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

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


. 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

. Blackbird mechanical keyboard
. Wrist pad
. User guide

. 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

. Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
. Available USB port

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

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.

NOTE: Made in Taiwan. All keyboards does not come with o-rings pre installed. If you need o-rings installation, please purchase the following item / service
1) O-Rings rubber dampeners 0.4mm reduction
2) O-Rings Installation Service

Product Features

  • USB Connection
EAN / UPC #:
Illuminated Backlit Colors:
  • Select from Options
Key Switch Structure:
  • Mechanical Key Switch
  • Select from Options
Keyboard Size:
  • Compact Size (2 sections Tenkeyless 75%)
Multimedia Function:
  • Built in Media Keys
Product Color:
  • Black Color
Product Dimension (inch):
14.75 (L) x 6.5 (W) x 1.25 (H) inch
Special Features:
  • 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

Good Keyboard
I would strongly suggest this keyboard to anyone who is looking for a compact tenkeyless. I was between this keyboard and a ducky tenkeyless, and went with this one due to the overall better build and design.
Awesome function-built keyboard
As the other reviews have said, the keyboard is still on my desk after testing it. It's a solid keyboard with top-line switches and PCB board. The keys just feel right (I opted for the MX Browns) and the keyboard's no gimmick's attitude is well-received. The lack of the numpad is a PLUS. I don't use it and want my mouse closer when I have limited desk space. If the numpad is a neccesary for work, the top has two downstream USB ports where you can plug one in and put it wherever you want.

The versatility and construction of this board is what drew me in and it's a board I'll use for years to come.
Solid Solid Solid
As soon as I took this keyboard out of the box I knew I was going to love it. It weighs a lot, is totally rigid and the solid mech keys just beg to be pushed as fast as possible. I did a lot of research after getting a crappy flimsy plastic gaming keyboard that I had to return. Not wanting to repeat that experience I looked around until I found what looked like the best backlit keyboard available - this was the result. Now that I have it (and have for two weeks) I have to say that I have no doubt this is the highest quality keyboard available - it just couldn't be any better. As far as the tenkeyless layout is concerned - I don't miss the number pad at all, and just as you'd expect, it makes using a mouse while gaming much more comfortable. Thanks Max Keyboard!!! You guys rock hard. Oh also - please design an ergonomic backlit keyboard like the Blackbird - only V shaped. :D That'd be awesome to own in 30 years when this one finally stops working. What am I saying, by the time this keyboard breaks I'm gonna be thinking to my computer. :D
This keyboard screams quality. It must weigh about 4-5 lbs. This thing looks amazing, and I love the TKL (75% keyboard) form factor. I was looking for just that and it really helps make switching to the mouse much less strenuous. I can buy a wireless/wired numpad and put it to the right of my mouse if I want to.

I recently built a $900 gaming pc (haven't had one in awhile even, was getting by on a laptop for mediocre gaming), bought a new 23" monitor... but this keyboard was the only thing I really was truly anticipating. In fact, I enjoy it more than the gaming rig I built. I use it for work (programmer, linux, keyboard > mouse kind of guy now) and as for gaming I wouldn't be able to tell the difference (WASD is just button mashing for me, whereas typing is way more coordinated and really benefits from a great keyboard).

I refuse to use any other keyboard.. although if I had to work in an office close to other people I may not get away with the noise this makes, even when not bottoming out keys. I would go with a standard $10 Microsoft keyboard in that case, as those are actually really good keyboards.

-It looks awesome.
-It is a real pleasure to type on and use everyday.
-Amazing LEDs. Perfect for the most part (minus the space key).
-Not the right person to review it as a mechanical keyboard, but I can say that having owned some other keyboards it is leagues ahead of them.
-NO drivers software. All the software is in the keyboard (programming the individual LED keys, setting LED brightness, etc)
-The features are mostly no-nonsense/non-gimmicky.
-Comes with an awesome hand-rest. I like that. I wouldn't have thought to buy one, and I wouldn't have known where/what kind was good. It makes sense if someone is going to buy a $140 keyboard to go that extra few feet in completing the experience.
-Each key's LED can be programmed on/off. Not used often (since it is hard to read them without the LED on). I use this feature only as a reminder to which keys are available (eg: if I watch movies I turn all off except for F1-F3 which are media keys for volume up/down).

-I dislike the left/right sides of the keyboard. With LED turned on or off. It just looks a bit gimmicky. It's so close to having an awesome (perfect,amazing) design. It gives it kind of a weird gaming/sci-fi design instead of the awesome classic-yet-modern/hacker look.
-Not sure what the point of dedicated "windows key disable function" is for (it replaced numlock indicator). Never use it (why would I need to disable a key I never mistakenly press?)
-Keys are black on gray text. I only find them to be adequately readable with the LED on. As a result I tend not to program individual keys much.
-Hard to see Caps/screen indicators as they are behind [Insert][Home][PgUp] and mostly covered. They are the same red LEDs (good) so they don't stick out even if they are partially showing. I have to look up and over the keys to check if they are on/off.
-Space only has 1 LED in the middle. The key that comes with it has a long/narrow translucent strip that is only lit in the middle by 50% (25% not lit on the left and right sides) which seems weird.

