Majestouch Convertible 2
A pricey but flexible mechanical keyboard, capable of swapping between wired and wireless modes
FILCO IS ONE of the more storied keyboard brands. Owned by the Japanese Diatec Corporation, Filco ticked along for several years (producing, alongside the usual fare, the SMK-8851 – a full tenkey board in the shape of a dinosaur), but it wasn’t until the launch of the Majestouch mechanical series that it really started to take off. A decade later, Majestouch and more recent Majestouch-2 keyboards are viable options for Western consumers, localised layouts and all.
The Convertible 2 is one of the more recent additions to the range. It looks like a fairly unremarkable full-size keyboard, but by detaching the USB cable and adding two AA batteries (handily included in the box), it can switch freely between wired and wireless operation via Bluetooth.
Wireless mechanical keyboards are much rarer than their cabled counterparts, for various reasons; their heavy weight makes them unsuited to portability, and many of those who prefer the higher performance of
mechanical switches might not care for the latency of a Bluetooth connection.
Still, if you’re only typing, rather than gaming, we can see the appeal; when it’s on battery power, the Convertible 2 looks even neater and tidier than usual, and there’s a much greater flexibility to which devices you can use with it. Not keen on your 2-in-1’s cramped, flat keyboard? Swap it out for the Convertible 2, even if there’s no full-size USB port. We even got it working with an Android smartphone, though this is very much a desktop keyboard rather than a mobile one.
A rechargeable battery would have cut down on future costs, but standard AA cells have their perks. Battery life is rated at six months with five hours’ use per day; if this becomes your main work keyboard, that expectancy will drop quite a bit, but you’re still looking at months without interruption.
We tested the Convertible 2 with Cherry MX Brown switches, though clickier MX Blues are available too. We prefer the former anyway – the tactile bump response makes every keypress feel firm and decisive, and while there is some auditory feedback as well, it’s not loud enough to be distracting. Subjectively, using the Bluetooth connection makes typing feel a tiny bit less crisp and responsive than with the USB cable, but it’s still more than good enough for cranking out Word documents.
Generally, this is a very prim and proper keyboard, so there are no fancy additions such as backlighting or textured keycaps, but you do get media controls integrated with the Function keys, and there’s a Bluetooth on/off switch so you don’t waste battery power when it’s not in use.
The only real issues are the Caps Lock indicator light being disabled in Bluetooth mode (which is unfortunate, but not ruinous) and the price, which is very much on the high side. If you don’t care about cables, we’d recommend spending less, but considering how rare it is to find a quality wireless mechanical keyboard, paying the premium does make a certain kind of sense.