Anne Pro 2 RGB Wireless Mechanical Keyboard – Unboxing & Review


In a time where 60% keyboards were much less
common, the Anne Pro was a huge success, offering that unique form factor, but also featuring
Bluetooth and RGB lighting at a decent price. Since then, there’s been a heap of new entries,
so now we have the Anne Pro 2, which replaces its predecessor, and hopefully improves on
it. A big thanks to Banggood.com for providing
this keyboard for review. I’ll put the links in the description if
you want to check it out. Opening up the box we have the keyboard itself
wrapped in foam. We have a quick start guide. A nice wire keycap puller. This red and black USB type C cable. Probably not the best from a neatrality standpoint,
but whatever. And then we have some really cool CMYK blank
keycaps. Naturally I’ll be making a couple of comparisons
to the old Anne Pro which I have as well. Although I have the yellow case version with
an aftermarket keyset. And straight away, they look very very similar.The
case design is pretty much the same. We have a very slim bezel. It is a high profile design, so the keyswitches
are hidden. Looking at the side profile, and it has a
natural inclination to it, as there are no flip up feet on the bottom. The only real physical differences is the
bottom of the case with it’s different rubber feet for non slip. And now we have a physical on and off switch,
which is a really great addition. And then finally on the back we have a USB
type C port, rather than micro USB. I mean, it would have been cool if they changed
up the design a bit, just to give it a fresh new look, and also to differentiate it from
the old one. But to be fair, it is a pretty nice looking
angular yet simple enclosure. It’s still packing some weight, as I can
feel that it has a steel plate inside, and it comes in at about 630g. Many of these new budget 60% boards come with
aluminium plates which are much lighter, so it’s nice to keep the steel. Another difference is that this only comes
in black or white, which is kind of sad. I don’t know if there’s plans to have
the other colours again, but the old one was available in a couple of different colours
which I thought was fun. The keycaps also look very similar. We have the same font or typeface that isn’t
the cleanest, but it also isn’t the worst. And these are also made from 1.2mm thick PBT
plastic, and are doubleshot, so the legend is another piece of plastic, and will never
fade away. Having backlit keycaps means that we keep
that sweet RGB lighting. The colours are vibrant and bright, and the
transitions are smooth with the legit RGB colour spectrum. There’s a couple of colours and effects
available onboard with FN2 plus F9. However we can further play around with the
lighting in the software. So as said, this is a 60% keyboard, having
just the main area of the keyboard, with 61 keys. But don’t worry, just as always, we have
all the other keys and functions packed onto other layers. Many people like 60% keyboards for their super
compact size, and having everything in close reach. But that same trait can be a negative to others
who prefer dedicated keys, such as dedicated arrow keys. So by default we do have the function row
on top, the nav cluster, which includes home, end, page up and down, etc, on the right hand
side. And the arrow keys on WASD and IJKL. And these are accessed via the FN key. Although you’ll notice that we have 2 FN
keys, labelled FN1 and FN2, meaning that we actually have more layers to play around with,
which we’ll see later. And this is where the software comes in, and
this is something truly great to see, being a huge improvement on the last one. The software is available on their website
for both Windows and Mac. There’s some basic info which shows the
actual battery life, and running time. Although my battery status has been stuck
on 93% for the whole time. This magic FN setting can turn the caps lock
key to to either the FN1 or FN2 key, by holding it down. But it will still work as caps lock when you
press it. Probably the most important section is the
layout editor, especially for a 60% keyboard. Firstly we have some presets, for QWERTY,
Mac, and Dvorak which is simple as. And then here we have our layers. So we have the top layer, in which you probably
wouldn’t want to change much of. Then our 2 FN layers. And then our TAP layer. It’s super easy to use. You can just click on a key, and then pick
something on the side to replace it. The interesting one is the TAP layer. By default we have the arrow keys in the right
bottom corner. And personally, this works absolutely perfectly
for these keys. So if I just tap the right control key, it
will act as the right arrow key. But if I hold it, it will act as just the
control key. And that’s always been one of my major problems
with 60% boards or smaller, just not having dedicated arrow keys, and having to hold down
