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Max Keyboard Blackbird Tenkeyless (TKL) Cherry MX Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Max Keyboard Blackbird Tenkeyless (TKL) Cherry MX Backlit Mechanical Keyboard


 

$149.99

Cherry MX Blue / Blue LED / US Layout Cherry MX Blue / Red LED / US Layout Cherry MX Brown / Blue LED / US Layout Cherry MX Brown / Red LED / US Layout Cherry MX Brown / Blue LED / UK Layout Cherry MX Red / Blue LED / US Layout
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Max Keyboard Blackbird TKL Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Max Keyboard Blackbird TKL Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Max Keyboard Blackbird Tenkeyless (TKL) Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

The all new design Max Keyboard Blackbird Tenkeyless (TKL) is a simple, elegant and compact size backlit mechanical keyboard packed with new features such as custom backlighting mode, LED sleep mode and timer notification mode. Individual color LED on every key switches across the board. Full USB NKey rollover capability. 4 levels of LEDs brightness adjustment to suit your environment and 1 level of LEDs pulsing mode to give your keyboard a cool looking effect.

Max Keyboard Blackbird TKL Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
German Made Industrial Grade Mechanical Key Switch

Cherry MX mechanical switches are known for its tactile and audible click typing feel with exceptional durability and reliability. It operates with an actuation point of 2mm that only requires a pressure of 45 - 50g for the key to register a key stroke. Furthermore, the actuation point and release point of the switch are identical, which will facilitate speed, precision and more control in typing that will reduce finger fatigue and allow faster transition.

Max Keyboard Blackbird TKL Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Double Shot Injection Molded Key Caps

Max Keyboard Blackbird is one of the first backlit mechanical keyboard that has adopted a durable and advanced key cap molding process. Each key cap are filled with double shot injection that enriches the touch quality of matte texture. Yes, we are very pleased that each key cap were carefully created as individual molds and with the highest levels of detail, the finishing enables us to provide the richness in backlight color and best of all, keeping the characters intact on the key cap so it will never wear off. Designed in a way to provide you an experience with one of the highest quality key cap you have ever had.

Max Keyboard Blackbird TKL Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Side Panel Ambient Lighting and Convenient High Speed USB 2.0 Ports

Soft ambient lighting that creates a wonderful effect in setting the mood and enrich the aesthetic sense of the atmosphere. Meanwhile onboard USB ports lets you conveniently transfer files and photos from your thumb / flash drive at 480 Mbps high speed data transfer rate and 100mA power current on each port. Ideal for small USB mobile devices such as mouse, trackball, trackpad or joystick.

Max Keyboard Blackbird TKL Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Braided Cables & Gold Plated Connectors

Heavy duty braided cable allows extra flexibility and keep wires from getting tangled. 18K gold-electroplated connectors to minimize latency and provide reliable connection that optimizes signal quality and delivers the best transmission and data transfer.

Max Keyboard Blackbird TKL Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Comfortable Wrist Support Pad
Comfortable Wrist Rest provides maximum support to help relieve wrist discomfort and keeping your wrists in an ergonomic typing position. Rigid non-skid base keeps wrist rest firmly in place.

 

KEYBOARD INFORMATION
. Tenkeyless (80% keyboard) design
. Cherry MX mechanical key switches
. 1000 Hz ultra polling rate
. Individual backlit keys for enhanced visuals
. Backlight setting memory
. 4 level backlight modes (pulse mode on level 4)
. 3 level backlight modes on side panel ambient lighting
. Custom backlight mode (user defined)
. LED sleep mode (user defined, up to 30 minutes)
. Timer notification mode (user defined, up to 120 minutes)
. Double shot injection molded key cap
. N-key rollover (6 keys / full NKRO on USB, any combination)
. Embedded multimedia keys
. Built in 2 high-speed USB 2.0 hub (max 100mA each)
. Heavy duty braided cable with routing management
. Gold plated connectors
. Tilt legs
. Windows key disabled function
. Foam wrist pad for extra wrist comfort
. US ANSI 87 keys / UK ISO 88 keys

PACKAGE CONTENTS
. Blackbird mechanical keyboard
. Wrist pad
. User guide

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
. 2 downstream USB 2.0 hub (max 100mA each)
. Individual LED on each key switch
. 50,000,000 actuation on key switch
. 45g-50g actuation force
. Keyboard dimension: approx 14.75in x 6.5in x 1.25in
. Keyboard weight: approx 2.4 lbs
. Cable length: approx 6 foot

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
. Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP
. Available USB port

ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
. Operating temperature: 0°C to 50°C
. Operating humidity: 0% to 60%

ELECTRICAL DATA
Keyboard must be plugged into your USB host port that provide 500 mA (Milliamps) at 5 V (Volts). Each USB port on the keyboard will support up to 100 mA.

