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

Illuminated Backlit Colors:
  • Select from Options
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
Keyboard Size:
  • Full Size (3 sections 100%)
  • USB Connection
Key Switch Structure:
  • Cherry MX Brown
  • Mechanical Key Switch
Multimedia Function:
  • Built in Audio Jacks
  • Built in Media Keys
Product Dimension (inch):
17.5 (L) x 5.7 (W) x 1 (H) inch
Product Color:
  • Black Color
EAN / UPC #:

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!!
Great keyboard I have been looking for a keyboard for a while and this one was the only one that fit all of my needs. The thing is solid with almost no flex, the keys feel and sound great and the back lights are amazing.
Easily the best keyboards in existence. Solid, quiet and built like a piece of military hardware. I can imagine this keyboard lasting for a very very long time. Thank you again for all you guys did to help me out!
Received my green backlit Nighthawk X8 a couple days ago – fast shipping, even with o-ring dampeners installed by hand. Everything as advertised. MK threw in some complimentary goodies like bonus key caps and a key puller. The included wrist rest is incredibly comfortable – it does not attach to the keyboard, but with a rubberized underside, it will not slide around.

I’ve never used a mechanical keyboard before so I can’t compare the X8 to other brands of mechanical keyboards, but I can compare it to a standard membrane keyboard. The X8 is heavy as hell, and despite what some other reviews have said, it is built like a tank. The braided cable is nice too. The keys themselves feel wonderful. Typing is a pleasure, not a chore. The individual backlighting on each key is bright and evenly spread all around the keyboard. For those interested, the green color perfectly matches the green lighting on the Razer Naga 2012 gaming mouse. “Plug and play,” this device requires no software installation unless you want to use macros, something I’ll experiment with at some point. If I absolutely had to find a complaint it would be the lack of dedicated media keys. However, they do exist but you have to hold the function key to use them.

Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase and want to thank Max Keyboard for the great product and the similarly great customer service.
Literally EVERYTHING about this keyboard, including its purchase, has gone flawlessly. From the incredible and prompt customer service while I was buying it, to the 2-day shipping when it SAID 4-5 days, to plugging it in and seeing the absolutely brilliant and even purple backlighting, to the act of typing this very review...

The keys are click-tastic. Each key is individually backlit, making the entire effect incredibly vivid and even. It's heavy and feels very solid. Set-up is basically non-existent: Plug in and let Windows do the rest, which takes about 30 seconds the first time.

I love everything about this keyboard. If you're still on the fence about buying a keyboard from these guys, DO IT. You won't regret it.
I just received the MaxKeyboard as a gift and it's simply fabulous.

An ad on Facebook was how I first learned about this product and at the time I had just begun a typing instruction program. I never thought at all about possessing an ultimate keyboard before suddenly seeing this ad. I read the representation and saved the website and it became a gift wish notion for me, a budding touch typist......

It took a few readings and a search or two before I learned about these "cherry" switches in brown, red, etc. and how they relate to the measurement of key activation. These details were fascinating but simple as I am I choose the Nighthawk X8 based on the pretty blue LEDs only later learning that the "Cherry MX BROWN mechanical key switches (soft tactile)" was recommended by some experienced expert in a review video as the best average "action" of all the various Cherry switches.....fine by me!

I spent almost three hours typing with this new keyboard tonight.....most all of it in my touch typing program lessons.....I'm MAX content with my new Nighthawk as a reward for all the work typing that I did since starting in February.

The additional reviews in this forum for this keyboard are interesting, written by some thoughtful consumers writing beyond the range of my own needs for a keyboard. The big "buy" factor for me was the quality/performance desire that this product generated in the company ad and the impressive third party reviews that I found including those in this forum.....I loved the keyboard as advertised and simply daydreamed about possessing it. For me, it was mostly intuitive to get this keyboard as I only did a cursory "looksee" over the other companies. I don't usually settle on a product in such a manner.

The product is ultra clean and minimalistic but the LEDs create a big splash contrast when YOU want's quite apparent that the designers sought to produce something distinguished and they surely did. The confidence is such that the keyboard has no company name on it (aside from a little sticker on the bottom).....I love that omission!

Everything so far works as it should and in a few days I'll download the software from the MaxKeyboard company to see how that goes....I also received some bonus stuff in the way of a velcro type wire wrap, a key cap puller and four additional key caps with a sense of humor (I love that).....a guy running, a skull and crossbones, a flame and the traditional trucker's sitting lady silhouette.....HAW!! It'll be fun to decide where to swap in those keys!

Maybe you're like me in that you like to EAT at the computer and if so, you know all about "fuzzy" keys from countless face feeds......well.....I have the plain generic keyboard for that and this Nighthawk will have my hands washed and clean when I use it.....both keyboards are plugged in to separate USB ports and work normal and simultaneous....I love this current facility as I remember the days when computer components were obstinate. Hey, there are many good things to look forward to as we age!

