Keychron's Q2 is a tight look at the popular usable keyboard
Keychron surprised mechanical keyboard fans when he announced the Q1. This was the company's first time on fully integrated keyboards, and we really enjoyed it. Today it is the Q2 version, which is a smaller version (65% or no "function key") of the Q1. Despite the smaller footprint, it sells for the same price, starting at $ 149 for the bare bone or $ 169 if you want it to be fully collected - more cheaper than much of the competition.
When we tested the Q1 we really liked it. It offered the same level of resolution as the highly regarded GMMK Pro for around $ 100 less. That said, the GMMK Pro's selling point (in this author's opinion) is all about these "Lubed Panda" luxury switches and their robust, responsive typing experience. The "Panda" is GMMK's own "switch" for those who do not hang out at Drop and / or use "mech" as the mechanical part of the key - the important part, really, because it that mostly explains how the keyboard "feels."
Like the Q1, the Q2 is compatible with VIA (and hence QMK) configuration software that allows you to remake keys to almost anything, create macros and more. Also like the Q1 (and the growing GMMK Pro and others) there is an option to replace the key on the top right (Enter) with a clickable version for size control and media.
I will admit, after using the GMMK Pro for a while now, I find that the Gateron Reds that came with the Q2 are a bit smooth compared to that, but that's the joy of a keyboard customizable, you can use whatever switches you like (or change out more or less any other part). You could even load it with the Pandas if you like, though that would cost (a lot) extra.
The Q2 is still USB only (wireless) but still compatible with Windows or Mac and the compatible keys for a particular OS are included in the box. It’s also just as rugged and well-built as the Q1 with the all-metal cover. You can choose between three colors: black, gray and navy blue.
Ultimately, the Q2's selling point comes down to whether you would prefer a tight keyboard or access to physical function keys (they are still available here with obvious shortlists) .
Q2 also has some relatively new additions. A keychron is fertile if nothing else. Notably, the lightweight / 70% K14 that is both wireless and has hot-swappable switches is a more affordable off-the-shelf option that sells for a small $ 59. The company recently unveiled their first mouse with the M1. It's very similar to the Razer Viper ($ 39) but also more similar to the Glorious O (also from the same people behind the GMMK Pro).
Orders for the Keychron Q2 are open as of today.
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