Max Keyboard Nighthawk X7 (Cherry MX Blue) Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Max Keyboard Nighthawk X7 (Cherry MX Blue) Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
 
$144.99
Nighthawk-X7
Max Keyboard Nighthawk X7 Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Max Keyboard Nighthawk X7 Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Max Keyboard Nighthawk X7 Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

The all new Max Keyboard Nighthawk X7 backlit mechanical keyboard packed with superb features and advance technology. Individual color LED on each and every key switches across the board. Full USB NKey rollover keyboard. Yes, not 6KRO, not 20KRO. It is "full NKey rollover" on USB! 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 Nighthawk X7 Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
German Made Industrial Grade Mechanical Key Switch

Cherry MX BLUE switches is known for its tactile and audible click typing feel with exceptional durability and reliability. It operates with an actuation point of 2mm and only requires a pressure of 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 and less fatigue to your fingers.

Max Keyboard Nighthawk X7 Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Convenient High Speed USB 2.0 Ports and Audio Jacks

Added convenience right at your finger tips. 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. While the 3.5mm integrated audio and microphone jack provide convenience for inserting a headset or microphone device, and clears up valuable desk space.

Max Keyboard Nighthawk X7 Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Braided Cables & Gold Plated Connectors

Heavy duty braided cable provide additional flexibility and prevent tangle wired. 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 Nighthawk X7 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
. Cherry MX BLUE mechanical key switches (tactile & clicky)
. Individual backlit keys for enhanced visuals
. Backlight setting memory
. 4 level backlight modes (pulse mode on level 4)
. 128k on-board memory
. Laser etched keycap
. N-key rollover (full NKRO on USB, any combination)
. Embedded multimedia keys
. Built in 2 high-speed USB 2.0 hub (max 100mA each)
. Built in headphone & microphone jack pass-through
. Heavy duty braided cable
. Gold plated connectors
. Tilt legs
. Windows key disabled function
. Wrist pad for maximum palm comfort
. US ANSI 104-key
. Programmable macro keys (optional downloadable software)

SOFTWARE INFORMATION
. 5 profiles
. 10 macro keys assignment on each profile
. Maximum 50 macro keys
. Macro key recorder
. Import and export configuration files
. Time delay function
. All macro keys stored on keyboard

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

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
. Soft matte black upper enclosure with heavy duty braided cable
. 2 downstream USB 2.0 hub (max 100mA each)
. Individual color LEDs
. 50,000,000 actuation on key switches
. 50g actuation force
. Keyboard dimension: approx 17.5in x 5.7in x 1in
. Keyboard weight: approx 3 lbs
. Cable length: approx 6' foot

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
. Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP
. Available USB port
. 50MB hard disk space

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.

NOTE: 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

Connectivity:
  • USB Connection
EAN / UPC #:
609456362658
Illuminated Backlit Colors:
  • Select from Options
Key Switch Structure:
  • Cherry MX Blue
  • Mechanical Key Switch
Keyboard Size:
  • Full Size (3 sections 100%)
Multimedia Function:
  • Built in Audio Jacks
  • Built in Media Keys
Product Color:
  • Black Color
Product Dimension (inch):
17.5 (L) x 5.7 (W) x 1 (H) inch
Special Features:
  • Backlight Setting Memory
  • Built in USB Hub (2 Ports)
  • Comfortable Wrist Pad
  • Gold Plated Connectors
  • Heavy Duty Braided Cable
  • Laser Etched Keycap
  • N-Key Rollover
  • On Board Memory
  • Programmable Macro Keys
  • Tilt legs
  • Windows Key Disabled in Game Mode
Typists Want This Keyboard.

This particular Max Keyboard will work just fine for gaming, but with the blue cherry switches, this one is geared toward typists who long for the sound and feel of the old mechanical keyboards. And they will not be disappointed. Right out of the box, you know you have something substantial. It's heavy, surprisingly so if you've become accustomed to all the other keyboards we see now, that are made out of recycled plastic grocery bags or something.