 

Product Features

  • USB Connection
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  • Select from Options
  • Mechanical Key Switch
  • Select from Options
  • Compact Size (2 sections Tenkeyless 75%)
  • Built in Media Keys
  • Black Color
14.75 (L) x 6.5 (W) x 1.25 (H) inch
  • Backlight Setting Memory
  • Built in USB Hub (2 Ports)
  • Comfortable Wrist Pad
  • Double Shot Injection Molded Keycap
  • Gold Plated Connectors
  • Heavy Duty Braided Cable
  • N-Key Rollover
  • On Board Memory
  • Tilt legs
  • Windows Key Disabled in Game Mode



I have been using the BlackBird Tenkeylkess (TKL) Cherry MX board in the Brown Key style with Blue backlights. I have modified it with clear black translucent keycaps in SOME of the keys, since I use it for gaming a lot.

I replaced a lot of the LED lights with different colors, no problem, would suggest using a solder sucker, I used the Radio Shack model with built in iron, worked great. So some of my keys now have bright colors that mark what they are used for in the game and others are different colors with the original keycaps for different uses as I see fit. Admittedly, I have some soldering experience that most do not have, but I think if you have soldered a bit, and fairly confident, I see no reason not to try it, though for a price, they will customize a keyboard for you if you would rather with LED lights in any color they sell. The keyboard I have is fairly easy to disassemble and reassemble. No special tools used, just be careful and don't force anything, take your time the first time. Look at instuctions.

There was no problem with the different voltages that used to be needed for the different colored LED lights, if you are worried about that, just replace them and they work as long as you use the ones they sell, I cannot comment and would not reccomend any other brand in these keyboards.

NOT ONE LED HAS BURNED OUT IN A YEAR, including the ones I replaced myself with their LEDs they sell in different colors. I use the keyboard and my six year old grandson uses it for gaming also, that says a lot. A six year old is kinda messy, it is their way, heh. He gets excited and loses control sometimes while gaming, but the keyboard stands up to it.

The staff there at MAX keyboards are stellar with their concern for the correct keyboard for you. They will hold your hand through the process and help you to make the right decision for you. I am very impressed with that company.

Everything I hoped it would be. I bought this keyboard to replace a Filco mechanical keyboard that had made my life miserable for two years. (It never worked properly, even after two returns - the second and third ones were as bad as the first.) The Max Keyboard is wonderful to type on! I love the blue Cherry switches and the tactile feel.

The lighted keys are also surprisingly useful. Before I received the keyboard I thought of the lighted keys as a gimmick but now that I'm using it I consider them very pleasant.

The keyboard has a solid, high quality feel to it. This keyboard is the best one I've typed on since the IBM keyboards from the '80s.

looks and feels good. You will not go wrong with this BLACKBIRD TKL!

good & fast

Thank you. ^^

A solid workhorse!

I took the plunge buying this keyboard, not knowing whether it would work with a MacMini running Mac OS 10.9. And I can gladly say it does! Just plug it into a USB port and the operating system first declares you have a non-Apple keyboard and takes you through several steps to help it recognize the keyboard. I love the backlit feature which gives a nice comfortable blue glow (which you can control up to 4 different levels including OFF). The chasis is a solid matt black build. The tenkeyless design means you are just that bit closer to your mouse, and if you are not using the keypads often anyway, it is occupies a smaller space on your desk. The key presses are much more 'clickety' (I'm using the Cherry MX Brown switches) than I'm used to with Apple's keyboard but more 'satisfying' - I now am more certain whether the key presses have been registered. Pair this keyboard with software to map your macros such as Keyboard Maestro and you have a really nice package to speed up your workflow.

A HEAVY USING MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST'S DREAM!

Needed a mechanical keyboard without the extra number keypad on side so I could reach for the mouse and quickly get fingers back to the board. Needed a keyboard that WOULDN'T WEAR OUT THE KEYS! This one has the great clicky sound without being too loud! Love the backlit keys because sometimes I don't want or need the desk lamp on and it is perfect! Just wish the cap light on indicator were more visible from the angle I sit. I don't have to pound down on the keys and it responds very nicely! Well worth the price because I know it will last and last and last!

I've spent years on membrane keyboards and I was looking to switch to mechanical for a while now. Going with this Max Keyboard Blackbird Tenkeyless was a choice I do not regret and am very pleased with. The design of the keyboard is something I really enjoy. In my opinion, I think it looks better than other full-size mechanical keyboards you can get at this price (K70, G710+). The red led-backlighting matches my PC and the rest of my peripherals. The build quality is great. It's heavier than my previous full-size membrane keyboard and this is only a ten-keyless. With that in mind, I can say that this board will last me for a long while due to it's durability. They exceeded my expectations of how well they feel when I type. I have the blues - tactile and audible click. I recommend these especially to those who love to hear exactly what you're typing. They were a lot more quiet than I expected them to be considering a lot of people bash on Blues for being too loud. I found them to be manageable with regards to noise. If it ever gets too loud, you can always buy O-ring sound dampeners.

