Keychron K2 Mechanical Keyboard

The Keychron K2 Mechnical Keyboard is a joy to use. Feel more creative. Get more feedback. Make lots of noise.

Pro’s

+ Solid design

+ Great tactile feedback

+ Rewarding experience

Con’s

– noisy noisy

– wireless issues on the v1

What is it?

In recent years there has been a trend in the use of Mechanical keyboards. Mechanical keyboards are what keyboards used to be before people got all precious about making lots of noise in open spaces. Unlike the silence of your laptop or iPad, a mechanical keyboard has real switches under each key. Each of these switches has a physical moving part with a spring that gives resistance and therefore is ‘tactile’. Your fingers will feel the press, feel the click and then the pushback.

The Keychron K2 is a super popular keyboard from Keychron (formed in 2017) and leads this trend in keyboards that offer great looks and amazing function at the same time. The K2 can be used wired or wireless and allows the keyboard to switch between three different bluetooth devices. This means that you can connect it to your Mac, your iPad and your phone, all via bluetooth, and use as an input for each whenever needed.

The value add?

So what’s the value add here? Isn’t this just all unnecessary?

If you’re a typist of any sort or if you spend a lot of your time in front of your computer, day in, day out then we advocate, here at Life Unlocked, making your environment as beautiful and rewarding as possible. We use the Keychron K2 every day as our main keyboard. We do this because the mechanical feedback is so pleasing. Banging out that email or creating that presentation is infinitely more satisfying as you feel like you’re in a 1980s accounting house. On a serious note – this is all about feedback. The clickity clack noise and the sensation on your finger tips make you feel like you’e being super productive and, if you can touch type, then you’ll sound like some kind of typing ninja knocking down syllables and pronouns like a steam train.

A word of note that this won’t be for everyone. It’s not quiet. It’s not designed to be quiet, so if you’re working with people around you then you might want to think carefully about when and where you use this.

What we’ve also found is that the wireless bluetooth connection on the v1 (the version we have) is not super reliable. Keychron have just released a v2 keyboard using Bluetooth 5.1 tech that’s meant to improve this issue. This means that for us, we occasionally have to rush to the cable to wire up when connection is lost.

Matt made a video on his Matt Games Life channel which talks about the early experiences – see below: