I bought the white-backlit version of this Keychron C1, with brown hot-swap switches, from Amazon. Keychron did not have that version in stock. I was very pleased. I even bought some custom keycaps. But I caught the keyboard flu, and decided I needed more. I wanted bluetooth connectivity and the ability to program macros or remap my key layout. So think about whether you might want these before you order the C1 keyboard. I ended up buying a K2 Pro from this website. I'm happy with both these keyboards.
A few miscellaneous comments: 1) I really wish every vendor would supply uniform profile keycaps. The bespoke OEM and "spherical angle" keycaps make it difficult to reuse your keycaps on another keyboard. I knew nothing about this going in. Maybe I'm a caveman typist but I don't see the point of having differently-shaped keys on each row. It'd be great if Keychron offered an XDA profile option.
2) The black keys on this keyboard look bad unless you have the backlight on. I replaced my C1's keycaps with opaque ones because I didn't like seeing those black keys in normal light. 3) Both my C1 and K2 Pro have white LED backlights. The light patterns on the C1 are much more interesting than the K2 Pro's. Not that I use them much, but the C1 has the advantage of having better patterns.
I bought this after a long search for a quality mechanical keyboard that isnt too expensive, i really liked the retro design and tenkeyless layout so i ordered.
And it is even better than i imagined! Its sturdy, very well manufactured, just the right amount of weight, with the feet in/out it doesnt move a millimeter while typing, and it wastes no space!
I also type alot faster now and have a better gaming experience.
I only wish they would offer this in german layout, maybe they can make it happen?
I've been using this keyboard with my MacBook for 6 months now and it exceeded all my expectations. Even with shipping across the ocean it is still a bargain for what you get.
Decided to try out the cheapest version ( retro, no rgb, how swappable ). The main downsides are the switches ( in the retro version they include keychron, not gateron, which are garbage ), and the lack of software or ability to reprogram the 3 top left keys ( cortana/ win logout ). Otherwise a decent board.
I have added some foam into mine ( used the one that came with the board ). The keychron switches in my opinion are terrible. I took the blue ones, and now, after 1 week of owning it already 2 switches lost their clicking noise =/
i've had this keyboard for about 8 months now, and i just love it. i had a logitech g613 before and the warranty process for that keyboard was taking a while, so i got this one as a cheap backup. but my oh my, i fell in love with it. heck, when i got back the logitech, i gave that to my brother cause i loved this keyboard that much. i had the brown switches first, and later switched to box jades. i'm in love with this keyboard and willing to get a q6 next when that one becomes available in my area. i'm really impressed with keychron.
The C1 supports wired mode only
A TENKEYLESS WIRED MECHANICAL KEYBOARD
Engineered to maximize your productivity with most popular tenkeyless layout. The hot-swappable option on Gateron Mechanical switches and Keychron Mechanical switches offers the freedom to easily personalize your typing experience without soldering.
With an easy and reliable USB Type-C connection, the C1 is best to fit home, office and light gaming use while connecting with your laptop or PC.
Legends Never Fade Out
Engineered with double-shot keycap set on White and RGB Backlight versions allow backlight shine through the legends with a subtle feeling.
Please note that the legends on the black and white color keycaps may look slightly different, as the legends on the black keycaps may look less clear on the black keycaps compared to the white keycaps, read more here.
Inclined bottom frame makes the C1 more comfortable to crank out emails or write a novel.
Hot-swappable means to customize your typing experience without soldering, just pop them in and it’s done..
*The C1 Gateron (Hot-swappable) version and Keychron Mechanical (Hot-swappable) version keyboard types support altering switches.
Socket of Gateron (Hot-swappable) and Keychron Mechanical (Hot-swappable) is compatible with almost all the MX style 3pin and 5pin mechanical switches on the market (including Gateron, Cherry, Kailh, etc.). SMD-LED compatible switches are the best for showing the backlights.
Durable Gateron G Pro mechanical switch with a 50 million keystroke lifespan to provide an unrivaled tactile responsiveness
Tenkeyless layout is one of the most popular among mechanical keyboards. It offers convenient access to all the essential multimedia and function keys for Mac and Windows in a compact size.
18 TYPES OF RGB
Engineered with more than 15 types of RGB light and comes with different styles (flashing, breathing, or static white etc) which will match up to your mood.
ONE MORE THING
We are pushing the boundaries to meet the needs of typists, that's we are introducing the C1 Non-Backlight version to our Keychron family.
Solid Retro Feel
Outfitted the C1 Non-Backlight version with retro-inspired color scheme looks as good in the office as it does in the game room.
Comes with a firm and smooth typing feel similar to that of the Gateron Mechanical switches, the C1 Non-Backlit Version shares the same switch compatibility as the C1 Gateron version keyboard.
*Socket of C1 Non-backlit Version is compatible with almost all the MX style 3-pin and 5-pin mechanical switches on the market (including Gateron, Cherry, Kailh, etc.).
Number of Keys: 87 keys
Version: Gateron / Gateron (Hot-swappable) / Keychron Mechanical / Keychron Mechanical (Hot-swappable)
Switches: Gateron G Pro Mechanical / Keychron Mechanical
Number of Multimedia Keys: 12
Frame Material: ABS
Keycap Material: Double Shot ABS / Non-Backlit Version: ABS
Keycap Profile: OEM
Polling Rate: 1000Hz
*Socket of C1 Non-backlit (Hot-swappable) and Gateron (Hot-swappable) are compatible with almost all the MX style 3-pin and 5-pin mechanical switches on the market (including Gateron, Cherry, Kailh, etc.).
Backlit Types: 18 (Exclude Non-Backlit version)
Backlit: Adjustable 4-level RGB backlit (Exclude Non-Backlit version)
Connection: Type-C cable
Compatible System: macOS/Windows/
Dimension: 357 x 130mm
Height with keycap (front) 27mm
Height with keycap (rear) 38mm
Weight: About 685g
Operating Environment: -10 to 50℃
1 x Keyboard
1 x USB-A to USB Type-C Cable
1 x Keycap Puller
1 x Switch Puller (For Hot-swappable version only)
1 x User Manual
Learn how to install a switch on hot-swappable board properly
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