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Obinslab Anne Pro 2 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 09:11 am
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8.3
Mixed usage
9.0
Gaming
9.1
Mobile/Tablet
7.4
Office
8.6
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Compact (60%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a remarkable gaming keyboard. This 60% compact keyboard feels very well-built and looks sleek in most computer setups. Every key on it can be fully programmed, and it has fully customizable RGB lighting behind each key. While this keyboard is available with a wide variety of switch options, our unit uses Gateron Brown switches, which give a good amount of feedback and travel without being too loud, and give the keyboard an overall excellent typing experience. Unfortunately, the small size can cause fatigue after long typing sessions, and the lack of arrow keys may bother some.

Note: Though our unit uses Gateron Brown switches, this keyboard is also available with multiple varieties of Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches. While we haven't tested with other switch types, we expect most results to remain similar, except for the typing experience.

Our Verdict

8.3 Mixed usage

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a great keyboard for mixed usage. While it's designed for gaming, its ability to reprogram every key with macros and good compatibility makes it great for programming as well. Its great typing quality makes it a decent choice for using in the office as well, though unfortunately its small keys, lack of arrow buttons, and no incline settings means its ergonomics are only adequate. While it's a small keyboard, it also may not be the best for mobile use as it's quite thick and heavy and doesn't work at all on Android.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Superb typing experience.
  • Great customization options.
  • Wide variety of switch types available.
Cons
  • Small size may feel cramped to some; no arrow keys.
  • Minimal extra features.
9.0 Gaming

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is an excellent gaming keyboard. It offers outstanding customizability of its RGB lighting as well as the ability to reprogram every key to macros. It feels very well made and its actuation force and pre-travel are excellent. Unfortunately, its ergonomics are unremarkable due to its lack of incline settings, palm rest, and smaller-than-average key size, though this may not be too bothersome to everyone.

9.1 Mobile/Tablet

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a great keyboard for mobile or tablet use. It can connect to any device via Bluetooth, though unfortunately, it doesn't work with Android. While it's a small keyboard, it's fairly thick and it won't be the most portable option. On the upside, it can pair to four devices at once, which is excellent, and recharges via USB-C.

7.4 Office

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a decent keyboard for office use. While it's available in a wide range of switches to offer you the best possible typing experience, its middling ergonomics may bother some people during long typing sessions. It's a rather tall keyboard with no palm rest, incline settings, and has smaller-than-average keys. On the upside, every key is fully programmable, so you can set shortcuts and macros to help you navigate your desktop or work software.

8.6 Programming

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is an excellent keyboard for programming. It's available in an extremely wide range of switch options depending on your personal preference, and the Gateron Brown switches we tested offer a great typing experience. It works with most operating systems, and every button can be programmed to macros, which is great. Unfortunately, its ergonomics are rather middling due to its lack of incline settings or palmrest, and its slightly small keys.

  • 8.3 Mixed usage
  • 9.0 Gaming
  • 9.1 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.4 Office
  • 8.6 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.7" (4.2 cm)
Width 11.5" (29.2 cm)
Depth 4.0" (10.2 cm)
Weight 1.4 lbs (0.6 kg)

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

8.5
Design
Build Quality

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

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
0
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics of the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are mediocre. There's no palm rest and the incline settings of this keyboard can't be adjusted. It's a very small keyboard that may feel a bit cramped, and takes a little while to get used to. There are also no arrow keys, and you have to use a combination of the FN key and the W, A, S, or D keys to use arrows. You can also enable the 'tap' feature within the software to use the Right Shift, FN, Context Menu, and CTRL key as your arrows.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2's backlighting is outstanding. Each key is individually backlit, and the keyboard has full RGB and brightness settings, with a white inside frame to help reflect light. Unfortunately, the backlighting still isn't bright enough for well-lit rooms, like an office, though you likely won't need the backlighting in these situations.

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

This wireless keyboard charges via a USB-C cable. It can also be used while plugged in, without needing a Bluetooth connection.

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

This keyboard has remarkable wireless versatility. It connects via Bluetooth as opposed to a proprietary receiver, meaning you don't need a USB dongle if you have a Bluetooth-enabled PC. It can also be paired to four devices to quickly switch between them, making it easy to reply to a text on your phone with your keyboard when you're doing work at your computer.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
No
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No

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 autosleep feature to help conserve battery, which is nice. However, it does lack dedicated arrow keys, which might be a deal-breaker for some. For a compact mechanical keyboard with them, check out the AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard.

