BAUER LITE 65%

ENTHUSIAST GRADE.
BEGINNER FRIENDLY.

INJECTION MOLDED MECHANICAL KEYBOARD KIT

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Bauer Lite

65% INJECTION MOLDED KEYBOARD KIT
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$119.99
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Bauer Lite is the injection molded version of our flagship keyboard, Bauer. Over 3 years of R&D lead us to create the best keyboard possible with the most value packed in. Bauer Lite gives you the experience of a $500+ keyboard at a fraction of the cost with no compromises, packing a punch well above it's price!

Made in the USA
Injection molded polycarbonate enclosure
Custom 65% WKL layout w/ 0.75u WKL blockers
7u spacebar
Supports both split and full backspace
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
1.6mm thick PCB

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.

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ANDREW FROM MKBHD'S WVFRM PODCAST NAMED

BAUER LITE ONE OF MKBHD'S FAVORITE TECH ITEMS OF 2023

CUSTOMER PHOTOS  Tag #omnihype on instagram to be featured

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!

SHOP 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
Customizable

WHAT DOES THE COMMUNITY THINK

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DROP TESTS

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BUILD STREAM

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BUILD GUIDE

CAPTAIN STERLING

BUILD STREAM

This is a preorder

Preorders are shipping this month, March 2024.

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 HSV, 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

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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Amber B. (Allen, TX, US)
Great Board

I enjoyed building my Bauer Lite. The building manual is one of my favorite things about this kit. You can tell that a lot of time and effort was put into creating the manual, and it really shows in the building process. I hope this becomes standard in the hobby as it made the building process a breeze. The board also looks and sounds incredible and, in my opinion, far exceeds the competition within the same price range. I also love the support for split backspace with the option for full. I hope to see more in terms of accessories such as weights and different, more customizable parts continue to roll out (I know they're in the works!) Overall, I highly recommend this kit and have really been enjoying the board.

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Hunter

Looks great, easy to build in, and umm, ummm I forgot.

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ares (Ho Chi Minh City, SG, VN)
a well rounded board

I pair it with hyacinth V2U switches and I got my easily best sounded keyboard. All positions sound great and nothing to complain except I wish it has a bit more weight. I wish OMNITYPE would released colorful ver of the bumpers as well.

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Lucas M.M.
Great design! Great board! Great for beginners! Great for enthusiasts!

I've been rocking this board for almost two months now and I absolutely love it. I purchased the atomic purple and snagged some OTC keycaps to go with it. Slapped in some stabs and some switches, and it sounds and feels so nice to type on.

It think it punches above it's class in terms of quality and compared to the other Plastic injected boards, it gets the gold.

In terms of build experience, I found it very easy; however, I've built many boards so it's second nature to me to put one together. For beginners though, the guide is so well thought out. Again, I've built a lot of boards, but this has one of the best build guides by far, which in my opinion is one of the things many entry/budget boards currently in the market struggle with (looking at you QK). So if you are a beginner and dig the aesthetic, I say buy it.

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Jeffrey H.
Finally have a Bauer!

The moment I saw the First Edition Bauer, I fell in love. It’s the perfect minimalist board and design I’ve been eyeballing since I started this hobby. Not only that, but you can mix and match all different colors to suit your aesthetic. Not that I even need to say it, but the Bauer Lite has a really nice sound profile despite how light it is! I’m loving the board and you will, too - whether you’re new to the hobby or a veteran.

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Jake C.
Favorite smoke translucent keyboard

I love looking at this keyboard. My favorite part of this board is the screw, in all seriousness. I never thought it would make a difference, but I was wrong. Not only are they good quality, but the fact that they are silver and give the Ghost case an industrial design vibe is just a chef’s kiss. This board is by far the most refreshing one I‘ve purchased in a while. Quick shipping and great build experience, definitely a board worth recommending!

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Adam D.
Nice board with PCB issues

I really like the Bauer Lite and for the price, it's pretty tough to beat. That said, my PCB came bent and despite my best efforts, I was unable to bend it back to flat. This resulted in a tougher build process than expected and the sound was slightly affected.

I’m sorry to hear about this. Because of the compression of the board, it should straighten once the plate is inserted into the board and assembled. If you are seeing issues after assembly with the PCB causing the board to be bent, please submit a support ticket and we’ll help you out.

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John Y.
Budget price with high end feel!

Easy to build, looks super cool, sounds and feels amazing!! I have the ghost with glorious panda switches and OTC Modo light keycaps. Pretty much copied one of their stock images of the Bauer lite.

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Edwin B.B.M.
What a steal!

I have a few rather expensive boards and I got to say that the Bauer Lite is an absolute steal at the current price ($119.99). I built mine with no standoffs, the included foam and using Boba U4Ts 65g. This board actually sounds and feels better than more than a few of my much more expensive boards. I bought it as a travel board but once I built it I've just been daily driving it since I like it that much. I'm now a believer and can't wait until a Bauer3 gets released to pick up one.

If anybody is afraid/turned off by it being Winkeyless (I originally was); I can promise you that you will realize how little you use that key and setting it up layered is more than enough. No issues on Windows, Linux and Mac (modifiers inverted to mimic MacBook key order)

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Victor P.
glad i made the purchase

The Bauer Lite had to be one of the boards that I was anticipating the most. Having being part of the GMK Tuzi group buy I was immediately drawn to the render of the purple Bauer Lite with the bunny icon on the bottom of the board. The aesthetics spoke to me and I was a fan of the Bauer blockers from the original Bauer. Having not being able to pick up the aluminum version myself I knew the Bauer Lite would be a great alternative. Also, having the pleasure of speaking to Garrett a few times I knew he wouldn't take any shortcuts when designing this board.

However, like many others, I began to lose interest after the long wait times of having the board finish production. I told myself I wouldn't pick up the board and move on to something else. It wasn't until I saw the build streams where I immediately changed my mind and purchased a unit during the first batch pre-order. Needless to say if you've heard the sound tests and saw the drop tests it was obvious that this board is competitive in todays market. Sure it's polycarbonate and may not have as many extras as the other budget keyboard these days but the design and sound is 100% worth it. If you're looking for a keyboard that sounds great without foam and has an iconic design that I definitely recommend picking up the Bauer Lite.