Keychron K6 – a review

I love keyboards. I’ve owned hundreds over the years, which might sound like a crazy number, and that is obviously because it is. Today, I think the number is just shy of twenty, not counting older keyboards I might’ve forgotten in a drawer somewhere. Yeah, I might have a problem, but then again, if it weren’t for my keyboard curiosity, I wouldn’t have stepped out of my comfort zone (Keychron K4) and picked up the wireless and mechanical Keychron K6. And, I’ve got to tell you, I love this keyboard.

Being Swedish, and thus preferring keyboards with the Nordic layout, limits the alternatives somewhat. Keychron recently released the K6, which is what they call a 65% sized keyboard, a 68-key model. I got it with Gateron Red switches, and it types really well. This is obviously entirely personal, I’m just happy I’ve found something that feels, and types, well, for me.

The lack of F1-F12, or the function keys if you will, probably bothers some. I don’t miss them, but I will say, from an iPad user’s perspective, that having that fn1 key, which does nothing in iPadOS, is a bit annoying. The fn2 key acts as the globe key, and it’s a bit weird to have that on the right-hand side of the space bar, but I’ve gotten used to it already.

Keychron K6 has the same over-the-top kind of RGB lightning as the K4. I tend to cycle into something modest, sometimes switching to a pulsating one to keep my flow up if I’m struggling to get the words out. The rainbow-like lightning variations aren’t my first choice, but they do look good. As with the K4, there’s a dedicated key to cycle through RGB settings.

Other than that, there’s not much more to say about the K6. It works on bluetooth and wired, there’s a Mac/Windows setting, and you can pair three different devices via bluetooth. I’ve found that useful while working from home, as mentioned in Switch to iPad #92, where I spoke about Universal Control.

All in all, if you’re okay with the 65% layout, and are in the market for a wireless mechanical keyboard, then I’d urge you to check out Keychron K6. The next step for me would obviously to build my own mechanical keyboard. I’m not quite there yet, I just don’t have the time, but we all know it’ll happen, right?

⌨️⌨️⌨️⌨️ out of 5 – Great!

Keychron K6 is $105 on Amazon.

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