The Keychron C3 Pro is a TKL (tenkeyless) keyboard, which means it has a standard layout and full arrow keys, only missing the chunky calculator bit on the left side. That makes it easy to adjust to for anyone dipping their toes into mech boards, which isn’t necessarily true for smaller designs. It’s a wired board that comes with your choice of Red (smooth) or Brown (with a tactile “bump”) switches. Other premium options include red LED lighting, a removable USB-C cable, and dual-stage feet for adjusting the typing angle.
The C3 Pro lacks some of the bells and whistles of more advanced models, like an all-metal body, volume dial, or the option to change out your switches. But it does allow you to reprogram its layout and macros with either the online VIA tool or QMK, something that’s practically unheard of even at its regular price. The standard TKL layout also means you can customize the keycaps with a near-unlimited number of flashy aftermarket upgrades.
These two options make the Keychron C3 Pro a great place to start if you’re just getting into the hobby and want to check it out without sinking tons of money in. But even if you’re not interested in tweaking it, a $30 price tag means this is a fantastic option for a replacement to the flimsy keyboard that came with your PC, or an external board for when your laptop is docked at a desk.
Michael is a former graphic designer who’s been building and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cares to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.