Yunzii AL71 keyboard review: bringing the fun back to customizable…
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Yunzii AL71 keyboard review: bringing the fun back to customizable…

Yunzii AL71 keyboard review: bringing the fun back to customizable mechanical keyboards

 

Yunzii AL71: Two-minute review

There’s no sense beating around the bush; the Yunzii AL71 is exceptional. Whether you’re looking for something to add to your mech keeb collection or just a reliable keyboard, this might be the best mechanical keyboard and the best wireless keyboard available.

That’s saying a lot, considering the sheer number of great mechanical keyboards currently on offer, but the Yunzii AL71 delivers in every way that counts. It’s incredibly robust, delivers a fantastic performance and typing experience, and comes with a slew of features, some of which you’d be hard-pressed to find in other similarly priced models.

In other words, it’s the complete package. No, scratch that, it’s more than the complete package, with Yunzii throwing in thrills like RGB lighting that syncs up to the audio your PC is playing and seven different colorways. So, not only is it incredibly reliable for both typing and gaming, but it’s also loads of fun. It’s one of the best keyboards I’ve ever tested.

Yunzii AL71 software screenshots

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

The fun starts in the design, of course. While you can get the Yunzii AL71 barebones to mod it the way you want, it also comes in silver, black, red, pink, purple, green, and blue colorways. My purple unit came with a set of purple, lavender, and green keycaps because, honestly, a single-color keycap set is kinda boring these days. You even get an extra set of keycaps beyond the 71 that the keyboard requires so you can mix and match when you feel like it.

That’s right, this keyboard is a compact one. Not so compact that you’re missing out on dedicated arrow keys, but the 68% form factor is compact enough to save considerable space. Unfortunately, due to its full aluminum case, it’s on the heavy side – too heavy to just toss in your backpack and take with you during commutes or when traveling.

Yunzii AL71 software screenshots

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

The upside to that though is that it is incredibly robust. The CNC aluminum case means it’s also corrosion- and oxidation-resistant, so it’ll last you for years to come. And as an added bonus, it will weigh it down and keep it steady on your desk. You don’t have to worry about this keyboard moving around as you’re button-mashing or typing up long documents. I even tried lightly pushing it around and it would not budge.

It also has a garage for the USB dongle so you don’t have to worry about losing it. Next to the garage are two switches, one for changing connections and another for switching between Mac and PC, and the USB-C port.

Adding to its fun element is its RGB lighting, which has several aspects to it. It illuminates through the two windows on either side of the case for some ambient lighting. And while the accompanying keycaps have printed legends and aren’t transparent, Yunzii designed the keyboard so the RGB lighting illuminates between the keycaps, creating a vibrant glowy effect. The result, I think, is a stunner.

There are, of course, multiple – 14 to be exact – RGB lighting effects that you can cycle through on the fly using the pre-set keyboard shortcuts. If you download the Yunzii app from the Yunzii website, you can further customize them, effectively creating your own RGB lighting design.

Something fun that many keyboards don’t have, though, is the ability to synchronize the RGB lighting to your audio. It’s a nice little surprise that lets you set your RGB lighting to one of 10 available light patterns that move based on the audio that’s playing on your computer. I prefer going with one of the regular lighting effects, but this is still a nifty feature, and I found it works pretty well. Each pattern is customizable as well.

You will, however, need to install the app to access this, as well as the ability to program macros.

Even without the app, you’re getting a feature-rich keyboard. It comes with three types of connection: 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth, and wired. The cable-free connections are very reliable – impressively fast with no noticeable lags, even when the keyboard is waking. The keyboard also lets you quickly switch between connections on the fly, thanks to its FN shortcuts. And when it’s run out of juice, the convenience of being able to use it while it’s charging is a much-appreciated treat.

What’s more, the AL71 has multi-platform compatibility. You can now only use it with MacOS and Windows devices, but iOS, iPad OS, and Android ones too. So, if you’ve got a multi-device setup, this one’s a no-brainer.

Yunzii AL71 software screenshots

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

The feature set and design already make it well worth your money, but Yunzii doesn’t stop there. The true test of a mechanical keyboard’s worthiness is in its performance, and I’m happy to say that the Yunzii AL71 passes with flying colors.

