K8, RGB Backlight Aluminum Frame, Gateron G Pro Mechanical Brown switches
Can't overstate how much I love this keyboard. Visually, it's stunning from the unboxing to the lighting profiles. The Gateron mechanical switches are responsive, satisfying, and sound wonderful. Key replacement and cleaning is as easy as it gets.
If you don't know what switches you like, use it for a mix of heavy typing and casual gaming, or just want a pleasant sound that won't annoy others, get the brown switches. Get blue if you prioritize typing and live alone on half an acre. Supposedly red is best for heavy gaming.
The aluminum body was definitely worthwhile, making it feel sturdier, more stable, cool to the touch compared to plastic, and probably contributing to the sound profile.
The bassy taps drew my family, who had grown sick of my previous 6-year-old plastic, clicky, almost wheezy keyboard that I worked and played at for 10+ hours a day, and now they all want one.
Satisfied Owner of Two, Likely Soon Three, Keychron K8s
Since i first used mechanical keyboards (for work mostly) i was addicted to it. the haptics, the precission, the details for performance.. i love it. i love my work and after work i love to play. from time to time i found out that i have more requirements to my keboard. it needs to be easy to clean. it should have the option for wireless connectivity (via bluetooth), it should run battery friendly. it should be connectable to at least 2 devices fastly. i also prefere the tenkeyless versions, brown switches, backlight and german key layout.. for these criteria there are still some alternatives on the market. but the details are what made me by this the k8. the quality is quite good, even the plastic frame. the typing noise is low (at my earliery keybord i need to apply some extras to achive this, but lost precission :( ). the keyboard is clear and the key colors are helpful but know that that they are a tool and not art.
so in range of high quality keyboards with my requirements this is the best i found and im verry happy.
But i have one issue with it. the wire port. the usb-c wire port is lowered so i can not apply my magnetic adapter (the space around the port is tiny).
I is use the magnetic plug to connect the keyboard and other battery powered device to charge them on regular bases and to use the wired mode without stressing the port. i also can fill the gap between micro usb and usb-c.
The lowered usb port was made to give the special keychron wire more hold, which is a nice idea, but it reduces the universability of the usb.
It would be better if this feature is fully implemented in the special wire only. hopefully this will be thought about in the next version.
If you dont use magnetic plugs. this wont be a downside for you.
K8 80%, Gateron Mech Mechanical Brown Switches, RGB Backleight, Plastic Frame.
I've deliberately waited with writing me review. I remember being drawn to this keyboard after watching some youtube videos and was pretty much hyped about it. I would like to point out that this is my First mechanical and I've chosen the Brown Switches. Basically, I've had this keyboard for a year now, doing programming on it basically every day, spilled coffe on it 3 times, spilled beer on it 2 times, tried to pull out the keycaps even though mine are soldered on, took it apart and put it back together a few times and probably more. Despite everything it's been through, there was never an issue with it. Just the way it connects so fast, how the lighting looks when it turns on, how easy it is to then swap the lighting, all that without any software, how long the battery lasts, how well chosen are the colors in static mode, the build quality, basically everything is just great. There were multiple occasions when people would come to my house, want to do something on the computer and insatntly complimented the keyboard. This is the only time I can say I didn't feel disappointed with a product.
Fantastic keyboard. Been using one for work now for a while, tried a variety of different mechanical keyboards for home. None are as good as the Keychron K8. So just ordered another one for home too!
(Gateron Optical Brown Switches)
Yes, my third Keychron keyboard after having K6 and K3. I feel that I should give a TKL Mechanical keyboard a try. Yes, after K6, why not try something bigger, K8 RGD Backlight Aluminum Frame CGateron Optical (Hot-Swappable)? Now it has more space between keys and sounds beautifully after sound damping and switch lubing. Now I understand that both Normal Profile and Low Profile keyboard charging cable is different. I hope that in the future, Keychron would offer a similar cable in order for Keychron users to interchange the cable with their different keyboards.