another key to access them. So yeh, I’m pretty happy about that. But that’s as far as the TAP layer really
goes. You can’t really use it anywhere else because
the first layer would be prioritised anyway. So yeh, we basically have 3 programmable layers,
plus the TAP layer. And then we have the lighting section which
is pretty self explanatory, with all the colours and effects and stuff. And lastly, we have the macro section, where
we can record macros for various tasks and programs, in which you can assign to different
keys as per usual. So yeh, I’m actually really impressed with
the software. It’s very clean, and looks rather professional. It’s easy to use, and just works well. So definitely a big improvement from the previous
Anne Pro. Another big feature is the new choices of
keyswitches. Previously, they just had the Gateron switches,
which was already a good thing. But now in addition to the Gateron’s, they
have Kailh Box Whites, Reds, Blacks, and Browns. Unfortunately, I only have the Gateron Reds
in mine, being similar to the Cherry MX reds. The Kailh Box Reds are also pretty similar
– again being a light linear switch. So you’d have to get the Kailh Box Browns
for tactile, or Whites for clickies, to experience something different. I’ve built keyboards with both of those
keyswitches, so you can see my thoughts on those if you want. However recently, it’s been found that the
Kailh Box switches do have problems with stressing keycaps stems and breaking them. Although I don’t think it’s much of a
problem if you’re not constantly changing them. They’ve since worked towards fixing this,
but I don’t think those changes are in effect with these boards, or this batch at least. But who knows for the future. I’ll link some of the info in the description
below. The stabilisers are actually decent. They still have some rattle there, but they
are way better than the absolute trash the original Anne Pro had. The last major feature of the keyboard is
its Bluetooth 4.0 wireless capability. First make sure the keyboard is switched on
at the bottom. On the 1 to 4 keys, we have 4 bluetooth buttons,
in which each holds a device. Therefore we can pair this up to 4 devices
at a single time. To connect the keyboard to a device, hold
FN2 and one of the 4 keys for 5 seconds, and then the key will start flashing. And then just pair it on the device side. And it’s that easy. The performance seems pretty good. There’s always going to be the slightest
of delays, but I only used it for casual use on wireless mode anyway, as my desktop doesn’t
have Bluetooth. As for battery life, they state that it lasts
for 8 hours on a charge. Unfortunately due to my lazy ways, and the
fact that I can’t use Bluetooth on my laptop, I can’t back that up. To take apart the keyboard, you’ll need
to remove these pesky Torx head screws. Here’s the keyboard itself. We have a nice 1.5mm steel mounting plate
which contributes to much of its weight. Looking at the PCB, and it is real clean. The solder joints look clean. Each key, and component is labelled nicely,
and yeh, it just looks good. And we have some rubber pieces here for more
protection from the battery, so it won’t get pierced. Here’s the plastic case and it’s again
very similar. We have our 1900 mah battery, which is also
protected by some foam. So overall, very good protection for that
battery, which is great. There’s some ribbing on the bottom for reinforcement,
and the standoffs look solid, and have brass inserts in them. And also being just one piece, it’s super
easy to paint if you wanted to give it some colour. So overall, on the outside, it doesn’t look
like much of a change. And I’d wish they’d freshened up the design
a bit. But that’s fine as it still looks pretty
good. But what makes up for that is all the improvements
below the surface. The introduction of the Kailh Box switches
gives us more options, but there is that keycap stress issue. But I think for the most part, it’s fine. Definitely try out the Box Browns or Box Whites
if you want something a bit more unique. The major improvement in the software is a
huge plus for me. It far exceeded my expectations. It’s easy to use, works perfectly well,
and just looks so legit. And then the little things, like the on and
off switch. The improved stabilisers. USB type C. The extra blank keycaps.The detailed
downloadable manual. All of this just adds even more value to the
board. In my eyes, it truly is a worthy successor
to the original. It maintains its middle of the pack price
range. Not being as cheap as these other budget 60%
boards, but being much better. And it’s not as much as like the Vortex
Poker 3. So for an easy affordable 60% keyboard, I’d
definitely recommend this. Thanks again to Banggood.com for providing
this keyboard for review, and I’ll put the links in the description if you want to check
it out.

