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Keychron M1 Wireless Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jun 07, 2023 at 10:56 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jun 07, 2023 at 10:56 am
Keychron M1 Wireless Picture
6.5
Work
8.4
Video Games (FPS)
7.7
Video Games (MMO)
9.1
Raw Performance

The Keychron M1 Wireless is a wireless gaming mouse with a symmetrical shape and ambidextrous design with a pair of side buttons on either side. It has rounded, pill-shaped cutouts in the body's top, sides, and bottom to reduce its overall weight. This mouse is a wireless version of the Keychron M1, and the two mice look identical. However, the M1 Wireless uses PixArt's newer flagship sensor, the PAW 3395. This mouse also includes a variety of USB-C and USB-A accessories, ensuring you can use this mouse wired or wirelessly regardless of your computer's ports.

Our Verdict

6.5 Work

While not specifically designed for this use, the Keychron M1 Wireless is adequate for work. It connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth, so you don't have to worry about cables cluttering your desk. It also has a decent number of buttons you can program, including a pair of buttons on either side. Unfortunately, while the build quality is good overall, the mouse makes noticeable creaking noises during everyday use. Also, the mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs and a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Ambidextrous design with two side buttons on either side.
  • Connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Minor creaking and rattling sounds when using the mouse normally.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs and a free-scrolling mode.
8.4 Video Games (FPS)

The Keychron M1 Wireless is great for FPS gaming. It has superb click latency and excellent all-around sensor performance. While it's reasonably lightweight, it's considerably heavier than many dedicated FPS gaming mice. Additionally, while the build quality is generally good, the feet don't glide as smoothly as those on more expensive gaming options. Also, the body has a bit of flexibility, and the mouse makes noticeable creaking noises during regular use.

Pros
  • Superb click latency.
  • Excellent overall sensor performance.
  • Ambidextrous design with two side buttons on either side.
Cons
  • Minor creaking and rattling sounds when using the mouse normally.
  • Not as lightweight as many dedicated FPS gaming mice.
7.7 Video Games (MMO)

Altogether, the Keychron M1 Wireless is good for MMO gaming. However, it has fewer side buttons than a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. Also, while the build quality is generally good, the body has some flexibility, and the mouse makes noticeable creaking sounds. It has superb click latency and excellent all-around sensor performance, delivering a responsive-feeling in-game experience.

Pros
  • Superb click latency.
  • Excellent overall sensor performance.
  • Ambidextrous design with two side buttons on either side.
Cons
  • Minor creaking and rattling sounds when using the mouse normally.
  • Not as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
9.1 Raw Performance

The Keychron M1 Wireless has superb raw gaming performance with very low click latency and excellent sensor accuracy and motion latency performance. Altogether, this mouse provides a highly responsive-feeling experience that's more than adequate for gaming in any genre.

Pros
  • Superb click latency.
  • Excellent overall sensor performance.
Cons
  • 6.5 Work
  • 8.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.1 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Jun 07, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 02, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated May 30, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated May 25, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated May 17, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Keychron M1 Wireless mouse is available in Black or White colorways. We bought and tested the Black color option. Typically we provide an image of the mouse label, but there isn't one visible on this mouse.

A wired version of this mouse, the Keychron M1, is also available.

Compared To Other Mice

The Keychron M1 Wireless is a wireless version of the Keychron M1. The two mice look identical, but the M1 Wireless uses a significantly better sensor. Keychron advertises this as a lightweight gaming mouse, and it has small cutouts in its body to reduce its overall weight. However, despite these cutouts, this mouse weighs the same as the Keychron M3, which has a solid plastic body. While the M1 Wireless has fairly good build quality compared to other options at this price point, there's some flexibility in the body, and it makes minor creaking noises when using it normally. That said, an additional feature that sets this mouse apart is its included compatibility accessories. It comes with alternate adapters and receivers in the box so that you can use this mouse wired or wirelessly regardless of whether your computer has USB-C or USB-A ports.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best wireless gaming mouse.

Keychron M3

The Keychron M1 Wireless and the Keychron M3 are wireless gaming mice with symmetrical shapes. Both mice weigh virtually the same and deliver very similar gaming performance. The M1 Wireless has a truly ambidextrous design with two side buttons on either side. Its body also has small pill-shaped cutouts. On the other hand, the M3 only has side buttons on the left, but it has a solid plastic body and feels sturdier overall.

Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED

The Keychron M1 Wireless and the Logitech G305 are wireless gaming mice. The Keychron is lighter and has somewhat better click latency. It also has two side buttons on either side and small pill-shaped cutouts in its body to reduce its overall weight. On the other hand, the Logitech only has a pair of side buttons on the left, but it feels sturdier and has a solid plastic shell. The Logitech also uses AA batteries, while the Keychron recharges with a USB cable.

GLORIOUS Model O Wireless

The GLORIOUS Model O Wireless and the Keychron M1 Wireless are wireless gaming mice with symmetrical shapes. The GLORIOUS is lighter and feels significantly sturdier. It also has higher-quality feet. On the other hand, the Keychron has Bluetooth support, which the GLORIOUS lacks. It also has a pair of side buttons on either side, while the GLORIOUS only has two side buttons on the left.

Keychron M1

The Keychron M1 and the Keychron M1 Wireless are gaming mice in the same lineup. The M1 is a wired-only model that's marginally lighter. On the other hand, the M1 Wireless is a wireless model that connects via a USB receiver or Bluetooth. The M1 Wireless also has a better sensor and delivers significantly better gaming performance.

