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8BitDo's Commodore-Inspired PC Gaming Keyboard Comes With An Arcade Stick

8BitDo is going back to the '80s for its next gaming keyboard.


8BitDo has revealed a new addition to its line of retro-themed mechanical keyboards, and this time, the company has been inspired by the Commodore 64. Like the Famicom and NES gaming keyboards, the Commodore 64 edition is a tenkeyless device with a portable form factor. It can be used wirelessly via 2.4GHz or Bluetooth or plugged in through its USB connection, has hot-swappable PCB keys, and has 87 keys in total. Preorders are live now at Amazon for $110 ahead of its May 28 release.

For battery life, 8BitDo says a four-hour charge of the 2,000mAh battery is equivalent to 200 hours of use and it's officially compatible with Windows and Android--though it likely works with Mac, Steam Deck, and other devices, too. The original keyboards work great with Mac and Steam Deck. Where you may run into issues with Mac and other devices is with the add-on module that comes with the keyboard.

This model comes with the Super Stick and Super Buttons, customizable inputs on a detachable gamepad. The NES and Fami 8BitDo keyboards come with Super Buttons, but the Super Stick is exclusive to the Commodore 64 model.

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You can even map different functions to the buttons without the need for software, but like other 8BitDo products, tinkering with the keyboard through 8BitDo's dedicated software does make the device very versatile.

In case you'd like to get one of the other keyboards offered by the accessory manufacturer, 8BitDo is offering the Fami Edition and NES-inspired N Edition for $90 each at Amazon. These keyboards offer a lot of value for money, look great, and are quite durable in case you plan to travel with them.

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