The 3 Best Keychron Keyboards of 2021 Reviews

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Best Keychron Keyboards

Keychron makes mechanical keyboards designed for productivity. Unlike other brands, they have a limited lineup, and their keyboards offer many of the same features, but they're also available in a variety of sizes. They have wireless and wired options, and their keyboards are customizable in terms of switches, so you can easily get the ones you prefer. If you need a mechanical keyboard for the office, you'll likely be happy with a Keychron.

We've tested many Keychron keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best Keychron keyboards. Also check out our recommendations for the best Ducky keyboards, the best Logitech keyboards, and the best Razer keyboards.

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Best Keychron Keyboards


  1. Best Wireless Keychron Keyboard

    7.7
    Gaming
    6.6
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.5
    Office
    7.7
    Programming
    6.5
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wireless
    Size
    TenKeyLess (80%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best Keychron keyboard that we've tested with wireless connectivity is the Keychron K8. It's a great office keyboard available in a TenKeyLess (TKL) size, so it has all the same buttons as a full-size keyboard, but it lacks a numpad. There's also a 96% model, the Keychron K4; it only lacks a few function buttons, but we haven't tested the latest version. As for the K8, there are a few different configurations you can get it in. Our unit has RGB backlighting, an aluminum frame, and Gateron Brown switches. You can also get it with white backlighting with a plastic frame, Gateron Red or Blue switches, or you can even get a hot-swappable version with any of the Gateron or Keychron Optical switches.

    Sadly, latency is high, so it's not the best choice for gaming. It has full RGB backlighting, but pure white doesn't look that good because it looks blueish. The keycaps are ABS plastic, prone to oil shine, but they still provide a great typing experience. Build quality of our unit is excellent because the aluminum frame feels solid, and the keys are stable. It connects to devices either with its USB-C cable or with up to three devices over Bluetooth, which is great. Overall, it's one of the best Keychron keyboards.

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  2. Best Wired Keychron Keyboard

    7.1
    Gaming
    3.4
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.4
    Office
    7.2
    Programming
    4.4
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best Keychron keyboard that we've tested that's wired is the Keychron C2. They only have a few wired keyboards, and this one is essentially a full-size version of the Keychron C1, which is TKL. Since it lacks wireless capability, it doesn't have multi-device pairing like the Keychron K8, but it's more affordable for office use. Even though it's wired-only, you can still connect it with certain mobile devices because it has a USB-C to USB-C cable, and it comes with a USB-C to USB-A adapter if your computer doesn't support USB-C.

    Unfortunately, it has a fairly high profile and doesn't come with a wrist, meaning that you may experience fatigue, but you can buy a wooden wrist rest from Keychron's website. It's available with several Gateron or Keychron mechanical switches, and you can get any of them in a hot-swappable or standard version. In terms of backlighting, they even have a variant without backlighting, with white backlighting, or with RGB backlighting, so you can easily get the one you prefer. The Gateron Brown switches on our unit provide a great typing experience because they feel light, but the pre-travel distance is a bit longer than most keyboards. The keys feel stable, and the spacing between each is good, so you should enjoy typing on it. Overall, this is the best wired Keychron keyboard.

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  3. Best Mobile Keychron Keyboard

    8.0
    Gaming
    8.8
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.6
    Office
    7.6
    Programming
    6.7
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wireless
    Size
    Compact (75%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best Keychron keyboard for mobile use that we've tested is the Keychron K3. It's one of their low-profile keyboards, alongside the Keychron K7, which we haven't tested yet, and the Keychron K1. Low-profile keyboards feel different than standard ones since they have a shorter pre-travel distance, meaning that actuation is a bit quicker. If you don't like that, the Keychron K2 is similar, and there are even more compact options with regular switches like the Keychron K12 and Keychron K6. It's available with Low Profile Gateron Brown, Blue, or Red switches, and there's a hot-swappable version with Keychron Low Profile Optical switches instead. Like other Keychron keyboards, you can get it with white or RGB backlighting.

    Typing on our unit with Low Profile Gateron Brown switches feels good, but the keys wobble a bit, the key spacing is a bit cramped, and the ABS keycaps are slippery. You shouldn't feel fatigued because it has a low profile. It's excellent for on-the-go use because it's well-built, small, and has a multi-device pairing feature to connect with up to three devices. We tested the original K3, and Keychron has since been shipping a second version of it with adjustable feet. Besides some tests, like ergonomics, our review should be valid for that version too. If you're looking for a mobile keyboard, this is the best Keychron keyboard for your needs.

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Compared to other brands


  • Highly customizable keyboards. All of Keychron's models are similar to each other, with the main difference being size. There are both wireless and wired options available. You can get them in many switch types, with white or RGB backlighting, and there are even low-profile keyboards.
  • Windows and macOS compatibility. There are switches on each keyboard to change between the Windows and Mac/iOS modes, and they have keycaps for each system. Unlike other keyboards, all buttons should work on both macOS and Windows if you're using the proper mode.
  • No customization software. Unfortunately, Keychron doesn't have dedicated software, so you can't reprogram or set macros to any key without third-party software.
  • Higher latency than others. Their keyboards are focused on productivity, so they don't have an emphasis on gaming. Because of this, the latency is higher than most gaming keyboards. You shouldn't notice a delay while typing, but it's not good enough for competitive gaming.

Keychron vs Logitech

Logitech has a versatile lineup from entry-level mobile keyboards to high-end gaming options. While Keychron has a smaller lineup with office-oriented mechanical keyboards, Logitech mainly produces their office keyboards with non-mechanical switches, and those keyboards usually cost less. Logitech offers more customization through the Logitech Options or the G HUB programs, allowing you to set macros to certain keys, which you can't do with Keychron boards.

Keychron vs Ducky

Like Keychron, Ducky also has a limited lineup, and most of their models share the same features, but the main differences are the sizes. Also, Ducky keyboards have lower latency, and you can set macros to any key because they focus more on gaming than Keychron does. Ducky keyboards also tend to feel better built and have better typing quality. The one advantage Keychron has over Ducky is that they make wireless keyboards, which Ducky doesn't.

Keychron focuses their keyboards on office use with Windows and macOS PCs, and they don't stray away from that, so they play to their strengths. Although their keyboards aren't as versatile in gaming and programming as some other companies, they stick to making good mechanical office keyboards. Keychron keyboards are more customizable than other brands in terms of the switches, backlighting, and the size you get.

Conclusion

Keychron makes a few different mechanical keyboards geared towards office use. Their models are available in different sizes, and they're highly customizable in terms of switch options, backlighting, connectivity, and even frames. Keychron even includes a switch to change between Windows and macOS support, and they usually include extra keycaps for macOS, so the keyboard fits nicely in your setup. Sadly, there's no dedicated software to reprogram the keys, and latency is likely too high for competitive gamers. However, those looking for mechanical keyboards for typing who don't want to game should be happy with a Keychron keyboard.

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