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

Max Keyboard Blackbird Tenkeyless (TKL) Cherry MX Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Cherry MX Brown / Blue LED / US Layout

Minimum quantity for "Max Keyboard Blackbird Tenkeyless (TKL) Cherry MX Backlit Mechanical Keyboard" is 1.

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

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 :)
Love it!
I am using this keyboard right now as I write this review and am loving every key that I press. It just feels perfect.

Let me start by stating I am one of the most finicky people when it comes to gaming products.
When I purchase something and keep it, it's because I absolutely love the product or it's the best product that I can get for my needs (with minor annoyances). With this keyboard, it's the 1st, I love it!

I purchased this right from the manufacturer's website as they were having a holiday deal and not directly from Amazon, but decided to write my review here as I usually do a majority of my online shopping on this site.

Anyway, let me start by describing what I was looking for then I will give you a breakdown...

So, I was basically looking for a tenkeyless keyboard (no number pad) to save desk space that had back lighting and was made for gaming. At the time I wasn't so concerned about mechanical keys or not, but having them would be a plus. Let me say my search was very difficult. I looked at Razer's offerings and Roccat as those seemed to be the only companies that had a product that was tenkeyless, was geared toward gaming, and familiar to me (as I purchased products from them before).

The 1st problem was that neither of them had back-lighting, so I started scrolling page through page and searching for companies outside my comfort zone. I believe it was here that I stumbled upon this keyboard.
Looking at the reviews (1) didn't really give me a sense as to the quality of the product (which is why i'm writing this now). so, I went to the manufacturer's site and looked at their youtube videos and also online reviews from other people. This helped some, but in the end I decided to just take a chance and purchase the thing.


So now let's get into the pro's/con's. I'm going to start with the con's as they're aren't many.


1. The price has to be the biggest con. Mechanical keyboars are never cheap but this one is pretty high up there, especially for one that is missing the keypad. I think with the holiday discount the board was around 140$.

2. Shipping took quite awhile. 1st they had to build the thing, as I ended up creating my own color scheme (which they offer!) then it took at least 10 days from the time I got my shipping notification to my door. Could be the fact UPS was overwhelmed this Christmas but it just was a long time. Be prepaired to wait at least 2-3 weeks if you are doing a custom order from the manufacturer.

Well that is it for the cons. Like I said, pretty short list.

Pro's (there are many):

1. Customization: When I went to the site to place my order I couldn't believe all the things they were offering. When I saw that they would add any color lights to any keys you wanted I was hooked. I decided to go with the blue layout with RED (W,S,A,D and Arrow Keys) and man it is striking!

2. Small Layout: Love the tenkeyless, saved space for my mouse and pad. Now the pad actually fits nicely against the keyboard.
Keypad to me was useless for gaming, I never used the thing and it just added extra bulk to my keyboards.

3. Mechanical Keyboard: If you don't know the benefits of a mechanical keyboard do a search and you'll see. It's just a whole new typing experience. I would suggest having the company add the o-rings to your keyboard which will dampen the sound (yes, they will do that for you too!).

4: This keyboard just oozes quality, from the solid weight to the braided cord and the double molded keys (they inject two mold on the keys) which basically means your key lettering will not rub off like cheaper keyboards.

5. Typing just feels nice on this keyboard. With the o-rings it's not too loud and they feedback of the cherry brown switches (you can choose any switches you want) is outstanding.

6. No drivers needed, this thing is plug and play and doesn't require any bloated software like so many of the other companies (looking at you Razer and Logitech).

7. Lighting is soooo pretty! It's also adjustable with 3 levels of brightness and a breathing effect.


I could probably go on, but I'm going to stop here. Just visit the website and take a look at their video's or do a search for other more in-depth reviews on the web.

Just to mention, I purchased and returned the Logitech G710+ and the Corsair Vengeance K60 (which both had their own flaws) before getting this keyboard and boy am I glad I did. I believe I found the perfect keyboard for me and wouldn't hesitate to buy other products from them.

Hope this review helped.
An excellent well built keyboard.
The Blackbird is a very nice upgrade from my Logitech G15. The features go above and beyond any previous keyboard I have owned and you can tell by the weight of this keyboard how durable it is. No creaking plastic here. The back lighting on the sides really make this keyboard stand out from the others. Also, the included wrist pad fits perfectly with the keyboard and makes for a comfortable typing experience. Two words to sum it up, comfort and quality. I couldn't be any happier with my purchase.
After i pressed a key for the first time on the Blackbird i inmediatly discarded my Noppoo Choc Mini-2M. The feel of the DSIM Keycaps are like a dream. and i assume that Max Keyboard has a thousand times better Quality Control, because even the brown switches feel alot better than the brown ones on my Noppoo.

the blue light is a very nice tone. not to bright, not to dark. easy on the eye so to say. the choosen font while very modern has a very good readability. i like it.

the option to custom highlight keys is an awesome feature, i programmed it right away for my favorite game. very very handy.

for me personally the keycaps trumps everything though. as a heavy duty gamer and typer the labels on my noppoo started to wear off just after a few months. the fact that the blackbird will always look as new, no matter how much i type on it, makes me a very happy customer.

the minimalistic design without any logo or random graphics makes this thing a true beauty and the design just screams "USE ME, TYPE ON ME". while minimalistic, it weighs so much, you could break a window with it. this keyboard has quality written all over it ;)

summary: typing on the blackbird makes you addicted. it feels so right.

