Drevo Joyeuse Low Profile Wireless Mechanical Keyboard – Unboxing & Review


Today we’re going to check out another mechanical
keyboard from Drevo. Drevo has honestly been one of my favourite
budget brands because they deliver products that are unique to the budget market. Opening up the box we have the keyboard itself. A user manual. A USB type C cable. And a Drevo sticker. But here it is, the Drevo Joyeuse, and well,
it is as slim of a mechanical keyboard that has an actual enclosure as you will see. It features an all aluminium case construction
in this silver finish. And holding it in the hands, and it does feel
pretty good. There is some flex when you twist it, which
is kind of expected. It’s of course light, but not as light as
you would expect, coming in at about 535g. So about as heavy as a plastic 60% board or
the HHKB Pro 2. The aesthetic is quite minimal and sleek. This keyboard is all about thinness. So the front and side bottom edges are rounded
to make it appear thinner, which is probably the reason for the bezel. And this is also a floating key design, to
again accentuate the slimness. However, like many laptop keyboards, there
is an indent in the top plate to sink the actual keys by about 1mm. The sides also do light up. So we have a strip of white lighting on each
side. And then for this section here, the logo lights
up. The white keycaps match the case fine, and
the legends are very neat and tidy for a backlit keyboard with a clean typeface. I’m also happy that it’s a nice clean
white backlight, which complements the rest of it perfectly. The keycaps also have this interesting design,
where like half of it is that translucent white plastic that lets light through. So the sides of the keycaps glow, which then
in my eyes, makes them appear flatter, as it looks like there’s less depth. And these keys are uniform in profile, so
it’s just flat from the side. Although the keycaps are very slightly scooped,
but essentially flat. Again, very similar to a laptop keyboard. Looking at the bottom of the keyboard, and
it’s also very simplistic, and this is still aluminium as well. And we can see that there are no flip up feet,
as we only have these 6 rubber feet for non slip. So this is the angle that you’re stuck with,
which is created by the back section being slightly thicker, as it also houses the battery. The cool thing about such a low profile keyboard,
is that it is quite comfortable to use while resting your wrists on the table, since there
isn’t much of an angle anymore. On their website they state that it is a mere
21mm thick. I measured it to be at about 22-22.5mm, at
its thickest point when on the table, which is very thin for a mechanical keyboard, being
about as half as thick as most standard MX boards. Now to the layout. This has 96 keys. So for reference, a standard full sized ANSI
keyboard has 104. So we get more of the primary functionality
of a full sized keyboard, but in a much more compact form factor. This is very alike to a more normal 96 key
keyboard that is more of an enthusiast type of layout. To make this, we essentially remove the section
that is normally between the main area, and the numpad. So now our numpad is right up next to the
main area, and then our arrow keys are squeezed in over here. To accommodate the arrow keys, our bottom
row has smaller 1 unit keys, and a smaller spacebar. And our right shift key is shorter. However none of these changes has had any
real negative impact on me personally. But what’s great about this layout, is that
we get to keep the numpad, which is something some people can’t go without. However, this has also been altered. The main thing being, that it is only 3 columns
wide, and therefore does not have the big + and enter keys. The + key has been moved up into the top right,
and the other symbols have been shifted 1 key to the left. I’m not a heavy numpad user, so I can’t
really assess the severity of these changes, but I can imagine that someone who does use
the numpad often, will have to change their habits and muscle memory to adapt to these
new positions. Another quite puzzling choice is the non standard
key stagger. If we look at the Caps Lock key, it is a 2
unit key, rather than the normal 1.75u key. That means that this row has been moved across
to the right by .25 of a unit, where 1 unit equals 1 alpha key. That may not seem like much, but it can be
a problem, depending on how you type. And it also did make the enter key smaller,
by just that .25, but that wasn’t a problem at all for me. And lastly, the keyboard is physically smaller,
because the keys are closer together. So much like many laptops, it is a bit compressed,