The K8 has included keycaps for both Windows and Mac operating systems. Gateron (Hot-swappable) version comes with Gateron switch pre-installed.
A TENKEYLESS WIRELESS MECHANICAL KEYBOARD
Engineered to maximize your productivity with most popular TKL layout. The hot-swappable option on Optical and Mechanical switches offers the freedom to easily personalize your typing experience without soldering.
WIRELESS AND WIRED MODES
Connects with up to 3 devices via Bluetooth and switch among them easily. With high reliable and broad compatibility Broadcom Bluetooth 5.1 chipset, the K8 is best to fit home, office and light gaming use while connecting with your smartphone, laptop and iPad. It also has wired mode with USB Type-C connection.
Hot-swappable means to customize your typing experience without soldering, just pop them in and it’s done.
*The Gateron (Hot-swappable) and Gateron Optical keyboard versions support altering switches.
Socket of Gateron (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.
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.
Designed with versatility in mind, you can access your smart assistant with the dedicated Siri or Cortana key on the K8.
The two adjustable angled rubber feet are greatly enhanced productivity.
The K8 comes with a battery capacity of 4000mAh. The K8 can last up to 240 hours typing (backlight off).
MECHANICAL OR OPTICAL?
Durable Gateron G Pro mechanical switch with a 50 million keystroke lifespan to provide an unrivaled tactile responsiveness
K8 comes with 2 different Optical switches that offer a smooth and tactile typing experience just like the mechanical switches.
Gateron Optical V2 Switch
The hot-swappable* Gateron Optical Version 2 switch keyboard lets gamers play at warp speed of on linear red / clicky blue / tactile brown switches and an lifespan longevity of up to 100 million keystrokes with an unrivaled tactile responsiveness.
*Gateron Optical switch is hot-swappable and compatible with Gateron Optical switch only, NOT compatible with any mx style mechanical switch and Keychron Optical switch.
The blue and brown switch comes with an lifespan longevity of 60 million keystrokes
Keychron Optical Switch
The Keychron Optical switches are crafted for those who demand millisecond precision at a competitive price. The 0.2ms latency lets professional gamers play at warp speed whether they prefer the linear Red switches, clicky Blue switches or in something between (Brown switches). It’s 100 million keystroke lifespan ensures long-lasting durability; which is double that of competing switches.
*The Keychron Optical switch is hot-swappable and compatible with Keychron Optical switch keyboard only, NOT compatible with any mx style mechanical switch and Gateron Optical switch.
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.
Reviews are in.
Number of Keys: 87 keys
Switches: Gateron G Pro Mechanical / Gateron Optical
Number of Multimedia Keys: 12
Frame Material: ABS / ABS+Aluminum frame
Keycap Material: ABS
Keycap Profile: OEM
Polling Rate (Wired Mode): 1000Hz
Polling Rate (Wireless Mode): 90Hz
CONNECTIVITY AND POWER
Backlit Types: 18
Backlit: Adjustable 4-level RGB backlit
Battery: 4000mAh Rechargeable li-polymer battery
BT Working Time (Backlit off): Up to 240 hours (Lab test result may vary by actual use)
BT Working Time (Single LED): Up to 68 hours (Lab test result may vary by actual use)
BT Working Time (RGB): Up to 72 hours (Lab test result may vary by actual use)
Connection: Bluetooth and Type-C cable
Bluetooth version: 5.1
Bluetooth Device Name: Keychron K8
Compatible System: macOS/Windows
Dimension (Plastic frame version): 355 x 123mm (13.9 x 4.84 inches)
Weight: About 740g / 26.1oz
Dimension (Aluminum bezels version): 359 x 127mm (14.1 x 5 inches)
Height incl. keycap (front) 35mm (1.37 inches)
Height incl. keycap (rear) 42mm (1.65 inches)
Weight: About 887g / 31.2oz
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 Optical and Hot-swappable version only)
1 x User Manual
Learn how to install a switch on hot-swappable board properly