Q8-C1-Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black Gateron G Pro switch red
Q8-C2-Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black Gateron G Pro switch blue
Q8-C3-Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled black Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled grey Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum blue frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum blue frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum blue frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum black frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum black frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum black frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum grey frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum grey frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum grey frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum blue frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum blue frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum blue frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum black frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled  B Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum black frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled  B Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum black frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled  B Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum grey frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled  B Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum grey frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled  B Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum grey frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled  B Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum blue frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled  B Gateron G Pro switch red
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum blue frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled  B Gateron G Pro switch blue
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum blue frame for Mac Windows Linux fully assembled  B Gateron G Pro switch brown
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux barebone black
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux barebone grey
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux barebone blue
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux barebone black
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux barebone grey
Keychron Q8 QMK/VIA custom mechanical keyboard Alice layout knob version full aluminum frame for Mac Windows Linux barebone blue
Keychron Q8 (Alice Layout) QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q8 (Alice Layout) QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q8 (Alice Layout) QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q8 (Alice Layout) QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q8 (Alice Layout) QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q8 (Alice Layout) QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Keychron Q8 (Alice Layout) QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Regular price Sale price $195.00
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82 in stock

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Color
Switches

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 Q8.

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Customer Reviews

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Fantastic feeling keyboard, but doubtful UX

When I bought the keyboard I was sold by having my first split layout solid keyboard. This thing is gorgeous. I mean it and I own all DAS keyboards and a bunch of duckys. Quality will not disappoint (black A with brown switches), at least in the black version. Knob is fantastic for volume control. It's build like a tank. Heavy, solid metal. Fantastic feeling typing on it........... IF you can find the keys. I'm typing this review on this Alice keyboard now.

My main issue, as a software developer, is the split in the middle. My bad, I never considered: shortcuts. I type really quick, and I guess I'm not a pure typist. My finger will often reach across to find the Y and H and G keys. That is really annoying. But consider worse things such as cmd+h or cmd+y and a ton of shortcuts you can't simply do with this layout. Also the lack of tilde... if you're a software developer and use Slack or Jira etc. you'll know the lack of tilde is painful! The split spacebar, however, has never been a problem.

I will not be returning this keyboard because it's my own damn fault. It's an amazing piece of hardware. It feels amazing. And if you type emails all day this might be perfect. But if you heavily use shortcuts all day,... be careful and mind the gap!

I've already put the Q1 v2 on order, same colour scheme (black A), same switches (G brown). I only hope the build feels as solid as this one. A truly magnificent keyboard, with terrible UX, to me anyway. Alice, back to the drawing board.

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Chris C.
Purchased Silver Grey - A + Knob w/ Brown switches. Absolutely love this keyboard!

TLDR: Really amazing MKB and worth the price tag. I can't stop typing on this board hence why this review is lengthy.

I've been on the hunt for an Alice keyboard since I started getting into MKBs and glad that I waited till Keychron announced that they'll be producing the Q8. Since it's new I can't find much reviews on this keyboard.
Unboxing experience was top notch. Package foam was high quality and all the pieces were neatly organized, had some board that did not understand that importance. They didn't skimp on the quality of the tools, I had some bad keycap and switch pullers in the past and the ones included in the board are a step up.

The board was heavier than imagined but that's due to the materials in the keyboard. I don't mind since this keyboard will be stationed at my desk and won't be taking it outside since the Silver case is so nice and would be a shame to have scratched. No flex on the case of this board which really brings a premium feel. BTW there are no height adjustment on the keyboard but I feel that the natural angle of this keyboard is good enough.

Played around with VIA. Lighting effects on the board are delightful and bright. With the LEDs being south facing it really elevated the experience. It took me a minute to realize that the physical Win or Mac Toggle on the board was to sets the board to Layer 0 or Layer 1. If you play around in VIA you'll get a hang of how you'd like to customize the board. For example I changed the default functionality of the knob to be Page Up & Page Down with the down press as Screenshot for productivity reasons.

It would be nice to get a read out of the keycap sizes for the non-standard keys so I can purchase novelty keycap sets. It would also be great to see a tutorial video of breakdown/assembly. Perhaps in the near future youtubers would be doing a video about this board but it would be great if there was one from Keychron on Day 1 so we can get the ins and outs of the board. Would also like to see the difficulty on changing the knob on the board for future modifications.

If you are curious about Alice styled keyboards you should really give this one a try.

Keychron Q8 65% Alice Layout Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Keychron Q8

Keychron Q8 is a 65% Alice layout all-metal mechanical keyboard. With its all-metal CNC machined body, a full-size layout, double-gasket design, QMK/VIA support, and knob option, the Q8 meets all your practical needs and gives you a high-end typing experience.

