Keychron Q1 82 Keys RGB Hot Swap Barebone
A fully customizable 75% layout mechanical keyboard packed with all premium features and unlimited possibilities.
The Keychron Q1 is an all-metal keyboard that allows customizable capabilities for every key switch, keycap, stabilizer, personal badge, and even the plate. It’s designed to fully personalize your experience and offer a more comfortable typing experience.
The sculpting of a piece of art.
This keyboard is not just a tool, but a piece of art on your desk. The Q1 is created with a 6063 aluminum CNC machined body, polished, anodized and sandblasted finish, and twenty-four manufacturing processes.
You can assemble every part.
To build a fully customizable keyboard, we designed every component to be able to assemble easily. Therefore, you can customize and adjust each component as you wish.
Switch layouts between
macOS & Windows.
Built with the Mac users’ experience in mind while still retaining compatibility for Windows devices, Keychron Q1 comes with a system toggle and an additional set of customized keycaps for both Windows and macOS systems. You will be able to save two different layouts in the keyboard, one for each system.
Gasket-mounted design makes typing more flexible.
The gasket design provides the board with a nice, flexible typing feel and a satisfying typing sound. The Q1’s maximum flex is up to 2.5mm, which makes the board one of the most flexible out there.
Program Q1 with
QMK & VIA.
With full QMK and VIA support, you can program and remap each key on the keyboard with ease. The open-source firmware means endless possibilities for keyboard layouts, shortcuts, backlight effects, and more.
VIA is a keyboard keymap programming software. Using VIA, you can define every key and even write MACROS for the key combinations you want on your Q1. VIA supports macOS, Windows & Linux.
The hot-swappable sockets are mounted on the PCB, so you can install or change the switches without soldering. The PCB supports both 3 pin and 5 pin MX mechanical switches.
South-facing RGB LED Lights.
The south-facing RGB SMD LED lights are easy to be seen because they are facing toward the typer. It’s also good for the PBT, Cherry profile, and non-shine-through keycaps which are popular for customized keycaps.
Gateron Phantom switches.
Keychron teamed up with Gateron to create the exclusive Phantom switches. They deliver near-perfect consistency and smoothness with each keypress. Phantom switches are pre-lubed from the factory, offer less wobbliness, while increasing the switch's stability.
Note: The phantom switches have phantom light effects that allow the RGB backlight to have the switches' own case color. The red will make the backlights have more of a red lava fire effect, the blue will allow the backlights to have a more of a mysterious blizzard-like effect , and the brown will make the backlights have a light coffee color effect.
All new Gateron screw-in PCB stabilizers.
The screw-in design increases stability and makes it easy for changes and upgrades. More precise craftsmanship makes the silver-plated stabilizers more stable and less wobbly. The big keys’ (space bar, shift, enter, delete) typing experience is more stable and smooth.
Keychron Q1 also supports third-party stabilizers including Cherry or Durock.
Cable management is easy with the premium coiled aviator cable.
Whether your computer's interface is on the left, right, or front of the desk, the premium coiled aviator cable can be laid out in any manner. We have also designed the coiled aviator cables in different colors to match the different color cases.
ANSI & ISO layouts.
ISO layout is widely used in Europe while the ANSI layout is widely used by the rest of the world.
Note: If you live in Europe, we recommend you to purchase the "Barebone ISO” version with the corresponding ISO PBT keycaps together. The "Barebone ISO” is suitable for all ISO keyboard countries like the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, etc.
Typing sound test with aluminum plate.
The deep review from Dave 2D
Note: Dave's review units are the pre-production version, the retail version will come with an extra foam case, so the retail versions will have a total of two cases foam installed inside the keyboard.
What's in the box?
Unboxing the fully assembled version.
|Front Height||21.6 mm (without keycaps)|
|Back Height||34.8 mm (without keycaps)|
|Feet Height||2.4 mm|
|Weight||1600 g ± 10g (the fully assembled weight)|
|Body Material||Full CNC machined aluminum|
|Keycaps||Double-shot ABS keycaps, not shine-through (fully assembled version)|
|Switches||Gateron G Phantom (fully assembled version)|
|Backlight||South-facing RGB LED|
|Switch Support||Hot-swappable (5 pin & 3 pin)
|Stabs||Gateron screw-in PCB stabs|
|Cable||Premium coiled aviator Type-C cable
+ Type-A to Type-C adapter