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Best Keyboards For Typing

For a writer, your keyboard is your tool of the trade. That's why it's so important for writers to have a keyboard that offers comfort and support and feels satisfying to use. It's also important that your keyboard has all the right buttons and functions you need, whether dedicated media keys for skipping through playlists while working on that screenplay or the ability to remap keys in the software so your shortcuts are right where you need them.

We've tested over 220 keyboards, and below is our list of the best keyboards for writers we've tested. If you're exclusively looking for ergonomic options, check out our recommendations for the best ergonomic keyboards . If you write lines of code instead of lines of dialogue, we also have a list of the best keyboards for programming . Or, if you know for certain you want a mechanical keyboard for that nice click and clack, check out our best mechanical keyboards article.

Best Keyboard For Typing

Keychron Q5 Max [Q1 Max, Q2 Max, etc.] Design Picture

With over 220 keyboards tested, the best keyboard for typing we recommend for most people is the Keychron Q5 Max . We've singled out the 96% Q5 model specifically here, but this keyboard is actually part of a wider Q Max series that includes many different-size variants. If you prefer a more traditional full-size model or a more compact keyboard that takes up less space on your desk, we suggest checking out the entire lineup on Keychron's website  here . Each board in this lineup shares the same impressive build quality and premium-feeling typing experience right out of the box.

Part of what makes each keyboard in the Q Max series a typist's dream is how it's constructed. It has a double gasket mount design with small silicon separators between components inside the case, which lends a softer, cushioned typing feel. It also has multiple layers of acoustic materials sandwiched inside components, and the switches and stabilizers come pre-lubed from the factory.

That said, because this keyboard has a higher-end, solid aluminum case, it's a little louder than most other options on this list. We also noticed the stabilizers on the larger keys felt and sounded a little inconsistent during our testing, so you may want to re-lube or replace the stabilizers yourself to get the most out of this board. To that end, this keyboard is also designed to be highly customizable and includes a tool kit so you can completely disassemble the board to swap out any pieces if you want.

See our review

Best Upper Mid-Range Keyboard For Typing

NuPhy Halo96 [Halo65, Halo75] Design Picture

If the price tag and the customization factors of the Keychron Q6 don't appeal to you, we recommend the NuPhy Halo96, one of the models in NuPhy's Halo lineup. We've highlighted the largest 96% size option here that features nearly all of the keys of a standard full-size keyboard (including a Numpad) but in a slightly more compact package without spacing between key clusters. If you don't need a Numpad, the (75%) and (65%) variants of this keyboard offer the same features and excellent typing quality as the larger version, but in a smaller package—they're typically a bit less expensive, too.

One of the major draws of this keyboard for typists is the emphasis on typing quality and acoustics. There are multiple layers of silicone-dampening material inside the case and what NuPhy calls a GhostBar, a spacebar fitted with polycarbonate and silicone pieces to help dampen the loud hollow sound spacebars often make. You can buy this keyboard in a range of tactile or linear switches and, thanks to the hot-swappable PCB, even add the switches you prefer.

While the build quality and materials don't feel as premium as with our top pick, the Q6, this keyboard also offers wireless connectivity. While its high profile and weight mean it isn't a super portable option, it's still a great choice if you have a multi-device setup at your desk, as it pairs wirelessly with up to three devices via Bluetooth. Note that this keyboard doesn't have the pictured acrylic wristrest, but you can purchase one separately from NuPhy's website.

Best Mid-Range Keyboard For Typing

Logitech MX Keys S Design Picture

At a mid-range price point, we recommend the Logitech MX Keys S . While the above picks are mechanical keyboards, this keyboard goes back to basics. It uses scissor switches—typically found in laptop keyboards—making this a familiar-feeling option for most. This straightforward model has a sleek dark grey and black aesthetic that looks professional in any setup. It also has white-only backlighting you can set to automatically adjust to the lighting around you, making the legends on keys easy to read in all conditions.

It makes up for what it lacks in extra features with design touches. Its flat, low profile means you can rest your wrists directly on your work surface to type comfortably without a wrist rest. Each keycap has an indent in the middle that helps guide your fingers into the center and avoid accidental keystrokes on neighboring keys. As this is a wireless unit, you don't have to worry about cable management, and thanks to its long battery life of up to five months, you don't need to worry about constantly recharging it.

As mentioned, the low profile is comfortable to use. However, if you're prone to wrist pain and are interested in something with a more ergonomic design, the Logitech ERGO K860 is also a solid, mid-range option. Its split design reduces strain on the fingers, wrists, and shoulders since your arms are in a more natural position during use. Though, the layout might take a bit of getting used to at first.

Best Budget Keyboard For Typing

ROYAL KLUDGE RK61 Design Picture

Of all the budget keyboards we've tested, the ROYAL KLUDGE RK61 takes the crown. This little unit is portable thanks to its compact design and lightweight plastic build. Its small footprint clears up space on your desk for keeping your water bottle, coffee mug, phone, and whatever else you need for your workflow right where you need them. This unit also has excellent wireless versatility. You can connect with up to three devices at once using Bluetooth, or you can get a variant that includes a USB receiver, which is great if you tend to work in areas with a lot of Bluetooth noise, like an office or a co-working space. The battery life isn't excellent, but it promises around 10 hours of active use, and you can always continue to use it while it charges with a standard wired connection.

A few other variants of this keyboard are available, like a variant with full RGB backlighting or a hot-swappable variant that allows you to easily swap out the switches, which is particularly impressive given its low price point. Whatever option you spring for, you're guaranteed a solid typing experience without breaking the bank.

Best Cheap Keyboard For Typing

Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K380s Design Picture

The best cheap option we recommend for most typists is the Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K380s. This compact, slim keyboard is easy to slip into backpacks or laptop cases. It's also an excellent match for smaller workspaces or if you find yourself hopping between hot desks. It uses AAA batteries and connects wirelessly with Bluetooth, supporting multi-pairing with up to three devices simultaneously.

Overall, it's a versatile and portability-forward pick that's very hard to beat in its price range. However, its biggest drawback is that it has somewhat unusual circular keycaps and a slightly tighter key spacing layout than other keyboards on this list. The layout may take some time to get used to at first, but most people will achieve their normal typing speed before long.

It's also worth noting that this keyboard's compact layout lacks a Numpad. If you need a Numpad, we recommend the  Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard  instead. It isn't as portable and doesn't feel as well built overall, but it has a more conventional full-size layout with standard key spacing and is typically available for about the same price.

  • NuPhy Gem80: The NuPhy Gem80 is a standout TKL alternative in the same price range as the Keychron Q5 Max, but it's an outlier because it's only available as a barebones kit without switches and keycaps. That said, it comes loaded with an array of acoustic treatments and layers of dampening material, and its stabilizers also come pre-lubed from the factory and feel more consistent than those on the Keychron Q5 Max. It provides an extremely premium-feeling typing experience if you're comfortable buying and installing switches and keycaps. See our review
  • Ducky One 3: The Ducky One 3 is a colorful and versatile unit that offers an exceptional typing experience if you'd prefer the feel of a mechanical keyboard for around the same price as the Logitech MX Keys S. However, unlike the Logitech keyboard, this is a wired-only model with a high-profile design that's most comfortable to use with a wrist rest. See our review
  • Logitech MX Mechanical: The Logitech MX Mechanical is essentially a mechanical version of the Logitech MX Keys S. While it's a great choice if you're already in a Logitech peripheral system, you can find mechanical keyboards that offer a better typing experience at a similar price range, like the NuPhy Halo96. See our review
  • Epomaker TH80 Pro: The Epomaker TH80 Pro is a great alternative to the ROYAL KLUDGE RK61 if you'd prefer something larger with dedicated arrow keys and a function row. It also offers a somewhat better typing experience with higher-quality PBT keycaps. The downside is that it's typically quite a bit more expensive, and its PBT keycaps don't have shine-through legends. See our review

Apr 19, 2024: We've replaced the Keychron Q6 with the Keychron Q5 Max as our best pick, as it's only a bit more expensive but adds wireless connectivity and some typing experience improvements. We've also replaced the Logitech K380 with its successor, the Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K380s, and added the NuPhy Gem80 to our list of Notable Mentions.

Feb 06, 2024: We've changed our 'Best Keyboard For Typing' pick from the Keychron Q2 to the Keychron Q6. Both keyboards are in the same wider lineup and similar, but the Keychron Q6 is a full-size model that's likely to be a better fit for most people than the compact 65% Keychron Q2. Like all other picks on our list, the Keychron Q2 is also updated to our most recent test bench methodology, making all our picks more directly comparable.

Dec 08, 2023: We've audited our list of recommendations and aren't making any changes with this update, but we've confirmed all our picks for relevance, stock availability, and pricing.

Sep 20, 2023: We've verified the pricing and availability of all our picks but haven't changed our recommendations, as all products remain the best options for their respective categories.

Jul 20, 2023: We've replaced the Logitech MX Keys as our mid-range pick and replaced it with its successor, the Logitech MX Keys S, which is a bit cheaper than the original and adds several minor features—including new shortcuts, software support for macros, and auto brightness backlighting.

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best keyboards for fast typing and writing. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our keyboard reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no keyboard is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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The best keyboards for typing and writing

Whether you’re punching up an email or crafting the next great American novel, a solid keyboard is a must-have if you spend a lot of time writing. Having a great keyboard for writing will improve your typing speed and accuracy, which means you will spend less time correcting errors and writing more.

Here are the best keyboards for writing and typing, including options for Mac users and those on a budget .

The NuPhy Air75 set on top of a MacBook Pro.

NuPhy Air75

The best overall keyboard for typing.

  • Low profile
  • Hot-swappable
  • Pretty affordable
  • Extra low-profile switches aren't common

If you’re looking for the best overall typing experience for Windows and Mac devices, look no further than the NuPhy Air75. The Air75 is the thinnest mechanical keyboard in the world, and it comes with all the bells and whistles to make it the best typing experience regardless of what you are looking for.

The biggest selling point of the Air75 is its low profile. At its shortest point, the Air75 measures only 16mm tall. This insanely low profile makes it incredibly comfortable to type on for long periods of time. Wrist strain is a common issue for mechanical keyboards because of their taller profiles, but that won’t be an issue at all on the Air75 because of its thin keys and low-profile switches.

The Air75 can be configured with Gatereon low-profile linear reds, tactile browns, or clicky blue switches. Linear and tactile are obviously the best options for typing and writing, but the options let you choose whichever is best for you. The keyboard is also hot-swappable, so you can always switch them out later.

Designed to work with Windows and Mac, the NuPhy Air75 is hands down the best keyboard for typing. It's not too expensive, either.

Best non-mechanical keyboard

  • Grooved keys
  • Awesome battery life
  • Smart backlight system

It’s impossible to write a keyboard list without mentioning a product from Logitech. It makes a ton of products that appeal to office workers and gamers alike, including the MX Keys.

The MX Keys is the best non-mechanical keyboard you can get for writing. For one, it’s remarkably thin, but it remains sturdy because of its unibody aluminum chassis. The keys are grooved so your finger can effortlessly travel from key to key.

The MX Keys can connect to up to three devices, making it an excellent multitasking and productivity device. Its smart illumination setting will also adjust the keys’ backlighting to the ambient room brightness, saving you battery life. You can expect at least 10 days on a full charge. If you turn backlighting off, the MX Keys can last up to five months. That makes the MX Keys a great option if you’re looking for a low-maintenance wireless solution.

The MX Keys is compatible with Windows and MacOS out of the box, so it’s a great option regardless of what your office setup is. It’s a bit expensive at $119, but it’s what you expect for such a premium build quality and typing experience. If you like the idea of the MX Keys but still want a mechanical board, Logitech recently came out with a mechanical version.

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Ducky One 3 TKL

The best tenkeyless board.

  • Excellent sound dampening
  • Three tilt angles
  • No wireless or Bluetooth connections

Ducky has an excellent reputation in the enthusiast keyboard space, and the Ducky One 3 is the best rendition of its signature keyboard yet. The Ducky One 3 could take any spot on this list, but we think the tenkeyless (TKL) version is the most appealing to consumers.

Ducky puts a lot of effort into meticulously crafting its keyboards. The keycaps are all double-shot PBT, and they are specially coated to be shine- and stain-resistant so they maintain their original color for years.

The dual-layer PCB is supported by a layer of EVA foam to help reduce noise, and the chassis is carefully designed to prevent the keyboard from flexing or moving as you type. The keys are also hot-swappable for a customizable experience.

The only real downside of the Ducky One 3 is it only has a wired connection. That’s not a huge deal, but it does make the keyboard less portable. However, with its outstanding build quality and typing experience, the Ducky One 3 is a keyboard that knows what it is and does it exceedingly well.

Razer Pro Type Ultra

Work and play.

  • Included wrist rest
  • A gaming keyboard with no RGB
  • Near-silent switches

If you’re looking for an excellent typing keyboard that blends into a work or home office environment and doubles as a gaming keyboard, the Razer Pro Type Ultra will be the best choice for you. Razer makes a wide array of RGB-packed gaming mechanical keyboards, so the Pro Type Ultra is comparatively understated. It still has bright white LEDs for backlighting the keys, but the keyboard is perhaps Razer’s subtlest product.

Whereas Razer’s other keyboards can also be pretty loud, the Pro Type Ultra is remarkably quiet. The silent mechanical keys are also cushioned with noise-dampening foam, and the built-in wrist rest makes the Pro Type Ultra comfortable to type on for extended periods.

The Pro Type Ultra has three connection modes: wired, 2.4GHz wireless, and Bluetooth. You can connect up to four devices via Bluetooth and seamlessly switch between them without having to pair and re-pair. The Pro Type Ultra also has over 200 hours of battery life in Bluetooth and wireless mode, so it will more than last you through a week of work.

If you’re looking for something you can comfortably game and type on, the Pro Type Ultra is an excellent option.

Keychron K3 V2

  • Extra keys for Windows and Mac
  • Only connects via Bluetooth

If you’re looking for something a bit different from the Apple Magic Keyboard but want something that’s natively compatible with MacOS, the Keychron K3 V2 is the best option for you. The updated version has a sturdier frame and adjustable rubber feet to make the typing experience as comfortable as possible.

The Keychron K3 V2 features a low-profile design that utilizes low-profile Gatereon or optical switches for a comfortable typing experience. It also has extra keys to swap out for MacOS to tailor it to Apple’s operating system.

The Keychron K3 V2 only connects via Bluetooth, which isn’t as stable or reliable for gaming. However, for typing on a Mac, it’s more than enough, and you can connect to three devices.

The K3 V2 has a standard white backlight version or a RGB one. The RGB model comes with 18 color modes, so you can match the K3 to whatever RGB setup you have at home. Because of its thin frame and 75% profile, the K3 V2 is also highly portable, making it a great companion for MacBooks and iPads alike.