In fact, it only really took a day for this keyboard to impress me. Available in Crystal White and Peach V2 switches, both of which are linear and quiet, typing on it is an absolute joy. I got the Crystal White Switch, which isn’t as quiet as the Peach V2, but I do like a little bit of a satisfying clack – one that’s not so loud that it’s distracting everyone else in the room with me. To be very honest, I prefer a thocky keyboard, but a clacky one, which this keyboard is, comes in a close second.

Luckily, this one comes with pre-lubed stabilizers, which help reduce noise as well as enhance the typing feel. That’s made better by the gasket mount inside, which gives it a slightly more cushioned feel. That helps with reducing finger fatigue, especially for someone like me who spends most of her workday tapping away at the keys. There’s a fine line there, I think. I absolutely hate keyboards that have too much cushion, but this one gets it just right.

Due to its fast wireless performance, I have no problem gaming on this keyboard. Testing it with my current favorites, Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Hogwarts Legacy, I found it to be on par with some of the gaming keyboards I’ve tested from top brands. And while Yunzii hasn’t specified some of the important specs for gaming, it does come with N-key rollover, which helps when you have to press several keys almost all at once.

Yunzii AL71: Price & availability

  • How much does it cost?  $159.99 / £129.30 / AU$245.64
  • When is it available? Available now
  • Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK, and Australia

The Yunzii AL71 bears the price tag you’d expect for a great-quality keyboard. However, at $159.99 / £129.30 / AU$245.64, I would argue that it’s actually more affordable than other keyboards in its class. Or at least, it offers much better value considering the robust feature set on top of its excellent performance and solid design.

To put that into better perspective, both the Lofree 1% Transparent and the Drop + The Lord of the Rings Elvish cost a bit more than the Yunzii AL71, and they have less robust feature sets.

  • Value: 5 / 5

Yunzii AL71: Specs

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Layout:68%
Switch:Crystal White Switch, Silent Switch
Programmable keys:Macro programming
Dimensions:12.2 x 3.9 x 1.5 inches (310 x 100 x 38 mm)
RGB or backlighting:Yes, customizable

Yunzii AL71 software screenshots

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

Should you buy the Yunzii AL71?

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ValueIt’s not a cheap option, but it’s the whole package, making it fantastic value.5 / 5
DesignWith its robust build, attractive design, and a feature set that’s better than what’s out there, this is a solid 5.5 / 5
PerformanceWhether you need something for productivity or gaming, this delivers excellent performance and a great typing experience.5 / 5
Average ratingAgain, this is the whole package – you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck here.5 / 5

Buy it if…

Don’t buy it if…

Yunzii AL71: Also consider

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Yunzii AL71Lofree 1% TransparentDrop + The Lord of the Rings Elvish
Price:$159.99 / £129.30 / AU$245.64$219 / £181 (about AU$320)$199 (about £160.91 / AU$283.44)
Layout:68%65%TKL
Switch:Crystal White Switch, Silent SwitchPre-lubed Kailh Jellyfish switchesHoly Panda X
Programmable keys:Macro programmingNoNo
Dimensions:12.2 x 3.9 x 1.5 inches (310 x 100 x 38 mm)306 x 144 x 30.6 mmabout 355 x 132 x 17 mm
RGB or backlighting:Yes, customizable7 white LED backlit effectsYes, white backlighting

How I tested the Yunzii AL71

  • I tested the Yunzii AL71 for two weeks
  • I used it for work and gaming
  • I put its features through their paces

Making the Yunzii AL71 my main keyboard for two weeks, I used it every day for work, writing articles, emails, and more with it. At night, I used it as my gaming keyboard to play Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Hogwarts Legacy. On top of testing its performance, typing feel, and wireless connectivity, I also put its specific features to the test to make sure that they work as expected.

I’ve been testing gaming keyboards and other PC gaming peripherals for about 10 years. As a keyboard enthusiast, I also have a collection of mechanical keyboards that I’ve amassed over the years.

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First reviewed November 2023

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