Recommendation for Mac OS mechanical keyboard

andreimp

14 Mar 2019, 09:46

Hi guys, I'm new on here, I've tried searching for this topic but did not really find anything.

Could you recommend a good mechanical Mac OS compatible, backlit/rgb, mechanical keyboard?
In terms of switches I am not very experienced, let's just say that I don't want the loudest ones and I would prefer TKL.
For keycaps, I would prefer Mac OS specific ones, but a programmable keyboard for which I could get custom Mac OS key caps would be good as well.

Thank you very much.

Leonordos

Yesterday, 08:27

Maybe you can check Velocifire M87 mac mechanical keyboard.

andreimp

Yesterday, 14:21

Do you know what kind of switches they have?
On their website it just says Brown Switch, so not sure if these are cherry MX or something else.

Thanks.

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abrahamstechnology

Yesterday, 14:24

Probably clones, but that would be a good thing since Cherry MX Brown is notoriously bad.

andreimp

Yesterday, 14:43

Hmm. OK, I have a keyboard with cherry MX red silent, seems pretty good.

squizzler

Yesterday, 15:45

Varmilo seem to take mac quite seriously. I They mainly do cherry switches but have also began to offer a capacitative switch of their own design.

There is of course Matias which is to Mac what Unicomp is to IBM compatibles...

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Hypersphere

Yesterday, 17:09

andreimp wrote:
14 Mar 2019, 09:46
Hi guys, I'm new on here, I've tried searching for this topic but did not really find anything.

Could you recommend a good mechanical Mac OS compatible, backlit/rgb, mechanical keyboard?
In terms of switches I am not very experienced, let's just say that I don't want the loudest ones and I would prefer TKL.
For keycaps, I would prefer Mac OS specific ones, but a programmable keyboard for which I could get custom Mac OS key caps would be good as well.

Thank you very much.
Welcome to DT!

Some years ago, I was a Mac user, but with Apple's increasing emphasis on mobile and wearable tech along with a relative lack of software applications and software application development for the Mac, I have recently switched to Windows and Linux.

My preferred layout is HHKB, but a carryover from the Mac that I have continued is the Mac placement of the Alt/Option and Windows/Command keys. For remapping, I use built-in converters, external Hasu converters, or remapping software.

I have used many different keyboards with a Mac, including vintage boards such as the IBM Model M, IBM XT, IBM AT, Northgate Omnikey 101, and various Zenith boards with Alps switches. All of them worked just fine with a Mac.

Among contemporary boards that I have used with a Mac are KBP V60 with various switches, Tokyo60 DIY kit, HHKB Pro 2, Realforce R87U, Realforce R2 TKL PFU Edition, Coolermaster Quickfire Stealth TKL, Filco Majestouch Ninja TKL, and WASD keyboards TKL.

Based on this history, I think you would be safe using almost any keyboard with a Mac. However, I do dimly recall seeing some posts from several years ago about one or two brands that were not Mac compatible. So, when you have chosen a few for your short list, I recommend Googling the brands along with "Mac compatbile" or "Mac compatibility" to see if any red flags come up.

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stratokaster

Today, 09:14

I vaguely remember that several years ago macOS was not fully compatible with some USB keyboards that had full key rollover. But I have never encountered this issue in practice.

andreimp

Today, 09:22

Hypersphere wrote:
Yesterday, 17:09
andreimp wrote:
14 Mar 2019, 09:46
Hi guys, I'm new on here, I've tried searching for this topic but did not really find anything.

Could you recommend a good mechanical Mac OS compatible, backlit/rgb, mechanical keyboard?
In terms of switches I am not very experienced, let's just say that I don't want the loudest ones and I would prefer TKL.
For keycaps, I would prefer Mac OS specific ones, but a programmable keyboard for which I could get custom Mac OS key caps would be good as well.

Thank you very much.
Welcome to DT!

Some years ago, I was a Mac user, but with Apple's increasing emphasis on mobile and wearable tech along with a relative lack of software applications and software application development for the Mac, I have recently switched to Windows and Linux.

My preferred layout is HHKB, but a carryover from the Mac that I have continued is the Mac placement of the Alt/Option and Windows/Command keys. For remapping, I use built-in converters, external Hasu converters, or remapping software.

I have used many different keyboards with a Mac, including vintage boards such as the IBM Model M, IBM XT, IBM AT, Northgate Omnikey 101, and various Zenith boards with Alps switches. All of them worked just fine with a Mac.

Among contemporary boards that I have used with a Mac are KBP V60 with various switches, Tokyo60 DIY kit, HHKB Pro 2, Realforce R87U, Realforce R2 TKL PFU Edition, Coolermaster Quickfire Stealth TKL, Filco Majestouch Ninja TKL, and WASD keyboards TKL.

Based on this history, I think you would be safe using almost any keyboard with a Mac. However, I do dimly recall seeing some posts from several years ago about one or two brands that were not Mac compatible. So, when you have chosen a few for your short list, I recommend Googling the brands along with "Mac compatbile" or "Mac compatibility" to see if any red flags come up.
Thanks so much for this. I ended up getting a Corsair K70 MK.2 with Cherry MX silent switches. I did what you said and found that the CUE software now has a beta Mac OS version, it's called iCUE and works very well. Will play with it and see how I can remap the other non-Mac keys.

Findecanor

Today, 10:23

stratokaster wrote:
Today, 09:14
I vaguely remember that several years ago macOS was not fully compatible with some USB keyboards that had full key rollover.
There is a known problem with a few Noppoo keyboards: Choc Mini, Choc Mid and Choc Pro .. but the reason was not NKRO but because those keyboard were weird. :P

There is a workaround to make them work, but it involves a kernel extension and an additional program ... or you could use PS/2 mode and an adaptor.

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