It is slightly narrower, like maybe half a key, than the Microsoft Digital Media Pro keyboard I gave up for this, and that initially caused a little bit of pain in my wrists but I seem to have gotten used to that very quickly.

Pros:
1. Freaking awesome keyboard (no need to continue, as this sums up the rest of the pros)
2. Adjustable backlighting is pretty dang cool
3. Perfect sound and feel (if you like an inescapable sound, that is)

Cons:
1. The lighting around the caps lock, num lock and gaming mode indicators does not adjust like the rest of the backlighting, and it's pretty bright
2. It would be nice if the USB hub were updated to 3.0, but this is a minor thing
3. Would be wonderful if there were direct buttons for controlling volume and pause/play - you can do it via the keyboard but it involves the function key so takes two hands
4. You can expect to pee in your pants a little bit when you first try it and discover how cool it is

If you are looking for a mechanical keyboard - this is the one to buy.
I wanted a CODE keyboard. I'm glad I got this one instead.

CODE turned me on to mechanical keyboards. I grew up typing on IBM Selectric typewriters (yeah, I'm that old), and always loved the feel of those things. When the original IBM PC came out, I felt that the keyboard was the best part of the computer, by a wide margin.

Then we got all cost conscious and went to membrane keyboards. Yes, they work. But there is nothing like the feelo of a mechanical keyboard. Nothing.

This model uses Cherry Blue keys. Cherry Blues are best for entering text, and not that great for gaming (although I suspect some gamers prefer them). If you write code or do data entry all day, buy this keyboard, your fingers will love you forever. Yes, they are a little clicky (read, "noisy"). That's the way keyboards used to sound, and they sounded that way for a reason: there is something deeply satisfying about typing on a mechanical keyboard.

I like the supplied wrist pad. The keyboard has some adjustable legs on the back to change the angle. Good ergonomics all around.

The key caps are deeply sculpted, and the keys themselves are smooth to the touch. Someone went through a lot of trouble to design this keyboard, and it shows.

One thing that may not be apparent from the description (at least it was a surprise to me): the braided cable has THREE connectors: one for the USB, one for audio, and one for your microphone. No big deal, the braided cable keeps everything under control.

Also, the two USB ports are not changing ports, but they do give you some extra USB connections.

Did I mention the N-key rollover? It is fantastic. You cannot out-type this keyboard, which means, your are going to type faster on it. How much faster depends on you. But this keyboard is not going to hold you back. And it supports macros (with an optional software download, available from the manufacture's website.)

Both the CODE keyboard and the Max Nighthawk have back-lit keys, and both are built like tanks. The difference is, you can actually buy a Max Nighthawk. CODE is more of a boutique builder. They produce small quantities of one specific model. If you want Cherry Blues and CODE is only producing Cherry Browns in their next batch, too bad for you. You can wait around if you want. Or, you can buy a Max Nighthawk. It's your choice, but life is short.

I love this keyboard. You may want to investigate Max's other models (LED color, Cherry key model), to find something more to your liking, but you cannot go wrong with this product.
Don't be fooled by lookalikes

This keyboard is the real thing. I was hesitant to buy this at first because of its similarity in design to other keyboards that were far inferior. The first thing that I noticed when I took it out of the box was how well built it is. its heavy! I would expect it to be since it has a metal frame inside for support, but holding it in my hands and feeling it, you can tell that it is a very solidly build keyboard.

One thing that I did notice about these keys though is that they are very tall compared to other mechanical keyboards, custom row 1 keys are maybe a few millimeters shorter than the stock keys and that can make it look awkward.

The font of the keys is very nice, I'm not sure what font it is but it looks great with the backlighting.

The keyboard also takes out the right windows key and replaces it with the function key. The function key on my other keyboards is usually on the right, so it's a little awkward and takes some getting used to.

The cables will probably never break. They are wrapped in some sort of weave that makes it feel solidly built.

The usb on the keyboards are very weak and can't be used to charge anything, but thats expected. It's very convenient to plug in a portable usb drive right into the keyboard though.

