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

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


. 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

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'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.
Mechanical keyboards in general are great for their durability, and this one is no exception. It is quite heavy for a keyboard, so the construction certainly seems very strong and unlikely to break easily. The fact it is missing the extra number pad is great for people that don't use those keys frequently, and it really economizes your "gaming field" if you happen to be a gamer. The fact my mouse is so much closer to the area I normally hover over while gaming is great!

The Cherry MX Browns are the perfect go-between when it comes to the "main three" in mechanical keyboard switches (blue, brown, and red). They keys are still a bit "clicky" if you bottom them out, but they are not nearly as loud as a MX Blue would be. I specifically got a keyboard with browns for that reason seeing I share computer space. On top of that, it hardly makes any noise at all if you just push down to the actuation point (which will take some practice; this is my first mechanical keyboard so I'm still bottoming them out, but I'll get there!)

One thing I wanted in a mechanical keyboard was blue LEDs. Totally aesthetic choice, but my new build featured them and I wanted everything to match. The LEDs on this keyboard are great, though they are extremely bright on the higher settings. I'll probably just be keeping them on low and occasionally medium seeing high is almost blinding in a dark room. However, the custom option is very cool. I didn't realize how diverse it was when I bought it, but you can literally determine an entire active area of your choice, which is awesome if you want to highlight keys you use frequently and leave less-used keys dark. Best of all, you don't need bulky software to do it like some other popular keyboards. It is all done directly on the keyboard.

However, there are some less stellar aspects of the design. A lot of the alternate symbols (such as the audio adjust, brightness, etc) are printed on the sides of the keys and are not backlit. Granted, you probably will have their placement memorized pretty quickly, but it looks strange aesthetically as I am used to a laptop layout where the prominent usage of the key is in the largest font, and alternate symbols are smaller in the corners. Even so, I didn't knock a star off for that seeing that is entirely a personal opinion.

The FN key placement is also different, but I don't know if that is industry standard or not. Just note that it is to the right of the spacebar rather than to the left.
The best backlit tenkeyless out there
Built like a tank. Useful USB hub.

Tenkeyless, backlit, Cherry MX Blue, enough said.

Feels much more substantial than Ducky (realistically, the only competition).

One caveat: it has these lateral panels for ambient lighting or something. That lighting can be turned off (thankfully), but the panels are not flush with the keyboard, meaning jagged edges.

Five minutes with a nail file solved the problem; however, for a premium keyboard that is otherwise very solidly built... a tad disappointing.

Still, five stars. Better than anything else on the market. Be prepared to steal a nail file from your significant other, though :-)
MX Browns
Went to this keyboard from a Blackwidow from Razer with MX Blues, and I have to say that I really like the brown switches for gaming. They have the same actuation force at the reds, and a similar tactile feel to the Blues. They are quicker to actuate that the blues, making them far superior. I even like typing on them better.

Aside from the switches the actual keyboard is amazing. The quality is amazing, the keys feel great, and the backlighting features are awesome. You can choose which keys you want lit up, and change the brightness of the backlights and sidelights independently. This is actually one of the more feature-rich keyboards I've ever used and it does all that without any drivers or software to install. Truely plug and play.
Easily the best alternative to the ducky shine 3!
This keyboard feels so amazing to type on and it feels very nice to type on it with the double-shot injection molded keys. I highly recommend this to people with the money to spend on a mechanical keyboard at this price range. This keyboard has almost everything I want in a keyboard without going with a ducky shine 3. I personally think that this keyboard is much better then the shine 3 due to the general feel and aesthetics of it, without being so rare and overpriced due to high demand. This is a great alternative coming from a person that has had both for awhile. If you want a overall premium keyboard for you money get this, I guarantee you will not feel disappointed!

-Different LED modes
-Custom backlight mode for choosing individual keys to light up.
-Double-shot injected keys
-Very heavy
-Free wrist resting foam (I actually use it a lot)
-Gaming mode so you don't rage when you press the windows key in the middle of a game.
-Easy to read guide for different modes to activate in booklet.

-Cherry Stabilizers.
-The mounting stand on the bottom for the keyboard is not rubber but the keyboard makes up that by it's weight.
-Cap locks light is at a bad place and it is hard to notice if it is on caps loCK UNTIL THIS HAppens.
Great keyboard
Slightly clicky, but not irritatingly clicky, so a good middle-ground ... clickiness. Very high build quality. Red backlighting is very visible yet easy on the eyes. My only complaint is that I wish the two USB ports on the back of the keyboard could handle a phone charger. Otherwise, it's perfect.
Hi guys! Just wanted to drop you a quick line to praise the Blackbird. I'm a developer and aspiring writer, so a comfortable and reliable keyboard is (you should pardon the expression) key to my health and happiness.

I'm typing this on a red back-lit Blackbird with Browns, and my fingers couldn't be much happier! I don't know for sure how you managed to make the Cherry stabilizers on the wide keys so smooth and responsive, but you have done. Aesthetics is secondary to me, but it doesn't hurt that the Blackbird is -- like the legendary aircraft that shares its name -- sexy as hell.

I've been singing the Blackbird's praises wherever and whenever I get the chance (Amazon, reddit, etc.), but, sadly, there is one tragic flaw I have to warn folks about every time: the unfortunate location of the key lock LEDs.

Unless I'm hunched over the keyboard, all three are completely obscured by the navigation cluster. One way to fix the issue would be to place them south of the navigation cluster. Two other options that I think would look even better would be smaller LEDs placed in the right hand bump out at the top of the keyboard above the scroll lock and pause keys, or placing the lock indicators in the associated keys themselves (Caps Lock, ScrLk, and F12), similar to the implementation CoolerMaster used in their QuickFire Rapid (though not as blindingly bright, please!).

Anyway, since the only other improvement I can think of would be for the backlight sleep timer to work more like a screen saver (i.e., after a timeout, LEDs go dark, but typing brings them back on to the previously set light level), I'll continue to recommend the Blackbird to everyone I come across looking for a top quality tenkeyless keyboard. I'll be buying a second Blackbird for myself, as well - this one has replace a QuickFire XT at work, and I'm in the process of building out a new desktop for my home office. Were it not for the keylock LED issue, I'd already have purchased a second one. I've looked at every other TKL on the market, though, and none other looks to beat the Blackbird, so, unless something new crops up in the next month, you'll be racking up another red LED/brown switch Blackbird sale soon!

Please pass on my complements to the designers, and keep up the great work!
I recently bought a Blackbird Tenkeyless keyboard with Cherry Brown switches and blue backlighting. I really love this keyboard and typing on it is a great experience. Build quality is also really high. I would definitely recommend it.
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