Logitech G613 Lightspeed

The best budget keyboard.

  • Very good battery life
  • Media controls
  • Usually on sale for a good discount
  • Not as customizable

If you’re looking for a solid but affordable mechanical keyboard for writing, the Logitech G613 Lightspeed is an excellent option. This board retailed for $120 when it was released, but you can regularly find it on sale for as low as $60. While it’s branded as a gaming keyboard, its understated design and ergonomic features make it an excellent keyboard for typing.

The keyboard utilizes Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless technology, which creates a lag-free wireless experience. Input lag can annoying on Bluetooth keyboards, especially if you type quickly and have to wait on the latency to catch up with you. However, that isn’t really an issue on the G613. The keyboard also features Bluetooth, so you can pair multiple devices, and its long battery guarantees 18 months of use without a charge.

Combine all that with Logitech’s Romer G switches, onboard media controls, and programmable macro keys, and the G613 is a versatile board that you can use for just about anything. It isn’t as customizable as some of the boards on this list, but at its lower price, it doesn’t have to be.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are plenty of great membrane keyboards that offer an excellent typing experience (there’s even one on the list). For typing, comfort is just as important as feedback, and it’s easier to find a comfortable membrane keyboard that is also satisfying to type on. However, a solid low-profile mechanical keyboard will deliver the most satisfying and comfortable typing experience and will likely even make you a faster typer due to how responsive the keys are.

Which switch is best depends on the kind of typing experience you want to have. Linear and tactile switches will offer the smoothest typing experience. Linears are great for speedy typing with no feedback, while tactile switches give a satisfying bump to indicate when you actuated the switch.

Clicky switches are a fan favorite with some typists, but they are loud and are not for everyone, especially those in communal office spaces. You will annoy other people with clicky switches.

A wrist rest isn’t necessary, but it is going to make typing for extended periods of time more comfortable. That’s doubly true if you are using a mechanical keyboard with a tall profile. Low-profile keyboards reduce the need for a wrist rest, but they certainly don’t hurt in any situation.

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There's something really satisfying about typing on a low-profile keyboard. Not only do they feel more comfortable for long typing or gaming sessions, but they also help your wrists to be less prone to strain or pain.

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What Is The Best Keyboard for Writers? 2022 Top 10 Comparison

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best writing keyboards

Welcome to my list of each best keyboard for writers, depending on your situation. Are all keyboards built the same? They’re just a bunch of plastic keys. Can’t be that different, right?

Wrong. Some are mechanical. Some are backlit (check out the best backlit keyboards !). Some are ergonomic . Each one is unique, and each one will perform differently under different circumstances. If you’re looking for something specific, I’m sure we can find something that’s right for you in this list.

So, let’s jump in and take a look into some of the best keyboards for writers!

What is the best keyboard for writers? Here’s my top 10 list:

What are the different types of writing keyboards.

On this list, I rank these writing keyboards based on the following features or types:

  • Best overall
  • Retro Style
  • Minimalist Style
  • Multi-device Use

Best keyboards for typing reviews

1. roccat vulcan (overall best keyboard for writers).

1. Roccat Vulcan (Overall Best Keyboard for Writers)

  • TITAN SWITCH MECHANICAL (TACTILE) - Designed and built entirely by ROCCAT engineers and developed for gamers who love the feel of mechanical switches, but demand the feel of the crisp, tactile bump and instant responsiveness
  • ADVANCED ANTI-GHOSTING - Technology optimized for gamers to ensure every key stroke of the most-used keys is registered – no matter how frantic the action gets
  • AIMO ILLUMINATION - ROCCAT’s proprietary lighting eco-system connects compatible devices present vivid lighting scenarios right out of the box, without the need for extensive configuration; With full backlighting in 16.8 million colors
  • MIXER-STYLE MEDIA CONTROLS - The volume dial and backlit media buttons allow you to adjust volume and mute/unmute on the fly, or toggle over to lighting control to adjust brightness
  • CUSTOMIZED YOUR WAY - ROCCAT’s Easy-Shift[plus] technology adds a secondary function to compatible keys; Just hold down the designated modifier key for double the command power in an instant
  • DETACHABLE PALM REST - Attaching with a premium magnetic solution, the included palm rest lets you adjust your setup to whatever’s comfortable for you, whether it’s a relaxed typing or aggressive gaming style
  • LONG LASTING DURABILITY - The keyboard is reinforced by an aircraft-grade aluminum layer to make it extra strong and durable; Titan switches are designed to keep dust and dirt out, helping to keep it in top condition
  • Sturdy construction
  • Silent keys (thank goodness!)
  • Lightweight
  • Some people report some keys don’t work after a while

Not to play on the whole Vulcan thing, but this keyboard is like the Starship USS Enterprise of Keyboards. Its futuristic look and feel make you feel like Captain Kirk boldly typing what no man (or WOMAN!) has typed before. And it’s not just the look of this keyboard that sets it apart from others. It’s the keys themselves. The keys are Roccat Titan Switches that claim to be 20% faster than any other mechanical keyboard on the market, making it the best mechanical keyboard for writers .

The keys provide maximum bounce back with minimum chatter allowing for a smooth typing experience. On top of that (literally), the Roccat comes equipped with an aluminum top plate. This adds a lightweight durability to this awesome typing experience. The biggest drawback to this keyboard is its price. It’s not necessarily the cheapest option on this list, but definitely one of the best keyboards for writers.

2. Microsoft Sculpt (Most Ergonomic Writing Keyboard)

2. Microsoft Sculpt (Most Ergonomic Writing Keyboard)

  • Split keyset design helps to position wrists and forearms in a natural, relaxed position
  • Cushioned palm rest provides support and promotes a neutral wrist position
  • Domed keyboard design positions wrists at a natural, relaxed angle
  • Separate number pad provides greater flexibility for workspace setup
  • Natural arc key layout mimics the curved shape of the finger tips
  • Great ergonomic design
  • Palm resting pad
  • Trusted branding
  • Battery lasts forever!
  • Padding can get worn over time

When it comes to ergonomic keyboards, it’s one of two things. You either hate them or love em. Their unique split design can be confusing to some. But those that use them love the comfort they provide. This keyboard has all the bells and whistles of a premium ergonomic keyboard. Contoured palm resting pads, domed keyboard design positioned, angled keys, the works. If you’re looking for an ergonomic keyboard… This is your best bet. Just like the Roccat above, the Microsoft Sculpt is not cheap. But… well worth the money for those who spend the majority of their time on a keyboard.

3. Logitech K780 (Best Wireless Keyboard for Writers)

3. Logitech K780 (Best Wireless Keyboard for Writers)

  • Multi-device wireless keyboard: Beautiful type-on-everything keyboard with easy switching between three devices, including any computer, tablet and smartphone
  • Logitech FLOW cross-computer typing: Use as a regular keyboard or combine with a compatible Logitech FLOW mouse (sold separately) to type, copy, paste and move files seamlessly between computers
  • Comfortable typing: Full size, fully equipped keyboard with large, quiet keys and convenient number pad
  • Integrated phone and tablet stand: Holds your devices at the perfect angle to type and read
  • Wide compatibility: Windows 8 or later , Mac OS X 10.10 or later , iOS 5 or later , Android 5.0 or later Chrome OS
  • OS Adaptive: Automatically recognizes each device and maps keys to give you a familiar layout, including hotkeys and shortcuts
  • Two year battery life*: Virtually eliminates the need to change batteries (*Battery life calculation based on an estimated two million keystrokes/year in an office environment. User experience may vary.)
  • Multi-device compatible
  • Solid wireless tech
  • Good battery life
  • Auto-sleep mode is annoying

Are you a Mac owner? Or perhaps you’re a PC person? Do you use a tablet or smartphone to write? Doesn’t matter This keyboard is like the one size fits all of keyboards.  It is compatible with nearly every device you can think of. And… it’s wireless! Just connect via Bluetooth and you’re ready to go. The keyboard takes only two AAA batteries and claims that it can run up to two full years on a single set. Now, that’s impressive. When it comes to wireless capabilities and compatibility, this Logitech should be your top choice.

4. Azio Retro Bluetooth Artisan (Ms. Congeniality Award)

4. Azio Retro Bluetooth Artisan (Ms. Congeniality Award)

  • A Classic Reborn: Design Originated By Vintage Typewriters And Crafted With Ultramodern Features, The Azio Retro Classic Is The Perfect Amalgam Of Past, Present, And Future
  • Genuine & Luxurious: Genuine Leather Or Wood Top Plate. Leather Reflects Taste, Craftsmanship, And Exclusiveness While Emitting A Unique Charm That Inspires
  • Tactile. Clicky. Backlit: The Backlit Mechanical Keys Are Tuned To Be Tactile And "Clicky", Reminiscent Of Vintage Typewriters
  • Forged. Polished. Plated: The Keyboard Frame Is Forged With Aluminum Alloy And Plated Into A Beautiful Chrome/Satin Finish To Accompany The Leather Top Plate
  • Nice retro design
  • Wireless device
  • Supports multiple devices
  • Pretty pricey

Now, if you’re like me this might just be the keyboard for you. For me, writing isn’t just a hobby. It’s a passion. A total experience. And… I may just be a little extra at times. This keyboard is a full on package. It’s funky and retro, but high functioning and practical. The clicky clack of the keys emulates an old-school typewriter. And it may have one of the coolest top plates around. Leather framed by a zinc aluminum alloy. But as far as practicality is concerned, it comes equipped with Bluetooth so it can be used as a wireless device. It is also supported on both Mac and PC. So good looks and great function… This thing reminds me a lot of me. But like some of the others on this list… It can be a bit expensive.

5. Razor Huntsman Elite (Best Typing Keyboard for Durability)

5. Razor Huntsman Elite (Best Typing Keyboard for Durability)

  • Faster Than Legacy Mechanical Switches: Razer Optical switches use light-based actuation, registering key presses at the speed of light (30% shorter actuation distance than other clicky switches at 1.5 millimeter) with satisfying, clicky feedback
  • Ultimate Personalization & Gaming Immersion with Razer Chroma: Fully syncs with popular games, Razer hardware, Philips Hue, and gear from 30 plus partners; supports 16.8 million colors on individually backlit keys
  • Quality, Aluminum Construction: Covered with a matte, aluminum top frame for increased structural integrity. Keycaps-Regular ABS
  • Ergonomic, Magnetic Wrist Rest: Made of plush leatherette to maximize comfort over extended gaming sessions (with built-in underglow lighting)
  • Fully Programmable Macro Support: Razer Hypershift allows for all keys and keypress combinations to be remapped to execute complex commands
  • Unrivalled Durability: Supports up to 100 million clicks with a 2 year manufacturer warranty, double the lifespan of most competitor keyboards
  • Lightweight and fast
  • Nice satisfying clicks
  • Supports up to 100 million keystrokes
  • Keys can be loud for some
  • Some users report sticking

The Razor Huntsman Elite definitely lives up to its name as being an elite keyboard. It has one of the fastest response times available on the market today. The keys are super lightweight and easy to press, but provide that clicky assurance that we are all looking for. Oh, did I forget to mention its durability rating? The Huntsman Elite boasts a durability of up to 100 MILLION keystrokes. Jeez Louise! That’s insane. For professional writers, the Razor may be the perfect choice.

6. Samsers Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard (Top Writers' Keyboard for Travel)

6. Samsers Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard (Top Writers' Keyboard for Travel)

  • Foldable and easily portable
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Amazing battery life
  • Doesn’t work with non-mobile devices
  • Can be a little cramped for your hands

Are you a writer on the go? Or perhaps a travelling blogger? You need a keyboard that works great and travels better. That’s why this foldable keyboard is just so awesome! The keyboard can last up to three months on just a single charge–or less if you use it often. Now, the thing is… This keyboard works awesome with mobile devices. And that’s about it. So no hooking your laptop or desktop up to this one. But for those on the go, this can be an invaluable tool.

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - 6x Programmable Macro Keys - USB Passthrough & Media Controls - Fastest Cherry MX Speed - RGB LED Backlit - Black Finish

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - 6x Programmable Macro Keys - USB Passthrough & Media Controls - Fastest Cherry MX Speed - RGB LED Backlit - Black Finish

  • Aircraft grade anodized brushed aluminum frame: Built to withstand a lifetime of gaming. Lightweight and rugged durability, necessary for a keyboard that's going to see a lot of action
  • 8MB profile storage with hardware macro and lighting playback: Allow access up to three stored profiles on the go, independent of external software. Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista
  • Dynamic multicolor per key backlighting with light edge: Adjust each key's color and illumination level in addition to 19 zones on the top edge light bar for sophisticated and dramatic animations
  • 100 percentage Cherry MX Speed RGB mechanical key switches: Unleash blistering speed with the 1.2 millimeter actuation and durability of gold contact Cherry MX mechanical key switches
  • 6 programmable G keys for in game macros: Assign single keystrokes or complex multi key combos to any of the 6 dedicated macro keys. Full key (NKRO) with 100 percentage anti-ghosting. HID keyboard report rate: 1000 Hz
  • Has everything you need
  • Great battery life and performance
  • Balanced design
  • Not a budget option (though it has everything you need at a low price)

This keyboard is just a great all around choice. Not too fancy, but definitely high quality. It comes fully equipped with Cherry MX Red key switches which allows for optimum performance and silent running. However, the best feature of this keyboard is (For me, anyway) is that it is spill and dust resistant! I am so terrified to keep my teacup near my computer as I type. This could be a great option for klutz such as myself and one of the best keyboards for writers.

8. Attoe Dual Channel Multi-Device (Best for Multiple Devices)

8. Attoe Dual Channel Multi-Device (Best for Multiple Devices)

  • Fashion & Quiet Design: Compact-sized 90 round silent click key caps with glossy and smooth edge technology and new fresh color brighten up your device and your desk. Sleek keyboard with low profile whisper-quiet keys deliver comfortable and smooth typing.
  • Multi-Device Dual-Mode Design Wireless Keyboard: Support Bluetooth V4.0 Wireless all in 1 Connection. 20m or 66 feet range.
  • Ultra-Slim Cross-Compatible Keyboard: Compatible with Windows, iOS,Mac and Android OS, Recognize Operation System Automatically after paired, no pass code needed
  • Space-Saving:Support 3 Different HID Device (like mobile phone, laptop and PC) keep High speed connecting same time and shift on different devices easily,This Wireless Keyboard could use for 3 of your Devices at Same time,help you Save Space
  • 100% Customer Satisfaction:30 days money-back and 12-months guaranty, when you are not satisfied with our product or you have any question, please contact with us to get a after-sale service, we will give you a satisfied response.
  • Great multi-device compatibility
  • Super stylish
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Somewhat low battery life

We’ve got a few items on this list that will  technically work on a bunch of different devices. However, this is one that is clearly geared towards multi-device usage, and it’s also super cute to boot!

