NuPhy Air 60 Review. The definitive space-saving keyboard that works on top of your laptop computer!


Mechanical keyboards are increasingly being talked about these days.

Until recently, mechanical keyboards were often thought of as a product for gamers, but recently they have become very popular, with major keyboard brands such as Logitech entering the mechanical keyboard market.

Among these hot mechanical keyboards, the “low-profile mechanical keyboard” is the hottest genre.

The thin, lightweight, firm key feel characteristic of mechanical keyboards, and the fact that they can be carried around, have made them a hot topic of conversation.

Among such low-profile mechanical keyboards, we recommend the NuPhy Air 60.

This article will introduce the author’s favorite, Air60.

The successor model was launched on October 17, 2023.

NuPhy Air60
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  • キーボードブリッジなしでラップトップパソコンのキーボードの上において利用可能
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Other Air Series ( low-profile mechanical keyboards)

Halo Series ( normal profile mechanical keyboard)

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Representative of GreenEchoes Studio

Ryosuke Kawamura

He launched his own media as a site operator and web writer, and now plans and manages multiple corporate media. He often types heavily in his work, and in his search for greater efficiency, he became addicted to the keyboard swamp and established “GreenKeys”.


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NuPhy Air60 is recommended for

Nuphy Air60 on MacBook Pro M1Pro
Sonji Style (MacBook Pro M1Pro)
  • Looking for an ultra compact keyboard?
  • Those who can find no problem without function keys.
  • Looking for the definitive version of the nobleman’s style?
  • Looking for a keyboard that is portable, lightweight, and stylish?

In conclusion, the Air60 is by no means a keyboard for everyone.

The critical reason for this is the lack of function keys.

A normal keyboard consists of six lines, but this model omits the top line in exchange for compactness, which means that the top line is typed with a combination of FN keys.

Frankly speaking, as for function keys, many people only have occasion to use “F7 (katakana conversion),” so they are not so much of a problem even if they are not actually present.

However, there will be some switching costs, as you will need to learn combination typing to replace function keys.

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Advantages of NuPhy Air60

NuPhy Air 60

Let me tell you about the benefits I have experienced with Air60.

NuPhy Air60のメリット
  • Looks super stylish and cute.
  • Venerable style available without keyboard bridge.
  • Ultra-compact design for a clear desk
  • Convenient to carry
  • List of Other Benefits

Looks super stylish and cute.

I don’t know if it’s possible to get through to you by saying “jackets,” but the Air60 is already super nice looking.

You won’t find a tiny, colorful board with a look that makes you excited to hold it anywhere in Japan.

That is how impactful the appearance of the unit is, which is its number one advantage.

I think that most people are attracted to this product by its appearance rather than by how easy it is to use.

Replacement keycaps are also being released, and there are other limited edition keycaps available, so you will be able to change your keycap every year. (New keycaps are released every year.)

Venerable style available without the need for a keyboard bridge.

One of the advantages of Air60 is the ability to practice the tutelary style without a keyboard bridge.

In this way, the firm keystroke feel characteristic of mechanical keyboards can be implemented on the go, greatly increasing work efficiency.


Have you ever heard of the “noble style”?

The name comes from the famous programmer Richard Stallman, who is revered as the “Venerable Master,” who typed with the HHKB on top of his Macbook.

Perhaps the name is only used in Japan.

Normally, to place a keyboard on top of the keyboard of a Macbook or other laptop computer, a part called a ” keyboard bridge” must be provided to prevent interference with the existing keyboard.

The Air60, on the other hand, has special rubber feet called AIRFEET, which are designed to fit perfectly into the space between the keys.

Moreover, it is surprising that it is compatible with Windows machines as well as Macbooks.


