overall good, but a few things could have made it Excellent:
* dedicated LED button, and media controls, and volume
* LED auto off after a few seconds idle
* ability to make the LED much more dimmer
Got mine just today and just simply amazing. Sound that protrude out of the keys activating is not loud enough to piss me off. Ducky mechanical keyboards were loud! These LEDs could be dimmed and just absolutely outstanding. 5/5 for me :)
Jason Hsiao04/03/2014, 20:05
I got the Nighthawk X8 keyboard about a month ago. I really loved it. Also the fonts on modifier keys are nice to look at. This is my first mechanical keyboard and the build quality is the best among other keyboards I used.
I am planning to buy a set of translucent keycaps in the future; however 62 dollars for shipping to Europe is some high price. It doubles the price of the keycaps. I think you should find a solution for that; maybe paying the half of it as the seller.
Arda K03/20/2014, 10:13
There really aren't enough good things I can say about this keyboard. I am review the X7 Nighthawk with blue blacklight.
I spent a lot of time over the last month looking for the perfect mechanical keyboard. I researched a bunch of different brands: Razer, Logitech, Ducky, Das, and some other. I wanted a ten-key cherry blue switch mechanical keyboard with a backlight. I wanted a keyboard with good build quality, so that's what kept me from a Razer bBlack Widow. I heard about Max on the geekhack forums and came to check them out. I immediately fell in love with the Durandal and Nighthawk series, and new that this is what I was looking for.
Enough of the backstory, now, why should you buy? First off, the build quality of the keyboard is extremely good, it's a solid plastic construction with a good weight and feel to it. It might be trivial, but for some reason I really like the design of the OS key, it has a cool spiral design. The switches feel very good, and make that beautiful clicky-click sound that I adore. The keyboard provides a nice suite of features, media keys, audio and usb passthrough (extremely useful), a ten-key (for your spreadsheets), and gaming mode, if you're into that. I also got the clock-face F-key replacements from Max, and I recommend those as well, very cool looking! For me, Max is the perfect combination of work and play, and I recommend it HIGHLY to any and everyone looking for a mechanical keyboard.
It wouldn't be a complete review if I didn't talk about the things I didn't like so much about it. The keyboard is extremely beefy, as such, it is pretty high off the desk, this causes me a bit of wrist/hand strain. Thankfully, a wrist pad is included with the keyboard, which is a must in my opinion. I think that's the only "complaint" I have with the keyboard. Overall, it's a phenomenal piece of equipment, and if you haven't ordered one already, then you're doing yourself a disservice.
I've been using this keyboard for about a month now and have no regrets. I recommend Max to all my friends and anybody looking for a high quality mechanical keyboard. If you're like me, and currently hunting around for the "perfect" mechanical keyboard, then your quest has come to an end. In several years, when this keyboard finally succumbs to the wear and tear I put on it, I'll be back here buying a new one. Max keyboard is the Internet's best kept secret.
Bret Finley03/13/2014, 18:31
I just got my keyboard today. Took a lot longer then I expected but boy was it worth the wait! I love it!
Just sent a review into Amazon as well. Should be up soon.
Thanks again! I had never heard of your company before a few weeks ago, but it was one of the few that had a tenkeyless with back-lighting so I decided to take a chance on a purchase and I am not disappointed!
This thing just looks and feels amazing and I love my custom colored keys. :)
Very happy customer,
Wow! just wow! bought this keyboard and never got dissappointed about it, that clicky sound, I might not need a Pc,
I may live just with this keyboard (BTW typing with it now)
James Anderson01/14/2014, 12:27
Ordered during their Black Friday weekend sale/promo, I've been tinkering with the Nighthawk X8 ever since it has arrived. Before, I had ordered their Cherry MX sampler kit to get a feel to the switches before I make the first dive into mechanical keyboard. I have settled on the brown switch and thus the decision to go with the X8.
The feel of the keyboard was completely different despite having played with the sampler kit. It is also very different from the membrane keyboard I have been using all this time. Even now, having used it for about a week, I am trying to adjust to the feel of it.
As a first impression, the keyboard is solid, with its blue LED lighting up very well. Its built-in media keys is also a good feature to have when playing music in the background. The only thing that caught me off guard was the size of the individual keys, which is a more rectangular shape than a square. While this is a minor thing, it was something I more expected since it is a keyboard. Overall, the keyboard feels nice for the most part. It will take me a long time to get used to it. But I am liking the feel of it.
Along with the order, I took it upon myself to grab a pack of o-rings for sound dampening. I wanted a more silent keyboard since I have the tendency to bottom out any keys regardless if it was a mechanical or membrane keyboard. After an hour of careful key pulling and installing each individual rings onto the keys, the feel is about the same but the sound is a tad less audible. Still, it didn't seem like it'll deter me from using it.
