The Keychron K7 is the cool new low-profile, hot-swap mechanical keyboard

Keychron K7 Mechanical Keyboard
Keychron K7 Mechanical Keyboard (Image credit: Keychron)

What you need to know

  • Keychron's hot new keyboard is a low-profile, hot-swappable keyboard supporting both optical and mechanical switches.
  • The keyboard can be ordered via Kickstarter starting at $64.

Keychron is a big name in the world of mechanical keyboards and its latest offering is the K7, a low-profile mechanical keyboard that can be configured with optical switches if buyers prefer.

The new keyboard is a 65% compact design that supports both Bluetooth and cabled operation, with support for up to three devices being paired at any one time. In terms of the cable, a detachable USB-C freebie comes in the box but you can also use your own, too.

When it comes to customization, the Keychrone K7 offers RGB lighting, but you can order without it if you prefer. Things get really cool when you get to the part where you pick your switches though, with both Gateron low-profile mechanical switches and their optical counterparts offered. Mechanical Red, Blue, and Brown switches are offered and those choosing optical can pick from red, Blue, Brown, Banana, and Mint.

Keychron K7 Specs

Keychron K7 Specs (Image credit: Keychron)

The low-profile switches trimmed down the nonessentials of conventional switches without sacrificing their typing experience. In order to make this real, we've conducted several design iterations on the K7's low-profile optical switch structure. Together with the MX style stem and stabilizers on both optical and mechanical versions, the K7 provides an impeccable and consistent typing performance, whether you prefer linear (Red), clicky (Blue), or something in between (Brown, Banana, Mint).

You can place your order via Kickstarter now, with prices starting at $64 depending on the configuration you go for. Keychron says it expects to be able to start shipping orders in September, so not too long to wait.

Keychron makes some of the best mechanical keyboards around and this K7 unit is unlikely to be any different.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.