Review: Keychron K1 is a compelling mechanical keyboard for Mac with a slim design and solid features

Earlier this year, a new keyboard launched that fills an interesting gap in the market: slim mechanical keyboards for Mac. The Keychron K1 offers a clean aluminum design, an RGB or white backlit Mac key layout, USB-C for charging, and more. Read on for our full review.

After a successful product launch on Kickstarter to get the Keychron to production, the company is selling the mechanical keyboard to the public. After selling out of stock last month, the company is starting to ship out new orders again today.

Keychron K1 Specs

  • Wireless, can connect up to 3 devices at the same time
  • 2-4 week battery with lights off, 8-40 hours with lighting
  • Can be used in a wired setup
  • Slim 18mm total height
  • Fraly Blue mechanical low profile switches are 48% slimmer, at 7.6mm, than conventional switches
  • 3mm of key travel
  • Black finish
  • Includes all the Mac function keys and dedicated Siri key
  • Choose from 87 single LED backlit keys, 87 RGB backlit, or 104 RGB backlit
  • Recharges via USB-C
  • Starts at $74

Materials & Build

Unlike many keyboards on the market – even Apple’s Magic Keyboard – the Keychron K1 features a full aluminum frame. This gives it a solid build quality and feel, and I also think the black finish looks good with any Mac.

As far as mechanical keyboards go, this is about as slim as it gets. The Keychron K1 has a tapered design with the highest point at the back of the device sitting at 18mm (0.7-inches) tall.

Keychron K1 mechanical Mac keyboard side view

As mentioned in the specs above, the Keychron K1 features Fraly low-profile Blue switches with 3mm of key travel. That’s 1mm less that something like the popular Cherry MX lineup of switches. While many keyboards use keycaps with a slightly concave design, the Keychron K1 uses flat keycaps, more on that in a moment.

Included in the box are the keyboard, USB-C to USB cable, extra keycaps, and a keycap removal tool.