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Keychron Q12 Max QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard

SKU: Q12M-M3
$219.00

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Switches

The Fully Assembled version includes:
  • The keyboard PCB, the case, and the PC plate.
  • Keycaps (included Mac & Windows keycaps).
  • Switches.

The Barebone version does not include the keycaps and switches.

No discount codes can be used for the Q12 Max.

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Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Keychron Q12 Max

Meet the Keychron Q12 Max, a full-metal QMK/VIA wireless custom mechanical keyboard featuring a unique 96% layout with a southpaw design. Upgraded with a 2.4 GHz wireless connection at a 1000 Hz polling rate and Bluetooth 5.1, it elevates the typing experience further. Thoughtfully upgraded with multiple layers of acoustic foam, it ensures premium sound quality with every keystroke.

Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Paired with many other premium features,  such as the double-gasket design, PBT keycaps, screw-in stabilizers, and more, the Keychron Q12 Max promises an unparalleled typing journey that transcends expectations. 

Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Left-Handed (Southpaw) Design

Not just for left-handed people, you will also enjoy this design if you are right-handed too because it leaves more room for your mouse and it will be more convenient when using the mouse and numpad at the same time!

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Features of Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Customize Your Q12 Max

Choose the keycaps, switches, and more accessories for your Q12 max.

2.4 GHz & Bluetooth Connection

Experience peak gaming performance on the fly with the 2.4 GHz wireless connection boasting a rapid 1000 Hz polling rate. For seamless multitasking across your computer, phone, and tablet, you can effortlessly connect the Q12 Max via Bluetooth 5.1 to three devices.

Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard

A Refined Piece Of Metal Art

The entire metal body is crafted with 6063 aluminum that is processed through CNC machined, polished, sandblasted, and undergoes 24 more manufacturing stages to make this solid metal piece of art that is the Q12 Max. 

Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Significantly Enhanced Acoustic Foams

Elevate the typing experience with a combination of premium acoustic foams such as IXPE, PET, and Latex. Each keystroke becomes enjoyable, making every tap a delight for the senses.

Easy Assemble

We designed every component to be able to assemble easily so you can customize and adjust each component with ease to create your ultimate typing experience.

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Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard

An Epic Core Inside The Keyboard

A powerful ARM Cortex-M4 chip (MCU) equipped with 256K Flash will provide more flexibility for developers. The polling rate is 1000 Hz right out of the box on 2.4 GHz and wired modes (90 Hz on Bluetooth mode), which makes the latency hardly noticeable even in competitive games.

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. 

Gasket structure of Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Experience the next level of key sounds and comfort with our gasket mount design together with a flexible PC (Polycarbonate) plate. This design combination allows the keyboard to maintain the flexibility of the gasket structure and improves the overall typing sound.

KSA Double-Shot PBT Keycaps

To further fine-tune your typing experience, we designed our unique Keychron spherical-angle (KSA profile) double-shot keycap set with premium non-backlight shine through PBT material, that is oil-resistant and durable for long-term use.

KSA Double-Shot PBT Keycaps
KSA Double-Shot PBT Keycaps
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Suitable for All Devices

Built with the Mac users’ experience in mind while still retaining compatibility for Windows devices, the Q12 Max 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.

Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard
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Keychron Launcher

Program with QMK & Launcher.

The open-source QMK firmware means endless possibilities for key remapping, macros, shortcuts, and more. Now you can easily customize each key with the Keychron Launcher web app.

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Click here to use Keychron Launcher

* Please use the latest version of Chrome / Opera / Edge browser to open the Launcher and connect the keyboard to your device via wired mode.

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Hot-Swppable Feature of Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Hot-Swappable

Every detail matters for a personalized typing experience, that’s why we give you the power. You can hot-swap every switch on the Q12 Max with almost all of the 3pin and 5pin MX style mechanical switches on the market (including Cherry, Gateron, Kailh, Panda, etc.) without soldering required. You can customize your own typing experience in seconds.

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South-Facing RGB

Comes with 22 types of RGB backlight settings. You can further fine-tune the RGB hue, saturation, brightness, effect speed, and different modes, or even remap these keys with QMK/VIA.