If you're a gamer, you might want to reconsider getting the Blue Cherry MX version of this mechanical board. The reason being that double-clicking a key can be a bit tricky. Sometimes the second stroke won''t register if you don't allow the key to return to it's original position. I say sometimes because other times, it would record my fast double-clicking of a key. The solution is to get familiar with the stroke of the keys and finding the sweet spot in between clicks so that you can double-click without having the key return to it's original position.

I highly recommend this keyboard to anyone looking for a high quality mechanical keyboard. This won't disappoint.

Bought the Max Keyboard Blackbird to replace a Corsair K90 and as a first foray into the tenkeyless (TKL) world. I've used mechanical keyboards with all the common cherry MX colors (blue, brown, black, red) and from several different manufacturers and this one clearly ranks up there with the best in terms of both quality and features. The switches feel great, cherry vs costar stabilizers has never been an issue for me personally, and the double-shot key caps are really nice.

The main reason I'm knocking a star off is related to what some of the other reviewers have reported: I would get frequent intermittent disconnecting and reconnecting on my Asus Z87 (maximus VI hero) motherboard. However, I e-mailed support about this issue and they gave me a phone number to call. A real person picked up the phone (always a plus) and, while english was obviously his second language, he helped me troubleshoot over the phone. We had an excellent conversation, he gave me a workaround that worked (plug a USB thumb drive into the USB ports on the keyboard) and even discussed some of the possible causes in a very casual manner... It was very refreshing. Supposedly using the KB off a powered USB hub is also a solution, but I haven't tried yet. A more detailed manual would also be appreciated.

Overall, its got a few quirky little niggles but its a great keyboard and very enjoyable to use!

Love this board but I found out (through online forums (google reddit and max keyboard and disconnecting)) that some people including me and another amazon reviewer are having random disconnecting issues with what I believe is with asus mobos (which I have). Fixed by visiting that forum and tweaking usb bios ( "disabling all of the "extra" and legacy features") settings and experimenting with different usb ports with(mouse? and keyboard) finally got the problem resolved. Minus one star for that hassle, still love this keyboard for my fps games.
PS Oh also don't like the lack of detail for their two page manual (ex. timer feature, sleep, ect.) going to the youtube account 'TheMaxKeyboard' and watching their video helped.

I debated ordering this keyboard for a couple of months (long enough for the price to go up $10 on Amazon). I finally went for it, and very glad I did. I'm not a gamer, but wanted this keyboard for several reasons: The TKL (ten-keyless) design, which gives me far more space on my keyboard tray for my mouse; the backlit feature; and the mechanical switches. I've never typed on one of these keyboards, but was attracted to it by the reviews. I learned how to type in high school typing class on the old manual typewriters, and later learned basic word processing on those weird IBM Selectric word processors with the little 3-line screen in the front of the cabinet. Since those days, I've missed the physical feedback of mechanical keys, and though I don't know if they make me a better typist, I certainly enjoy that tactile part of typing, and with this keyboard I'm able to type full-speed ahead, which at one point was certified at 85wpm.

The weight of this keyboard feels great. It's heavy and firm, no sliding and certainly no flex. The braided cable doesn't matter to me; I'm not going to be unplugging this keyboard and taking it with me as some gamers do, so I also don't care that the cable is hard-wired into the keyboard rather than a removable plug. The backlit keys are gorgeous, and I'm experimenting with selecting which keys I want to have lit (every key on the keyboard can be individually chosen to be lit or not)...currently, I have just the two index finger keys lit (F and J) so I can easily land on the keyboard with no other light. I also like this feature because sooner or later, I'm going to end up popping off the 'app' key because I tend to hit it accidentally a LOT. (I've also just sent an email to the company asking if there is a way to deactivate individual keys without having to remove keys, and if I learn there is, I'll add to this review.) I will note one thing I hadn't really thought much about with this board: the size and spacing of the keys are more like an old IBM Selectric typewriter, which is very cool for me, but I will admit that they're taking some time to get used to after my last 4 or 5 keyboards which had larger keys, farther spaced. As I use this board I am certain I'll really come to appreciate this difference...it's just that for now, it's taking a bit of adjustment to my style. And one last note: I have enjoyed having various keyboards that permitted easy control of media (I listen to music and watch films on my computer a lot). I like dedicated media keys, and have been totally unable to find a TKL, backlit board with such keys, and even posted a question for this keyboard asking how sensitive the media keys are. Turns out they're not dedicated; you have to use the function key as well, which normally would be a deal breaker for me. But I found a very cool free download called '3RVX' which adjusts the volume while you are in any program, simply by moving your mouse to the upper corner and rolling your scroll wheel (among other options). I use this exclusively now for volume changes, negating the need for volume keys on the keyboard. All in all, I very easily gave this keyboard a solid 5.