Keychron K6 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 22, 2020 at 08:22 am
Keychron K6 Picture
7.6
Gaming
7.8
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
7.8
Programming
6.6
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Compact (65%)
Mechanical
Yes

For most uses, the Keychron K6 is a good wireless mechanical keyboard, and it's essentially a compact version of the Keychron K4. Its small design and ability to pair with up to three devices over Bluetooth make it a very good choice for using with your smartphone or tablet. Despite the long pre-travel distance of the Gateron Brown switches, they feel great to type on, and surprisingly, the keyboard doesn't cause any fatigue. It has excellent build quality and full RGB backlighting that you can customize directly on the board. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any macro-programmable keys and no companion software to customize the board to your liking.

Our Verdict

7.6 Gaming

The Keychron K6 is a good keyboard for gaming. It has great latency, full RGB backlighting, and provides a great typing experience. The Gateron Brown switches on our unit are light to press, but their long pre-travel distance makes the keyboard feel a little less responsive. There's also no customization software or macro-programmable keys.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Great latency.
Cons
  • No customization software.
  • Ergonomics are only reasonable.
  • Long pre-travel distance.
7.8 Mobile/Tablet

The Keychron K6 is very good to use with your smartphone or tablet. It can be used wirelessly over Bluetooth and can be paired with up to three devices. Its compact design makes it easy to carry in your laptop bag.

Pros
  • Multi-device pairing.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Connects wirelessly via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Ergonomics are only reasonable.
7.6 Office

The Keychron K6 is good for office use. Even though it doesn't have a wrist rest, ergonomics are still okay since it has two incline settings. Also, despite its compact design, it doesn't cause much fatigue over time as it feels light to type on. The Gateron Brown switches on our unit don't make a lot of noise and shouldn't disturb those around you. However, it could get a lot louder if you get the keyboard with clicky switches.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Typing noise is quiet.
  • Great typing quality.
Cons
  • No customization software.
  • Ergonomics are only reasonable.
7.8 Programming

The Keychron K6 is very good for programming. It has impressive typing quality as the switches are light to press and give satisfying tactile feedback. It also doesn't feel cramped to type on and isn't tiring to use, despite having a compact design. Unfortunately, while it has full RGB backlighting, there's no companion software to customize it, and there aren't any macro-programmable keys either.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Great typing quality.
Cons
  • No macro-programmable keys.
  • No customization software.
  • Ergonomics are only reasonable.
6.6 Entertainment / HTPC

The Keychron K6 is okay for use with a home theater PC. You can use it wirelessly via Bluetooth, and it pairs with up to three devices simultaneously. It also has full RGB backlighting, so you can easily use it while watching a movie or gaming in the dark. However, it doesn't have a trackpad, which means you need a dedicated mouse to navigate the user interface.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Connects wirelessly via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • No trackpad.
  • 7.6 Gaming
  • 7.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 7.8 Programming
  • 6.6 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Mar 05, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Jan 04, 2021: Updated the Build Quality score.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.3" (3.2 cm)
Width 12.5" (31.8 cm)
Depth
4.0" (10.2 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.50 lbs (0.680 kg)

The Keychron K6 is very compact and doesn't have a numeric pad or function keys. For similarly-sized keyboards, check out the Vortez Race 3 and the Razer Huntsman Mini. For a TenKeyLess alternative, consider the Keychron K1.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

Update 01/04/2021: We upgraded the build quality score because we discovered there are two versions of this keyboard: one with a plastic frame and the other with an aluminum frame. Our unit has the aluminum frame.

Its build quality is excellent. It's made of plastic with an aluminum frame that feels very solid, and all keys feel quite stable. Unfortunately, the keycaps are made of ABS plastic, which feels rather cheap and attracts oil from your fingers, making them feel rather slippery.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
4 °
Medium Incline
6.5 °
Maximum Incline
10 °
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics are reasonable. It has two incline settings, which can help in preventing fatigue. Despite the small size, it doesn't feel cramped to type on. The feet are very sturdy, but they're also prone to sliding around when force is applied.

9.5
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Good
Effects
Yes
Programmable
No

The Keychron K6 has outstanding RGB backlighting. You can control the colors and lighting effects directly via hotkeys. However, the backlight isn't that bright and isn't that noticeable in a mildly-lit room.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 4.0 ft (1.2 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The Keychron K6 comes with a short detachable, braided USB-C cable.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
3
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
Rechargeable

The Keychron K6 has wireless capabilities. You can use it over Bluetooth, and it pairs with up to three devices simultaneously. It has a rechargeable battery and can be used wired while charging.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

The Keychron K6 doesn't have too many extra features. It lacks dedicated media controls, function keys, and macro-programmable keys. That being said, it does have media hotkeys and navigation keys. It's mentioned in the user manual that you can remap the keys through third-party software, but we haven't tested this. The media hotkeys are on the numbers row, but if you prefer something with a dedicated function row, then check out the Keychron K2.

