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The Keychron K4 is Not for Me

The Keychron K4 is Not for Me

I got this keyboard from work, and fully expected to love it. After all, tons of YouTubers and tech bloggers out there seem to love it, so it had to be good, right? Well, it may be good for some people, but it's not the right keyboard for me. Here's why.

The Left

Things start out so promising on the left side of the keyboard. The bown and gray keys look fantastic, and the orange accent on the escape key is perfection. The function row also defaults to things like screen brightness, volume, and media controls, which this Mac fan likes. And the keys on this model are Gateron Yellows, which are not my favorite feeling (browns by a mile) but they are pretty decent.

So far so good.

The Middle

Then we get to the middle of the keyboard and things fall down a bit. The scrunched Command and Control keys are a bit annoying, but not the end of the world, but the space bar is a real chonker and takes a lot of effort to press down. I know these are yellow key switches and that may be expected, but I didn't love how this felt.

But still, nothing to kill it for me.

The Right

As is so often the case in my life, the right is where all things just go crazy ;)

I hate everything about this side of the keyboard. The killer here is the positioning of the arrow keys. They feel like every other key on the board and they are wedged in there so it's impossible to know where they are by touch, you need to just know. I don't want to think about my hand placement when it comes to arrowing around my computer, and this made me have to think and look down every time.

I also could not get on board with the placement of the delete key, the home/end layout, or the small zero on the number pad.

The Height

Which finally brings us to the wrist killer: the height of this keyboard. It sits so freaking high that I needed to get a tall wrist rest to type on it. I tend to prefer flatter keyboards and while I knew this was teller going in, my wrist pain tells me I either need to adapt to this or go back to something a lot shallower.

As you can see in the comparison above, by mechanical keyboard I use at home is just over half as high as this one and I find it way more comfortable to type on.

The Verdict

This keyboard may be perfect for some people, and that's totally fine by me. It's an $80 mechanical keyboard that looks nice, has good switches, is lit for dark rooms, comes in an RGB version (for $10 more), uses Bluetooth, and works great with a Mac. But sadly for me, the layout and height of this keyboard make it a no-go for me.

Check it out on Amazon if you want to give it a go.

I sheepishly had to ask my IT department to let me return this one and get what I use at home: the Logitech MX Keys, which is definitively not a mechanical keyboard, but works so much better for what I like in a keyboard.

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