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BAUER LITE 65%

1st edition.
FOR THE COLLECTORS.

ONLY 250 UNITS MADE / INCLUDES GMK KEYCAPS

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Bauer Lite / 1st Edition

65% INJECTION MOLDED KEYBOARD KIT
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$174.99
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Complete Your Build

The 1st Edition Bauer Lite is truly a one-time-only variant featuring a unique custom mold. This exclusive version will only be available until all 250 units are sold, making it a truly special offer.

The stunning opaque white design is complemented by included GMK Minimal keycaps for a sleek, all-white look. And as an added bonus, each unit comes with a hand-written authentication card, guaranteeing its authenticity as part of this inaugural release. Don't miss your chance to become one of the lucky few to own a 1st Edition Bauer Lite!

  • All opaque white Bauer Lite enclosure featuring a custom mold on the bottom displaying the 1st Edition badge and "__/250" to display the number of units made.
  • 65% GMK Minimal keycap kit
  • Handwritten authentication card indicating which unit number you have.
  • 1st Edition units will be shipped in the order that they are ordered.

Made in the USA
Injection molded polycarbonate enclosure
Custom 65% WKL layout w/ 0.75u WKL blockers
Supports both split and full backspace
5º typing angle
Isolation mounted plate
Hotswap wilba.tech PCB (1.6mm)

124.8mm Long
331.7mm Wide
29.5mm Back Height
19.8mm Front Height
5º Typing Angle

The GMK Minimal kit included by default only covers a 65% keyboard and is not the Standard GMK Minimal kit. If you would like the full GMK Minimal Standard Kit, add the "Upgrade Keycaps" option to your cart with your 1st Edition Kit.

Switches, and stabilizers are not included.
The images shown are used for illustrative purposes only. While we aim to accurately estimate and reproduce colors, there may be minor variations in the color of the actual product because of differences in display output due to lighting and digital photography and color settings and capabilities of monitors.

Plastic parts are made via injection molding, which has the possibility to have small defects that include flow lines, weld lines, warping, sink marks, and jetting.

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COMPLETE YOUR BAUER LITE BUILD

1. Keyboard Kit

Choose the color that speaks to you and the aesthetic you are wanting to achieve! This is where it all starts!

MIX-AND-MATCH

2. Switches

Switches are where you really get to customize the feel and sound of your board!

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3. Stabilizers

The spacebar needs one 7u stab. You'll also need two 2u stabs for split-backspace or three 2u stabs for full-backspace.

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4. Keycaps

Complete the look with our vast selection of keycaps to put the final touch on your build!

CHECK OUT OUR KEYCAPS

OMNITYPE® BAUER™ LITE

Bauer™ Lite is a labor of love and intentionally designed to be affordable and easy to build so that everyone can enjoy the custom mechanical keyboard experience; whether this is your first custom keyboard or the hundredth in your collection.

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY
FULLY-PROGRAMMABLE
HIGH-END EXPERIENCE
AFFORDABLE
MADE IN THE USA
QUALITY MATERIALS

WHAT DOES THE COMMUNITY THINK

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Fast Processing

We process most orders within 1-3 business days.

Read about processing times

PACKED WITH CARE

We do not outsource our fulfillment to a fulfillment center! We pack every order, with great care, from our facilities in Huntsville, AL.

14-day Return Policy

Return your product up to 14 days after delivery.

Full return policy

Payment Options

We offer multiple payment options to make checkout quick and easy. Apple Pay, Google Pay, Shop Pay, interest-free payment plans, and more!

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

Mix-and-match tops, bottoms, and plates to create your own custom colorway that is perfect for you!

Breakaway backspace plate design

The Bauer Lite plate is designed to support both full and split-backspace options without the normal compromises of your switch being crooked from the lack of proper support. We achieved this with a unique breakaway plate design. By default, the plate supports split-backspace, but just break off the center support with some pliers to use full-backspace!

CUSTOMIZE TO YOUR WORKFLOW

CREATE A CUSTOM LAYOUT IN JUST A FEW CLICKS

VIA PROGRAMMING SOFTWARE

With your board plugged in, visit to caniusevia.com and select your board to start programming. It is a browser-based program, so you can change your layout anywhere! You can also program your board with QMK.

CREATE YOUR LAYOUT

You have the flexibility to customize any key to perform the specific functions you need. Plus, you can even set up macros for tasks you frequently use. And hey, let's not forget, you can also have some fun and add in a few memes along the way. Let's make your keyboard work for you in the best way possible!

CHANGE YOUR BACKSPACE

If you are planning to use a full-backspace layout, go to the second table on the sidebar and turn on the full-backspace option! You will then see your layout change at the top!