I suspect this keyboard will last awhile and look the same for awhile. In a few months, I will update this review with details about its wear (if any).
Good Fit On My Desk!
I'm a computer gamer. It's what I do in my free time. I'm not especially good at it, but I have fun. Part of having fun is being as comfortable as possible while playing the long hours that I do. In order to be comfortable, I use a special keyboard tray that I can adjust to sit where my shoulders and neck won't get sore. On the tray I have a gamepad on the left, a keyboard in the center, and a gaming mouse with a large slick mouse pad on the right. Even with a large tray, there is very little room for a full-sized keyboard. Unfortunately with my large hands, smaller keys simply will not work. That's where a tenkeyless comes in. This keyboard fits great and gets rid of a part of the keyboard that I only rarely used. I also have my computer in my basement. I tend to play with the lights out, so a backlit keyboard is a necessity. The keys on this keyboard are all very will lit and are easy to see. The feel of the Brown Cherry MX keys are similar to other basic keyboards without the loud clicking of the mechanical keys. The overall feel of this keyboard is very good. It feels solid and very well built. The only thing that I don't care for are the looks of some of the lettering. I don't know if it was an attempt to be different or what, but the rounded letters and numbers are just weird. The zero and the O are (). The D is |). The B is |3. I'll get used to it, but I don't really want l33t on my keyboard.
This keyboard is amazing!
I bought this keyboard directly from the Max Keyboard online store along with some keycap sets they sell on the site. After about a month of use, I can say it's one of the best investments I have made for my pc.

Cherry MX Browns feel nice and tactile without being too loud
Board is heavy and sturdy; doesn't move around while gaming
Backlight is nice and brightness/lighted keys can be adjusted
Included wristwrest is a nice touch, as I usually buy one separately
Included USB hub (2 ports) is very handy

Cable is a little shorter than I would like, but not restrictive

All in all, this is a very solidly built keyboard that seems like it will last me a long time. As someone who has owned many keyboards that all fall a bit short of perfect, I am immensely satisfied with my purchase. If you are considering this board, go for it. While you're at it, go to Max Keyboard's site and order yourself some keycaps to give it a touch of personality!
Great keyboard
I'm writing this review to help the guys at Max get the word out. I don't work for the company. I just like keyboards and have 2 dozen of them cluttering up my room.

The Blackbird keyboard is solid as a tank. It's got neon blue back-lit keyboard with a sci-fi "breathe" mode. The side lights remind me of the blue ionized exhaust of the Millennium Falcon, and the brown Cherry key switches feel just right for me. I put this keyboard in the same league as my Happy Hacking Professional 2 ($350), but with quite a different feel. The Max Blackbird runs close to the metal while the HHK2 has a plush feel. In car terms the Blackbird would be a Cayman and the HHK2 would be a M-B S550. You got choices, dude.

The best thing for me is that there's no useless tenkey pad. My typing speed seems a little faster with this keyboard than with the HHK2 because of the short throw for the keys (Cherry vs Topre). If you're looking for a keyboard to solve all your problems, this keyboard will do everything except make you smarter.
SOLID BUILD - Quality Keyboard
My first mechanical keyboard. I love it. Cherry MX BROWN switches are best for combo gaming/typing. Thi sis the heaviest keyboard I have ever owned, and I can tell it is quality construction. I look forward to many many years of use. You will love this keyboard!
Max Keyboard Blackbird
Holy $***!

I've been using membrane keyboards ever since I got my first computer as a kid. Late last year, I kept seeing all these blog sites and youtube videos about "mechanical keyboards" and so I did my research and bought one. I went with Max Keyboard because of their outstanding customer service and the fact that they sold a cherry mx sampler kit with Red, Black, Blue and Brown switches. I ordered that and decided on Brown. I went with the Blackbird because I have no use for the number key. They brown switches are really nice and clicky, but not too loud. The build quality is top notch. The keyboard must weigh at least 4 pounds. All the back lighting is even and I love how you can pick different brightness levels or even set it to just have certain keys lit.

I ended up giving this keyboard to my buddy and bought another for myself. I looked at Ducky and a few of the other brands, but they don't have the customer service and aesthetics that this keyboard does.
I spent a good ten minutes of my time writing a nice, friendly and positive review of this keyboard, got the confirmation code wrong, and everything was lost.

Your loss maxkeyboard, not mine :)
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