Not all mechanical keyboards are made equally and today we will be taking a look at the Keychron K1 wireless to see what happens when a bunch of keyboard enthusiast come together to make magic happen.
At a Glance
The Keychron K1 is an Ultra-thin wireless mechanical keyboard that measure only 18mm high and comes with the option of either Gateron Red, brown or blue switches depending on the sound and feel that you are looking for. The K1 comes in both 87 and 104 key layouts so if you don’t want the Numpad you can buy the 87 key and if you want to go even smaller, you can also opt in for the K2 which is an 84 key or the k12 which is a 61 key keyboard.
The keyboard itself work in both wired and wireless modes and supports Windows, Android, Ios and Mac since it connects via Bluetooth and not a WiFi dongle. Now for the average desktop user, you will need to buy a Bluetooth dongle if your motherboard does not have it on board making it a little more of a hassle to use with desktops, in wireless mode at least.
The battery in the unit is a 2000mAh battery that takes around 3 hours to charge and should last you around 35 hours with the RGB on, which is pretty impressive. The Bluetooth range for this keyboard is around 10m and charges with a USB type C cable that is included in the box and measures in at around 1.6m (5’3″ ft).
When it comes to the design, the K1 certainly looks like a keyboard enthusiast keyboard and doesn’t scream gaming which to me is always a good thing as it makes the product more versatile for general use and of course caters to more users. The keyboard itself is definitely Ultra-thin and even compared to other low-profile keyboards, it is still pretty thin.
Personally I am a fan of the grey keys with the orange accents, but if you don’t like the orange keys, you can easily replace them with grey keys that come included in the box. Also included in the box are keys for Mac, for example the command key, so if you use a Mac or Ios device no need to fear, they are included.
Does it work?
Looks aside, when it comes to actual use, the K1 blew me away. When typing the low profile removes a lot of strain from your wrist as you can rest your wrists comfortably on the table without having to use a wrist rest and the keys themselves feels amazing. Compared to other keyboards I have used in the past and own, the keys feel more premium than your normal mechanical keyboards.
When using the K1 in games, the keys felt really responsive, and I felt I could game much longer since my wrists and fingers weren’t placed under so much strain. When typing as well, to low profile allows you to rest your wrist and still type comfortably for extended periods of time.
As far as using the keyboard on Ios or Android devices goes, it is really simple to connect all you do is open your Bluetooth settings and hold the “Fn” key plus either 1, 2 or 3 for 4 seconds and it should show up in your Bluetooth devices, click on it and you are connected and ready to go.
The K1 allows for up to 3 Bluetooth connections and you can switch between those without having to turn of the Bluetooth and disconnect from each unit. This saves a lot of time and effort especially if you switch between devices a lot and don’t want multiple keyboards on your desk. I also loved the little indicator lights at the top right that show you in which mode you are, Windows or mac, as well as the indicator light at the top left showing if you are connect via Bluetooth as well as the battery indicator.
The small things.
The USB cable that is included with the keyboard plugs into the keyboard at the top to charge, but just keep in mind that some Kechron keyboards like the K2 actually plug in from the side. If the keyboard plugs in on the side, they include a right angled USB cable to make it look sleeker.
Should you buy it?
And lastly, should you go and spend your hard-earned dollar on this keyboard and the answer for me at least is yes. I have absolutely fallen in love with this keyboard, the way it looks, all the different features as well as how it feels and for me it is something truly amazing. For those reasons alone,I can definitely recommend this keyboard. When it comes to the price these keyboards are not that expensive compared to other mechanical keyboards on the market, so you don’t have to take out a loan just to get one and in some cases could even cost less than some of the others.
So if you are looking for a solid mechanical keyboard that is future proof in terms of where how and to what you will be connecting it, then look no further than the Keychron K1. If you are looking for less keys I have linked more models down below and for every purchased made using the links you support the channel, so if you do thank you.
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