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Swedish Filco Convertible 2 MX Brown Tactile Keyboard

FKBC105M/SWB2

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The Convertible 2 keyboard from master keyboard makers - Filco. This keyboard is 'convertible' from a USB wired keyboard to a Bluetooth wireless keyboard, and you don't even need to unplug it from your PC. It combines the high quality typing feel of Cherry MX switches, steel mounted in a rock solid body all put together in a very slick package. These keyboards just make you want to type, now on all of your devices.

£145.00 (£120.83 ex VAT) 

Swedish Filco Convertible 2 MX Brown Tactile Keyboard - FKBC105M/SWB2

  • Switch between 5 different devices, 4 Bluetooth and 1 USB
  • Tactile feel, ergonomic click action (Brown switch)
  • Rear mounted DIP switch located at the base of the keyboard
    1. Lock Windows and Application keys
    2. Swap CapsLock and left Ctrl keys
    3. Swap Esc and [] keys
    4. Swaps Fn with Windows/App key
  • Gold contacts
  • 4.0mm travel
  • 2.0mm actuation point
  • 55g ~ 2oz actuating force keyswitch
  • Switches tested to 50 million actuations
Average battery life is about 6 months based on 5 hours use a day, the keyboard can be used without batteries, powered by a USB charger or PC.

Includes: Keyboard, detachable cable, velcro cable tie, extra keys, keypuller, 2 x AA batteries, dust cover and manual.

Swedish Filco Convertible 2 MX Brown Tactile Keyboard - FKBC105M/SWB2

Manufacturer
Part Number
FKBC105M/SWB2
Connection
USB & Bluetooth
Cable length
1.8 Metre
Language Layout
Swedish/Finnish
Number of keys/buttons
105
Switch Type
CHERRY MX Brown
Length
440 mm
Depth
138 mm
Height
39 mm
Weight
1.2 kg
Compatible
PC USB and Bluetooth devices
Gross Weight
1.7 kg

Swedish Filco Convertible 2 MX Brown Tactile Keyboard - FKBC105M/SWB2

  Millet  27/08/2021
2021-08-27:
Hi, small follow-up on my previous review. If the admins want to add this to my review 2017-07-25 then go ahead.

I've had this keyboard for 4 years now, loved it so much that I got one for work about 3 years ago. Both of the keyboards still have the original batteries and are staying strong! Seriously this keyboard is no joke, it has bluetooth connectivity and no battery change for 4 years of 4-8 hours a day of use. That is amazing! I did not expect the batteries to last this long.

A small calculation of the keyboard I've used the most, my work keyboard: It's 3 years old, I work an administrative job of say 2 000 hours per year. This means most of my work is done from that keyboard. Lets say that the keyboard is active about 6 hours per work-day, or roughly 75% of the worktime. That makes 2 000 * 3 * 0,75 = 4 500 hours of battery time (thus far). And I haven't changed the batteries yet.

I still stay by my previous review. The only cons of this keyboard is the printed letter, which has started to slightly wear off, and occationally (very rare) one button-press yields multiple letters. But this does not matter to me in the slightest.

Dispite the cons, this is -by far- the best keyboard I've ever owned.

Written with the best keyboard ever,
Millet
  Millet  25/07/2017
--- Introduction ---
Received the keyboard only recently so I've only been able to test it shortly. So far the keyboard definitely delivers what was promised.

From what I've read about the keyboard the majestouch series are some of the best, so I was quite happy when I read about the plans for a nordic layout. It's quite hard findig a mechanical bluetooth keyboards on the market with nordic layout, believe me.

--- Build quality --- 4/5
Pros +
The keyboard has a very good build quality with the awesome mechanical cherry mx brown switches.
Is quite heavy, making it feel quite sturdy.
Cons -
Letters and symbols on the keys are printed on, not back-lit like most other premium keyboards. In my experience these printed letters will wear off with extensive use. I suppose no backlighting is a way to save battery, so it's definitely a tradeoff.

--- Bluetooth connectivity --- 5/5
Pros +
You can connect it to 4 different bluetooth devices, I've only tried 2 so far, but it is working flawlessly. You simply press a combination on the keyboard itself to switch between your devices. I have yet to have any connectivity issues.

Cons -
I guess the only con I can think of is that it could store more than 4 bluetooth devices. It's not what I would ever need though.

--- Battery --- 5/5
They claim that the keyboard lasts for 6 months with 5 hours of use every day, that is about 900 hours if my math isn't failing me. I have yet to test this though.

--- Innovation --- 5/5
The fact that you can switch between bluetooth devices as a moments notice and even connect it with USB if you really need it shows how innovative filco is. No other company that I've read about has done this or any variation of it (could be wrong of course, can't read everything).

--- My setup ---
The reason I need this particular keyboard is because I sometimes play games and use my computer directly from my sofa (with a Couch Master from nerdytech), which is 10 meters and a wall away. To achieve a good bluetooth connection through all this I've installed a bluetooth extender on my computer (AirCable host xr4). I've already got a bluetooth mouse, so all I needed more was a nordic layout bluetooth mechanical keyboard. I also add recepies to our digital cookbook (a lenovo pad) with this keyboard, as one of its paired devices.


--- Overall --- 5/5
Awesome keyboard so far, I will update with new information as I encounter new thoughts. Definitely recommended.
  Christian T  30/04/2020
Have used this keyboard for about 3 months now for work.

They keyboard is of excellent build quality, I have no complaints there. I had originally considered to bring the keyboard with me whenever I needed to bring my work computer somewhere, as I loathe to write on laptop keyboards, but the weight and size is too much to make int convenient. Maybe the TKL version could have suited better?

The keyboard is great to type on, and Cherry MX Brown is my preferred keys. A bit noisy of course if you are in close proximity to collegues. I see no wear on the keys yet. Changing between up to five different devices is painless, though I actually had to read the manual quite slowly to set it up. It's not really intuitive, but after it's been set up, you switch easily between the devices. I use it connected to my work laptop, my private laptop and my mobile phone. The switch in itself takes a few seconds.

The only error I've found with the keyboard is that a very few times on wireless connection a key will get stuck, and will type itself a few times in a row very fast. So a word suddenly as 4-5 of one letter. It's annoying, but not a deal breaker for me. But just be aware of it. Oh, and that the usb cable is Mini USB, I believe. Does it matter? Not really, but feels dated.

I have no problem recommending this keyboard. Maybe in the future if there are more options for wireless mechanical keyboards I will try something else, but as of now I'm happy to have found this device from Filco.

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