MK Night Typist Warm White LED Backlit, PBT Double Shot keycaps, Type C USB, Programmable, 16 Layout Mechanical Keyboard

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Mechanical Keyboards Inc Night Typist Mechanical Keyboard

Available Switches

Kailh BOX White thumbnailKailh BOX White
NTypistA-MK0818TD
$104.00
Cherry MX Blue thumbnailCherry MX Blue
NTypistA-MK0818TA
$109.00
Cherry MX Brown thumbnailCherry MX Brown
NTypistB-MK0818TB
$109.00
Cherry MX Silent Red thumbnailCherry MX Silent Red
NTypistC-MK0818TC
$114.00

Keycaps

Backlighting

  • White LED Primary LEDs: White (THT)
  • White LED Control LEDs: White

Features

  • Industry First Warm White Backlighting
  • Highly durable PBT Double Shot injection keycaps
  • Over 10 built-in layouts including: QWERTY, Norman, Workman, Dvorak, MiniMak, Alphabetical, and more
  • Dedicated programmable layer that allows you to assign any value to a given key
  • Detachable USB-C type connection w/ type A to C USB cable included
  • Win / Alt swap options for Mac + Win key lock
  • Dedicated Media Keys
  • Macro recording functionality
  • Adjust key brightness with FN + Up / Down and indicator light brightness with ALT + FN + Up / Down

The 'Night' Typing Professional’s Keyboard

The MK Night Typist is built for typing professionals who work in both well lit and low light environments. We looked at everything a typing professional cares about in their keyboard and combined it all to create the MK Typist, then we took it one step further and added warm backlighting to create the MK Night Typist. If you are a typing professional, this is the only keyboard you will ever need.

Backlighting for the Professional

While bright, colorful lights with flashy effects are fun and useful for other keyboards, we took another approach for the Night Typist's backlighting. We equipped it with industry-first "warm white" lighting making the keys easy to read but not blinding or distracting in low light environments. The beautiful warm white lighting - adjustable with 4 brightness levels - fits perfectly with the Night Typist's clean, professional aesthetic.

Construction Quality

The weight, feel, and internal component stability of the Night Typist are immediately evident when interacting with the keyboard. Compare it side-by-side with another keyboard of your choice to truly appreciate the difference.

Clean, Professional Aesthetics

The classic styling of the Night Typist fits perfectly in a work environment, standing out through clean edges and quality – not flashy lights or branding.

Durable, easy-to-read Keycaps

The Night Typist keycaps are constructed using the industry’s most respected material (PBT) and print method (Double Shot) resulting in caps that will remain sharp, readable, and shine-free through years of use.

Best-in-class mechanical switches for a variety of preferences

Cherry MX Blue for high audible and tactile feedback.
Cherry MX Brown Switches for moderate audible and tactile feedback.
Cherry MX Silent Red Switches for minimal audible and linear feedback.

New Technology

The MK Night Typist features programmable keys, a USB Type C connection, updateable firmware, and 4 dipswitches that allow users to select from 16 different key layouts including QWERTY, Colemak, Norman, Dvorak, Workman, three Minimak varieties, and even Alphabetical.

Affordable

The MK Night Typist is the perfect solution for those looking to outfit their office or professional workspace with uniform, high-end backlit input devices without breaking the bank.

Beautiful Artistic Packaging

The Night Typist box features stunning artwork making it the perfect gift for the typing professional you know.

Warranty

As with all MK brand keyboards, the Night Typist comes with the MK Guarantee which extends the MechanicalKeyboards.com return window from 30 days to 60 days and adds a full year to the keyboard's standard warranty.

Details and Specifications

BrandMechanical Keyboards Inc
ModelTypist
SizeFull Size
Switch StemsMX
Physical LayoutUS QWERTY
Logical LayoutANSI
Frame ColorBlack
Frame Top MaterialPlastic
Frame Bottom MaterialPlastic
Primary LED ColorWhite
Control LED ColorWhite
USB Key RolloverFull
Multimedia KeysYes
Switch Mount TypePlate
Built in Audio PortNo
Built in Mic PortNo
Interface(s)USB-C
Windows CompatibleYes
Mac CompatibleNo
Linux CompatibleYes
Dimensions17.32" x 5.51" x 1.61"
Weight2.87 lbs
Cord Length60 inches

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  • Purchased this keyboard to replace an older Logitech. This is a really nice keyboard. I went with the silent red switches and it is nearly silent, a big factor for me, now that I share workspace at home. By far the most luxurious mechanical keyboard I have typed on.

