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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 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
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.


Sep 8, 2019
where i can to buy that magnetic bar?, actual feets for ctrl are bullshit
Jun 4, 2019
Can I have a static color on WASD then different static color on other keycaps
Mar 23, 2020
Lupeyes, use the configurator from input club:
Aug 19, 2018
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?
LabarrettPlease reach out to support with your issue!
Mar 26, 2018
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. :(
Oct 23, 2018
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
Feb 19, 2019
kylehoveyalso having this same problem. any fix?
Mar 18, 2018
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 ?
Jan 25, 2018
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, 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!!
Jan 26, 2018
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?
Jan 26, 2018
vanRijnIf 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.
Jan 17, 2018
what to do with this:
dfu-util: No DFU capable USB device available
I am on Mac OS X
Jan 16, 2018
My keyboard now lights up but doesn’t respond. Is there a way to fix this?
Dec 14, 2017
I am trying to add the rainbow_wipe animation from Jacob Alexander found on Github ( 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?
Dec 12, 2017
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.
Mar 15, 2018
sdfxI have this same issue. did you ever figure it out?
Mar 16, 2018
PandaSPURYou 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.
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