models.
The NuPhy Halo series keyboards are amazing for gaming. They have excellent build quality and low latency, delivering a responsive-feeling experience in any genre. They also have full RGB backlighting, and they're available with your choice of various linear or tactile switch options. These high-profile keyboards are most comfortable to use with a wrist rest. We bought and tested the Halo96 with a wrist rest which NuPhy sells separately.
While not designed for this use, the NuPhy Halo keyboards are okay for mobile and tablet use. They connect wirelessly and can pair with up to three devices simultaneously. We tested the Halo96, which is a bit smaller than most full-size keyboards but still much bigger and heavier than most keyboards designed specifically for mobile and tablet use. If you want to use one of these keyboards for mobile or tablet use, the smaller Halo75 or Halo65 are more appropriate.
These keyboards are great for office work. They have excellent build quality and layers of silicone inside the case and spacebar, contributing to a quiet and premium-feeling typing experience. We tested the Halo96 with linear Baby Raccoon switches that are very quiet and unlikely to bother anyone around you. They're also available in a range of other linear and tactile switches and have hot-swappable PCBs, so you can change the stock switches with other switches of your choice. These high-profile keyboards are most comfortable to use with a wrist rest. We bought and tested the Halo96 with a wrist rest which NuPhy sells separately.
These keyboards are excellent for programming. They feel very well-built and have full RGB backlighting. They also include layers of silicone inside the case and spacebar, producing a very quiet and premium-feeling typing experience. While these keyboards lack dedicated macro keys, you can use the software to record macros to any key.
These keyboards are only adequate for home theater setups. They connect wirelessly via USB receiver or Bluetooth but aren't designed with this use in mind as they're quite bulky and heavy. They also lack dedicated media keys, and while they have full RGB backlighting, the stock keycaps aren't shine-through, so you can't see the legends in a darker room.
NuPhy's Halo series keyboards are available in various sizes, in two colorways, and with different stock switch options. We bought and tested the NuPhy Halo96 in Matte Black with Gateron Baby Raccoon switches. You can see the label of our unit here.
We also bought NuPhy's acrylic two-tone black wrist rest, which is sold separately.
You can see details for other variants and configurations below. We expect our test results to apply to all models.
|Name||Size||Wireless||Color Options||Switch Options||Hot-swappable||Maximum Advertised Battery Life (backlighting off)||Optional Wrist Rest|
|NuPhy Halo96||Compact (96%)||Yes||Matte Black, Ionic White||NuPhy Rose Glacier, NuPhy Night Breeze, Gateron Baby Raccoon, Gateron G Pro Red 2.0, Gateron G Pro Brown 2.0||Yes||205 Hours||Matte Black, Ionic White|
|NuPhy Halo75||Compact (75%)||Yes||Matte Black, Ionic White||NuPhy Rose Glacier, NuPhy Night Breeze, Gateron Baby Raccoon, Gateron G Pro Red 2.0, Gateron G Pro Brown 2.0||Yes||260 Hours||Matte Black, Ionic White|
|NuPhy Halo65||Compact (65%)||Yes||Matte Black, Ionic White||NuPhy Rose Glacier, NuPhy Night Breeze, Gateron Baby Raccoon, Gateron G Pro Red 2.0, Gateron G Pro Brown 2.0||Yes||320 Hours||Matte Black, Ionic White|
The Halo96 is a compact (96%) wireless mechanical keyboard in NuPhy 's Halo lineup. These keyboards have a high-profile design rather than a low-profile design of the NuPhy Air75 and other keyboards in NuPhy 's Air lineup. With the Halo lineup, NuPhy has emphasized typing quality and acoustics by including multiple layers of sound-dampening silicone in the case and adding a silicone and polycarbonate fitting in the spacebar. Like other NuPhy models and similar keyboards produced by Keychron, these keyboards emphasize full compatibility between Windows and macOS systems with a toggle switch on the back and extra included keycaps for both operating systems.
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The NuPhy Air75 and NuPhy Halo96 are wireless mechanical keyboards in different lineups from the same manufacturer. Both are available in 65%, 75%, and 96% form factors. The main difference in the lineups is design; the Air75 and the other keyboards in the Air lineup are low-profile. On the other hand, the Halo96 and the rest of the keyboards in the Halo lineup are high-profile. The Halo keyboards also feature silicone-dampening materials inside the case and spacebar, and they have an RGB light strip surrounding the case.
Keychron Q Pro Series and the NuPhy Halo96 are wireless mechanical keyboards in various sizes and with premium acoustics and typing quality. The Keychrons have a gasket-mounted design and a slightly more premium-feeling all-aluminum case. On the other hand, the NuPhy Halo boards have a plastic bottom case and an aluminum frame. They also have multiple layers of silicone-dampening material in the case and spacebar and an RGB light strip around the outside edge of the keyboard.
The NuPhy Halo75 and the Epomaker TH80 Pro are wireless mechanical keyboards with a compact (75%) form factor. The NuPhy is quieter thanks to several layers of silicone-dampening material inside the case. On the other hand, the Epomaker is available for purchase in two keycap themes and has a control knob, which the Nuphy lacks.
The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 and the NuPhy Halo96 are mechanical keyboards. The GMMK 2 is a wired-only model with a 96% compact form factor. It also has lower latency, making it a better choice for competitive gaming. On the other hand, the NuPhy Halo96 is a wireless model with a 96% compact form factor but is also available in smaller-size variants. The NuPhy Halo keyboards also feature layers of sound-dampening silicone and have an RGB lighting strip around the outside edge of the keyboard.