which again, can get some getting used to. All of these changes would be terrible for
keycap compatibility, as there’s a bunch of non standard keys, but since aftermarket
keycaps aren’t a thing for low profile switches yet, this isn’t a real issue in my opinion. To take off the keycaps it’s better to use
a wire keycap puller. Since there’s no real gaps between the keycaps,
the plastic ring pullers don’t work too well. Looking at the keycaps, and they’re made
from ABS plastic, and are double shot, which is clearly shown by the 2 pieces of plastic,
so the legends will never fade away. Looking at the stem, and it’s of course
only suitable for the Kailh type of low profile switches. Cherry will soon have their own low pro switches
with their cross stems, but those are completely different. And that reveals the main feature of the keyboard,
which gives it that super slim look. The low profile keyswitches. Drevo used to offer this in their own Drevo
branded switches, which I have in my sample board, with some Blacks. However those were pretty bad. So they made the move to just use the normal
Kailh low profile switches. These are semi based on the old Cherry ML
switches. However they have a slightly different design,
and are not compatible with their keycaps. The switches have a height of 11.5mm, which
is quite a bit shorter than the standard MX keyswitch which is around 18.5mm tall. What may surprise you though, is that it still
manages to have a total travel distance of 3mm, which is 75% of the standard 4mm. And it has a pre-travel of 1.5mm, rather than
the normal 2mm, which again is 75%. So you’re not missing out on too much in
regards to travel, but you save a lot of space. And this creates a very interesting experience. Even though it is 75% of the travel, it feels
very very short. You could easily think that this is half the
travel, as it feels so shallow. I have the Kailh Red low pro switches which
have an operating force of 50g. And I’m really glad I got this retail version
as the Drevo Blacks which are also linear, just felt terrible. They have an unsatisfying spring which made
them feel too heavy and mushy for the short throw distance. The Kailh Reds however feel a lot better in
my opinion. They’re not particularly smooth, but they’re
smooth enough for the amount of travel you experience, and the lighter spring helps in
making them feel a touch sharper. I also have a clicky low profile board, and
I must say that these Kailh linears feel somewhat unimpressive in my personal opinion. The travel is just too short to appreciate
the linear nature, with the bottom out being quite abrupt, but also quite soft. I do think that the clickies are a different
story, and provide a unique and satisfying experience. But with these, I honestly much prefer typing
on my Thinkpad keyboard. However for laptops, those are great keyboards. I still prefer using this Drevo board over
many other shorter travel laptop keyboards, such as this Macbook with scissor switches. I haven’t been able to try the tactiles,
but I would think they probably would be better. It’s quite a harsh evaluation, but again,
this is my personal opinion, and everyone is different, you might even like it. So that’s how it feels, but in regards to
performance, this is a very similar situation to keyswitches like the Cherry MX Speed Silvers. I do feel that the decreased travel allowed
me to have quicker repetition. Whether this will help in game, I’m not
so sure. Now to it’s other big feature, the wireless
Bluetooth capabilities. This keyboard does not come with a wireless
dongle of any sort, so you will be relying on your device having Bluetooth. Unfortunately, I don’t have that on my desktop
PC, so I did most of the wireless testing on my brothers Macbook, and my Android tablet. First of all, there are 2 modes, being the
wired, and wireless modes. And to switch between them, we have to press
FN + Tab. So to connect to a device, we hold the FN
key and the B key for a few seconds, and the B key will start rapidly blinking, and you
just find the keyboard in your Bluetooth settings. These 2 modes are independent, meaning that
if you plug it in while in wireless mode, it will charge the keyboard, but it will not
be in wired mode. Therefore we can use this on 2 devices, one
being wired, and the other wireless, and pressnig FN + tab to switch between them. This is using Bluetooth 3.0, whereas their
Drevo Calibur is using 4.0, and with normal use, such as surfing the web and writing this
script, it worked absolutely fine. There wasn’t really any noticeable latency