This wireless multi-device keyboard from Attoe will work with a table, a phone, or even your PC or Mac. It also comes with a sleek groove that lets you insert your tablet or phone to hold it up. If you do a lot of writing on your tablet, I would definitely recommend this beauty for you.

9. Arteck 2.4G Wireless (Best Minimalist Keyboard)

9. Arteck 2.4G Wireless (Best Minimalist Keyboard)

  • Easy Setup: Simply insert the nano USB receiver into your computer and use the keyboard instantly.
  • Ergonomic design: Stainless steel material gives heavy duty feeling, low-profile keys offer quiet and comfortable typing.
  • 6-Month Battery Life: Rechargeable lithium battery with an industry-high capacity lasts for 6 months with single charge (based on 2 hours non-stop use per day).
  • Ultra Thin and Light: Compact size (11.1 X 5.3 X 0.16in) and light weight (10.2oz) but provides full size keys for comfortable typing.
  • Package contents: Arteck Stainless 2.4G Wireless Keyboard, nano USB receiver, USB charging cable, welcome guide, our 24-month warranty and friendly customer service.
  • Long battery life
  • Clean design
  • No Bluetooth
  • Doesn’t work with Macs

For some of you, all these fancy bells and whistles are too much. You just want something that works and nothing else. Or perhaps you’re a sucker for minimalist designs like some people I know (I’ll admit to not being one of them, my house is a mess).

This keyboard from Arteck is the best minimalist keyboard around. Plus it’s super cheap! This will work wirelessly using a nano USB receiver (sorry, no Bluetooth), and it’s super light weight. If I had to complain about anything it would be the keyboard doesn’t work for Mac, although many people are calling it the PC version of a standard Mac keyboard.

10. 7KEYS Electric Typewriter Vintage (Best Retro Keyboard)

10. 7KEYS Electric Typewriter Vintage (Best Retro Keyboard)

  • Easy to connect:With the upgrade Bluetoooth 5.0 version,faster to switching between A to B or C Device.No longer complain about the boredom of slow switching.
  • Switch lights at will:You can adjust the white Led lights mode by pulling the lever, which is interesting when work. You can also adjust the volume and brightness of the light by twisting the wheels.
  • Built-in hot swap blue switch:The classic typewriter style is integrate with premium hot swappable blue switch keyboard technology. Accelerate the speed of typing and enjoy the "Click"feeling by the old royal typewriter
  • Revisit retro style by modern technology:Our panels are made by aluminum alloy metal electroplated wood grain, mate black pull rods and rollers, and electroplated round key caps. Every detail is perfect to present the retro.
  • More Compatiblity:Compatible with Cellphone,Tablet or laptop with Android, Windows10, iOS and Mac OS system.You can connect it with desktop PC with USB wire.If you have more required,contact with our service team please.We will reply within 24h.
  • Terrific design
  • Works with multiple devices
  • The well is a little too small for larger tablets like the iPad Pro
  • A bit pricey

What? Not everyone has ever dreamed of having a modern keyboard that looks like a typewriter keyboard? Just me? Well okay then.

If you love the retro look, you’ll love this retro keyboard from 7KEYS, which really gives you the look and feel of a typewriter, but is also wireless, and will work seamlessly with a tablet or smartphone. It even has a groove to set them in!

Things to Consider Before Purchasing the Best Keyboard for Writing

There are several factors you should look into before buying a keyboard.

Wired vs Wireless

This is a huge quality of life decision you need to make before purchasing. Each has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages . Wired keyboards are awesome for their response time. Because the keyboard is directly hard wired to your device, there is much less response time lost than with wireless keyboards. Plus, if for some reason you don’t have a good wireless connection…you’re still good to go. Also, there’s no need for you to charge or buy batteries.

As far as wireless goes, the freedom of being away from your device can be liberating. Anybody else use a smart TV or monitor to cruise Netflix? I know I do. And being able to change between binge worthy shows from the comfort of my own couch… Priceless. Ultimately, the choice is up to you and what purpose you will use your keyboard for.

Standard vs. Ergonomic

Some keyboards are built to be more ergonomic , or in other words, better on my lightning fast typers. For those who do a lot of writing, these can often be a great option.

That said, there’s a HUGE learning curve to some of these keyboards, as they are not built like most of us are used to. Plus, a standard keyboard usually has a lot more options, and they can still be great for writers.

Mechanical vs Membrane

So… what in the heck does this even mean ? Well, it refers to the way the keys are actually pressed. With membrane keyboards, a series of membranes and pressure pads transfer data for the keys to be pressed. These membranes are often very lightweight in nature leading to a lighter overall keyboard. They are also much quieter than typing on a mechanical keyboard and definitely cheaper to boot.

A mechanical keyboard on the other hand uses an actual mechanical device such as a switch to actuate the key press. Whenever you see a missing key cap on a keyboard… it’s probably a mechanical keyboard. The removable key caps makes the keyboard much easier to clean. Mechanical keyboards also tend to be sturdier than their membrane counterparts. All in all, mechanical types make the best keyboards for writers. However, they are a bit noisier, heavier, and more expensive than membrane types.

Before purchasing a keyboard, you should definitely look to make sure that the durability is rated for exactly what you need it for. For hardcore writers, you should look for the highest durability you can. This is often measured via keystrokes. But sometimes, this can be a little misleading. So when looking for durability, I would recommend that you assess your usage. If you are gonna need that extra ruggedness, be sure to look into picking up a mechanical keyboard.

What is the best writing keyboard for me? My conclusion

Choosing the best keyboards for writers may seem like a simple decision. But… don’t be so hasty. If you’re a simple writer with simple needs, choose what you like and what’s within your budget. But… if you’re a serious writer, be sure to take into consideration all other factors before jumping to a decision.

If you’re looking for my suggestion of the best writing keyboard: the Roccat Vulcan.

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Best Typing Keyboards FAQs

What keyboards do professional writers use.

Professional writers use the keyboards that everyone else uses! There are a lot of different options out there, from ergonomic, to quick typing keyboards, to plain stylish keyboards. There are every people who dictate their book and don’t use a keyboard at all!

What type of keyboard is best for fast typing?

The fastest keyboards for typing are keyboards with low impact, meaning you don’t have to push them down very far in order to type. This means that your fingers can move faster. I personally recommend dictation (see link above) if you’re looking to write faster, however.

Are mechanical keyboards better for writing?

If you’re looking to write faster, a mechanical keyboard will not be better for writing. However, they can provide a much better feeling and style if that’s what you prioritize above speed. Many keyboards are still made as mechanical keyboards because people like them.

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The best typewriter keyboards (and why the Qwerkywriter is revolutionary)

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Enter the typewriter keyboard, which takes all of the positives of typewriters, such as isolating your focus and pressing on clicky keys, and adds connectivity to familiar word processors and devices. When you use a typewriter keyboard with your iPad, phone, or laptop, you know that it's time to write -- and the satisfying sounds of your keys will ensure that everyone around you will know it too. 

The leading product in this space is the Qwerkywriter, a gorgeous $250 typewriter keyboard. I reached out to Qwerkytoys in September 2022, asking about a potential demo unit of the keyboard that I could return after testing. My correspondence with their founder and CEO, Brian Min, changed my understanding of the company and the product. 

Min pointed out to me that the Qwerkywriter was the first typewriter mechanical keyboard brought to market , and since then the product has been copied, faked, and "outright patent and trademark violated." Min explained that Qwerkytoys is a small, local, family-owned business based in Northern California, and all of the limited edition keyboards they ship out are hand-assembled. The team does a 19-point onsite inspection of every unit they ship out. 

After understanding the value of the Qwerkywriter, I saved up and bought one of my own, forgoing the need for a tester unit -- and I'm glad I did. In this list, I'll be focusing on high-quality products like the Qwerkywriter, looking at user experience, ethicality, and craftsmanship.

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Here are the best typewriter keyboards to fit perfectly on your desk and offer a seamless writing experience.

Qwerkywriter

The best typewriter keyboard overall.

  • Tablet stand supports up to a 12.9-inch device
  • Supports USB-C
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Made of scratch-resistant aluminum
  • Does not have backlit keys, which could be a pro for some

Features:  Operating system : iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows 10 |  Connectivity: Wired or wireless |  Paired devices : Up to three |  Material : Scratch-resistant aluminum |  Number of buttons : 83 |  Price : $250

This is a gorgeous typewriter keyboard: Aesthetically and mechanically, it's perfect. 

It makes that clicky sound that you want with a typewriter, it's made out of scratch-resistant aluminum, and it has an integrated tablet/device stand that can easily fit devices up to 12.9 inches, including the iPad Pro 12-inch. Most 13-inch tablets will also fit on the stand, as long as the device is less than 5/8 inch thick.

I love that I can see the entire screen of my iPad when it's horizontally or vertically placed in the tablet holder. I have a 9th generation 10.2-inch screen iPad and it's a perfect fit. The keyboard is immediately responsive and a joy to use.

You can connect up to three devices at once with the Bluetooth connection, and type away on the keycaps, which have German-engineered Cherry MX clicky switches. In wired USB mode, the Qwerkywriter performs at its best and won't drop any letters or strokes. It didn't drop any letters or strokes for me in the Bluetooth mode either. You can control volume and page control with the scroll knobs on the keyboard. 

The issue that kept coming up with verified Amazon reviewers is that the key labels wore off quickly. So the machine could last for years, but the keys may need to be replaced sooner than that. You don't have to worry about that issue any longer. "We've made significant improvements to keycap fading issues with a new etching procedure," Min wrote to ZDNET. "We also have a warranty second to none and we often replace keycaps free of charge."

The keycaps have better stability, laser etching, and automotive-grade electroplating, creating a unique typing experience.

The Qwerkywriter lasts up to 4 weeks on a single charge. In USB mode, it does not require any battery power to function. It weighs a little less than 3 pounds. 

If you buy the Qwerkywriter on the product site, it's listed for the discounted price of $250 (originally $399). Using a 10% discount code listed on the site (CLASSIC10), you can receive 10% off of your purchase. Shipping takes 1-2 business days, which is comparable to the Amazon shipping time. Amazon is currently running the same discount. 

Azio Retro Classic

Best typewriter keyboard with backlit keys.

  • Unique finishes
  • Dual Bluetooth and USB modes
  • Adjustable stand
  • Does not have Cherry MX keys

Features:  Operating system : MacOS, Windows 10 |  Connectivity : Wired or wireless |  Paired devices : Up to three |  Material : Leather or wood, aluminum |  Number of buttons : 104 |  Price : $230

This keyboard had its start on Indiegogo in 2017, where it was marketed as an "industry-first luxury vintage keyboard." It has an aluminum alloy frame and a genuine leather or wood top plate, depending on which style you choose. The backlit keys combined with the unique material choices make this keyboard stand out -- and truly live up to its retro classic name.

Azio has included a clever feature to make this keyboard more comfortable to use. You can adjust the rear pillar-style supports of the keyboard to suit the perfect angle for your wrists. A simple rotation of those supports and voila! A more comfortable typing experience. You get keycaps for Mac-specific keys with the keyboard, which is a nice touch.

The keyboard can connect to your devices through a wired USB connection or through Bluetooth. The keyboard supports Type-C USB charging. You can use it in PC or Mac mode and connect it to your tablet, phone, laptop, and more. It's on sale for $176 on Amazon.

Also: The 5 best ergonomic keyboards

Freewrite Smart Typewriter

Best distraction-free writing tool.

  • Can write in 60+ languages with 85+ keyboard variants
  • Longer battery life
  • Sync to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote
  • Delay when between typing and when your text appears on the screen
  • Limited functionality
  • No spellcheck

Features: Operating system : Internal |  Connectivity:  Wired or wireless |  Paired devices : Syncs to the cloud |  Material : Aluminum |  Number of buttons : 61 |  Price : $649

The Freewrite Smart Typewriter is more than just a typewriter keyboard. It takes all of the positives of old-school typewriters and adds in the positives of modern technology. For example, one plus of a typewriter is that all you can do on it is write. So too with the Freewrite. The device helps you get in the writing flow and focus on writing without being tempted by distractions, like notifications or web browsers. 

So how does it work? The emphasis is on drafting now and editing later, with drafting happening on the Freewrite. The Freewrite display features a small E Ink panel with a front light, so you can use it day or night without any eyestrain from blue light. The keyboard has box brown switches that are durable and clicky, just like the switches on a typewriter. Freewrite wants you to write more, and to write deeply, enjoying the distraction-free interface of the device. 

"At the core of Freewrite's design philosophy is an encouragement to move the writer forward," the "Why Freewrite?" section of the website writes. "Intentionally lacking editing capabilities, Freewrite drafting devices help writers write more, not better. In drafting, quantity trumps quality."

You can produce a lot of words with a Freewrite -- the smart typewriter has an internal memory of up to 1 million words. When you're done with part of a draft, you can export your copy to the software of your choice to free up internal memory. The device connects to Wi-Fi to sync your words to the cloud. It has over 4 weeks of running time if you use it for 30 minutes per day. 

Rymek Retro

Best typewriter keyboard with saddle-shaped keys.

  • Dynamic backlit keys
  • Scroll knob controls volume and power
  • Use handle to switch between Bluetooth and USB mode
  • Spray painted keycaps
  • Material choices

Features: Operating system : iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows 10 |  Connectivity:  Wired or wireless |  Paired devices : Up to three |  Material : PC+ABS, spray paint, protective lacquer, zinc alloy, aluminum |  Number of buttons : 78 |  Price : $170

The Rymek Retro typewriter keyboard had its start on Indiegogo , raising $382,983 from 4,606 backers in 2018. The keyboard features saddle-shaped keycaps, Cherry/Gateron switches, and a dynamic backlight. It works across all operating systems and can pair with up to three devices using Bluetooth mode. It has a wired USB connection if you want to use it with your laptop or computer. 

The battery lasts 50 hours before it has to be recharged; in wired mode, of course, the keyboard is not depleted of charge. The backlight effect has five brightness levels from 0-100%, seven light effects, and four dynamic speeds. The scroll knob is an interesting touch -- you can control the volume of your device and even turn your device on or off with the scroll knob alone. There's a stainless steel stent to make sure that your technology is secure while you're typing.

The unique design of this typewriter keyboard makes it worthy of notice. And it being crowdfunded makes it even better.

Huo Ji E-Yooso Z-88 Typewriter

Best colorful typewriter keyboard, best keyboard for gamers.

  • Easily configure backlight for brightness, pattern, speed of animation, color, etc.
  • Anti-ghosting keys
  • Keys are durable for up to 50 million clicks
  • Quieter clicks
  • Can only connect to one device at a time

Features:  Operating system : MacOS, PS, XBOX |  Connectivity : Wired  |  Paired devices : N/A |  Material: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), metal |  Number of buttons : 104 |  Price: $50

This is the typewriter keyboard to get if you want all of the aesthetic benefits -- plus a little extra.

