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Keychron K3 (Version 2) Review

True Score

69
69
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Experts

73
0

Consumers

Product Awards

Top 5

Expert Rankings

Experts were amazed by the Keychron K3 (Version 2) and recommended it for most uses, including office, gaming, programming, and mobile situations. They were delighted with its incline adjustable design, low-profile mechanical switches, and multi-device Bluetooth technology. However, they were disappointed by its high latency.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Keychron K3 (Version 2) is a compact (75% size) mid-range wireless mechanical keyboard released in 2019, offering a low profile design and enhanced two-level incline adjustment to office users. It differs from most of the best keyboards because it has low-profile switches, giving users the choice between Gateron Blue, Brown, and Red switches. This device has three-position inclining feet and boasts RGB backlighting with per-key illumination.

Consensus

our Verdict

Top testers were delighted with the Keychron K3 (Version 2), and they endorsed it for gaming, office, programming, and mobile use. Analysts from RTINGS hailed its excellent build quality with an aluminum top plate. Reviewers from Tom’s Hardware praised its 2.5°, 4°, and 6.5° incline settings, although it lacks a wrist rest. It has an ergonomic low-profile design.

They praised its RGB backlighting with individually lit keys. This model uses Bluetooth, connecting to up to three different devices at the same time. It has a rechargeable battery, and the manufacturer promises a runtime of about 34 hours.

A variant with Keychron Low Profile Optical Brown switches required a 57 gf operating force and 1.1 mm pre-travel distance. Reviewers reported a good typing experience and low typing noise. However, testers were disappointed with its 14.3 ms wired latency and 22.2 ms Bluetooth latency.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Wireless Bluetooth tech and multi-device pairing
  • Ergonomic low-profile design
  • Available with a variety of mechanical switches
  • RGB backlighting with per-key illumination
  • Three-position inclining design

Reason to Avoid

  • Very high wired and Bluetooth latency
  • Lacks a wrist rest

Keychron K3 (Version 2) Review Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life34 hrs
FoldableNo
Form FactorForm FactorCompact (75%)
Keyboard TechnologyOptical
Numeric Keypadn/a
Palm Restn/a
Plug & PlayYes
Spill Resistantn/a
Touchpadn/a
WirelessWirelessYes
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless RangeWireless Range10 m

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Market Context

The Keychron K3 (Version 2) is a compact (75% size) mid-range wireless mechanical keyboard released in 2019, offering a low profile design and enhanced two-level…

The Keychron K3 (Version 2) is a compact (75% size) mid-range wireless mechanical keyboard released in 2019, offering a low profile design and enhanced two-level incline adjustment to office users. It differs from most of the best keyboards because it has low-profile switches, giving users the choice between Gateron Blue, Brown, and Red switches. This device has three-position inclining feet and boasts RGB backlighting with per-key illumination.

Both the Keychron K7 and the Keychron K3 (Version 2) feature low-profile mechanical switches, so they are similar in that regard. However, the K7 is…

Both the Keychron K7 and the Keychron K3 (Version 2) feature low-profile mechanical switches, so they are similar in that regard. However, the K7 is a much smaller, compact (65% size) keyboard, which doesn’t have function keys like the ones on the K3 (Version 2).

Some users want to know how the Keychron K3 (Version 2) compares with its competitor, the Logitech MX Mechanical, considering that both are low-profile wireless…

Some users want to know how the Keychron K3 (Version 2) compares with its competitor, the Logitech MX Mechanical, considering that both are low-profile wireless mechanical keyboards. While the Keychron K3 (Version 2) is compact, the Logitech MX Mechanical is a full-size keyboard. Some keys on the Logitech device won’t work with macOS, but the Keychron K3 (Version 2) is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Featuring low-profile mechanical switches, the NuPhy Air75 is similar to the Keychron K3 (Version 2). However, the NuPhy keyboard is better for fast-paced games because…

Featuring low-profile mechanical switches, the NuPhy Air75 is similar to the Keychron K3 (Version 2). However, the NuPhy keyboard is better for fast-paced games because of its snappier 6.3 ms wired latency, which dwarfs the 14.3 ms latency of the Keychron K3 (Version 2). The NuPhy keyboard also has customization software and macro-programmable keys, unlike the Keychron K3 (Version 2).

Battery Life

34 hrs

34 hrs

15 days

48 hrs

Foldable

No

No

No

No

Form Factor

Compact (75%)

Compact (65%)

Full size

Compact (75%)

Keyboard Technology

Optical

Mechanical

Mechanical

Mechanical

Numeric Keypad

n/a

n/a

Yes

n/a

Palm Rest

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Plug & Play

Yes

Yes

Yes

n/a

Spill Resistant

n/a

Yes

n/a

n/a

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Expert Score

69

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73

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True Score

69

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    The Keychron K3 Version 2 is a good keyboard for office use. It feels well-built,… Read More

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