From Cult of Mac Setups articles, we know Keychron mechanical keyboards are popular among Mac users. The company’s sleek new K7 model promises to continue that trend. Better yet, you can be among the first to grab it in Keychron’s Kickstarter campaign.
The K7 features a 65% compact design, meaning it has 65% of a full keyboard layout. That makes it portable. Keychron designed and built it to have a low profile as well as scads of possible customizations.
Configure it your way
Keychron apparently knows people are nuts about their mechanical keyboards, so it offers many ways for folks to make the K7 their own.
- You can order the K7 with or without RGB backlighting.
- Feel free to pick your own switches, the mechanical bits under the keys that give them their typing feel and sound (e.g., clickety clackety). You get to choose from Gateron low-profile mechanical switches and optical versions. Mechanical switches come in Red, Blue and Brown (each with different characteristics). Optical switches are available in Red, Blue, Brown, Banana, and Mint.
- A “hot-swappable” version lets you easily swap out your keys and switches anytime. So you can change up your typing experience. Keycrhon said the K7 is “the first-ever low-profile Gateron keyboard that offers a hot-swappable option.”
Perhaps some further description from Keychron will help:
The low-profile switches trimmed down the nonessentials of conventional switches without sacrificing their typing experience. In order to make this real, we’ve conducted several design iterations on the K7’s low-profile optical switch structure. Together with the MX style stem and stabilizers on both optical and mechanical versions, the K7 provides an impeccable and consistent typing performance, whether you prefer linear (Red), clicky (Blue), or something in between (Brown, Banana, Mint).
Wired or wireless, Mac or Windows
The new keyboard supports both Bluetooth and wired operation and plays well in both macOS and Windows environments. It comes with Mac multimedia and function keys and three dedicated keycaps for both macOS and Windows. See the layout here.
The K7 can pair with up to three devices at one time, such as a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone. A detachable USB-C cables comes with the keyboard.
How to buy
You can place your order via Kickstarter now (as of July 15, 28 days remain in the campaign). Prices start at $64 and go up, depending on the configuration you select. Keychron said it expects to ship orders in September.