Design
In The Box

  • Obinslab Anne Pro 2
  • USB-C cable
  • 1x Keycap puller
  • 8x Extra keycaps (1x1.5)
  • 1x Extra enter keycap (1x2.25)
  • 1x Extra shift keycap (1x2.75)
  • 1x Extra escape keycap (1x1)
  • Quick Start guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Gateron Brown
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
38.7 gf
Pre-Travel
2.41 mm
Total Travel
4.01 mm

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is available in many different versions with many different kinds of key switches. Our unit uses Gateron Brown switches, which give excellent tactile feedback that's a bit smoother and mushier-feeling than other Brown switches. They have a fair amount of pre-travel, and the overall travel is quite a lot. This means that it should be harder to make typos, as you have to press the key fairly far before it actuates.

Note: While our unit uses Gateron Brown switches, this keyboard is also available with multiple varieties of Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches. Different switch types will result in different typing experiences.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

This keyboard's typing quality is excellent. While the keys feel a bit mushy, they're very stable. Due to its compact size, the keyboard does take a little bit to get used to and may cause some muscle fatigue during longer typing sessions. However, if you need 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 we tested is a fairly quiet mechanical keyboard. While it's louder than a low profile, scissor-switch keyboard, it won't be nearly as loud as a keyboard with MX Blue switches, like the Corsair K68 RGB, or if you get the Anne Pro 2 that uses Cherry MX or Gateron Blue switches.

Software and Operating System
9.1
Software and Operating System
Software
Software ObinsKit
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
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 a wide variety of switch types, from Cherry MX to Gateron and Kailh. The unit we tested uses Gateron Brown switches, and other variants will result in a different typing experience. The keyboard is also available in white or black.

Compared to other keyboards

Ducky One 2 Mini
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the Ducky One 2 Mini are both great mechanical keyboards. While the Anne Pro 2 can be used wired or wirelessly, the Ducky One 2 Mini is wired-only. Both keyboards are compact 60% keyboards that feel very well-built. While both provide an excellent typing experience, the Cherry MX Brown keys on our One 2 Mini was more enjoyable to use than the Gatreon Browns on the Anne Pro 2. On the other hand, the Anne Pro 2 has software available, while the Ducky can only be customized by pressing keys on the keyboard itself.

Keychron K4
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 Gateron Brown switches on our Obinslab provide a better typing experience than the LK Optical Brown switches on the Keychron; however, it lacks incline settings, which the Keychron has.

Razer Huntsman Mini
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 actuation point 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.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are both excellent mechanical keyboards for gaming. The Razer is a slightly larger wired 80% keyboard, while the Anne Pro 2 is a more compact wireless 60%. The typing experience of the Anne Pro 2 is significantly better thanks to their Gatreon Brown switches, while the Razer uses their own Linear Optical switches.

Glorious GMMK
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the Glorious GMMK are two great keyboards, but the Glorious is a bit more versatile if you like to try out different switches. Even if we reviewed the full-size variant of the Glorious, it's also available in a similar layout to the Obinslab. It feels a bit better-built, but it can't be used wirelessly like the Obinslab. If you want a keyboard to bring on the go and use via Bluetooth, the Obinslab is a better option, but if you want to change your switches depending on your needs, go for the Glorious.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are both excellent mechanic keyboards for gaming. The Apex 7 TKL is a larger 80% keyboard, while the Anne Pro 2 is a compact 60%. The ergonomics of the Apex 7 TKL are a lot better thanks to its detachable wrist rest and adjustable incline settings, both of which the Anne Pro 2 doesn't have. On the other hand, the Anne Pro 2 can be used wired or wirelessly, while the Apex 7 TKL is wired-only. While both keyboards offer a great typing experience, the Gatreon Browns on the Anne Pro 2 are slightly more enjoyable than the SteelSeries Brown on the Apex 7 TKL.

SteelSeries Apex Pro
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

Both the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the SteelSeries Apex Pro are excellent mechanical keyboards for gaming. The Apex Pro 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 Anne Pro 2 is a much smaller 60% compact keyboard with a slightly better typing experience due to its Gatreon Brown switches, as opposed to the Apex Pro's OmniPoint switches.

Ducky Mecha Mini
Unavailable
Amazon.com

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is better than the Ducky Mecha Mini. While both keyboards are available in a wide variety of switches, the Anne Pro 2 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 Mecha Mini is better built and has better ergonomics as it has one incline setting. 

Ducky MIYA Pro
Unavailable
Amazon.com

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a better keyboard than the Ducky MIYA Pro. On top of being able to be used wired like the Ducky, the Obinslab is also Bluetooth compatible with up to four different devices. It also supports full RGB lighting and has a nice software interface which makes customization easy. On the other hand, the Obinslab doesn't have dedicated arrow keys.

Vortex Race 3
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a more versatile keyboard than the Vortex Race 3 thanks to its wireless Bluetooth connection. They're about the same size even though the Race 3 has a bit more keys, like navigation arrows. The Anne Pro 2 also has full RGB lighting and software to help you control it easily. You can also easily set macros inside it. On the other hand, the Race 3 is slightly better-built as its frame is entirely made out of metal.

AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 Anne Pro 2 can also be used wirelessly via Bluetooth and it 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.

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