or lag issues, at least that’s how I felt. Even when typing fast, letters didn’t get
mixed up, which can happen with slower keyboards. For games, I’m not 100% sure. Since I wasn’t able to use this on my desktop
PC, I was limited in what games I could play. However again, I found no real issues. I’m not a pro gamer or anything but this
seemed fine to me. Unfortunately I don’t really have a quantitative
measurement to give, so this may be much more noticeable to someone else, but I can imagine
there will be some sort of delay, obviously in comparison to the wired mode. And with wireless capability, we do have a
1000mAh battery to power this guy. On Drevo’s product page, they state that
it will last for 50 hours without the LEDs on, and 5.9 hours with the LEDs on. And to help save power, the keyboard goes
to sleep after 60 seconds of inactivity. In my testing, which was loosely tracked,
I managed to easily get more than the claimed 6 hours of proper lights on use per charge,
with maximum brightness. I would say I normally got over 10 hours of
active use, and maybe even more. That is excluding sleep time, so I tried to
keep the keyboard from sleeping due to inactivity, and minused the downtime. So with these times considered, it would basically
require 1 charge per day, with heavy use. So like at an office or something where you’re
constantly using it. Or about 1 charge per 3 days with moderate
usage, which would be a few hours a day. So that’s more of a home usage scenario. Or even longer, with light usage, with maybe
a week or 2, although I can’t back that up as I never tried keeping it on for that
long without plugging it in. These times can also be slightly extended
if you were to lower the brightness of the backlighting. I couldn’t find much out there on other
people’s experiences with battery life, so these numbers are based purely on my experiences,
and are kind of ballpark figures. Taking the keyboard apart is simple with just
a couple of Philips head screws. And it comes apart in 2 main pieces. Here’s the bottom piece which is made from
1.2mm thick aluminium. As with many similar cases that aren’t milled,
it has a plastic piece which provides the standoffs. To keep the thickness down, the plastic has
cutouts for each keyswitch. We have the USB C port. And also our 1000mAh battery, which is shielded
by a piece of plastic to prevent punctures from the pins. Here’s the other piece, and it’s again
using 1.2mm thick aluminium. The PCB looks clean with clean solder joints. These particular switches are PCB mount with
the extra prongs, but the pins have a different orientation compared to a standard MX switch. We have some small SMD LEDs on the sides for
that side glow. And we also have some good access to the bottom
of the stabilisers, to maybe get more lube in. Overall, it’s another fine addition to the
Drevo lineup. Drevo have delivered more exotic layouts and
products to the budget market. What’s also impressive is seeing Drevo branch
away from the gaming tag and market, and provide a keyboard more oriented for office and work
use. And it’s proven to be quite popular, as
it’s out of stock nearly everywhere. I think that this is a very flexible and accessible
layout that many people will be able to use. It still has the dedicated arrow keys, and
even the numpad, but in that very compact form factor that is even smaller than a regular
tenkeyless mechanical keyboard. In fact it is about the size of this 65% keyboard. This makes it extremely portable. I think slimness is more important than the
actual footprint when putting it into a bag, so it’s just like slipping in another book. I tried it on Windows, Mac OS, and Android,
and had no issues. Although when using it with a Mac, you will
be missing the Mac specific legends. The other big feature of course is the low
profile keyswitches. I’m happy they made the move the Kailh low
profile switches. I feel that the linear Red’s will be the
weakest of the three. I think the clickies are a wonderful switch,
and I hope to try the tactiles one day. On the other hand, they are reasonably quiet,
being quite similar to laptop keyboards. And that may be the reason to avoid the blues,
because they are clicky, but they are good with that click bar mechanism creating that
crisp clicky sound and feeling. The build is quite nice with the aluminium
enclosure. And I personally think it is quite a pretty
looking keyboard, with it’s very slim silver case, white side lighting, keycaps, and backlighting. With all these features in quite a stylish
keyboard, I definitely think it’s one to consider, if it ticks all the boxes for you.