  • A wonderful keyboard made of excellent plastics with an excellent feel. Clear lettering on key-caps and a lovely back-light. A keyboard with the kind of solid feel and tactile qualities that give the impression that it was built to last. It has zero bling.

    Weirdly enough, it is hard to find a keyboard that has (1) durable, solid, double shot, back-lit key-caps, (2) back-lighting that doesn't approximate unicorn vomit or involve retina compromising blue-white LEDs, (3) nothing but cherry switches and (4) no weird graphics or other bling.

    This keyboard doesn't even have branding that is visible when it is the right way up. It is 100% classy.

    I did have to take care to not stress the USB C socket when attaching the cable. I got it right first time but care was required and I will be leaving it alone. Having the cable exit from the side is excellent too. Also, the space-bar is double shot, has three LEDs behind it but no way for the light to get through, weird but just fine (it maintains the 'between the keys glow' too, if it was black inside it would not do this properly).

    I have four mechanical keyboards. One is a vintage Amiga 2000 mechanical keyboard that is perfect the way it is. As for the others, I wish they were all MK Night Typists.

  • First time ever buying and using a mechanical keyboard and I love it! I got the MX Browns because they seemed like the best in-between switch from what I was reading online. It will take some getting used to the sound but they definitely aren't obnoxiously loud. Since this is my first mechanical keyboard, I can't get in to how it stacks up against similar products. What I can tell you is that this is a high-quality, no-frills, sophisticated-looking keyboard. Clean lines, simple typeface, no gimmicks.

    The construction appears to be very high quality. The keys are solid and the frame is sturdy. I really like how typing on this thing feels and I can see how people can get passionate about mechanical keyboards! The only key that feels a little off is the space-bar but only from the left side. That could just be me getting used to mechanical switches.

    It has substantial weight and good feet so it doesn't slip around on the desk. The back height is adjustable which is nice. I actually really like the dedicated volume keys at the top right. The calculator key above the keypad was new for me but I've been using it regularly already. Neat feature. My only complaint on the chassis is that you cannot route the cable out the sides without severely bending the USB cord. A bit of an oversight in the design if you ask me, but if the keyboard is up on the back feet, it's not an issue.

    The warm white LED backlight is all anyone should really need. Emphasis on the word WARM.

    Excellent keyboard! One point off for the off-feeling space-bar and the USB-c side cable routing oversight. I recommend for anyone looking to get into mechanical keyboards in the under 120 USD price range.

  • Great keyboard. Ducky-manufactured, featuring four different lighting intensities and a wealth of options for customization/alternative layouts. Very clean design and sturdy build quality.

    My only gripe is that some of the keycaps, especially those on the numpad, have a black material on the underside that blocks the backlight from shining through. This results in uneven coverage on some of the keys. The labeling for the functions on the numpad when numlock is off (Home, PgUp, arrows, etc) will not illuminate with the rest of the keyboard for this reason. It's a small point but kind of bothersome.

    Overall, a great keyboard that I hope to get a lot of use out of.

  • Love the keyboard.

    The only downside is that it is clear that the LED's are at the centre of the keys.
    Which makes some of the keys illumination to be uneven.
    If this was fixed it would be absolutely perfect.

    Quality is extremely high as expected from mechanicalkeyboards.com

  • Wanted something a little quieter and nuanced and went with the cherry silent red switches and have no regrets. They dont have the "clack" of a normal MK but are still satisfying to type on without annoying the wife at the same time. Has a nice weight and to it and would recommend anyone thinking about it to grab one.

