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Keychron Q3 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard

SKU: Q3-C2


The fully assembled version includes:
  • The keyboard PCB, the case, and the steel plate.
  • Double-shot OSA PBT keycaps (included Mac & Windows keycaps).
  • Gateron G Pro switches.

The barebone version does not include the keycaps and switches.
No discount codes can be used for Q3.

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Please note that the knob color may be slightly different from the case (the blue and grey only) as these parts are manufactured separately.

Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Keychron Q3

The Q3 is a fully customizable mechanical keyboard to push your typing experience to the top. With the classic tenkeyless layout, full aluminum CNC machined body, double-gasket design, and QMK/VIA support, the Q3 is designed for premium typing comfort and endless possibility.

Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Features of Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Customize Your Q3

Choose the keycaps, switches, and more accessories for your Q3

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Refined Metal Art

The entire piece metal body is crafted with 6063 aluminum that is processed through CNC machined, polished, anodized, sandblasted, and undergoes 24 more manufacturing stages to make a solid metal art on the desk that is the Q3. 

Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

All-around customizable keyboard

To build a fully customizable keyboard, we designed every component easily assembled. Therefore, you can customize and adjust each component you want.

Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Double-Gasket Design

The Double Gasket Design is a new innovative structure in the industry. In addition to the gaskets on the plates, we added silicone pads between the top and bottom cases to significantly reduce the acoustic resonance between the metals and reduce the noise of the impacted metals. This design allows the keyboard to maintain the flexibility of the gasket structure and improves the overall typing sound. 

Double Gasket Design of Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Programmable Knob

Designed to enhance your creative workflow, the premium rotary encoder allows you to easily customize your favorite keys and macros on the knob through the VIA software.

Rotary encoder function of Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

You can easily customize the Q3's knob to your desired key or macro commands such as: zooming in/out, adjusting screen brightness, brush size, volume, selecting video clips or photos, or backlight hue.

Setting the macros for "zoom in/out"

Using the knob as "zoom in/out"

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OSA Profile Double-shot PBT Keycaps

For the new double-shot PBT keycaps, we built a new profile. It has a similar height to the OEM profile and has an SA-like shape. We named it the OSA (OEM spherical angled) keycap. The PBT keycaps will provide excellent oil resistance, enhance the type feel, and prevent the legends from fading out.

OSA Profile Double-shot PBT Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard
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Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Switch layouts between macOS & Windows

Built with the Mac users’ experience in mind while still retaining compatibility for Windows devices, the Keychron Q3 comes with a system toggle and an additional set of customized keycaps for both Windows and macOS systems. You can now save two different layouts on the keyboard, one for each system.

Program Q3 with QMK & VIA

With full QMK and VIA support, you can easily program and remap each key on the keyboard. The open-source firmware means endless possibilities for keyboard layouts, shortcuts, backlight effects, even the knob, and more. A brand new ultra-low-power Arm structure MCU which is powerful, and armed with 128K Flash will provide more flexibility for developers.

QMK VIA screen capture of Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard


The hot-swappable sockets are mounted on the PCB, so you can install or change the switches without soldering. The PCB supports both 3 pin and 5 pin MX mechanical switches.

South-facing RGB LED Lights

The south-facing RGB LED is designed to better illuminate the keyboard backlight from the typist’s angle with the premium non-shine-through PBT keycaps installed. The south-facing RGB is also free from interference when the users install OEM or Cherry-profile alternative keycaps on the keyboard.

Note: The Q3's top case has sharper corners to make it much more compatible with third-party keycaps.

Barebone US layout of Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Pre-lubed Gateron G Pro Switch

The Optimized molded switch with more precise positioning and less wobble will undoubtedly improve the feel at your fingertips. With the fully assembled Q3 version fitted with factory pre-lubricated Gateron G Pro switches, a smoother travel experience is guaranteed for you.

Gateron G Pro Switch Features ofKeychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Keychron Q3 Special Editions

Except for the Gateron G Pro switch, we are thrilled to introduce more amazing switches to the Keychron Q3 Special Edition Keyboards. The new Keychron K pro switches, the Gateron Baby Kangaroo Tactile switch, the Kailh Box Cream switch, the Kailh Crystal Burgundy switch, the Kailh Midnight Pro Silent switch, and the Kailh Clione Limacina Clear switch provide an extraordinary and silky smooth typing experience with linear and tactile bumps.

Switch Features of Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Special Edition with Transparent Keycap and Switch

Outfitted the Keychron Q3 with industrial-style OSA profile transparent keycaps to provide a perfect backlight effect and engineered with Kailh Clione Limacina switches to offer a better typing feel,  making the Q3 look as good and unique in the office as it does in the game room. 

