K4 WIRELESS MECHANICAL KEYBOARD
Signature Keychron Features
Wireless & Wired
Connect the keyboard with up to 3 devices via Bluetooth or to a single device with the USB Type-C wired option. Pair it up with your smartphone, laptop and iPad, and switch amongst the devices swiftly, that is best for home, office and light gaming uses.
Keychron's Mac Layout
Keychron is one of the few mechanical keyboards that features macOS media keys (F1 to F12) in a Mac layout with the same as conventional Mac systems.
The Keyboard Meets All Your Needs
“It stands out from the crowd with its design.” - TNW
“I had a very specific set of needs: Wireless. Arrow keys. No numpad. Mac compatible. Backlit. Found this Keychron K2.” - MKBHD
I'm really pleased to have come across this keyboard. I am currently using it to type this message out and it feels great. I especially like it because it is one of very few keyboards that ships with MacOs keycaps. This makes it feel more personal rather than using a windows keyboard and remembering which keys you mapped to which MacOs functions. My only disappointment with it was the packaging it came in. Unlike other keyboard companies, Keychron has opted to send the keyboard in a bubble wrapped wrap rather than a box. This left the actual box that the keyboard was in to be very dented and scratched up. The keyboard's condition is just fine, but the box not so much.
Keychron K4 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
I ordered my K2 at the beginning of Covid, and the shipper they normally use stopped shipping to Canada. They shipped it to me through another, more expensive shipper out of pocket. It works great, and im very pleased with the service i got
I was looking for a high quality, wireless, mechanical keyboard when I found KeyChron. It was hard to find a mechanical keyboard that seemed high quality and offered bluetooth connection since most of the demand for mechanical keyboards comes from gamers who want the ultra low latency of a wired connection. My requirements for a keyboard were as follows: Mechanical keys with linear actuation, wireless with a preference for Bluetooth, and a 10-key number pad since I use it so frequently (I used a Razer Black Widow that made me want a mechanical keybaord, but also made me realize I needed the 10-key). Some of my wants but not deal breakers were: Some form of back-light, compact size for a cleaner looking desk, and programmable function keys to run code and macros (didn't get the last one, but I can add it with software). With these requirements and wants, I ultimately ended up with a decision between the Logitech G613 or the Keychron K4. There were other option out there, but these two seemed to be the highest quality units available and both had a reasonable price (although the G613 is quite a bit more expensive). I originally was leaning towards the G613. I use a Logitech MX Master 2 mouse that I've had for years and absolutely love so I have some level of brand loyalty to Logitech. It also looks way better that the K4 in pictures. The all black design looks super sleek. When I bought the MX Master, I thought I was going to regret spending $100 on a mouse, but it quickly became one of the best computer accessories I've ever purchases and was worth every penny. Knowing that, I was very willing to pay at least another $150 for a great keyboard.
Originally I thought that the biggest drawback of the K4 was how it looks in the pictures. I almost bought the G613 for no other reason than I didn't want to spend $100 on an ugly keyboard with a bunch of putrid brown key caps that look like they came off a keyboard from the 1980's. My mind was changed very slowly when I saw a few other reviews with pictures of the keyboard that looked a little better. Ultimately, the sleek design, compact size, and very reasonable price won me over, and I figured that even if I had to buy all new key caps, I'd be money ahead buying the K4 and my desk would retain its minimalist vibe. I took the leap and purchased directly from the Keychron's website. I am very glad that I did. Shipping was fast even though it shipped from China. You might be better off buy from Amazon if you're a prime member since it will save you the $20 shipping fee.
When ordering, I did not notice that the aluminum model had mostly gray keys, where as only the plastic model had mostly the bronze keys. Also, I am happy to report that the keys are definitely more of a bronze than they appear in the product photos. The color is very similar to the bronze trim on my MX Master mouse. It is a really decent look and has already started growing on me. Also, the bright orange accents for the escape and light keys really pop. This keyboard looks way better in person than it does in the pictures. I highly recommend it.
The performance of this keyboard is also phenomenal. Key strokes are consistent across the entire keyboard. I selected brown switches as a middle of the road option between the quiet option and the clicky options. I like the long actuation throws on the keys, since it allows me to customize it myself with the o-rings of my choice. The stock throw is to long for my preference, but I really like having the option to customize them myself, something that wouldn't be possible if they shorter out of the box.
