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Keychron Q5 Max [Q1 Max, Q2 Max, etc.] Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Mar 13, 2024 at 10:10 am
Latest change: Writing modified Apr 10, 2024 at 04:33 pm
Keychron Q5 Max [Q1 Max, Q2 Max, etc.] Picture
8.4
Gaming
8.1
Office
6.4
Mobile/Tablet
8.1
Programming
6.0
Entertainment / HTPC
8.6
Raw Performance

The Keychron Q5 Max is a compact 96% model in Keychron's wider Q Max series of wireless mechanical keyboards. These keyboards have solid aluminum cases and double gasket-mounted designs that lend a softer, almost springy typing experience. You can connect them wirelessly via Bluetooth or with their included USB-A or USB-C 2.4 GHz receivers. They're available in various Gateron Jupiter mechanical switch options, and they all have hot-swappable PCBs if you'd like to change the stock switch options. Each keyboard also comes with a small toolkit to help you completely disassemble your keyboard to add, remove, or modify elements yourself.

For more information on other size variants, see the Differences Between Sizes and Variants section.

Our Verdict

8.4 Gaming

The Keychron Q Max keyboards are great for gaming in any genre and at any competitive level. They have amazing build quality and offer excellent all-around performance over a 2.4GHz connection. These keyboards also have full RGB backlighting that you can adjust along with various other settings using the web-based or downloadable configuration software. Just note that the keycaps aren't easy to read in darker rooms as the stock keycaps aren't shine-through, and the LEDs are south-facing.

Pros
  • Amazing overall build quality.
  • Excellent all-around raw performance.
  • True 1000Hz polling rate using a wired or 2.4GHz wireless connection.
Cons
  • Stabilizers are somewhat inconsistent feeling and make occasional rattling noises.
  • PCB has south-facing LEDs and stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends, which means key legends are difficult to see in darker rooms.
8.1 Office

The Keychron Q Max keyboards are great for office use. They have amazing build quality and double gasket-mounted designs, providing a softer, almost springy typing experience. You can connect them wirelessly with an included 2.4GHz receiver or via Bluetooth with up to three devices simultaneously. You can also remap keys, change backlighting settings, and create custom profiles using web-based or downloadable configuration software. Typing on these keyboards is also very quiet, thanks to multiple layers of sound-dampening material inside the case. That said, they have a fairly high profile, and we recommend using a wrist rest for the most comfortable experience. Unfortunately, a wrist rest isn't included.

Pros
  • Amazing overall build quality.
  • Connects wirelessly with 2.4GHz receiver or via Bluetooth with up to three devices simultaneously.
  • Quiet typing noise.
Cons
  • Stabilizers are somewhat inconsistent feeling and make occasional rattling noises.
6.4 Mobile/Tablet

The Keychron Q Max keyboards are alright for tablet and mobile use. They have amazing build quality, and you can connect them wirelessly to up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. They also provide excellent typing quality and compatibility with major mobile and tablet operating systems. The major downside is only these keyboards' size and extreme weight due to their solid aluminum cases. They're available in several sizes, but even the smaller compact variants are still significantly heavier than dedicated mobile keyboards, so while they're great for use in a static workspace, they're quite unwieldy to carry with you anywhere on the go.

Pros
  • Amazing overall build quality.
  • Connects wirelessly with 2.4GHz receiver or via Bluetooth with up to three devices simultaneously.
Cons
  • Quite large and extremely heavy.
8.1 Programming

The Keychron Q Max keyboards are great for programming. They have amazing build quality and connect wirelessly either with their USB receiver or with up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. They also deliver excellent typing quality but have a fairly tall profile, so we recommend using a wrist rest for the most comfortable typing experience. Unfortunately, a wrist rest isn't included. Most size variants in this series don't have dedicated macro keys, but some do. You can program macros to any key and make other adjustments using the configuration software. These keyboards also have full RGB backlighting and south-facing LEDs for good visibility when seated at your keyboard. The keycap legends aren't easy to read in darker rooms.