The game mode that deactivates the windows key is nice, but i never use it since even when im gaming, I don't think I've ever hit the windows key accidentally. They could have just solved the problem by switching the windows and function key if they're worried about accidentally hitting it while using wasd, but anyways, it's a nice addition nonetheless.

Overall, this is an extremely well built keyboard for typists and gamers. The cherry mx blues are loud and very tactile which is just what I was looking for, although it might bother other's in the room. It has the backlighting that gamers love, customizable from their website. You can adjust the brightness and it even has a pulse setting. It might not be as intricate as a ducky keyboard's lighting, but than again its cheaper (I bought mine on sale during black friday) and easier to find. Even at the full price of $150, I would recommend this keyboard to anyone looking for a mechanical keyboard. I looked at daskeyboards, duckys, rosewills, corsairs and filcos, but took a chance on max and was not let down. Excellent product.
It is a good, solid keyboard with nice tactile key action. Everything worked the way it was supposed to right out of the box. The space bar was a little sticky at first, but either it has gotten better, or I have gotten used to it.
It's loud. I mean really loud. Get cherry browns or whites if you have to use it around people. Feels exceptional though, great feedback, you know exactly when the key is pressed.
Excellent for typing!

The overwhelming majority of computer keyboards today use what are known as "rubber dome" keyswitch mechanisms - all laptops and almost all desktops . Their big virtue is that they work and are cheap - they're the reason you can buy a keyboard for less than $10. Rubber domes work just fine for most people and it you're one of them then you probably don't need this expensive keyboard.

I type a lot and rubber-dome keyboards have never worked well for me. I type slowly on them, get tired, and make even more mistakes than usual. I did pretty well with an IBM Selectric typewriter and with the Model F and Model M keyboards IBM supplied with their early computers and terminals. These had a mechanical keywsitch mechanism known as a "buckling spring."

The distinctive feature of the classic IBM keyboard was that as you press on a key you first feel moderate, springy resistance. Then when the key has gone about halfway down you hear and feel a slight but distinct click, and at that point it's made contact. Thus you get very positive feedback and do not have to bottom-out the key to be sure you've made contact.

A replica of the IBM Model M keyboard is still made (on ex-IBM tooling by ex-IBM employees) under the Unicomp name. It has all the virtues of the original and I used one for years.

For quite a while it seemed as if mechanical keyboards were doomed to die out. They cost ten times a much as rubber-dome keyboards and there just wasn't a great demand. However, at some point gamers concluded that they could play better and faster with mechanical keyboards, or at least enough of them did to make a market. As a result there has been a mechanical keyboard resurgence.

So far as I've seen all the new models use Cherry Corp. MX keyswitches. They come in a variety of "feels" depending on the switch-top color. (To see the switch top you have to pull the keycap with a special tool, or carefully pry it up.) The Cherry MX Blue has a feel and sound that's very much like that of the IBM buckling-spring keyswitch, while the Cherry MX Brown has the same feel without the sound. I've tried them all and cannot discern any difference in feel as between the buckling-spring, MX Blue, or MX Brown keyswitches.

(There are also Cherry MS Red and Cherry MX Black switches with very different feel that some gamers prefer. Neither is regarded by anyone as very desirable for typing, so far as I can tell.)

My Unicomp died recently and I decided to replace it with a backlit keyboard that would make it easy to see the keys in low light, which I prefer in order to keep my screen highly readable. I find the click sound to be helpful in my typing, and no one in my office is concerned about the noise, so I wanted Cherry Blue keyswitches. I tried other keyboards whose backlighting is in jazzy colors that may look cool for gaming but which don't make for easy reading. The Max Keyboard Nighthawk X7 White is one of only a handful that provide white lighting. The Max Keyboard Nighthawk-X8 White Backlit Mechanical Keyboard (Brown Cherry MX) has the same feel and backlighting but without the click sound.

The keycaps are more uniformly lit than any of the other keyboards' that I've seen, making them much easier to read when you're looking for that little-used key.

