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The Glorious GMMK Pro is a premium gasket-mounted 75% keyboard for enthusiasts

By Hoots the Owl - on 11 Nov 2020, 2:52am

The Glorious GMMK Pro is a premium gasket-mounted 75% keyboard for enthusiasts

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Gaming peripheral maker Glorious already has some of the best ultralight mice on the market with the Model O and Model D series, and it's now making an ambitious foray into territory normally occupied by ultra-pricey custom mechanical keyboards. The Glorious GMMK Pro is a premium 75% board, but it is priced at a very attractive US$169.99, way below the more than US$400 you might expect to pay for a similar board from a limited run, custom group buy.

For the price, you get a full CNC-machined aluminium case, lubed and modded stabilisers, QMK and VIA support, and a 5-pin hot-swappable PCB (no need to snip off the extra legs on PCB mount switches). To cap things off, it features a gasket-mounted plate design, which helps provide a more flexible typing experience and also dampens keystrokes.

I can't think of any gasket-mounted keyboard that you can get outside of a custom group buy at the moment, so the GMMK Pro usually offers something unique. I also particularly like the support for VIA, which lets you remap keys on the fly without having to flash the board.

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Glorious has always been a company that is perfectly in tune with what the enthusiast community wants, and the GMMK Pro is yet another very promising display of that. In addition to all the aforementioned features, it comes with a rotary encoder knob that controls volume and media by default, but which you can also program with a custom function. 

The keyboard is framed by elegant side lighting that provides an attractive underglow, and there is support for per-key RGB lighting as well. As it turns out, the GMMK Pro closely mirrors the Satisfaction 75, which is one of the most highly coveted enthusiast boards around, down to the rotary encoder. It's lacking a bunch of the more unconventional plate options at the moment and the OLED screen, but the GMMK Pro is shaping up to be an excellent entry into the enthusiast space and may appeal to those who missed out on the Satisfaction 75.

The GMMK Pro will ship as a barebones kit with no assembly required. All you need to do is add your own switches and keycaps. You can reserve it at US$70 starting 11 November, with the first batch expected to arrive in Q1 2021. For the full details on how the reservation process will work, you can refer here