Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black frame with Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black frame with Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black frame with Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey frame with Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey frame with Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey frame with Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled blue frame with Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled blue frame with Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled blue frame with Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black frame with Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black frame with Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black frame with Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black frame with Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black frame with Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black frame with Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey frame with Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey frame with Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey frame with Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey frame with Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey frame with Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey frame with Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled blue frame with Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled blue frame with Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled blue frame with Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled blue frame with Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled blue frame with Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q5 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard knob version 96 percent full aluminum for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled blue frame with Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Keychron Q5 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Regular price Sale price $185.00
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The fully assembled version includes:
  • The keyboard PCB, the case, and the steel plate.
  • Double-shot OSA PBT keycaps (including Mac & Windows keycaps).
  • Gateron G Pro switches.
The barebone version does not include the keycaps and switches.
No discount codes can be used for Q5.

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Customer Reviews

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Sang Lee
great

unlike the q1, the q5 had alot less pinging noise. great job

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Zack Kessler
Great keyboard.. Good price.. And even better with some mods

The Q5 is my first Keychron keyboard (but I have been using and modding mechanical keyboards for a while now), and I am very pleased with the Q5. This 1800 layout is the perfect work keyboard for me since I need a numpad as an engineer but don't use most of the middle cluster keys on a full-size keyboard. I have previously been using the Epomaker GK96s as my work keyboard, but I wanted to upgrade to a metal board with a rotary knob, so this layout was perfect for me. Also, the positioning of the knob on this board is perfect to me because it's position on the Q3 was absolutely horrendous looking (as it wasn't in the corner).

Diving into the board itself, the fact that both case foam and plate foam were included was a nice touch. I love that the PCB is 5-pin hot swappable and supports VIA/QMK. I'm using cherry profile blue-samurai keycaps on my board, so the south-facing LEDs are great and allow me to do so. The stock switches were Gateron G Pro reds (linear gang here), and they were decent. They have a seemingly light layer of factory pre-lube that gets the job done to make them feel and sound slightly better than regular reds, so an average keyboard user would find them very viable. I swapped them out though for Gateron Ink Black V2s that I hand-lubed with Krytox 205g0. Besides the stock switches, the stock stabilizers were merely decent as well. I'd say they're viable enough for most people, especially if you re-lube them yourself to decrease some of their rattle. But I swapped them out for Durock V2 stabilizers that I lubed myself with a holee mod and put on stabilizer pads. This mod in conjunction with my new switches made a huge improvement in the board's sound and typing feel to me, and they were pretty easy to do as this case comes apart very easily in order to get inside the board.

The stock case foam is super thin, so I tried switching it out for a thicker foam that I cut. But, this took away from some of the flexibility of the board's gasket mount, so I switched back to the stock case foam to save that flexible typing feel. I have the Glorious GMMK Pro, which is also gasket mounted, and this Q5's gasket mounting is significantly better and more flexible than the GMMK Pro's (which sucks quite frankly). However, in sound comparison, the Q5 does have slightly more ping to it than the GMMK Pro. Thankfully my switch and stabilizer mods helped the sound profile of the board a lot.

Overall, the Q5 is a great board for it's price (but keep in mind you have to pay $30 shipping which is super annoying and a big knock that Keychron needs to change), but I still highly recommend the Q5. I was originally only going to give the Q5 four stars, but I bumped it up to five because of this board's place in the market. The subtraction of one star was going to be because of the only decent stock stabilizers and the slight ping of the case while typing, but at this price point and the fact that this keyboard is more of an entry-level custom board, I think it does enough to be given 5 stars for what it is. It is very usable stock out-of-the-box, but can also be modded easily to obtain an even better feel and sound.

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Noah P.
A Great Overall Package

The Keychron Q-series has been very popular because of the compelling features, quality, and price. The Q5 continues this trend and offers the same general characteristics of the previous Q-series keyboards, such as a fully aluminum case, south-facing LEDs on a 5-pin hot-swappable PCB, VIA and QMK support, and pre-installed stabilizers. The Q5 also has the iconic rotary encoder knob available.

