At first glance it’d be easy to mistake the Ficihip multifunction mechanical keyboard for a full-fledged PC (or cyberdeck). But it’s really more of an all-in-one PC accessory featuring a mechanical keyboard and a built-in touchscreen display. Hook it up to a computer and you get extra screen space and support for keyboard and touch input.
The Ficihip multifunction keyboard has a retail price of $389. It’s currently on sale for $30 off when you clip an on-page coupon, but that’s still a hefty markup over the $210 promotional price during last year’s crowdfunding campaign.
Ficihip equips the device with a 12.6 inch, 1920 x 515 pixel ultra-wide display with a 60 Hz refresh rate and support for 10-point multitouch input (or single-point touch when used with macOS hardware).
It features a 71-key mechanical keyboard with RGB backlit keys, user-replaceable key caps, and backlighting with support for adjustable color and brightness.
It looks like the switches are also user replaceable, with the keyboard using K2 Gateron switches and supporting blue, brown, and red key switches… but it’s unclear from the Amazon product page which style comes pre-installed.
You can connect the keyboard/display to a computer, smartphone or tablet using a USB-C cable. There’s also a USB-C to HDMI adapter for use with systems that have HDMI output but don’t support video out over USB-C.
The keyboard also has two additional USB 2.0 Type-A ports that allow you to use it as a hub for connecting a wired mouse, storage devices, or other accessories (as long as high-speed data transfers aren’t a priority).
The whole thing weighs about 3 pounds and measures about 13.2″ x 9.2″ x 1.2″. There’s also a kickstand at the back that gives you the option of tilting the keyboard so the back is a bit higher than the front (which may make typing more comfortable and the display more easily visible).
If you’re looking for something a little slimmer with more physical keys, and don’t mind foregoing the mechanical keys, there’s also a 91-key model featuring laptop-style keys. The Ficihip K1 Multunction Keyboard has a retail price of $359, but it’s also available for $30 off when you clip an on-page coupon.
This model has the same 12.6 inch display, but features a slightly more compact design, weighing about 2.3 pounds and measuring about 14.1″ x 9.2″ x 1″.
Update: Commenter ishotjr picked one up from Kickstarter and reports that the keyboard largely delivers on its promise… but for the most part backers didn’t seem to be able to choose which key switches they received and Ficihip hasn’t been particularly responsive to support requests.