Oct 24, 201723999 views

Setting Up Your K-Type


Thanks again for purchasing the Massdrop x Input Club K-Type Mechanical Keyboard! Here are some notes to get you started:
Your new keyboard is ready to use out of the box. Simply plug in the USB Type-C cable into either of the ports and start typing.
  • If you prefer a raised or angled orientation, use the provided foot bar and attach it to the bottom of the keyboard. The magnets on the foot bar attach to the recessed metal disks
  • If would like to customize your key map or lighting modes, please visit the K-Type Configurator https://input.club/configurator/. The configurator allows you to generate a new version of the firmware and flash it to the keyboard. Please note that flashing procedures will vary depending on your computer operating system.
  • (The configurator is still undergoing final validation. Input Club has indicated they will have the final version of the configurator ready on 11/5/17 with more functionality, including full customization of the LEDs and lighting modes.)
  • If you want to check the full manual for the K-Type, please visit http://ktype.link/manual
If you have additional questions or issues regarding your K-Type not addressed here, please reach out to our community support team, and they will be happy to help. https://www.massdrop.com/support

Duncan, BlueCrowned, and 33 others

I've had some of the "sticky key" issues others have noticed and commented on, but found if I was lighter on the keystrokes it really helped. Today, however, the keyboard has stopped completely. Lights are flashing randomly (on/off), keystrokes aren't being registered, the PC isn't seeing this keyboard as a USB device at all (started with a couple of glitches and now has completely failed).
I'm super disappointed. With shipping etc. this was well over $300 Canadabux and now it is strobe light, when it comes on at all (bonus, I took my much cheaper Corsair to the office so I don't have a spare keyboard). Wow, did this go through any hardware testing at all or was it designed to work for a few months, then fail?
Please reach out to support with your issue!
Has anybody else been having the recurring issue of the K-Type disconnecting, reconnecting, and not working until you reboot? This is absurdly frustrating. I've tried a variety of fixes that worked for others, including updating USB drivers (they were up to date), removing permissions for the computer to turn them off on low power, and trying different ports around the computer. It happens with each port. I don't have another USB-C cable to try, but if the cable were disconnecting and reconnecting, wouldn't the board work when it reconnects?
Edit: Re-flashing with Zadig and reinstalling the appropriate drivers for both the API and K-Type didn't help either. :(
Yes! My keyboard backlight starts flashing in a seemingly random pattern and then stops working. if I disconnect and reconnect the cable sometimes it comes back. I've tried 2 cables, so I doubt thats the issue. Did you ever figure out the issue?
I'm experiencing something similar now on Windows and OSX. Keyboard has been working flawlessly for some time. I'm going to try a new USB cable
Hi, Is there a way to have the Manual documents back ? Links are down. By the way, the IC Configurator is not really reliable, I have many compilation errors with very simple profiles that worked before. Can we use another program to edit and flash K-Type firmwares ?
Hey guys, sorry if I'm asking a question already answered. I bought the k-type with Halo True switches. My prior keyboard was a Filco Convertible 2 with Cherry MX Brown switches. There is a HUGE difference in feel between the 2 switches, at least to my fingers. The Cherry Browns are soft and comfortable and require very little effort to activate, whereas the Halo True switches require a LOT more effort and I am missing keys frequently when typing. So I think I want to replace the switches in my k-type and buy some Cherry MX Brown switches. However, I don't want to lose the LED functionality of the k-type and I think if I buy regular Cherry switches from https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_list&c=43, say, won't they block the LED lights on the k-type? Has anyone replaced the switches on a k-type yet? I couldn't find a video of anyone doing this on youtube, but a video would be super helpful. And most importantly, does anyone know where I can buy Cherry MX Brown switches that would not block the LED lighting of the k-type keyboard? Alternately, can someone recommend a different/better switch to try that would work well with the k-type, not block LEDs, and give me a switch feel comparable to the Cherry MX Browns on the Filco Convertible 2? TIA!!
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Awesome thank you so much @Zilfallion! I thought there was a clear pass thru pipe that went through the center of the body of the switches on the K-Type? Or is it just that the outer body of the switch needs to be translucent to let the LED light through to the keycaps?
