Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 (Cherry MX Brown) Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Max Nighthawk X8 Cherry MX Brown Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

The all new Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 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 X8 Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
German Made Industrial Grade Mechanical Key Switch

Cherry MX BROWN switches is known for its soft tactile typing feel with exceptional durability and reliability. It operates with an actuation point of 2mm and only requires a pressure of 45g 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 X8 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 X8 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 X8 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.


. Cherry MX BROWN mechanical key switches (soft tactile)
. 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)

. 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

. Nighthawk mechanical keyboard
. Wrist pad
. User guide

. 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
. 45g actuation force
. Keyboard dimension: approx 17.5in x 5.7in x 1in
. Keyboard weight: approx 3 lbs
. Cable length: approx 6' foot

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

. 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: 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:
  • Cherry MX Brown
  • 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

Very nice keyboard!

I looked for a new keyboard for quite some time before deciding on this one. There are a few backlit keyboards out there, but most have an odd shape or some goofy aspect to them that I didn't care for. This is a straight-up solid standard keyboard. Dark black with a matte finish with a cable that looks and feels like it could withstand anything.

The keys each have them own independent LED and there are several (4 I think) settings for how bright (or off) that you want the LEDs to shine. The keys themselves have a very solid feel to them when you are typing. I'm on my computer virtually all day every day and I needed the best feel and I think I found it.

So I highly recommend this for most people, but I did have a few issues/comments.

Issue #1 - Not Nighthawk's fault, but just be aware -- for 99% of you this probably won't be an issue and it will work right out of the box with no issues. I have multiple computers sharing a KVM switch. On the switch there are the USB ports for the mouse and keyboard. I plugged this into the keyboard port and it did not light up or work. I plugged directly into one of the computers and it did work just fine. The issue is that the keyboard USB on the KVM switch is not powered, or at least not by default. I did contact Technical Support and they were quick to respond and explained the situation with the KVM switch. They suggested there might be a way to enable power to the USB port designated for the keyboard or that I would need to purchase a powered USB hub and plug that into the mouse port. I never did figure out if there was a way to put power on the keyboard port, but instead, knowing that my mouse port was powered (since I was using a Logitech Performance MX wireless mouse with the receiver plugged into that port), I found a small unpowered USB hub that I have laying around and plugged that into the mouse port and then proceeded to plug the mouse receiver into the USB hub and the keyboard into the USB hub and what do you know, it all just worked!

Issue #2 - As I mentioned above, I have multiple computers on the KVM switch. One of these is a Macbook Pro (late 2008). In fact, I am using it right now as it is my primary computer. These keyboards are not intended for the Mac. As far as keyboard functions go, there are some key substitutions like the "windows" key is the "apple" key. No big deal, had been using a Windows keyboard with the Mac already. The backlighting works just the same as with my Windows computers, with the exception of the CAPS LOCK and NUM LOCK indicators. These will not light up with the CAPS or NUM lock keys are engaged. The keys themseleves function just fine, but you just don't necessarily know that you have them engaged until perhaps you start typing and see you are WRITING IN ALL CAPS. Not a big deal, doesn't dissuade me from using the keyboard and still rating it a 5.

Issue #3 - They include a wrist rest with the keyboard. It's ok. Unlike some keyboards out there, this is not built in (and I'm glad because I can't stand those built in wrist rests). The way it's designed, there is a little gap between the keyboard and the pad and I feel like it's not large enough in terms of height and girth. The good news again is that this keyboard is very standard in terms of nice straight lines, so you can just find a regular wrist rest to your liking and use that. I had a nice 3M gel type wrist rest laying around and I'm just using that. I suppose some people might be fine with their wrist rest. I wanted something more substantial.
Simple yet has everything you need.

First mechanical keyboard I must say I love it! I'm typing this review with this keyboard. I want to mention that I had a different cherry mx blue but it was so clicky and loud that I had to return it. FYI, I don't bottom out the keys in case anybody thought that was the reason it so loud.
The cherry brown is perfect for me since it has that tactile feel yet it doesn't have that loud clicky sound that the blue's had. Browns are much quieter and if you don't bottom out, they are pretty silent.

Back to the Max x8

-Back-lighting white looks really nice, it's pretty bright even in the day time on the brightness mode. Has 3 brightness modes and a pulsing mode which is cool. (all keys are back-lit! even the space bar!)
-The whole top of the keyboard has a nice soft rubber material around the keys and all the keys feel smooth.
-Simple black clean look with no crazy looking stuff that Cooler master does on their mechanical keyboards.
-Game mode which disables windows key
-Headset & mic jacks with 2 USB 2.0 ports (do not use to charge anything! There is a sticker warning you. You can only use with PC peripherals like mice, gaming headset, or flash drives)
-Thick braided cable
-Multimedia keys at the top
-FREE wrist rest which is pretty firm
-I like there are no FN function key on the bottom left since I play a lot of fps and the FN could get in the way and shorten the size of the Ctrl and Alt keys to accommodate the extra FN key there which I saw that Das do now on their new layout. I like that there is only 1 FN key located right side of the space-bar next to alt.