100 thoughts on “Anne Pro 2 RGB Wireless Mechanical Keyboard – Unboxing & Review

  1. Info on the Kailh Box switches cracking keycaps :
    https://bit.ly/2Q6mDSF
    https://bit.ly/2Q4GVMx

    Change keycaps with caution, as I don't think that these current Anne Pro 2's would have the retooled switches. Future models may be updated.

    Also, there's no Bluetooth dongle like the old Anne Pro 🙁

  2. They'd have my money right now, if they made some damn feet to adjust the height. Sick of adjusting myself to products, not settling in that method again.

  3. Na moim kanale pojawił się test/recenzja Anne 2 pro w Polskiej wersji. Wbijaj na mój kanał🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱😏

  4. How long does it take to ship from banggood to australia? Im reading through forums and people are saying 1 week and also 1 month.

  5. Owned this keyboard for over a month now, too bad it only ships with either gat reds blues or browns (box switches weren't available in my country) so i soldered in gat blacks (my fav) and gave it a nice paint job, love this little thing.

  6. can i switch the fn key to right alt then proceed to made the right alt, menu key, right shift and right ctrl into permanent arrow keys?

  7. Can someone please respond to me: does everything come brand new or used and how do I refund if it comes in damaged someone please help

  8. Is it currently still available and also still for 69,99$? I would really appreciate an answer by anyone who knows something.

  9. I also have the gateron browns but I don't have the IJKL keys with arrows printed on them to use with the fun key. Should I be worried about that? @TaeKeyboards . I bought it from Newegg.

  10. cant get my rgb to stay on wirelessly, have to plug it in everytime to turn on the keyboard. any tips to make this less of a hassle???

  11. been a gamer since 98 and have not once used the arrow keys in game, and never use it outside of a game either .. i really don't know what people use the arrow keys for with modern mice and interfaces

  12. banggood customer service,
    ordered gateron red white case, waited 20 plus days for them to ship to Hong Kong.
    Ended up with a blue switch… no resolution :(…. (sigh)….

  13. I now think part of the reason this keyboard isn't that expensive as compared to other similar keyboards with the same features – is because the packaging is definitely not good looking – and there isn't much marketing for it except "i heard it on a reviewer in youtube".

  14. Is banggood safe? Do i get the product i want? Is it safe to put in card information? Is Anne pro 2 with gateron brown switches good?

  15. the fact that it's white and it has Bluetooth to pair with my phone. My Nvidia Shield Tv, my desktop and my laptop. made it a no brainer to me. and I bought it right away when I first saw it.
    The white color fits my Whole setup aesthetics. white Pc case, white mouse, White keyboard, white Speakers, white Google home. black mousemat and walnut tabletop.

  16. Anne pro 2 is a copy of the apple keyboard which is the best keyboard because it doesn’t make noise and feels like heaven and is also super light only 80$

  17. I just ordered a white with kailh box brown switches from banggood 🙂
    ordered a nice weeb spacebar too (some blossom flowers,) cant wait to get it, upgrading from a fnatic ministreak tkl keyboard with cherry brown switches, so its gonna be a good upgrade.

  18. Are the stabilizers pre-lubed out of the box so that the large keys sound muffled compared with other small keys?

  19. Hello there my friends!

    My Anne Pro 2 light settings are reseting to default everytime I reboot the PC. Does anyone know how to save the settings so I don't have to turn RGB on and choose patterns manually everytime?

    Another issue with my board: keys for increasing and lowering brightness (FN2 + F11 or F12) are not working. Are you guys having the same issues?

  20. When I go on the link for the keyboard it shows 107$, but in the link it says 69$. Is it because I’m in Canada and the price is Canadian?

  21. yo tae i wanted to ask about the extra keycaps that u get can u buy them seperate anywhere if yes could i plz have a link to it? much love subbed

  22. My anne pro 2 doesn't work. I think it because when i was updating it in their software my cousin exit it out and that the reason why it stop working or is it just my usb c cable?? I NEED HELP 1

  23. I took the risk and went for the kailh box brown switches. So far I'm enjoying typing on this a lot more than I expected!

  24. oh that tap key is actually perfect because i capitalize letters with leftshift not rightshift so i dont have to wait a bit every sentence.

  25. What’s the difference between Kalih browns and gateron browns, I bough the gateron cause I didn’t really know about kalih

  26. Most people get keyboards for their looks and throughout the box, me… I'm the complete opposite
    FORGET THE KEYBOARD, LOOK AT THAT GREAT PACKAGING."

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