All New Screw In PCB Stabilizers of Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

All New Screw-In PCB Stabilizers

The screw-in design increases stability and makes it easier for changes and upgrades. Precise craftsmanship makes the stabilizers more stable and less shaky. The big keys’ (space bar, shift, enter, delete) typing experience is now more stable and smooth. The Keychron Q3 also supports third-party stabilizers, including Cherry or Durock.

Looking for ISO Layout?

The Q3 ISO collection comes with fully assembled keyboards with 🇬🇧UK, 🇩🇪German, 🇩🇰🇫🇮🇮🇸🇳🇴🇸🇪Nordic, 🇨🇭Swiss, 🇫🇷French, and 🇪🇸 Spanish layout, and the “Barebone ISO" option is suitable for all ISO countries (e.g.: 🇮🇹Italy, 🇵🇹Portuguese, 🇭🇺Hungary, etc.) to build their keyboard with keycaps in their preferred languages and switches. 

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Sound Test

Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Different Versions

Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard

What's in the box?

Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q3 80% TKL Custom Mechanical Keyboard


Width137 mm
Length365.1 mm
Front Height19.7 mm  (without keycaps)
Back Height32.6 mm (without keycaps)
Feet Height2.4 mm
Weight2000 g ± 10g (Fully Assembled Version)
Body MaterialFull CNC machined aluminum
Plate MaterialSteel
Polling Rate1000 Hz
Keycaps (Fully Assembled Version)Double-shot PBT keycaps, not shine-through, OSA Profile (OEM height, SA shape)
MCUUltra-low-power Arm Cortex-M4 32-bit STM32L432 (128KB Flash)
SwitchesGateron G Pro (Fully Assembled Version)
BacklightSouth-facing RGB LED
Switch SupportHot-swappable (5 pin & 3 pin)
StabsScrew-in PCB stabs
CableType-C cable + Type-A to Type-C adapter
Operating Environment-10℃ to 50℃
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Keychron Q3 User Guide

Learn more about the Keychron Q3 such as the Q3 shortcuts, assembling the Q3, factory reset, and more in the FAQ section.

Customer Reviews

Based on 107 reviews
Mechanically perfect, but stock firmware doesn't work with KVM

This keyboard is really awesome by it's look and feel. However, you might experience some problems with the stock firmware. Stock firmware has "N-key rollover" enabled and while this is nice for gamers it causes problems with KVM. Luckily, keyboard supports open source QMK firmware for keyboards and I was able to (a) set up QMK development environment, (b) change the source code to dissable N-key rollover, (c) compile new firmware and (d) upload my custom firmware to the keyboard. NOW IT IS PERFECT! NOTE: Stock key caps are not translucent so light will not travel through them.

Sharnelle E

Amazing product, feels amazing stock. I got the Shell White and its beautiful. Cant wait to modify it but even as is its perfect

Great out-of-the-box keyboard for getting started with custom keyboards

I ordered the Q3 with Gateron G Pro Reds and with the knob.

Had a Corsair keyboard with silvers before this one, and I must say that I definitely missed out. Hotswap allows for easy switch replacement. I ordered Kailh super speed switches, which I could easily replace some keys with. After using it for 2 months, one switch (Gateron red from prebuild) started to double/triple tap. Switched it out within a few minutes.

The knob is smooth, so large volume changing is easy, yet snappy, which is nice for precise audio volume leveling. However it does require some force to click it. Although, who uses the mute all audio function anyways?

I did need some time to get used to having no numpad coming from a full sized keyboard, but I programmed the right most keys to work as a numpad when holding down fn (only the numbers, as there are not enough keys for the + - / * hehe). Looks way cleaner than a 100% keyboard not gonna lie.

This keyboard is an almost effortless entry for mechanical keyboard interests, who haven't digged into custom keyboards before, by getting a custom keyboard experience with no required assembly. It might not be the best for everyone, but it is pretty good for most.

Oh, and the rgb is pretty nice. They are pretty bright and noticeable, even though the keycaps they come with are not shine-through. And if you don't look a lot at your keys, you won't really need shine-through keycaps anyways if you're in the dark for example.

I don't write reviews a lot but I felt like reviewing this keyboard, as I've used it every day since I got it and I just love it.

Near perfection

I got my Q3 after wearing down some "normal" cherry brown boards (ducky, hyperX, coolermaster). Well, not actually wearing them down.. You get what I mean.
I must say, what a world of difference! I'm totally in love with my Q3. The typing is such a blast! I ordered the pre-build one with gatheron browns, pre-lubed. I ended up doing the tape mod to improve the already perfect experiance even more (highly recommended).
In fact, I love this board so much I bring it with me to my daily job (Software Engineer). You go keychron!


Do not order if you want a headache. Placed an order for THIS KEYBOARD and KEYS ($300+) Only to be reached back in days to make you confirm you purchased to only hold your money. After they declined my purchase for no reason. Save yourself a headache and get something cheaper and faster.