After much teasing, the Keychron Q1 will finally be available for pre-order tonight at 9PM Malaysian time. If you’re interested to get into the custom keyboard hobby without breaking the bank, the Q1 looks to be a good option.
To recap, the Q1 is a feature-packed 75% keyboard. It has a gasket mounting system, a full CNC aluminium case, an aluminium plate, a hotswap PCB with south-facing LEDs, and support for screw-in stabilisers. It’s worth noting that these features are typically only found on enthusiast-level keyboards.
What makes the Q1 particularly interesting – aside from the aforementioned features – is its relatively affordable price tag for a keyboard of this calibre. The Barebone kit retails at $149 (about RM630), while the fully assembled model, which includes Gateron Phantom switches of your choice and double-shot ABS keycaps, costs $169 (around RM715).
Shipping for the fully assembled Q1 will begin next week, and it is expected to be completed by 15 September. As for the barebone kit, it will start shipping to customers between 15 to 30 September 2021.
You can place your pre-order for the Keychron Q1 over here at 9PM tonight for us here in Malaysia. Our review of the Q1 will also be posted at the same time, so if you’re not sure if this keyboard is for you, stay tuned for our written (and video) review of Keychron’s most exciting keyboard yet!