The Hexgears X-1 was inspired by the Bell X-1 supersonic aircraft, and when you receive a keyboard touted as the desktop equivalent of a groundbreaking supersonic craft it’s difficult not to get a little excited – and also set your expectations very high.
Despite its namesake this keyboard’s design is understated and compact. It’s technically a tenkeyless design, but it’s been so squished and squeezed the end result is no bigger than some fully mechanical compact boards we’ve seen. It’s also exceptionally well put together, too. The smooth, rounded edges on all four corners the only real flourish across the pristine silver CNC-machined aluminium case.
As for connectivity, this board can be both wired via USB Type-C – and there’s a lovely braided cable included in the box – or connected via Bluetooth. Device switching is a high point on the X-1, complete with on-clearly marked and quick to use board shortcuts to shift between devices and USB or Bluetooth connections. Hence the X-1 is a great single solution for multitasking across multiple devices.