60 comments on “Drevo Joyeuse Low Profile Wireless Mechanical Keyboard – Unboxing & Review”

  1. TaeKeyboards says:

    More on the Red keyswitches – after more time and thinking, I have grown to like them just a little bit. Still not my type of switch, but they're not too bad.. I think. Anyways, as always, it's a personal preference thing.

  2. Wubzy qt says:

    This video has been on my recommended all day so i finally clicked on it

  3. Alexandro Hutt says:

    Wait.. how are you pronouncing the letter 'h'?

  4. Metal Meltdown says:

    but is it happy?

    and it make a usable kailh choc tester

    (joyeuse mean happy)

  5. Kerdtress says:

    I think, if you really need a Numpad then it would be a better option to use a seperate Mechanical Numpad with MX Blue/Green etc.

  6. 0Name says:

    That keyboard with the 96 layout is your build right? If it is please make a video about it. 🙂

  7. Last Second Bloomer says:

    Lovely keyboard.
    The keycaps are, indeed, doubleshot.
    Also, those who tried the Kailh low profile switches agree that clicky ones are better.

  8. Mikhail Evtushenko says:

    This layout is exactly what I was looking for! Well, almost, as I might be missing the side Enter. And maybe a problem with aftermarket keys are a bit of a let down, but overall it is a very nice keyboard! GG Drevo!

  9. TuxKey says:

    Just watching because it's you 😉 prefer kbdfans boards you review hahaha

  10. Jack Hart says:

    The Drevo Low profile blues on my Joyeuse are pretty good IMO. I don't think there's really any difference between them and the Kailhs, I think they're just rebranded.

  11. Fran fiocchi says:

    Can you make your setup toue and keeb collection? It would be really interesting!

  12. WELL PCB says:

    Very good design.Give you a thumbs up.

  13. William Sedlacek says:

    Why didn't you take it apart? I want to know what's inside the keyboard I just bought two of.

  14. thedog556 says:

    If they made the same board with regular keys and the compressed layout, with a separate 10 key, it would be perfect

  15. Tien Pham says:

    I have the clicky version and they're loud and crisp. Highly recommended.

  16. Seffer. says:

    If the keys weren't so flat and had some concave to them, I would buy it. I like small keyboards. Tesoro's gram keyboard does this well with concave keycaps and full size. The price though is too much.

    Edit: Tesoro's isn't wireless.

  17. Chalklate says:

    I noticed a new keyboard on the NiZ website, it's a 60 percent capacitive topre clone called the atom66, can you check it out? Seems interesting.

  18. Miran says:

    can you upload videos how to disassemble ducky one 2 keyboard?

  19. Tancho K. says:

    I want this with the switches in the havit

  20. Herbert .Gatchalian says:

    no tenkeyless layout of these?

  21. MISTER says:

    can you show how the space is stabilized

  22. Luis Gochoco says:

    rakk kali

  23. zenodyssey says:

    great review, seems a next keyboard i want to buy 🙂
    any idea that this ===Drevo Joyeuse=== is the same as ===Royal Kludge RK929===?
    the looks almost identical except Royal Kludge RK929 have it's own brand on the side where Drevo is at. the price also about the same. Royal Kludge has all 4 common switches to choose from though.

    Recently i bought a Durgod Taurus K320, the keyboard is very well built and good quality, keys are very stable and smooth (mine is brown switch), if you can find one, you will probably like it as much as i do, perhaps do a review on it too!

    finally thank you for your detailed review on many keyboards, although i can't afford on many of them, i can view your reviews and get to know different keyboards. p.s. i bought a few keyboard after seeing your reviews (anne pro, niz). and wishing to see more from your reviews in future!

  24. James Richerson says:

    I fully agree with you I don't like the low profile reds or browns but I really like the all the clickies that I have tryed

  25. Lekael Lxi says:

    all sold out in Germany unfortunately 🙁

  26. Keren Wang says:

    God… If they could just make a standard 60% or 10keyless instead of this weird format, i'd be totally down.

  27. APEX ALERT says:

    This or the havit low profile?

  28. theSolarisDragon says:

    Didn't mention the non-standard left shift, which pushes the shift row 0.25u to the right.

  29. MoooTube says:

    Hi, you’re the only person I see with videos of both a NiZ 30g keyboard and Kailh low profile keyboards, so I’d really appreciate your opinion! Which do you think makes for the easiest typing experience for long really fast sessions? The extra lightness of the NiZ or the extra low bottom out of the Kailh? Or something else entirely?

