Keychron Q6 Review: A Premium Full-Size Mechanical Keyboard with Hot-Swappable Switches, Double-Shot PBT Keycaps, and Versatile Compatibility

Introduction

Welcome to our review of the Keychron Q6 mechanical keyboard!

Here, we’ll take a closer look at its features, performance, and design to help you decide whether it’s worth the investment.

The Keychron Q6 is a premium full-size custom mechanical keyboard. And it promises to deliver an exceptional typing experience. 

Let’s start

Keychron Q6 Wired Custom Mechanical Keyboard Knob Version

Key Features

  1. Full aluminum body -The Q6 is built to last with an all-metal CNC machined body, its full aluminum body makes it a sturdy and durable keyboard that can withstand heavy use. This means that users can rely on the keyboard to last for a long time without needing to replace it.
  2. All-around customizable keyboard – The Keychron Q6 is a highly customizable keyboard that allows users to personalize it to their liking. This is especially useful for users who have specific preferences for their keyboard layout, keycaps, and switches.
  3. Hot-swappable – The Q6’s hot-swappable switches make customization and maintenance a breeze. Users can easily switch out the switches without needing to solder them, which saves time and effort. This feature also allows users to experiment with different switch types to find the one that suits them best.
  4. Double-shot PBT keycaps – The Q6’s double-shot PBT keycaps are durable and resistant to wear and tear. This means that users can rely on the keycaps to last for a long time without showing any signs of wear or fading.
  5. Switch layouts between macOS and Windows -The Keychron Q6 is designed specifically for Mac users while still being compatible with Windows systems. It comes with a system toggle and keycaps for both Mac and Windows, allowing users to seamlessly switch between the two systems. Additionally, you can configure different keymaps for both systems on VIA software, which gives users complete control over their keyboard layout.

In addition to its compatibility features, the Q6 also boasts a polling rate of up to 1000 Hz. This means that latency is virtually non-existent, making it an ideal choice for competitive gamers who demand the fastest response times from their keyboard.

  1. Support QMK and VIA – The Q6’s support for QMK and VIA allows for endless customization options, including keyboard layouts, shortcuts, backlight effects, and more. This feature gives users complete control over their keyboard and allows them to tailor it to their specific needs and preferences.
  2. The Double Gasket Design is a new innovative structure in the industry. In addition to the gaskets on the plates, we added silicone pads between the top and bottom cases to significantly reduce the sound resonance between the metals and reduce the noise of the impacted metals. This design allows the keyboard to maintain the flexibility of the gasket structure and improves the overall typing sound.

KeyChron Q6 Differences Between Sizes And Variants

TypeISO Layout AvailableColorGateron G Pro Switches
Fully AssembledNoCarbon Black, Silver Grey, Navy Blue (dark keycaps only)Red, Blue, Brown
Fully Assembled KnobNoCarbon Black, Silver Grey, Navy Blue (light or dark keycaps)Red, Blue, Brown
BareboneYesCarbon Black, Silver Grey, Navy Blue (no keycaps)No switches
Barebone KnobYesCarbon Black, Silver Grey, Navy Blue (no keycaps)No switches

Keychron unboxing – what is included in the package

  • USB-A to USB-C Adapter
  • Alternative Keys, Extra screws, 3M padding
  • Fully assembled keyboard, which includes
    • 6063 Aluminum Case “that is processed through CNC machined, polished, anodized, sandblasted, and undergoes 24 more manufacturing stages”
    • PCB
    • Steel Plate
    • Sound Absorbing Foam & Case Foam
    • 16x Gaskets (10 installed and 6 in the box)
    • 8 Sets of stabilizers
    • PBT Double-shot keycaps
    • Gateron G Pro Switches
    • South-facing LED lighting
    • The Q6 came with a knob, The Q5 comes with 4 keys which resemble the buttons of PlayStation controllers
  • Switch Puller
  • Keycap Puller
  • Screwdriver
  • Hex Key

Pros

  • Full-sized keyboards including num pads
  • Extremely quiet, your co-workers might not believe it’s a mechanical keyboard
  • Open-source software support
  • Extremely sturdy build quality
  •  Incredible build quality.
  • Hot-swappable.
  • All keys are macro-programmable

Cons

  • Wrist rest not included
  • Wired-only (no wireless option)
  • Q5’s reduced size “zero” key on the numpad was hard for me to use, but YMMV.

What is Keychron q6 iso

ANSI stands for the American National Standards Institute, and ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization. These are both keyboard layouts that describe the size and position of the keys.

Keychron Q6 typing sounding test

Keychron q6 manual

https://www.keychron.com/pages/keychron-q6-user-guide

Keychron Q6 SPECIFICATIONS

ModelKeychron Q6
Length446 mm
Width137mm
Front Height20.1mm  (without keycaps)
Back Height32.6 mm (without keycaps)
Feet Height2.7 mm
Angle5.2°
Weight2420 g ± 10g
Body MaterialFull CNC machined aluminum
Plate MaterialSteel
Polling Rate1000 Hz
KeycapsDouble-shot PBT keycaps, not shine-through, OSA Profile (OEM height, SA shape)
MCUUltra-low-power Arm Cortex-M4 32-bit STM32L432 (128KB Flash)
SwitchesGateron G Pro
BacklightSouth-facing RGB LED
Switch SupportHot-swappable (5 pin & 3 pin)
StabsScrew-in PCB stabs
ConnectivityUSB Type-C

Faqs

How heavy is the Keychron Q6?

Width137 mm
Back Height32.6 mm (without keycaps)
Feet Height2.7 mm
Angle5.2°
Weight2500 g ± 10g (Fully Assembled Version)

Is the Keychron Q6 wireless?

no, Keychron Q6  is Wired-only (no wireless option)

What is the difference between Keychron barebone and fully assembled?

The fully assembled version has the double-shot ABS keycaps and Gateron G Phantom switches, whereas the barebone version doesn’t.

Where  to find Keychron Q6  ISO Json

https://www.keychron.com/pages/how-to-use-via-to-pair-with-keychron-q-series-keyboard

Keychron K2 vs Keychron V1 vs Keychron Q1

Keychron V1Keychron Q1Keychron K2
Case Material Solid ABS CNC Machined AluminumSolid ABS
Mounting Style Tray Mount Double Gasket Mount
Tray mount
Keycaps Double Shot PBT Double Shot PBT
Double Shot PBT
Switches Keychron K Pro Gateron G Pro
Gateron G Pro
Knob Option YesYesNo
Native QMK/VIA Support YesYesNo
Adjustable Ergonomic Feet YesNoNo
Hot-swappable YesYesNo
Polling Rate 1000 Hz1000 Hz
1000Hz/90HZ(WirelessMode
)
Stabilizers Screw-inScrew-inNo
Color Options Frosted / CarbonBlack / Silver / BlueFrosted / Carbon
Keyboard Size
75% layout75% layout75% layout
ConnectivityType-C
Type-C
Type-C,BlueTooth

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