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Keychron K8 Wireless for Mac

Updated on: 26 April, 2021
Keychron K8 Wireless for Mac
Keychron K8 Wireless for Mac (Source: Keychron)

The Keychron K8 Wireless for Mac is the keyboard with everything, quality mechanical key switches, robust aluminium frame, RGB lighting, Bluetooth wireless, and full macOS support. It is a robust and well featured mechanical wireless keyboard for the Mac. The base model includes a white backlight or you can add the optional full RGB lighting. I recommend choosing the RGB lighting as that also adds an aluminium top plate that offers extrat rigidity. It is available with either Red, Blue or Brown Gateron key switches, with a hot-swappable model allowing you to customise the keyboard to your needs.


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Summary

Keychron K8 Wireless for Mac

A robust and well featured mechanical wireless keyboard for the Mac. Includes a white backlight or you can add optional full RGB lighting. Available with Red, Blue or Brown Gateron key switches, with a hot-swappable model allowing you to customise the keyboard to your needs.

87.6%

Criteria

Features
84.0%
Build Quality
90.0%
Typing Experience
94.0%
Mac Compatibility
85.0%
Value
85.0%

Usage

General
85%
Gaming
65%
Office
85%
Mobile/Portable
40%

  • Fantastic build quality.
  • Wireless keyboard (Bluetooth 5.1) with the battery lasting up to 240 hours without using the backlight.
  • Includes Mac key caps and layout.
  • Also includes Windows key caps for full Windows support.
  • Backlight or optional full RGB lighting.
  • Choice of either Gateron Red, Blue or Brown key switches.
  • Optional Keychron Optical key switches.
  • Optional hot-swappable key switches to support keyboard customisation.
  • Optional aluminum frame for increased rigidity.
  • Quite a high keyboard. You may need a wrist rest for comfort.
  • A number of the options are standard on other models, bumping up the cost.
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Features : 84%

The Keychron gets a great score due to the wide range of includes features, such as a detachable cable, RGB lighting, and wireless bluetooth support. These all combine to make the Keychron a great all round mechanical keyboard. You should also check out the other keyboards Keychron offer. I did find the keyboard to be slightly higher than the others and recommend a wrist rest when resting your hands, as it stops you curving your wrists too much.

Build Quality : 90%

Overall the Keychron has excellent build quality. I do recommend the optional aluminium frame is also purchased a USB 20 premium. Its adds extra rigidity to the chassis.

Typing Experience : 94%

Keychron allows you to choose from either Gateron or their own optical key switches. The Gaterons are available in either fixed or hot-swappable, with the Keychron Optical only available in hot-swappable. You can choose from linear Gateron MX Red or Keychron Optical Red, tactile Gateron MX Brown or Keychron Optical Brown, or licky Gateron MX Blue or Keychron Optical Blue.

Mac Compatibility : 85%

This mode has been specifically developed to support both Windows and Mac and includes Mac keycaps and full macOS support.

Value : 85%

The Keychron is currently available for a base price of USD 69. The Keychron looks cheaper until you add a few options to match features to other keyboards such as hot-swappable key switches, with the price creeping up. A white backlight is standard, but full RGB lighting is USD 10, full RGB lighting with an aluminium frame is USD 20, and hot-swappable Gateron or Keychron Optical key switches addsUSD 10, potential taking the total cost to USD 99. It is still very good value though, and I recommend you add both the RGB with aluminium frame and hot-swappable key switch options. The aluminium frame provides extra rigidity and the hot-swappable key switches give you the freedom to swap out the switches at a later time.


Specifications

Specifications
Physical Specifications
Length 
35.3 cm
Width 
12.3 cm
Height 
3.5 cm (front) to 4.2 cm (back)
Weight 
887 g
Cable Type 
USB Type-A (PC) to USB Type-C (Keyboard)
Cable Length 
Removable Cable 
Yes
Keyboard Layout 
87-key US ANSI layout
Keyboard Features
N-Key Rollover 
Full
Keycaps 
ABS
Removable Keycaps 
Yes
Backlit Keys 
Yes
RGB Lighting 
Yes
Media Hotkeys 
Yes
USB Passthrough 
No
Wireless Support 
Bluetooth 5.1
Charging Port 
USB Type-C
Battery Capacity 
4000 mAh
Key Switches
Type 
Mechanical
Key Switch Model(s) 
Gateron Red, Blue or Brown
Removable Key Switches 
Yes (Optional)
Support Software
Windows 
No
Mac 
No
Linux 
No
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