The Keychron K6 is among the most compact wireless mechanical keyboards I’ve ever used, of course, we are not considering the ultra-slim keyboards with low-profile switches. However, I really like this keyboard and heavily use it for my MacBook setup.
Disclosure: We received the keyboard in exchange for the review. However, we spent time testing it to make sure the review is honest and unbiased.
Unboxing & Testing
Design & Performance
The K6 features a 65% layout which means it has just a few more keys than the K12 with 60% layout. I prefer the K6 because it has all the essential keys that I am using everyday while not getting rid of dedicated arrow keys. The macOS multimedia keys and function keys are grouped into the number keys, so I can easily use them by pressing along with Fn1 or Fn2 key. The K12 keyboard might be more compact but it would be inconvenient if you use those arrow keys a lot. On the other hand, the K2 has just an extra line of function keys but it looks significantly bulkier for a minimalist setup.
As usual, I still get the Keychron K6 with aluminum frame, RGB backlight, and Gateron mechanical Brown switch. At this time, the price for this version is $89 and if you opt for the LK Optical or Hot-swappable options, you will have to pay additional $10. The brown switch is still among the most popular switch types right now; I love it because it provide a tactile feedback while not making noisy clicky sounds. I’ve used Blue and Red switches recently but finally moved back to Brown switch, it is just perfect for both typing and gaming.
The K6 features Bluetooth 5.1 connection which is very fast and consistent. I hardly see any skipping or interruption during the whole month testing this keyboard. Besides, I love that it wakes up quickly from sleep and reconnects to my MacBook in just about 1-2 seconds. The keycaps are laser-etched and they look so beautiful with RGB lighting underneath. They are made of ABS but fairly durable; I’ve used some Keychron keyboards for over a year without any problem.
The keyboard is still powered by a large 4,000 mAh battery which could last up to 240 hours of continuous usage with backlight off. The USB-C port is also very convenient for recharging. In my real-life usage, I use the keyboard for about 6-8 hours per day and I often have to recharge it every 2 weeks. Notice that I never power it off, just let it sleep and wake up automatically.
Overall, the Keychron K6 is another great keyboard from Keychron and it has become my favorite so far. We at TechWalls highly recommend it.
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