Keychron Q8 65% Alice Layout Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q8 65% Alice Layout Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Features of Keychron Keychron Keychron Q8 65% Alice Layout Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Customize Your Q8

Choose the keycaps, switches, and more accessories for your Q8

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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 Q8. 

Keychron Q8 65% Alice Layout 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 Q8 65% Alice Layout 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 oKeychron Q6 Full Size 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 Q8 65% Alice Layout 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 Q8 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.

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 Q8 65% Alice Layout Custom Mechanical Keyboard

You can easily customize the Q8'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 Q8 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. 

Get the Q8 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 Q8 keymap working on VIA.
Since the VIA code for the Q8 is still awaiting approval from Github, it is not yet automatically recognized, you will need to manually download and enter the Q8 keymap.

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

Q8  Knob Version Keymap JSON Files

Q8 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 Q8's top case has sharper corners to make it much more compatible with third-party keycaps.

Barebone US layout of Keychron Q8 65% Alice Layout 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 Q8 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 Q8 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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What's in the box?

Keychron Q8 65% Alice Layout Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q8 65% Alice Layout Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Specs

Width136 mm
Length358 mm
Front Height19.8 mm  (without keycaps)
Back Height31.5 mm (without keycaps)
Feet Height2.7 mm
Angle
Weight1820 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℃
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Keychron Q8 User Guide

Learn more about the Keychron Q8 such as the Q8 shortcuts, assembling the Q8, factory reset, and more in the FAQ section.

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic feeling keyboard, but doubtful UX

When I bought the keyboard I was sold by having my first split layout solid keyboard. This thing is gorgeous. I mean it and I own all DAS keyboards and a bunch of duckys. Quality will not disappoint (black A with brown switches), at least in the black version. Knob is fantastic for volume control. It's build like a tank. Heavy, solid metal. Fantastic feeling typing on it........... IF you can find the keys. I'm typing this review on this Alice keyboard now.

My main issue, as a software developer, is the split in the middle. My bad, I never considered: shortcuts. I type really quick, and I guess I'm not a pure typist. My finger will often reach across to find the Y and H and G keys. That is really annoying. But consider worse things such as cmd+h or cmd+y and a ton of shortcuts you can't simply do with this layout. Also the lack of tilde... if you're a software developer and use Slack or Jira etc. you'll know the lack of tilde is painful! The split spacebar, however, has never been a problem.

I will not be returning this keyboard because it's my own damn fault. It's an amazing piece of hardware. It feels amazing. And if you type emails all day this might be perfect. But if you heavily use shortcuts all day,... be careful and mind the gap!

I've already put the Q1 v2 on order, same colour scheme (black A), same switches (G brown). I only hope the build feels as solid as this one. A truly magnificent keyboard, with terrible UX, to me anyway. Alice, back to the drawing board.

C
Chris C.
Purchased Silver Grey - A + Knob w/ Brown switches. Absolutely love this keyboard!

TLDR: Really amazing MKB and worth the price tag. I can't stop typing on this board hence why this review is lengthy.

I've been on the hunt for an Alice keyboard since I started getting into MKBs and glad that I waited till Keychron announced that they'll be producing the Q8. Since it's new I can't find much reviews on this keyboard.
Unboxing experience was top notch. Package foam was high quality and all the pieces were neatly organized, had some board that did not understand that importance. They didn't skimp on the quality of the tools, I had some bad keycap and switch pullers in the past and the ones included in the board are a step up.

The board was heavier than imagined but that's due to the materials in the keyboard. I don't mind since this keyboard will be stationed at my desk and won't be taking it outside since the Silver case is so nice and would be a shame to have scratched. No flex on the case of this board which really brings a premium feel. BTW there are no height adjustment on the keyboard but I feel that the natural angle of this keyboard is good enough.

Played around with VIA. Lighting effects on the board are delightful and bright. With the LEDs being south facing it really elevated the experience. It took me a minute to realize that the physical Win or Mac Toggle on the board was to sets the board to Layer 0 or Layer 1. If you play around in VIA you'll get a hang of how you'd like to customize the board. For example I changed the default functionality of the knob to be Page Up & Page Down with the down press as Screenshot for productivity reasons.

It would be nice to get a read out of the keycap sizes for the non-standard keys so I can purchase novelty keycap sets. It would also be great to see a tutorial video of breakdown/assembly. Perhaps in the near future youtubers would be doing a video about this board but it would be great if there was one from Keychron on Day 1 so we can get the ins and outs of the board. Would also like to see the difficulty on changing the knob on the board for future modifications.

If you are curious about Alice styled keyboards you should really give this one a try.