If you stay up-to-date on the newest mechanical keyboard releases, then should already be excited about the Keychron K6. If not, we’re going to go over all the features and explain why this keyboard is the one we are most excited about for 2020.
What is the Keychron K6?
The Keychron K6 is a 65% sized keyboard, which means it does not come with a numberpad or the very top row that comes on standard keyboards. The overall design is very similar to the Keychron K2, but instead of being a tenkeyless layout (meaning no number pad), the K6 it is scaled down to smaller, more bit-sized 65% layout.
The K6 is absolutely packed with features and Keychron has made it possible to customize many parts of the keyboard including the base, backlight, and switch type. The keyboard has both Bluetooth wirless and wired options.
We’ll breakdown each feature a bit more below.
Loaded with features, the K6 and allows you to customize whether you want a lighter, cheaper plastic base or a more sturdy, pricey aluminum base. The aluminum base will give the keyboard a more solid feel and may be better if you plan on primary keeping the keyboard in one place.
The plastic base is a few ounces lighter and is better if you plan on using the wireless capability more or want to take it on the go. The lighter weight makes the keyboard easier to carry and more portable.
Overall, the aluminum base will cost about $10 more.
Are you a fan of RGB lighting? This seems to be a friction point amongst many keyboard enthusiasts. Some tend to love different color backlighting options, while others tend to find the extra lights distracting and feel as though it cheapens the look of the keyboard.
Well, with the Keychron K6, you will have the option to choose between RGB or white backlight options.
Whether you want a sleeker, “Apple store” type-look with white backlighting or a more exciting light-show style of keyboard, the choice is up to you.
It’s worth noting the RGB backlight comes with 18 different backlight effects, so there is something there for everyone.
Mac users, this is your time to rejoice. Like the K2, this keyboard will have full compatibility with Apple products. There is a sliding button located on the side of the keyboard to activate whether the keyboard will be used with an Apple or Windows computer.
There are also Mac multimedia keys available for purchase as well.
This will make the keyboard run smoother with both operating systems and give the user a better experience, regardless which one they use.
Being able to connect to, and toggle between 3 devices makes the wireless capability of this keyboard quite powerful. A more impressive feature is the 4000 mAh battery.
This battery can last up to 4 weeks without a charge, if you’re not using the backlight, making it one of the longest lasting wireless keyboards on the market.
If you are constantly on the go, or just find constantly plugging in your keyboard to be a hassle, imagine only having to plug your keyboard in once or twice a month. That’s what the K6 is capable of.
If you’ve bought a mechanical keyboard before and picked out a switch you could not stand, to swap them out you would need to disassemble the entire keyboard, then de-solder and remove the old switches.
After that, you would have to install and re-solder the new switches. This can be an extremely time-consuming project for someone relatively new to soldering.
My favorite feature of the K6 is the choice of getting hotswappable switches. It’s easier than ever to swap out keyboard switches. Without having to solder a single switch, all you need to do is pull out the old switches with a switch puller, and press the new ones into the PCB.
The K6 comes with a variety of switch types, including LK optical, Gateron hotswappable, and standard Gateron switches; coming in brown, blue and red colors. The variety of switches really let you choose what sort of feel you want to go for, whether that be linear, clicky, or silent.
The power cable is a detachable USB-C, which is always nice to see. The USB-C is smaller than the other power cable types and is reversible so it’s easier to install. No need to constantly flip the head around, trying to figure out which side faces up.
Adjustable rubber feet angles are also included, so you can incline the keyboard by 6 degrees if you enjoy your keyboard at a slight incline.
There is also 12 multimedia keys included in this keyboard that are available for use.
A keycap puller is also included, which makes removing keycaps much easier.
Since there are so many different customization options, the K6 has several different price points. The general price range for this keyboard is $69-90. There are also options to bundle and purchase more than one keyboard for a better deal.
The K6 is a mid-range priced keyboard, and is great for those looking for a good pound to pound deal.
For a more detailed price breakdown, I would recommend you check out the Kickstarter page here.
The main complaint from the K2 TKL model, are that the keys were a bit too high up and caused some discomfort in the wrist area. To alleviate this, many people said they needed to use a wrist pad. We’re hoping the K6 keys will be slightly closer to the desk to fix this issue, but there is no information about that change happening at this time.
Keychron is predicting they may have some trouble with global shipping and warehouse logistics. So there is chance that some products will be delayed or not ship on time.
If you’re concerned about late shipping, I would recommend contacting the Keychron to get more information.
Where can I buy the Keychron K6?
The Keychron K6 is currently available on Kickstarter. The project has already surpassed the pledge goal of $50,000 and is sitting at a comfortable $230,000. Keep in mind backing a product on Kickstarter can be risky, so I would only do it if you are really excited about the K6.
I personally backed this project because I believe this keyboard will be great product and Keychron has proven in the past they can be trusted. I would just caution everyone out there, including myself to be a little weary when it comes to backing projects on Kickstarter with real money.
A couple of cool pledge milestones are if $300,000 is pledged in total, they will include an extra orange light effect key.
At $400,000+ pledged, the power cable will be braided.
You can expect the product to be assembled and complete by March and arrive at your doorstep in April.
As you can see the K6 is loaded with features, and will make a nice addition to our collection of keyboards. Similar in a lot of ways to the K2, the K6 is a more compact, lighter, and exciting 65% keyboard.
I hope you enjoyed this newer style of post where we talk about which products we are exited for, instead of reviewing a physical product. Of course, when the Keychron K6 arrives in the mail, I’ll make sure to review the product for you all ASAP.
And, as always, happy typing!
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