The backlit keyboard has ten preset backlighting colors and flashing speeds for optimum personalization. It's made of ABS and metal, with a matte finish and a gold-plated USB connector. 

This is a typewriter-inspired keyboard that you can reliably use for gaming. It allows you to use multiple keys simultaneously at high speeds, with each key controlled by an independent switch. This means high-grade games with lightning-fast responses. The double-shot-molded keycaps were also created with gaming in mind. The 13 RGB backlighting modes are an added aesthetic touch. You can program individual keys to be different colors or program the entire keyboard to be the same color without software (or with software if you so desire). 

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The Huo Ji keyboard is smaller than other options on this list, and it cannot connect wirelessly to multiple devices, but those could easily be pros: You can fit the keyboard on smaller desks, and you don't have to deal with wireless technical difficulties. At this price point, it's impossible to get genuine Cherry MX switches, but these switches are dust-proof and tested for 50 million keystrokes. 

Yunzii Actto B303 typewriter keyboard

Best non-mechanical typewriter keyboard.

  • Built-in tablet and phone holder
  • Trendy color choices
  • It comes with an extra keycap, batteries, and a manual
  • No option for wired connectivity
  • Some reviews mention that there are no instructions in English

Features:  Operating system : iOS, Mac OS, Windows 2000, Android |  Connectivity : Wireless |  Paired devices : Up to three |  Material: Unspecified |  Number of buttons : 86 |  Price : $55

This compact keyboard with typewriter-inspired keys measures just 14 inches in length; You can pair it with up to three devices and go between them using the FN key and 1, 2, and 3. The built-in tablet/phone holder is 12 inches long, so it can hold most tablets. 

The Yunzii Actto is, above all, aesthetically pleasing. You can choose between mellow pastel colors like sweet mint, baby pink, and ivory butter, or go for midnight or snow white. The style of the keyboard is retro with a modern touch. 

This keyboard does not come with a wire at all -- it runs only on batteries. If you forget to turn it off, it automatically enters sleep mode after 20 minutes. The keyboard comes with an extra red keycap, 2 AAA batteries, and a manual. If you'd prefer a larger keyboard with a numpad, make sure to select the B503 configuration with 104 keys instead of the B303 or B305 versions, which only have 86 keys. Right now, all three configurations are available for the same discounted price of $51.99.

What is the best typewriter keyboard?

The Centaurus took the overall best title, as it checks many boxes. It's affordable, offers wired or wireless connectivity, and comes in classic black and a variety of colors. However, it's not the only typewriter keyboard that earned top marks. I chose a variety of options to suit different needs, design tastes, and budgets. This table compares the top options based on price, connectivity, and paired devices: 

Which is the right typewriter keyboard for you?

It depends on your needs. I chose options that mirror a classic typewriter in unique ways. The table below can help you determine the right fit:

How did we choose these typewriter keyboards?

I compared different products and chose the best keyboards based on price and the range of add-ons. We chose ones that not only appealed to different design tastes, but also practical uses as well. Would you feel comfortable using metal keys or do you need a keyboard that offers a more traditional feel? And of course, price played a key factor. 

I also wanted to provide an overview of the kinds of typewriter keyboards out there, as well as present the most appealing options on the market right now.

Is a typewriter keyboard good?

The answer to this depends on how much you'll use the keyboard and if it can help focus your time. The appealing element of a typewriter keyboard for me is that I can get into a writing-only headspace and block out other distractions. I also like the look of them. 

Moreover, they're quite versatile with some models offering holders for your tablet or phone. And they offer unique features like backlighting and quieter key clicks. 

Is there a computer keyboard that sounds like a typewriter?

Yes -- a typewriter keyboard! The sound of the keys could be a plus or a drawback depending on if you like the sound of a typewriter. Usually, the typewriter keyboards out there are much softer than a standard typewriter, but they are louder than a usual computer keyboard. 

On the flip side, there are options that are quieter too. This is helpful when working in public or cranking out your creative masterpiece while your family or roommates are snoozing. 

Are typewriter keyboards ergonomic?

Some of them are, and others can be adjusted in height and angle for ergonomic purposes. Keep in mind even with an ergonomic keyboard, you'll need other components to help you maximize the benefit. 

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Having ergonomic equipment throughout your home office reduces the strain on your arms, wrist, and back. And it maximizes productivity by lowering fatigue. 

Are there alternative typewriter keyboards worth considering?

Of course. The following products didn't make the top list, but they still have their advantages.

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Because your computer deserves only the best keyboards

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This month, we decided to remove gaming keyboards from this guide, sticking to productivity keyboards and boards for creative work instead, especially since gaming keyboards are a completely different breed and deserve their own (extensive) list. 

We also have a few new entries we just added: the Wombat Pine Professional, Lofree 1% Transparent, KiiBOOM Phantom 81, and the Das Keyboard 6 Professional - all tested and reviewed by us to make sure their up to your standards.

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Only the best keyboards can truly deliver a comfortable and seamless typing experience. While dirt-cheap keyboards from Amazon can see you through your usual typing needs, they aren't going to be as fast and as responsive as top-notch keyboards. More importantly, they're not going to prioritize ergonomics.

Any mediocre keyboard can function properly as an input device. However, a high-quality option is more accurate, faster, and a lot more responsive, as well as more satisfying and more comfortable to type on. If it's a wireless keyboard , you'll find that the higher quality ones have better connectivity as well. In fact, we recommend getting one even if you don't spend all day typing away at your computer.

Much like when you're using the best mouse , the best keyboard will change the way you interact with your computer and elevate your experience overall. Having tested more than our share of keyboards, we can truly say that there is massive difference between an excellent keyboard and most of the cheap ones you find online. 

So, we gathered all the best keyboards we’ve tested or used ourselves, including the a few mechanical keyboards and some of our favorite mini keyboards , to help you get exactly that. If you're looking for a board for gaming, check out our best gaming keyboards list. But, if you want something for productivity, casual use, or creative work, one of the keyboards below - along with money-saving keyboard deals available right now - should meet your typing needs.

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Logitech Signature K650

1. Logitech Signature K650

Our expert review:

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Reasons to buy, reasons to avoid.

We have put the Logitech Signature K650 Wireless Comfort through the necessary paces, and we must say we're impressed. An excellent general-purpose keyboard that's great for practically all users – except gamers, it delivers a great typing experience for much less than you would think.

We found its keys incredibly comfortable and satisfying to use even when we're typing all day. That's despite the fact that they do have a bit of resistance on them. We also found it surprisingly lightweight for a full-sized keyboard. And, though we probably wouldn't recommend it for traveling, it's got a low profile as well. 

We wish the integrated palm rest is more comfortable and there's backlighting, but there are many special features here to make up for those. Unlike other keyboards, this has a new and timely feature – a mic mute and unmute so you don't have to panic every time you need to toggle your mic during meetings. Other new keys a lot of people will appreciate are the web browser buttons and the screenshot key. Rounding those out are its multi-connectivity and up to 36 months of battery life.

Read our full Logitech Signature K650 review

Cherry Stream Desktop

2. Cherry Stream Desktop

Although the Cherry Stream Desktop keyboard is not exactly the best-looking or the most compact, it’s arguably one of the best keyboards of 2024. This no-nonsense Cherry SX scissor-switch keyboard brings things back to the basics while also adding in some vital modern luxuries. 

So, while we were prepared to be underwhelmed by it, we were floored by its performance and the typing comfort it offered during testing. Not only is this Cherry SX scissor-switch keyboard robust and affordable, but it also delivers a great performance and even greater comfort, making it a pleasure to use even though it’s not exactly what you’d call eye candy. 

The setup is breathtakingly easy as well, something many casual users will appreciate. You just need a single dongle to connect it and its matching mouse to your computer or laptop, which should free up some of those ports for other peripherals. Not all great things come in fancy, attractive packages.

Read our full Cherry Stream Desktop Keyboard review

A Razer Pro Type Ultra on a glass-top desk

3. Razer Pro Type Ultra

The Razer Pro Type Ultra may be expensive, but it's just the kind of product you'd want to shell out for because it's worth it. Fitted with silent and linear mechanical keys, you'll get that satisfying tactile feedback without the unnecessarily loud click-clacking. Some might be disappointed that it's only available with linear switches, but we found them to be perfect for office settings.

It also comes fully-loaded with features, boasting three connectivity options, multi-device connectivity, and a luxurious wrist pad to kept our wrists comfortable especially during long typing sessions. Due to the added height of the keys, we found our wrists bending upward to type effectively, but the wrist pad does offer enough support to mitigate the issue.

When using the wireless connectivity, you've got up to 214 hours of battery life on Bluetooth and up to 207 hours when using the 2.4GHz dongle. Of course, if you don't feel like having to charge every time the battery runs out, you can also go wired. Pair this one with the Razer Pro Click Mini, and you might never look at your productivity workload the same way again.

Read our full Razer Pro Type Ultra review

Lofree 1% Transparent on a white desk

4. Lofree 1% Transparent

The Lofree 1% Transparent is undeniably appropriately named. This mechanical keyboard, pre-lubed Kailh Jellyfish mechanical switches that are comfortable to type on, is not just stunning, with its beautifully clean transparent keycaps, which have with a hallow center and a removable press-and-fit lid so you can customize them with tiny sequins or beads for fun, and a sleek equally-transparent top cover.

But it's amazing to type on as well. The switches felt and sounded amazing (that thock sound is near-orgasmic) and were smooth to type on during testing. Because the are pre-lubed, we also found it to be quieter than other mechanical keyboards. The battery life is decent as well, which got us about 60 hours of typing time with backlighting set to low brightness - that means you're getting about a week's worth of work use before needing to charge.

Keyboard enthusiasts - aka those who are willing to spend the money for a keyboard - will certainly adore it, though the fact that it's not hot-swappable might turn some off. But, you don't need to be one to truly appreciate this board, and if you're looking for something to help you stay productive and class up your work setup, it's worth the price. 

Read our full Lofree 1% Transparent review

Logitech MX Keys Mini

5. Logitech MX Keys Mini

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is among the best keyboards in the mini keyboards market. Being not only compact but also thin and lightweight, it's just as ideal for travel and commutes, as it is for home use, which gives it that versatility many remote and hybrid workers are seeking these days. 

While it is wrapped in a compact package, we found it to deliver a pleasant typing experience during testing, with its keys ergonomically designed to keep your fingertips in place and feel tactile despite the lack of mechanical switches. It's robust as well – the absence of any detectable scratches or bumps after a week of carting it around in our backpack is proof. 

And, naturally, since it is Logitech, there's a great system here for multi-device connectivity, allowing you to pair it with three devices at once and easily switch from one to the other on the fly. It is Bluetooth only, however, and it doesn't have an adjustable stand. 

Read our full Logitech MX Keys Mini review

Drop + The Lord of the Rings Elvish on a white table

6. Drop + The Lord of the Rings Elvish

Mechanical keyboard fans will love this officially-licensed The Lord of the Rings offering from Drop whose impressively solid and premium build is only surpassed by its comfortable and satisfying typing feel. This keeb may be outside of our usual offerings, but it's part of our effort to branch out and include worthy brands that have nurtured a cult status among true mechanical keyboard fans with discerning tastes.

We can't help but be impressed her. Thanks to its Holy Panda X Switches and Phantom Stabilizers, the tactile experience is delivers is unparalleled and the sound each key is something that mechanical keyboard enthusiasts will find orgasmic – without being too loud and obnoxious. 

Meanwhile, those keycaps are gorgeous, stamped with Sindarin phrases and Tengwar script – alongside, of course, the regular English alphabet and keyboard legends, and come in a concave form to keep your fingers in place. You even get a set of extra keys from Drop's Autumn in Rivendell Kit so you can customize it to an extent. We only wish the keycaps were slightly bigger, as the way they're designed right now, their smaller size makes each key feel a little cramped.

Read our full Drop + The Lord of the Rings Elvish review

Apple Magic Keyboard, one of the best keyboards, against a white background

7. Apple Magic Keyboard

Apple ’s Magic Keyboard is the most comfortable, reliable and good-looking keyboard we’ve ever had the pleasure of using, and it’s simply the best keyboard for Mac users. It’s actually incredible how sleek and thin this keyboard is, especially considering how comfortable it is to use. 

We’re Magic Keyboard users ourselves, and we found its great bounce and satisfying tactile feedback to be a plus when we’re typing away for hours. Those are, of course, thanks in large part to that stable scissor mechanism, which Apple has adopted on its laptops as well. 

Other features we love about it are its Touch ID reader, which is responsive and works incredibly well, and its month-long battery life. It’s so easy to use as well. Turn it on for the first time, and it’ll automatically pair with your Mac – it’s so decidedly Apple. The fact that it’s thin and compact makes it travel-friendly, but we find that to be a bit of a double-edged sword as it’s also not the most ergonomic keyboard we’ve used. Still, that’s not too bad of a trade-off.

Wombat Pine Professional on a gray desk mat

8. Wombat Pine Professional

The Wombat Pine Professional is giving the likes of Logitech and Razer are good run for their money. Though the Wombat brand doesn't yet enjoy mainstream popularity, it's an appealing choice for professionals who want a proper mechanical keyboard that's also both attractive and office-appropriate. Since it is designed especially for Mac users (though it is compatible with multiple platforms), it also comes in different colorways that match the colors of the iMac 24-inch.

Its performance and comfort can’t be beat either. It takes a second to wake, but that's about the only complaint we have. The keyboard is responsive and accurate, and the Red Cherry MX version we tested delivers that linear key switch experience that we love: non-clicky and non-bumpy actuation with a nice bottom out. It's also fitted with a noise and vibration absorption mat and pre-lubed stabilizers to improve the typing experience.

There's no backlighting here, but other special features abound, including ones that you won't find on other boards. There’s the number pad that has a simulated mouse mode, special function keys that give you quick, one-press access to the calculator, calendar, browser, and voice assistant (if set up), and the Function keys, which moonlight as the settings, media, app, and emoji menu quick access keys. 

Read our full Wombat Pine Professional review

KiiBOOM Phantom 81 on a green desk mat

9. KiiBOOM Phantom 81

Among the best transparent mechanical keyboards on the market, the KiiBOOM Phantom 81 boasts pre-lubed Crystal switches that allows it to literally sparkle, especially when you turn that vibrant RGB lighting on. So, if you're an RGB fan but would like to use a non-gaming keyboard for work, this is going to make you giddy.

It's not just pretty though; the typing performance is also on-point. Those switches are very responsive and great to type on, especially when combined with this keyboard's gasket mounted design, which also helps with making it slightly quieter than other mech keyboards. There's also no noticeable latency with the wireless connection, even though it does take a second for it to re-establish, we've noticed.

Despite its 81-key design, this really isn't portable being thick and heavy, but it is space-saving. Just make sure to invest in a wrist rest as that thickness can be fatiguing without proper support.