Pros
  • Amazing overall build quality.
  • Connects wirelessly with 2.4GHz receiver or via Bluetooth with up to three devices simultaneously.
  • Quiet typing noise.
Cons
  • Stabilizers are somewhat inconsistent feeling and make occasional rattling noises.
  • PCB has south-facing LEDs and stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends, which means key legends are difficult to see in darker rooms.
6.0 Entertainment / HTPC

The Keychron Q Max keyboards are passable for home theater or entertainment setup use. They have amazing build quality and connect wirelessly with either a USB receiver or via Bluetooth with up to three devices simultaneously. Unfortunately, while all variants have a dedicated volume knob, there aren't any dedicated media keys (for Windows). Plus, while these keyboards have full RGB backlighting, the keycaps aren't easy to read in the dark.

Pros
  • Amazing overall build quality.
  • Connects wirelessly with 2.4GHz receiver or via Bluetooth with up to three devices simultaneously.
Cons
  • PCB has south-facing LEDs and stock keycaps don't have shine-through legends, which means key legends are difficult to see in darker rooms.
  • No dedicated media keys (in Windows mode).
  • Quite large and extremely heavy.
8.6 Raw Performance

The Keychron Q Max keyboards provide excellent raw performance, making them well-suited for playing games in any genre. They offer outstanding single-key latency and excellent multi-key latency. Using this keyboard wired or connected wirelessly with an included 2.4 GHz receiver provides an effective update rate of 1000Hz that isn't bottlenecked by other latency elements.

Pros
  • Excellent all-around raw performance.
  • True 1000Hz polling rate using a wired or 2.4GHz wireless connection.
Cons
  • 8.4 Gaming
  • 8.1 Office
  • 6.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.1 Programming
  • 6.0 Entertainment / HTPC
  • 8.6 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Apr 10, 2024: We've added details to the Differences Between Sizes and Variants section for the Keychron Q12 Max and the Q0 Max.
  2. Updated Apr 03, 2024: We've reappraised and slightly lowered the build quality score for this keyboard as we've continued to use this keyboard in the lab and experienced more noticeable case ping and inconsistent stabilizer noises while typing. For more details, see the Build Quality box below.
  3. Updated Mar 13, 2024: Review published.
  4. Updated Mar 07, 2024: Early access published.
  5. Updated Mar 04, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  6. Updated Feb 28, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  7. Updated Feb 15, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Keychron Q5 Max [Q1 Max, Q2 Max, etc.] series keyboards are available in several colorways and either in a fully assembled configuration with stock Gateron Jupiter switches or in a barebones configuration without switches or keycaps included. We bought and tested the fully assembled Keychron Q5 Max with Gateron Jupiter Banana switches. We typically include a photo of the product's label, but, like other models in Keychron's Q lineups, these keyboards have no visible label.

We expect our results in the table below to apply broadly to all current size variants in this series.

Name Size Color Assembly Options Switch Type Switch Options Keycap Profile Knob Dedicated Macro Keys
Keychron Q1 Max Compact (75%) Carbon Black, Shell White Fully Assembled Knob, Barebone Knob Gateron Jupiter Red, Brown, Banana KSA Yes N/A
Keychron Q2 Max Compact (65%) Carbon Black, Shell White Fully Assembled Knob, Barebone Knob Gateron Jupiter Red, Brown, Banana KSA Yes N/A
Keychron Q3 Max TKL (80%) Carbon Black, Shell White Fully Assembled Knob, Barebone Knob Gateron Jupiter Red, Brown, Banana KSA Yes N/A
Keychron Q5 Max Compact (96%) Carbon Black, Shell White Fully Assembled Knob, Barebone Knob Gateron Jupiter Red, Brown, Banana KSA Yes 3
Keychron Q6 Max Full-size (100%) Carbon Black, Shell White Fully Assembled Knob, Barebone Knob Gateron Jupiter Red, Brown, Banana KSA Yes 4

Additional Variants

Models in the table below have specialized layouts, which means their case designs differ significantly from the unit we bought and tested. While we expect most of our tests will remain broadly applicable, additional elements may produce differences in build and typing quality.

