Mechanical keyboards. Usually there’s some type trade-off with mechanical keyboards, and one of the notable ones in my opinion is the keyboard being low-profile. If you feel restricted from mechanical keyboards because you like low-profile keyboards, well low-profile mechanical keyboards are a thing. I’ve only looked into them quite recently as I didn’t want the bulkiness of a mechanical keyboard while still having a mechanical keyboard. The Keychron K1 is something I looked into and fell into liking with its minimal design and form factor. Even at under $100, it is comparable to some other higher-end keyboards.
Overview & Usage
The Keychron K1 has a few versions, and the one I got was the 4th version, aka V4. Keychron has the options of either white or RGB LED backlighting along with different key layouts, such as ten-keyless or a full keyboard with number pad. With the RGB backlighting, you can choose to customize what colors you want, including white, for your backlighting although it lacks customization software unlike some other keyboards out there. Key switch options include red, blue, and brown Gateron low-profile switches. Build quality is quite nice, with aluminum body construction. The keys have a very clean-cut lettering that almost nearly mimics Apple’s keyboard key fonts. However, the keyboard itself lacks a kickstand for raising keyboard elevation. One of the advantages of the keyboard is its compatibility with both Windows and MacOS with just a flick of a switch. It comes with extra keycaps that you can replace depending on what operating system you use.
I’ve been using the keyboard for about a month now, one that is equipped with red switches and RGB backlighting. Upon first using the keyboard, I felt that the red switches were way too sensitive and almost spongy. It made typing on it feel very “mumbled” and vague at first but it took some getting used to before I finally felt more comfortable. The keyboard is quite flat, depending on your liking, but I think it would benefit with a simple kickstand. The keyboard can be used both wired and wireless, and it comes with a USB-A to USB-C cable. Using the wireless mode with dimmer backlighting on, the battery seems to last around a week before it needs charging. You can also connect up to 3 devices via Bluetooth in case you want to use it with multiple devices. I noticed while using the keyboard that when it is left unbothered for a bit, the keyboard goes to sleep mode and takes about 2 seconds to boot up and reconnect. It can get frustrating sometimes, but there is an option of turning that feature off.
The Keychron K1 is quite a nice looking, aesthetic keyboard with its minimal look and form factor. Customization is a bit limited in terms of backlighting but it does offer quite a selection of colors and effects. Some of the drawbacks of the keyboard are the lack of a kickstand, and depending on what you like, the sensitivity of the red key switches. I believe the blue and brown switches may provide a different experience but with my experience with the red switches, it is very sensitive and felt quite numb especially the first few usages. At around $100, I think it is a bit pricy for my liking but the build quality and aesthetics make up for it. I think it is easily one of the better looking keyboards out there while also providing a low-profile characteristic.
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