The Keychron K2 Mechanical Keyboard is the perfect keyboard for people who want a stylish look and a fantastic typing experience. Purists love the sleek, compact design and the audible click. It’s a fantastic mechanical keyboard that you can use wired or wireless. It’ll fit into an office environment or an awesome gaming setup. Let’s get into our Keychron K2 mechanical keyboard review.
Table of Contents:
- What’s In The Box?
- Mechanical keyboards For Professionals And Gamers
- Who are Keychron? The Best Minimalist Mechanical Keyboards
- Great Build Quality
- The Best Mechanical Keyboard For Typing Pro’s
- The Best Mechanical Keyboard for Programming
What’s In The Box?
We were sent the Keychron K2 with blue switches. Inside the box you get:
- Keychron K2 Keyboard
- Key removal tool
- Windows Keycaps
- Orange Keycap
- USB C charging cable
Mechanical Keyboards for Professionals & Gamers
Mechanical keyboards are the choice of both professionals and hardcore gamer types. This is mainly due to their high quality feel and greater degree of accuracy.
The Keychron K2 Mechanical RGB is no exception to the above. Designed from the ground up by Keychron, it’s an exceptional keyboard that managed to grab headlines for being the most funded keyboard in Kickstarter history. It raised over $1,000,000 with over 11,000 backers. I’m willing to bet that the backers are either gamers or pro typists.
It’s easy to see why. Gamers love the RGB backlighting and the purists love the tactile feedback and audible click you get with a real solid mechanical keyboard. The K2 ticks both of those boxes.
Who Are Keychron? The best minimalist mechanical keyboards on the market
The company was formed in 2017 by a group of self confessed keyboard enthusiasts. Between the team members they have nearly 20 years experience in the Keyboard industry. Their mission is simple, they’ve dedicated themselves to creating the best minimalist mechanical keyboards on the market. I think they may have already succeeded.
Fantastic Build Quality of the Keychron K2
I love quality. The sheer joy of buying something that feels like such a premium product is something not to be sniffed at. The Keychron K2 is an absolute thing of beauty. The quality of it has to be seen and felt to be believed. Try and twist the keyboard if you don’t believe us, there’s no flex whatsoever. It doesn’t feel cheap and it doesn’t type like a cheap £10 keyboard either.
Mechanical Keyboard For Typing Pro’s
When it comes to finding the best performing keyboard for typing, mechanical keyboards are amazingly responsive as well as highly accurate. The best keyboards also have a whole host useful features, such as long battery life (for wireless keyboards) and n-key rollover so that each keypress is correctly detected.
Keyboard Speed Typing Test
I performed a speed test and compared two keyboards. I chose the Corsair K55 RGB as my control keyboard. I was able to achieve 60 words per minute with a 95% accuracy. The Corsair K55 RGB is no slouch! Was I able to beat that score with the K2?
When I switched to the Keychron K2 my speed increased as did my accuracy. I was able to achieve 72 words per minute and a 97% accuracy score! It really is a great keyboard for typing pro’s.
It’s also important to note that I did my typing test on the K2 using the ANSI/USA layout. The ISO/UK layout is scheduled for launch for the UK market Mid Jan 2020.
The Best Mechanical Keyboards For Programming and Coding
In the past few years, mechanical keyboards have become increasingly popular among PC gamers and typists who want a particular feel when using their machines. They are also perfect for software developers who want a particular feel and accuracy when writing code.
Just before KeyboardCo loaned me this keyboard I’d already written an article discussing the best keyboards for software development. It’s well worth a read and I’ve now added the Keychron K2 to that list.
What makes this Keyboard ideal for coding is that it can be used on a variety of devices.
A Lot of developers I know use the Macbook Pro for their front end dev work. I prefer to use a Windows PC for development work. I tested on a Windows 10 machine and a Mac Mini 2017. It connects seamlessly via bluetooth or the included cable.
Overall Scores: (Scores out of 10)
Build Quality: 9.5
Ease of Use: 10
Also, as I’m feeling generous yet fair. The Keyboard should also get a bonus for the amazing battery life and connectivity attributes.
If you’re looking to upgrade your current mechanical keyboard, take a look at Keychron’s K2. The keyboard we trialled for this review was kindly lent to us by Keyboard Co.
KeyboardCo have been the go to mouse and keyboard specialists since 1989. They offer a vast array of keyboards from mechanical all the way to assistive and educational keyboards. One good thing about them (amongst many) is that they actually know what they are talking about! Check them out below.
Please note we have not been paid to write this post. We were sent a keyboard on a loan basis and the keyboard was returned.