buy it. it's a masterpiece. full recommendation of a happy customer from Germany.
As a software engineer who types all day long and appreciates form-follows-function, this is everything I want in a keyboard.
A joy to type on. Excellent, heavy-duty build quality. Very attractive, minimalist design aesthetics without the silly and exaggerated branding and superfluous design elements you see on a lot of so-called "gamer" and specialty mechanical keyboards. The TKL form-factor makes it easier to use a mouse than a full size keyboard, but also doesn't impinge on the primary key layout. The angled shape of the chassis means you don't have to engage the tilt legs to get a subtle angle on the keyboard, and the keycaps are designed for this nice, easy angle. Brown switches are IMO the best compromise in tactile feel and loudness. I also prefer the red backlight because it's easier on the eyes at night than blue, white, etc. The USB cable is heavy-duty, braided, and a good length. The keykap lettering will never wear out or lose clarity (double-shot injection molded means that they simply can't wear off). The included wrist pad is perfectly tailored in size to the keyboard and is very comfortable. The built in timer feature is a suprisingly useful extra (a simple key combo starts a timer that results in the backlights flashing after 10-100 minutes). This is the best keyboard I could imagine using and it is a really superb visual addition to my desk. I can't think of anything I would change about it.
One of the best
I just got this thing earlier today so I suppose this is a first impressions review more than anything but it gives me an excuse to use the keyboard so here we go:

Keyboard Chaise:
The body is well made plastic. It doesn't bend or make sounds under pressure. In total, I am well pleased with it. One of the main things I am looking for in a keyboard is its build quality. The Blackbird doesn't disappoint. The keyboard cable is not detachable. I chose this because the last keyboard I bought had a Filco body (great build quality) but the connection for the keyboard was poorly soldered and eventually broke. The 2 USB ports are a nice added feature for some quick thumb drive action but I would have preferred them to either make them a USB pass-through or simply not incorporate them; which is a small gripe.

The keys have a very nice feel to them. The double-shot ABS is leagues above most keyboard keys, even most mechanical ones, because the lettering on the keys won't fade as they are a separate layer of plastic and not painted or etched on. Although if you wanted the best you would be looking for PBT keys but trying to find a keyboard with PBT keys is not an easy task. Most of the time you have to order a set separately.

I've used black, brown and now blue Cherry MX switches. My preference would have to be the blue switches that I got with the Blackbird. Black switches can be tiring to type on and the brown switches feel mushy and not well defined. For anyone that is worried about the noise the blue switches make they aren't that loud and most of the time you'll make louder noises bottoming out on the keys against the keyboard.

The LEDs on the keys and LED options make the keyboard look fantastic. The different settings are completely independent from software; which I like. In all the LEDs were a plus for me. I wasn't really looking for a back lit keyboard but they do look cool and they make gaming easier in the dark. if someone wanted the most features out of an LED keyboard, Ducky has more options for the LEDs but are more expensive, harder to find and most don't have the double-shot keys that the Blackbird does. The LEDs on the side have separate lighting options and make the keyboard and surrounding area look pleasant; which I am not opposed to. Also each key on the keyboard can be turned on or off making a great way for you to customize your keyboard to your liking.

Initially I wasn't looking for a Tenkeyless keyboard but none of the full sized keyboards had the build quality that I wanted and without a detachable cord. After some debate I final deiced to try out a TKL format. I've found the smaller form factor not too big of deal and even feels nicer while playing games and such because you're not stretching your arms so far apart. Currently, I am not missing my key pad as much as I thought I would. I would recommend giving TKL format a try. You might like it.

Since I just got this keyboard, I am worried that the keys might shine since they are ABS. If they do any time soon I will edit this to say so. Other than that This keyboard is worry free.

Final thoughts:
If I based my rating on if I would buy the Blackbird again, I would rate it a 5/5. It really is an excellent keyboard that has a great feel and look to it. If I were to rating it against my dream keyboard, where money was not a priority, I would give the Blackbird a 4/5. It's a great buy for the price. I will definitely look at Max Keyboards the next time I am in the market for a keyboard. They have made a good first impression with me.
The best Tenkeyless Keyboard, for sure.
The best Tenkeyless out right now. Quality is unbelievable. Max Keyboards has made keyboards commercially in the past and then they stepped into the consumer market a few keyboards ago. Their already somewhat famous Nighthawk and Tesoro keyboards were amazing backlit mechanical keyboards. Still couldn't go wrong buying one today. Now with this being a new branch with the name of 'Blackbird' they are sticking to their classic naming theme. Can not wait to get my hands on their next full-sized keyboards after this. The quality of engineering and materials in this board are miles ahead from the k8 and k9. You just have to see it to believe the beauty.

Customize it
I'd actually recommend buying this from their own website ( for 2 reasons.

1. Priced the same

2. You can custom order your own board! Change the color of the spacebar, esc key, windows key, function key, arrows, and wasd or esdf if you prefer.

Love love love, this keyboard
I recently purchased the Blackbird keyboard. This was my first purchase from Max keyboard and also my first mechanical keyboard. I can't express how happy I am with this product. Everything about this keyboard screams quality. The double shot injected keycaps are out of this world. The build quality feels phenomenal. This just feels like the perfect blend of durability and elegance. The wrist pad and the other goodies I received (black Friday deal) were just the cherry on top. Kudos to you Max Keyboard Team! You def a new customer.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Write a review