Keychron V1 QMK Fully Assembled Custom Mechanical Keyboard



Keychron V1: A Comprehensive Guide to This Mechanical Keyboard

If you’re on the hunt for a mechanical keyboard that offers a seamless and comfortable typing experience, you might have stumbled upon the Keychron V1. This keyboard has quickly become a fan favorite among those who appreciate a high-quality keyboard that doesn’t break the bank. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Keychron V1, its features, and why it’s worth considering for your next keyboard upgrade.

Introduction to the Keychron V1

The Keychron V1 is a mechanical keyboard that was designed to offer the best typing experience possible while still being affordable. This keyboard is available in two sizes: the Tenkeyless (TKL) version and the 96% version. It’s compatible with Mac, Windows, and Android devices, making it versatile and accessible to a wide range of users.

The Design

The Keychron V1 boasts a sleek and minimalist design that is both modern and functional. It has a low profile, which makes it comfortable to type on for extended periods, and its keycaps are made from high-quality ABS plastic. The keyboard also has a built-in 4000mAh rechargeable battery, which can last up to 72 hours on a single charge, making it an excellent option for those who want a wireless keyboard.

The Switches

One of the standout features of the Keychron V1 is its switches. This keyboard offers users a choice between three different switches: Gateron, Hot-swappable, and Optical. Gateron switches are similar to Cherry MX switches, and they’re known for their durability and smooth keystrokes. Hot-swappable switches, on the other hand, allow users to swap out switches easily, making it a popular choice for those who like to customize their keyboard. Optical switches are the newest addition to the Keychron V1, and they offer a faster and more responsive typing experience.

The Lighting

Another feature that sets the Keychron V1 apart from other keyboards is its lighting. The keyboard has a built-in RGB lighting system that can be customized using the Keychron software. Users can choose from a range of different lighting effects and colors, making it an excellent option for those who like to personalize their setup.

The Price

The Keychron V1 is a reasonably priced keyboard, especially when compared to other mechanical keyboards on the market. The Tenkeyless version starts at $69, while the 96% version starts at $75. This makes it an excellent option for those who want a high-quality mechanical keyboard without breaking the bank.

Why Choose the Keychron V1?

Now that we’ve covered the Keychron V1’s features let’s take a look at why this keyboard is worth considering.


The Keychron V1’s low profile design makes it comfortable to type on for extended periods. This keyboard also has a built-in wrist rest that can help reduce strain on your wrists and arms, making it an excellent option for those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive strain injuries.


The Keychron V1 is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Android devices, making it a versatile keyboard that can be used with a wide range of devices. It also offers users a choice between wired and wireless connectivity, which makes it a great option for those who like to switch between devices frequently.


One of the standout features of the Keychron V1 is its customization options. This keyboard offers users a choice between three different switches and a range of different lighting effects and colors. The Hot-swappable switches also make it easy to customize the keyboard further, allowing users to swap out switches to suit their preferences.


The Keychron V1 is an affordable mechanical


This is the V1 Fully assembled Non-Knob keyboard.
This version inclued:

1, Solid ABS plastic housing
2, The keyboard PCB, screw-in stabs, and the steel plate
3, Double-shot OSA PBT keycaps (including Mac & Windows keycaps)
4, Keychron K Pro switches

Keychron V1

The V1 is a fully customizable mechanical keyboard ready for any situation. It’s a great option to introduce you to the custom keyboard world. With its compact 75% layout, QMK/VIA support, acoustic silicone pad, and double-shot PBT keycaps, the V1 is designed for ultra typing comfort and boost productivity.

Frosted Black Version (Translucent)

Carbon Black Version (Non-transparent)

All-Around Customizable Keyboard

To build a fully customizable keyboard, we designed every component to be easily assembled so you can customize and adjust any or every parts the way you want.

An Epic Core Inside The Keyboard

A brand new powerful ultra-low-power Arm structure MCU armed with 128K Flash will provide more flexibility for developers. The polling rate is up to 1000 Hz out of the box, which makes latency non-existent for the competitive game.

OSA Profile Double-shot PBT Keycaps

For the new double-shot PBT keycaps, we built a new profile. It has a similar height to the OEM profile and has an SA-like shape. We named it the OSA (OEM spherical angled) keycap. The PBT keycaps will provide excellent oil resistance, enhance the type feel, and prevent the legends from fading out.

Switch layouts between macOS & Windows

Built with the Mac users’ experience in mind while still retaining compatibility for Windows devices, the Keychron V1 comes with a system toggle and an additional set of customized keycaps for both Windows and macOS systems. You can now save two different layouts on the keyboard, one for each system.

Program V1 with QMK & VIA

With full QMK and VIA support, you can easily program and remap each key on the keyboard. The open-source firmware means endless possibilities for keyboard layouts, shortcuts, backlight effects, even the knob, and more.


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 LED is designed to better illuminate the keyboard backlight from the typist’s angle with the premium non-shine-through PBT keycaps installed. The south-facing RGB is also free from interference when the users install OEM or Cherry-profile alternative keycaps on the keyboard.

Note: The V1’s top case has sharper corners to make it much more compatible with third-party keycaps.

Pre-lubed Keychron K Pro Switch

The optimized molded switch with more precise positioning and less wobble will undoubtedly improve the feel at your fingertips. With the fully assembled V1 version fitted with factory pre-lubricated Keychron K Pro switches, a smoother travel experience is guaranteed for you.

All New Screw-In PCB Stabilizers

The screw-in design increases stability and makes it easier for changes and upgrades. Precise craftsmanship makes the stabilizers more stable and less shaky. The big keys’ (space bar, shift, enter, delete) typing experience is now more stable and smooth. The Keychron V1 also supports third-party stabilizers, including Cherry or Durock.

What’s in the box?

Get the V1 keymap working on VIA

To get started, please follow the steps: Download the appropriate kemap JSON file, open VIA, turn on “Show Design tab” on “Settings” tab, drag the JSON file into the “Design” tab on VIA to get the V1 keymap working on VIA
Since the VIA code for the V1 is still awaiting approval from Github, it is not yet automatically recognized, so you will need to manually download and enter the V1 keymap.

Note: Only the right JSON file can be input, please find the right version keymap JSON file which matches your keyboard to download.

Please contact us or go to keychron website get the download link


Additional information

Ships From



Frosted Black, Carbon Black

Axis Body

Keychron K Pro Blue, Keychron K Pro Brown

Keychron V1
Keychron V1 QMK Fully Assembled Custom Mechanical Keyboard