I type a LOT for work, and love custom keyboards to get the best type-feel and personalization. I used the VIA software to add a "press and hold" function to the Caps Lock to quickly access a layer, then used that alternative layer to add arrow keys to the IKJL keys (for Up, Down, Left, and Right). It was surprisingly easy to do.
I swapped the switches for Kaihl Box Whites, which are a personal preference. I'm sure the blues work fine, but I'm a huge fan of the stability in the box switches. I have some Jades to try for fun, but may buy a second of these for that purpose. I also swapped the keycaps for puddings for added lighting goodness.
Speaking of lighting, the only problem I am having is that my favorite light effect (Pixel_Rain) breaks when the keyboard enters sleep (meaning, won't wake from sleep and won't animate when switched from another effect). I can change effects when it does break, or just restart the keyboard. I'm sure once there is an official firmware this will get addressed.
I absolutely love this keyboard. It is the third custom board I've purchased and it has replaced my g916TKL as my daily driver. If you are a typist and need the best, look no further.
Just as the keyboard itself I have 0 bad things to say about it, however that could be because I dont have the experience with keyboards to note anything bad about it.
However specifically about the switches (gateron pro red) the pre-lube job is fairly inconsistent to the point were some switches sound completely different (as in one switch can be lubed well, and another is either not lubed at all or very light)
This is my first expensive keyboard (higher than 50) and I love it. The sound is really satisfying and I don't notice any latency, I tested the Bluetooth mode and it worked fine, but I mostly use the wired version. The RGB is very clean and its overall a really good keyboard. I recommend it for everyone. Especially for people that have low experience in buying keyboards and want a very good one.
I did a lot of research on various keyboards before buying this one. It's hard to get a good "feel" from youtube videos, but I had seen enough to know that I wanted to take a chance on this one. I am really glad I found it. It truly had everything I was looking for (specifically QMK firmware, bluetooth wireless, and at least 75% board [I didn't want the excess of the numpad since I use it so infrequently]). I chose the Gateron brown switches; the feel and sound of this keyboard are amazing. I chose the aluminum frame, and the keyboard is very sturdy. It does weigh very close to 3 pounds though, so it is beefy. I am using it on my lap, but most people will probably use a desk or tray like a normal person and would never notice. I have had it for about 2 weeks now and go out of my way to use it every chance I can.
The K8 Pro fully assembled with Gateron Red Pro switches and OSA PBT keycaps, has everything a professional user could possibly need.
I had to switch from the IT layout to the US one, but it was really worth it.
Well built, beautiful, and it sounds spectacular.
The K8 Pro is the world’s first out-of-the-box QMK/VIA wireless mechanical keyboard paving the way for a new era for mechanical keyboards.
Anyone can master any keys or macro commands through VIA on the K8 Pro. Together with our signature features and upgraded typing sound, the K8 Pro is advancing the typing experience to an entirely new level with endless possibilities.
Wireless and Wired
An excellent solution for multitasking. You can connect the K8 Pro with up to 3 devices wirelessly via its stable Broadcom Bluetooth 5.1 for seamless multitasking across your laptop, phone, and tablet. Switch among them swiftly, and it’s fully compatible with both Mac and Windows.
A reliable USB Type-C wired connection is also available when you need it.
Program with QMK & VIA.
QMK/VIA means endless possibilities for a fluid workflow. Thanks to our engineering team, it's the first time in history that a wireless mechanical keyboard has these kinds of capabilities right out of the box.
Simply connect the K8 Pro to your device with a cable, drag and drop your favorite keys or macro commands to remap any key you want on any system (macOS, Windows, or Linux).
Check out the video above demonstrating how to remap the Light Effect key (located on the K8 Pro’s top right corner) to an Eject key with the VIA software, so you can get a shortcut to put your Mac to sleep (Command-Option-Eject), or even remap the fn key in a breeze. It’s never been so intuitive and flexible to personalize your own keymap.
An ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M4 32-bit STM32L432 MCU which is powerful, and equipped with 128K Flash will provide more flexibility for developers.
Get the keymap working on VIA
Since the VIA code for the K8 Pro is still awaiting approval from Github, it is not yet automatically recognized, so you will need to manually download and import the K8 Pro keymap.
Please download the keymap JSON file below. Connect your keyboard and device with the provided cable, and toggle the switch to cable mode. Open VIA, click on the "Show Design tab" on the "Settings" tab. Drag the JSON file into the “Design” tab on VIA to get the K8 Pro keymap working on VIA.
K8 Pro Keymap JSON Files
Upgraded Typing Experience
The K8 Pro has been re-engineered and redesigned from the inside out to upgrade the typing experience. The added sound-absorbing foam, a thick silicone dampening bottom pad, and steel plate provide responsive feedback and a peaceful typing sound, while added weight will enhance the stability.
Suitable For All Devices
Offers a Mac layout while still being compatible with Windows, the K8 Pro is one of the few on the market that has the same multimedia and function key functions as Apple keyboards for Mac users, but with more tactile feedback.
You can even configure different keymaps for both Mac and Windows devices. While VIA software is compatible with macOS, Windows, and Linux. Includes keycaps for both macOS and Windows (4 keycaps for each) to allow you to switch between operating systems with ease.
Check high-res keycap layout and size here.
Every detail matters for a personalized typing experience, that’s why we give you the power. You can hot-swap every switch on the K8 Pro with almost all of the 3pin and 5pin MX style mechanical switches on the market (including Cherry, Gateron, Kailh, Panda, etc.) without soldering. You can customize your own typing experience in seconds.
The Barebone version (without switch and keycap) is also available at your choice.
Screw-In PCB Stabilizers
Even small part matters for your fingertip feel. We’ve integrated the PCB-mounted screw-in stabilizers for a smoother typing experience with less wobbliness on the big keys such as space bar, shift, enter, and delete. The Keychron K8 Pro also supports third-party screw-in PCB stabilizers.
Pre-lubed Gateron G Pro Switch
By optimizing the switch mold, the G Pro switch wobbles less than a standard mechanical switch and feels smoother on each hit. Plus, the factory pre-lubed process on all the G Pro switches (exclude the clicky ones), no doubt this will ensure the best smoothness at your fingertips when typing.
Typing sound test of the K8 Pro with Gateron G Pro switches and OSA profile double-shot PBT keycaps.
OSA Profile Double-shot PBT Keycaps
To further fine-tune your typing experience, the K8 Pro comes with our unique OSA profile (OEM profile with spherical-angle) and double-shot PBT keycaps that aim to provide a more comfortable fingertip feel with excellent oil resistance for long-term use on the timeless tenkeyless layout.
South-facing RGB Lights
The south-facing RGB is designed to better illuminate the keyboard backlight from the typist’s angle. The south-facing RGB is also free from interference when the user installs Cherry-profile alternative keycaps on their keyboard.
Comes with more than 22 types of RGB backlight settings as well as a static white backlight option. You can further fine-tune the RGB hue, saturation, brightness, effect speed with ease.
Three levels of adjustable typing angle (3.5º, 7.5º & 10.5º) and curved OSA-profile keycaps are all working together to provide long-lasting ergonomic support for your wrist.
Looking for ISO Layout?
The K8 Pro ISO collection comes with fully assembled keyboards with 🇬🇧UK, 🇩🇪German, 🇩🇰🇫🇮🇮🇸🇳🇴🇸🇪Nordic, 🇨🇭Swiss, 🇫🇷French, and 🇪🇸 Spanish layout.
What's in the box?
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