GLORIOUS Model O 2 Wireless

The GLORIOUS Model O 2 Wireless and the Keychron M1 Wireless are wireless gaming mice with symmetrical shapes. The GLORIOUS is lighter, has higher quality feet, and a significantly longer advertised battery life. On the other hand, the Keychron has lower click latency. The Keychron also has a pair of side buttons on either side, while the GLORIOUS only has a pair of side buttons on the left.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
Lighting Color RGB

This mouse has a matte black plastic body with pill-shaped cutouts on the top, sides, and bottom. The shape is identical to the wired Keychron M1. There are three RGB lighting zones, including one strip along either side of the mouse under the side buttons and an additional zone in the scroll wheel. You can adjust these RGB elements using the customization software, but you can only change them as a whole, not independently.

Design
Shape
Length 5.1" (130 mm)
Width 2.6" (67 mm)
Height 1.5" (38 mm)
Grip Width
63 mm
Ambidextrous
True Ambidextrous
Left-Handed Friendly
Yes
Finger Rest
No
5.6
Design
Portability
Box Volume
20.08 inยณ (329 cmยณ)
Receiver Storing
No

This mouse has poor portability. It's fairly bulky compared to dedicated mice designed for travel or portability. It also lacks compartments for storing its wireless receivers and adapter accessories, making them easier to lose if you take them on the go.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Keychron M1 Wireless mouse has good build quality overall. However, there's slight flexibility in the palm area and the underside if you apply enough pressure. You can also actuate the side buttons by squeezing forcefully into the sides of the mouse, although this isn't an issue when using the mouse normally.

That said, there's a slight rattling sound if you shake the mouse. Even when using the mouse normally, the mouse makes small but noticeable creaking sounds.

7.6
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
79.0 g
Default Weight
79.0 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

This mouse is somewhat lightweight. It's fairly easy to move quickly and accurately but considerably heavier than many dedicated FPS gaming mice.

Design
Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip Hand Recommendation
Claw Grip Hand Recommendation
Fingertip Grip Hand Recommendation

This mouse has a symmetrical, fully ambidextrous design with two side buttons on either side. This shape is a comfortable fit for most hand sizes and suitable for all grip types. However, the side buttons are located more toward the front of the mouse compared to many other gaming mice, which tend to have them more toward the center. If you have smaller hands, you'll have more difficulty reaching the side buttons when holding the mouse with a claw or fingertip grip.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
2
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

This mouse has a 600 mAh battery that Keychron advertises can deliver up to 70 hours with the RGB lighting off. While it isn't mentioned explicitly on the product page for this mouse, we expect this to be the maximum battery life for continuous use while connected via USB receiver

Often, manufacturers will indicate separate maximum battery life for Bluetooth, which consumes less power than a USB receiver. However, Keychron hasn't listed a separate value for Bluetooth battery life on its product page. If you have this mouse and want to share your experience with its battery life, feel free to reach out to us in the discussions.

9.0
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
Cable Length
6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB-C

This mouse has a lightweight, flexible paracord-like cable that glides well across desks. However, the cable does retain some kinks from its packaging.

A USB-C to USB-C charging cable is included in the box, but there's also a USB-C to USB-A adapter if your computer doesn't have a USB-C port.

7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No

The feet on this mouse glide fairly well on mousepads and desks, but they produce more resistance than those on more premium gaming mice. The feet also have sharp corners, which can dig into softer mousepads, causing more drag.

Design
In The Box

  • Keychron M1 Wireless mouse
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to USB-A adapter
  • Extension Adapter
  • USB-C Receiver
  • USB-A Receiver
  • User Documentation

Control
7.1
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Side Buttons
4
Number Of Programmable Inputs
9
Profile Switching Button
No
Gesture Support
No

You can program all of the buttons on this mouse except for the CPI button on the underside. You can assign up to five custom CPI profiles using the customization software.

9.0
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
4.0 ms
Wired
3.2 ms
Receiver
4.0 ms
Bluetooth
8.8 ms

This mouse has superb click latency and delivers a responsive-feeling experience for gaming in any genre.

9.0
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
-0.65%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
-0.92%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
0.00%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.57%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.52%
Worst Tracking Error
-11.50%
Minimum CPI
100 CPI
Maximum CPI
26,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
50 CPI

This mouse has outstanding CPI performance overall. Its sensor accurately tracks physical movements you make with your mouse and converts them to the movement you see on your screen.

When using the slider in the customization software to adjust this mouse's CPI, the default steps are by 100 CPI. However, you can manually set your CPI by steps of 50 if you input the values yourself.

8.6
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
15.5 ms
Delay At Half Movement
5.1 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
4.8 ms

The Keychron M1 Wireless mouse has excellent sensor latency performance. The sensor reacts quickly to the physical movements you make with your mouse, and they closely match the timing of your cursor movements on-screen.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3395
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate options on this mouse are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. You can adjust various settings using the customization software, including lift-off distance, angle snapping, and motion sync.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The scroll wheel feels responsive and precise and has a rubber grip. It operates quietly, has pronounced steps, and the mouse click button has good tactility. You can also adjust the sensitivity of the mouse wheel using the software.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet

The mouse buttons and scroll wheel on this mouse are quiet and unlikely to bother those around you.

Operating System And Software
Operating System And Software
Configuration Software
Software Name Keychron Engine
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
Profile Auto-Switching
No
RGB On/Off
Yes

The Keychron Engine software is easy to navigate. It allows you to change all the options you would expect, including key programming, macros, RGB lighting, and plenty of sensor settings.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

The Keychron M1 Wireless mouse is fully compatible with Windows and macOS. However, the software is only compatible with Windows at the moment. Keychron mentions on this mouse's product page that a macOS-compatible version of the software is expected to be available soon.

If you've noticed they've added software support for macOS, feel free to reach out to us in the discussions, and we'll update this review.