The IQUNIX F97 and the NuPhy Halo96 are wireless mechanical keyboards. While the IQUNIX F97 is only available in a 96% form factor, the NuPhy Halo line is available in 65%, 75%, or 96% sizes. The NuPhy boards also have layers of silicone sound-dampening material inside the case, an RGB strip around the exterior edge of the keyboard, and multiple incline settings. On the other hand, the IQUNIX only has a fixed incline angle, but it's available in a much wider range of expressive colorways.
These keyboards are available in various sizes. We bought and tested the NuPhy Halo96, which has a compact (96%) form factor, but a smaller compact (75%) Halo75 and a compact 65% Halo65 are also available. You can see the listed dimensions of these other size variants on NuPhy's website.
The NuPhy96 has nearly all the keys on a typical full-size keyboard but in a more compact package. This keyboard has conventional spacing between keys, so typing doesn't feel cramped. However, it doesn't have space between key zones, like the navigation cluster, arrow keys, or the Numpad. While this keyboard is smaller than most full-size options, it's also quite heavy and not very portable.
These keyboards have excellent build quality. The bottom part of the case is plastic, and the frame around the keyboard is aluminum. Altogether they feel very sturdy and don't flex. The keycaps are made of high-quality doubleshot PBT. NuPhy has included multiple layers of silicone inside the keyboard case and introduces what they're calling a GhostBar, a sound-suppressing keycap that's fitted with polycarbonate and silicone-dampening materials to eliminate the hollow sound many other spacebars make.
We've included photos of the underside of the spacebar and of the silicone dampening pieces underneath.
These keyboards have a high profile. There are flip-out plastic feet that provide two additional incline options. NuPhy has 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 and diffuses some of the backlighting from the RGB strip surrounding the keyboard case. We recommend using these keyboards with a wrist rest for the most comfortable experience.
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. Although each key is individually lit, the stock PBT 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. NuPhy also sells acrylic wrist rests for a separate purchase which diffuses some of the lighting from the RGB strip that wraps around the keyboard case.
For reference, we've taken a photo of the NuPhy Halo96 with the W, A, S, and D keys replaced with shine-through keycaps taken from another keyboard that you can see here.
These keyboards come with a detachable charging cable. It's braided and retains some kinks from the packaging.
The NuPhy Halo96 has a 4000mAh battery. NuPhy advertises this keyboard has a battery life of 5-10 hours with all backlighting on and up to 205 hours with backlighting off.
Other models in the NuPhy Halo lineup have the same sized battery but different advertised battery lives depending on their size. NuPhy advertises the NuPhy Halo75 can last up to 260 hours with backlighting off, while the NuPhy Halo65 has an advertised maximum of 320 hours with backlighting off.
These keyboards offer excellent hardware customizability.
These keyboards don't have dedicated macro keys, but all keys are macro-programmable using the customization software.
These keyboards have two switches on the top of the keyboard; the first allows you to change between Windows or Mac modes, and the second toggles between off/wired/and wireless connectivity modes.
Media hotkeys are labeled, and additional FN key combinations are listed in the user documentation, including commands to switch between paired devices, change backlighting colors and effects, check the battery level, enter sleep mode, and reset the keyboard to factory setting.
These keyboards are available in various NuPhy or Gateron linear and tactile switches and will perform differently depending on your choice. The NuPhy Halo96 we bought and tested has Gateron Baby Raccoon switches. These linear switches have a short pre-travel distance and a slightly shortened total travel distance, producing an earlier bottom-out feeling.
The Operating Force of these switches is significantly lower than the advertised values of 55±8gf. We found this behavior was consistent across the eight switches we tested. This didn't negatively impact their performance or feel during our testing but only indicates that the keystrokes are noticeably lighter than advertised.
These keyboards offer an excellent typing experience that sounds and feels very satisfying. There are multiple layers of silicone material inside the keyboard that softens the impact of typing and dampens the sound. The keys are also very stable and have good spacing between them.
The NuPhy Halo96 we bought and tested has Gateron Baby Raccoon switches which are very light to press and have a shortened total travel distance. You can purchase these keyboards with other NuPhy and Gateron linear or tactile stock switch options.
The keycaps on these keyboards are made of high-quality PBT plastic and have a KOP profile with a slightly flatter top and more rounded edges than typical OEM profile keycaps.
These keyboards have layers of silicone sound-dampening material inside the keyboard, contributing to an impressively quiet typing noise. We tested the NuPhy Halo96 with Gateron Baby Raccoon switches, which are very quiet and unlikely to bother those around you. You can also get these keyboards in various stock linear and tactile switch options, which we expect to produce similar typing noise.
The wired latency of these keyboards is great and delivers a responsive-feeling experience for all gaming genres. The wireless latency is perfectly suitable for casual gaming and everyday tasks, but we don't recommend playing fast-paced or competitive games using a wireless receiver or Bluetooth connection.
These keyboards use the NuPhy Console companion software. The software is well laid out and simple, allowing you to adjust backlighting, record macros, and remap keys. 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.
These keyboards are fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. However, the software is only available on Windows. On macOS, all keys work as intended, but if you're not using a Mac screen, the F1 and F2 keys, which typically control brightness, don't work. On Linux, the F3 and F4 keys do nothing.
These keyboards are fully compatible with Android, iOS, and iPadOS. However, there's no customization software available, and the F3 and F4 keys don't work.