Name Size Color Assembly Options Switch Type Switch Options Keycap Profile Knob Dedicated Macro Keys
Keychron Q8 Max Compact Alice (65%) Carbon Black, Shell White Fully Assembled Knob, Barebone Knob Gateron Jupiter Red, Brown, Banana KSA Yes N/A
Keychron Q10 Max Compact Alice (75%) Carbon Black, Shell White Fully Assembled Knob, Barebone Knob Gateron Jupiter Red, Brown, Banana KSA Yes 5
Keychron Q60 Max Special (60%) Retro Fully Assembled Knob, Barebone Knob Gateron Jupiter Red, Brown, Banana Cherry No N/A
Keychron Q65 Max Special (65%) Carbon Black, Shell White Fully Assembled Knob, Barebone Knob Gateron Jupiter Red, Brown, Banana KSA No 4
Keychron Q12 Max Compact (96%) Southpaw  Carbon Black, Shell White  Fully Assembled Knob, Barebone Knob Gateron Jupiter   Red, Brown, Banana KSA  Yes  3

Note: The Keychron Q0 Max below is only a Numpad/macro pad. It's designed to be used alongside a standard keyboard rather than a dedicated keyboard in its own right. The construction methods and connectivity options are the same. We expect the build quality and overall raw performance to be roughly equivalent. This model lacks all the alphanumeric keys of a standard keyboard. Keychron also indicates the Keychron Q0 Max has a significantly smaller 18000 mAh battery that provides up to 50 hours using the lowest brightness settings.

Name Size Color Assembly Options Switch Type Switch Options Keycap Profile Knob Dedicated Macro Keys

Keychron Q0 Max

Numpad Carbon Black, Shell White Fully Assembled Knob, Barebone Knob  Gateron Jupiter  Red, Brown, Banana   KSA  Yes  5

If you have a variant within this series that isn't listed in one of the tables above or feel there are other differences or issues to mention regarding variants in our review, reach out to us in the comments, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Keychron Q5 Max [Q1 Max, Q2 Max, etc.] are a series of wireless mechanical keyboards. Just like the closely related Keychron Q Series and Keychron Q Pro Series, the Q Max boards are situated as Keychron's current flagship models, with solid aluminum cases and double gasket-mount designs.

While the original Q series keyboards are wired-only models, the Q Pro series has added Bluetooth connectivity. The standout difference between the Q Pro series and the new Q Max models is the addition of 2.4 GHz connectivity in addition to Bluetooth, which provides improved wireless performance. The Q Max also has additional layers of acoustic dampening material inside the board, generating a slightly more rounded and less pingy typing noise.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards. For more options from Keychron, see our picks for the best Keychron keyboards.

Keychron Q Pro Series [Q1 Pro, Q2 Pro, etc.]

The Keychron Q5 Pro and the Keychron Q5 Max are wireless mechanical keyboards with 96% form factors. Each keyboard belongs to a wider lineup of Q Pro and Q Max keyboards, respectively. The standout difference between these two lineups is that the Q Pro connects wirelessly via Bluetooth while the Q Max connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or a 2.4 GHz receiver, providing better wireless performance. The Q Max also has several more layers of acoustic material inside the case, providing a slightly rounder, less pingy sound profile.

Keychron V5 Max [V1 Max, V2 Max, etc.]

The Keychron V5 Max and the Keychron Q5 Max are wireless mechanical keyboards with 96% form factors. Each keyboard also belongs to a wider lineup of V Max and Q Max series keyboards, respectively. The major difference between these two lineups is that the V Max series keyboards are a comparatively more budget-oriented offering with plastic-only cases. The Q Max series keyboards have more premium all-aluminum cases, some additional layers of acoustic foam inside the case, and a double-gasket mount rather than a standard gasket-mount design, as found on the V Max series boards.

Keychron Q5

The Keychron Q5 and the Keychron Q5 Max are mechanical keyboards with 96% form factors. Each keyboard also belongs to wider respective Q and Q Max lineups with other size variants available. The biggest difference between these lineups is that the Q series are wired-only models while the Q Max series are wireless models that you can connect via Bluetooth or a 2.4 GHz receiver. Both keyboards have layers of sound-dampening material inside the case, but the Q Max series keyboards have several additional layers the standard Q series boards lack.

GLORIOUS GMMK PRO

The GLORIOUS GMMK PRO and the Keychron Q5 Max are highly customizable mechanical keyboards. The GLORIOUS is a wired-only model with a plastic case. It's also available with a much wider array of build options at purchase. On the other hand, the Keychron has a comparatively more premium-feeling solid aluminum case and double-gasket mounting design that provides a better typing experience out of the box. The Keychron also has wireless connectivity via Bluetooth or a 2.4 GHz receiver. Lastly, unlike the GLORIOUS, which is only available in a compact 75% form factor, the Keychron is part of a wider Q Max lineup with many different size variants available.

