Keychron is releasing a new keyboard on Kickstarter today which stands out for being the first under its new gaming-focused Lemokey sub-brand. He Lemokey L3 it will be available via Kickstarter this month, and Keychron expects it to ship later this year. Prices start at $209 for a fully assembled model, or $189 for a basic model with no switches or keys.
Fundamentally, the Lemokey L3 is a modified version of Keychron’s Existing Q3 Pro, a tenkeyless wireless keyboard equipped with a volume dial and four programmable macro buttons. What sets the Lemokey L3 apart, aside from its slightly different look, is the inclusion of a 2.4GHz USB dongle, which allows the keyboard to be used wirelessly with a 1000Hz polling rate. By comparison, the Q3 Pro only supports Bluetooth for wireless connections, which peaks at 90 Hz much less sensitive.
In practice, that should mean that the Lemokey L3 will feel almost as responsive when used wirelessly as wired, as long as it’s connected via its 2.4GHz dongle. Otherwise, it still supports Bluetooth (it can remember connections to up to three different devices), as well as good old USB.
Like the Q3 Pro, Keychron’s Lemokey L3 comes with durable, double-shot PBT keycaps, though in the case of the L3, they use a more traditional Cherry profile (at least in the keyboard world) instead of Retro Style KSA by Keychron. The four macro keys to the left of the L3’s keyboard are also square instead of rectangular like on the Q3 Pro.
Otherwise, the Lemokey L3’s specs are largely in line with Keychron’s existing Q Pro wireless keyboards. It uses a board-mount design that should offer a superior typing feel, has a solid aluminum casing and RGB lighting, and is customizable thanks to its hot-swappable switches. There’s also support for remapping using QMK/VIA, which is how you control what those macro buttons and the dial on the left side of the board do. The Lemokey L3 has a 4000mAh battery, just like the Q3 Pro, which is rated for 200 hours of use at over 2.4GHz if you leave your RGB off. That’s just under the 300 hours the Q3 Pro offers over Bluetooth with the backlight turned off. Finally, the keyboard is available with US (ANSI) and EU (ISO) layouts, but Kickstarter only has the ISO layout available in a basic configuration with no switches or keys.