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Epomaker TH80 Pro Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed May 18, 2023 at 10:52 am
Latest change: Writing modified May 18, 2023 at 10:52 am
Epomaker TH80 Pro Picture
8.7
Gaming
7.1
Mobile/Tablet
7.4
Office
8.0
Programming
6.8
Entertainment / HTPC

The Epomaker TH80 Pro is a wireless mechanical keyboard in Epomaker's TH lineup of keyboards. It features MDA profile keycaps made of PBT plastic with dye-sublimated legends. You can purchase these keyboards in one of two keycap themes and with various Epomaker and Gateron Pro switches. It also has a hot-swappable PCB, so you can easily change the stock switches for those of your choosing.

Our Verdict

8.7 Gaming

The latency of the Epomaker TH80 Pro is too high for competitive gaming, but it's excellent for more casual gaming in any genre. It has great build quality and is available in a range of stock Epomaker or Gateron Pro switches. We tested this keyboard with Epomaker Flamingo switches which are very lightweight and have very short pre-travel providing an extremely sensitive and responsive-feeling gaming experience.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Good latency for casual gaming.
  • Companion software compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Latency is too high for competitive gaming.
  • Can't see key legends in darkened rooms.
7.1 Mobile/Tablet

The Epomaker TH80 Pro is satisfactory for use with mobile and tablet devices. It has impressive build quality, and you can pair it wirelessly with up to three devices simultaneously. However, its tall profile makes it fairly bulky despite its compact form. It's also quite heavy.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Supports multi-device pairing with up to three devices via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Has a bulkier, high profile design and is heavy for its size.
7.4 Office

The Epomaker TH80 Pro is decent for office use. It feels well-built and delivers impressive typing quality. It connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or with up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. We tested this keyboard with Epomaker Flamingo switches which are very sensitive linear switches with short pre-travel; it's also available in a range of other Epomaker and Gateron Pro switches. Note that this keyboard has a high profile; use it with a wrist rest for the most comfortable experience, but it doesn't come with one in the box.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Great typing quality.
  • Companion software compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Linear switches are reasonably quiet but may bother those around you if they're particularly noise-sensitive.
8.0 Programming

The Epomaker TH80 Pro is great for programming. It's well-built and offers impressive typing quality. We tested this keyboard with Epomaker Flamingo switches which are very sensitive switches with short-pre travel, but it's also available in various other stock Epomaker and Gateron Pro switches. Note that this keyboard has a high profile; use it with a wrist rest for the most comfortable experience, but it doesn't come with one in the box.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Great typing quality.
  • Companion software compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Can't see key legends in darkened rooms.
  • No dedicated macro keys.
  • Linear switches are reasonably quiet but may bother those around you if they're particularly noise-sensitive.
6.8 Entertainment / HTPC

The Epomaker TH80 Pro is adequate for entertainment or home theater setups. It connects wirelessly via a USB receiver or Bluetooth and has full RGB backlighting. However, you can't see the legends of the keys in a darkened room. It also lacks dedicated media keys and is fairly heavy and bulky.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
Cons
  • Can't see key legends in darkened rooms.
  • Has a bulkier, high profile design and is heavy for its size.
  • No dedicated media keys.
  • 8.7 Gaming
  • 7.1 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.4 Office
  • 8.0 Programming
  • 6.8 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated May 18, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated May 12, 2023: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the Epomaker TH80 Pro with the Theory MDA keycap theme and Epomaker Flamingo switches. You can see the label of the unit we bought and tested here.

We expect our review results to apply to the Epomaker TH Pro series keyboards listed below. Epomaker produces a range of TH Series keyboards in different sizes and configurations. You can check out their website if you're interested in the entire Epomaker TH Series lineup.

