For the most part, you either have the option to get a wireless keyboard in a compact form, or a bulkier, more functional mechanical keyboard conventionally meant for desktop use. There are a few options that merge the two keyboard types, but none that are noteworthy.
The Keychron K2 mechanical keyboard is a dual-function unit that can be used either wirelessly via Bluetooth or wired. Above all, however, it has an incredibly sleek and compact design for portability.
What Can the Keychron K2 Keyboard Do?
As you can see, the K2 definitely has a decent heft to it making it worthy of desktop and portable use.
The K2 is purportedly a “super tactile” mechanical keyboard which means it should be pretty satisfying to use. It has a total of 84 keys putting it much closer to a full-size desktop keyboard than something that’s portable — like you usually see. Except this keyboard is portable, and it can be used as both a wireless and wired board. Better yet, it supports Windows and Mac layouts so you can swap platforms and use it just about anywhere. It fits nicely on a desk, but it’s also small enough to use out in the wild if you’re traveling. It truly does offer the best of both worlds.
Gateron switch options are available, in red, blue and brown. You choose which you prefer when you order, obviously. Furthermore, every board uses a distinct RGB profile with up to fifteen display settings such as flashing, breathing and static. There are both solid white and variable backlight options too.
Here’s a montage of people using Keychron’s K2. How awesome does that look?
Powering the keyboard is a 4000mAh battery that offers “25% more capacity than Apple Magic keyboard,” along with several other popular models. That’s enough to last anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks depending on usage, or 20 to 80 hours. It varies mostly because of the RGB lighting, which uses more power with brighter and longer sessions.
Where Can I Get One?
Look at that sweet sweet RGB, baby.
If you’ve made it this far, then you’ll probably agree this thing sounds positively badass, and I agree. Which would mean you’re also wondering where you can get one.
Keychron, the company behind K2, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project. It’s already considered successful, having raised over $230,000 with an initial goal of $50K. The first shipment of keyboards are supposed to go out to backers sometime in June, 2019. If all goes well, it should be available for everyone else shortly after that.
It should be noted that the K2 is a follow-up to the original model, the Keychron K1. The company definitely has a positive track record of delivering functional keyboards.