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 our thoughts on the newest keyboard from Keychron. We have purchased and reviewed all of the other Keychron models as well, so make sure to check out that post too.
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 75% 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 costs slightly 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 more sleek, “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. We purchased the priciest option, with full RGB, aluminum case, and hot-swap sockets so we could see how the fully-loaded keyboard performed.
For a more detailed price breakdown, I would recommend you check out the Kickstarter page here.
The main complaint from the K2 75% 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. Unfortunately, the K6 aslo suffers from the same issue, even though technically the case is half a millimeter shorter. It’s still quite uncomfortable to use without a wrist rest.
The keycaps were slightly disappointing as well. They are made from a thin ABS plastic and are quite low-contrast as well. We found that by swapping them out for a cheap PBT keycap set really improved the performance and enjoyment of using the keyboard.
The keyboards are also made in China, so due to the current world events, we experience some shipping delays. The keyboard was originally projected to arrive in March, but it didn’t show up until the end of April. If you’re concerned about late shipping, I would recommend contacting Keychron to get more information.
Where can I buy the Keychron K6?
The Keychron K6 is currently available on Keychron’s website. I personally purchased the K6 off of Kickstarter because I was very excited and wanted to get my hands on it first. The project surpassed the pledge goal of $50,000 and hit over $400,0000, which means many other people were very excited about the keyboard as well.
The K6 is not quite available on Amazon yet, but we’ll be sure to include a link from this post once the product is listed.
As you can see the K6 is loaded with features, and is 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. We’re still exploring how we feel the K6 matches up to the other Keychron models, but we’ll be sure to let you know once we’ve had more time to test the keyboard out.
And, as always, happy typing!
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