Keychron's mechanical keyboards are best suited for productivity use. They offer a few different lineups, from the premium Q-series to the more budget-friendly, wireless K-series. Within each lineup, you'll find a variety of sizes and configurations, from tiny 40% boards to full-sized 100% units, and they even offer a choice of ANSI and ISO layouts. At the heart of their design, Keychron keyboards are meant to be customizable and give users the freedom to create a typing experience tailored to their own preferences. They often include toolkits to make this customization easier, making them a great gateway into the keyboard hobbyist world without a high entry cost.
We've tested over 180 keyboards, with over 20 of them from Keychron, and below are our picks for the best Keychron keyboards.
The best Keychron keyboard we've tested is the Keychron Q2. As part of Keychron's Q-series lineup, the Q2 comes complete with an incredible build quality and a typing experience that's among the best we've tested. Inside of its very durable aluminum case, it has layers of sound-dampening foam to keep typing noises to a minimum, and it also has two gasket mounts which provide a bit of bounce to the circuit board. This means typing doesn't feel as stiff as the gaskets absorb the shock of bottoming out the keys. The main feature of this premium lineup, which doesn't just include the Q2 but a whole range of sizes and configurations, is the customizability.
Each Q-series board has a helpful toolkit to completely deconstruct the keyboard, so you can rebuild it with whatever custom components you want, from specialized key stabilizers to a thicker sound-dampening foam. And the range of customization doesn't stop with the hardware but also includes software customization. You can remap keys, record macros, and customize the RGB backlighting using the VIA software. The software is available on all desktop operating systems, and the Q2 has onboard memory to store these saved profiles for easy access on any device you use with the keyboard. If there's one downside to this keyboard, it's that it has a rather thick profile, so you'll probably want to spring for a wrist rest at checkout to keep yourself comfortable while you type.
Combining the features of the premium Q-series and the budget-friendly K-series keyboards, the Keychron V1 is a well-built, customizable unit that falls squarely in the mid-range point of Keychron's offerings. It comes in two colorways: a solid Carbon Black and a translucent Frosted Black with a nostalgic Y2K aesthetic. Both colorways are made of a nice durable plastic rather than the solid aluminum cases on the Q-series, making the V1 physically lighter but slightly less premium feeling. Otherwise, the V1 features the same specialized PBT keycaps and range of customization as the Keychron Q2, so you can easily replace the case foam, stabilizers, switches, and keycaps.
It also uses the VIA companion software, meaning you can create profiles with customized RGB lighting, macros, and key assignments on any desktop operating system. This keyboard uses Keychron branded switches, which feel very similar to Gateron switches. However, these switches have a box around the stem to help ease up any side-to-side key wobble. They feel a bit scratchy, but a little bit of lube helps smooth the typing experience. It also has two incline settings to help alleviate the strain from tilting your wrists upwards, though its high profile might warrant a wrist rest for optimum comfort.
While both the Keychron Q2 and the Keychron V1 are wired-only keyboards, the budget-friendly Keychron K4 is wireless, using Bluetooth to connect with up to three devices at once, and it has the option to use it in a wired mode if you prefer. The trade-off for the wireless connectivity options comes in at the build quality and range of customization – like the rest of the K-series, the K4 uses ABS keycaps and has an all-plastic build. Due to this change in the keycap material, typing feels a little less premium, as ABS keycaps are prone to develop shine from your finger oil over time. However, each K-series board comes with an included keycap puller, making it much easier to change these stock keycaps for more durable ones.
As this is still part of the Keychron family, it’s still very customizable, though it doesn’t include all the tools, like a hex key and screwdriver. Keychron even offers multiple versions of the K4 on their website, with white or RGB backlighting and even an option that has an aluminum frame if you want to elevate the build quality slightly. And, like with the rest of the Keychron lineup, if you don’t like the size of the board, you can easily find a size and configuration within the K-lineup. Regardless of what variant or size you opt for, a K-series board is a reliable wireless unit with an excellent out-of-the-box typing experience, making it a rare gem in the market, especially at its budget price point.
Logitech's product range is significantly wider than Keychron's as Logitech makes everything from simple, scissor-switch office models to high-end mechanical gaming keyboards. Logitech's models also offer cross-device compatibility within their larger peripheral system, meaning you can use a single USB receiver for a mouse and a keyboard combination. However, the major difference between brands is that Keychron's office-oriented keyboards are designed for customization as pretty much every aspect of them can be easily altered.
Ducky and Keychron both make a similar range of products, though Keychron's got an edge since they make wireless keyboards whereas Ducky makes wired-only units. Ducky's keyboards are more versatile as they're designed with gaming in mind, so the latency is significantly lower and better suited to competitive gaming. While both brands make keyboards with hot-swappable printed circuit boards, Keychron's units offer more in the way of customization as they have companion software, which Ducky lacks.
Keychron's keyboards are excellent starting points for those looking to get into mechanical keyboards to elevate their study or work environment. Most of their offerings have hot-swappable printed circuit boards that are compatible with most 3-pin and 5-pin switches, so you can get the typing feeling and experience you want. As a bonus, they're one of the few keyboards that offer full compatibility with every desktop operating system, and they even include system-specific keycap sets. Overall, they offer an excellent entry point into the mechanical keyboarding hobby, but even if you aren't interested in customization, you'll still enjoy the outstanding build quality and very satisfying typing experience that Keychrons offer.
Sep 16, 2022: Overhauled article to better showcase the Keychron lineup and align with user expectations. Updated the intro and comparative texts.
Apr 22, 2022: Changed the pick for "Best Wired" from the Keychron C2 to the Keychron Q1, as the Q1 is a more versatile option.
Dec 23, 2021: We verified that all our picks represent the best recommendations at this time and that all products are currently in stock.
Keychron makes a few different mechanical keyboards geared toward office use. Their models are available in different sizes, and they're highly customizable in 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.