Satechi Slim X1 Bluetooth Keyboard review [Video]

I’ve been using the Satechi Slim X1 Bluetooth keyboard full-time for the last three weeks, and it’s proved to be a solid companion for both my Macs and iPads. Should you consider purchasing it? Watch our hands-on Satechi Slim X1 review for the details, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video reviews.

Specifications

  • Aluminum build
  • Spay gray color with black keys
  • Apple-centric shortcut keys
  • Connect up to three Bluetooth devices
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Backlit keys with 10 levels of brightness
  • Key travel distance of 1.2+_0.2mm
  • USB-C port for charging and hard-wired connectivity
  • Included USB-C charging cable
  • Included riser feet
  • Price $69.99

Video: Satechi Slim X1 Bluetooth Keyboard review


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Similar, but different

As someone who normally uses the Keychron K2 mechanical keyboard for day-to-day typing tasks, the Satechi Slim X1, with its scissor-switch low-profile keys, is a big departure from what I’m normally used to. However, because the Slim X1 feels similar to Apple’s Magic Keyboard, it didn’t take long before typing on it felt natural.

That being said, the Satechi Slim X1 is not a 1:1 Magic Keyboard clone. For example, the function keys at the top of the unit are smaller to accommodate slightly larger primary keys than you’ll find on the Magic Keyboard. The Slim X1 is also a hair wider than the Magic Keyboard, with slightly larger bezels.

Although I like the look of the space gray anodized aluminum paired with the black keycaps, I quickly remembered how much black keys show fingerprints, grease, and dust. Using the Slim X1 made me appreciate the relatively low maintenance white keycaps found on Apple’s Magic Keyboard.