Keychron Q1 QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard Knob Version

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What's the difference between the Q1 Knob version and the normal Q1 version?

#1. An added knob.
#2. Knob version uses the Gateron G Pro switches instead of the Gateron Phantom switches.
#3. Double-Gasket Design with extra silicone gaskets installed between the top and bottom cases for an improved sound profile.
#4. A brand new ultra-low-power Arm Cortex-M4 32-bit STM32L432 MCU which is powerful, and armed with 128K Flash will provide more flexibility for developers.
#5. Slightly thicker bottom case to make the Q1 heavier, sturdier, and has much less ping noise.
#6. Steel plate instead of an aluminum plate, making the board heavier and sturdier.
#7. The top case has sharper corners to make it much more compatible with third-party keycaps.
#8. Abandoned the Coiled Aviator Cable to save some costs.
#9. New screw-in PCB stabilizer.
#10. Ten USD more in price than the normal knobless version.

Please note that the knob color may be slightly different with the case (the blue and grey only) as these parts are manufactured separately.

Keychron Q1
Knob Version

The Fully Assembled Knob version includes:
  • The keyboard PCB, the case, and the steel plate.
  • Double-shot ABS keycaps (included Mac & Windows keycaps).
  • Gateron G Pro switches.

The Barebone Knob version does not include the keycaps and switches.
Keychron Q1 QMK VIA 75% layout custom mechanical keyboard with rotary encoder knob version with double-gasket design and screw-in PCB stabilizer and hot-swappable south-facing RGB also with Barebone US ANSI or ISO layout with black grey blue frame

A fully customizable 75% layout mechanical keyboard equipped with a knob; designed with all the premium features with unlimited possibilities.

Features of Keychron Q1 QMK VIA 75% layout custom mechanical keyboard with rotary encoder knob version

The Q1 Knob version is a revolutionary all-metal keyboard with customizable capabilities for every switch, keycap, stabilizer, knob, and even the plate. It’s designed for a personalized experience and premium typing comfort.

 

The sculpting of a piece of art.

This keyboard is not just a tool, but a piece of art on your desk. The Q1 is created with a 6063 aluminum CNC machined body, polished, anodized and sandblasted finish, and twenty-four manufacturing processes.

Aluminum frame of Keychron Q1 QMK VIA 75% layout custom mechanical keyboard with rotary encoder knob version

You can assemble every part. 

To build a fully customizable keyboard, we designed every component to be able to assemble easily. Therefore, you can customize and adjust each component as you wish.


Detailed structure of Keychron Q1 QMK VIA 75% layout custom mechanical keyboard with rotary encoder knob version

PS: Changing the knob with a badge or key requires an additional PCB (sold separately).

Double-Gasket Design

Double Gasket Design is an industry innovative structure. In addition to the gaskets on the plates, we added silicone pads between the top and bottom cases. It significantly reduces the resonance between the metals, which in return, reduces the noise of the impacted metals. This Double-Gasket Structure allows the keyboard to maintain the flexibility of the gasket structure and make the overall typing sound better. 

Gasket structure of Keychron Q1 75% Custom Mechanical Keyboard Knob version

Programmable Knob

Designed to enhance your creative workflow, the premium rotary encoder allows you to customize your favorite keys and macros through the innovative VIA software with ease.

Rotary encoder function of Keychron Q1 QMK VIA 75% layout custom mechanical keyboard with rotary encoder knob version

You can easily customize the knob to your desired key or macro commands like zooming in/out, adjusting screen brightness, brush size, opacity, volume, selecting video clips or photos, or backlight hue.



Keychron Q1 QMK VIA 75% layout custom mechanical keyboard with rotary encoder knob version with double-gasket design and screw-in PCB stabilizer and hot-swappable south-facing RGB also with Barebone US ANSI or ISO layout with black grey blue frame

Switch layouts between
macOS & Windows.

Built with the Mac users’ experience in mind while still retaining the compatibility for Windows devices, the Q1 is one of the only few in the market that comes with a Mac multimedia key layout for Mac enthusiasts. With VIA, you can configure your keymap for both Mac and Windows devices.

Program The Q1 with
QMK & VIA.

With the Q1 ‘s open-source QMK/VIA, you can intuitively remap your favorite keys and create macros with any key (including the knob) on any operating system (macOS, Windows, or Linux) for a fluid workflow.

A brand new ultra-low-power Arm Cortex-M4 32-bit STM32L432 MCU which is powerful, and armed with 128K Flash will provide more flexibility for developers.

QMK VIA screen capture of Keychron Q1 75% Custom Mechanical Keyboard Knob version
Keychron Q1 75% Custom Mechanical Keyboard QMK VIA

Get the Q1 Knob Version keymap working on VIA

Since the VIA code for the Q1 Knob version is still awaiting approval from Github, it is not yet automatically recognized. Please download the appropriate keymap JSON file (ANSI or ISO) below, open VIA, turn on "Show Design tab" on "Settings" tab, drag the JSON file into the “Design” tab on VIA to get the Q1 Knob keymap working on VIA.

Hot-swappable

The hot-swappable sockets are mounted on the PCB, so you can install or change the switches without soldering. The PCB supports both 3 pin and 5 pin MX mechanical switches.

South-facing RGB LED Lights

The south-facing RGB is designed to better illuminate the keyboard backlight from the typist’s angle with the premium non-shine-through PBT keycaps installed. The south-facing RGB is also free from interference when the user installs Cherry-profile alternative keycaps on their keyboard.

Barebone US layout of Keychron Q1 QMK VIA 75% layout custom mechanical keyboard with rotary encoder knob version

Pre-lubed Gateron G Pro Switch

Every detail counts when it comes to a premium typing experience. An optimized mold with more precise positioning and less wobbliness will certainly improve your fingertip feel. Pair that together with our revamped stabilizers and factory pre-lubed Gateron G Pro switches, a smooth travel experience is guaranteed.

Keychron Q1 Gateron G Pro switch features

What's in the box?

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Specs
Width 145 mm
Length 327.5 mm
Front Height 22.6 mm  (without keycaps)
Back Height 35.8 mm (without keycaps)
Feet Height 2.4 mm
Angle 5.2°
Weight 1825 g ± 10 g (Fully Assembled version)
Body Material Full CNC machined aluminum
Plate Material Steel
Keycap Double-shot ABS keycaps, not shine-through (Fully Assembled version)
MCU Ultra-low-power Arm Cortex-M4 32-bit STM32L432 (128KB Flash)
Backlight South-facing RGB LED
Switch Gateron G Pro (Fully Assembled version)
Hot-swappable Support Compatible with most of the 3 pin & 5 pin MX style mechanical switches such as Gateron, Cherry MX and Kailh, etc.
Stabilizer Screw-in PCB stabilizer
Connectivity Type-C
Cable

Type-C cable + Type-A to Type-C adapter