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The 3 Best Keychron Keyboards of 2023 Reviews

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Best Keychron Keyboards

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 185 keyboards, with over 20 of them from Keychron, and below are our picks for the best Keychron keyboards.

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Best Keychron Keyboards


  1. Best Keychron Keyboard

    The best Keychron keyboard you can get is the Keychron Q6. This full-size board is from Keychron's extensive Q-series lineup, a range of products that feature a high build quality with an aluminum case, a gasket-mounted design, and durable PBT keycaps. The Q6 is the largest of the Q series boards, including a full Numpad, navigational cluster, and function row. However, you can find pretty much any size you want within this lineup, from the programming and writing-friendly Keychron Q2 to the tiny Keychron Q4 and even the more ergonomically focused Keychron Q8.

    While the typing quality on these boards is excellent, the real standout feature of the boards is their range of customization. You can alter or replace any component of this board, including the top plate, the switches, the keycaps, and even the case foam within the board. It's a great starting point for people looking to get into the keyboard modification hobby or just if you want something to tinker with on your desk. Each keyboard also comes with an included toolkit to make any alterations easier.

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  2. Best Mid-Range Keyboard

    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 Q6, 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.

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  3. Best Budget Keychron Keyboard

    While both the Keychron Q6 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.

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Compared to other brands


  • Highly customizable keyboards. Within lineups, Keychron's models perform very similarly, with their main difference being size. They often have hot-swappable printed circuit boards (PCBs) that can accept most 3-pin and 5-pin switches, allowing you to get your typing experience exactly how you want it to feel and sound.
  • Windows and macOS compatibility. Keychron has physical switches on their keyboards to change between the Windows and Mac/iOS modes, and they have keycaps for each operating system. Unlike other keyboards, all buttons will work on both macOS and Windows if you're using the proper mode.
  • Companion software limited to certain models. More premium lineups, like the Q-series and V-series, use VIA companion software, which is available on all major desktop operating systems, including Linux. While some of the K-series are becoming compatible with VIA, not all their keyboards are, limiting your ability to program macros, remap keys, and adjust the backlighting.
  • Higher latency than others. Since Keychron keyboards are designed more for productivity use, their latency isn't as low as dedicated gaming options. While it's low enough for casual gaming and typing, the latency is too high for competitive or reaction-based games to feel responsive.

Keychron vs Logitech

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.

Keychron vs Ducky

Ducky and Keychron both make a similar range of products, though Keychron's got an edge since they make wireless keyboards, while 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.

Lineup

Currently, Keychron has a few major lineups, and they're always releasing new keyboards.

Q Series: This lineup features premium wired mechanical keyboards with a gasket-mounted design. They're designed to be fully customizable, including the switches, case foam, top plate, and all internal components. These keyboards also support QMK firmware and VIA software for further customization. All Q-series boards have distinct PBT keycaps with a tapered top and rounded edges, and they come in a variety of sizes and three distinct colorways.

K Series: This lineup features more basic wireless keyboards that connect with Bluetooth. They have a standard tray mount design and are mostly meant to be used out-of-the-box with little modifications. That said, there are some keyboards in this lineup with a hot-swappable variant, meaning you can change out the stock switches. Within this lineup, there are boards of all sizes and some low-profile variants. It's worth noting that this lineup doesn't have companion software and uses gray and orange ABS keycaps.

V Series: This lineup is Keychron's budget version of the Q Series. These keyboards maintain full customization, but instead of an aluminum case, they have a plastic case and a tray-mounted design. There are two main colorway options, a Y2K style translucent plastic case or an opaque black plastic case. These keyboards use PBT keycaps with a tapered top and rounded edges, and they're also wired-only. 

C Series: This lineup consists of two basic, wired models. They have a lower build quality than the K series as they're entirely plastic with ABS keycaps. They're wired only and don't allow for much customization as they're meant to be used right out of the box.

Pro Series: Keychron is in the process of re-releasing models across their product lineup as a distinct "Pro" series. Essentially, the Pro series adds wireless connectivity for models that lacked it previously, and it upgrades the keycaps and frame options for models that were using ABS keycaps and plastic frames.

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 15, 2022: Replaced the Keychron Q2 with the Keychron Q6 for better consistency across articles.

  2. Sep 16, 2022: Overhauled article to better showcase the Keychron lineup and align with user expectations. Updated the intro and comparative texts.

  3. 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.

  4. Dec 23, 2021: We verified that all our picks represent the best recommendations at this time and that all products are currently in stock.

Conclusion

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 will be happy with a Keychron keyboard.

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