This is my first mechanical keyboard, it sounds way better than I expected!
...well, 9 days. I spent a day making sure all was working OK! I ordered on a Saturday (7th), and tracking showed it in the UK on the 13th. Royal Mail delivered it on the 15th.
It arrived well packaged - plenty of bubble wrap, but not too much as to be wasteful. The box is lovely, and contains extra keycaps as expected (Mac + Windows), a USB A to USB C cable, and a couple of bags of tools.
The keyboard itself is a joy. My only regret is getting rid of all those IBM keyboards about 10-15 years ago... But I digress. No complaints with the keyboard itself at all. But Via is fiddly if you're not used to it, and I'd suggest you back up keycap files early and often. Finding the initial keycap file wasn't that easy either, if I'm honest (hint: it's on the product page, so probably a bit above this review). And I needed to Google to get the keycap file working. But nothing too taxing, and if you're buying a mechanical keyboard chances are you're happy with a wee bit of fiddling in the name of customisation.
Read a lot of reviews and they were all right, the best pre-built keyboard you can get for the money. Shipping does take a while but is to be expected from China.
Looking for my first mechanical keyboard, I took a punt on this. Keyboard build is great, reassuringly heavy and keys were easy to swap. Incredibly happy with this and would definitely recommend. Delivery took just over a week .
Build quality is top notch, sounds awesome when typing, best pre bult KB I own
Keychron K8 Pro
ISO Layout Collection
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.
K8 Pro ISO Layout Versions
These versions include the UK, German, Swiss, Nordic, French, and Spanish layouts, all with extra keycaps suitable for Mac and Windows devices.
🇬🇧 UK-ISO Layout
🇩🇪 German DE-ISO Layout
🇨🇭 Swiss-ISO Layout
🇩🇰 🇫🇮 🇮🇸 🇳🇴 🇸🇪 Nordic-ISO Layout
🇫🇷 French-ISO Layout
🇪🇸 Spanish-ISO Layout
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 literally 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.
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.
Every detail matters, so we make the K8 Pro hot-swappable for your personalized typing experience. The hot-swappable sockets are mounted on the PCB, so 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.
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 backspace. The Keychron K8 Pro also supports third-party screw-in PCB stabilizers.
OSA Profile ABS Backlight Shine-Through Keycaps
To further leverage your typing experience, the K8 Pro ISO version comes with our unique OSA profile (OEM profile with spherical angle) and ABS keycaps that aim to provide a more comfortable fingertip feel and a fantastic backlight shine-through effect.
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 (excluding 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.
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 (0º, 6º & 9º) and curved OSA-profile keycaps are all working together to provide long-lasting ergonomic support for your wrist.
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