Obinslab Anne Pro 2 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 09:11 am
Obinslab Anne Pro 2 Picture
8.9
Gaming
7.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
8.4
Programming
5.6
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Compact (60%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is an excellent 60% compact gaming keyboard that feels very well-built and looks sleek in most computer setups. It has exceptionally low wired latency, full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, and all keys are macro-programmable with the companion software. While this keyboard is available with a wide variety of switch options, our unit has Gateron Brown switches, which have a good amount of feedback, aren't too loud, and provide an excellent typing quality. Unfortunately, the height of the keyboard and the lack of incline settings or an included wrist rest may cause fatigue during long typing sessions, and the lack of arrow keys may bother some people.

Our Verdict

8.9 Gaming

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is an excellent keyboard for gaming. It feels very well-built, and the Gateron Brown switches on our unit provide good tactile feedback and don't take much force to operate. It also has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, and macros can be set to any key using the companion software. Unfortunately, its ergonomics are mediocre as it lacks a wrist rest and adjustable incline settings.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Wide variety of switch types available.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Minimal extra features.
7.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a very good keyboard for mobile or tablet use. It has an excellent build quality and a very sturdy-feeling plastic frame. You can connect and charge the keyboard via USB-C cable, or you can connect wirelessly and pair up to four devices via Bluetooth. However, despite being a compact keyboard, it's fairly tall and somewhat heavy, which may not bother everyone, but some people may find it's a less portable keyboard as a result.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Connects via Bluetooth and pairs with up to four devices.
Cons
  • Tall profile and somewhat heavy.
7.6 Office

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a good keyboard for office use. The Gateron Brown switches on our unit provide tactile feedback, are quiet, and only take a light amount of force to operate. This keyboard is also available in a range of switch types, including Cherry MX, Kailh, and other Gateron switches. Unfortunately, it has mediocre ergonomics as it's a rather tall keyboard with no palm rest or incline settings. On the other hand, every key is fully programmable, and you can set shortcuts and macros using the companion software, which is compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Excellent typing quality.
  • Wide variety of switch types available.
Cons
  • Small size may feel cramped to some; no arrow keys.
  • Minimal extra features.
8.4 Programming

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is great for programming. It's available with a wide range of switch options, and the Gateron Brown switches we tested offer excellent typing quality. It's compatible with all major operating systems, all buttons are macro-programmable, and it has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. Unfortunately, its ergonomics are mediocre due to its lack of incline settings or an included wrist rest.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Excellent typing quality.
  • Wide variety of switch types available.
  • Connects via Bluetooth and pairs with up to four devices.
Cons
  • Small size may feel cramped to some; no arrow keys.
  • Minimal extra features.
5.6 Entertainment / HTPC

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a sub-par keyboard for entertainment or home theater PC use. It lacks a trackpad, so you'll likely need to use a mouse to navigate menus, and it doesn't have media keys or a wheel for volume control. That said, it connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, and it has full RGB backlighting.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • Lacks a trackpad or volume wheel.
  • No media keys.
  • 8.9 Gaming
  • 7.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 8.4 Programming
  • 5.6 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.7" (4.2 cm)
Width 11.5" (29.2 cm)
Depth
4.0" (10.2 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.41 lbs (0.640 kg)

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a compact 60% keyboard that takes up very little space on your desk.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2's build quality is excellent. Its frame is made of plastic but feels very solid and well-built, and the keycaps are doubleshot and have a matte finish. Unfortunately, there's slight left and right wobble on alphanumeric keys, though this isn't noticeable when typing.

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
N/A
Wrist Rest No

This keyboard's ergonomics are mediocre. There's no palm rest, and there aren't any incline settings. It's a very small keyboard that may feel a bit cramped and takes a little while to get used to.

9.6
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Poor
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2's backlighting is outstanding. Each key is individually-lit, and the keyboard has full RGB and brightness settings, with a white inside frame to help reflect light. Unfortunately, the color mixing is poor as the white light has a pinkish hue.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 keyboard charges via a USB-C to USB-A cable. You can also use it while it's plugged in without needing a Bluetooth connection.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
4
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
Rechargeable

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 connects via Bluetooth and you can wirelessly pair it with up to four devices.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
No
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 has a poor amount of extra features. While all keys can be reprogrammed within its companion software, there are no media keys, Numpad, or arrow keys. However, you can set the Right Shift, Fn1, Context Menu, and Ctrl buttons to act as arrow keys when tapped by enabling the 'Tap' feature in the software. This keyboard also has an auto-sleep feature to help conserve battery, which is nice. For a compact mechanical keyboard with dedicated arrow keys, check out the AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard.

