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DREVO BladeMaster: Ultimate Keyboard with Programmable Knob
DREVO BladeMaster: Ultimate Keyboard with Programmable Knob
1ms 2.4GHz Wireless · Bluetooth 4.0 · 4000 mAh · Cloud Software · On-Board Memory · Aluminum Upper Cover · Mac & PC · 9 Layouts
1ms 2.4GHz Wireless · Bluetooth 4.0 · 4000 mAh · Cloud Software · On-Board Memory · Aluminum Upper Cover · Mac & PC · 9 Layouts Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
BladeMaster has two versions, BladeMaster PRO & BladeMaster TE, to meet our users who have different preferences.
BladeMaster PRO (Wireless/Cherry MX)
Enthusiast Keyboard Users’ Extreme Pursuit
- Superior typing experience with Cherry MX RGB Switches, made in Germany. (Options: Red, Brown, Black and Speed Silver)
- As an unlocked stretch goal, Blue and Silent Red (+$7) switches are available now.
- World’s Fastest Wireless Gaming: By BladeMaster PRO, you can game effortlessly on the 2.4GHz wireless mode with a superior response time - 1ms/1000Hz report rate.
- Hot Switching between 3 connection modes: Bluetooth 4.0/2.4GHz Wireless/USB.
- $109(save $41) for On-Time birds
- Retail price US market: $150, EU market:€150
BladeMaster TE (Wired/Gateron)
Best Choice to Start Your Gaming Keyboard Journey
- Perfect keyboard for entry-level, casual gamers, and upcoming enthusiasts to start with gaming keyboards.
- Gateron switches used to access enjoyable typing experience. (Options: Red, Blue, Brown, and Black)
$69(save $20) for Kickstarter Special
Retail price US market: $89, EU market:€89
9 Layouts - US/UK/IT/DE/FR/ES(SP)/JP/KR/NORDIC
BladeMaster is designed to be the ultimate gaming keyboard，which is widely acknowledged by video game community. During the past 14-month Research and Development (R&D) process, thousands of gamers and keyboard enthusiasts involved by our forum-based team to give us fascinating suggestions and inspirations. Finally, we meet all expectations by incorporating the latest and greatest tech innovations into the BladeMaster PRO. Thus, we are confident that BladeMaster could be the best gaming keyboard you’ve ever seen.
Top Tier Components
All BladeMaster keyboards are manufactured in world-class factories , which produce high-end models for famous brands such as SteelSeries and CoolerMaster. We promise you that everything used for BladeMaster is selected from the best!
A Programmable Touch-Typing Knob for Gaming, Programming, Office Work and Anything You Want from a Keyboard !!
Genius-Knob is an innovative idea that solves real problem! People are used to controlling the keyboard with left hands and control the mouse with right hands, but the keyboard is not easy to fully control by a single hand.
Some of the right-hand keys and complicated functions such as macro and batch script processing can be assigned to the knob now to avoid losing control of the mouse by using right hands.
How? When you are rotating the knob forward/backward or making single-click/double-click, you are actually acting four different input commands. In this way, one knob is equal to four custom functions. When putting it into practice, you will be amazed how great it is!
Everything is under control with the Genius-Knob
There are two ways you can use knob in any game:
- 1. The 4 default commands of the Genius-knob are PageUp, PageDown, Home, and End. By entering "Key Settings", you can assign any operation to the knob. Taking the example of PUBG, you can get superior functions by assigning this way: Energy Drink - PageUp, Bandage - PageDown, First Aid Kit - Home, and Painkiller - End.
- 2. By using our software(DREVO POWER CONSOLE), you can relate this knob to any key or operation commonly used in a game by default. E.g. Forward - M, Backward - K, Single-click - 6, Double-click - =.
With the knob, in most cases, you do not need to look at the keyboard to activate game skills, so that you can be always a step ahead at the tense gaming session.
Update, May 17th:
POWERCONTROL - Extra 2 layers knob functions
Learn more: Update#7:Easy to Program the Genius-Knob
Your nice assistant for office work & programming
By means of Macro and Batch script, you can assign four of your most repeated and complicated operations to the knob, then a simple touch will solve the problem.
Easier multi-media control
Adjusting your audio, lighting modes, and activating other frequent functions are a breeze.
You decide what it is!
DREVO POWER CONSOLE, a customizable software, already has several built-in settings on the knob. We are still constantly trying to improve and glad to hear suggestions and improvements from you.
Please feel free to share with us what other functions you want to see with our smart knob. You can leave comments on this project. We will collect the ideas of supporters and make a video to show the functions they want to see .
The advanced Radi Lighting System is another main feature that we are proud of. The 360° lateral middle embedded light bands are elegantly synchronized with the backlit keys. Additionally, they are combined with true 16.8 million colors, 9 lighting modes, per-key customizable as well as two-lighting overlay compatibility, creating the best RGB lighting experience you can have from a keyboard.
One of the core design principles behind the BladeMaster is “more possible and more convenient”. It is not logical to think that everyone will be gaming on the BladeMaster all the time. When used in office work and professional programming work, BladeMaster is definitely a powerful choice as well!