So, I'll be a typing fool for the duration......if anything changes, I'll update this review. Though still fresh out of the box, I fully recommend this keyboard.....for one additional reason as well: I had to call on the staff at MaxKeyboard for a service issue relative to the delivery of the product after it was shipped. They were simply wonderful in accomodating me......I expect this new MaxKeyboard Nighthawk X8 to keep me happy long beyond the value of the money spent on it......and speaking of that money..... closing, thank you dear Amy girl for this wonderful gift that will center me on my typing skills and the meditative flow that will rise from it all!
After reading through some of the positive reviews online I decided to give the Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 a shot. Had been debating between this and the Deck Keyboard line. Preferred the Cherry Brown switches and the font of the keys. Plus the overall price was a bit cheaper with Max.

First, the matte finish is a nice feature that a lot of keyboard makers seem to be shying away from lately. As someone who hates all the smudges you find on some of the newer, stylish keyboards, this was a welcome surprise that I hadn't initially researched. The keys feel almost rubberized and provide nice grip for typing. They are also laser etched which means you won't have them wearing off over time if you are a heavy typer such as myself (this was a problem with other keyboards I've used and one of the reasons I set my sights on a company that laser etched the keys).

The keyboard feels solid, albeit a bit heavy. It features a mic, headphone, and 2 USB ports in the back for added peripherals. I'm not sure if I'll use them for anything but a mic, but I'm sure they're handy for some people. The backlighting is well done with a number of settings including a "breathing" option which seems kind of pointless but may be a positive for others. It also comes with a decent wrist support and braided cables which seem to be standard on most high end keyboards.

My gripes with the keyboard are fairly minor. I wish it had an function key on the bottom left as I've gotten used to it, although I'm sure I can fiddle with the software a bit and find a feasible alternative. But since the media keys are on the left and the function key on the right, you have to use two hands to utilize them. The spacebar is also a bit louder than I anticipated. Definitely expected the clicking and noise that comes with a mechanical keyboard, but the spacebar tends to make a rather loud thud that I wonder if they could filter a bit. And finally, while this may be personal preference, the keys seemed a bit tighter together than other keyboards I had used. I'll likely get used to it and not have any issues, but I do wish it was just a little bit wider and provided a little bit more space for my hands to work. This might be a small issue for those with larger hands.

Overall I'm satisfied with the purchase and feel like this will be a keyboard I use for many years to come. While I'm still new to this, I will update the review if I encounter any problems in the coming months.
Keyboard's great...

Mechanical Keys
Cherry Browns. Keys actually feel lighter than the Filco Ninja that I have for the office (this is for home/gaming). If you're not familiar with Cherry keys, browns are tactile action - you feel a little "bump" when you push the key down and it registers. This is similar to Cherry Blues which are tactile feedback - you feel AND hear a "click" (sounds like a mouse click). So, browns are quieter, but you'll still get that clack-clack-clack when and if you bottom out the keys (push them down all the way). With these though, you could learn to touch-type - you only tap the key just enough to register the keypress - and it'd be practically silent.

I like the matte keyboard over the glossy surface of the Blackwidow Ultimate that I had. Backlighting for the keys is very well centered. 5 modes of lighting: Breathing, Maximum (3), Medium (2), Minimum (1), Off. If you have a G700, the casing for this looks like its keyboard brother - a tool for battle. Cable is offset a 3/4s to the right which kind of bothers me (desktop on left and I'm right-handed), but that's personal preference and I just have to move stuff around my desk. There aren't any logos of the company visibly on the keyboard (unlike the CoolerMaster one). Font doesn't seem to be custom (unlike the Razer font which looks pretty awesome). Very... what's the word... humble(?) for a keyboard of its class.

Two USB 2.0s, microphone, and audio jack on the keyboard (like the Blackwidow Ultimate). Braided cable to computer. Gold-plated USB for durability. Comes with a wrist pad (I know, I know, pictures speak a thousand words). There are macros, but I haven't downloaded or installed the software. Take note - the scroll-lock light has been replaced for "G" mode, which is macro-recording mode.
I had searched around for an affordable mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Browns (for gaming and programming) and back lighting, when I stumbled upon Max Keyboard. Review wise I couldn't find too much about them online, but what I did find was positive. I decided to bite the bullet and go ahead and order one. I am not disappointed. It is AWESOME. I don't know how I'm going to go back to using my Logitech keyboard when I'm at work. It feels down right unresponsive compared to this mechanical wonder. My fingers feel like they're flying over the keys. The ability to disable the Windows key using the gaming mode is a real plus, as are the media keys accessed via the Fn key plus F1-F6. The variable levels of back lighting are cool too and the keyboard has a pulse mode which makes it look almost organic. The keys are smooth, solid and easy to read without the lighting on unlike some Razer products I've used in the past. I would certainly recommend this product to any of my friends or co-workers. Now if Max Keyboard only made the Nighthawk X8 with red LED back lighting, the world would be perfect.
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