What you need to know
- Keychron has made its Q2 custom mechanical keyboard available for sale.
- Q2 prices begin at $149 and rise from there.
- Fully assembled, a Keychron Q2 can cost $179.
Popular mechanical keyboard maker Keychron is out with its latest custom offering. Dubbed the Q2 and following the popular Q1, this new keyboard is a 65% build compared to the 75% of its larger brother.
Keychron is offering the Q2 in both barebone and fully-assembled options with multiple color finishes and switches available to choose from. Prices start at $149 but can go as high as $179, especially if you want Keychron to build the thing for you.
Keychron makes some of the best Mac keyboards around and this one is unlikely to be any different. The fully hot-swappable design will be popular among those who like to mix and match the sound and feel of their board, while QMK/VIA support ensures that people can mod their keys as much or as little as they need to.
Each keyboard is made from aluminum and finished to a high standard with more manufacturing stages than you might think required from such a product.
Available colors include Carbon Black, Space Gray, and Navy Blue while buyers can choose to have a keyboard with or without a control knob. Want to add one of these things to your collection? You can place your orders now.
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This "clacky keyboard" stuff rears it's stupid head every few years or so and it's *always* been complete nonsense. That is to say, if you want a "clacky keyboard" then fine, but the constant assertions that they are "better" for typing and that flatter keyboards are not, is simply NOT TRUE. In the days before computers, key travel was about 3 INCHES! Then "IBM Selectrics" came out (the first electric typewriters) and EVERYONE argued that they weren't "proper typewriters" because the key travel instead of being 3 inches, was more like 1 inch. "How can anyone type on this?" people asked, "It's just not a *proper* keyboard." When the first computers came out, they had gigantic keys and about a half to 3/4 inch key travel. Then the "IBM 101 key" keyboard came out (one of the most popular keyboards in computer history, and the very keyboard these models are based on), and EVERYONE argued that it's roughly 1/4 inch key travel was stupid and that it wasn't as good as "the old ones." "How can anyone type on this?" people said, "It's too flat and there is not enough key travel!" Familiar?
And these are the same type of keyboards you are selling above. With *every* newer, flatter, keyboard, the same argument has been made and it's been total BS every single time. There is NO ADVANTAGE, neither ergonomically, nor speed-wise, nor for any *other* reason to use a "clacky keyboard." If you want one, use it of course. But stop it with these constant articles that claim that they are "better," or that somehow the flatter keyboards with less key travel are not ergonomic. They simply AREN'T. PS - I was personally *around* for all these developments and I personally used all the associated typewriters and computers. This isn't a guess or a wild accusation, it's something that anyone who's used keyboards and computers since they've been around would know.
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