NuPhy Gem80

The Keychron Q3 Max and the NuPhy Gem80 are wireless mechanical keyboards. The Keychron is available either as a barebones kit or in a prebuilt mode. It also offers better raw performance and has a solid aluminum case. The Gem80, on the other hand, is only available as a barebones kit, so you need to buy and install switches and keycaps yourself. Its case has an aluminum frame and a polycarbonate bottom. It also has more acoustic material inside the case.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Compact (96%)
Height
2.0" (5.0 cm)
Width 16.1" (40.8 cm)
Depth
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
4.86 lbs (2.206 kg)

These keyboards are available in various sizes. We bought and tested the Keychron Q5 Max, which has a compact (96%) form factor. It has most of the keys of a full-size keyboard save for several navigation cluster keys. It also has conventional spacing between keys, so typing doesn't feel cramped. However, the individual key zones, like the arrow keys and the Numpad, are closer together.

Other size variants include the full-size Keychron Q6 Max or even smaller models like the TKL (80%) Keychron Q3 Max or (75%) Keychron Q1 Max. For a list of variants, see the Differences Between Variants section.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

These keyboards have amazing build quality overall. The case is made of solid aluminum and exhibits no deck flex whatsoever. Inside the case, these keyboards have a polycarbonate plate and a double gasket-mount design, which incorporates two separate sets of rubber gaskets sandwiched between components. This mounting style helps reduce felt vibrations and contributes to a softer, more cushioned-feeling typing experience with a bit more rebound.

Besides the layers of acoustic dampening material that come standard on Keychron Q and Q Pro series boards, the Q Max models have several additional layers. These include an IXPE foam layer between the plate and the PCB, a latex pad directly under the PCB, and PET film that sits just above the final layer of acoustic foam.

The switches and stabilizers come pre-lubed from the factory, and the keycaps are made of high-quality, doubleshot PBT plastic. The keycaps also have a slightly textured finish, so they don't feel slippery to the touch.

There are four rubber feet on the underside that do a good job of keeping the board firmly in place while you type without sliding.

Unfortunately, while the stabilizers provide good stability for the larger keys, they also sound and feel noticeably inconsistent and make a faint rattling sound (or, in the case of the spacebar, a higher-pitched clicking sound), depending on where you're pressing the keycap. This video demonstrates this issue on several keys, including the spacebar.

This is a minor issue and may not be something you notice if you're not sensitive to noise inconsistencies or if you tend to strike larger keys in the same place. Furthermore, we expect you can fix this issue if you're interested in re-lubing or replacing the stock stabilizers on affected keys.

This issue may be more acute on the specific unit we bought and tested. If you have this keyboard and want to share your build-quality experience with us, we encourage you to reach out in the forums.

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Curved/Angled
No
Split Keyboard
No
Key Alignment
Staggered
Minimum Incline
5.2°
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
N/A
Home Row Height
37.6 mm (1.5")

These keyboards offer acceptable ergonomics. They have quite a tall profile, and unlike many other Keychron keyboards, they don't have flip-out feet to provide additional incline options.

Using these keyboards with a supportive wrist rest will provide the best ergonomic experience. There isn't a wrist rest included in the box, but Keychron sells wrist rests separately on their website here.

9.8
Design
Hardware Customizability
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
Yes
Stabilizer Fixation
Screw-in
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
6.25u
Size Of Right Mod Keys
1u
Hot-Swappable Switches
Yes
Switch Stem Shape
Cherry MX Style
Switch PCB Socket
5-pin Cherry
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
No

These keyboards offer exceptional hardware customizability. Note that on some size variants in the Q max lineup, including the Keychron Q5 Max we reviewed, the right-side modifier keys are 1u-sized rather than the relatively more common 1.25u. Some other size variants in the wider Q Max series have standard 1.25u-sized right-modifier keys.

These boards also have South-facing LEDs, which offer the advantage of compatibility with a wider range of aftermarket keycap sets. However, this also significantly impacts how visible the backlighting is if you're interested in using shine-through keycaps.

10
Design
Backlight Features
Backlighting Yes
RGB
Yes
Per-Key Backlighting
Yes
Effects
Yes
Software Controllable
Yes

These keyboards have full RGB backlighting and individually lit keys. You can customize backlighting brightness and effects directly on the keyboard or using VIA configuration software.