Supported Notebook PCs

  • Apple|MacBook (2015-2019), MacBook Air (Early 2015-2020), MacBook Pro (Late 2012-2020), M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pro
  • Surface Laptop 1/2/3, Surface Pro 4/5/6/7, Surface Book 1/2
  • Thinkpad|X1, X390, E490, L490/590, E495/595, T470/480s, 13/14s
  • Lenovo|IdeaPad 720/730, Y9000K, Y7000/P, S145, S940
  • HP|Spectre Folio, Spectre X360, Envy X360, Zbook 15
  • Dell|XPS 13.3″/15.6″
  • Razor|Blade 15/17
  • Alienware|New Alienware M15/M17
Nuphy Air60 on MacBook Pro M1Pro
Sonji Style (MacBook Pro M1Pro)

Ultra-compact design for a clear desk

Nuphy Air60 Front View

The Air60 is much more compact than the original Mac Magic Keyboard.

For those who have a small desk or want a clear look, the small size of the unit is a great advantage.

While it is not as thin as its competitors, it is one line smaller in vertical width, which will make your desk area look much cleaner.

Comparison of weight between Air75 and Air60|Air60 is lighter and easier to carry

The Air60 weighs less than 500g and has the advantage of being easy to carry.

Compared to the Air75 with function keys, it is more than 100 g lighter.

Hot-swappable and replaceable keyswitches

Nuphy Air60 BOX

One of the best things about Air60 is the advantage of interchangeable keyswitches.

A mechanical keyboard is a form of input with physical switches.

Air60 is “hot-swappable,” meaning that the switches are not soldered directly to the substrate and can be replaced.

The red-axis keyboard has a “scuzzy” feel with no resistance, while the blue-axis keyboard has a “clicky” sound and click feeling that is typical of mechanical keyboards.

The brown shaft has a clicking sensation, but not as loud as the blue shaft.

Since NuPhy can be purchased at the same time as the main unit, it would be possible to use blue-axis keys only for keys with frequent typos.

Gateron Low-profile Switches 1.0

Total Travel2.5±0.5mm2.5±0.5mm2.5±0.5mm

sound sample

Gateron Low Profile Red
Gateron Low Profile Blue
Gateron Low Profile Brown

Other Features

  • Key layout can be customized using NuPhy Console
  • Compatible with both Windows /Mac operating systems. Of course, also available for iPad/iPhone.
  • Sidelights and RGB backlight for a spectacular effect
  • Keycaps from other low-profile mechanical keyboards such as Keychron can be used, but the space bar cannot be replaced due to the slightly different positioning of the space bar keycaps.
  • Numerous genuine replacement keycaps available
  • Replacement key switches also available for purchase
  • The dedicated carrying case ( NuFolio V2) doubles as a simple stand.
NuFolio V2 scaled
NuFolio V2
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Disadvantages of NuPhy Air60

As explained in the introduction, the Air60 is not a keyboard for everyone.

The detailed reason for this is its detailed reason equal disadvantage.

NuPhy Air60のデメリット
  • No function keys, so combination typing is required
  • Not yet certified for technical compliance, so can only be used in Japan with a wired connection.
  • To purchase inexpensively, you need to use an international mail order service.

No function keys, so combination typing is required

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of the Air60 is the lack of function keys.

While a typical keyboard should have “6 rows” horizontally, the Air60 has only “5 rows” horizontally.

Therefore, “Katakana conversion = F7”, which will always be used for Japanese input, must be pressed in combination with Fn and must be pressed in combination with Fn.

or the similar shortcut key “ control + (Mac) or “Ctrl K (Mac)” or “ Ctrl + (Mac) or I (Windows)”, a combination that you are not accustomed to typing.

Especially for those who have mastered the blind touch, it will be a difficult task to correct the habit of “Kana conversion = F7” because it is hard to break the habit of typing.

This is the number one hurdle to introducing Air60.

Products purchased from official overseas websites can only be used in Japan with a wired connection because they have not yet acquired technical qualification.

Nuphy Air60 on MacBook Pro M1Pro USB Connect

Previously, no authorized domestic distributor handled Air60, but recently “Sanyo Godo Kaisha” has started domestic sales of products that have acquired technical certification.

Therefore, wireless connection is possible without any problem if purchased from an authorized distributor.

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Note, however, that it is more expensive than the official site (about 13,000 yen at 130 yen to the dollar on the official site).

If you use our coupon code, the price is calculated to be lower after taking into account the shipping cost from overseas.

If you want to use the product in the tutoring style, you will be able to use it stylishly without any problem by using the included cable or the short cable as shown below.