Name  Size Connectivity Battery Size Theory MDA theme keycap switch options Monet MDA V2 theme Switch Options Barebones Kit Available
Epomaker TH80 Pro Compact (75%) 2.4Ghz/Bluetooth/Wired 4000 mAh

Epomaker Flamingo, Epomaker Budgerigar, Gateron Pro Black, Gateron Pro Blue, Gateron Pro Brown, Gateron Pro Red

Epomaker Flamingo, Epomaker Budgerigar, Gateron Pro Yellow Yes
Epomaker TH66 Pro ** Compact (65%) 2.4Ghz/Bluetooth/Wired 2200 mAh Epomaker Flamingo, Epomaker Budgerigar, Gateron Pro Black, Gateron Pro Blue, Gateron Pro Brown, Gateron Pro Red Epomaker Flamingo, Epomaker Budgerigar Yes

** The F-row keys for the Epomaker TH66 Pro have north-facing LEDs. All other keys have south-facing LEDs. Epomaker recommends only using Gateron SMD switches for the TH66.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Epomaker TH80 Pro is a wireless mechanical keyboard in Epomaker's TH series. This keyboard offers a package with more premium-feeling construction and typing experience similar to keyboards from Ducky or GLORIOUS but at a lower mid-range price point. This keyboard also adopts aesthetic qualities generally found on more expensive custom or group-buy keyboards. That said, its latency is too high for competitive gaming, but it's a great choice for casual gaming or light workloads and everyday browsing.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best wireless keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, or the best keyboards for typing.

NuPhy Halo96 [Halo65, Halo75]

The NuPhy Halo75 and the Epomaker TH80 Pro are wireless mechanical keyboards with a compact (75%) form factor. The NuPhy is quieter thanks to several layers of silicone-dampening material inside the case. On the other hand, the Epomaker is available for purchase in two keycap themes and has a control knob, which the Nuphy lacks.

Keychron V Series

The Epomaker TH80 Pro and the Keychron V1, from the Keychron V Series, are mechanical keyboards with a compact (75%) form factor. Both keyboards have an all-plastic construction. The V1 is a wired-only option that feels a bit sturdier overall and quieter thanks to several layers of sound-dampening foam inside the case. On the other hand, the Epomaker is a wireless model that has somewhat lower latency.

Keychron Q Pro Series [Q1 Pro, Q2 Pro, etc.]

The Epomaker TH80 Pro and the Keychron Q1 Pro are wireless mechanical keyboards with compact (75%) form factors. The Epomaker has multiple incline options and an all-plastic construction. On the other hand, the Keychron has a more premium-feeling build quality with an aluminum case. It also has a gasket-mounted design that provides a softer, more cushioned typing experience.

GLORIOUS GMMK PRO

The Epomaker TH80 Pro and the GLORIOUS GMMK PRO are mechanical keyboards with a compact (75%) form factor. The Epomaker is a wireless model with an all-plastic construction and is available in two different keycap themes and several switch options. On the other hand, the GLORIOUS is a wired-only model with a more premium-feeling aluminum case construction and is available with a broader range of stock keycaps and switch types.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Compact (75%)
Height
1.7" (4.3 cm)
Width 12.8" (32.4 cm)
Depth
5.4" (13.6 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
2.69 lbs (1.222 kg)

This keyboard has a compact (75%) form factor and a slightly unusual layout with several fewer navigation keys than most 75% keyboards. It has a set of arrow keys but lacks a numpad and most keys from the navigation cluster.

8.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

This keyboard has impressive build quality. It's made entirely of plastic but doesn't flex and has a premium feel. The keycaps are made of high-quality PBT and exhibit very minimal wobbling, and four rubber strips on the bottom of the keyboard keep it stable and firmly in place while you're typing.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
9.5°
Maximum Incline
11.5°
Wrist Rest No

Two plastic feet flip out to provide two additional incline settings to suit your preferences, but the keyboard has a fairly high profile, and you need to angle your wrists to reach all the keys. It doesn't come with a wrist rest, but using one provides the most comfortable experience. Epomaker does sell wrist rests separately on their website.

9.6
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Poor
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

This keyboard has full RGB lighting with individually-backlight keys. Unfortunately, the color mixing is poor and has a noticeable blueish-purple hue. The stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends, and you can't read them in the dark. Furthermore, this keyboard has south-facing LEDs, so if you're considering changing the stock switches with shine-through keycaps, note that they will only have minimal visibility.

Design
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wireless
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 4.9 ft (1.5 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

This keyboard comes with a detachable charging cable. It's braided and retains some kinks from the packaging.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
3
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable

This keyboard has a 4000mAh battery. Epomaker doesn't list any battery life expectancy on the product page; other sources online estimate approximately seven days of battery life while connected via Bluetooth and up to five days connected with its USB receiver.

