Changing the IDOBAO ID80's RGB Settings

Recently, I built my first mechanical keyboard. It took forever, mostly due to my inexperience and initial reluctance to do things “correctly.” Namely, I was at first skeptical about the idea of lubing switches and tuning stabilizers. Why would I spend so many hours on something so fiddly? After a couple weeks of procrastinating and then watching Youtube tutorials while waiting for tools to ship to me, I did it - I figured that I’d spent way too much money on the keyboard itself to not go through the whole process.

After finally finishing the build, I plugged in the keyboard and found that it glowed bright red. The keyboard itself is quite beautiful, so I was hoping for something a bit prettier - like the rainbow lights pictured on the Drop website.

Eventually, I learned from a Youtube video that I could just press a couple of keys to change the keyboard’s RGB underglow settings. I didn’t see this documented anywhere besides that video, so I figured I’d write it down.

The key immediately to the right of the F12 key switches to the layer containing RGB controls - that layer exists in the keyboard by default. I learned this from the aforementioned Youtube video and from playing around with the QMK Configurator UI (here is a helpful QMK Configurator tutorial - I also used it to customize and compile keymappings).

Screenshot of the QMK Configurator showing the default layer 0 on the Idabao ID80 keyboard

This is the keyboard's default "layer 0", the standard keyset

Holding that key down while pressing other specific keys controls different RGB settings. Here were a few helpful ones:

You can see that layer’s default key mappings in the QMK Configurator if you switch the view to layer 1. It looks like this:

Screenshot of the QMK Configurator showing the default layer 1 on the Idabao ID80 keyboard

This is the keyboard's default "layer 1", which includes RGB controls

I’ve now switched things up, but I’m sure I’ll want to revisit these settings again. This will be a helpful quick reference for myself.

As for building mechanical keyboards . . . Would I do this all again? Probably not. I like this keyboard just fine and enjoyed some of the build itself - I can definitely see why so many people love to build and customize mechanical keyboards. It’s just not the hobby for me. But I’m glad I tried it and that I now have a pretty keyboard!