If you do look at the switches, that I have anyways which are Kailh not Cherry, there is a small, I think they call it a light pipe that does offer more direct shine through on the top of the switch. The transparent housing will at least make sure that some light gets through. Honestly I'm new to the world of mechanical keyboards. The only issue with the RGB Brown switches might be if the light pipe is on the south side of the switch instead of the north where the SMD RGB LEDs are.
what to do with this:
dfu-util: No DFU capable USB device available
I am on Mac OS X
My keyboard now lights up but doesn’t respond. Is there a way to fix this?
I am trying to add the rainbow_wipe animation from Jacob Alexander found on Github (https://github.com/kiibohd/kll/blob/master/layouts/k-type/rainbow_wipe.kll). I keep trying to copy and paste the raw code into the pre-defined animation json screen on the animation configurator, but it keeps erroring out stating: Could not import, invalid format. Anyone experiencing this issue?
Has anyone had any issues where they'll type and some of the keys aren't registering until you press down on the keys a few times? Usually unplugging the USB-C cable and plugging it back in resolves the issue, but just seems odd for a $200 keyboard.
I also have one of the front LEDs stuck on yellow sometimes. If I unplug and plug it back in that works, or if I re-flash it, it works again.
I'll try to see if there's a newer firmware out.
I have this same issue. did you ever figure it out?
You know, oddly enough the issue never returned after I switched my docking station at work. I'm not sure if it was the docking station, but I may have flashed my keyboard again with an updated image. I can't quite recall or know if there's a way to check what firmware I'm running...
It's working now, so I'm kind of lazy to look through documentation to figure this out. If you find out, I'd be curious :P
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
How can I turn the LEDs off on this K-Type? Or at least make it one solid color.
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In the Configurator it has some keys with blue text - like “LED OFF” is there a way to use those with the default set up? I think all the steps with the custom set up are more than I can handle
So to change the LEDs all you have to do is really point and click and choose what colors you want, you can even just do all of it at once by clicking "backlight" or "underglow" and then flash it, which takes like 3-4 clicks maybe.
But anyway, I think if you press FN + whatever that key is it should work to turn it off. I never use it so idk what it is.
If you want when I'm home I can take screenshots showing how to change the LEDs.
Any one having issues with their keyboard keys becoming "sticky"? I have been trying to play games for a bit now and have kept getting issues where one of the WASD keys getting "stuck" and my character ends up drifting off in a random direction without me touch it. Trying to correct myself I can move around to an extent but stop controlling and the character continues to drift. I initially noticed that the problem would happen when I accidentally mashed the caps lock key which I had remapped to be an enter key. But even after remapping so the caps lock did nothing I am still getting sticky keys some time. I can eventually get it out of the sticky mode by smashing some sort of key combo, but it is getting very annoying.
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I switched to the default firmware that comes with the configurator and stopped having issues. Something in my custom layers/lighting scheme must be causing it. @Colarama, I know that the firmware that came out of the box is a bit buggy, have you tried updating the firmware?
@Raithmir I am not sure what 6/N-KRO Toggle is, don't recall seeing it in the configuration. I assume its some software that prevents key roll over? I thought that would be something built in to the hardware but I suppose if it was implemented with software it might be buggy and freak out when I start spamming wasd +ctrl, shit, and caps lock in panic. I will check to see if there is something like that when I get home. Thanks.
On the online configurator, you'll see in the "special" keys section an option for 6/N-KRO. Assign that to a key combination to switch between the two modes.
If the keyboard is connected during boot up, it will default into 6-KRO mode. If you only connect it once it's in Windows, then it should default to N-KRO. My Whitefox only seems to have issues in 6-KRO mode. Might not be the same issue with the K-Type, but I'm assuming the controller/firmware is similar between them.
Does anyone know how to add these animations through configurator
: https://youtu.be/YQ5ffd_BfGM
I think one of them is called "Rainbow Wipe." Not sure what the other animation type is called when the under light in the video has motion.
That is awesome, I too would like to know if there is a way to get that without me trying to learn how to program it from scratch.
