Keychron K14 review: The rare Mac-ready wireless mechanical keyboard – Ars Technica

January 20, 2022 by No Comments

Enlarge / Keychron K14 with no backlight (top) and an RGB backlight (bottom).

Scharon Harding

A common complaint about mechanical keyboards is that they’re too expensive. Options are limited further for budget-minded buyers if they want a wireless device, especially if they’re looking for a Mac-specific board. But the market has come a long way, and you can now pick up mechanical keyboards, including cable-free options, for under $100. And not only can you buy a wireless mechanical keyboard that works with Apple computers, but in the case of the Keychron K14, you can get one that comes with a Mac layout out of the box (don’t worry, Windows keycaps are also included).

The K14 is a 70 percent wireless mechanical keyboard, meaning that it ditches the numpad (but not the navigation keys) and forgoes a dedicated function row. The result is a compact clacker with an option for white or RGB lighting and hot-swappable switches to get the exact typing feel you want.

The K14 even throws in some wireless luxuries, like the ability to pair the board with up to three Bluetooth devices and toggle between them, plus USB-C charging and the option to use the keyboard with a cable. At $59–$99, the K14 is a good candidate for someone seeking a budget- to mid-priced wireless keyboard with mechanical switches, and it’s even better for those who want Apple-ready legends. For keyboard enthusiasts seeking the finest craftsmanship from sight to sound, though, some of the K14’s features fall short.

Specs at a glance: Keychron K14
Worst Best As reviewed
Switches Keychron Red, Blue, or Brown Gateron Red, Blue, or Brown, hot-swappable Keychron Red, Blue, or Brown, hot-swappable
Keycaps Doubleshot ABS plastic ABS plastic ABS plastic
Connectivity options Bluetooth 5.1, USB-C to USB-A cable
Backlighting None RGB None
Size Plastic:
13.11×4.09×1.53 inches
(333×104×38.85 mm)
Plastic with aluminum:
13.27×4.25×1.53 inches
(337×108×38.85 mm)
Plastic with aluminum:
13.27×4.25×1.53 inches
(337×108×38.85 mm)
Weight  Plastic: ~1.34 lbs (611 g) Aluminum: ~1.62 lbs (735 g) Aluminum: ~1.62 lbs (735 g)
Warranty 1 year
Price (MSRP) $59 $99 $79
Other perks Extra keycaps: 1x Esc, 1x Windows, 2x Alt; 1x USB-C to USB-A cable; 1x keycap puller  Extra keycaps: 1x Esc, 1x Windows, 2x Alt; 1x USB-C to USB-C cable; 1x keycap puller; 1x switch puller  Extra keycaps: 1x Esc, 1x Windows, 2x Alt; 1x USB-C to USB-C cable; 1x keycap puller; 1x switch puller

Differently priced options

Pricing for the K14 varies depending on the features you choose. …….

Source: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/01/keychron-k14-review-the-rare-mac-ready-wireless-mechanical-keyboard/

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