  30. Rob Gentile says:

    Hello, Thank you so much for making this video. After watching your review I decided to buy one. I do like it very much except for my shift key. When I press on the left side of the shift key it tilts down on the left side. If I push down on the right side of the key it tilts down on the right side. I have to make sure I push down on the key in the center to avoid this. It almost like the 2 posts on either side of the red switch are too short. Is there anything I can do?

  31. Emil Olbinado says:

    Hi! What kind of battery does it use? How does it charge?

  32. Jean K Meow says:

    8:43 typing sound

  33. DSL Keyboards says:

    sounds good

  34. Jimbaloidatron says:

    Looks nice, though some little part of me wishes they'd blanked the gap by the escape key or even fitted a wide one, perhaps it's the screw head?

  35. John Cena says:

    Why would they shift the 2nd letter row to the right? That means the WASD keys are at an really awkward angle now meaning this keyboard would be terrible for gaming..

  36. Katol TV says:

    Lol taekeyboard in my country "tae" means shit/poop

  37. NOKTO says:

    actually Joyeuse is a french word and it is pronounced : " Jwaïeuze " ^-^

  38. MOM ITS NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE says:

    laptops should have these low profile switches

  39. Jarret O'Shea says:

    Something I didn't see/hear, is it programmable? I like the low profile, but prefer something closer to 75%–though if I can program the leftmost numpad keys to be what I want, this would be pretty awesome.

  40. Pasha Defragzor says:

    a bit loud, but good looking, wireless also can be a problem as wired version too

  41. Dejan Kuzmanoski says:

    Really nice review, I want to buy this keyboard but on the official website it's out of stock… can you maybe help me with getting one some references or anything ?? (i'm in East Europe btw) Thanks

  42. Sophiie says:

    Would love to try one of these low profile mechs, especially a linear one, but that non-standard stagger sounds disgusting

  43. Photosynthesis Bisector says:

    Check out the Hexgwars X-1, it's like this except much better. You should review it

  44. flipping amazing says:

    They have to make a 60 procent one

  45. Rowan Bouwhuis says:

    Would love a black version.

  46. Paul-Sebastian Manole says:

    There's something about the longer travel that you can't ignore. Short travel keys need to be tighter and harder. Otherwise they are very easy to actuate accidentally. But then you get more finger fatigue on longer sessions. I get this with Macbook keyboards, the older ones, not the ridiculous new ones, though I'm sure they are as fatiguing as the older ones if not more.

  47. Souly says:

    my keycaps are probably the same height as the whole keyboard

  48. Chikin Nuggits says:

    Im glad the Thinkpad finally got some love

  49. Jack Hart says:

    How is the clack so goddamn loud on yours? On mine it's basically non-existent.

  50. Elixir says:

    Seems to be completely out of stock everywhere.

  51. elitemav says:

    Blow your nose goddamnit! j/k

  52. superadudu says:

    Time for them to make silent low profile switches

  53. yasgamer says:

    Does anyone know if and where a Joyeuse v1 can be picked up? They removed the wireless on the V2.

  54. noelsoong777 says:

    Was considering this but I'm a programmer. I can't live without. end, home, pgup pgdown and insert.

  55. Zubair Khalil says:

    TaeKeyboards, what is the report of the keyboard?

  56. Flamestoyer says:

    -)these keycaps are compatible with a horendous switch known as Cherry my which came way before kailh choc and kailh choc is way better than cherry ml(+

  57. ZekeMagnum says:

    i dont really like the ESC key placement. a gap before the F1 + you can see the screw

  58. der Jack says:

    Out of business, neither amazon or the "official store" (404).
    (n)one hit wonder.

  59. TheNax says:

    The keyboard I thought I wanted, got everything I like. But moving the middle stack of keys just seems strange. Won't be this one.
    Slim and small with numpad (like this, move numpad)
    Mechanical
    Can't seem to find anything

  60. martin mystere says:

    i finally found this low profile KB from aliexpress with decent price and they dont come in black 🙁 . Sucks when you want a KB and alll the choices are from china…. keychron wanted to charge me 55$ just to ship to me lol

  61. Trent Arrington says:

    They should make these wireless chargeable so you could mount a charger under the desk

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