by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.
It was time to get a new Mac keyboard. I’ve been using the same Matias One Keyboard for iPhone and Mac for many years. Back in the day, the Matias had a few unique design features and the keyboard provided a typing experience similar to early Mac computers - think Mac II series. The keys are mushy and have a satisfying and hollow feel when pressed that reminds Mac users of the days when Apple created substantial and bold keyboards; not flat and “tappy” slates of plastic and aluminum. Another unique feature of the Matias One was the built in cradle for an iPhone that could connect to the keyboard via Bluetooth. With a push of a button, I could go from typing on a Mac to answering a text message on an iPhone.
Much has changed since the original purchase of this keyboard. I’ve replaced my iPhone with a Pixel Phone, I’ve gone through three Macs, I’ve grown more fond of “clicky” mechanical keyboards, and I like to use my keyboard with more than one Bluetooth device at a time.
Enter my new purchase, the Keychron K2 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard.
This is not a review of the Keychron K2 but an explanation of my purchase and insights to the video I posted on YouTube, Opening the box: Keychron K2 keyboard. That video is below:
Not only do I take the new Keychron K2 out of it’s shipping package and box in the video, I also take a look at the design and features; including the very cool 15+ LED backlight effects package that I will likely never use. Spoiler, I do. Read on.
While this is not a review of the keyboard, I did use this Keychron K2 to type this blog post and have to say, I am impressed. I chose the aluminum body (you can get a less expensive plastic body) and I appreciate the heft and quality this material brings to the product. As I mention in the video, I chose the Gateron blue switches because I like a hard to press key and a satisfying and audible click. A red (quiet) and a brown (gentle) switch is also available as an option.
Other features I already appreciate include:
The keyboard design, the key colors, and the font used on the keys provides a modern looking keyboard.
Only time will tell if I can recommend this keyboard for the long haul. Initial impressions are good but a keyboard is only as good as its longevity. I’ve been using a Das Keyboard 4 Professional, with quieter Cherry MX brown switches, for over six years with nary a quirk. It’s still going strong and only time will tell if the Keychron will become my new favorite Mac keyboard. It is off to a very good start, though.
Drop a comment below and let me know if you use a Keychron or if you have any questions.