Enthusiast keyboards have exploded in popularity for the past few years, especially at the entry-level segment. One such manufacturer is Epomaker, a relative newcomer to the scene making a splash with a wide variety of entry-level and midrange keyboards.
Today, we have the Epomaker TH80 Pro for review, which is a hot-swappable 75% keyboard with tri-mode connectivity retailing for US$99.99 (~RM455).
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Epomaker TH80 Pro – Specifications
|Epomaker TH80 Pro
|ANSI / ISO
|Epomaker Flamingo (Linear)
Epomaker Budgerigar (Tactile)
Gateron Pro Black
Gateron Pro Brown
Gateron Pro Red
Gateron Pro Yellow
Gateron Pro Blue
|3-pin / 5-pin
|PBT Dye Sublimation
|Dimensions & Weight
|328 x 142 x 40mm
What’s In The Box?
- Epomaker TH80
- Wireless dongle
- USB Type-C to Type-A cable
- Keycap and switch puller
- Spare switches
- Mac modifier keycaps
When it comes to options, the Epomaker TH80 Pro has a lot to offer. It is available for purchase in either ANSI or ISO layout, and you get to choose between two keycap themes, and seven switch options. If you want to DIY your build, it comes in a barebones kit as well. Our review sample came in ANSI layout, with Epomaker Flamingo switches and Theory keycaps.
At first glance, it looks like any other 75% keyboards in the market. It features an ABS case, and an aluminium volume knob tucked at the top right corner. At the bottom, you will find two pairs of feet, giving you three levels of tilt adjustment. There is also a slot to store the wireless dongle, and a switch to toggle between wired and wireless mode.
The switches are illuminated by south-facing ARGB LEDs which can get quite bright. The included PBT keycaps are dye-sublimated and have MDA profiles. While they are not double-shot, the keycaps feel solid and the legends look sharp. They come in a two-tone grey finish, along with bright yellow accents for the Esc, Enter and space bar keys.
Don’t let its plastic construction fool you, the TH80 Pro has some heft to it. The plastics used also feel premium and sturdy with virtually zero deck flex.
The Epomaker TH80 Pro offers and enjoyable typing experience out of the box. The switches and stabilisers are factory lubed. Key wobble is kept to a minimum, except for the space bar.
As a tray mounted keyboard, it does has a solid bottom-out feel. The keys tend to sound ‘clacky’ rather than ‘thocky’, and the pre-installed dampening foam does a good job at reducing high pitched pings.
The in-house Flamingo switches have very short pre-travel and light actuation force, making typing and gaming a breeze. The MDA profile keycaps could take a while to get used to, but the sculpting results in a comfortable typing feel.
While the TH80 Pro is plug and play for the most part, you should refer to the manual as it contains a lot of hotkey combinations.
If I am to nitpick, I think that the switch lubing could be better, as there is still some slight scratchiness to it. The stabilisers, while decent, could use some holee mod and relubing.
Other Keyboard Features
The TH80 Pro comes with tri-mode connectivity – Bluetooth, 2.4GHz wireless, and wired. You can pair the keyboard with up to three different devices with Bluetooth and switch between them by pressing Fn + 1/2/3. Though, you may notice a bit of latency when on Bluetooth mode.
The wireless 2.4Ghz dongle improves the latency to the point it become unnoticeable during casual gaming, though if you like to play competitive titles, you are better off with wired mode.
Software and Customisation
The Epomaker TH80 Pro can be customised via the Epomaker Driver software, available to download via the official website. You can adjust the lighting effects, set up macros, update firmware, and even share your custom keyboard mappings with other users.
However, the interface is a tad clunky to read, as it seems to be machine translated from mandarin. Fortunately, it is a ‘set and forget’ affair for most users.
Overall, the Epomaker TH80 Pro is a solid entry-level 75% keyboard with only a few minor nitpicks. It is a delight to type on out of the box, and will improve with just some minor modifications on the user’s part.
For more information, please visit Epomaker’s official website.