I’ve been searching for a wireless mechanical keyboard for a while and ended up using the integrated keyboard on my MacBook Pro. That keyboard with butterfly switches are terrible but I had to live with it until I could find a decent one. It seems like my search has come to an end when the Keychron K2 keyboard arrives.
Unboxing & Testing
Design & Performance
The Keychron keyboard features a compact tenkeyless design, so its width perfectly fits the MacBook Pro. I was quite surprised with the look because it actually looks much better in real life. When I saw the product images online, I was not impressed at all and thought that this is just another dull mechanical keyboard. The whole exterior of the keyboard is made of plastic but the build quality is amazing and I can see that this could last for a long time. I also love the colors of the keycaps, there are two shades of gray and an orange Esc key.
Moreover, it looks more stunning when I turn on the RGB lighting effects; There are more than 15 effects to choose from and you can easily change it using the Light Bulb key on the top right corner. I like the effect that only lights up keys that I’ve just hit, rather than lighting up the whole keyboard.
All the keycaps have slight curve on top and I really love the feeling of every touch. They are smooth and provide tactile feedback from the Brown switches. The tactile feedback is enough and the sound is not too loud to distract me. Having said that, these are not silent switches, so they can wake up your whole family when you work at night.
Another advantage of the Keychron is that it comes with Mac keys by default; If you want to use it with Windows, they provide additional keycaps, so you can easily make the switch. Notice that the switches are made by Gateron, not Cherry. Gateron switches are a cheaper alternative but many people actually like them because they are smoother and lighter. I use the keyboard most of the time for typing, so I can feel that my fingers get less fatigued during the day. If you prefer stiffer key switches, you might want to look for Cherry MX switches. This choice totally depends on user’s preferences.
The keyboard also features N-key Rollover, so it is suitable for fast typing and gaming as well. Notably, the Keychron is powered by a 4,000mAh rechargeable li-polymer battery which can last up to 10 hours of continuous operation. The keyboard will go to sleep when I am not typing, so I just need to recharge the battery after a few weeks. The battery life is better than other popular keyboards like the Apple Magic keyboard or Logitech Craft keyboard. Besides, I really appreciate that it uses a USB-C port for charging.
My only concern is that the K2 keyboard is still fairly thick, so I’d recommend you to buy a wrist rest to make long typing sessions more comfortable. Otherwise, this is a great wireless mechanical keyboard and I will keep using it until there is a better choice.