Have had a couple of gaming keyboards and other cheaper mechanical keyboards but none of them come close to the smooth and satisfying experience that this keyboard gives. I never really leave reviews but had to come here and share my experience. Highly recommended to everyone. For reference, I went with the red switches and the typing experience makes me want to be back in university having to write a big paper.
I went through few mechanical keyboards from logitech, hyperx or corsair and NONE of them was even close to the level of satisfaction thath K8 pro provides.
Keychron K8 Pro (white backlight, gateron pro red)
This keyboard is fantastic for gaming. The keys are buttery smooth and so satisfying to type on. I've owned several razer, hyperx, logitech, and cooler master keyboards over the years and this K8 pro is my absolute favorite: It is very well built and sturdy (not wobbly or creaky like other boards), the materials used feel premium, the key press and response are fast and fluid, and it is cheaper than every other gaming keyboard in my closet.
5/5 stars recommend.
I own two other mechanical keyboards I bought in an attempt to really be happy with my typing experience. Each of them had Cherry MX Browns. All in all, they are pretty good keyboards, but I was always unhappy with the limitations of the keyboards, lack of ongoing software support for the oldest one, and most of all I didn't like the wobbliness of the keys (which were soldered on, of course).
I finally decided to spend $200-250 on a keyboard and try to find something much closer to what I wanted. After looking at a lot of keyboards, I settled on this one because it hit right in the middle of a lot of nice areas. For one, the price is very nice for what you get. Wireless, wired, programmable, four quick-swap profiles, RGB LEDs (but not per-key programmable), hotswap switches, three different Bluetooth pairings, easily torn down, and supposedly a really nice typing experience even if it isn't quite as nice as the Q-series.
My decision was based on wanting to spend more of my budget on the quality of the switches rather than the frame and board. Because this is offered barebones, I was able to purchase really nice Gateron Box Ink V2 Pink switches instead. These are very expensive, but I decided to take a gamble on better switches. I also bought some Cherry-profile, PBT, side-lit key caps so that I could see the lighting through the key caps. (This is literally my only complaint, but it is something others prefer, so I will explain below).
All in all, the expensive switches were totally worth it. They are linear, so I knew that they wouldn't have any tactile feedback. But they also didn't wobble at all. I paid a lot for that, though. The actual feel of the keyboard typing with these switches is simply fantastic. The K8 Pro does not have the damper gasket that the Q-series has, so it won't be quite as sublime as that keyboard, but this is far and away the best typing experience I have ever had.
How is the performance? RTINGs has a review and test for this keyboard, and all in all it has good performance of around 10ms wired and a little over double that for Bluetooth. It's not as fast as the fastest gaming keyboards, but there are plenty that are slower than it. Personally, I find it to be fast enough that I don't notice any lag or hinderance while gaming in wired mode, and I can usually do fine with Bluetooth as well. But wired is ever so slightly faster and I can tell when playing a game.
What about all the capabilities? They were also awesome. Here are two hints: if you ever end up with an older K8 Pro with flaky Bluetooth, there is a Bluetooth firmware update that fixes it. Secondly, VIA is definitely my favorite keyboard configuration software now. But, you will see that there are two programming layers for each OS (Mac and Windows). What you need to realize is that the layers stack on top of each other based on which OS you pick. Mac is layer 0, and Windows is layer 2, and each of them have a layer above them that can stack on top and override any keys that are changed in that layer. HOWEVER, you can always just use the Mac layer for everything and then you will have 3 layers on top that can stack. I use Windows, but I just remapped the Mac layer to have Windows keys, and then I got 3 layers to use on top of the Mac layer, so I have 4 total. If I want to use it on a Mac with native Mac keys, I will just need to restore the original mapping.
So, what about my only complaint? What I have learned is that there are north-facing LEDs and south-facing LEDs that cater to two different camps of people. The really nice keycaps tend to be made of PBT, but usually don't have transparent letters. This requires double-shot PBT construction in order to make it good and a lot of keyboard enthusiasts don't seem to care about glowing letters. If your keys are not transparent, then you don't want the stems and bodies of the switches blocking most of the LED light that is intended to glow around the keys. Therefore, you need LEDs on the human-side of the switch so you see a lot more light around the keys. This is called south-facing.
Most keyboards, though, are styled with the letters on the "top", "back", or "north" side of the top key surface. If you have transparent letters that you want to glow, you need LEDs on the "north" side of the switch so that they are underneath the common location for most key cap symbols.
Keychron is in the south-facing camp, and this is by choice. So, if you want south facing this is great. I want glowing letters, though, so I would prefer north facing. To get around this, I bought illuminated key caps with the symbols on the front, "south", or side surface of the key. That way they are directly illuminated by the south-facing LEDs and you get the best of both worlds. I like the side-lit keys.
So, my only suggestion to Keychron is "please make a set of illuminated side-lit key caps" and perhaps "offer a north-facing option" at some point. There are probably others...
I just received my new K8 pro keyboard yestarday and it's my first mechanical keyboard and it's blowing my mind, it's so confortable to type on, wow!
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.
*The Black - Fully Assembled version is NOT hot-swappable and it doesn't include sound-absorbing foam, silicone pad. The stabilizers are mounted on the plate.
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.
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.
**The Black - Fully Assembled version is NOT hot-swappable and it doesn't include sound-absorbing foam, silicone pad. The stabilizers are mounted on the plate.
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.
*Stabilizers of the non-hot-swappable versions are mounted on the plate.
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.
Keychron K Pro Banana switch provides an early tactile bump at the top with a uniquely smooth experience like those Panda switches on the market.
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?
Number of Keys: 87 (Tenkeyless)
Switches (Not including Barebone Version):
Gateron G Pro Mechanical (Hot-swappable versison)
Keychron K Pro Mechanical (Non-hot-swappable version)
Switch Face: South-facing RGB
PCB-mounted screw-in stabilizers (Hot-swappable version)
Plate-mounted stabilizers (Non-hot-swappable version)
Number of Multimedia Keys: 12
Frame Material: ABS / ABS+Aluminum frame
Keycap Material (Not including Barebone Version): Double-shot PBT
Keycap Profile: OSA (OEM profile with spherical-angle)
Polling Rate (Wired Mode): 1000Hz
Polling Rate (Wireless Mode): 90Hz
N-Key Rollover (NKRO): Yes for both wireless and wired modes
CONNECTIVITY AND POWER
Backlit: 22 types of RGB backlight options plus endless possibilities
Battery: 4000 mAh Rechargeable li-polymer battery
BT Working Time (Backlit off): Up to 290 hours (Lab test result may vary by actual use)
BT Working Time (RGB): Up to 150 hours (Lowest brightness)
Connection: Bluetooth and Type-C cable
Bluetooth version: 5.1
Bluetooth Device Name: Keychron K8 Pro
Compatible System: macOS/Windows/Linux
Dimension (Plastic frame version): 355 x 123 mm (13.9 x 4.84 inches)
Weight: About 990 g / 2.2 lbs
Dimension (Aluminum frame version): 359 x 127 mm (14.1 x 5 inches)
Weight: 1146 g / 2.5 lbs
Height incl. keycap (front) 35 mm (1.37 inches)
Height incl. keycap (rear) 42 mm (1.65 inches)
Typing Angle: 3.5º, 7.5º and 10.5º
MCU: Ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M4 32-bit STM32L432 (128KB Flash)
Operating Environment: -10 to 50℃