I have seen a lot of talk about the auto-sleep function. It does take a little while for the keyboard to wake-up and reconnect. Yes, this is a little annoying, since it misses a few key strokes, but the fine folks at Keychron have given us the ability to turn it off, which I did within the first day. I hope they include a higher level of customization on the next firmware update. I want the auto sleep capability for longer batter life, but I'd like it to be longer than the 10 minutes that it defaults to. 20-30 minutes would be the optimal for me. This wasn't a big issue for me, hence it is still getting five stars, but I do think it is a point for future improvement.
Overall, this is a great keyboard and I highly recommend it. It is made to satisfy a customer just like me, a non-gamer that wants all the function and feel of a mechanical keyboard without a cord to clutter up my desk. The quality is very high. The build is sturdy (maybe beefy is a better word, I've had laptops that were thinner and weighed less). I expect it to last a very long time and so far, I am really impresses. This is a great keyboard and very reasonably priced. I think it is a great deal at just under $100!
Every small key is perfect and performs as expected. Long keys, however, such as enter/L shift/spacebar (sometimes), tend to produce a squeak under certain room conditions. Within the first few hours of unboxing, I'd experienced my first squeak in the L shift, which disappeared the following day. It's very on and off, so it's hard to determine what exactly was causing the squeaks.
Still a 5/5 though
- decent build quality
- flawless Bluetooth and lighting
- gateron brown switches feel tactile and responsive
- battery life seems very good
- could be slimmer but easily fixed with a high wrist rest
- texture of keycaps could be smoother(subjective)
Just received the K2 with Gateron red switches this morning, after waiting a little under 2-weeks.
Unfortunately the UK layout was out of stock so had to settle with the US layout. Very comfortable, came with all the expected extras (Windows keys) and the Bluetooth functionality is top notch.
Never used linear switches before (working from home at the moment, and at work I have a keybaord with Cherry MX Brown switches), but these are amazing. I think I prefer red to browns!
Lovely keyboard for the price, and I see myself getting many years of use from it.
I use my keyboard for regular home use, bit of editing and a tiny bit of gaming. I absolutely love this keyboard! Given that I'm used to just using standard laptop keys, this was a huge upgrade for me. Design and style is always a priority for me and the K2 doesn't disappoint! It's very compact and has really nice weight to it. I went for the brown switches and I think there's a really nice balance of sound and feel coming out from that. The white lights are a very nice feature especially with the different light setups and something I've never had before so this was awesome! I personally love the PBT keycaps not just because they are longer lasting but also because I love the the white and grey mix of keycap colours with the orange ESC. It all just works so well together and has a very cool retro vibe to it.
For me and my kind of use, the K2 with PBT keys is great and I give it a full 5 stars. I think there are only 2 issues that may arise for others though. Firstly the PBT keycaps on the grey keys are a bit blurry. The white ones look fine but for some reason on the grey ones it's slightly blurred. You can actually see this in their pictures but this doesn't really bother me although it might be an issue for others. The white light still comes through on this but it's just not as sharp.
Second issue is the layout of the keys. Again for me it's not a big deal as my keyboard layout on my work laptop, my macbook and my work keyboard are all different so there's always an element of having to get used to a new layout. Because the K2 is more compact, certain keys won't be aligned exactly the same as regular keyboards but there's plenty of pictures to check out before you purchase.
Overall, I'm really happy with the K2, PBT caps in white light!! It would be great if Keychron released some alternative keycaps for customisation later on!!
RGB lighting match my smart led lights!
Great keybord! would reccomend to anyone.
Shipping was fast and quick
I mean, it's good.
I have owned this keyboard for about 2 weeks now, and I have absolutely nothing to complain about. The amount of features and the overall quality for such a low price is very impressive.
Some reviewers have called the keyboard too tall, and some have mentioned that you absolutely need a wrist rest etc. - but that is not at all the case for me. It's definitely taller than some other keyboards, but nothing to worry about in my experience at least. I cannot recommend it enough!
The layout is nice with this nordic version as well.
Keychron K4 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
I absolutely love this keyboard. I know different people may have different parameters by which they judge a keyboard, so here's what I was looking for.