  • I'm new to mechanical keyboards, but wanted something that would feel excellent, look great, and be very reliable for typing my dissertation on my home desktop. This keyboard is all three (so far), and is a massive upgrade from my base-level Logitech. I really enjoy the feel of the Cherry Brown switches for typing and gaming. The adjustable back light is a feature I wouldn't have thought I'd love so much - it really helps to be able to dim the light when it gets darker out. Worth the investment for me, especially now that I'm spending more time on my computer than anywhere else. Even with a three-month pre-order wait, this was well worth it.

  • Great keyboard heavy and feels amazing. I use this a work daily and I love it more than my ducky one 2 mini at home. Keystrokes feel clean and super responsive!

  • Best Keyboard I have ever owned. Cherry MX silent because I type like a psycho sometimes and don't want to disturb my colleagues.

    Big fan.
    I mean, it's a keyboard, not a fan, but I'm a fan of it.

    Nice colors, only white LED, no need for yellow, what is this the 1890s?
    10/10 would type again

  • Bought this to use in the office, so I went with the silent red switches.

    Everything is fine, except for the fact that I have been using a Pok3r for two years. I wish the Caps Lock could be swapped with the FN key so that I could still program some frequently used key combinations to the FN layer. Having 6 profiles and almost two layers (top layer 80% of the FN layer) to record macros is nice, but the default position of the Fn key is pretty much unusable in normal typing scenarios. Meanwhile, I don't think anyone (that would be interested in this keyboard) presses Caps Lock that frequently.

    BTW I didn't have any issues with the build quality. Even on the tallest foot stands the keyboard is very steady, which allows it to fully utilize the low noise advantage of the silent red switches. As for the connection issue, the type-C connector needs to be plugged all the way in to be recognized, so it does need a bit of force. I think the one-star review person probably had bad luck, maybe it had one of the rubber feet coming off. Feel sorry for you.

    Speaking of type-C cable, one of the complaints I had on this is that although there are carved out channels to guide the cable to the side, you can't really use them because there's no room unless you bend the cable by 90 degrees right after the connector, which I think will probably break the cable. So the channels are pretty much useless. I mean, the keyboard came in a pretty box with a nice straight cable, a keycap puller, and a color-printed decent quality manual. It'll be very nice if it came with L-shaped type-C cable as well so that the cable can be routed to the side. But maybe I'm asking for too much.

    The white LED is more like white-yellow, which make sense because it's marketed as warm white. On the max level it's a bit too bright, but on level 1 or 2 it's a pleasant glow to have. The Numpad and Caps Lock indicators LEDs are, however, too bright in my opinion, and can be dazzling to look at.

    Typing wise I'm slowly starting to get used to these linear switches, having only used browns in the past. Key presses feel heavy if I push down too much, but that's just habits from using tactile switches. But as mentioned earlier, they're quite silent. Maybe except for the backspace key, where the satellite switches make larger noises. The other large keys like Enter and Space are all pretty good for their size.

    Can't give it 5 stars but I think 4 will do it justice. After all, it's a pretty solid keyboard.

  • I don't know if it was just me, but i've had this keyboard for the past month and oh man it was terrible. The usb-c connection kept becoming lose initially so I had to figure out a way to keep it connected. Another issue was the build quality as the keyboard was literary uneven when laid down flat, causing it to basically make a noise every single time you type something. RMA'd the keyboard and the build quality was a little better, but now the issue is my Windows machine won't even recognize the keyboard. No information that it was connected/windows doesn't recognize. I feel like I was just sent a dead keyboard. Overall, don't buy this, quality is terrible and ran into issues so much that it's not worth your money.

  • An excellent "serious business" keyboard, focused on getting work done as efficiently and productively as possible. Solid professional equipment feel and build quality without ugly/tacky/distracting effects or logos. Compares well against other popular "serious" keyboards like WASD CODEs and Filco Majestouches, at a better price. The white backlighting is great for clear, sharp key readability in any conditions. The "warm white" color isn't yellowish like some "warm" lights, but is clear and comfortable without glare at all brightness levels. Great for coders and writers.

