What you need to know
- Keychron is now taking orders for the Q7 keyboard.
- The new custom mechanical keyboard is offered as complete and barebones versions.
- Pricing starts at $149.
Keychron, a company that has made its name for building some of the best mechanical keyboards that won't break the bank, has made a new custom option available for order. The Q7 is a 70% keyboard that can be bought either fully assembled or as a barebones system with prices starting at $149 for the latter.
The fully assembled version of the Q7 comes with a choice of Gateron Pro Red, Blue, or Brown switches while color options include Carbon Black, Silver Grey, and Navy Blue — that last one is particularly fetching. Those buying a pre-build keyboard will get double-shot OSA PBT keycaps thrown in, too.
Like all good custom keyboards, the Q7 can be set up using the QMK and VIA software, while both macOS and Windows compatibility is assured thanks to a switch on the back of the unit.
Other notable features include a CNC aluminum body, a 1000Hz polling rate, and of course hot-swappable switches. South-facing RGB lighting is also important for those who want to be sure that their keycaps won't get in the way.
Those looking to place an order can do so direct from Keychron now, although it isn't clear how long stocks will last. These keyboards tend to be pretty popular, especially in the best colors.
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.
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