Read our full KiiBOOM Phantom 81 review

A Das Keyboard 6 Professional on a pink cutting mat

10. Das Keyboard 6 Professional

The Das Keyboard 6 Professional takes many of the things we love about other Das Keyboards then adds a few refinements, giving you an even more premium board that's suited for professionals. So, while you're still getting the volume knob, media control keys, and a dedicated sleep button, this model now comes with backlit keys, which you can leave on for as long as you like since this is a wired one.

As far as performance and typing experience, we found the keycaps to be premium to the touch and an absolute joy to type on. It's still got that clacky sound but it isn't too obnoxious. And, we appreciate the built-in USB hub, which now supports two USB Type-C passthrough ports - a boon to professionals who need to charge their phone or tablet at work.

It's a little on the pricey side, however. So it'll turn off a lot of users. But, if you've got the money, and you can take full advantage of it at work, then it's absolutely worth the investment.

Read our full Das Keyboard 6 Professional review

How to choose the best keyboard for you

It goes without saying that if you demand the look and feel only mechanical switches can provide, rather than those that are slim and stealthy, we suggest perusing our best gaming keyboards round-up instead.

Gamers prioritize the actuation that clicky feeling mechanical keyboards bring, whereas traditional home and office users are more about practicality. That said, the sheer magnitude of sound produced by a lot of mechanical keyboards is offputting to some. For those folks, we have some membrane keyboards to recommend as well.

How we test keyboards

Testing peripherals is a serious matter, even if most people might feel like they come secondary to everything else. That's especially true for keyboards. After all, it is your main interface for interacting with your PC or laptop, and most people use it all day long. That means that not only does it have to be reliable and to perform well, but it has to also be comfortable and satisfying to use.

So, we take our keyboard testing seriously. Each keyboard that lands on our desks is treated and utilized as our main keyboard for a week or more. That's the best way to ensure that we're not only experiencing it the way consumers would in the real world, but also coming across any quirks, flaws, and issues.

We also take a look at its design and ergonomics. A top priority for keyboards is that they have to minimize finger, wrist, and shoulder fatigue. For compact keyboards, we also test out just how travel-friendly or ideal for small setups they are. 

If a keyboard is wireless or has wireless connectivity, we take a closer look at that connection – just how solid it is, whether there are discernible lags, and what its range is. If a keyboard has additional features, we test those out as well, checking how effective they are and how they useful they can be in real-world scenarios. Finally, we take everything we've learned and compare them with the keyboard's price to gauge if it's a great value or if it's too overpriced to be worth recommending.

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Best Keyboard For Writers: 12 Great Options (2024)

Discover what is the best keyboard for writers based on our extensive testing.

Whether you’re writing an article, blog post or even a book, investing in a good keyboard can dramatically improve your typing experience . A vast range of good keyboards are currently available on the market. Some stand out as especially well suited to the needs of writers, others less so. I’ve bought and tested many of them.

The models selected here cover all types of use cases for writers on Windows and Mac. They also pair nicely with an ergonomic mouse . I’ve included full-sized and tenkeyless keyboard models. (A tenkeyless design excludes the number pad to create a compact size).

I’ve also picked some wired and wireless keyboards and devices with a more tactile typing experience and media keys. In short, this guide lists some of the best keyboards for writers available today so you can enjoy a more comfortable typing experience.

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1. Logitech MX Keys

Best overall keyboard for writers

Best Keyboard For Writers: Logitech MX Keys

The Logitech MX Keys is a wireless, illuminated keyboard available on Mac and Windows. Each key contains a minor indentation which promotes good typing and prevents your fingers from slipping, like with a Mac keyboard. This low-profile keyboard also pairs across multiple devices and is light enough to carry.

It’s probably the best keyboard writers can buy today due to its price point, typing experience and ease of use. But don’t take my word for it. This keyboard won a Red Dot Award in 2020 for its design.

You can customize the media keys on this keyboard using Logitech’s software. Bluetooth connectivity is rock-solid and the battery life is excellent. Suffice to say, it pairs nicely with a good Logitech mouse thanks to the included Logitech dongle (you can also just use Bluetooth).

I owned one of these keyboards for two years and only stopped writing with it because I wanted to upgrade to a mechanical keyboard.

  • Spherically indented keys
  • Backlighting
  • Customizable media keys
  • Pairs across devices, operating systems
  • USB-C rechargeable
  • Excellent typing experience
  • Relatively affordable
  • Great battery and connectivity
  • Customizable software is easy to use
  • Wrist rest costs extra

Logitech MX Keys Keyboard

2. Logitech MX Mechanical

Best mechanical keyboard for writers

Best Keyboard For Writers: Logitech MX Mechanical

Logitech finally released a series of mechanical keyboards for Mac and Windows. They come in various sizes. I bought the full-size MX Mechanical for Mac. It includes customizable media keys, and backlighting, and it also pairs with multiple devices. Writers can opt for a clicky, tactile quiet or linear model.

I purchased the tactile quiet full-size model for Mac. It’s not 100% silent but it’s unlikely to disturb anyone. Sizewise, it takes up about as much space on my desk as an Apple full-size keyboard. I love tying on this keyboard. The battery life is great too. It lasts 15 days with the backlight on full or ten months with it off. That said, I’d recommend trying a mechanical keyboard before buying.

  • USB lightning C charger
  • Touch IDPros
  • Great battery life
  • Comes in various sizes and types
  • Mechanical keyboards are a personal preference
  • A somewhat boring design

Logitech MX Mechanical

3. Apple Magic Keyboard

Previous iterations of the Apple Keyboard featured a flat button design and butterfly mechanism of more recent iterations. That design was prone to typos. After switching to a Logitech keyboard, I only noticed how many typos I was making compared to other keyboards.

Thankfully, Apple has moved away from the butterfly mechanism and back towards scissors keyboards. The current Apple Keyboard connects via Bluetooth and is available in full-size and also without a number pad. It’s comfortable to type with. However, I make fewer typos with a mechanical keyboard. I particularly like the current iteration of the Apple Keyboard featuring touch ID. It will not help you type faster, but it saves time logging in and out of websites and apps.

  • Full-size/tenkeyless models available
  • Flat profile
  • Works across multiple Mac devices
  • Touch ID is a delight to use
  • Improved typing experience versus previous models
  • No backlighting

4. Keychron K10

Best Keyboard For Writers: Logitech Mechanical vs the Keychron K10

Keychron manufactures a series of mechanical keyboards in various sizes for Mac and Windows. Its keyboards are pleasing to look at and type with. They also feature customizable backlighting. I purchased the smaller version, a K2, before upgrading to a full-size version with a number pad.

I wanted to love this keyboard . I typed with it for several months. However, if I stopped using the keyboard for a few minutes, the Bluetooth connection to Mac took a second or two to reconnect. A minor annoyance yes, but it happened several times a day and was enough to impede my workflow.

I made more typos with this mechanical keyboard versus the Logitech version. The battery life also wasn’t great, and I had to charge this keyboard more frequently than the Logitech mechanical keyboard. After I turned off its backlighting effects, the keyboard’s battery life dramatically improved. It’s also not possible to customize the keyboard’s media keys much as it lacks dedicated software. It’s a good keyboard to write with and certainly better than most offerings, but Logitech edges it.

  • Keycaps for Windows and Mac OS
  • RGB backlight, 15 types
  • Mechanical, hot-swappable keys
  • Red, blue and brown Gateron switch options
  • Wired and wireless
  • USB-C charger
  • Connects to three devices
  • Nice design
  • Comes in various sizes and styles
  • Easy to repair
  • Good build quality
  • Flaky bluetooth (on Mac)
  • Typing experience not for every writer
  • No software to customize keys
  • Weak battery life

5. Keychron K2

Best portable mechanical keyboard for writers

Many writers prefer a tenkeyless keyboard design, that is one without a keyboard. If so, consider the Keychron K2 . It’s a wireless mechanical keyboard that works great on Windows and (mostly) great on Mac.

This smaller model lacks a dedicated keypad, and the keys are closer together, hence the small size! Pay particular attention to the smaller carriage return or enter key. The K2 is approximately 30% smaller than the K10 and looked neat on my desk. It’s relatively lightweight and nice to type with. It’s a nice choice for most writers, particularly if you work on the go and want to bring a mechanical keyboard to write with via a laptop or Macbook. However, I experienced the same laggy Bluetooth issues when my Mac went to sleep.

  • Light and portable
  • Smaller keys not for big hands!

Keychron K2

6. Logitech Ergo K860 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard

Best ergonomic keyboard for writers on Mac

Best Keyboard For Writers: Logitech Ergo K860 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard

The Logitech Ergo K860 is designed to promote natural body posture and motion while typing and reduce fatigue. Unlike competitors like the Magic Keyboard by Apple and the AmazonBasics wireless keyboard, the Ergo K860 is centered around user comfort. The ergonomic design of the Logitech Ergo K860 promotes comfortable typing with a more naturally relaxed positioning of arms, wrists, and palms. It improves typing posture and reduces muscle tension and includes a wrist rest. It doesn’t feature RGB backlighting.

This keyboard features a split keyframe on a sloped, curved key field, to minimise strain on forearms and wrists while typing and help keep shoulders and neck more relaxed than when using standard rectangular keyboards.

The palm and wrist rest is pillowed, providing more than 50 per cent additional wrist support than traditional keyboards. Scooped switches are contoured to fingertips for ideal keying action with minimal slip and friction. The Logitech Ergo K860 claims to deliver stable keystrokes that reduce keying noise. It also pairs with multiple devices.

I wanted to like this keyboard, but I found it quite large for my desk, let alone carry around. I also couldn’t adapt to the ergonomic design. That said, writers comfortable with ergonomic keyboards will enjoy it. It’s also the best, and one of the few ergonomic, keyboards available for Windows and Mac.

  • Natural ergonomic split-frame keyboard
  • Works as a wireless keyboard with a USB receiver or a Bluetooth keyboard from as far as 10 metres.
  • Quiet switches with fingertip-contoured tops
  • Pillowed palm rest with multiple layers of cushioning
  • Adjustable palm raise support
  • Legs tilt to 0°, -4°,or -7° for further enhanced ergonomic adjustability
  • Supports up to 3 connected devices
  • Includes Logitech FLOW Control capability

Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Ergonomic Qwerty Keyboard - Split Keyboard, Wrist Rest, Natural Typing, Stain-Resistant Fabric, Bluetooth and USB Connectivity, Compatible with Windows/Mac,Black

  • Wireless range:10 m (33-ft) wireless range
  • Improved Typing Posture: Type more naturally with a curved, split keyframe and reduce muscle strain on your wrists and forearms thanks to the sloping keyboard design
  • Pillowed Wrist Rest: Curved wrist rest with memory foam layer offers typing comfort with 54 per cent more wrist support; 25 per cent less wrist bending compared to standard keyboard without palm rest
  • Perfect Stroke Keys: Scooped keys match the shape of your fingertips so you can type with confidence on a wireless keyboard crafted for comfort, precision and fluidity
  • Adjustable Palm Lift: Whether seated or standing, keep your wrists in total comfort and a natural typing posture with ergonomically-designed tilt legs of 0, -4 and -7 degrees

7. Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

Best ergonomic keyboard for writers on Windows

Studies show using an ergonomic keyboard is associated with a significant decrease in symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome . However, according to researchers , it takes a typist up to six months to adapt to and experience benefits from an ergonomic keyboard.

The Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is a membrane keyboard featuring an advanced curved design and built-in wrist rest. The split sections design of the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 helps tend the forearm, wrist and hand positions toward a more relaxed natural alignment.

The curved-art design, while lacking RGB backlighting, aids in maintaining optimal muscle and joint health and safety for people who routinely use keyboards for extended periods – like writers.

The padded palm rest supports the wrist, allowing it to rest in a neutral position, avoiding much of the common muscular and joint stress writers experience when using keyboards that do not offer this ergonomic feature. These features make this a great keyboard for comfortable typing. It is the best ergonomic keyboard for writers using the Windows operating system.

  • Built-in wrist rest
  • Zoom slider a close-up view of screen images.
  • Instant access to frequently used files, folders, and web pages.
  • Quick access to devices like printers, cameras, webcam, mouse, or cell phones.
  • Taskbar favourites
  • Media controls and function keys
  • F Switches Lock – Locking F switches prevents accidental engagement of function key commands.
  • Upgraded number pad
  • Ergonomic design promotes the natural alignment of wrists and arms for greater comfort while typing
  • Provides support via a cushioned palm rest
  • Easy access to programs on the taskbar, without using mouse movement and clicking
  • Fast access to keyboard settings and devices, such as printers, cameras, mouse, webcam, and even cell phones
  • Convenient access and control of all your media from the keyboard
  • Split sections of the palm rest with the metal panel between the two sides may not be preferred by some writers accustomed to continuous palm rest pads across the length of the keyboard
  • Keyboard is longer than comparable models, which may not be ideal for limited workspaces – or if you’re used to a tenkeyless keyboard
  • Installation of enclosed IntelliType Pro and IntelliPoint software is required before connecting the keyboard to Mac OS X v10.2.x hardware
  • No RGB lighting

Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard

8. Das Mechanical Keyboard 6 Pro

Best alternative mechanical keyboard for writers

DAS has been manufacturing mechanical keyboards since 2005. If you type a lot, like the old-school feel of mechanical keyboards and miss modern features like media buttons, these keyboards are a great option.

They reduce typos and other mistakes as the switch keys require more effort to press, thus your finger is less likely to slip. They’re more expensive than a traditional keyboard but built to last. You can pick from a noisy (clack, clack) or quiet version.

DAS mechanical keyboards are available for Windows and Mac computers, in various sizes and styles. I owned a full-size DAS mechanical keyboard for Mac, for five years. I only stopped using it because one of the keys broke and replacement parts were pricier than I thought… plus I wanted to test a different type of keyboard. I found the DAS keyboard pleasing if loud to type on. If buying again, I’d opt for the quieter model.

  • Adjustable volume knob and media keys
  • White LED backlighting
  • Cherry MX switches
  • 2-port USB port C hub
  • Screw on feet
  • Aluminium enclosure
  • N-key rollover
  • Reduces typos
  • Solid build quality
  • Pleasing to type on
  • Multiple versions for various use cases
  • Changes from flat to elevated
  • Difficult to replace broken keys and switches without help or expensive parts

9. Razer BlackWidow Elite

Razer manufactures mechanical keyboards for gamers, but writers can use them too. The Razer BlackWidow Elite is a Windows-friendly wired, ergonomic keyboard. It features colorful backlit keys, and it’s available with clicky and silent yellow switches.

As it’s a gaming keyboard, writers can customize key settings using proprietary Razor software. You can also create macros for quickly opening a series of games (or writing apps ). It’s fast and responsive to type with.