Design
In The Box

  • Obinslab Anne Pro 2
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • 1x Keycap puller
  • 8x Extra keycaps
  • 1x Extra enter keycap
  • 1x Extra shift keycap
  • 1x Extra escape keycap
  • Quick start guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Gateron Brown
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
48 gf
Actuation Force
39 gf
Pre-Travel
2.5 mm
Total Travel
4.0 mm

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 we tested has Gateron Brown switches, which feel light and give excellent tactile feedback, though the stabilized keys feel slightly mushy. This keyboard is also available with multiple varieties of Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

This keyboard's typing quality is excellent. While larger keys with stabilizers feel a bit mushy, all keys are very stable overall. Due to its compact size, the keyboard may take some getting used to and can cause muscle fatigue, especially during long typing sessions. If you're interested in a keyboard with dedicated arrow keys to navigate text easier, check out the Ducky MIYA Pro. If you'd prefer having the freedom of easily swapping out your switches, check out the Glorious GMMK instead.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is quiet with the Gateron Brown switches we tested. However, it may be louder with other switch types.

10
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
1.8 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
19.8 ms

This keyboard has superb wired latency that should provide a very responsive-feeling experience, even in competitive and reaction-based games. The Bluetooth latency is significantly higher, but the difference likely won't be noticeable for everyday use or casual gaming.

Software and Operating System
9.3
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name ObinsKit
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
Software and Onboard
Ease Of Use
Hard
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

Obinslab's ObinsKit software is excellent. It gives a plethora of customization options, allowing you to reprogram every key on the keyboard, as well as giving you full control of the RGB lighting. The software only recognizes the keyboard while using the cable, and it won't if you're using a Bluetooth connection.

8.5
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

Update 01/27/2020: Upon further testing, we were able to get the keyboard to work with Android, though we had some connectivity issues while connecting and had to pair/unpair several times. This review has been updated to reflect these changes.

This keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, but on macOS, the context menu button doesn't work. You can use this keyboard to type on iOS, iPadOS, and Android, but due to the lack of mobile software, not all customization features are available.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is available in white or black colors and a wide variety of switch types, including Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh. The unit we tested is the black color variant and has Gateron Brown switches. While other switch types will provide different typing experiences, we expect the rest of our tests to remain consistent.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is among the best compact keyboards we've tested. It's versatile enough for a variety of uses, feels very well-built, and the Gateron Brown switches on our unit provide excellent typing quality. It's also available with a wide variety of switches, including Cherry MX, Kailh, and other Gateron switches, and unlike the Ducky One 2 SF, it has companion software, making it easier to set macros. Also see our recommendations for the best keyboards for programming, the best gaming keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.

Keychron K6

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a better wireless keyboard than the Keychron K6 overall. The Obinslab has much better latency, giving you a faster gaming experience. All of its keys are macro-programmable, and the keyboard is compatible with the ObinsKit software for easy customization. You can also pair it with four devices over Bluetooth. That said, the Keychron has dedicated arrow keys, which the Obinslab lacks, and its ergonomics are a bit better, thanks to the two incline settings. However, you can only pair three devices over Bluetooth at a time.

Razer Huntsman Mini

For most uses, the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is better than the Razer Huntsman Mini. Both keyboards are very well-built, and they can be configured with different types of switches. The typing experience on both keyboards is excellent; however, the Gateron Brown switches on the Obinslab have a higher pre-travel distance than the Clicky Optical Switches on the Razer. The biggest difference between these two keyboards is that the Obinslab is a wireless Bluetooth keyboard with multi-device pairing capability, while the Razer is a wired-only keyboard.

Ducky One 2 Mini V2

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the Ducky One 2 Mini V2 are both compact 60% mechanical keyboards. If you want something that you can pair with multiple devices at once, the Obinslab is a better choice since it's wireless. It's also a better choice for gaming thanks to its exceptionally low latency when used over a wired connection, unlike the Ducky's latency which is significantly higher. The Obinslab also has a customization software to set macros and change the backlighting, although it can be hard to use. Both keyboards are available in a wide variety of Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches.

Keychron K2

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is better than the Keychron K2 for most uses. The Obinslab has macro-programmable keys, customization software, and its latency is significantly lower, making it a much better choice for gaming. However, the Keychron has media controls and offers incline settings, which the Obinslab lacks. Both keyboards are available in a wide variety of mechanical switches.

Keychron K3

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is better overall than the Keychron K3. The Obinslab has macro-programmable keys and dedicated software, and it offers a better typing experience. It also has multi-device pairing with up to four devices, while the Keychron can only connect with three at a time. On the other hand, the Keychron is bigger, and it has a function row and dedicated arrow keys, which some people may prefer.