Fully compatible with Mac & Windows
- All the special functions (e.g. multimedia control, brightness control, mission control, lanchpad...) are supported on Mac & Windows.
- Except the special functions, BladeMaster support all major OSes (Windows/macOS/iOS/Android/Linux/Unix).
A dream keyboard for Programming
More details about how BladeMaster helps you improve work efficiency can be found on our FAQ page.
FlashLink Tech - Self-developed Superb 2.4GHz Wireless Tech
To ensure true wireless gaming, the DREVO team implemented a self-developed connecting tech called "FlashLink" in BladeMaster PRO.
- It allows you to game effortlessly under the 2.4GHz wireless mode with a superior response time - 1ms/1000Hz report rate. Besides that, other report rates are also available for your own preference: 2ms/500Hz, 4ms/250Hz, and 8ms/125Hz.
- Frequency hopping tech skips extra useless signal frequencies and exterior influences
- 1 on 1 connection and transmission encryption will keep your data safe.
- Optimized techs are integrated to maintain a stable connection and reduce latency as well as keep lower power consumption.
DPC - Optimized Cloud Software
BladeMaster is designed with a full-fledged and patented software called DREVO Power Console(DPC), which can take care of all your custom needs easily!
Radi RGB - Customizable per-key backlight & 360° lateral middle embedded light bands are integrated. Any device adopting Radi RGB lighting system can be synchronized simultaneously.
- Multimedia - Can be used to open the software commonly such as Chrome, E-mail, Calculator etc.
- Macro - Assign any commands to any keys including the knob (FN key is excepted)
Cloud Sync - Import & export settings via software anywhere
User Statistics - Understand your daily typing habits clearly!
- Batch Script - Assign the batch file to any key for higher efficiency work
Profile management - Import and export your settings anytime you want; Settings can be saved in your DPC account or on-board memory(3 at most).
It can also give you the much-needed edge over your competitors during gaming contests. Besides, battery status and special key lighting combo sets are available for games such as CS:GO, Overwatch, MOBA, etc. Everything is at your disposal through the software. When you are playing popular games, the software can even automatically recognize your game and assign certain command settings accordingly to the smart knob for your advanced operation.
Note: DPC for Mac/Linux users will launch in the second half of 2018
If you don’t want to download the software every time when you use a new PC, no problem! The on-board memory helps you retain custom settings you like to use. The built-in storage enables you to keep three different settings, and you can activate or switch them by simply pressing the keys: FN+F1/F2/F3.
Many offline activities are more fun to you with on-board memory inside your keyboard! Taking a keyboard that knows your preferences is super cool no matter where you are: Lan Party, Internet cafe, PC bang or eSports contest.
Design Concept: Elegant and Powerfull
Every successful product in the market has a reason. The inspiration for the exterior design of the BladeMaster is a culmination of our designers’ consolidated work, which includes elements from various fields such as electronics, arms, biology, fashion, and automobile. To sum up, the BladeMaster’s appearance is a harmony of several things that in your daily life but not one, which will make it a fabulous keyboard that you have never seen before.
The design concepts that we concluded from the elements are humility, dynamic, sharp, lightsaber, and shield. You will notice that the intricate details in the appearance are a concrete explanation of the abstract design concept.
Practical Designs for More Possibilities
9 Layouts Available
Various Switch Options
Cherry MX RGB for BladeMaster PRO
Ultimate mechanical key switches Cherry MX RGB switches are used for BladeMaster PRO. Those switches create the experience that you cannot have with other keyboards. E.g. World exclusive CHERRY Gold Crosspoint technology. Precision "Made in Germany" with low bounce time. Guaranteed over 50 million keystrokes per switch with no loss of quality. Red, Brown, Black and, Speed Silver switches are available.
As an unlocked stretch goal, Blue and Silent Red (+$7) switches are available now.
Kind notice: Cherry MX Speed RGB Silver is 40% faster than the speed of CHERRY MX Standard switch
Gateron RGB for BladeMaster TE
Gateron switches are well known and loved by the keyboard enthusiast community. Gateron manufactures high-quality switches and trusted by many professional gamers, so it is definitely a nice choice for cost performance.
Best Choice by Comparison
It is hard to try a new product. We give you some counterparts you may be familiar with to do a comparison to help you make a wise decision. We are glad to prove that BladeMaster is at the top level from any parameter.
What’s in the Package?
We give you everything commonly used for a gaming keyboard. The beautifully designed package features resistance to shake and environmental damage
BladeMaster is Ready for Production
DREVO has an experienced team who are committed to improving hardware to create extraordinary gaming experience for gamers. To make this campaign 100 percent success, we focused on each detail from design to production in the past 14-month R&D process. We ensure that the final product will be exactly same as what we promised to the community.
