I’ll be honest and say I don’t think they have any bad intentions at all with their name as it started from a meme, and the representation that they care about PC gaming.
At the same time, I understand why their name and branding may be very cringeworthy for some as it is “very loud”.
But most importantly, let’s talk about the keyboard at hand here. I think there are a lot of good points they have going for the GMMK Pro that interest me.
Personally I’m not a huge fan of knobs on keyboards at all. I don’t think they look good and I think their function is pretty unnesseray, but one thing I do recognize is that knobs don’t have any easy implementation in QMK or VIA at the current moment. As far as I know, if you have a keyboard with a knob, you better know C in order to get into the code and program it how you want. With the GMMK Pro working with VIA out of the box, and PCGR often selling their products to a much more mainstream audience than ours, I think it makes sense that they would try their best to make the knob implementation as easy to program as possible. This interests me because that means they’ll have professionally paid devs working with the VIA & QMK teams on this implementation and this could lead to a quality of life increase for all knob keyboards in the future. There is no easy “make my knob control this” option in config.qmk or VIA at the moment, but if this is a board that helps open it up, that would be amazing for our community. This means they might be dedicating actual resources to this aspect of the project as opposed to how knobs have been done in the past; they’ve been done in an open source manner by people who aren’t as incentivized to make it easy to use for the rest of us.
Yeah, Knob quality of life increase.
In addition, I think a board like the GMMK Pro demonstrates they actually pay attention to community trends in a very interesting way. Think of it. Without the past two years of gaskets taking off in the community, they would have never even considered making the GMMK Pro a gasket mounted keyboard. This is an observation I’m confident the large OEMs (think razer, logitech, etc) would never take a gamble on, or probably they’d never even recognize our community trends. GMMK isn’t as big as the biggest OEMs, but I respect them for paying attention to a community trend and putting faith to bring one of those trends into large scale production.
The biggest surprise to be, is that since they’ve been paying attention to community trends, how the heck did this not end up as a 65%