Prior to this review, I had only heard of MAX Keyboard from press blasts or various images around the internet. One late night as I was scrolling through Facebook, I caught the release of their newest keyboard, and with one look I was hooked. Immediately posting on their wall to ask about seeing one of them for a review, we were given contact information, and the email was out to request this keyboard. After a bit of back and forth, just a couple of weeks ago, this new mechanical keyboard arrived.
So what was it about this new keyboard that makes it so desirable? For someone like me who does not do any coding, and not much other than out charts as far as data entry, so I find the number pad on most keyboards goes pretty much unused. The fact that this new submission is Tenkeyless (TKL) it takes that section of the keyboard and removes it from the design entirely. There is also the fact that since I do most typing with the keyboard in my lap, the smaller boards tend to fit better for my specific way of using them. This keyboard is also backlit, which I find to be a must in any keyboard that I use long term, and on top of that, MAX Keyboard offers timers, multimedia controls, adjustable NKRO support over USB, all without the need for drivers.
Today we are taking our first look at anything from MAX Keyboards, but more specifically the Blackbird Tenkeyless (TKL) Cherry MX Backlit Mechanical Keyboard as it is named on their web page. While the name is a bit long in the tooth, the idea behind this design is pretty simple. Give users needed things like a pizza timer, adjustable light intensity, multimedia buttons, while taking other buttons to offer the NKRO, Windows lock-out keys, and even an LED sleep mode to turn the lights off after the keys have not been pressed for so long.
Essentially they covered all of the basic needs, added a few gamer specific features, and as I addressed, there are no drivers. So in the end you have a very compact board that will travel well and offer the same functionality on any PC, as your settings are saved on the motherboard, giving the Blackbird an edge against much of the competition.