Keychron’s newest wired mechanical keyboard is the Q5. It makes use of an analogous building to the superb Q1 and Q2 keyboards which have proceeded it, however with a bigger format that features a numpad. It’s not a conventional full-size keyboard, however the thought with its 1800 format (aka a 96-percent format) is that it provides virtually all the keys a consumer would possibly want whereas nonetheless being comparatively compact.
“There’s at present no inventory full-metal customized 1800 format mechanical keyboard in the marketplace,” stated Keychron COO Paul Tan. “1800 format saves about an inch of house from a full-size keyboard, with out having to take away many keys. It’s the smallest you possibly can go, with out eliminating the quantity pad.” The Keychron Q5 is obtainable as a fully-assembled keyboard for $185, or you may get a “barebones” model with out switches or keycaps for $165. Fashions with a programmable quantity knob price $10 further.
The specs of the Q5 can be acquainted to anybody who’s adopted Keychron’s current forays into premium mechanical keyboards. It’s hot-swappable, which means you possibly can set up or substitute its switches with out the necessity for soldering, and its keys are remappable due to its QMK firmware. It contains keycaps for each Mac and Home windows within the field, and there’s a bodily slider to modify between the 2 working methods. The Q5 connects to your machine by way of a removable USB-C cable.
Most significantly, the Keychron Q5 makes use of an analogous building to what made the Q1 and Q2 such joys to sort on. Its case is aluminum, and its circuit board makes use of a so-called gasket-mounted design to provide it a small quantity of flexibility whereas typing. This design tremendously impacts the texture of Keychron’s Q-series boards. It makes use of screw-in stabilizers to attenuate the rattle from bigger keys just like the house bar, and included silicon pads are designed to scale back any pinging noises whereas typing.
In case you’ve held off on Keychron’s wonderful premium mechanical keyboards till now since you simply can’t quit that conventional numpad, then the Q5 might be an important entrypoint.