Building a Keyboard 3: Glorious GMMK PRO, Ocean PBT Keycaps & Panda Switches 13

Building a Keyboard 3: Glorious GMMK PRO, Ocean PBT Keycaps & Panda Switches

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Introduction

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I think it's fair to say that the Building a Keyboard series is going to continue, with the first one doing well and the second one covering a unique set of switches. For the third entry, I wanted to deviate slightly from covering different switches as the main focus. The primary interest is instead the case/kit in the form of the Glorious GMMK PRO. We had taken a look at the company's first keyboard, the Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard (GMMK), back in 2019. It was one of the earliest to offer hot-swappable switches and remains one of the rare full-size offerings to be sold as a kit even today. The GMMK lead to the company being taken more seriously despite the divisive company name, and it aims to go beyond with the all-new GMMK PRO.


The GMMK PRO has had a history and then some with a marketing campaign targeting the enthusiast keyboard community in so many ways. Then came the official launch with a reservation list in November 2020, wherein customers could reserve a GMMK with a deposit, and it is only now that the units are shipping to said buyers. A little earlier, however, the media embargo broke with mostly YouTubers in mind that had mixed thoughts on whether the marketing hype was lived up to or not. We aim to answer this very question using a retail GMMK PRO, which only ships as a kit at this time and is why we also build an entire Glorious keyboard using the company's own Glorious Panda switches, custom keycaps, and a custom coiled cable!
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