So recently I’ve felt myself venturing more and more into the custom gaming peripheral market, and I’ve so far checked out some really interesting gaming mice. But now it’s time for the keyboards. Now please bear with me, as this is my first time really talking about something like this and “custom keyboards” where a user would buy separate boards, keys, dampening foam, switches and all that has never really been something I’ve been too interested in. But the custom keyboard market has grown exponentially of late, and these new weird and wonderful brands like EPOMAKER have seen a gap in the market, and have started mass producing these types of keyboards which has also meant that the prices have been slashed, and to be honest with you, I’m all for it! EPOMAKER sent me their AULA F75 keyboard to take a look at, and I’m so happy they did.#

This keyboard feels so good when typing on it, as yes, a lot of my work, especially on YouTube is writing scripts for videos like this one. So the EPOMAKER x AULA F75 is a 75% sized keyboard, which basically means there’s no number pad on the right, and the frame is rather small too. It’s a nice compact size that looks neat on the desk, and being wireless by design, it looks super tidy. There is an included 2.4GHz dongle and it does come with a charging cable too for the 4,000mAh battery. I would have liked this battery life to have been a little bigger as I find myself reaching for the cable a little too often for my liking, but it’s certainly not the worst I’ve encountered. You can also use Bluetooth with the keyboard too, and this is toggled using a switch on the rear of the keyboard which you can flick left and right depending on the connection you want.

The AULA F75 comes in several colour schemes, and the one I have here is called Light Blue. You might be scratching your head because most of this keyboard is white, but you can see a few light blue and black keys dotted about the place. The keycaps are made from double-shot PBT and feel smooth although not smooth enough to slip when hovering above my WASD keys and stretching to my right-Ctrl or Left-Shift when gaming. The overall colour though is white, and the different colour schemes also mean different switches. My switches on the Light Blue version are Leobog Reaper pre-lubricated Switches, though you can also choose TTC Crescent Switches, Leobog Ice Vein Switches or Leobog Greywood V3 Switches again depending on the Light Blue, Black, Green or Sea Salt Blue colour schemes. Check the link down below to go to the EPOMAKER website to see the different options. The board is a 1.2mm single-key slotted PCB which aids with the accuracy of each keystroke and also the registry when touch typing. I’ve been using this keyboard admittedly for about two and a half to three weeks now, and it hasn’t missed a beat. It’s been solid. There is very minimal flex too to the frame, despite it being made primarily from plastic, even in the highest-angled typing position, it never felt cheap, or like it was going to break or snap on me even when slamming through keys during gaming sessions.

The AULA F75 has a gasket structure which aids in giving users a comfortable typing experience, and yes as said before this is a strong point for the keyboard, especially paired with these Leobog Reaper switches. There are also five layers of padding to absorb any kind of shock when using the keyboard. Two of these layers are Poron foam, there’s an IXPE switch pad, PED sound enhancement pad and a silicone pad at the very bottom. This is really what gives this keyboard that thocky sound when typing.

I wanted to also quickly point out the two different modes this keyboard as, controlled by the knob that can be found on the top right-hand side of the AULA F75. By default for me anyway, this keyboard was in Office mode. This gives the keyboard an overall white light shining from the board, and the knob acts as a vol ume knob which can be quite useful. Hold the knob down for three seconds though and it switches to Gaming Mode, where you get RGB effects. In this mode, the knob stops controlling the volume and instead controls the brightness of the keyboard as well as the ability to cycle through different lighting effects. You can also use the FN + F11 and F12 keys to achieve the same thing, though what I did with mine here is set the keyboard RGB in Gaming Mode, and switched it back to Office mode so I could still have the volume control on the knob and a nice rainbow RGB effect on the keyboard itself.

In terms of customisation, the switches are hot-swappable making switching out your switches fairly easy. However, this is really about as far as customisation options go, well outside of keycaps of course. I couldn’t find any real way to open up the keyboard. It’s housed in a solid chunk of plastic, and will probably require quite a large amount of brute force and maybe possibly breaking the housing to get into it. Not something I personally am prepared to do at this stage, purely because I love this thing as it is. I don’t feel the need to customise it further, and also I don’t really think that this is the point of this keyboard either. It’s not very expensive, coming in at $69 dollars on the EPOMAKER website as well as places like AliExpress. If you wanted to customise a keyboard, I’d recommend starting from scratch to get what you want in terms of feel and sound profile. But if you’re looking to venture into the more custom keyboard type market, without all the hassle of starting from scratch, then the EPOMAKER x AULA F75 mechanical gaming keyboard is great place to start.