Keychron K8 Pro now available in Japan

Kopec Japan Inc. has begun selling the new K8 Pro QMK/VIA keyboard, manufactured by Keychron, based in Hong Kong, France.

The English-language model is expected to be released on September 12, 2022, and the Japanese-language model at the end of November 2022.

Keychron K8 Pro QMK/VIA Retail Price

  • White LED backlight model|18,480 yen (including tax)
  • RGB LED|20,900 yen (tax included)
  • Barebone model|16,280 yen (tax included)

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Availability of Keychron K8 Pro Japanese Array

The Keychron K8 Pro was initially available only in a US (English) layout model, with the JIS (Japanese) layout model to be released “in due course = undecided”.

We are pleased to announce that Kopec Japan, Keychron’s distributor in Japan, has made an official announcement regarding the sales launch date, which will be “late November 2022.

After all, JIS layouts dominate the market share in Japan…!

The difference between the Keychron K8 regular version and the Pro version of

Both the English- and Japanese-language models have the same key layout as the existing K8.

The three major differences between the K8 and the K8 Pro are as follows

K8とK8 Proの違い
  • Can key mapping be customized?
  • Keycap Type
  • With or without silent processing

If you are looking for a good key feel, “Pro” is definitely the way to go!

K8 Pro allows customizable key mapping.

Image reference: Kopec Japan

The K8 Pro supports the “QMK” and “VIA” key mapping systems, so you can change the key layout to your own preference.

Especially useful would be the ability to change the position of the control and shift keys on the hardware side.

For Windows users, the ability to change the keymap to your preferred arrangement is a huge advantage, as changing the keymap on the software side is not a feature by default, unlike on the Mac.

To change the keymap, use the software “VIA”.

Since it does not seem to be auto-authenticated yet, set up a separate JSON file by selecting it from the Design tab of VIA.

Download Keymap JSON file for K8 Pro ANSI White LED

Download Keymap JSON file for K8 Pro ANSI RGB

Download VIA for Mac

Download VIA for Windows

Download VIA for Linux

K8 Pro features OSA Double Shot PBT keycaps

Image reference: Kopec Japan

OSA Double Shot PBT keycaps are used from K8 Pro.

This may not sound like a good idea at the moment, but you can just recognize it as “using a slightly better keycap than usual”.

Double-shot refers to a two-layer structure in which the part to be attached to the key switch is retrofitted after the keycap molding.

Because they are thicker than regular keycaps, the sound of keystrokes is considerably reduced.

The OSA profile is also a cute feature with rounded corners.

K8 Pro has been processed to be quieter.

Image reference: Kopec Japan

This is probably the biggest difference from the regular K8.

The K8 Pro is pre-installed with sound-absorbing foam and a silicone bottom pad, resulting in a fairly tight typing sound.

The difference is obvious if you compare them.

Unfortunately, the normal board is “noisy” on all axes, but the K8 Pro has a much quieter, tyrant type sound.

summary

The K8 has long been very popular because of its standard arrangement and its compatibility with both Mac and Windows.

The K8 Pro is slightly more expensive because it is the top-of-the-line model, but it produces a truly pleasant typing sound that is more pleasant than the regular K8.

If you are going to buy a mechanical keyboard, the Keychron K8 Pro will be a very strong choice.

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