However, those using a desktop computer will definitely need to prepare a USB Type-C cable.

A curled cable would provide a fashionable look.

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To purchase inexpensively, you need to use an international mail order service.

To purchase Air60 inexpensively, you need to buy it directly from NuPhy in Shenzhen, China.

The NuPhy website itself is all in English, and nowadays most parts of the website are translated into Japanese by the browser’s translation function, so you can purchase the product without any particular difficulty.

For more information on how to purchase, please click here.

Instruction Manual (Manual) for NuPhy Air60

As for the Air60 manual, it is not distributed on the official website.

I have placed a written version of the manual on hand for your reference.

NuPhy®︎ Air60の取扱説明書(マニュアル)
  • Win mode: Set the switch on the side to “Win”.
  • Mac mode: Turn the switch on the side to “Mac”.
  • Switch right: power off
  • Switch center: Wired mode
  • Switch left|Wireless mode

FN +/- Q / W / E / / R

= Bluetooth1 / Bluetooth2 / Bluetooth2/ 2.4GHz (receiver connection)

Each device channel can be switched by pressing the above key briefly.

Press and hold the above command for at least 3 seconds to enter pairing mode.

To make a connection in the 2.4 GHz band, insert the receiver into the USB port.

  • FN +1 Switching backlight mode
  • FN +. → → Backlight Color Switching
  • FN +↑↓ ↑↓ Backlight: Brighten/Darken backlight
  • FN + , OR . Increase/Decrease Write Speed

For Mac

FN +/- 1 2 3 1 / 2 / 3 …: Operates as a multimedia function key. (Default)

FN +F TAB + … F FN +1 / 2 / 3 function as F1 / F2 / F3 … keys, respectively, instead of the multimedia function keys. (Switching between function keys and multimedia keys)

For Windows

FN +/- 1 2 3 1 / 2 / 3 …: Works as F1 / F2 / F3 (Default)

FN +F TAB + F FN +1 / 2 / 3 function as multimedia function keys instead of function keys, respectively. (Switching between function keys and multimedia keys)

  • FN | (vertical line): Check remaining battery level
  • FN +. ] : Battery level is always illuminated by the light on the right side.
  • FN + | (vertical line): Cancel constant lighting of battery level

NuPhy Air60 contents and specification details


  • Main body (main)
  • usb-c to usb-a cable (1.5m)
  • 2.4GHz Bluetooth receiver
  • Keycaps (Alt x 2/Win x 1)
  • Key Cap @ Key Switch Puller
  • magnetic foot
  • Spare key switches (red-axis, blue-axis, brown-axis)
  • sticker
  • handling instructions

Package Contents

  • 1 x air60 wireless mechanical keyboard
  • 1 x usb-c to usb-a cable (1.5 m)
  • 1 x usb-c to usb-c cable (0.2 m)
  • 1 x 2.4g receiver
  • 1 x Key Cap/Switch Puller
  • 3 x spare keycaps
  • 3 x spare switches
  • 2 x Magnetic feet
  • 1 x Quick Guide/Poster
  • 1 x Sticker

Technical Specifications

  • Switch type: Low profile gateron mechanical
  • Layout: ansi 60
  • Number of keys: 64 keys
  • Hot-swappable/n-key rollover support
  • Backlight and sidelight: RGB-LED
  • Backlight mode: 20
  • Sidelight mode: 4
  • Mode: 2.4G wireless, Bluetooth 5.0 or wired
  • Battery capacity: 2500mAh
  • Working time: up to 48 hours (lab test results)
  • Connection type: USB type C
  • Supported systems: macos/windows/android/ios
  • Angle: 3.5º/ 6.5º (with magnetic foot)
  • Operating environment: -10 to 50°C
  • Frame : Aluminum
  • Bottom case: abs
  • Keycap: pbt
  • Size: 297.3 mm x 107.2 mm x 17.0 mm
  • Weight: 453g

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This has been my review of Air60.

We hope you can see so far that this is a very attractive keyboard.

However, it is also true that the habit is quite strong.

This product can be recommended for those who have no problem without function keys and are not afraid of the US layout.

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