The Pacro Mad started out of disbelief. Disbelief that in our tech saturated world, no product existed that could offer the features or the ease of use that the Pacro Mad now can. As someone who's studied and worked in a tech related field, I've struggled for years trying to remember obscure, complicated shortcuts for every single application I used while trying to keep my workflow as streamlined and efficient as possible. About a year ago I began my search for a better option. At first I tried using a secondary mechanical keyboard as a clunky, inelegant macro pad but that didn't last long. It was difficult to fit on my desk, it was difficult trying to remember which key was set up for which macro, and it was nearly impossible to keep it functioning properly. I soon shifted my search to a more purpose built gadget but was dismayed to find nothing that fit my need or my budget.
That's when I began working on the first Pacro Mad prototype. It started as a small cardboard box with switches mounted to the top that had been salvaged from the mechanical keyboard I previously mentioned.
It wasn't pretty but it worked and I was happy enough with the results that I began pouring thousands of hours into designing every part of the Pacro Mad in CAD software, creating a custom circuit board for each size, building the software, the website, the logo, and so much more. What I now have is a product to share with the world that combines my love of tinkering, tech, and mechanical keyboards.
Almost every part is entirely unique and custom engineered just for the Pacro Mad. Utilizing a custom designed circuit board, the Pacro Mad is fully supported on both Windows and Mac OS with Linux support coming soon. The only requirements are the Pacro Mad Control Software and a USB port on your computer. After the initial setup, the Pacro Mad carries one default layout in it wherever it goes. This means that you can set up your most needed macros and shortcuts and still have them with you whether you're on your own computer or not. The Pacro Mad acts like a standard USB keyboard so it's supported in this mode on just about any system that has USB keyboard support built in.
The Pacro Mad control software allows for full customization of every single key with up to three layouts per application. That means you can have an entirely different set of macros and shortcuts for every single app you use and in each of those you get three separate layouts that you can switch between on the fly. Currently the software is still in production so additional features may be added in.
The real beauty behind the Pacro Mad are the high quality Cherry MX mechanical key switches it uses. With a choice or Cherry MX Red, Blue, or Brown there's an option for everyone whether they prefer something quiet enough to use at night, or something loud enough to annoy the whole office.
Take a minute to read our FAQ if you still have any questions:
What Is the Pacro Mad?
The Pacro Mad is a versatile, customizable, mechanical macro pad. Utilizing mechanical keyboard switches, a specially designed circuit board and software, and a unique, comfortable key layout, the Pacro Mad gives you between 6 and 30 buttons to control almost action on your computer, in all your favorite applications and games. Instead of struggling to remember dozens of different keyboard shortcuts or wasting time browsing through multiple menus, the Pacro Mad allows you to act with one satisfying button press.
What Platforms Does the Pacro Mad Work On?
The Pacro Mad is currently supported on both Windows and Mac OS with plans to bring full support to Linux soon. In addition to those systems, the Pacro Mad stores a customizable default layout on board and presents itself as a generic keyboard when plugged into a computer or system that doesn't have the Pacro Mad Control software installed. This means you can also utilize some of its features on any system that supports a USB keyboard, such as the Playstation 4, the Xbox One, the Raspberry Pi or even smart TVs.
Does the Pacro Mad Work With My Favorite Software Or Games?
Absolutely! The beauty of the Pacro Mad is the ability to customize it as you see fit for whatever software or games you use. The Pacro Mad allows for full customization in each and every piece of software you use and allows for up to three separate layouts per application.
What Type of Switches Does the Pacro Mad Use?
The Pacro Mad uses only high quality MX Cherry key switches. You can choose between MX Cherry Reds, Blues, or Browns depending on your preference and use.
What Sizes Does the Pacro Mad Come In?
The Pacro Mad is currently being offered in three different sizes. The Teeny, The Tiny, and The Mini with more to come in the future.
Do I Have To Install the Pacro Mad Control Software for Each Computer I Use My Pacro Mad On?
The Pacro Mad Control software is required for the initial setup of your Pacro Mad and in order to utilize each application specific layout. However, once you have completed setup, your default layout is stored on the Pacro Mad. This means you'll be able to utilize your default layout on any computer you plug your Pacro Mad into, making it easy to be productive on the go.
Does the Pacro Mad Work Over Bluetooth?
The Pacro Mad currently requires a USB connection to work. However, we have plans to offer the Pacro Mad in a wireless Bluetooth version at some point in the near future.
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks to this project. Most aspects are nearing completion and everything has been carefully planned out. The biggest challenge will be working with our production facility to ensure all deadlines and shipping dates are met on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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