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Will Keychron’s new Q2 finally tempt you to get a mechanical keyboard?

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The new Keychron Q2 is a tad smaller than the Q1, but just as customizable.
The new Keychron Q2 is a tad smaller than the Q1, but just as customizable.
Photo: Keychron

Keychron, already known for affordable mechanical keyboards that work easily with both Mac and Windows, turned some heads when it came out with the high-quality, heavily customizable Q1 mechanical keyboard a few months back. Now, in case that didn’t get you to try going mechanical, the Hong Kong-based company is out with the sleek new Keychron Q2.

Keychron Q2 mechanical keyboard: smaller but just as customizable

As with the Q1, the new Q2 targets creators and anyone who wants a high-end typing accessory that isn’t too big. However, the new one is a little smaller, using a 65% layout rather than the Q1’s 75% layout.

With the Q2, you won’t get a dedicated numpad, navigation keys (not to be confused with the arrow keys) or function row. The Q1 has the function row. Both now feature a multifunction knob, whereas the Q1 originally didn’t.

Like the Q1, the Q2 features a fully customizable design. You can adjust and swap out each component to get the kind of typing experience — the tactile feeling of the keys and their volume — that you prefer.

Other convenient specs

Keychron crafts the Q2 model from 6063 CNC-machined aluminum. To make a durable, customizable device, the company includes double gaskets, a hot-swappable key design, screw-in stabilizers, RGB support, OSA PBT keycaps and QMK/VIA support.

The company said its switch from ABS to PBT keycaps gives you a more durable set to type on. And adding the new, programmable knob in the upper right corner gives you another way to customize certain functions, like adjusting your computer’s volume or zooming in on your screen.

And, as with the Q1, the Q2 features a simple, dedicated switch on the back of the keyboard that lets you quickly toggle between Mac and Windows keyboard layouts.

Keychron gave the keyboard’s PBT keycaps a non-shine-through design and outfitted the keeb with south-facing RGB lights for backlight.

You can get the sleek keeb in three color schemes: Navy Blue, Carbon Black and Space Grey.

The keyboard is priced at $189, though it is currently discounted to $179. You get a few purchasing options on Keychron’s website, including the full assembled keyboard (with or without knob) at the full price or a barebones version costing $149.

Price: $149 barebones, $179 fully assembled

Where to buy: Keychron