HyperX Alloy Origins 60

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are both compact 60% mechanical gaming keyboards, but the Obinslab is better overall. If you prefer a wireless keyboard, the Obinslab is a good choice since it can pair with up to four devices at once over Bluetooth, including mobile devices. Also, the Obinslab has one of the lowest click latencies we've tested, and it's available in a variety of different switch types. However, if you prefer a wired option, the HyperX is still a fantastic choice, but it only comes with proprietary linear switches.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

Both the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the SteelSeries Apex Pro are excellent mechanical keyboards for gaming. The SteelSeries is a full-size keyboard that offers much better ergonomics thanks to its adjustable incline settings and detachable wrist rest. On the other hand, the Obinslab is a much smaller compact 60% keyboard with a slightly better typing experience due to its Gateron Brown switches, as opposed to the SteelSeries' OmniPoint switches.

Dierya x KEMOVE DK61 Pro

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the Dierya x KEMOVE DK61 Pro are both compact and wireless gaming keyboards. The Obinslab may be a better choice, especially for gaming, since its latency is much better than the Dierya whether over a wired connection or over Bluetooth. The tactile Gateron Brown switches on our Dierya unit have a slightly lower operating force than the same switches on our Obinslab unit, but the difference is very small and likely won't be noticeable. However, the pre-travel distance is much shorter on the Dierya, which should result in a more responsive feel. Both can be used wired or wirelessly and can pair with multiple devices simultaneously over Bluetooth, but the Obinslab can pair with up to four devices at once, while the Dierya can pair with up to three at once.

Ducky One 2 Mini V1

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the Ducky One 2 Mini V1 are both compact 60% mechanical keyboards. However, the Ducky is wired-only, while the Obinslab can be used wired or wirelessly through Bluetooth. The Obinslab is available with a variety of different switches, including Gateron and Cherry MX, while the Ducky is available with Cherry MX only. On the other hand, the Obinslab has software available, while the Ducky can only be customized by pressing keys on the keyboard itself. For gaming, the Obinslab has lower latency, but only if you use it over a wired connection.

Corsair K65 RGB MINI

The Corsair K65 RGB MINI and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are compact 60% form factor keyboards with similar features. The Corsair is a better gaming keyboard with exceptionally low click latency and Cherry MX Speed switches. The Obinslab is a more versatile all-around keyboard that you can connect wired or wirelessly via Bluetooth, and you can wirelessly pair with up to four devices. It's available with a range of Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches. Unfortunately, its alphanumeric keys aren't as stable, and its companion software isn't as user-friendly. Also, its RGB lighting has poor color mixing as the white displays a noticeable pinkish hue.

Keychron K4

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a much better keyboard than the Keychron K4. While they're both Bluetooth wireless keyboards with a multi-device pairing feature, the Obinslab can connect to four devices at the same time, whereas the Keychron can connect to three. The Obinslab has software support to customize the backlighting, and all keys are macro-programmable. The Keychron is available with Gateron or LK Optical switches, while the Obinslab is available with Cherry MX and Kailh switches.

Glorious GMMK PRO

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is an amazing prebuilt keyboard for gaming, whereas the Glorious GMMK PRO is a barebones keyboard suitable for various uses. The Obinslab is a 60% compact board with no dedicated function row or arrow keys, but you can use it wired and wirelessly. It has incredibly low latency when used wired, making it an ideal choice for gaming. It's available with a variety of Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches. On the other hand, the Glorious doesn't come with any switches or keycaps, so you can choose whichever ones you prefer. It has a programmable rotary knob, media hotkeys, and a Windows key lock.

Glorious GMMK

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the Glorious GMMK are very different keyboards. The Glorious is wired-only, while the Obinslab is wireless and has multi-device pairing. The Glorious has a hot-swap board that lets you change the switches without soldering, allowing for greater customization. That said, the Obinslab is available in various Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches. Although we reviewed the full-size variant of the Glorious, it's also available in a compact 60% or TKL size. If you plan on gaming, the Obinslab has significantly lower latency.

Ducky Mecha Mini V2

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is better than the Ducky Mecha Mini V2. While both keyboards are available in a wide variety of switches, the Obinslab can be used wirelessly, with multi-device pairing with up to four devices, and you can also use it with its cable. It has dedicated software, which makes customization much easier. On the other hand, the Ducky is better built and has better ergonomics as it has one incline setting.

Ducky MIYA Pro

The Ducky MIYA Pro and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are quite different. The Ducky is a wired 65% keyboard with dedicated navigation keys, while the Obinslab is a compact 60% keyboard that can be used wired or wirelessly. If you plan on gaming, the Obinslab is better because it has lower latency. The Obinslab is also a better choice if you need multi-device pairing for multitasking so that you can switch easily between the paired devices. Both keyboards are available in a variety of Cherry MX switches. Our Ducky unit has white backlighting only, but you can get a variant that has full RGB.

