Hands-on: Keychron Q2 A compact mechanical keyboard with programmable control knob

By Jeff Benjamin

Not only does it feature the ability to fully customize every key, but it comes with a tactile programable knob that can be configured to control various functions on your Mac.

Specifications • Compact 65% layout • 12.9-inches wide • Compatible with Mac and Windows • Full CNC machined aluminum • Steel plate • Hot-swappable (5 pin & 3 pin) switches • Gateron G Pro (fully assembled version)

Specifications (cont'd) • Programable control knob • Full south-facing RGB backlight • Double-shot PBT keycaps • Screw-In PCB stabilizers • 6.5° typing angle • USB-C connectivity • Edit keymaps and macros with VIA

Hot-swappable switches One of the biggest reasons to consider the “Q” line of keyboards is for the hot-swappable key switches and additional customizability.

Fully customizable Thanks to QMK VIA, it’s ridiculously easy to configure how the keyboard works on a very granular level. You can customize every key on the keyboard, swapping out functions, adding complex macros, etc.

RGB backlit keys Finally, the Q2 features RGB, thanks to the south-facing backlight setup, and the Gateron keys that feature tiny ports to allow the light to shine through. Users can control various aspects of the backlight such as brightness, hue, speed, and pattern.