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UK Keychron K8 Pro Bluetooth QMK/VIA RGB Assembled Tactile Aluminium Mac/PC Custom Keyboard

K8P-J3-UK

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The K8 Pro is the world's first out-of-the-box QMK/VIA programmable wireless mechanical keyboard paving the way for a new era for mechanical keyboards.

Master any keyboard keys or macro commands through VIA, includes keycaps for both Windows and macOS, and users can hotswap with any MX mechanical switch in a breeze.

Together with our signature features and upgraded typing sound, the K8 Pro is advancing the typing experience to an entirely new level with endless possibilities.

£119.00 (£99.17 ex VAT) 

UK Keychron K8 Pro Bluetooth QMK/VIA RGB Assembled Tactile Aluminium Mac/PC Custom Keyboard - K8P-J3-UK

Wireless and Wired
An excellent solution for multitasking. You can connect the K8 Pro with up to 3 devices wirelessly via its stable Broadcom Bluetooth 5.1 for seamless multitasking across your laptop, phone, and tablet. Switch among them swiftly, and itís fully compatible with both Mac and Windows. A reliable USB Type-C wired connection is also available when you need it.

Program with QMK & VIA.
QMK/VIA literally means endless possibilities for a fluid workflow. Thanks to our engineering team, it's the first time in history that a wireless mechanical keyboard has these kinds of capabilities right out of the box. Simply connect the K8 Pro to your device with a cable, drag and drop your favorite keys or macro commands to remap any key you want on any system (macOS, Windows, or Linux). It's never been so intuitive and flexible to personalize your own keymap. A brand new ultra-low-power Arm Cortex-M4 32-bit STM32L432 MCU which is powerful, and armed with 128K Flash will provide more flexibility for developers.

Program the K8 Pro with QMK & VIA
With full QMK and VIA support, you can easily program and remap each key on the keyboard. The open-source firmware means endless possibilities for keyboard layouts, shortcuts, backlight effects and more.

To get started, please follow these steps: Download the appropriate kemap JSON file below, open VIA, turn on 'Show Design tab' on 'Settings' tab, drag the JSON file into the 'Design' tab on VIA to get the K8Pro keymap working on VIA.

Since the VIA code for the K8 Pro is still awaiting approval from Github, it is not yet automatically recognized, so you will need to manually download and enter the K8 Pro keymap.

 

Upgraded Typing Experience
The K8 Pro has been re-engineered and redesigned from the inside out to upgrade the typing experience. The added sound-absorbing foam, a thick silicone dampening bottom pad, and steel plate provide responsive feedback and a peaceful typing sound, while added weight will enhance the stability when the K8 Pro lay on the desk.

Suitable For All Devices
Offers a Mac layout while still being compatible with Windows, the K8 Pro is one of the few on the market that has the same multimedia and function key functions as Apple keyboards for Mac users, but with more tactile feedback. You can even configure different keymaps for both Mac and Windows devices. While VIA software is compatible with macOS, Windows, and Linux. Includes keycaps for both macOS and Windows (4 keycaps for each) to allow you to switch between operating systems with ease.

Hot-swappable
Every detail matters for a personalized typing experience, thatís why we give you the power. You can hot-swap every switch on the K8 Pro with almost all of the 3pin and 5pin MX style mechanical switches on the market (including Cherry, Gateron, Kailh, Panda, etc.) without soldering required. You can customize your own typing experience in seconds.

Screw-In PCB Stabilizers
Even small part matters for your fingertip feel. Weíve integrated the PCB-mounted screw-in stabilizers for a smoother typing experience with less wobbliness on the big keys such as space bar, shift, enter, and delete. You can even customize it with alternative stabilizers such as Cherry or Durock.

Pre-lubed Gateron G Pro Switch
The renowned Gateron G Pro switch comes with an optimized mold, more precise positioning, less wobbliness, and factory pre-lube will certainly improve your fingertip feel. A smooth travel experience is guaranteed with up to 50 million keystroke lifespan.

OSA Profile ABS Backlight Shine-Through Keycaps
To further leverage your typing experience, the K8 Pro ISO version comes with our unique OSA profile (OEM profile with spherical angle) and ABS keycaps that aim to provide a more comfortable fingertip feel and a fantastic backlight shine-through effect.