Drop ALT

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is better than the Drop ALT. The Obinslab is a wireless keyboard with multi-device pairing and has dedicated software. However, the Drop is better-built, it offers better ergonomics, and it has a USB passthrough.

Keychron K8

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is better than the Keychron K8 for most uses. Gaming-wise, the Obinslab has much lower latency, macro-programmable keys, and software for customization. On the other hand, the Keychron has better ergonomics because it provides two incline settings, and it has media hotkeys, which the Obinslab lacks. While both keyboards are available with various switch options, the Keychron has a hot-swappable variant that lets you change the switches without soldering.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are both wireless mechanical keyboards. The Obinslab is more compact since it doesn't have the dedicated navigation keys the Razer has. While the Obinslab doesn't have a USB receiver, it can pair with up to four devices over Bluetooth, which is one more than the Razer. Also, our Obinslab unit doesn't have the same quality control issue that our Razer has, so the typing experience and build quality feel much better. Both boards have incredibly low latency over a wired connection, but the Razer's Bluetooth latency is much lower.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are both excellent mechanical keyboards for gaming, but the Obinslab is a lot more versatile. The Obinslab is a more compact keyboard that connects wirelessly and can be paired with up to four devices at the same time. It also has significantly better typing quality. The Razer is a slightly larger wired-only 80% keyboard. It uses proprietary Linear Optical switches, which offer an extremely responsive gaming experience.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are mechanical gaming keyboards with significant differences. The SteelSeries is a wired TenKeyLess (80%) keyboard with a detachable wrist rest and adjustable incline settings. It also features companion software that is fully compatible with Windows and macOS. The unit we tested has tactile SteelSeries Brown switches, though it's also available with linear Red or clicky Blue switches. The Obinslab is a compact (60%) keyboard that can be used wired or wirelessly and has a much lower wired latency. Unfortunately, its companion software isn’t compatible with macOS, and the RGB backlighting has poor coloring mixing. The unit we tested has tactile Gateron Brown switches, but it’s also available with a wide variety of other switch types.

Keychron C1

The Keychron C1 and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are mechanical keyboards with significant differences. The Keychron is a decent TenKeyLess office keyboard that's hot-swappable and is available with Gateron Red, Blue, or Brown switches. On the other hand, The Obinslab is a compact (60%) keyboard well-suited to various roles but primarily designed for gaming use. It has much lower latency, and it's available with a wide range of Kailh, Gateron, or MX Cherry switches. It also has robust customization software, which the Keychron lacks.

Varmilo VA87M

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the Varmilo VA87M are very different. The Obinslab is a compact 60% wireless keyboard, while the Varmilo is a wired TKL. The Obinslab is better for gaming because it has lower latency. Also, it has macro-programmable keys and software for customization.

Vortex Race 3

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the Vortex Race 3 are quite different. The Vortex is a wired-only 75% keyboard, while the Obinslab is a compact 60% and can be used wired or wirelessly. The Obinslab's wireless connectivity makes it more versatile because it can be used with more types of devices. Also, it has a multi-pairing feature that lets you pair up to four devices simultaneously. The Obinslab is much better for gaming due to its lower latency and software support. Our Vortex unit doesn't have backlighting, but you can a variant that does. Both keyboards provide an excellent typing experience and are available in various switch options.

Keychron C2

The Keychron C2 and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are mechanical keyboards designed for different uses. The Keychron is a decent entry-level, wired-only office keyboard with full backlighting available with Gateron Red, Blue, and Brown switches, as well as a hot-swappable version. The Obinslab is a wireless, compact 60% keyboard that's well suited to several roles, but it's primarily designed for gaming. It comes in a range of Gateron, MX Cherry, or Kailh switches, and unlike the Keychron, it has companion software for customization.

AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a superior keyboard than the AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard. It's available in a wider variety of switches, is better built, has full RGB lighting, and has customization options inside its software. The Obinslab can also be used wirelessly via Bluetooth and offers a better overall typing experience. On the other hand, people who have a need for dedicated navigation arrows might prefer the TKL layout of the AUKEY mechanical keyboard.

Drop SHIFT

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a better gaming keyboard than the Drop SHIFT, and it's also more versatile overall. The Obinslab is a compact 60% keyboard that can be used wired or wirelessly. It's available in an even wider variety of switches than the Drop keyboard, and the Gateron Brown switches on our unit provide a better typing experience overall. It also has better latency, and it comes with the ObinsKit software for easy customization. On the other hand, the Drop is somewhat bigger and has all the same keys as a full-sized model. So it could be a better choice if you prefer having dedicated arrow keys or a Numpad.

+ Show more

Discussions