    These are made for MK by Ducky, and are a version of their popular Ducky One (not Ducky One 2) keyboard customized to MK's specs. It has the stock Ducky One case and layout, but is upgraded to a USB-C connector and has top-end PBT doubleshot keycaps with the non-stencil font (no line breaks) whose labels will never show wear.

    The firmware includes the full Ducky Macro 2.0 feature set, but drops any lighting effects/customization and the key-mouse mode. All features are built into the hardware with no external control software required, so your macros will work on any OS with any app. The Fn (F1-F12) key combos have been reassigned to send media & Windows convenience commands: my computer, email, show search dialog, browser, media player, play/pause, previous playlist, next playlist, show desktop, show run dialog, Windows settings, and lock session, respectively, but these aren't shown on the keys. For details on the macro capabilities, see any Ducky keyboard online manual PDF; the printed manual is just the Macro 2.0 part of a standard Ducky manual, along with key layout diagrams for the various DIP switch selectable keyboard styles. (Note for MK: the included printed manual is fine, but it would've been nice to have an online PDF version for details when I was comparison shopping).

    Comes with a clear dust cover, 5 foot USB-C to USB-A 2.0 cable and an MK wire keycap puller.

  • Without exaggeration this is just the best keyboard I have ever used.
    I was previously using a keyboard with the Logitech Romer-G switches which I found to be very loud so I selected the Cherry MX Silent switches when I ordered the MK Night Typist. I am very impressed by how much quieter these switches are. The travel seems to be shorter as well so I feel as though I can type a bit faster. I bought this keyboard to keep at home where I share a desk with my wife and she loves it as well.
    Highly recommend.

  • I bought this in a Cherry MX Blue, and I am enjoying it very much at home for casual gaming (DOTA2). I will say that it is a much needed upgrade to an old membrane quietkey that I grew costumed to.
    Just clicky enough, and can definitely register each time I spam a specific key for in game action. Absolutely love the simple White LED lighting, its not obnoxious at all and love the fact that it can have different levels of brightness!
    Considering getting one in Cherry MX Brown for office use, as I hear it's a good mix of the MX Blue tactile feel, without the loudness. Albeit, something that I could consider is getting the dampers. this is something I could dabble into in the future.

  • I opted to switch to mechanical after having my Logitech Wave start having switches feel sticky and keys feel slick from wear. I am, overall, quite happy with my purchase. I would give a 4.5 rating if possible.

    Things I like:
    - The LED lighting is nice and simple; the lowest setting looks almost like non-LED keys
    - Typing feels very very nice; I much prefer these switches (MX Brown) over the Romer-G tactile switches I tried previously
    - Despite being made of mostly plastic, the build quality feels very premium

    Things I do not like:
    - I would have appreciated having the option to purchase a simpler model (i.e. sans DIP switch, macros, etc.) for a lower price
    - The LEDs don't light the key symbols evenly at the lowest setting; at higher settings, however, the effect is mitigated
    - The F keys have media functionality but are not printed with their function; I would have appreciated a set of swappable keys or, at the very least, a set of keycap stickers
    - The num/caps/scroll lock LEDs are really bright and do not adjust with the rest of the keyboard LEDs

  • Great keyboard! I had the non-lit Typist for work and decided I needed one for home as well to replace a very noisy Razor keyboard with green switches. The back lighting is very nice and the construction is rock solid. The silent cherry reds are fantastic for keeping everyone around me happy and are great to type and game on.

  • Great keyboard (Typist) made better! Owning the original Typist, the only "downside" I had about it was the inability to have backlighting in case I was in a dark environment and had to type a special character that isn't often used (^, *, %). The Night Typist has such a pleasant backlighting that doesn't strain your eyes in the least bit. It's like f.lux for your keyboard!

  • Love the keyboard and its function. The back lighting is very nice and I like the option for the different types of switches. I would like to be able to order custom keys with the keyboard so I know I am buying matching ones, meaning I would prefer to be able to buy the media keys to replace F5 though F8 at the time of purchase. Overall, would buy again.

    For me the cord is weak, I would like to see (or have the option) for a braided cord that is a little longer. It is nice that it is a USB type C so you can switch it out, but for me the included one is not long enough.

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