The New 8bitdo Retro Keyboard shipped early. Small-ish Male Hand for scale.
from to on 22 Sep 2023 01:06

I can try to answer any questions, but it doesn’t seem like the 8bitdo Ultimate software is availible for download yet. Im not big into mechanical keyboards, this is actually my first, so I don’t have much direct comparison experience to other keyboards.

but the buttons are big and f u n.


threaded - newest on 22 Sep 2023 01:31 next collapse

I just got mine too. Nice and klacky. Mine arrived on in 2.4GHz mode, so I had trouble with pairing until I charged it. Works great now though. on 22 Sep 2023 01:55 next collapse

compared to logitech mx mechanical. which one is better? on 22 Sep 2023 02:52 collapse

“I had to plug it in to get it to turn on, but now the TV works great though” on 22 Sep 2023 16:19 collapse

Factory battery was probably charged to a normal level and would’ve paired fine when opened if it’d been powered off. It was left powered on from the factory, which is not how it should’ve arrived. My experience is a valid criticism of a just-released rechargeable device and a QA issue. Where do you get off acting like I don’t know how consumer electronics work because I’m criticizing bad QA? on 22 Sep 2023 16:54 collapse

I missed the word “on” when I first read your comment. I assume the commenter did as well. Until I reread, I thought you just said that it arrived in 2.4ghz mode. But you’re right. It should not have been switched on when you got it.

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If they were going to put an A and B button on the keyboard then they should’ve put A on Ctrl and B on Alt. That way it would have the correct layout for Commander Keen, Duke Nukum and a million other DOS platformers.

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What’s that other peripheral? Foot pedals? on 22 Sep 2023 02:28 next collapse

Giant NES themed A and B buttons that come with the keyboard. I want some because they look cool but I’m not in need of a keyboard. on 22 Sep 2023 02:30 collapse

Nah, they’re just giant buttons you smash with your dukes on 22 Sep 2023 11:53 next collapse

And to add on, you can connect 4 of these big button controllers - it has four ports on the front of the keyboard for them. Why you would need this - no idea - but you CAN and I love it. on 22 Sep 2023 16:26 collapse

hmm like the arcade version of Street Fighter I that had sand bag piles of frustration for hit and kick buttons on 22 Sep 2023 02:13 next collapse

I nearly ordered this but got a keychron last minute. Hows the resistance on the keys? on 22 Sep 2023 11:56 collapse

I don’t have the best way to compare it to another true mechanical keyboard, but, to me, it feels a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitle harder that I would want, but thats probably because Im used to low profile switches. Need to work on my finger strength! on 22 Sep 2023 02:15 next collapse

I'm liking the giant A and B button. on 22 Sep 2023 11:57 collapse

Big programmable macro buttons. Practical? Maybe. Cool as fuck? Absolutely. on 22 Sep 2023 02:25 next collapse

If they made a 100% version I’d buy it on 22 Sep 2023 02:28 collapse

Yup, I love this so much but I’ll be cold and dead in the ground before I give up my numpad on 22 Sep 2023 02:34 next collapse

Deep. Way down

Rotting on 22 Sep 2023 08:50 next collapse

Ahh… my people. on 22 Sep 2023 12:27 collapse

whatre people doing so much with the num pad that everyone has to say “no i don’t think i like the lack of num pad” one nobody asked its a cool looking keyboard two what are yall even doing i know most of y’all aren’t accounting or getting off your phones at regular intervals.

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I have one on the way, but I plan to use it at home. At work, I use the num pad for calculations. Frequently. Not an accountant—I’m an attorney that works in conservation (basically real estate but preventing development so there’s nature in the future, instead of fostering development). on 22 Sep 2023 02:44 next collapse

I find the lack of a 10-key pad disturbing. on 22 Sep 2023 02:49 next collapse

Nintendo has transcended the ten numbers. on 22 Sep 2023 03:10 next collapse

I almost ordered, but this was a deal breaker. on 22 Sep 2023 05:44 next collapse

Same, plus no UK ISO layout options. on 22 Sep 2023 07:00 collapse

That’s the real kicker. Ain’t gonna see me using the shitty ANSI enter, and the lack of a backwards slash between the shift and Z key on 22 Sep 2023 12:05 collapse

Yep, it’s just a bit frustrating really. All they need to do is throw in some extra keycaps into the box.

I just cannot do ANSI. there is no reversing 30 years of muscle memory.

Edit: I mean, I can do ANSI. and other layouts - I have an original Famicom keyboard I love. But for daily use, especially work…no. on 22 Sep 2023 06:05 collapse

deal maker for me bro.

ain’t nobody got time in life for tenkey on 22 Sep 2023 06:44 collapse

Full size or bust! on 30 Sep 2023 01:39 collapse

Different strokes for different folks, my dude doesn’t deserve downvotes for his opinion.

My desk space is minimal so I loved this TKL version.

Also just got mine and am loving those additional buttons for save state hotkeys. on 22 Sep 2023 05:02 next collapse

thats why these are called tenkeyless :) on 22 Sep 2023 05:02 collapse

TKL - I actually used one of these for years, well a bit smaller than the one pictured, felt really comfortable gaming because your mouse is closer to the centre. But yeah as so as I had to WFH it got replaced for an almost full size on 22 Sep 2023 07:55 collapse

You accidentally made me realize something. The keypad would probably be better on the left than right. There’s nothing to the left of most people’s keyboards, and presumably you have your keyboard positioned in the best place for your hands regardless of keyboard layout. Shift the keypad, and other buttons, to the left instead of right would make more room for the mouse.