I am enjoying the Q5 and use it at my office for work. It has a clean, simple design that does not attract a lot of attention, usually people just notice how big it is. I put some layers of painter's tape on the lower case, a layer of paper towel between the included case foam and PCB, and switch pads on the PCB, which all together gives a muted, softened sound profile. I am using pre-lubed Glorious Lynx linear switches and a Keychron OSA profile doubleshot PBT keycap set, both of which I had on hand already. The pre-installed stabilizers are decent, they could use some work but are good enough to get me up and running.

I wish the knob layout was designed differently. The Q3 has excellent knob placement and I don't understand why Keychron could not implement the same here. The knob layout looks awkward and unbalanced compared to the non-knob layout. That said, the knob layout has all the keys I need and none I don't, so I decided to tolerate the odd design to get the knob which is very useful to me.

Overall a great keyboard, barebones or assembled, and the price is quite good too.

Keychron Q5 1800 Compact Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Keychron Q5

Setting the best example for efficient space usage, the Q5 has a compact 96% layout design while retaining all the essential functions and number keys. With its full metal CNC machined body, double-gasket design, and QMK/VIA support, the Q5 is the ultimate choice for an almost full-size keyboard.

Keychron Q5 1800 Compact Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 1800 Compact Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Features of Keychron Q5 1800 Compact Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Customize Your Q5

Choose the keycaps, switches, and more accessories for your Q5

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A Refined Piece of Metal Art

The entire metal body is crafted with 6063 aluminum that is processed through CNC machined, polished, anodized, sandblasted, and undergoes 24 more manufacturing stages to make this solid metal piece of art that is the Q5. 

Keychron Q5 1800 Compact 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 Q5 1800 Compact 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 sound 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 Q4 60% Percent Layout Mini Custom Mechanical Keyboard
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An Epic Core Inside The Keyboard

A brand new ultra-low-power MCU Arm structure that is powerful and armed with 128K Flash to provide more flexibility for developers. The polling rate is up to 1000 Hz out of the box, which makes latency non-existent for the competitive game.

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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 Q5 1800 Compact Custom Mechanical Keyboard
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Switch layouts between macOS & Windows

Built with the Mac users’ experience in mind while still retaining compatibility for Windows devices, the Keychron Q5 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.

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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 Q5'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"

Program Q5 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. 

QMK VIA screen capture of Keychron Q5 1800 Compact Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Get the Q5 keymap working on VIA

To get started, please follow the steps: Download the appropriate keymap JSON file below, open VIA, turn on "Show Design tab" on "Settings" tab, and drag the JSON file into the “Design” tab on VIA to get the Q5 keymap working on VIA.
Since the VIA code for the Q5 is still awaiting approval from Github, it is not yet automatically recognized, you will need to manually download and enter the Q5 keymap.

Note: Only the right JSON file can be input, please find the right version keymap JSON file which matches your keyboard to download.

Q5  Knob Version Keymap JSON Files

Q5 Non-Knob Version  Keymap JSON Files

Hot-swappable

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 Q5's top case has sharper corners to make it much more compatible with third-party keycaps.

Barebone US layout of Keychron Q5 1800 Compact 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 Q5 version fitted with factory pre-lubricated Gateron G Pro switches, a smoother travel experience is guaranteed for you.

Gateron G Pro Switch Features
All New Screw In PCB Stabilizers

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 Q5 also supports third-party stabilizers, including Cherry or Durock.

ANSI & ISO Layouts

ISO layout is widely used in Europe while the ANSI layout is widely used by the rest of the world.

Note: If you live in Europe, we recommend you purchase the "Barebone ISO” version with the corresponding ISO keycaps. The "Barebone ISO” is suitable for all ISO keyboard countries like the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, etc.

ANSI Layout

ISO Layout

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Typing Sound Test

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Different Versions

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What's in the box?