  • Top Enclosure
  • Bottom Enclosure
  • Plate
  • Hot-swap PCB
  • PCB Standoffs
  • Plate Foam
  • Rubber feet
  • Taco Bumpers
  • Donut Bumpers [used with top enclosure]
  • Poron Isolation Strips [used with bottom enclosure]
  • Screws (Torx)
  • Torx Drivers
  • Tweezers
  • Owner's Manual

Made in the USA
Injection molded polycarbonate enclosure
Custom 65% WKL layout w/ 0.75u WKL blockers
Supports both split and full backspace
5º typing angle
Isolation mounted plate
Hotswap wilba.tech PCB

124.8mm Long
331.7mm Wide
29.5mm Back Height
19.8mm Front Height
5º Typing Angle

Omnitype® - US/NA

Deskhero - Canada

Oblotzky Industries - EU

Prototypist - UK

Daily Clack - Australia/Sea

iLumkb - Asia

Keycaps, switches, and stabilizers are not included.
The images shown are used for illustrative purposes only. While we aim to accurately estimate and reproduce colors, there may be minor variations in the color of the actual product because of differences in display output due to lighting and digital photography and color settings and capabilities of monitors.

Plastic parts are made via injection molding, which has the possibility to have small defects that include flow lines, weld lines, warping, sink marks, and jetting.

Quality Standards Policy

Customer Reviews

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Just J. (London, ON, CA)
Great Entry Keyboard

This keyboard is a very good and solid choice for beginners. The packaging is very premium and I love the sound. However I have a few issues that prevent it from getting 5 stars. First for keyboard aimed at new comers to the hobby it should have included a cable. I love the design of board but have two issues with it, since the keyboard is transparent the cable connecting the PCB and the breakout PCB looks very ugly. Finally there should be some sort of LED for indicating caps lock. is on.

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chuck (Portland, OR, US)
dracula w/colors on the dark bauer lite

left bauer lite review in wrong place, this is for Dracula / dark bauer lite combo review .... hard not to do combo at that price, looking forward to more combo savings.
keyboard is fun and love the feel and looks, plus different colored bumpers.
more please

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Jimmy T. (Santa Ana, CA, US)
OMNITYPE® BAUER™ LITE

Very great build and easy instructions and videos to help set up. Love the Grim color and other color options.

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Chandler (Falls Church, VA, US)
Great budget keyboards

I’ve bought and assembled two Bauer Lites.

Atomic purple: Linear switches and PC plate

Ghost (as a gift for someone else): Tactile switches and aluminum plate.

Very enjoyable building experience. I think it’s cool how well hidden the gaskets are for. The board has a good amount of flex, so I think people interested in using tactile switches may want to look into one of the metal plates. I am excited for additional colors to mix and match with for the top/bottom/plate.

Both boards felt incredible to type on, and the sound is great. I like some of the default QMK remapping (Fn + s/d for volume up/down), and I haven’t had any issues using VIA (“it just works”). I would recommended swapping right Alt button to a Windows key (if you need it).

Some minor cons:
* There isn’t a lot of screws needed to put the case together, BUT it’s pretty hard to fit the small screws into the longer holes. You get used to it, but it still makes disassembly somewhat tedious.

* Some of the donut bumps and plate bumpers will easy come off when flipping the keyboard over during assembly

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Adam C. (Oceanside, CA, US)
A total Blast!

I'm hooked! The Bauer Lite was my first mechanical keyboard build and has kicked off a new hobby for me. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun tinkering the nights away. As a new father, life can be hectic so I really appreciate a hobby that forces me to slow down and reflect on the day. I also find the aesthetics of a good keyboard, improve my work. They help create a comfortable space I want to be in.

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Sheng (Mong Kok, KYT, HK)
Amazing Keyboard

This is a very amazing keyboard. Affordable price, great sound and feel. Although there were some unexpected problems during transportation, Omnitype was very proactive in solving them!

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L (Brisbane, QLD, AU)
Love the Bauer Lite

It’s so nice to see the quality of beginner boards being raised to such a high standard. Lots of customisation options, good instructions, great product overall. If you’re a beginner looking for your first custom, this is a great option (just make sure you’re okay with winkeyless 65% layout).
A couple of things I love about this board:
- premium translucent plastic
- Wilba PCB 🙌🏻
- split backspace option
- slim and lightweight for commuting
- colour options that pairs with mix and match design with top/bottom plate

This kit was clearly well thought out and has been executed very well, in love with mine!

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Heather H. (Whittier, CA, US)
Great for Keyboard Newbies

This was my first time building a mechanical keyboard, and I had a blast! The instructional booklet was incredibly helpful; the visual guide was clear and easy to understand. For a first-time builder, this experience definitely gave me a positive first impression of the hobby overall. Can't wait to build more, although my wallet won't be as happy, lol.

Missing from the picture: the spacebar, since the one I had was too small *face palm*

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Dario C. (Wayne, NJ, US)
This is a great 1st build

This was a fantastic introduction to something that I am finding emence pleasure in. Since my purchase I have made a few others in varying dificulties.
This one however was my favorite to build. If I could make one change it would only be the control keys placement, I found it odd and found myself hitting the windows key gaming so much. If not for that this would be perfect I love this kb keep up to good work guys

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for Bauer Lite. We are so happy to hear that it was a great first build for you and that you are enjoying it. I just wanted to let you know that you can easily reprogram the board to move control or the windows keys wherever you want it to be, if you are not into the R3 placement that comes default on the board. Take a look at the build guide for more information! Thank you for your support and keep on building!

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B.P. (Reston, VA, US)
Better than expected!

Everything from the packaging, to build instructions, to build execution and use have all been better than expected. I'd be happy to add another Bauer Lite to the collection.