We see several mechanical keyboards hit the scene every so often that force us to pause, look down at what we’re using to type, and have no choice but to be intrigued. And while there are several great models already available for purchase, even some of the market’s more advanced options couldn’t hold a candle to Electronic Materials Office’s first-ever gadget: the Altar 1.
The U.K.-bred manufacturer’s wireless device is constructed using sturdy 6061 aluminum and consumer-waste-derived polymers, the former of which assembles its streamlined body and the latter making up the traditional array of keycaps and rotary encoder. Moreover, its Kailh low-profile mechanical switches are tactile, mechanical, and remarkably slim, working together with the keyboard’s overall design to make it a comfortable option for your workspace without taking up too much real estate. That said, it weighs in at a mere 22 ounces and measures just under 0.6″ tall — you couldn’t ask for something any more streamlined than that.
Tech-wise, it can be connected using a pair of Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy channels or USB-C for those who prefer the wired experience. However, the former allows users to take advantage of seamlessly swapping between devices, be it your desktop or tablet, in case you grow weary of using a touch screen for every single gadget. Additionally, it’s equipped with a long-lasting 500mAh lithium polymer battery and is compatible with any OS as new as macOS 12 or Windows 10, respectively. As far as the brand goes, Electronic Materials Office touts itself as “a future-oriented consumer hardware corporation,” proving there’s some sort of significant demand in this department, especially when accounting for companies like Nothing, the fellow U.K. tech boutique that’s grown ubiquitous with its novel devices and experimental marketing tactics.
While the brand has not mentioned any pricing or release details, get a better look at the Altar 1 on its website.