That said, the BlackWidow Elite costs under $200 and is far from the cheapest option for writers. These keyboards are fun to type with but are not built with writers in m,ind and you’re paying a premium for features you won’t use… unless you also game and enjoy colorful backlighting and macro keys.

  • Green mechanical switches
  • Backlighting with 16.9 million colors
  • Detachable wrist rest
  • Supports five typist or user profiles
  • Dedicated media controls and shortcut keys
  • Cable routing
  • Full customizable
  • Fast and responsive to type with
  • Looks great
  • Windows only

10. CHERRY MX G86 LPOS Keyboard

The CHERRY MX G86 LPOS Keyboard is a high-end, full-sized mechanical keyboard with a touchpad that brings the keyboard and mouse together. However, you don’t need to panic – this isn’t a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard.

This exceptionally durable mechanical keyboard is built to withstand harsh environments and provide a great typing experience. This model is a competitor of keyboards with mechanical switches like the Das Keyboard Prime and offers tactile feedback to typists. Interestingly, most of the Das Keyboard models consist of Cherry MX switches.

The multifunctional Cherry MX G86 is highly rated for its dust and spill-resistant effectiveness, and its special MX switches are rated for 20 million actuations in rough conditions. The mechanical keyboard has 127 enhanced positions, with 123 programmable keys that provide tactile feedback when typing.

It’s a budget-friendly mechanical keyboard buy. This mechanical keyboard features Cherry MX Red or MX Brown switches, an integrated magnetic card reader, UPOS drivers and the configuration functionality in the keyboard’s featured CHERRY Tools software offers users unparalleled control over the Cherry G86’s array of programming alternatives.

The special red switches and MX brown switches are the secrets behind the longevity of this keyboard. These mechanical switches are usually rated to last 6 times as long as rubber switches.

The red switches require a minimal amount of force to type, but also provide that clicky feedback – these MX switches make this one of the best typing keyboards out there. If you work in a room with others, opt for the quiet version as the clicky keys sound loud. I’d buy the DAS keyboard over this model, though.

  • 123 programmable keys.
  • High-resolution touchpad brings the keyboard and mouse together.
  • Cherry MX Red or MX Brown switches.
  • Provides tactile feedback
  • Rugged keyboard design for harsh working environments
  • Dust and spill resistant

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11. Logitech K800 Illuminated Wireless Keyboard

The Logitech K800 Illuminated Wireless Keyboard is a membrane keyboard that ditches RGB backlighting for white, brightly backlit lettering on keys, making switches easier to see, even when typing in low light. Special PerfectStroke engineering makes keystrokes quieter and more fluid and more comfortable.

This keyboard is rechargeable with a micro USB cable (included). The Logitech K800 Wireless Keyboard features adjustable lighting. Simply press a button for quick lighting adjustments.

With the K800’s backlit key switches and design to maximise keystroke efficiency and comfort, this keyboard delivers a state-of-the-art typing experience in daylight or low evening light. This model also features 2.4 GHz, for a powerful wireless connection.

A tiny unifying receiver becomes part of your computer, to enable wireless communication with your K800 keyboard. Other Logitech devices can be seamlessly integrated via a USB receiver. I preferred Logitech’s MX model.

  • Lighted lettering on switches for easy location in low light
  • Wireless technology that provides convenient and flexible options
  • Fast charging for ready use on-demand
  • Dropout-Free 2.4GHz connection

12. Azio Large Print Tri-Colour Backlit Wired Keyboard

This Azio Keyboard has a sleek design considering how cheap it is. It’s a competitor to the AmazonBasics wired keyboard. For writers who work in lower light settings, the Azio ditches traditional RGB lighting for the triple-phase backlighting feature which is a game changer.

The Azio is a membrane keyboard that features oversized letters on the keys, making everything on the keyboard easily identifiable. Shortcut switches enable navigation to sites and software programs. The backlighting options are adaptable to your preferences.

This keyboard is a reasonable choice if you want to buy a new keyboard for writing with…on the cheap. It features large fonts on keys, to help reduce eye strain, especially in lower light, and to facilitate increased typing speed and productivity for writers . I’d recommend investing a bit more in any of the above keyboards. They’ll last longer and improve your typing experience more.

  • Three-color backlighting, blue, purple, or red illumination
  • Easy access switches
  • Hot switches for quick commands and multimedia access
  • USB enabled
  • Large lettering

Deciding on the best keyboard for writers is a personal preference. Most writers will love the Logitech MX keys. It’s affordable, nice to type, and has a pleasing build quality . The best mechanical keyboard right now is Logitech MX Mechanical due to its price point and typing experience.

Some Mac typists will enjoy the new Apple full-size keyboard, which solves some of the issues prevalent with the Magic Keyboard, although Logitech edges it for a typing experience. The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard is also nice to type with, assuming you’re ok with an ergonomic design.

FAQs About The Best Keyboard for Writers

Writers don’t need a special keyboard to type. Investing in a good keyboard can reduce typos and dramatically improve the typing experience. A good one can also mitigate issues writers often experience like RSI,

Mechanical keyboards are better for writing as they increase your typing speed and reduce typos. They are also sturdier and more customisable than standard keyboards. Some writers enjoy the clacking sound of mechanical keyboards too. However, mechanical keyboards take time to adapt to and are usually more expensive than a basic USB keyboard.

While a gaming keyboard like Razer with its mechanical switches is designed for heavy-duty use, it isn’t the best option for a writer.

Many full-size gaming keyboard models like Razer BlackWidow, Steelseries Apex and the Roccat Vulcan feature Razer Opto-Mechanical switches and customization options like PBT keycaps and topre switches. Plus, the gaming keyboard Roccat also has in-house Titan switches.

These features aren’t useful to writers and you’ll end up paying a premium to buy a gaming keyboard that will not fulfill your objective as a writer. 

If you run a digital piano blog, you’ll mostly write keyboard stand reviews and digital piano buying tips. When you write a blog post or even a dystopian novel, do you need PBT keycaps and topre switches like a gaming keyboard from Das Keyboard ?

Mechanical gaming keyboard brands like Razer also focus more on tenkeyless gaming keyboard models like the Razer BlackWidow, which are useless for writers. These can also be very expensive. The Steelseries Apex Pro, Roccat Vulcan Aimo and the tenkeyless gaming keyboard Razer BlackWidow – to name a few – can cost $200 or more!

We update this roundup of the best keyboards for writers. We test them by writing MS Word, blog posts, essays, articles and even book chapters. We factor in price, ease of use and functionality.

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There are few things as polarizing as PC keyboards. There are message boards and subreddits filled to the brim with opinions dissecting every aspect and component, mechanical vs. membrane, different switch mechanisms, and the plastic used in the key caps.

There's good reason for that. You probably spend a lot of time on your keyboard, along with a (hopefully) comfortable mouse . You might as well make those hours as pleasant as possible, especially now that so many of us are working from home . Whether you own a great laptop or a game-ready desktop PC , we've tested dozens of keyboards up and down the price spectrum. These are our top picks for gaming, office work, and everything in between.

Updated April 2024: Added Logitech Pro X TKL, Razer Huntsman V3 Pro TKL, Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro, and Corsair K65 Plus. Removed Logitech Pro X, Logitech G413, Das Keyboard MacTigr, and Vulcan 120/121/122 Almo. We also added some new tips.

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Picking the Right Mechanical Switches

If you want to go with a mechanical keyboard , you'll want to pay attention to your switch choices. There are dozens of kinds, and they all feel a little different. Without touching them yourself, it's tough to know which is right for you. Manufacturers like Logitech and Razer use their proprietary switches, which further complicates things.

No matter who makes them, switches generally come in one of three varieties:

  • Clicky switches typically have very little resistance mid-stroke, followed by a sharp click as you press the key all the way down.
  • Tactile switches behave similarly but have a less pronounced click after that mid-stroke resistance.
  • Linear switches feel smooth, quick, and sensitive—like hair triggers on a game controller.

The Best and Brightest

Logitech makes some of my absolute favorite keyboards, and the G Pro X TKL (or “tenkeyless,” meaning it lacks a numpad) is among the best gaming keyboards for most people. It has vibrant RGB LED backlit keys, a choice of clicky, tactile, or linear switches, and it uses Logitech's Lightspeed wireless adapter for competitive gaming-level response time. I love that the adapter lets you pair multiple devices with a single, low-profile USB dongle, so you don't need to use up all your ports for your various accessories.

The build quality on this keyboard is slick and stylish. It's minimal and doesn't take up much space on your desk, and it has a subtle metallic rim around the edge that gives it a little flair that most plain keyboards lack. The volume wheel in the upper right is smooth and easy to reach, and along the top are handy media controls so you can pause your music when you finally get into a game after a long queue.

For my tastes, the more clicky-clacky a keyboard, the better, and the Black Clicky switches have served me well here. Each key press feels like I'm sending tiny thunder down to my game. However, if you prefer something softer, you can choose another switch type when you order your keyboard. The only thing I dislike is the lack of a numpad—yes, I'm one of those weirdos that actually prefers having a numpad. But for most people, this is the keyboard to beat.

★ Alternative: The newly-released Logitech Pro X 60 ($180) has virtually all the benefits of the Pro X TKL in a smaller, more compact package. It keeps the volume wheel, Game mode switch, and Bluetooth/Lightspeed buttons by moving them to the edges of the keyboard, while slimming the whole thing down to a 60 percent layout . You can check out our full review of this model here .

Best Under $100

Part of the appeal of getting into customizing your keyboard is making it a reflection of your personality or just brightening up your office. The Logitech Pop Keys ( 9/10, WIRED Recommends ) is a shortcut to that kind of expression. This small, wireless, mechanical keyboard comes in a variety of vibrant color palettes that are absolutely delightful. It also uses Logitech's stellar system for pairing with up to three devices, making it simple to take it between your PC and laptop, or from home to work and back. While it's technically $100, we often see this one on sale for less, so be sure to pick it up when there's a discount.

Best for Work

For all the fancy mechanical keyboards I've tested, the Logitech MX Keys S is still my daily driver. It can pair with three devices, making it easy to swap between computers. Its low-profile chiclet style key are comfortable, and it uses proximity sensors to activate the keys' backlight when your hands get near it so that it's easier to find in the dark, without being distracting or wasting battery when you're not using it.

It supports both Mac and Windows layouts, and the keys are tastefully labeled in a way that it's clear no matter which one you're using at the time. Battery life is also fantastic, lasting well over a week with normal use, though it gets quite a bit longer if you disable the backlight.

★ Alternative: We also like the MX Mechanical ($170) for its understated, low-profile design. Like the MX Keys, you can pair it with up to three devices at once and swap with the push of a button. There are even a few convenient extra buttons just above the numpad to launch a calculator or lock your desktop.

Best Small Keyboard

A 60 percent keyboard has 60 percent of the keys normally found on a regular-sized keyboard. The numpad and arrow keys are chopped off, and you're left with the essentials. The Razer Huntsman Mini is my favorite of this size for gaming. It feels every bit as responsive and quick as a full-size keyboard, but it takes up a lot less desk space. There's just something very neat and orderly about it. Plus, like the larger Huntsman Elite ($179) , the Mini is compatible with Razer's key cap kits , so you can customize your color scheme.

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Best Portable Keyboard

This 75 percent keyboard has some of the softest, most comfortable keys of any board I've tested. It's lightweight enough to toss in a bag, but sturdy enough to be your desktop keyboard. It can connect via USB-C, Bluetooth, or a wireless dongle that can be stored in a slot on the rear of the keyboard. A stylish metal volume knob adorns the top-right corner, and every keycap and switch can be swapped out using the included removal tool. If you're looking for a portable small keyboard that still gives you all the bells and whistles of a customizable mechanical, then Corsair's K65 Plus is a hard pick to beat.

NZXT Function Mechanical Full Size Keyboard

Best for Beginner Customizing

If you're interested in customizing your mechanical keyboard but aren’t sure where to start, the NZXT Function ( 8/10, WIRED Recommends ) strikes the perfect sweet spot. The company's builder tool lets you pick the kind of switches, key caps, and even cable color for your keyboard, and the company will put it all together for you.

You can leave it at that, but if you want to customize the board further, it will ship with tools to remove and replace every key cap and switch, along with spares of each. The Function also comes with some nice features, like a left-side volume wheel, RGB LEDs (naturally), and software to remap or customize every button with macros to maximize your productivity.

★ Alternative: We're currently testing NZXT's follow-up, the Function 2 ($140) . This model uses newer optical switches, has a blazing fast 8000Hz polling rate, and all the same key customization we liked in the first Function. We're still trying it out, but so far it feels like a solid improvement over the original.

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Best for Gaming Automation

The Huntsman V3 Pro TKL is a robust keyboard for those who like to tweak their gaming setup. It uses Razer's analog optical switches, which are satisfyingly clicky. On the top right, there's a media knob that controls the volume, which you can also click to mute. However, it's the buttons around it that are most interesting. To the left, there are two programmable macro keys that you can use to customize different commands for your games (or your work). Below, on the navigation keys, are six profile shortcuts. Hold Fn and press one of them and you can swap between several preset profiles, tailored to specific gaming needs like FPS mode, Racing mode, or High-Sensitivity mode when you need to pull off that hair trigger. All of this can be customized in the Razer Synapse app.

We've tested a lot of keyboards with different customization options, but this one is particularly good for gamers who swap profiles a lot. The keyboard connects using a USB-C cable, included with the device, and it also comes with a magnetic wrist rest.

Razer BlackWidow V4 keyboard

A Starter Gamer Keyboard

The Razer BlackWidow V4 ( 8/10, WIRED Recommends ) has a sturdy metal casing, hot-swappable switches, and Razer's robust Synapse software for customizing your keyboard. If you're interested in mechanical keyboards but you're not sure you want to dive head-first down the Reddit rabbit hole of keyboard enthusiasts, this is a great board to start with that gives you flexibility to tweak it later without too much commitment.

Filco Majestouch gaming keyboard

Timeless Classic

An oldie but a goodie, the Japanese Filco Majestouch was among the earliest of mechanical keyboards to make waves in the US in the 2000s. Product reviewer Matt Jancer has used one without a numpad for six years, with a combination of Cherry MX Browns, Blacks, Reds, Silent Reds, or Blues. Jancer reports that it's weighted to keep it from moving under mad writing sessions, and the typing experience is sublime. It's a classic—if you can find it in stock.

Monsgeek M2 keyboard

For Custom Keys With a Numpad

Some people must have a keyboard with a number pad, whether to do a lot of quick math or to add a lot of time codes or hex values as a designer. The sturdiest we found without breaking out a soldering iron is the Monsgeek M2. For $130, you get a gorgeous and hefty aluminum shell in this hot-swappable 1800 compact layout, so you get a nice numpad on the right.