1) wireless compatibility with my set up. I have my main computer in the living room sort of in place of a TV. This means that the bluetooth connection is actually an important selling point for me. Because the main computer is pretty far from the couch dongles just don't really work reliably. Likewise, a cord would be a huge hassle since it would need to cross the coffee table and obstruct people walking by.
2) physical compatibility with my set up. Because the keyboard will generally be used on the couch, a small form factor to fit on the lap tray is super important. This keyboard has exactly that.
3) key compatibility with my desired activities. Mainly in that I actually get a lot of use out of the function and arrow keys. A normal space saving move is to get a 60% keyboard, cutting the arrow and function keys. By adding one row and one column only, this keyboard is able to provide all the imprtant keys, and save space very nearly just as well as a 60% form factor. Absolutely the best of both worlds.
Surprisingly few keyboards out there seem to actually meet these three needs.
aside from my main requirements, here are some Pros and potential cons:
Affordable. For many people spending over $40 on a keyboard may be a tough pill to swallow, but in the mechanical world $100 is considered a very reasonable price. This keyboard types great, and has the features of a much more expensive board - absolutely worth the price.
Good keyswitches. These aren't on the same impeccable quality level of a cherry mx switch crafted with precision German engineering that looks like it is straight out of the future, but I have to say I don't know if I would be able to even tell the difference.
really good material feel. key plastic feels great, case is satisfyingly solid. got the one with aluminum siding which feels very nice.
USB C plus is really nice, and fits firmly into the side of the case in an aesthetically pleasing fashion.
It may take a bit to get used to the placement of the DEL, PG UP, PG DN, Home, and End keys. at first I found myself hitting the page up key when I meant to backspace, but its nbd over time. its honestly a really small price to pay for having full keyboard level utility in a near 60% formfactor.
aluminum siding is not structural. It really looks like it would be based on the description, but its actually not. that said, the plastic frame is already far more solid than you would ever actually need it to be so its not a big priority.
Its a very tall, perfectly horizontal frame with the feet stowed, and a very very tall angled one with the feet in use. For people who like to rest their wrists while typing, this will be an issue if you don't have a pad. For me personally its kind of a surprise positive, since it basically causes me to hover type 100% of the time, which I'm told is better for your wrists than a normal wrist resting position.
All in all, this feels like a $150 keyboard that someone accidentally is selling at less than cost. Its very good. 75% form factor is the way of the future, mark my words.
This is my first mechanical keyboard, so I can't compare to others, but I love it, especially the flexibility that having 3 bluetooth profiles gives you when switching between machines. Great typing experience too.
This is my first Mechanical Keyboard, I didn't want to get something ordinary or something boring, Keychron K2 is just something else, it blends the classic and modern aesthetic into something that works seamlessly. For someone who owns a Mac, iPad, iPhone, Windows PC and Android Phone it really fit my needs very well. Finally, just to note I got the Blue Switch as it was the most unique as you type you can feel every single key and the loud click is just a feeling of satisfaction every time you use it, Blues are not for everyone though but I highly suggest you try it. Overall, its a great keyboard for everyone and everyone should get one, immediately!
Amazing keyboard and amazing value
Great overall keyboard. Being able to connect it to multiple devices allows to have a single keyboard on my desk. Having a numpad is very useful when working with numbers. One small problem is that one of the keycaps had a tinly chip in it but no functional problems. Would highly recommend!
Keyboard with excellent construction, incredible battery life, if I knew I would have bought it before.
I have the first version of the K2, and this keyboard is even better, wirh better BT connectivity and overall better build quality. Love it!
Excellent product. Almost feel no latency for Bluetooth.
Got exactly what I wanted, and love the size and features of the keyboard.
This keyboard arrived yesterday and I have been obsessively using it ever since. It's extremely satisfying to type on. I was pleased to realize it can store 3 bluetooth profiles - something I didn't previously pickup on while doing research.
If you're thinking about getting a Keychron, I highly recommend it based on my experience so far with the K4 and what I've read from others. The only think I'm really adjusting to is a new keyboard layout but I was previously switching between 2 full size and a Surface Go type cover. The K4 is now my daily driver on 3 devices at home and work.
Thank you Keychron for the great keyboard and fantastic support!
The best mechanical keyboard i have ever used
Awesome keyboard. Worked straight out of the box!
Absolutely love my keyboard!!
I back this keyboard from Kickstarter with brown switch. It work very well with my devices.
