The Keychron C2 is a full-sized wired mechanical keyboard that's decent for a variety of uses. It has a sturdy-feeling build quality and the tactile Gateron Brown switches on our unit provide great typing quality. It's also available in Gateron Red and Blue switches, and there's a hot-swappable version if you'd rather change out the switches entirely. Our unit has white backlighting with individually-lit keys, but there's an RGB version as well. Unfortunately, the keyboard has a tall profile and doesn't come with a wrist rest, so you may experience fatigue when typing for long periods. It also doesn't come with companion software so you can't reprogram keys without third-party software.
The Keychron C2 is a satisfactory keyboard for gaming. However, it has high latency, only okay ergonomics, and the Gateron Brown switches on our unit have a high pre-travel distance. It's fully compatible with Windows, but it lacks companion software, so you can only reprogram buttons using third-party software, although this isn't something we test. That said, it has a great build quality, and the individually-lit key backlighting is excellent.
The Keychron C2 is a wired-only, full-sized keyboard that isn't suitable for use with mobile devices.
Note: Our testing methodology automatically makes wired-only keyboards unsuitable for mobile and tablet use; however, this keyboard includes a USB-C to USB-C cable, so certain late-model iPads and Android devices are compatible with this device. That said, some function keys don't work and the keyboard may drain batteries at a substantial rate, especially with backlighting on.
The Keychron C2 is a good wired keyboard for office use. It has a great build quality, and its keys feel very stable. Unfortunately, its ergonomics are only okay, and it doesn't have an included wrist rest. It's compatible with both Windows and macOS, and the Gateron Brown switches on our model provide great typing quality.
The Keychron C2 is decent for programming. It has a very sturdy feeling build quality, and the Gateron Brown switches on our unit provide great typing quality. It has excellent backlighting and is compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. Unfortunately, its ergonomics are only okay, and there's no companion software for setting custom macros.
The Keychron C2 is a poor keyboard for entertainment/ HTPC use. It's wired-only, so you have to be within cable distance of your connected devices, and it's a full-sized board, so it has a sizeable footprint. It also doesn't have a keyboard wheel or trackpad, but it does have individual-key backlighting and basic media keys.
This is a full-sized keyboard with a traditional 104-key layout.
The Keychron C2 has a great build quality that feels solid and a plastic baseplate that only flexes slightly. The keys feel very stable, and there are no loose pieces or noticeable rattle. The keycaps are doubleshot ABS and feel good to type with, but they seem prone to showing oil shine from your fingers. Lastly, the feet feel stable, and they're unlikely to collapse during regular use.
The Keychron C2 has adequate ergonomics, and it features two incline settings. Unfortunately, the board's profile is fairly high, and it doesn't come with a wrist rest, so you may experience wrist fatigue during long typing sessions.
The Keychron C2 has full backlighting with individually-lit keys, and there's a button on the top right for cycling between lighting modes.
The model we tested has white backlighting, but there's also a full RGB version available.
The Keychron C2's cable is a detachable USB-C to USB-C cable, and there's an included USB-A dongle that you can use if your computer doesn't have a USB-C port.
The Keychron C2 doesn't have companion software that allows for key programmability. Keychron recommends third-party programs for remapping key bindings, but this isn't something we test for. It does have a toggle switch to alternate between Windows/Android and macOS/iOS.
The tactile Gateron Brown Switches on our unit provide good feedback and don't require much force to operate, although they have a high pre-travel distance. This keyboard is also available in linear Gateron Red or clicky Gateron Blue switches, and it has a hot-swappable version if you'd prefer something else.
The Gateron Brown switches on our unit provide a great typing experience. The keys feel stable and have good tactile feedback. The spacing between the keys feels standard, and the pre-travel is fairly long, so you're unlikely to register keystrokes accidentally. Unfortunately, it has a high profile and does not include a wrist rest, so if you're typing for long periods, you may experience wrist fatigue.
If you're not a fan of the tactile Gateron Brown switches, this board is also available with linear Gateron Red or clicky Blue switches. There's also a hot-swappable version if you'd like to replace the default Gaterons for a different set of switches altogether.
Update 10/28/2021: We retested the typing noise because it was originally considered 'Loud', while the Keychron C1 is 'Quiet', even though they use the same Gateron Brown switches. We typed on both keyboards side-by-side, and we noticed that the C2 produces a different and louder noise, but it's not a significant difference. They were both in the same noise level range when we measured them, too, so we changed this to 'Quiet'.
The Gateron Brown switches on our unit are slightly louder than other tactile switches, but they're still quiet and shouldn't bother people around you. The linear Gateron Reds are quieter, and the clicky Gateron Blue switches are louder.
The Keychron C2 has only decent latency, so it probably isn't ideal for competitive gaming. If you're using it for office or programming tasks, you likely won't notice any significant delays.
The Keychron C2 doesn't have companion software. The included quick start guide includes suggestions for third-party keyboard remapping software, but this isn't something we test for. There are lighting modes saved in onboard memory, and you can cycle them with a button on the top-right of the keyboard.
The Keychron C2 is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS. It's also compatible with Linux, but the screen brightness up/down keys don't work.
Note: Our current methodology automatically counts wired keyboards as incompatible with mobile devices. However, this model includes a USB-C to USB-C cable, so we tested it with a USB-C compatible iPadOS, and only F3 and F4 keys don't work. We also tested it with a USB-C compatible Android device and only the F4, F5, and F6 keys don't work.
We tested the Keychron C2 with white backlighting and Gateron brown switches. The white backlighting version also comes with Gateron Red or Gateron Blue switches. There's also an RGB backlighting version and a hot-swappable version —both of which also come with Gateron Red, Blue, or Brown switches. You can see the label for our unit here.
The Keychron C2 is a full-sized, wired-only keyboard that's suited for office use. It's a decent, entry-level keyboard, but it lacks companion software for customization. It comes with Gateron Red, Blue, or Brown switches, but it also has a hot-swappable version if you'd like to install your own set of switches. For more keyboard options, check out our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, or the best keyboards for Mac.
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