The high demand that the trend of upgrading to a mechanical keyboard has created during the past few years stimulated a frisky market that many companies started or diversified into. Today there is a vast selection of mechanical keyboards available for nearly all tastes, budgets, and desires for LED everything. The different styles of mechanical keys also adds another degree of freedom to the offerings on the market, with a single model potentially available in several different mechanical key types.

Introduction

The vast majority of the current mechanical keyboards are marketed towards gamers and/or Microsoft Windows users. A few companies have not forgotten that those who originally made the most out of a mechanical keyboard were professionals, who would be spending many hours every day inputting data and relying on haptic feedback to enhance their throughput. In this review we are having a quick look at the Nixeus Moda Pro mechanical keyboard, a product designed specifically with professionals in mind. It also is partially targeted towards Macintosh users, who today have few options when it comes to mechanical keyboards focused at their hardware.

Packaging & Bundle

Nixeus is supplying the Moda Pro into a sturdy white cardboard box. The artwork is very simple, with essentially just a picture of the keyboard printed at the front side of the box. It seems that the company is rightfully trying to focus their marketing effort on the design and color of the keyboard itself.

Inside the box we found a small cleaning brush, a keycap puller and three extra keycaps. The three extra keycaps are for replacing the Windows-specific and one of the ALT keys with Macintosh “Command” and “Option” versions.

The Keyboard
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  • Icehawk - Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - link

    Ditto, I have a Corsair and I just don't get along with its key spacing - this looks a lot better and doesn't come with any of the extraneous frills like lighting that I don't need. Price is pretty good too, most of the kbs I was looking at were at least $75+ and most seem to be much closer, or more, than $100. Reply
  • bigboxes - Thursday, August 04, 2016 - link

    They sell the plain ones. The plethora of LED and extra features have exploded because that's what consumers want to justify the $$ for a mechanical switch keyboard. Us professionals have been using them for years. I'm not sure you're having trouble finding them or that they are just buried in a sea of the fancy ones. Reply
  • ComInliner - Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - link

    Well someone took photography lessons. If only now you can teach him to respond to product review requests. Reply
  • pseudonymmster - Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - link

    Two small issues:
    - Label of third dropdown is "Per-Key Quality Testing, and Final Words & Conclusion", but that page doesn't contain Final Words & Conclusion.
    - Second paragraph, first sentence "The Nixeus Moda Pro is a standard 104-key keyboard but that adheres to the ANSI layout." Not sure if that "but" makes sense.
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  • Mr Perfect - Thursday, August 04, 2016 - link

    That second one gave me pause too. I think it's supposed to say "The Nixeus Moda Pro is a standard 104-key keyboard but does not adhere to the ANSI layout."

    Nixeus replaced the left Windwos key with a Fn key, so it's not really ANSI. It's actually my main gripe with the board. That left Windows key is something I use all the time, but I couldn't care less about media keys the Fn key enables.
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  • DanNeely - Thursday, August 04, 2016 - link

    The gallery (keyboard itself and the box) here shows the right windows key being replaced with the Fn key not the left one.

    Do you use both windows keys? If not, can you remap the layout and swap the keycaps?
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  • Mr Perfect - Friday, August 05, 2016 - link

    Derp... Yes, I meant to say the right Windows key. I use both Win keys, depending on the key combo. Win+L is always the right key, since that's a one handed move that way.

    I'd be content if the Fn key can be turned back into a Win key somehow (I think DIP switches are "in" right now for keyboard configuration).
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  • Mikuni - Thursday, August 04, 2016 - link

    Probably $100 in Europe. Reply
  • CaptainNed - Thursday, August 04, 2016 - link

    Meh, it's not a Model M. Reply
  • FunBunny2 - Saturday, August 06, 2016 - link

    damn. someone as old as me. Reply

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