South-facing RGB Lights
The south-facing RGB is designed to better illuminate the keyboard backlight from the typist's angle. The south-facing RGB is also free from interference when the user installs Cherry-profile alternative keycaps on their keyboard. Comes with more than 13 types of RGB backlight settings as well as a static white backlight option. You can further fine-tune the RGB hue, saturation, brightness, effect speed with ease.

Ergonomic Support
Three levels of adjustable typing angle (0, 6 & 9 degrees), an inclined bottom frame, and curved OSA-profile keycaps are all working together to provide long-lasting ergonomic support for your wrist.

Contains

Keyboard (Fully Assembled Keyboard) including

  • PCB
  • Steel Plate
  • Sound Absorbing Foam
  • Silicone Bottom Pad
  • 5 Sets of Stablizers (PCB Screw-in)
  • Backlight Shine-Through Keycaps
  • G Pro Switches
Cable
  • USB-A to USB-C Cable
Tools
  • Switch Puller
  • Keycap Puller
  • Screwdriver

UK Keychron K8 Pro Bluetooth QMK/VIA RGB Assembled Tactile Aluminium Mac/PC Custom Keyboard - K8P-J3-UK

Manufacturer
Keychron
Part Number
K8P-J3-UK
Connection
USB
Cable length
1.4 Metre
Language Layout
United Kingdom
Number of keys/buttons
88
Switch Type
Hot-swap Gateron Brown
Length
359 mm
Depth
127 mm
Height
42 mm
Weight
1.2 kg
Compatible
Mac and PC
Gross Weight
1.7 kg

UK Keychron K8 Pro Bluetooth QMK/VIA RGB Assembled Tactile Aluminium Mac/PC Custom Keyboard - K8P-J3-UK

  TimGJ  24/11/2023
A joy to use. I bought one of these to take into work with me when I hotdesk. It arrived and I was so impressed with it that I bought a second one a few days later which has replaced my Filco Majestouch wired mechanical keyboard. The Gateron Brown switches make typiong a real pleasure. When you get used to the slightly smaller layout I find the typing experience is superior.

I also like the fact that you can associate the keyboard with upto three separate Bluetooth devices. I'd always slightly looked down my nose at people who had illuminated keybaords, but actually find the LEDs fun (and at least you can disable them with a single keystroke).

The keyboard itself feels really sturdy and well made and so I am quite happy slinging it in my backpack. I also like the fact that it comes with both Windows and Mac keycaps.

There's also a slightly retro feel about the design of the keycapys: they remind me of an old fashioned terminal from my youth like the Tektronix 4010.

So in summary, an absolutely cracking keyboard. Would recommend to anybody.
  Jordan   12/04/2023
This is my first purchase of a mechanical keyboard, I'm very impressed with the service from keyboardco and with the K8 itself, it feels like a solid unit and is very high quality. Typing feels great, and much more enjoyable compared to the cheap keyboards I have been using for years. A satisfied customer!
  Sachin  16/01/2023
The keyboard company are an amazing vendor if your looking to buy the Keychron K8 pro and reside in the UK! I was constantly kept up to date on the status of my package and it arrived in reasonable time. The parcel was well packaged and in general the service was brilliant.

The keyboard itself is an extremely good product for the price range. The product feels premium and I've had a great typing experience with it so far. The sound profile of the keyboard is not that loud and will be suitable for a work from home setup. The space bar sounds quite louder compared to the rest of the keyboard which i disliked but was easily able fix this by putting some of the foam it comes with in the space bar.

The lubed switches give a nice sound profile but their tactility is minimal and feels more like linear switch's. This is not really much of an issue for me however because the keyboard is hot swappable and it does still feel good to type on.

I like to use the keyboard in wired mode and was a tad concerned initially about the micro USB C ports being at the side but I've got to say this is no longer an issue for me as I barely notice the wire when using it.

Overall I would definitely recommend this keyboard and buying from Keyboard Co
  Theo  10/11/2022
First of all, like so many others have said, the service was brilliant. I emailed Bruce a couple of times and got a lot of information to help me choose. Many thanks to Bruce and the team!

Before I talk about the keyboard, I'll say that this is my first mechanical keyboard, so I'm not an expert. For the past 2-3 years I've had a Logitech MX Keys and other Logitech keyboards before that.