So I keep getting a recurring error of "usb device not recognized". I can't detect the board at all other than "unknown device" and I can't enter flashing mode via the button on the back. Thoughts?
Edit: Nevermind, my USB cable must have been bad. I tried it with a different one and can see it in the system now.
Same issue here after a long period of use. I'll try a new cable.
I'm really disappointed by the damn cheap stabilizers. They completly ruin the keyboard. it's kind of obvious that keys with a stabi are pressed quite often like the enter key oder space key. And the stabs on them are damn cheap. I actually expected something like Ducky does, not having a damn Stabi at all!!!!!! They use for stabilzation of big keys just FAKE SWITCHES. That's all. For a keyboard on that price range I awaited. more. That's the only thing I have to say.
Does anyone with a Mac desktop where keeping the keyboard plugged in would cause macOS to immediately wake up whenever it attempts to go to sleep? Keeping the keyboard plugged in would basically cause the OS to sleep/wake cycle every 1 minute. I am currently on macOS High Sierra.
Please help! I am a keyboard newbie and I can't for the life of me get this to work properly. My k-type flashes the rainbow colours with both USB-C ports, but only types if plugged in to the right port. I've tried to download the configurator twice on Win 10 and I've tried to skip the 'may be harmful to your computer' warning but then it won't run and it won't let me delete it either. Thank you! Love the rainbow flashing it's doing now but not for every day use.
Ok I am such a noob so here some questions based on my actions below:
1. Installed Homebrew on my mac and succesfully installed dfu-util in terminal. 2. Installed Input.club configurator. 3. Downloaded the latest firmware from the web-version of the configurator: zipfile containing the folder with the kiibohd.dfu.bin file inside. The zip-file and folder are on my desktop. 4. K-Type is in flash mode: put a pin in the hole and the amber led is on in the bottom-right corner.
So how do I:
1. Navigate to the directory you unzipped the firmware to? 2. With the K-Type in flash mode enter the command dfu-util -D kiibohd.dfu.bin?
Basically, how do I flash it in order to be able to program the keyboard?
Many thanks in advance!
Update: I finally got it working! I had to dig into the ~library folder in order to locate the installation file in the homebrew folder. Unpacking and selecting this file as the dfu-util command + selecting the moderated and downloaded layout as .bin file to flash did the trick.
There doesn't appear to be a way to turn off the lights without flashing updated firmware. Okay, so I downloaded the firmware, installed dfu-util, flipped the k-type over, pushed the button to put it in flash mode, and the LEDs turned off, but no amber light came on. My K-type now appears to be dead, just from pressing the button to put it in flash mode. No keystrokes register now. I plugged in another keyboard to try to run dfu-util to flash the firmware, and just get this error message:
Match vendor ID from file: 1c11 Match product ID from file: b007 dfu-util: Cannot open DFU device 1c11:b007 dfu-util: No DFU capable USB device available
If I unplug the K-type then plug it back in it lights back up into the default rave lighting mode and works again, but trying to put it into flash mode just doesn't work.
I believe the instructions are incorrect, as mine does not have an amber light either but I have successfully flashed. If you are on Windows following this YouTube video will get you started.
I had to run as root in order for this to work, was getting the same error
I got my keyboard with the Kaihua speed copper and love the feel but would like to switch out for different springs. I assume that the springs are compatible with cherry style? Also, is there a trick to opening these switches up?
I use an iFixit opening tool. Speed springs are shorter than normal cherry full-travel springs, I had issues with keys getting stuck down when I tried to use different springs in a copper switch. Novelkeys sells heavier versions of the speed switches with custom springs.
So i decided to upload a short vid showing the k-type ..it does look good .. but be warned your ears might hurt listening to me try a gentle typ session notice my pinky hitting sum keys..hahaha won't say what. .https://youtu.be/-nxayxj2oPk

ahhh finally got my k-type in yesterday ...bin typing on it and the Halo-true is nice...but the cheap crapy white stabilizers are so awful it has to go on the wall of fame / shame for worst stabs in the history of man.. I had never thought it possible to get such crapy stabilizers in a board it literally ruined the hole board..it even squeaks sum times like an old chair. Only way not to hear them is to put ear-plugs in but then you feel the awful quality don't know what MD was thinking when they decided to go with these..