In the end, Max Keyboard has a fine quality product that is readily available. Last I checked, Rosewill still has yet to bring out their Helios RK-9200 since its unveil at CES 2013 in January. And they (Rosewill) had the galls to unveil another set of keyboards that bears a striking resemblence to Max Keyboard's Nighthawk series at BlizzCon. Screw you, Rosewill. You just lost $150. Thanks, Max Keyboard. Here's to hoping I come back as a returning customer in the near future.
Don "Sixshot" Quon12/27/2013, 23:55
Just bought my second keyboard from these guys and all I can say is that I am in love with each one I own. High quality, great light options, no dead lights or keys, you will not be disappointed. As a gamer I have not had this fail on me once during gaming. Highly recommended to anyone planning on buying a mechanical keyboard.
Daniel M12/26/2013, 07:40
Dear Mr. Chang:
I took your advice and allowed the Max Nighthawk X8 keyboard to boot-up with my system. A minute later and everything worked perfectly. The keyboard is amazing in quality, feel, looks, lights, and I love that I can connect my USB TrackIR, headphones and microphone directly to the pass-thru ports conveniently located at the back of the keyboard. The MX brown keys feel like I was reborn in heaven and the translucent key-caps you advised for the number pad replacement fit beautifully and will work well for my gaming (as I use my left-hand for movement instead of the WASD keys). Max Keyboard is indeed a fantastic company but especially so because of your excellent customer service. I shall recommend their products to everyone I know. I've attached a few photos of my fabulous keyboard. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Jeffrey Widen12/23/2013, 18:53
I live in Europe so I ordered everythink I need at once:
Tesoro Durandal eSport Edition keyboard;
Keycap Rubber O-Rings Dampeners;
Cherry MX Switch, O-Ring Sampler Tester Kit;
Cherry MX Translucent Clear Black Full Keycap Set (Top Print).
The products are good but they still could use a little improvement...
So I'm working with computers for 15 years. I also do some heavy gaming sometimes and I love to do some "constructions" at home (upgrade PC myself or change GPU fan from time to time). So I wanted a new mechanical keyboard with some customization.
At first after a while of searching in the internet I wanted Corsair K70. As always I checked everything what goes at that price and bigger price range. When price went higher that 100$ everywhere I looked people recommended (if we talking about gaming keyboards) Ducky, Deck and Durandal keyboards. I also considered to buy Razer for a short time but, as always, anything they manufacture (except mouses) are average product.
So... if you have tons of money maybe you should go for Deck keyboards they're more expensive but they have PTB (or PBT?) key caps. That's the only objection to Durandal keyboards I have (they key caps are from ABS material). Other than that I'd say everything is the same and a little more... What's more? Well you can do a little customization yourself if you buy some tools from their site (that's why I bought Dampeners and another keycap set). And do some "construction" yourself if you want or, of course, you could ask Maxkeyboards to do all the hard work.
Keyboard is great (except ABS keys material). That's all I can say. Maybe they could improve a wrist support pad (change from hard plastic to something soft).
I didn't liked Key caps set.. Every key cap I pulled from the plastic material they sat in were dirty with white plastic and I had to clean everyone one of them with a rug (well maybe except few "lucky" caps). Also every cap had like a white dot on it's back which I couldn't clean (was it imprinted?), but since it's in the back normally it's invisible so that's not a problem. Another problem that if LEDs are very bright you can see through key caps imprinted numbers (for example: B06) of size maybe (I'm not sure)?. So after 4 hours I replaced all caps. Well the keyboard looked nicer but that's all.
While replacing key caps I also added O-Rings Dampeners. In my opinion these are must have for any mechanical keyboard because keys sounds when I pressed them were driving me nuts from the very beginning.
Cherry MX Switch Sampler Tester Kit - not much to say here. Although if you want to buy mechanical keyboard it's a good purchase (I bought for the future) because for a fairly cheap price you can buy tester and test most popular ones MX switches.
My other thoughts:
I'm happy with the purchase (maybe except key caps set dirt problem).
If you have any problem or questions you can ask firstname.lastname@example.org his answers are profesionnal and he replies fast (I think he deserves some bonuses) opposite of email@example.com (didn't got reply for three days).
Shipping to abroad is quite expensive (60 dollars for shipping + 40 dollars for import taxes). USPS international shipping branch is very VERY slow. My parcel was at USPS for whole week till it got shipped (and it's higher priority shipping, so I can't imagine the speed of lowest priority shipping internationally).
To bad that this company doesn't sell any products in European Union (they have branches everywhere else, maybe except Africa) they'd be great competitors to Razer and Corsair manufacturing crap (because price is almost the same) and they product is top quality (if they fix those little problems I mentioned with minor improvements).
No seller branch (or reseller) in EU means no warranty in EU. So that's a biggest drawback to anyone who lives in EU. Some people doesn't want to risk with warranty (to pay 100 dollars to ship to USA for warranty is crazy).
So add PBT (PTB?) key caps, change plastic wrist to something softer, fix dirt problem and everything else I mentioned at key caps, begin to sell in EU (I don't think that's EU market is very little) + add warranty in EU also. And you'll get some profit (maybe a lot who knows) in time...