Keychron Q5 1800 Compact Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q5 1800 Compact Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Specs

Width145 mm
Length390.4 mm
Front Height20.2 mm  (without keycaps)
Back Height33.4 mm (without keycaps)
Feet Height2.4 mm
Angle5.2°
Weight2310 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
ConnectivityType-C
CableType-C cable + Type-A to Type-C adapter
Operating Environment-10℃ to 50℃
Keychron Q5 User Guide

Learn more about the Keychron Q5 such as the Q5 shortcuts, assembling the Q5, factory reset, and more in the FAQ section.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
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Sang Lee
great

unlike the q1, the q5 had alot less pinging noise. great job

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Zack Kessler
Great keyboard.. Good price.. And even better with some mods

The Q5 is my first Keychron keyboard (but I have been using and modding mechanical keyboards for a while now), and I am very pleased with the Q5. This 1800 layout is the perfect work keyboard for me since I need a numpad as an engineer but don't use most of the middle cluster keys on a full-size keyboard. I have previously been using the Epomaker GK96s as my work keyboard, but I wanted to upgrade to a metal board with a rotary knob, so this layout was perfect for me. Also, the positioning of the knob on this board is perfect to me because it's position on the Q3 was absolutely horrendous looking (as it wasn't in the corner).

Diving into the board itself, the fact that both case foam and plate foam were included was a nice touch. I love that the PCB is 5-pin hot swappable and supports VIA/QMK. I'm using cherry profile blue-samurai keycaps on my board, so the south-facing LEDs are great and allow me to do so. The stock switches were Gateron G Pro reds (linear gang here), and they were decent. They have a seemingly light layer of factory pre-lube that gets the job done to make them feel and sound slightly better than regular reds, so an average keyboard user would find them very viable. I swapped them out though for Gateron Ink Black V2s that I hand-lubed with Krytox 205g0. Besides the stock switches, the stock stabilizers were merely decent as well. I'd say they're viable enough for most people, especially if you re-lube them yourself to decrease some of their rattle. But I swapped them out for Durock V2 stabilizers that I lubed myself with a holee mod and put on stabilizer pads. This mod in conjunction with my new switches made a huge improvement in the board's sound and typing feel to me, and they were pretty easy to do as this case comes apart very easily in order to get inside the board.

The stock case foam is super thin, so I tried switching it out for a thicker foam that I cut. But, this took away from some of the flexibility of the board's gasket mount, so I switched back to the stock case foam to save that flexible typing feel. I have the Glorious GMMK Pro, which is also gasket mounted, and this Q5's gasket mounting is significantly better and more flexible than the GMMK Pro's (which sucks quite frankly). However, in sound comparison, the Q5 does have slightly more ping to it than the GMMK Pro. Thankfully my switch and stabilizer mods helped the sound profile of the board a lot.

Overall, the Q5 is a great board for it's price (but keep in mind you have to pay $30 shipping which is super annoying and a big knock that Keychron needs to change), but I still highly recommend the Q5. I was originally only going to give the Q5 four stars, but I bumped it up to five because of this board's place in the market. The subtraction of one star was going to be because of the only decent stock stabilizers and the slight ping of the case while typing, but at this price point and the fact that this keyboard is more of an entry-level custom board, I think it does enough to be given 5 stars for what it is. It is very usable stock out-of-the-box, but can also be modded easily to obtain an even better feel and sound.

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Noah P.
A Great Overall Package

The Keychron Q-series has been very popular because of the compelling features, quality, and price. The Q5 continues this trend and offers the same general characteristics of the previous Q-series keyboards, such as a fully aluminum case, south-facing LEDs on a 5-pin hot-swappable PCB, VIA and QMK support, and pre-installed stabilizers. The Q5 also has the iconic rotary encoder knob available.

I am enjoying the Q5 and use it at my office for work. It has a clean, simple design that does not attract a lot of attention, usually people just notice how big it is. I put some layers of painter's tape on the lower case, a layer of paper towel between the included case foam and PCB, and switch pads on the PCB, which all together gives a muted, softened sound profile. I am using pre-lubed Glorious Lynx linear switches and a Keychron OSA profile doubleshot PBT keycap set, both of which I had on hand already. The pre-installed stabilizers are decent, they could use some work but are good enough to get me up and running.

I wish the knob layout was designed differently. The Q3 has excellent knob placement and I don't understand why Keychron could not implement the same here. The knob layout looks awkward and unbalanced compared to the non-knob layout. That said, the knob layout has all the keys I need and none I don't, so I decided to tolerate the odd design to get the knob which is very useful to me.

Overall a great keyboard, barebones or assembled, and the price is quite good too.