The K8 feels very well made. It's quite heavy, and the aluminium frame makes it feel more premium. I read that people have had issues with bluetooth connectivity, but I haven't faced any such issues - but I also don't do any gaming. I had more problems with Logitech's dongle, which meant I had to get a USB extension and stick it right in front of me on the desk. I am using the keyboard with my personal PC and work's MacBook Pro and I've had no issues at all with either.

The feel is very good and combined with the sound they keys make, it is a very satisfying experience. All the keys feel familiar and nothing is out of place. The F keys are not aligned the same way as they are on the MX Keys, but that's just Logitech being silly with their placement. Non-issue for me as I hardly ever use them. As a 95%- of-the-time-touch-typist, I'm very satisfied with this keyboard.

One of the small issues that I have which I am sure I can solve it if I play around with VIA (the config utility) is that on the Mac I have a couple of keys that have switched place (the key to the left of 1 with the key to the left of Z). Also, I customised some shortcuts so that I could have the Ctrl+cursor keys on the Mac move the cursor like in Windows (ie move the cursor a whole word left or right) and that shortcut now seems to have switched to Option+cursor keys for some reason. Like I said, I'm sure I can get to the bottom of this, but haven't had the time.

The one thing that I find jarring coming from a low profile keyboard is how high the keys are on this keyboard - and indeed most other mechanical keyboards. This means that a palm rest is unavoidable... There's a Xmas idea for me then!!

One last thing about the switches. I got the Browntactile switches. Although I work from home with no one to bother, the noise level is not a problem at all. It is noisier than the MX Keys, but not to the point that would annoy someone. It is on par - if not quieter - with most cheap keyboards you'll find at workplaces. My son has a Keychron K2v2 with Red switches and if I'm honest, there's not a massive difference. They are a bit more tactile, but nothing too dramatic.
  Ash  04/11/2023
This keyboard is so good I bought a second! Both Gateron Brown.

I use the Aluminium with RGB option at home for gaming and programming. You can plug it in quickly enough via the USB-C for competive games and leave it wireless any other time. I don't bother with the RGB tho.

QMKVIA is great; I said in the other review, rebind some Fn layers to F13-24 for simple shortcuts in apps. For example I bound the Discord Mute and Defean to F13 and F14, bound to layer 34 of the mute key. really simple and no shortcut conflicts!

Typing is great too, I moved from a low profile keyboard (g915). Overall I highly recommend.
  IainG  21/07/2023
Got this keyboard a few days ago for working from home. The keyboard itself is very high so likely best paired with a wrist rest, otherwise a fantastic choice for something Im using for way too many hours etc day.
  Jim  24/03/2023
Really Impressed with the the Keyboard Company and will definitely use them again. I got the Keychron K8 Pro, it was sold out at most other retailers and was also more expensive at those other retailers. My keyboard was delivered really quickly and there has been no issues what-so-ever. I was sent a follow up email to make sure everything was ok with the product. Genuinely impressed with the Keyboard Company, it can't be easy to compete with massive retailers in the IT market, but the Keyboard Company blows the others out of the water with its range and service. As I said at the start, I would definitely use them again.
  Josh  13/01/2023
First thing, the service received has been amazing. I was kept up to date over Christmas (Martin was checking emails over Christmas break and kept me up to date with my order) - I got the keyboard when I was told I would receive it.

I've been using mechanical keyboard for quite some time (mainly the likes of SteelSeries, Corsair, Razer etc - nothing enthusiast) and I can say that this keyboard blows all of them out of the water.

The keyboard feels really well made, it's sturdy, it doesn't feel nor sound cheap. I went for the Hotswap Gateron Brown switches, which feel smooth but have a slight tactile bump which I like.

With the hot-swappable switches, you can customise the sound & feel of the keyboard at your own will too. With the RGB LEDs being south facing, you should be able to get the majority of switches without any interference.

The only issue I've had is with the USB-C connector. It could be that I didn't research well enough, but the USB-C connector on the keyboard is slightly recessed inwards, so not every USB-C is compatible due to that. I bought a right-angled USB-C adapter for my coiled cable, and it didn't work out of the box. I slightly filed the adapter's plastic housing down and it now works fine, so this is more of a heads up - I'm sure there are compatible adapters out of the box.

As for Bluetooth, I never really bought this keyboard for the functionality so I cannot comment on it as I've not tried it.

Overall, I cannot fault Keyboard Co at all. Exceptional customer service, really quick delivery times. Will definitely be buying from here again. The keyboard is solid, definitely the best one I've used thus far.

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