Worlds crappiest stabilizer in the history of man..
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I replaced mine with cherry stabilizers from https://deskthority.net/for-sale-f55/cherry-stabilizer-sets-t16806.html - huge improvement. However, the K-Type plate tends to shave the stabilizers edges a little as they are inserted.
Yep, same with mine. Some considerable force needed to push down the back of the stabilizer, and some plastic shaved from the edge by the aluminium plate. I hope that I never need to remove them!
Is anyone else able to charge their phone via the unused USB-C port on the keyboard? Every time I plug in my phone, it charges for a second and then stops charging...
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Why not? It just seems so convenient haha, but it doesn't seem to work, so oh well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I have not taken mine apart yet, but guess would be that it would require aditional hardware to be able to read a usb drive much less charge a phone. And with the power requirements to run all those LEDs, meeting any demand for power from a phone would be risky I would think.
Is there any update on the changing the lighting/modes for the keyboard? Would really like to see something other than the rainbow or static white (with adjustable hue). Btw, I'm using a macbook pro (mac OS) and I flashed using the terminal using the ___.bin file that I downloaded from the configurator. - sorry if there is a post on this already (there's alot of info to read through)
So I guess whoever else has this problem... I think the best solution as of now would be to just find a friend with a pc (or if you own one yourself) and download the k-type .exe file. Then you can configure it (lighting and all) and you will be able to use it for your mac with nice looking lighting effects!
The driver intallation failed! Wow never thought I'd be stumped at step 1 but I can't get zadig to install...driver libusbK thing...on API interface 5 ??????? it keeps saying requested resource not found I've tried earlier versions with no luck so I guess I'm forever stuck with this gently flowing rainbow stream of light Also my keyboard wobbles..seems I am not the only one tho
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nice going mate if this is your first higher end keyboard.. although i hesitate to call this a higher end keyboard after feeling and hearing those crapy stabilizers MD put in them its a real turn of.. and MD MUST fix this crap...But that's not what i wanted to say ,, you should follow input club on Youtube nice channel and they posted a view more nice vids also about functionality like latching..
I have the exact problem, " can't get zadig to install driver libusbK on API interface 5" what did you do to solve the problem at the end ? going crazy right here~
Lovely keyboard, and the Halo Clears are very nice. But, the 'Enter' key sucks! I know that the larger keys on mech keyboards need stabilizers, but seriously the one key that should just work with a nice solid 'thunk' is 'Enter'. It's the one key that seems to rattle and squeak more than any other! Actually all of the larger keys are pretty poor IMHO.
I have just replaced the stabilizers with Cherry plate mounted devices and this keyboard is now a completely different beast; every key giving a clean, satisfying 'thunk'. Let's see how it fairs in daily usage?
Does anyone else's keyboard wobble? On mine, it seems the center nubs are too tall and as a result, the keyboard rocks back and forth.
Edit: Took a look down the edge of the keyboard. It appears that the keyboard case itself is slightly warped. Edit2: Here is a video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/v06xd7sxylb2m12/ktype-wobble2.mov?dl=0. This is quite disappointing.
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You're not alone. Mine wobbles from side to side as well. This is really annoying. Holding a straight edge across the bumpers on the underside, the ones in the middle are taller than the ones on the ends.
Does appear to be a defective case. I have reached out to Massdrop Support, and I am currently waiting for the replacement board they have shipped out.
*** UPDATE: After learning more about the Input:Club Configurator desktop app, I realize now you can in fact assign custom animations to keys. Considering the upgradeability of this board its pretty unbeatable. For an upgrade I would recommend the stabilizers and zealio switches at zealpc.net.
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These are Matt3o's Granite keycaps. I got one set thru Massdrop https://www.massdrop.com/buy/granite-keycap-set And another from https://pimpmykeyboard.com/dsa-granite-keyset/ Keep in mind these are DSA profile so each row is the same height and shape ... as compared to OEM or DCS or SA profile which all have a unique profile for each row. I prefer the DSA profile for typing because of the consistency, it's more like a laptop keyboard that way.