Senior editor Parker Hall likes that it has three lights milled into the right side between the backspace key and the number-lock key, making it easy to tell whether you've got caps lock on or not. This keyboard is compatible with Akko MDA/SAL profile keycaps, and options for cool caps are plentiful. You can buy switches from Monsgeek with the board or supply your own. Hall's favorites are the Novelkey Kailh Box Pink ($33) .

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Customizable Controls in Every Corner

The BlackWidow V4 Pro is one of Razer's top of the line gaming keyboards, and it's practically bursting at the seams with customizable functions. It has five programmable keys on the left side of the board, with three extra programmable buttons along the side of the frame. A control dial on the top left can be used to swap applications, adjust the keyboard's brightness, or scrub back and forth through videos. And the board itself also acts as a USB hub, with an extra USB-C and USB-A port that you can plug other peripherals into.

Most keyboards only offer a few programmable buttons, but this one manages to pack so many extra controls that even I, someone who's been using gaming peripherals to automate my work for years , was impressed at how many options there were.

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Ultra-Customizable Lighting

Mechanical keyboards are super satisfying to type on. They just feel better than standard membrane keyboards. The mechanical switches responsible for such a tactile typing experience are varied—and rather than choose one switch for the Apex Pro keyboard, SteelSeries decided to allow them all.

Not only is it a colorful gaming keyboard with lots of bells and whistles, but similar to the Logitech above, it features mechanical switches that can be customized per key to give you a typing experience unique to you. Plus, it has a little LED display for system alerts, volume, and other fun stuff you can toy with using SteelSeries' included software.

★ Alternative: The Apex 7 TKL ($130) has the same LED display as its sibling but adds ultra-customizable software, specifically for games. It can trigger different lighting conditions based on in-game events—so your R key could flash when you need to reload, for example—for certain titles. You can also customize the functions of every individual key, record custom macros, and input third-party apps like Discord.

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For Fans of the Wheel

In most ways, the Corsair K100 RGB is a fairly standard keyboard, with RGB backlights, a few programmable macro keys, and a volume roller. What sets it apart, however, is the control wheel in the top-left corner. This dial can scrub through media, control the lighting on the keyboard, and control a number of other built-in functions.

The dial can also be customized. In my testing, this could be a little finicky in certain applications—I couldn't get it to properly scrub through the timeline in Premiere Pro, for example—but it's still a handy tool that you rarely get on other boards.

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For Stylish Mechanical Keyboard Die-Hards

When I reviewed the OnePlus Keyboard 81 Pro ( 7/10, WIRED Recommends ) built in collaboration with Keychron, I hated it—but for very specific reasons that others would love it for. It's heavy, which makes it bad for people who shift in their seat a lot, but great for people who sit still and don't want their keyboard wandering. It runs QMK-compatible firmware that lets power users customize the keyboard using the VIA software , adding shortcuts or adjusting the lighting, but it's not particularly user-friendly if you're not used to it. It also comes with tools to swap out keycaps or switches. For power users, it's a fantastic keyboard, but if you want something simple that you don't have to wrestle with too much to get working how you want it, this might not be the one to go with.

Das Keyboard 5q

Smart Home Compatible

Have you ever wanted a keyboard that can talk to your refrigerator? If so, you're in luck. The Das Keyboard 5QS is a formidable and well-designed gaming keyboard with all the usual bells and whistles, like RGB lighting and a customizable knob for additional controls.

It can also link up to your smart home devices. Using IFTTT shortcuts, you can train your keyboard to flash a certain key for reminders, dim your smart lights, or even let you know when someone leaves the garage door open . In an age with smart coffee mugs and Wi-Fi–connected juicers, why shouldn’t something as functional as your keyboard give you a little more control over the devices in your life?

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For Double the LEDs

If nothing else, Roccat knows how to show off. The Vulcan II Mini has satisfyingly clicky keys on a slim board. But its most notable feature is its Dual LED switches. While most keyboards with RGB LEDs have one light per key, this one has two. This has a very minor practical benefit in that function keys can have a separate indicator for things like when mute is activated. Mostly, though, it just gives you twice the resolution for all those sweet rainbow effects.

Logitech G915 keyboard

For Creative Automation

The Logitech G915 is built to be a gaming keyboard, but if you spend a lot of time in Photoshop, Premiere, Cinema 4D, Blender, or any number of other creative applications, it'll be right up your alley. The raised mechanical keys are comfortable and provide satisfying travel without bulking up the board too much. The keys are at slightly higher risk of breaking if you pull on them, though, so don't do that. You can also easily swap between Logitech's Lightspeed wireless connection and Bluetooth, making it simple to switch to your laptop and continue working seamlessly.

The real star of the show is the set of five macro keys on the left side of the board. Along with the Logitech G Hub software, these keys can be programmed with automated actions and custom shortcuts, or even execute scripts. We're big fans of using gaming hardware for productivity , and these bonus keys are perfect for the job. There are enough to give you more options, without turning your daily driver into a tank that overwhelms your entire desk. You can also save even more space if you lop off the numpad with the G915 TKL , but you'll lose the macro keys as well.

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For (DaVinci Resolve) Video Editors

If you're a video editor—and specifically, if you use DaVinci Resolve as to edit—then this highly specialized keyboard is one of our favorites. It's a full-size QWERTY keyboard, but the keycaps have common Resolve shortcuts printed directly on them. There are a couple of additional collections of buttons to make quick work of assembling video timelines, and a giant dial to scrub through your timeline. Like the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor , which we also like, this model also comes with a free copy of Resolve Studio , which normally costs $300, making this keyboard's $600 price tag a lot more palatable for editors.

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What to Look for in a Keyboard

There are so many factors to choose from when picking the right keyboard for your needs that it can get overwhelming. Not everyone has the same needs, and many aspects of a keyboard can seem universally desirable to some while being utterly polarizing to others. To help cut through the noise, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Mechanical, or no? If you like big, clicky keyboards with raised keys that make a statement, mechanical keyboards might be for you. This is also a rabbit hole that many nerds have lost themselves in, so it can be overwhelming to dive into the nuance of all the different styles in this sub-group. If you're more a fan of the flat, chiclet-style keyboards found on more low-profile keyboards (and laptops), you can save yourself a lot of time by skipping the mechanical keyboard rush. On the other hand, if you do want mechanical, there's a whole swath of keyboards you can ignore out of hand.
  • Wireless or wired? Wired keyboards have the advantage of never dying and never needing to be charged up. The disadvantages are, well, obvious. If you need a wireless keyboard to take with you to the office and back home, or just want more flexibility on your desk, then make sure to check a keyboard's battery life, what kind of batteries it uses (rechargeable is usually better), and what kind of system it uses for recharging.
  • Wireless connectivity options. Some wireless keyboards use a USB dongle to connect to your PC or laptop, which often have more reliable signal strength, while others use Bluetooth to connect to a wider range of devices. Bluetooth keyboards in general are pretty great these days, so it's not a huge sacrifice, but pay attention to how you need to connect the keyboard to your devices when making a purchase.
  • Number of device connections. Similarly, some wireless keyboards can remember multiple devices they connect to and swap between them with the press of a button. If you have a desktop, a laptop, and a work computer you want to use one keyboard with, it's a good idea to check how many devices your keyboard can remember when making your choice.
  • Polling rate. This refers to how often per second your computer receives a signal from your keyboard. Most keyboards already approach 1,000 Hz (or once every millisecond), which is faster than most people ever need. However, if you play a lot of fast-paced competitive games online, having a higher polling rate (commonly approaching 8, 000 Hz, or 8 checks every millisecond) can reduce the time between when you press a key and when the game registers it. Which, when you're dodging headshots, can mean the difference between life and virtual death.

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A great keyboard can make a world of difference. Here are the best keyboards we've tested.

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A good keyboard is an essential part of most desk setups. It can make all the difference when it comes to comfort and overall productivity, but it can be confusing when there are so many options on the market. You've come to the right place: You're sure to find the right keyboard to suit your needs and budget here. Big brands like Logitech, Apple and Microsoft offer plenty of great choices, but don't overlook the quality options from smaller brands. You'll find some worthwhile picks from them on this list too.

Whether you're looking for an ergonomic keyboard for those long days in your home office or want to shop compact keyboards for a model that works well in a tiny dorm room, there's a big enough selection out there to accommodate your needs -- even budget keyboards. We've compiled a list of the best keyboard options so that you don't have to search yourself. 

Our picks focus on both wired and wireless keyboards designed for work and everyday use, not gaming. (If you need a gaming keyboard that is optimized for players, these are the  best gaming keyboards we've tested.) It also covers models at a variety of prices because you don't necessarily need to spend a lot to get a better keyboard.

Also, unlike phones, TVs, laptops and many other tech products, keyboards aren't updated frequently. There's a good chance the best keyboard for you may be a model that's been around for a while. The market is huge, though, with a variety of keyboard features available like weighted keys or a wrist rest, and we'll continue to test new models and update this list so that you can find the best keyboard overall for your needs. 

Logitech MX Keys Mini

Logitech's MX Keys is one of our favorite everyday Bluetooth keyboards and now it comes in two smaller versions that leave off the number pad and some other keys:  MX Keys Mini  and  MX Keys Mini for Mac . It comes in rose, pale gray and graphite. 

We feel the smaller version is better for most people than the full-size MX Keys. It takes up less space on your desk and it's ergonomically better because it allows you to keep your mouse closer to your keyboard, which means less reaching and improved shoulder alignment. The Mini also has three new keys, giving you shortcuts to dictation (available in select countries for Windows and MacOS users), emojis and the all-important muting and unmuting of your microphone for video conference calls.

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  • The Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad has light, bouncy keys that are great to type with. The new number pad makes it easier to input figures or work with some creative software shortcuts. It pairs easily and lasts a long time between charges.
  • The flat design can put strain on your wrist. The lack of backlight makes it harder to work with the keys at night.

Apple Magic Keyboard

The old-school Mac keyboard and its pleasing scissor-key mechanism is the keyboard to have for most Mac users. It's a Bluetooth keyboard that connects to MacOS instantly, and a charge of its built-in battery lasts for many months. This standard keyboard is slim, minimal and matches Apple's hardware perfectly. And it's available without the numeric keypad , too.

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Keychron K3

If your office has reopened but you're not going to be using the same workspace every day, the K3 Bluetooth keyboard is a fantastic option. The slim, compact mechanical keyboard is a 75% size, meaning it doesn't have a 10-key number pad but still has function and directional keys. The body, which is made from aluminum on top and a plastic on the bottom, is lightweight and sturdy. 

The compact keyboard is available with Keychron's own low-profile optical mechanical switches -- brown tactile, blue clicky or red linear -- with a white LED backlight or Gateron low-profile mechanical switches with an RGB backlight. I tested all of the Keychron switches and preferred the blue switches for their crisp sound and feel but all three options worked well. Also, if you go with the Keychron switch version , the switches are hot-swappable, which lets you customize your typing experience simply by pulling out and replacing the switches without any soldering. (A hot-swappable version with an RGB backlight will be available soon.)

Out of the box, it is set up for Mac use, but Windows-related keycaps are in the box, too. A switch on the back left lets you pick between MacOS/iOS or Windows/Android. Another switch lets you toggle between using Bluetooth (it can connect to up to three devices) or a USB-C-to-USB-A cable. Battery life is good, but keeping the backlight on all the time, especially at its higher settings, will drain it fast. 

The Keychron K3 mechanical keyboard with its orange case against a wooden background.

Satechi Slim X2 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard

A good alternative to the Apple Magic Keyboard with the number pad, this two-zone version of Satechi's slim wireless keyboard saves some desk by jettisoning some of the directional keys. You still get arrow keys, though, and a full number pad. The feel is similar to the Magic Keyboard, too, with a bit more travel and it has a Mac keyboard layout so you get all the shortcut keys in the Function key row. (It'll work with Windows PCs too and can be connected to up to three other Bluetooth devices.) It's backlit around the keys, which is something you don't get from Apple at this price. It will run down your battery so you probably don't want to use it all the time. It charges via a USB-C connector on the back and can be used wired if you want to keep working while it juices up.

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Logitech Ergo K860

Though it doesn't match the comfort of the Zergotech Freedom, the K860 is a compact, one-piece split, curved, ergonomic keyboard. It's not unlike others such as the  Microsoft Sculpt , but it's not bulky, clunky or unsightly -- or in need of add-ons. It also gives Logitech a full desk setup of ergonomic devices when paired with its  MX Vertical mouse  or MX Ergo trackball mouse. 

Despite the low-profile design, there's plenty of key travel and a pleasing, responsive bounce. This compact keyboard is not backlit, but the gray keys and white markings have enough contrast that they're visible in low-light conditions, just not in complete darkness. Powered by two AA-size batteries, the K860 can connect to your computer via Bluetooth or Logitech's USB-A Unifying receiver, which makes it a good option if you need one keyboard that can quickly switch between computers, phones or tablets. 

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Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard

As far as easy use with multiple devices goes, the K780 continues to be one of the best. Larger than the company's Bluetooth K380 Multi-Device Keyboard , the K780 can connect over Bluetooth or with a wireless USB receiver. The K780 also adds a number pad and -- more importantly -- a slot at the back of the keyboard to hold your tablet or phone while you type. 

The keyboard also supports Logitech's Flow software feature. When this wireless keyboard is paired with one of the company's Flow-enabled mice, you can move your cursor between paired devices on the same network and the keyboard will follow. It's like having a virtual KVM switch . 

For travel, the K380 would be the way to go, but the K780 is the better choice if you're sliding between a phone, tablet and a computer at home or the office.

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iClever BK10 Multidevice Bluetooth Keyboard

The BK10 is a Bluetooth keyboard that can be connected to up to three devices and lets you quickly switch between connections with keys above its numeric keypad. What's better is the keyboard is set up to work with Windows, MacOS, iOS/iPadOS and Android devices. 

It has a slim, lightweight body with matte-finished stainless steel on the top and sides and ABS plastic on the bottom. It's available in other finishes , too. The keyboard's scissor keys give it a responsive key feel, and it will last for up to three months on a single charge. 

While it's a full keyboard with a number pad, it's set up more like a laptop keyboard with half-height up and down arrow keys squeezed between two full-size left and right arrow keys tucked below the right Shift key. It's essentially the same size and layout as Apple's smaller Magic Keyboard, but with a number pad. One potentially frustrating difference, though: The left-hand Control and Function keys are flipped in position. Otherwise, this is a great pick if you're in need of a budget-friendly option for your MacOS and iOS devices, your Windows and Android devices or a mix of them all. 

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Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard (Update: Out of Stock)

Large, wired and designed primarily for Windows users, this is the overstuffed recliner of ergonomic keyboards. It's more affordable than most ergo models, although it's a full-size keyboard and requires a good bit of desk space. You're probably better off keeping this on an under-mount keyboard tray and your mouse on your desktop. 