4.0
Design
Backlight Clarity

These keyboards provide poor backlighting clarity. The keycaps don't have shine-through legends, and the PCB has south-facing LEDs. This means that even if you swap the stock keycaps for keycaps with shine-through legends, the legends likely won't be visible in dark rooms. For reference, we've taken a photo with several stock keycaps replaced with shine-through keycaps.

The Gateron Jupiter switches that come stock with this keyboard have LED diffusers, which produce a softer backlighting effect compared to most other switches with LED lighting.

Design
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wireless
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

These keyboards come with a braided USB Type-C to Type-C cable, which retains some kinks from its packaging. If your computer doesn't have a USB-C port, a USB-C to USB-A adapter is also included in the box.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
3
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable

At the time of writing, all keyboards in the Q Max series (except for the Keychron Q0 Max) have 4000 mAh-sized batteries. Keychron advertises the Q5 Max has a wireless working time of up to 180h with backlighting off and up to 100h with backlighting on its lowest setting.

Keychron doesn't explicitly state the connection type used to produce these estimates, but we expect they reflect the maximum battery life using a Bluetooth connection. Using a 2.4GHz connection provides superior stability and performance at the cost of battery life.

For the best wireless performance with a 2.4GHz connection, you can use the cable as an extender for the wireless receiver by using the USB-C to USB-A adapter.

6.0
Design
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 3
Onboard Macro Programming
No
Macro Programming With Software
Yes

Some of the keyboards in the Q Max lineup have dedicated macro keys, including the Q5 Max we tested. For more details, see the Differences Between Variants section above.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Non-Dedicated
Trackpad / Trackball No
Scroll Wheel
No
Control Knob
Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps & Num Lock

At the time of writing, nearly all keyboards in the Q max lineup have a programmable knob, which adjusts media volume by default and toggles mute when pressed.

These keyboards also have a pair of switches on the top of the keyboard, one of which toggles between connectivity modes and the other toggles between Windows/Android and Mac/iOS compatibility modes.

In Windows mode, the media keys are secondary, hotkey functions. However, in Mac mode, the F7 - F12 keys act as dedicated media keys, while their F functions are on the second layer.

There's a list of hotkey combinations detailed in the user documentation included in the box. You can also reference a list of hotkeys in the digital user manual available on Keychron's website here.

Design
In The Box

  • USB-C to USB-C charging cable
  • 2.4GHz USB-A receiver
  • 2.4GHz USB-C receiver
  • Extension adapter for receiver
  • Alternate Windows keycaps (2x Alt keys and 1x Windows key)
  • 2x Extra rubber feet
  • 2x Extra rounded adhesive stickers
  • 2x Extra gaskets
  • 4x Extra Philips screws
  • 2x Extra hex screws
  • Hex key
  • Screwdriver
  • Keycap and switch puller
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality
Key Spacing
19.0 mm (0.748")

These keyboards provide excellent typing quality out of the box. They have a double gasket-mounted design, which lends a soft, almost springy feel to typing compared to standard tray-mount designs. Several layers of sound-absorbing material inside these boards contribute to a less pingy, even-sounding experience.

Key spacing is standard. The keycaps are made of doubleshot PBT plastic with a pleasant, slightly textured finish.

Nearly all keyboards in the Q Max series, including the Q5 Max we tested, have KSA (Keychron spherical-angle) profile keycaps. These KSA keycaps have a semi-spherical-shaped dish on top that centers your fingers comfortably while typing, but they're also noticeably taller than OSA or standard OEM keycaps found on most pre-built mechanical keyboards. They also have slightly more steeply angeled curves between key rows. You can see an image from Keychron's website comparing KSA, OEM, and Cherry profiles here.

Some size variants in the Q Max lineup have Cherry profile keycaps. For more details, see the Differences Between Variants above.

These keyboards have fairly stable alphanumeric keys with only minimal wobble that isn't noticeable while typing. The stabilizers are factory-lubed and provide good overall stability on larger keys, but there's a small degree of occasional rattling noise.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Average Loudness
52.2 dBA
High Pitch Clicks
No

The typing noise of these keyboards with stock Gateron Jupiter Banana switches is fairly quiet and unlikely to bother those around you.

You can also buy these keyboards with Gateron Jupiter Brown switches, which we expect to produce a very similar volume, and Gateron Jupiter Red switches, which we expect to be slightly quieter.

