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Keychron K1 experience: Bluetooth mechanical keyboard, very thin, good support for Mac


Keychron K1 is a rare wireless mechanical keyboard that supports Mac with standard layout as well as Windows and other mobile platforms. This product came out of the Kickstarter fundraising campaign and began selling for $ 74 for the TKL white LED version to $ 94 for the version on hand below:

The version of Keychron K1 I am using is a wireless 104-key full-size version. This version is actually only suitable for use on the spot with many devices at the same time. If you like to bring, you should choose to buy TKL version or small size mechanical keys.

What is Keychron K1?




It is a slim design keyboard, Bluetooth or wired connection and specifically supports Mac. I never use Apple MacBook or computer in general but I have to emphasize the factor of supporting Mac on this Keychron K1 because not many mechanical keyboards on the market support Mac, not to mention the wireless keyboard . In addition, the mechanical keys designed for Macs like Martial series are expensive, very thick, difficult to carry.



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Regarding design, Keychron K1 is not good. Many brothers like to use a mechanical keyboard because of its classic touch, but Keychron K1 looks like a regular, flat, square and monotonous membrane keyboard. The keyboard is only 18 mm thin, half the thickness of a regular mechanical keyboard and the aluminum chassis is made of aluminum, according to Keychron. It was really hard, I tried to twist it but not slack.



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Key design is slightly tilted at an angle of about 5 degrees. Although it does not integrate the anti-tilt change feet, but with this slim design and tilt it is enough to provide a comfortable typing experience. Minh uses this keyboard to type all day, not tired or wrist. 4 small rubber pieces attached under a good anti-slip key on a flat table like a wooden table or glass.



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Quite similar to the Lofree DOT keyboard that I introduced to you last time, Keychron K1 also has 2 buttons located next to the key. One button has the function of turning on / off, switching Bluetooth mode or using a wired connection and the other button makes fast switching between Mac / iOS or Windows / Android. These two buttons are quite hidden and in the situation you use Keychron K1 with both Mac and Windows, the layout transfer is not convenient.



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The Keychron K1 has a built-in battery and uses USB-C charging port and wired connection. This is the plus point because USB-C is the trend. Keychron said that K1 version 107 keys as I am using for 10-hour continuous use with RGB lights on.

Bluetooth connection, fast switching between devices:



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To connect Keychron K1, just press Fn + 1 or 2 or 3. Combine the Bluetooth lamp near the Esc key and connect like any other Bluetooth keyboard. If you connect with 3 devices, when you need to switch back and forth, we also use the combination of Fn + number 1 1 3 3 respectively but just press this combination 1 time. This pairing and switch method is very similar to many current multi-device keyboard models.



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How is the conversion speed between devices? I found that Keychron K1 takes more than 1 second to transfer from one computer to another. This speed is not instant, but it is received. Currently most of the keyboards that support multi-device connection take more than 1 second to switch between devices.

There is one feature when using Keychron K1 is that if left out for a few minutes, the keyboard will automatically return to sleep mode to save battery power, it will also disconnect temporarily. So when you want to re-type, it will still take more than 1 second to reconnect.

Feeling to type Keychron K1:



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To achieve a thinness of 18 mm, Keychron K1 uses a type of Fraly low-profile switch. I just heard of it for the first time and this switch design is very different from Cherry MX's low-profile line and is almost a copy of the Kailh Choc switch.



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The switch used on Keychron K1 is a clicky form (Fraly Blue) and many consider it to be a replica of Kailh Choc White. The flat switch design with full switch thickness is only 11 mm while the Cherry MX Blue switch is usually about 18.5 mm thick. Though thin, Fraly Blue still has a full range of familiar clicky dishes and tactile pump responses. However, the clicky sound was not as loud as the tiny cock and the response was not very clear.



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The total trip key is 3 mm, the trigger point is 1.5 mm while the trip of the Cherry MX Blue switch is 4 mm and the trigger point is 2 – 2.2 mm. Compared to these figures, it can be seen that Fraly Blue's journey is still quite deep, double the journey of a membrane keyboard or laptop, which is only 1.5 to 1.7 mm. The force of Fraly Blue is also very light, only 45g is activated, this force is equivalent to Cherry MX Red but due to the shorter journey and the thinner key feel, I feel it's lighter than Cherry MX Red.



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Equipped with clicky and tactile switches such as Fraly Blue, Keychron K1 is a natural keyboard for typing – typing, chat, slashing, and even playing games. I use this keyboard to work and play games in the evening, I feel like using it to type more than playing games because the short journey makes the keystroke not work. I always have the feeling of a fragile switch, so I lack confidence in the operation.



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Typing the key on the Keychron K1 gives me a feeling of intersection between the membrane keyboard and the mechanical keyboard. With a flat and thin keycap design like a membrane keyboard, I can quickly and quickly swipe keys while still having the characteristic mechanical feel on each key press. However, if you like clicky, you will get bored on Keychron K1 because the typing is slow and you can hear it separately. When you type quickly, the clicky sound becomes noisy or messy. It was like the sound of a brother taking a bunch of plastic bags crumpled together.

Layout keys, keycap and lights:



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I talk about layout and keycap a bit because this will be something that affects more or less the typing experience. Keychron K1 as version 104 keys I am using have a fairly standard layout, it is similar to the layout of a regular full-size keyboard, but there are a few extra buttons like quick opening Cortana / Siri on Windows / Mac, one The button has an icon like screenshot and a button to quickly adjust the light effect.

Airy layout, spacious keys distance, easy stretching fingers, no jail time, reduce fatigue when typing long and fast typing. However, there are some points I have not satisfied on keycap of Keychron K1.



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Keycap is ABS plastic and is a clear plastic block, the key surface is coated with a smooth layer to increase the feeling of typing and characters on the laser engraved key correctly, high-definition character to ensure the keyboard lamp below can clear up clearly. Aesthetically it is fine, but the keycap surface design is flat and the keys are flat, not the stair or contour style, so you will need to be familiar with the layout, the distance between the keys. before you can type fast. In addition, the flat keycap makes the fingers sometimes slip off the keys, for those who have a habit of long fingernails, the typing experience will be more difficult.



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One thing I care about is the durability of keycap, whether it is durable ABS, but the black paint surface may fade over time. Keycap connects to the switch with 2 special mounts, not the easy-to-buy type to replace in the market.



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As for RGB lights, Fraly Blue itself has the optimal design for RGB lamps with the housing housing of the switch made transparent, LED lights integrated inside so the lights emit even and sweet eyes. The lighting effect is good and if you like sesame color, Keychron K1 can respond to dozens of color effects, blinking genres. However, you cannot customize the color on each key, only the preset profile can be used.



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