Mechanical keyboards. Take 2. A couple months back we talked about a very similar keyboard, the Keychron K1 V4. I say similar because a small, yet large difference (yes, ironic right?) lies in the keyboard’s mechanical switches. Last time, we talked about the Red Gateron low profile switch Keychron K1 keyboard (check it out here). One of the downsides of that keyboard, in my experience, was its spongey feeling keys that felt numb to type on and didn’t have a tactile feedback of when a key is registered. Now, the red switches are meant to be that way, linear and quiet, but I just felt like it didn’t do it for me. This time around, we’ll be delving into the brown switches.
Overview and Experience
The Keychron K1 Gateron low profile brown switch has the same layout and functionalities as the red switch K1 that we talked about last time. The only main difference between the two is the mechanical switches themselves, which I think make a large difference in everyday usage. To reiterate, the K1 has both Windows, Android, and Mac compatibility as well as being backlit by either white or any other color if you opt for the RGB version. It’s a tenkey-less keyboard with low profile keys and switches and along with its design, it has a very minimal and clean look. The keys don’t really feel cheap, especially the brown switches and it being under $100. Battery life for wireless Bluetooth usage is decent and can last about a week with full charge.
My experience with both the red and brown switches of the K1 keyboard was nearly a night and day difference. At the end of the day, it comes to user preference but I feel that the brown switches are much more satisfying and comfortable to type and daily use. The brown switches provide much more tactile feedback compared to the red, which I think is more satisfying due to the fact that you know when each key is registered. The brown switches also seem to have more resistance than the red switches, which might make it less error prone when typing yet a bit more of a nuisance when gaming. Although, it is still possible to game with the brown switches. All in all, the major and only difference between the two keyboards is the switches themselves and how the typing experience is. The other factors and features are completely identical. In my experience, the brown switches are the way to go for everyday usage and if you typically type or do productivity work more than gaming. It feels much more responsive, satisfying, and engaging to use than the red switches despite it being a bit more clicky. At under $100, I think the K1 is worth looking into for a decent and aesthetic mechanical keyboard for the average user.
If you’re interested in the Keychron K1 Brown Switches, check it out here.
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