Gateron Jupiter Switch

Our exclusive Gateron Jupiter mechanical switch (for the Fully Assembled version only) comes with a 3-pin design, its pre-lubed with a reliable Gateron quality standard with up to 80 million keystrokes lifespan. While their unique LED diffuser design offers high RGB backlight transmittance and softer backlight effect.

The banana switch provides an early tactile bump at the top with a uniquely smooth experience like those Panda switches on the market.

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PCB Stabilizers

No detail is too insignificant when it comes to your fingertip feel. We’ve integrated the PCB-mounted screw-in stabilizers for a smoother typing experience with less wobbliness on the big keys such as the space bar, shift, enter, and delete keys. You can even customize your favorite stabilizers on your own.

PCB screw-in stabilizers of Keychron Q12 Max 96% Layout QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard

Looking for ISO Layout?

The Q1 Pro ISO collection comes with fully assembled keyboards with 🇬🇧UK, 🇩🇪German, 🇩🇰🇫🇮🇳🇴🇸🇪Nordic, 🇨🇭Swiss, 🇫🇷French, and 🇪🇸 Spanish layout, and the “Barebone ISO Knob" 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. 

What's in the box?

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Differences Among the Q Max, Q Pro, and Q Series Keyboards

Specs

Width145 mm
Length409.4 mm
Front Height20.2 mm (without keycaps)
Back Height30.9 mm (without keycaps)
Feet Height2.4 mm
Angle5.2°
Weight2195 g ± 10 g (Fully Assembled version)
Body MaterialAluminum
Plate MaterialPC
KeycapKSA double-shot PBT keycaps, not shine-through (Fully Assembled version)
SwitchGateron Jupiter (Fully Assembled version)
StabilizerScrew-in PCB stabilizer
BacklightSouth-facing RGB LED
MCUARM Cortex-M4 32-bit STM32F402 (256KB Flash)
Battery4000 mAh Rechargeable li-polymer battery
Wireless Working Time (Backlit off)Up to 180 hours (Lab test result may vary by actual use)
Wireless Working Time (RGB)Up to 100 hours (Lowest brightness)
Bluetooth Version5.1
Hot-swappableYes. Compatible with most of the 3 pin & 5 pin MX mechanical switches such as Gateron, Cherry MX and Kailh, etc.
Compatible SystemmacOS/Windows/Linux
Polling Rate1000 Hz (2.4 GHz & wired) / 90 Hz (Bluetooth)
N-Key Rollover (NKRO)Yes for both wireless and wired modes
Connectivity2.4 GHz / Bluetooth / Type-C wired
Bluetooth Device NameKeychron Q12 Max
Operating Environment-10 to 50℃
Keychron Q12 Max User Guide

Learn more about the Keychron Q12 Max such as the Q12 Max shortcuts, assembling the Q12 Max, factory reset, and more in the FAQ section.

Customer Reviews

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jimmy
Absolute Workhorse

Purchased with Banana switches, fully assembled. Overall, extremely happy with the board!
Five months in, and the issue I've had is with the spacebar (was experiencing double presses). Changed the switch to a Cherry MX Black, and no longer have any issues. It's likely that the banana switch is 'too light' for how hard I press and would recommend anyone else who may do the same to consider a heavier switch for that key.

Wasn't sure if I would like the 'southpaw' style at first, but I have found it to be a very enjoyable experience (not having to take right hand off mouse) and now I think it's faster. Also, Seconded for a possible 100% layout version.

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Shiv Sunil
My favorite keyboard and layout

I bought this with the Banana switches, then bought a Mode Sonnet, and to be totally honest, I prefer the Q12 Max by far. Extremely functional and feels great to actually type on. I'd love to see a Southpaw Fullsize layout from Keychron in the future or something that includes slots for all the TKL keys instead of just 5 of them on the right side above the arrow keys.

Keychron Q12 Max QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard 96 Percent Layout Aluminum Black Fully Assembled Knob for Mac Windows Linux Gateron Jupiter Red
Q Max series

Keychron Q12 Max QMK/VIA Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard

From $199.00
The Fully Assembled version includes:

The Barebone version does not include the keycaps and switches.

No discount codes can be used for the Q12 Max.

Type

  • Fully Assembled Knob
  • Barebone Knob

Color

  • Carbon Black
  • Shell White

Switches

  • Gateron Jupiter Red
  • Gateron Jupiter Brown
  • Gateron Jupiter Banana
  • Barebone
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