Any cap compatible with MX style switches will work on Halo Trues
I can not for the life of me work out how to flash this damn keyboard.
I downloaded and installed zadig, then that other junk software kii dfu, i have no idea how to even install the kii dfu software as it doesnt give any options to so, I think I unzipped it by extracting it to my downloads folder, but then what? what do i click on to install it?
What a joke it's so frustrating is there any easy steps I can follow or that anyone can show me? I have no idea about programs and such and all this complicated stuff.
Isnt there just some basic sofware I can just install so i can use my keyboard and change the colours etc, been trying to work this out for 4 hours now and no luck.
I'm on windows 10 by the way
Please help!
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All sorted thanks to you friend. Thanks so much.
These instructions do not seem accurate. On my machine (win 8.1x64), API interface 5 has to have the WinUSB driver from Zadig, not the libusbk one. Otherwise the configurator won't see the keyboard (identifies as unknown instead of KType), when its not in Flash mode. Zadig (ktype in flash mode) using libusbk seems to work ok though (configurator identifies keyboard correctly while in flash mode).
My KType has some issues with 3 of the lights in my base plate. I've opened a ticket and hope for a quick resolution.
Static Red:
Static Blue:
Static Yellow:
I had this issue with a KBParadise V60 Type R Polestar a while back, sucks!
yea it does. I’m still waiting on a response to get it fixed/replaced. Decided to just pack it up while I wait.
I love my K-Type, but I have a serious issue with my work laptop. It's a late-2016 Macbook Pro 2016 (the one with the touch bar).
In regular mode, keys to the right of the alphas don't work at all, nor does the spacebar. I flashed it with latest and added a shortcut to switch to 6 KRO mode, which allows all the keys to work. However, it "misses" keypresses frequently. I've had 10-20 missed keystrokes typing just to this point in this post.
This issue doesn't occur on my PC at home, nor does it happen on my co-worker's previous gen Macbook Pro (2015), which in fact works great even when not in 6 KRO mode.
Any help would be appreciated as the keyboard is basically unusable at work.
EDIT: Figured out the issue. The USB Overdrive application I had for my trackball appeared to have been causing it. Once I uninstalled it, the keyboard worked fine.
This is frustrating. Straight out the box, with no firmware flashes, I have a problem.
When I turn on my PC with this keyboard plugged in, it hangs before the POST, and does so until I remove the keyboard. In BIOS I had my rig set up to boot from USB devices if available, but the problem persists even after I changed that boot priority.
There's more though: after I unplug the keyboard and thereby allow the machine to post and start to load Windows 10, I can plug it back in and freeze the Windows Login screen.
Booting my PC with no slowdown and loading Windows with my new keyboard working are now mutually exclusive. I've never experienced this on any computer or with any keyboard, ever. Only now with the K-Type; plugging in any other keyboard results in a normal experience through and through.
How do I get official support on this?
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USB 2 Port - Yes, I have tried both the USB 2 port on my board, and the USB 3 hub. The results below are the same in either case:
Flashing - I'm looking at these instructions, and below are my steps:
Problem - I am stuck at: Flashing - Windows, 1, ii: From the dropdown, select "API Interface (Interface 5)
* I have the No Animations firmware downloaded: KType-NoAnimations-f8d07b68c15c127dff123caf5ce557a9.zip
* Confirmed K-Type is in Flash Mode; amber light is present and switch lights are off.
* I have zadig-2.3.exe downloaded, and Run as Administrator
There is no API Interface present in Zadig while the K-Type is in Flash mode:
Here's a look at the Options menu:
Note - I ran Zadig while the K-Type was plugged in normally, not in flash mode, and I saw API Interface.
Respectfully, there is an inordinate amount of problems and troubleshooting going on here. If I had purchased - for example - a keyboard from Logitech, and were experiencing the same problems, Logitech would surely, at this point, issue an RMA for a return. At what point can I expect the same solution for this keyboard?
have you found a solution to this problem?