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    KeyGron’s Q1 Pro is the brand’s first aluminum wireless keyboard

    KeyGron’s Q1 Pro is the brand’s first aluminum wireless keyboard

    I’m a big fan of KeyGron keyboards. The company makes a wide range of mechanical keyboards suitable for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. If you’ve never typed on a mechanical keyboard, you don’t know what you’re missing. Unlike the spongy membrane keyboards that ship with many computers, a mechanical keyboard has a more tactile feel, making typing more pleasant and precise.

    The new Keychron Q1 Pro is the company’s first mass-produced aluminum-framed wireless keyboard. A high-end keyboard that goes hand in hand with premium custom models from brands like this one. mode.

    Keychron’s Q series is the company’s first line of custom programmable mechanical keyboards, and the new Q1 Pro can be fully customized using QMK/VIA software as a basic DIY kit or Keychron will build the Q1 for you. A little more.

    The Q1 Pro is a great keyboard for typing. It’s a 75% compact layout with 81 keys, including a full range of function keys that work like a set of macOS media keys. Each key is RGB backlit and can be connected to a host computer via Bluetooth or a regular USB-C cable.

    A Bluetooth keyboard allows you to connect and switch between up to three Bluetooth devices, including computers, tablets, or smartphones. Even better, the Q1 Pro has hot-swappable switches that can be easily swapped out for different types to give a different feel.

    The Q1 Pro can work directly with macOS and Windows computers, and comes with key sets for different operating systems. However, the Q1 Pro can be customized using QMK/VIA software, which allows the user to remap any key on the keyboard to create macro commands, shortcuts, or key combinations. Users can connect the keyboard to any device via cable and import a JSON file to customize the keymap.

    Another cool feature of the Q1 Pro is its programmable knob. This rotary knob is made of aluminum and can be easily customized to provide quick access to specific key commands or macros. The knob can be used to control zoom, adjust screen brightness, or change volume levels. The knob can be set to change the colors and brightness of the keyboard’s LED backlight.

    For those who purchase the Q1 Pro as a kit, assembly is easy and each component is customizable and designed to create a personalized typing experience. The keyboard also features a double-joint design for greater flexibility and a better typing sound.

    PCB stabilizers help create a smoother typing experience, especially when using larger keys. Unlike the Mode Sonnet keyboard I reviewed last year, the keyboard has a slight flex. However, the flex does not interfere with the typing experience and the Q1 Pro is designed to be the heaviest and most expensive Sonnet Mod.

    The Q1 Pro uses a powerful and efficient ARM chip (MCU) with 128K flash memory, giving developers more flexibility. The polling rate is 1000Hz in USB-C wired mode, making it ideal for gaming where low to no latency is important. In practice, the Q1 Pro is an incredibly accurate keyboard to type on. The review model I tested was equipped with red switches, but other types can be specified if you prefer more or fewer clicks as you type.

    Verdict: The KeyGron Q1 Pro is a superbly made keyboard with an excellent, sturdy feel. The keys are distinguished by a tone, which requires some adjustment to get used to. The ability to connect up to three devices wirelessly is great, and I love the row of media keys that control macOS. The height of the keyboard and keys means the Q1 Pro is best used with a palm rest if you want to avoid RSI. Alternatively, shallow keys can be installed to reduce the overall typing height. If you want a premium mechanical keyboard and don’t need a number pad, the Keychron Q1 Pro is great. This programmable wireless keyboard with hot-swappable switches and backlit keys comes highly recommended.

    Price and availability: The Keychron Q1 Pro is available now and costs $179 as a starter kit or $199 fully assembled.

    More information: www.keychron.com

    Technical specifications:

    • Number of keys: 81 (75%)
    • Multimedia keys: 12.
    • Layout: ANSI.
    • Hot-swappable: Yes (3-pin and 5-pin Gateron, Cherry, etc. MX switches).
    • Keys: KSA Double-Shot PBT.
    • Face Change: RGB facing south.
    • OS Compatibility: Mac/Windows/Linux.
    • Connectivity: Bluetooth/USB-C.
    • Frame: Aluminum.
    • Polling rate: 1000 Hz (wired) 90 Hz (wireless).
    • Battery: 4000mAh (Lithium-Polymer).
    • Working hours: 90 hours (backlight) 300 hours (without backlight).
    • Charging time: 5 hours.
    • Dimensions: 327.5 x 145mm.
    • Weight: 1,825 kg.

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