This is the heaviest keyboard I've come across, heavier even than an IBM Model M. I presume it's a reflection if especially sturdy construction. It stays put well on the desktop.

There is nice gel wrist-rest. I find, however, that because the keyboard is so tall, a slightly taller wrist-rest works better for me.

Everything about the keyboard is pretty straightforward except for that row of big O's at the upper right. They're the indicators for NumLk, Caps, and gaming mode, respectively. The problem is that they are the brightest things on the keyboard, to the point of being unpleasantly glary. And unlike the keys, there's no way to dim them. It truly is quite bad design. I've taped over the NumLk indicator except for the top bar - I can still see that it's lit but it's not annoyoingly bright.
Immaculate quality compared to my razer keyboards, one broke and the tron keyboard is just too long and makes an annoying sound that cannot be turned off and both are made in China no doubt. Might as well spend more and have it last long and strong rather than 'save money' and buy replacement after replacement.
Built like a tank, can survive a full glass of red wine.
I went from the Das ultimate to this keyboard. The Das was nice, but impossible to fix after a liquid spill. This board tears apart easily after popping out 7 same-sized screws; comes apart in 3 simple pieces, and the keys slide off with the least resistance. The action on the keys is top-notch; the illumined keys are outstanding; that you can adjust the brightness was an unexpected bonus.

Had this thing for 6 months, spilled a very full glass of red wine on it. Panicked, poured the rest out in the sink, ran water over it, dumped that out, then let it drip dry, opened it up, wiped it down, let it air dry overnight, then put it back together this morning to write this review. Fantastic.

Also - for the money, this is a near steal.
Last week I bought my first mechanical keyboard. I thought I could write a review from the perspective of a mechanical keyboard noob. I have wanted one for a long time. When I was growing up, my dad had an IBM Model M in the house, and I had completely forgotten how great that keyboard was until now.

I come from a history of gaming keyboards. Initially, I had a Razer Lycosa. While it looked pretty, that keyboard was way more trouble than it was worth. It had a strange problem were it would get stuck sending a key’s signal to the computer, even though no keys were being pressed. The only fix for that was to unplug and re-plug into the machine. This happened multiple times a week. It was so frustrating that, after I ditched that keyboard, I swore off Razer products for good. I replaced the Lycosa with a Logitech G110, which was fine. It’s a gaming keyboard with backlighting, and dedicated macro and multimedia keys. I never really used the macros as much as I thought I would. Eventually I came to realize that simpler is better. It seems like all the fancy “gaming” stuff they put on those keyboard is just a way of making a cheap keyboard more expensive.

I had a set of criteria when starting to look for a mechanical:

• Full size board
• Blue switches (for my first mechanical I wanted the FULL clicky clacky experience)
• White backlighting (I need to wean myself off the gamer keyboard crap. I figure white, instead of some gaudy colored backlighting, is a step in the right direcion)
• Minimalist design

Ok, review time. The Max Keyboard Nighthawk is very sleek and solid. When holding it from both ends and twisting, there is very little play or flexibility in the construction. I compared this to my old Logitech G110, and the Logitech creaked and twisted much more. If the Nighthawk was twisting, it was almost imperceptible. The whole board, keycaps included, has this smooth, matte, almost velvety texture to it. Time will tell how it will wear. The letters on the keys are etched into this texture, revealing white plastic beneath so the backlight can show through. Running a finger over this lettering has a slight tactile feeling, like you can feel the depression where the letter was etched out of the coating.

I appreciate that each key has its own backlight. This is something that I suspect my previous backlit, non-mechanical keyboards did not have. Not only does this mean that every key is evenly lit across the board, but also that the whole thing can get very bright. I would guess that the Max Keyboard Nighthawk is at least twice as bright as my old Logitech. The backlighting has three levels of brightness, plus it can be put into a pulsating mode (have not found use for this), and it can be turned completely off. So far, I've just left it on maximum brightness.

