The Nixeus Moda Pro Mechanical Keyboard

A simple glance on the Moda Pro reveals that Nixeus invested a significant portion of their efforts on the aesthetic value of the keyboard. The Moda Pro has a minimalistic design, and is based on a simple rectangular metallic chassis with white keycaps floating above it. It is interesting to note that the entire body of the keyboard, including the top, the bottom and the sides, is made out of metal - with the exception of the four white plastic rounded edges. Apparently Nixeus figured that metallic edges would be too sharp for a keyboard, or they were disproportionately expensive to manufacture.

The Nixeus Moda Pro is a standard 104-key keyboard that adheres to the ANSI layout. The bottom row of the keyboard has a 6.25× Spacebar, two 1.25× ALT, two 1.25× CTRL and three 1.25× WIN/Menu/Fn bottom row keys. The standard ANSI layout has a 6.25× Spacebar and seven 1.25× bottom row keys. The white keycaps are made from ABS plastic and have relatively small, sharp characters printed on them.

There are no extra keys or volume control wheels/buttons on the Nixeus Moda Pro. The few extra media functions can be accessed by holding the Fn Key and then pressing one of the F1 to F8 keys. F1 to F4 keys offer basic media controls, F5 mutes the volume, F6 and F7 adjust the volume and F8 locks the Windows keys for gamers. Finally, the combination of Fn + Delete key activates or deactivates the N-key rollover mode. There is virtually no reason to deactivate the N-key rollover mode assuming that the hardware supports N-key rollover via USB, but this option ensures compatibility with older hardware and certain systems.


There are no USB ports or any extra features at the back of the keyboard either. A grey braided cable exits from the middle and is firmly held in place with a rubber grommet. The keyboard has two rear legs that provide a reasonable tilt.

We found Kailh Brown switches beneath the keycaps. Nixeus clearly mentions Kailh to be the provider of their switches, so their presence was not a surprise. The use of Cherry cross stabilizers however was a surprise, as we have only seen bar stabilizers on keyboards with Kailh switches up to this date. Cross stabilizers offer a more uniform force distribution and tend to last longer without the need of any maintenance, which is most likely why Nixeus decided to install them on a product aimed to professionals. The Moda Pro is available with either Blue or Brown tactile switches, which are mechnical key types that are usually favored by professionals.

The disassembly of the metallic body reveals a simple, clean PCB that is permanently joined with the metallic top of the keyboard, forming a very strong and inflexible arrangement. There were no soldering or other assembly-related imperfections that we could notice.

Holtek supplies the processor of the Nixeus Moda Pro. The HT68FB560 processor is a RISC-based 8-bit solution, with an internal clock of just 12 MHz and only 16K of memory. It may sound leagues apart from the processors that we usually see in high-end models but the HT68FB560 is more than enough for a keyboard that lacks lighting or any form of programming.

Introduction and Packaging Per-key Quality Testing
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  • DEADLIFT - Thursday, August 4, 2016 - link

    Why in the world are you asking this dude if a specific seller accepts Canadian addresses or currency? Go ask the people you want to buy it from.
  • TaquitoTaco - Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - link

    Where can this keyboard be found for $55? I checked right after the article was posted and the cheapest I could find it was $69.99.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - link

    Amazon if you don't look at the image to verify the correct model? Search for "Nixeus Moda Pro" on it, and you'll get a $55 pricepoint; but it's for the 10keyless model.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - link

    Or the price went up between the check done while writing the article and publication. It wouldn't be the first time it happened.
  • TaquitoTaco - Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - link

    Yeah, but they reviewed the full sized model and stated it to be $55. The price must have changed since publication.
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - link

    That seems to be the case. When this article was submitted for publication it was indeed $55.
  • DanNeely - Thursday, August 4, 2016 - link

    I understand not wanting to chase price changes indefinitely after an article is published; but when it changes right before or right after publication I think you should update it. When they're out of sync at release it always end up filling the comments with lots of clutter from confused/annoyed people. eg a third of the comments here are about not being able to find it for the price in the headline.
  • Zim - Thursday, August 4, 2016 - link

    I have to agree. Once you hit $70 you are in gaming keyboard territory and then the conversation changes. I'd rather have my $80 Corsair with Cherry keys than this for $70. At $55 I might consider getting one for work but at $70 it isn't worthy of its own review.
  • rabidpeach - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - link

    Alright Ryan Smith! Anandtech, sellin' some boards-yo... makin price go up with the article! Hope they cut you some of that fine cheddar for uppin' interest in their product!
  • Mr Perfect - Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - link

    I wouldn't say minimalist designs are only appealing to entry level buyers. A couple years ago it was easy to find high-end mechanical keyboards that where minimalist, standard 104 key ANSI layouts. Now that boards have started coming with compulsory LEDs, highly subjective styling and dozens of extra keys, I have a significantly harder time finding something that's both high-end and not covered in extra bling. If Nixeus wants to step this up and make a higher quality $100ish board with the same minimalist ANSI layout, there would certainty be room in the market for it.

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