It seems to be like Keychron is set to cowl each single area of interest within the high-end mechanical keyboard market. Along with the considerably area of interest “1800” structure of the Q5 and the ergonomic “Alice” construct of the Q8, the corporate simply introduced a brand new Q9 mannequin. Don’t let the bigger quantity idiot you. That is a completely tiny “40%” keyboard with simply 4 rows of keys. It additionally preserves all of the premium options of Keychron’s different Q-model choices. It’s up on the market immediately, beginning at $139.
Keychron’s modified model of the 40% structure is just a bit larger for the sake of customers who like much less frequent use of the Fn layer key. It’s, in a phrase, cute — presumably even adowable. The design has a full arrow key cluster plus a house and delete key, with the latter changed by the now-ubiquitous radial dial on the upgraded model. Past that, it’s the acquainted Q characteristic set: a brilliant thick and heavy milled aluminum case, hot-swap switches with full RGB lighting, gasket mounting, and plenty of inside foam for a super-premium really feel and straightforward programming through QMK or VIA.
40% is one thing of an excessive structure, the shortage of a quantity row forcing the person to turn into accustomed to their Perform layers way over on even a 60% board. That stated, it’s confirmed common with lovers who demand the utmost quantity of free house on their desk or of their journey bag. (The fully-assembled board weighs simply over a kilogram, greater than twice as heavy as a typical iPad because of that thicc case). Keychron has made some issues for extra normal customers with the arrow cluster and its typical hard-wired Mac/Home windows swap. Be aware the semi-standard structure — a shortened proper Shift key’s the one oddball on the board, making it straightforward to customise with aftermarket keycaps.
Keychron’s enticing doubleshot PBT OSA keycaps are an accessible add-on in addition to premium pre-lubed Gateron Professional switches. The “barebones” board (with no switches or caps) begins at $139, with the add-on knob model going for $149. Switches and keycaps will value you an additional $30 for both configuration, which is definitely a little bit of a cut price. You’ll be able to order the keyboard in black, silver, or a vibrant navy blue with matching caps, and it is available in ANSI or ISO layouts. For an in-depth take a look at Keychron’s Q collection, remember to try our assessment of the Q5.