The naming scheme on the Max Keyboard Nighthawk line is kind of weird. There’s a Nighthawk x7, Nighthawk x8, and Nighthawk x9. The numbering implies that with the higher number, you’ll be getting more features or quality. This is not the case. The only difference between the 7, 8, and 9 models are the Cherry switches used and the back lighting’s color. So by going with the x7, I got blue switches and white backlight. However, in all other ways, it’s identical to the 8 and 9 models. Also, Max Keyboard gives you the option to completely customize your LED color layout and switch type. But the x7 was already exactly what I wanted, so that’s what I got.

Technically, these Max Keyboard Nighthawks are still branded as “gaming” keyboards. But the gaming features it offers are so subtle and out of the way that they could be completely ignored. The function key row doubles as the multimedia and gaming key row. F1 tough F6 are the standard media keys (volume, play, pause, etc.). F7 through F11 allow you to pick different macro profiles. And F12 turns on “gaming” mode, which basically just disables the Windows key. I've never had any trouble avoiding the Windows key while playing games. Both my Razer and Logitech keyboards had this feature, and I never used it. Unless you’re a complete spaz and have little control of your hands, I don’t know why this feature continues to exist. To use these media/profile keys, there’s a Function key where the right-side Windows key would traditionally be. So there’s only one Windows key on the Max Keyboard Nighthawk. That’s not a huge deal for me, since the left Windows key is the one I mainly use anyway.

The macro profiles are programmed with software that can be downloaded from the Max Keyboard website. I haven’t done this, and I’m not sure if I’m going to. Fortunately, using this software is completely optional, and the keyboard works just fine out of the box. After many years using Windows machines, I've come to learn that the less driver junk you install on your system, the better. I may play with it in the future, but for now I am happy to use the board without any macros.

The main thing that bugs me about this board is the upper right section. While the design of this board is not too gaudy, the corner above the numpad slightly breaks my minimalist design criteria. There’s the standard Num Lock and Caps Lock lights, but in place of a Scroll Lock light, there’s a “G” light to indicate if the Windows key is disabled. Above these, on the back of the board, there are two USB ports, a headphone port and a microphone port. I have yet to use any of these, and am again not sure if I ever will. According to the documentation, the USB ports support up to 100 mA of power, and thus are not useful for charging any USB devices. I guess the main thing they should be used for is USB thumb drives, which is fine. The board’s cable is fairly think and braided, and splits off into a single USB connector and two connectors for the audio pass through functionality.

But the weirdness in the upper right part of the board is easily overlooked, and doesn't detract too much from the rest of the keyboard. Like I said, I initially wanted to get the minimalism of a Ducky Shine, but now I am kind of happy I ended up with something that is slightly different. Everyone has a Ducky. It would be nice, though, to have both models side by side for comparison.

This is the first mechanical keyboard I've used since I was a kid, and typing on it has been amazing. After half an hour of use when I first got it, I tried going back to my Logitech with rubber domes, for feel comparison. The contrast in feel is substantial. After using the blue switches, the rubber dome board felt mushy, and almost gross. Now I feel like I need to buy a second board to take into the office. I've also been evangelizing mechanical keyboards to all my friends and coworkers, who mostly think I’m insane for caring this much about a keyboard.

Lastly, I really like what some guys with mechanical keyboards are doing with the custom keycaps. Some of the color layouts I've seen are really cool. That is one thing that makes me have second thoughts about a back lit keyboard. While I love having an illuminated keyboard in a dark room, the back lighted keys limit the amount of keycap customization available. Max Keyboard sells a set of four caps you can swap out with silly pictures on them, but finding good caps that work with backlight is pretty rare. I've seen guys with Ducky Shines who swap out their keys with non-backlit caps, and sometimes the keys illuminate nicely, but I suspect that depends on the kind of plastic and thickness of the cap.

Well, I hope a review from a mechanical noob’s perspective was interesting. I got the impression that the Max Keyboard line was kind of looked down upon by serious mechanical guys for not being a serious keyboard. But coming from Razer and Logitech products, this keyboard feels very serious. In build quality, feel, and functionality, this is hands down the best keyboard I've ever owned.
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