Edit: This is apparently already a thing, labeled as “left handed” for some reason. I’m not sure what being left/right handed has to do with it though because we all type with both hands already. on 22 Sep 2023 08:47 next collapse

The point is that about 90+% of people can’t use the numpad with their left hand.

And if you really, really want this feature, look for keyboards with detachable or separate numpads. Ages ago, I’ve seen such a thing where you had four modules that you could arrange in any order: Keypad, cursorpad, numpad, trackball. Today, you can easily get separate USB numpads. on 22 Sep 2023 09:11 collapse

i’m firmly of the belief that it’s designed to be on the left

if you use a calculator with your left hand, A) your thumb (strongest digit) rests on = (most used button), and B) you can write with your right hand

then some wacko put it on the right of the keyboard, so enter is on your little finger and the mouse is miles away[^1] and now we have to live with the consequences

[^1]: yes i realise mouses weren’t around when this layout was designed on 22 Sep 2023 03:05 next collapse

Mine came today too. Loving it so far. Will have to figure out what I want to do with the bottoms over the weekend . on 22 Sep 2023 20:05 collapse

Let us know what you think of! on 22 Sep 2023 23:50 collapse

I really want to have a button be a power off command so when I’m done for the day, I can just smack that and walk away.

But I know the cat will walk on it at an inopportune time. on 22 Sep 2023 05:27 next collapse

Got mine today and I’m loving the feel and sound. I’m trying to map the the giant A/B to play media like my 915 play key does so I can use it to play/pause Spotify. No luck yet. on 22 Sep 2023 11:51 collapse

Nice! I immediately set it to a scene switcher in OBS. Have fun fiddling about! on 22 Sep 2023 20:05 collapse

Translation for us mortals? I’m looking for inspiration for when mine arrives. on 22 Sep 2023 20:25 collapse

Oh sure. Using the buttons to switch between different camera angles when im recording a video or steaming on Twitch. A is set up to be a close up camera shot while B shows a zoomed out view of my whole craft station. on 22 Sep 2023 06:53 next collapse

Mine has been posted. Looking forward to it! Been using a Durgod with my MiSTer but the lack of dedicated F keys made me want the 8bitdo.

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Got mine today too, really loving it so far. Space key has that nice thock to it. Styling is nice, macro programming was easy. The big buttons feel good too, they’re a single switch key but stabilized well enough to hit anywhere and as hard as you want.

My only issue is that the caps lock and scroll lock lights don’t work. Not a dealbreaker for me and I’ll probably pull it apart to see if I can fix it myself but it seems about on par with 8bitdo’s other products in terms of quality. Not A+ but still a wonderful product. on 22 Sep 2023 11:50 next collapse

Aww what a bummer dude, sorry that happened. I can chime in and say that my lights did work out of the box. on 22 Sep 2023 20:03 collapse

I’d appreciate an update on your repair attempts/observations. You could even post in my community, consolerepair. Shameless plug aside, I’m super curious to see actual pics and your thoughts.

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. on 22 Sep 2023 15:16 next collapse

Now the question is how big are your hands?

<img alt="andre holding a 12oz pop can" src=""> on 22 Sep 2023 15:28 next collapse

I really wanted this, but they have no software support for Linux, so instead I went with the Lemokey L3. Should be shipping next month. on 22 Sep 2023 17:24 collapse

They never have software for Linux :( on 22 Sep 2023 16:44 next collapse

It has no backlighting, sadly… right? on 22 Sep 2023 18:54 collapse

Correct, just some small LEDs along the op. on 25 Sep 2023 18:45 next collapse

Just got mine and holy shit - it is an absolute unit. I am not a keyboard builder or whatever, but this thing is seriously reminiscent of a TKL IBM keyboard of yesteryear except without authentic buckling spring keys. That said, the key mechanisms feel great - clicky but a slightly lighter touch than the oldschool buckling springs - I don’t miss the high-frequency “ping” of the buckling spring, though.

It could almost be used like the keyboard murder weapon in the movie Gattica, except with a plastic frame. The thing is nice and heavy and brings back good memories. on 25 Sep 2023 19:47 collapse

Great comparison. Thats been my favorite part of the keyboard thus far. I can go HARD on it without feeling like its going to break. on 28 Sep 2023 01:44 collapse

When does the red power LED light up? It doesn’t light up in 2.4 ghz or bluetooth mode. Does it light up in USB mode? Or is it just decorative? on 28 Sep 2023 11:03 collapse

Make sure the battery is topped off but yes mine does light up, at leas in the 2’4ghz mode on 28 Sep 2023 11:15 collapse

Oh that sucks, mine doesn’t. I have no interest in peeling off the feet to get at the screws to open this bad boy and see if the polarity of the LED is flipped or if there’s a bad solder joint. Usually I like to watch a tear down video first so I’m not trailblazing/making disassembly missteps. on 28 Sep 2023 11:35 next collapse

Awh man thats terrible. Sorry about that :( hopefully the rest of the board works fine otherwise Id be sending a strongly worded email. on 28 Sep 2023 22:00 collapse

Maybe reach out to the manufacturer. They may help you… on 29 Sep 2023 00:23 collapse

Mine just got delayed another week…