• July 7, 2021

The glorious GMMK keyboard is a premium mechanic in the easiest way

A full silver GMMK Pro keyboard with icy white keys.

Complete with Glorious Panda switches and ice white keys. MMM.
Photo: Mike Fahey / Kotaku

In the world of mechanical keyboards, scoring a dash with a unique 75 percent design, a machined aluminum housing, and a pulsation-dampening gasket-mounted plate design typically requires investing in a very expensive custom build or paying in a group purchase for months of collective collaboration keyboard or years from production. Or you can just buy Glorious’ GMMK Pro.

Originally sold exclusively through reservations, Glorious’ GMMK Pro is now on sale at the peripheral maker’s online store, which makes a high-quality enthusiast keyboard available to anyone with $ 170 to use on the basic starter kit. It is great to play. It’s great for writing. In fact, I’m writing on one right now and have been doing it for the past few months. In my relatively large collection (several dozen) of purchased and self-made keyboards, the GMMK Pro has quickly become a favorite, thanks to its sturdy build and ridiculously good feel.

It all starts with a barebones board. For $ 170 you get the assembled case, complete with the custom rotary dial. It comes in black or silver.

A take on the GMMK Pro premium barebones mechanical keyboard, no switches.

This aluminum beast will be your canvas.
Photo: Mike Fahey / Kotaku

This is all you need to start building your custom keyboard. Opt for the basic aluminum switch plate or purchase the optional brass or polycarbonate plates to adjust the feel of your touch. Add your preferred switches to solderless hot-swap slots. Cover them with your favorite keys. Use the basic braided cable or spend another $ 50 on a custom coiled device – the sign of someone who really has too much to spend on a keyboard. The Glorious Shop lets you set up all the extras, or you can just stick with the basic board and add your own bits.

Eventually I will have a full review for GMMK Pro at Kotaku, but it looks good so far. Buying all the bits of a premium keyboard at once is far better than signing up for a hassle-plagued group purchase any day.


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