The Womier K66 features a gorgeous acrylic case with a frosted finish
The Womier K66 features a 66 key layout, so it’s very similar to a 60% board, but you get nice dedicated arrow keys and an Insert and Delete button. The keyboard comes with Gateron switches, and you can choose between black, red, blue and brown. The first thing that strikes you about the K66 is the colourful chassis. It has an acrylic case that is frosted on the surface. Not only do we have LEDs under the keys, but the K66 features LEDs all around the rim of the keyboard. The colours look absolutely stunning and very smooth thanks to the glazed finish. The acrylic case also gives the keyboard a vibrant underglow effect, and then we have laser-etched shine-through ABS keycaps. Everything combines for a beautiful visual effect. This is an off-the shelf keyboard with the wow-factor of a custom build.
The case has a sandwich design, with three acrylic layers that are held together by screws. The switches are mounted on the top layer, so no steel mounting plate. There is a USB-C port on the back right of the case, and the cable is detachable which is always nice. Good to see a slightly longer cable of 1.8m, as these smaller boards usually come with 1.5m cables. On the bottom there are four rubber feet, which gives the keyboard a slight incline. The acrylic case doesn’t bend much but is quite squeaky. This is to be expected with the keyboard’s unique design, and the squeakiness can be reduced by reassembling the board. During general use it didn’t feel cheap or flimsy at all, and that’s the most important thing. Take note that the Womier K66 is not hot swappable, but there are other versions online with hot swap functionality.
I liked the soft and gentle bottoming out sound on the acrylic case, although the space bar was a bit noisy. The K66 offers a very good typing experience. We have the Gateron Red switches here, and I really like the smoothness of these linear Gaterons. The bottom out feels forgiving on the fingers, and there is no shock effect. The stabilisers are factory lubed. I did detect some slight rattle on the Space Bar and left Shift, but overall the bigger keys feel good. The K66 has an OEM profile, and there is no adjustable stand so it sits fairly flat on the desk. Personally I do like some tilt, but I quickly got used to the flatter feel. The keycaps are laser-etched ABS and have a nice smooth top finish. For faster typing, I was averaging between 120 and 130 on the Aesop typing test, so the board is good for fast typing. Gaming felt awesome, and these Gateron reds are just super spammable. Really enjoyed using this keyboard for CSGO and Fortnite.
Now let’s get to the fun part, the RGB. So the keycaps and case RGB can be set separately. Fn + Left Ctrl allows you to switch between 4 case lighting modes (wave, cycle, breathing, static). Fn + Right Ctrl will give you access to 18 RGB schemes for the keycaps. You can also switch the keycap and case LEDs off separately by cycling through their RGB modes. You can change to a single colour by pressing Fn with Space Bar. After doing this, just press one of the keycaps, and the colour will change to that specific keycap, or you can just press space bar again to get the full RGB spectrum. There are also three levels of brightness that can be adjusted with Fn + Insert and Delete. These brightness levels will apply to all the LEDs. You can really go nuts here, matching different case lighting modes with different keycap schemes. The colours are absolutely stunning, very rich and vibrant. The frosted case ensures that the light is diffused evenly. I also really like the keycaps on the K66. They have a soft cream colour, and the legends have a thin font, somehow giving the keyboard an elegant look amid all the eyecandy.
As far as the layout goes, pretty standard stuff here. The F1-12 keys are on the Fn layer, as well as Pg Up and Pg Down, then of course you have the dedicated Insert and Delete key. It’s not the complete nav cluster though, with Home and End missing. Also no access to keys like Pause and Prt Scr. Would’ve been nice to see all these keys on the Fn layer, but you can easily find some workarounds with software. Also good to see volume control, which can be accessed with Fn plus Left and Right arrow. The K66 is meant to be plug and play, and there is no accompanying software for the keyboard. Personally I use my home keyboard for gaming and productivity, so these dedicated arrow keys are extremely convenient. To achieve this on a 60% board you usally have to sacrifice some of the keys. So what happens when the frosted acrylic case meets the HyperX White Pudding keycaps? The end result is RGB heaven. Just note that the K66 has a 1 unit Fn and Windows button and a 2 unit right Shift, so if you’re looking to pop on a custom set, make sure these keys are included as extras.
The Womier K66 is a keyboard that’s pushing the market into uncharted waters. What we’re getting here is an affordable, off-the shelf keyboard that looks like a custom build. You’d pay more than double the price if you were to purchase all the parts separately. There are some minor flaws, such as the incomplete Fn layer and lack of software, but at around $50 this board is definitely worth it.