Just amazing all around keyboard without all the crazy frills of some other mechanical keyboards you see out there. It's pricey at $150 but I say if you got the money and want a full mechanical back-lit keyboard with about everything you need, I would go for it. At $150, I'd say it's one of the top if not the best mechanical keyboard in that price range that's worth it. The x8 comes in many different back-lit colors so there are lots of variety. My only gripe is that the windows button on the left does not have the actual windows logo which I prefer but that's really not a big deal.
Excellent keyboard.This is by far the best keyboard I've ever seen/used. The LED functionality is great, the brown cherry mx keys are amazing, and the feel of it is second to none. I HIGHLY recommend this mechanical keyboard to anyone who wants to step up their game, or their gaming, as it were. Never mind the steep price tag, this is a top notch, high-end addition to anyone's setup. Trust me!
A Perfect Fit

I should start off by stating that is was my first foray into the mechanical keyboard world and it's safe to say that I'm never going back. I was looking for a very specific set of options: A Cherry MX Brown, White back lit keyboard with macro keys. I thought this would be easy, but white back-lighting is not as common as I thought. Just when I thought I would have to settle for the CM Storm QuickFire Pro which seemed to be the best alternative (it is only partially backlit in red) I discovered Max Keyboards.

If you're looking to save some time, know this. If it's a backlit mechanical keyboard you are looking for and you are willing to pay the price, look no further and get this one. The quality of the keys are excellent and have an almost silky finish; the keyboard it is matte black and won't be collecting fingerprints. The build quality is very solid as well, and the keyboard has some weight to it. I will say it is minimalist in design so the keys come right up to the edges, but as someone with a very small desk space this is a major positive. This is not a tank, but the no frills look, and backlit keys give it a really sharp, classy look. The X8 also came with a memory foam wrist wrest which is actually quite comfortable. My only complaint is that when the rest is placed touching the base of the keyboard it feels like it could have been just a couple millimeters bigger to accommodate people with long fingers. I just adjust while I am typing however, and this is less than a minor issue.
The backlighting on the keys looks excellent and far superior to the backlit Razer Marauder I had previously. That is because the X8 has an LED light dedicated to each key giving a vibrant, even look. The X8 comes with dimming controls as well giving the user the option to turn the backlight off, cycling through 3 brightness settings, and turning on a pulse feature that will bring the keys to their highest setting and gradually dim them to the off position and repeat.

The brown switches seem to be the perfect balance for me, offering tactile feedback typing, but without the extra "clack" present in MX Blue switches. I use the keyboard for gaming as well as a lot of typing and it serves both functions very well. Setting up the macro keys was not difficult at all, but the software does not come with the keyboard itself. It is readily available online however along with instructions on how to program your macro keys. The Nighthawk X8 also comes with a mic and headphone jack as well as 2 USB ports. This is a nice added feature especially when coupled with the fact that the keyboard itself is connected by one fabric braided USB connection. The only thing to note here is that the USB ports have a 100ma maximum capacity so things like charging a phone or tablet are not possible to do safely so you are somewhat restricted there.

I spent a long time researching keyboards and I am thrilled that I went with the Nighthawk X8 and I trust that other Max Keyboards would be just as good depending on what you are looking for.
Wow, what an upgrade!
I purchased this keyboard (Nighthawk X8 White LED) to replace my aging ps2 membrane. The back lighting is great, with the 3 levels you can find the one that is perfect for you, also the cable is long and braided to make sure it stays nice for years to come. The nice sound and feel of the Cherry MX Brown keys is a wonderful upgrade from my old keyboard. Only semi con observation is the smell of the wrist pad, but I am sure that will dissipate over time.
Currently typing at 114 WPM thanks to this keyboard!

For comparison, I also own a Filco Majestouch Ninja 2 with Cherry MX Blue switches.

This Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 with Cherry MX Brown switches hits the sweet spot. It's not annoying loud like the blue (though I use the blue at work, to drive my coworkers insane). The keys feel a bit lighter and are easier to press. I feel that my typing went up at least 10 wpm with this guy. The white LED lighting is pretty cool and goes along with the white/black color scheme of my case. I keep my keyboard in breathing mode with means the leds fade in and out, making for a pretty neat visual effect. This board has Cherry MX Brown switches and costar stabilizers. They are extremely nice. Now I just need to find where to buy aftermarket keys to pimp out my keyboard!
I absolutely LOVE my Nighthawk x8 keyboard! It is the most comfortable keyboard I've ever owned. I highly recommend this keyboard to anyone and everyone. I've never owned a mechanical keyboard before, but I can say I will never buy anything but mechanical AGAIN! Thanks MAX Keyboards!
I was in the market for a backlit mechanical keyboard but was turned off by the kind of corny looking gaming boards I saw everywhere. I was SOLD when I set eyes on the Nighthawk X8, though- free of any logos, the techy-looking fonts, the frills, the excess, etc, and that much is just on the surface on top of its specs. It looks awesome without being overloaded, and feels (and sounds!) absolutely awesome, too. Thank you for satisfying my picky, minimal tastes!
Let me see where to start.......First off Thanks! to Maxkeyboard for making such a great piece of equipment. I got mine delivered to me about an hour ago and so far have nothing negative to say :). I purchased mine on the black Friday sale with the sale code. BEST INVESTMENT YET!! In love with the keyboard. If you're on the fence about it go ahead and get one you won't regret it!!
just receive mine today and love it so much! the feeling of typing and touching is just too amazing!!!! thank you!!
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