I can switch across my MacBook and iPad seamlessly!
Great Job Keychron!
Received my keyboard within 6 days, great support team because they replied my email within 24 hours, i like the switches and keycaps they feel great! love the keyboard quality and consistent key switch while typing across the keyboard. Would be great if Keychron can release software to control keyboard rgb lighting like Corsair did.
The delivery was fast, I think it took less than a week to Singapore. At first, I find the travel to be too short since I was coming from the Logitech G413. The workaround for the short key travel was by adding a stand at the back of the keyboard so it's raised and angled 20° or so.
I remember how impatient I was to receive my first mechanical keyboard. K2 has a solid feel and I never looked back ever since. Happy to be their backers on Kickstarter!
Summary at the very end. Here's some Literature.
I literally am annoyed every single time I can tell when my old Mac Magic keyboard (you know the old wired one) can't handle my inputs in a DAW, I can't stand when that happens because I don't register a full Chord when I'm laying down tracks at a pace where I don't want to have to go back to click in the notes I couldn't have ever played at the same time. Keyhchron Gets it! N-key Rollover (or enough rollover for my 10 fingers (usually 8 at a time making chords, if that) and I am perturbed that the people of the world aren't experiencing how fast you can type with this little amount of actuation distance.
I would recommend a hotswap board and going full a-wall on some Kailh Choc Switches. But these are just fine, and the reds are like Kailh Reds, but you know, the build quality is PHENOMENAL!!!! Like this is the keyboard to get! It has a flat enough bottom so that if you want to add feet, or a ESC Computer Keyboard Stand it adheres so well, it might as well not have a stand. I ran into problems when it was not on a stand, but I seem to like tons of angle on my keyboards so I don't call that a Miss, I call the design too good for feet, and preferences vary. That being said, I would use an wrist rest, a very very very minimal one (something like 2 corrugated cardboard thick) just so you avoid hitting the control key on your left hand. That's only if you angle the keyboard like I do. That's probably just me being lazy, but adding angle decreases the chance of that minor little setback. I would recommend some less flat-keys to swap out, these keys are still great, though. My windows Keys came snapped off, and I mean, you get what you get from such a small company, but they allowed me to receive it with my next buy, waiting on that, but as a windows user... I do love the Mac layout and Windows layout both for certain programs. Having the option for both is EPIC!!!! I hope this keyboard stays on my desk for many years to come. It reminds me of how easy to type a mac keyboard was, without the failure rate of the scissor switches. I would make more options for lighting, though! Also Kailh Choc Low Profile Keycaps fit on this keyboard (tested it).
This keyboard transformed me from a guy looking for the best keyboard I can buy to a keyboard enthusiast. I've been around the internet with this keyboard and I've talked to many people and everyone loves their Keychron (if shipping doesn't distroy it!)
I am right there with Nadur (Hot-Swap) That would be a really cool concept.
Summary: Great Keyboard for gaming, typing, as well as DAW use. Got red switches, Broken Windows Keys
Slow Customer Service, but I got a response, shipping sucks because of Covid, other than that, solid. I won't discount anything for such a small company, with such good build quality. I want to purchase some blanks and design some keys! :D
This keyboard is gorgeous. I love the switches and it has improved my typing speed. My only complaint is my space bar. If I don’t hit the key right in the middle... I get no letter. I really would like a fix for this.
I bought the Keychron K4 RGB Backlight Aluminum Frame with Brown Gateron switches and I absolutely love it! I first heard of this company because I watch MKBHD on youtube and he has a K2 keyboard.
I got a mechanical keyboard from another site a few years back and I love the sound it makes but it has blue switches, so it's super loud. I wanted to get another keyboard that still has a satisfying sound but is much quieter. This did not disappoint. I got the K4 instead of a different option specifically for the number keypad. I use it way more often than expected since I'm a college student and I use the calculator app on my mac while doing assignments.
This feels really well made and the lights are awesome. I was shocked with how many different light options there are.
Highly recommend this one.
Also, I recommend getting the K4 Keycap Set if you don't love the brown colored key caps. I ordered it alongside my keyboard and immediately switched out most of the keys to be grey so that only a select few were brown (or orange if you include the esc and light keys). I love that this was an option, but make sure you buy the aluminum frame keyboard, otherwise the keycap set will just mirror what you already have.