Design
In The Box

  • Keychron K6 keyboard
  • USB-C cable
  • Keycap remover
  • Extra keycaps for Windows
  • User manual
  • Keyboard layout guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Gateron Brown
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
45 gf
Actuation Force
36 gf
Pre-Travel
2.6 mm
Total Travel
4.0 mm

The unit we did our tests on has Gateron Brown switches. If you don't want the Brown switches, it's also available in Red and Blue, which are linear and quiet, and clicky and tactile, respectively. The switches don't require a lot of force to actuate, which makes typing feel light. However, the pre-travel distance is quite long, making the keyboard feel less responsive. If you'd prefer a keyboard that feels faster and more responsive, check out the Drop ENTR.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Gateron Brown switches we did our tests with provide a great typing experience. The switches feel light and give nice tactile feedback. Also, it doesn't feel tiring to type on, which is nice considering how compact the keyboard is. That said, the ABS plastic keycaps feel slippery and cheap.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Our unit of the Keychron K6 with the Gateron Brown switches is quiet, but your experience may vary depending on which switch you get.

8.2
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
7.7 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
27.1 ms

The Keychron K6 has impressive latency, and most people shouldn't notice any delay when gaming.

Software and Operating System
0
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
No
Ease Of Use
No Software
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

Unfortunately, the Keychron K6 wireless mechanical keyboard doesn't have software support. It mentions in the user manual that you can remap the keys through third-party software, but we haven't tested this.

8.5
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

The Keychron K6 has excellent compatibility. It's fully compatible with Windows, and on macOS, only the screen brightness buttons don't work. Bluetooth doesn't work with Linux, so we had to use the keyboard plugged in. Also, F3 and F4 don't work on iOS and Android.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Keychron K6 with an aluminum frame, RGB backlighting, and Gateron Brown switches. There's a variant with a plastic frame, which you can get with white or RGB backlighting. You can also get the keyboard with Gateron Blue or Red switches, LK Optical Brown, Red, or Blue switches, or hot-swappable switches, so you can put in whichever switches you prefer. 

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Keychron K6 is a compact and wireless keyboard that makes for a very good companion for use with your cellphone or tablet. It can be used wired or wirelessly over Bluetooth and can be paired with up to three different devices. This is a smaller version of the Keychron K4 but with full RGB backlighting, while the K4 only has a white backlight. There are two incline settings, unlike the Keychron K1, which has none.

For other options, you can also check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best mechanical gaming keyboards.

Keychron K2

The Keychron K2 is essentially a bigger version of the Keychron K6. The K2 is a 75% keyboard with a row of dedicated function keys, while the K6 is 65%. They're nearly identical in features, but the K6 has lower latency, making it a better choice for gaming.

Keychron K8

The Keychron K8 is a larger version of the Keychron K6. The K8 is a TenKeyLess (80%) keyboard, while the K6 is 65%. Both keyboards are available with Gateron or Keychron Optical switches. If you plan on using it for gaming, the K6 has lower latency, although you have to it wired.

Ducky One 2 SF

The Ducky One 2 SF and the Keychron K6 are both 65% keyboards, but the Ducky is wired, while the Keychron is wireless. The Keychron can be paired with up to three devices at once, which is great for multitasking. On the other hand, the Ducky has macro-programmable keys and onboard memory, which the Keychron lacks. Both keyboards are available in a variety of switch options. Unfortunately, the Ducky's latency is high, even higher than the Keychron's Bluetooth latency, making it less ideal for fast-paced games.

Keychron K4

The Keychron K4 is a full-size version of the Keychron K6. There are some small differences, as the K6 feels better built and has lower latency when using it wired. Both keyboards are available with LK Optical or Gateron switches.

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a better wireless keyboard than the Keychron K6 overall. The Obinslab has much better latency, giving you a faster gaming experience. All of its keys are macro-programmable, and the keyboard is compatible with the ObinsKit software for easy customization. You can also pair it with four devices over Bluetooth. That said, the Keychron has dedicated arrow keys, which the Obinslab lacks, and its ergonomics are a bit better, thanks to the two incline settings. However, you can only pair three devices over Bluetooth at a time.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini and the Keychron K6 are compact keyboards meant for different uses. The Razer is a wired keyboard with macro-programmable keys, and it's available with either linear or clicky switches. On the other hand, the Keychron is a wireless keyboard meant for office uses that's available with a variety of switches, and there's even a hot-swappable version that you can buy.

Drop ENTR

The Drop ENTR is a better keyboard than the Keychron K6. The Drop feels better-built, and its Halo True switches have a short pre-travel distance which makes it feel more responsive. You can also lock the Window Key on the ENTR, unlike on the Keychron. However, the Keychron is better for mobile devices thanks to its outstanding wireless versatility and compact size, and it has full RGB backlighting.

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2

The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 and the Keychron K6 are two very different keyboards. The Razer is a wired model made for gaming. It feels more comfortable overall and has macro-programmable keys. It also comes with the Razer Synapse 3 software to help you customize it to your liking. On the other hand, the Keychron is a wireless keyboard that's very good to use with mobile devices. You can pair it with up to three devices over Bluetooth and it has a more compact size, making it easy to bring it with you on the go.

Keychron K1

The Keychron K1 and the Keychron K6 are both well-built, mechanical keyboards with RGB backlighting and multi-device pairing capabilities. The main difference between them is their switches: the K1 features low-profile switches and the K6 has standard ones. Also, if you play video games often, the K6 may be a better choice due to its much lower latency over both a wired connection and Bluetooth.

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