If you have this keyboard and would like to let us know about the battery life from your experience, let us know in the forums.

9.4
Design
Hardware Customizability
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
Yes
Stabilizer Fixation
Plate-Mounted
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
6.25u
Size Of Right Mod Keys
1u
Hot-Swappable Switches
Yes
Switch Stem Shape
Cherry MX Style
Switch PCB Socket
5-pin
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
No

These keyboards offer outstanding hardware customizability. Just note that the modifier keys on the right side of the keyboard are 1u rather than the more common 1.25u.

4.0
Design
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 0
Onboard Macro Programming
No
Macro Programming With Software
Yes

This keyboard lacks dedicated macro keys, but all keys are macro-programmable using the customization software.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Non-Dedicated
Trackpad / Trackball No
Scroll Wheel
No
Control Knob
Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator No Indicator

An unlabeled switch on the bottom of the keyboard toggles left for wired mode and right for wireless mode. There's a list of hotkey combinations in the user documentation included in the box, or you can also download this documentation on Epomaker's website.

Design
In The Box

  • Epomaker TH80 Pro
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • 8x alternative keycaps
  • 3x extra switches
  • Keycap/switch puller
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
EPOMAKER Flamingo
Mechanical
Yes
Feel
Linear
Operating Force
42 gf
Actuation Force
42 gf
Pre-Travel
1.8 mm
Total Travel
3.5 mm

We tested this keyboard with EPOMAKER linear Flamingo switches, which are very lightweight and have very short pre-travel providing extremely sensitive and responsive feeling keystrokes.

Depending on the keycap theme you choose to buy, this keyboard is also available with various Gateron Pro switches or with tactile EPOMAKER Budgerigar switches, which are only marginally heavier than the Flamingo switches but have a tactile bump.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

This keyboard offers impressive typing quality overall. Overall the keys are quite stable and well-spaced, especially given its compact form factor. However, there's some minor wobble on the larger keys while typing. The spacebar also feels a bit mushier than other large keys with stabilizers like the Enter and Shift keys.

The keycaps feel great to type on and are made of PBT plastic with dye-sublimated legends. They have a drier feeling texture and are typically more resistant to developing a shiny appearance from fingerprint oils compared to some ABS plastic keycaps. These keycaps also have an MDA profile, which is slightly taller and more sculpted than OEM profile keycaps.

7.2
Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Average Loudness
54.0 dBA
High Pitch Clicks
No

We tested this keyboard with linear Epomaker Flamingo switches, which are reasonably quiet but may bother those around you if they're particularly noise-sensitive. This keyboard is also available with other stock switch types. We expect other linear options to be a similar volume while typing, but stock tactile and clicky switches will be louder.

7.7
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
7.0 ms
Latency Receiver
13.9 ms
Latency Bluetooth
23.2 ms

This keyboard has good latency overall and is well-suited for casual gaming in all genres. However, it's higher than the latency of most dedicated gaming keyboards, and we recommend a model with under 4ms latency if you're interested in playing reaction-based or competitive gaming.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name EPOMAKER Driver
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes
Onboard Memory
Yes
Profiles
6+

This keyboard uses EPOMAKER Driver companion software. The software allows you to adjust backlighting, record macros, and remap keys. You can also save settings to the onboard memory and use them on other computers without the software installed. Altogether, the software is well laid out and simple to use, but it's slow, and changing settings results in a momentary loading screen.

10
Software and Operating System
Computer Compatibility
Windows
Fully Compatible
macOS
Fully Compatible
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux

This keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. It also automatically detects the operating system when connected to a Mac or Windows computer and switches modes accordingly. On macOS, all keys work as intended, but if you're not using an Apple screen, the F1 and F2 keys, which typically control brightness, don't work. On Linux, the F3 and F4 keys do nothing.

10
Software and Operating System
Wireless Mobile Compatibility
Android
Fully Compatible
iOS
Fully Compatible
iPadOS
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Android, iPhone & iPad

These keyboards are fully compatible with Android, iOS, and iPadOS. However, there's no customization software available, and the F11 key does nothing.