Typing Experience
Switches
Switch Name
Gateron Jupiter Banana
Switch Type
Mechanical
Feel
Tactile
Analog
No

We bought and tested this keyboard with tactile Gateron Jupiter Banana mechanical switches. You can also buy this keyboard in tactile Gateron Jupiter Brown or linear Gateron Jupiter Red switches.

Gateron Jupiter switches have Nylon bottom housings and clear upper housings. They also come pre-lubed from the factory and have LED diffusers producing a softer backlighting effect than most of Gateron's other switches.

Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Operating Force
55 gf
Actuation Force
38 gf
Pre-Travel
2.5 mm
Total Travel
3.2 mm

We bought the Keychron Q5 Max with Gateron Jupiter Banana switches. These are moderate-weight switches with a tactile point that appears fairly early during travel. They also have a two-stage spring that produces a more active, robust return travel compared to other tactile switches.

We recorded an unusual amount of switch-to-switch inconsistency, as seen in the actuation graph above. It's also worth pointing out that we didn't encounter this issue with the Keychron Lemokey L3 we recently tested with the same switches. You can see an actuation graph of the Gateron Jupiter Banana switches on the Keychron Lemokey L3 here for comparison. As such, this could be an issue with the batch of switches on the Keychron Q5 Max we bought and tested.

This switch variability wasn't noticeable when typing at regular speed and didn't negatively impact the typing quality. However, these small inconsistencies may irritate you if you're particularly sensitive to irregularities in switch-to-switch feeling.

You can also buy this keyboard with tactile Gateron Jupiter Brown switches, which are more lightweight with a later tactile bump, or linear Gateron Jupiter Red switches, which are more lightweight and don't have any tactile bump to overcome.

Performance
9.2
Performance
Single-Key Latency
Best Connection
3.2 ms
Best Connection Std Dev ±0.3 ms
Wired
3.2 ms
Receiver
4.4 ms
Bluetooth
9.5 ms
PCB (Estimated)
1.0 ms

These keyboards provide remarkably good single-key latency performance and are well-suited for playing games in all genres at a casual or competitive level.

8.7
Performance
Multi-Key Latency
Connection Evaluated Receiver
Key Press
4.5 ms
Key Release
6.7 ms

These keyboards offer excellent multi-key latency performance. They have low press and release results, making them good choices for playing games requiring you to make keypresses while already pressing and maintaining multiple keys.

8.2
Performance
Data Transmission
Connection Evaluated Receiver
USB Polling Rate
1,000 Hz
Effective Update Rate
1,000 Hz
N-Key Rollover (NKRO)
Yes
Multiple Keys Per USB Report
No

These keyboards have a maximum polling rate of 1000Hz, and data transmission isn't bottlenecked by other latency components when connected wired or wirelessly via their 2.4 GHz receivers.

Using a Bluetooth connection limits the maximum polling rate to 125Hz, which is normal and expected.

The keyboard enables six-key rollover (6KRO) by default, but you can toggle full N-key rollover (NKRO) with the Fn+N hotkey.

7.8
Performance
Chord Split
4 Chord Split Delay
5.6 ms
8 Chord Split Delay
13.9 ms

These keyboards deliver good overall chord split performance, making them viable choices for playing rhythm games or other titles that demand many simultaneous inputs.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name VIA
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes
Onboard Memory
Yes
Profiles
6+

These keyboards use QMK firmware and VIA software for configuration. You can download and install the VIA software app for Windows, macOS, or Linux on Keychron's product page here. Alternatively, you can use a web-based version while your keyboard is connected here.

The VIA software has a straightforward layout and allows you to customize a range of expected settings, including key assignment, backlighting, and macros. You can save custom settings as profiles onto your keyboard's onboard memory.

10
Software and Operating System
Computer Compatibility
Windows
Fully Compatible
macOS
Fully Compatible
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux

These keyboards are fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. There's a switch on the top edge that toggles between Windows/Android and Mac/iOS compatibility modes. There's also a set of alternative Windows keycaps included in the box.

On Linux systems, with the toggle set to Mac mode, the brightness functions and the FN+F3 hotkey do nothing, but all other functions work as expected.

10
Software and Operating System
Wireless Mobile Compatibility
Android
Fully Compatible
iOS
Fully Compatible
iPadOS
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Android, iPhone & iPad

These keyboards are fully compatible with Android, iOS, and iPadOS.