It has been a clear goal set by DREVO team at the very beginning of the campaign: each supporter will be ensured of timely delivery of BladeMaster. For this goal, we negotiated with numerous factories and suppliers globally to ensure that every process will be carried out as planned. Also, we arranged about 10 EVT samples for professional reviewers to gather professional so that we can promise that the final version of BladeMaster will be the top keyboard in the market!
- About Royal Edition
Full-metal BladeMaster keyboard was actually our initial idea, which unfortunately could not come true as mass production for TE and PRO versions because of the high cost, limited production capacity, and the problems regarding blocking wireless signals.
All Drevo team members, however, never give up our goals, and we are committed to implementing the full-metal version. We redesigned the side frame and the structure of lower cover, and also developed a completely new mould. The entire casing is machined by CNC, which made BladeMaster a unique masterpiece. In the current market, there is no any other full-metal keyboard like BladeMaster featuring so many curved surfaces and chamfers. Most other full-metal keyboards in current market were designed in a rectilinear way without curved surfaces and chamfers, which can significantly lower the cost.
The $999 full-metal PERK includes not only the keyboard, but also a set of PBT Dye Sublimated rainbow keycaps, a replaceable all-metal knob, and an exclusive service - engraving on the side of the casing. More importantly, your names will appear randomly on the loading page of Drevo’s driver software to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation. $999 is definitely not only a price but also a sense of achievability and longstanding value. Thank you again for supporting our project all along.
We Are the Dream Team Listening to You
- About DREVO
DREVO was founded in 2016, headquartered in Beijing with branches in the US and Europe. Taking pride in our competitive R&D capability and rich experiences in manufacturing, DREVO has successfully gained several rounds of venture investments and achieved great sales performance from the keyboards launched in the US and European market.
Compared to other brands, DREVO has the biggest advantage, which is to reach the end-users and understand their true demands. We are the dream team, where each member performs his or her duty to the maximum capability. Any feedback from customers is responded instantly by DREVO customer service team. DREVO marketing team plays an active role in gathering users’ feedbacks and new requests. On the early stages of each product, DREVO R&D team sets regular plans to digest the sorted questions and suggestions from the community to ensure that the upgraded products or new models are exactly same with customers’ expectations.
From this year, DREVO is going to enter new markets in East Asian countries (including China & South Korea), Canada, and Australia. It’s our goal to make DREVO a brand that surprises the global community constantly such as Huawei, Mi, and Anker.
- Why crowdfunding?
During the past two years, we have been sparing no efforts to figure out that what kind of keyboard can be the ultimate one for gaming. Even most of us are professional gamers, we have still conducted researches and taken tons of suggestions to avoid subjective opinions. The whole R&D process is tough since we must make each task ultra-innovatively and comprehensively. Because of the countless message exchanges with thousands of hardware enthusiasts and hardcore gamers from different countries, we’ve successfully upgraded our design.
Therefore, BladeMaster is a public project from the community since the first day the idea was created. To meet the requests from our early supporters, we’ve decided to keep making everything of BladeMaster clear continually. Launching a crowdfunding project is a good way that we can keep frequent and direct engagements with our supporters. Plus, as a new brand keen on innovative peripherals, DREVO really needs a great chance to use the platform of Kickstarter to turn the target audience into our real users.
- BladeMaster is not just a keyboard from DREVO but a contribution from the community. For those who’ve helped us during the process, your names will be shown on the loading page of our cloud software. If you are reading this page now, please have a check right here:
Daniel D'Angelo (aka JKaos), Jakub Zaxer Kilinski, Dave Richardson, Brandon Eich, Marc Delrue, Thantap Panmerost , Olivar Cavalcante, Jimmy Raheriarisoa, Mark Lee, Power Gear, Combatical, Sai Krishan Kumar, Brandon Beisel
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BladeMaster is voted as the Ultimate Gaming Keyboard by gamers themselves - the most designing ideas are from thousands of gamers and keyboard enthusiasts during our 14-monthlong R&D process, so you’ll find all the latest and most wanted techs have been integrated in BladeMaster keyboard.
Nothing can be more appropriate for us to express our greatest thanks to our lovely supporters by bringing out the best gaming keyboard - it’s your greatest support that makes this greatest gaming keyboard come true!
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Risks and challenges
DREVO is not new to launch pathbreaking products and it has done so with successful keyboards such as Calibur, Gramr, and Tyrfing. These keyboards have already gained a huge fan-following among users from the US and many European countries, so please rest assured that DREVO is quite experienced in mass production.
BladeMaster’s mold is to be completed on April 25, 2018. Currently, we are only capable to do small-scale production. The next step involves preparation of materials and mass production. Usually, during the whole process of manufacturing a new keyboard, mold-making and circuit design are two of the most challenging and difficult sections. For BladeMaster, these two processes were completed first. Right now, our team is focusing on strict quality control so that every BladeMaster can move out of our factory without any flaw.
BladeMaster is Ready for Mass Production.
The DREVO team has been stating one goal at the beginning of this campaign: each supporter would be assured of a flawless BladeMaster keyboard. To achieve this goal, we’ve already negotiated with numerous factories and suppliers globally to ensure every process is completed as planned.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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