Like most ergonomic keyboards, this one takes a little time to adjust to -- partly because of the split keyboard design but also due to its high actuation force. It is comfortable, though, and an attachable lift at the front puts your hands at a negative angle for better positioning.

There are three programmable hotkeys at the top left, followed to the right by a row of media controls and quick-launch buttons for the calculator, screen snips, TaskView to see your open windows, system lock and search. It even has a shortcut button for symbols and emoji. 

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Best keyboards 2024: Ergonomic typing, mechanical gaming, and more to fit your budget

There's a keyboard for every type of user, and we've collected the best of the best right here.

Best overall

Best budget

Best gaming

Best mechanical

Best ergonomic

  • Affordable customization
  • Best pro mechanical

Best low-profile

Best TKL gaming

  • How to choose

Image of the Logitech MX Keys S wireless keyboard.

• The list in brief ↴ 1. Best overall 2. Best budget 3. Best gaming 4. Best mechanical 5. Best ergonomic 6. Best affordable customization 7. Best mechanical for pros 8. Best low-profile 9. Best TKL gaming • How to choose

It really doesn't matter how modern or stylish your PC is when you sit down to use it; without a great keyboard, you'll likely struggle to find many positives. As one of the pieces of hardware you spend the most time interacting with, it is absolutely crucial to get a keyboard that perfectly matches your needs and preferences.

In that regard, everyone is different. That's why there are so many keyboards on the market, aiming to satisfy productivity masters, gamers, travelers, casual users, and beyond.

The broad selection means you can usually get exactly what you need, but it also presents a number of pitfalls for everyday shoppers. Keyboards range from bargain bin options that verge on e-waste, all the way up to truly premium options for gaming or for comfortable office work. There are even keyboards that give you a wide range of modding options, perfect for enthusiasts who enjoy tweaking switches and keycaps. Where to begin?

It's important to first consider your budget and then to move on to how you plan on using the keyboard. Spending more will generally land you a wireless connection and a bunch of handy extra features, but a lot of people can get by with a keyboard well within the affordable realm. If you're looking for a great gaming keyboard , you'll especially want to consider switch types and overall performance to get an edge on the competition.

We've spent a lot of time personally testing keyboards, and we're confident that we've hand-picked a wide enough range of the best keyboards to suit most users.

Recent updates

April 4, 2024:  Das Keyboard 6 Professional was replaced by Keychron Q6 Pro as the best mechanical keyboard for professionals, following a review. — Ben Wilson

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Image of the Logitech MX Keys S.

Logitech's MX Keys S is a versatile, comfortable wireless keyboard that can easily work across devices and platforms. Long battery life and a number pad make it perfect for productivity purposes.

Read more below

Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K380s

Logitech's Pebble Keys 2 K380s is an affordable and compact wireless keyboard that provides comfy typing and long battery life. If you need a keyboard for all your devices and don't want to spend much, it should be a top option.

Product render of the Razer Huntsman V3 Pro.

Razer's Huntsman V3 Pro is an advanced gaming keyboard intended for enthusiasts and pro users. It's built to an extremely high standard, and it has deep customization options to help you achieve the perfect setup.

Keychron Q1 Pro

Keychron's Q1 Pro is the right choice for anyone who wants a high-end wireless mechanical keyboard with customizable RGB lighting. It's highly customizable, it offers excellent feedback, and it remains competitively priced in the space.

Logitech K860

Those dealing with wrist or forearm pain will want to check out Logitech's Ergo K860 as soon as possible. Its angled design will help alleviate strain, and its wireless capabilities and long battery life give it plenty of versatility.

Cooler Master CK720

Best affordable customization

Want hot-swappable switches and a 65% form factor without spending a ton? Cooler Master's CK720 can deliver, along with per-key RGB lighting, 1,000Hz polling rate, and USB-C connectivity.

Keychron Q6 Pro

Best mechanical for pros

This full-size mechanical keyboard has exceptional build quality, a gasket-mounted design for exquisite feedback, and ergonomic keys that are enjoyable to use in any scenario, making it a fantastic all-rounder.

Lofree Flow keyboard

The Lofree Flow's all-metal chassis and mechanical switches with low-profile keycaps provide a minimalist aesthetic and comfortable typing experience that will appeal to plenty of users. It works wirelessly with up to three devices (with quick switching), and the battery life won't let you down.

Render of the Alienware Pro Wireless Gaming Keyboard.

Alienware collaborated with more than 100 esports pros in order to cook up the Pro Wireless Gaming keyboard. It has bright RGB lighting, strong battery life, snappy wireless performance, and customization support. It's a great option for gaming or for general typing.

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Why you can trust Windows Central Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test .

Below, you'll find more detailed breakdowns of why these choices have made the cut as some of the best keyboards around. We've personally tested all options save the Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K860s, but its highly-rated reputation as one of the best compact wireless keyboards gets it a spot on our list.

Best overall keyboard

Image of the Logitech MX Keys S wireless keyboard.

1. Logitech MX Keys S

Our expert review:

Specifications

Reasons to buy, reasons to avoid.

Logitech's MX Keys S — intended to be a perfect companion for one of the best mice around, the MX Master 3S — should be considered a top keyboard by most people who want wireless convenience and comfortable typing.

In our Logitech MX Keys S review , Windows Central Staff Writer Zachary Boddy called it "a consistent, versatile, and feature-packed wireless keyboard," going on to note that "the design, typing experience, extra keys, and software are all centered around being productive."

The keyboard relies on a 2.4GHz Logi Bolt dongle or Bluetooth Low Energy to connect, and it can be set up to quickly and easily switch between up to three devices. It's compatible with just about any OS as well, making it perfect for those who aren't sticking to Windows only. There are even some deep macro features should you wish to streamline your workflow.

The internal battery will last for days, even with the built-in backlight enabled, and it charges with USB-C. You can expect comfortable typing from the cupped keys, and the ability to carry it around with you anywhere will certainly appeal to those who are over having to deal with cables.

Read our in-depth Logitech MX Keys S review

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Best budget keyboard

Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K380s

2. Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K380s

Logitech's MX Keys S is a great wireless option if you want a full package, including a number pad, but it might be too expensive or too much keyboard for your needs. That's where the Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K380s comes into play.

It's a compact keyboard without a number pad, making it super easy to slip into a backpack alongside your laptop. It's also a great little device to have around the living room for control over your TV-attached PC. Just need something at your desk? It can also do a great job in a more traditional sense.

The Pebble Keys 2 K380s offers similar wireless connectivity as the MX Keys S, with a 2.4 GHz Logi Bolt receiver or Bluetooth options. It has Logitech's Easy-Switch button built in, allowing you to quickly switch between devices (even across different operating systems), and the two AAA batteries will last for months.

The round keys, a holdover from older models that we've used, are surprisingly comfortable even for long days of typing, and their silent nature won't annoy anyone around you. Be sure to give this one a second look if you'd like to spend less and still land a quality wireless keyboard.

Best gaming keyboard

Image of the Razer Huntsman V3 Pro gaming keyboard.

3. Razer Huntsman V3 Pro

Razer is certainly a leading name when it comes to gaming accessories, and its Huntsman V3 Pro sits at the top of the list when it comes to gaming keyboards that we've reviewed. It's expensive, but it's one of the most feature-laden and high-performance decks we've seen.

In our Razer Huntsman V3 Pro review , Staff Writer Zachary Boddy noted that they've been using a Razer Huntsman Elite for years but found "a more subtle, refined, responsive, and feature-packed gaming keyboard steadfastly focused on competitive and hardcore gaming."

The keyboard is built on an aluminum chassis, with double-shot PBT keycaps (with added texture to prevent slipping), customizable RGB lighting, fully programmable controls, and even a "leatherette" wrist rest. It provides a stellar typing experience with sound-dampening foam, and the adjustable actuation force (between 0.1mm and 4mm) gives you plenty of room to dial in the perfect gaming experience.

Razer's analog optical switches use hall effect sensors to land this precise actuation, and the customization just keeps getting better as you dig into software features. Razer includes a setup guide, but you will have to be comfortable making tweaks to get the most out of the product.

Read our in-depth Razer Huntsman V3 Pro review

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Keychron Q1 Pro with resin wrist rest on red and blue background

4. Keychron Q1 Pro

Mechanical keyboards have come back into vogue in recent years, and those who want a customizable board with high-end features should check out Keychron's Q1 Pro. It's essentially the same as the non-Pro Q1, save that the Pro model adds Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity and a 4,000mAh battery to go along with the wired USB-C connection. The keyboard connects with up to three devices for quick switching, and it works across Windows, Linux, and MacOS.

The keyboard's aluminum chassis is built extremely well, and it can be paired with three different types of Keychron's K Pro switches, depending on your preferences. Switches are hot-swappable, they have KSA double-shot PBT keycaps, and there's even south-facing RGB lighting that can be customized to your liking.

In our Keychron Q1 Pro review , Senior Editor Harish Jonnalagadda remarked that "The gaskets around the polycarbonate plate combined with the addition of the silicone pads that are sandwiched between the top and bottom halves gives the Q1 Pro a unique typing feel."

The Keychron Q1 Pro can be purchased fully assembled if you aren't comfortable putting it together yourself. The only real downside is the battery life, which will need charging every few days. If you can live with that and want the extra wireless connectivity, this should be a top mechanical choice.

Read our in-depth Keychron Q1 Pro review

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Logitech K860

5. Logitech Ergo K860

Most people who spend hours typing have likely experienced some sort of wrist or forearm discomfort. Even worse, some will develop serious issues if they continue typing on a standard keyboard.

Luckily, there are ergonomic keyboards like the Logitech Ergo K860 designed specifically to reduce strain on your wrists and arms. It achieves this by splitting up the keys near the middle, angling them to the left and right for a more natural V shape.

It also has a bit of a "hump" in the middle, with an attached wrist rest that itself can add forward tilt thanks to built-in feet for an even better feel.

In our Logitech Ergo K860 review , Windows Central's Brendan Lowry said, "You don't have to bend your wrists at all, and the way your hands naturally curve slightly inwards aligns perfectly with the curved key layout, so you don't have to turn your wrists, either."

The keyboard runs on two AAA batteries that can last for years, but the keyboard does lack a built-in backlight. You can connect to devices with a 2.4GHz dongle or Bluetooth, and it will work across most devices.

Read our in-depth Logitech Ergo K860 review

Cooler Master CK720

6. Cooler Master CK720

Cooler Master is a name synonymous with PC parts, but it has been making forays into the accessory market. The CK720 mechanical 65% keyboard should be a great option if you're looking for a wired connection and easy customization. Enthusiast-level keyboards can get very expensive, but you can usually expect to pay about $100 for this board.

You can opt for Kailh Box V2 hot-swappable switches in Red, White, or Brown flavors depending on your preferences, and they all come pre-lubed out of the box. They're easy to remove and replace, and Cooler Master throws in eight Cherry MX Green switches (with a heavier click) for some added customization capabilities.

In our Cooler Master CK720 review , Senior Editor Ben Wilson remarked that "Cooler Master has knocked it out of the park with the CK720, appealing to newcomers and experienced enthusiasts in the mechanical keyboard scene. Practically everything is customizable, and the manufacturers promise to follow up with official accessories if you're unsure about compatible parts."

This should be a great pick if you want a compact form factor without losing arrow keys, and it will appeal to enthusiasts who don't want to overspend.

Read our in-depth Cooler Master CK720 review

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7. Keychron Q6 Pro

Standing out with perfect scores in build quality over a full-size layout and a comfortable typing experience, The Keychron Q6 Pro keyboard is a phenomenal all-rounder with long-lasting Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a gasket-mounted design. It offers a durable and "bouncy" typing experience, as Senior Editor Harish Harish Jonnalagadda highlights in his Q6 Pro review .

You still get USB-C connectivity for wired use. However, the USB-C port is not centrally located like some similar models, which might be a minor inconvenience for some if your cable management isn't set up to accommodate it.

Typing feels great with any high-quality, pre-lubed K Pro keycaps and switches, and everything is highly customizable through the VIA companion software. A full-size layout with a number pad and navigation keys is also somewhat of a rare luxury in the mechanical keyboard scene.

Overall, the all-metal chassis is "built to last," and nothing else currently comes close to matching the Q6 Pro, even if it is a little less practical for travel, given its size and chunky weight at 4.6lb (2.1kg.) Nevertheless, on a desk, the rubber feet underneath keep it steady, and it's hard to find any genuine faults with this fantastic mechanical keyboard.

Read our in-depth Keychron Q6 Pro review

Best low-profile keyboard

Frontal view of Lofree Flow keyboard against bleu and red background

8. Lofree Flow

Mechanical keyboards are great when it comes to typing comfort, but their standard design often makes them less portable. However, low-profile mechanical keyboards like the Lofree Flow have mostly solved that issue.

This is a 75% keyboard built into a sturdy and sleek aluminum frame, featuring RGB side lighting and white backlighting for the keys. It can connect with Bluetooth for wireless portability, but it also works over USB-C for charging and for a more permanent setup.

The low-profile, double-shot PBT keycaps cover Kailh POM switches available in Ghost (linear) or Phantom (tactile) options based on how much actuation force you desire.

In our Lofree Flow review , Senior Editor Harish Jonnalagadda remarked that "using the Flow has been a revelation, and there were several times that I had to remind myself that this is a low-profile keyboard. The Kailh linear switch feels fantastic in daily use, offering excellent feedback and good travel, and the gasket-mounted design is a true delight."

The only real drawbacks are a lack of 2.4GHz connectivity and RGB lighting for each key, but these certainly aren't dealbreakers. If you'd like to try out a low-profile mechanical keyboard with a gasket-mounted chassis, this should be a top pick.

Read our in-depth Lofree Flow review

Best TKL gaming keyboard

Image of the Alienware Pro Wireless Gaming Keyboard.

9. Alienware Pro Wireless Gaming

TKL mechanical keyboards are gaining in popularity for gamers who want to free up space on their desk, and Alienware's Pro Wireless Gaming keyboard is a clean and well-built option with plenty of high-end features.

Windows Central's Zachary Boddy noted in their Alienware Pro Wireless Gaming keyboard review that "Alienware made all the right changes utilizing crucial feedback from its top-level customers, and the result is a truly sublime 75% wireless gaming keyboard that matches the quality of the company's monitors."

The rounded silicone base is topped with an aluminum panel, and there's per-key RGB lighting to help you get the perfect look. Double-shot PBT keycaps cover Alienware's first-gen Linear Mechanical switches, which provide a responsive feel with the right amount of resistance. The keyboard is compatible with custom keycaps, and just about any 3- or 5-pin switches are hot-swappable.

The keyboard connects wirelessly with a 2.4GHz receiver or Bluetooth, but it can also be used via USB-C. This is also how you charge the built-in battery, which Dell claims will run for up to 1,800 hours over Bluetooth with RGB disabled.

Read our in-depth Alienware Pro Wireless Gaming keyboard review

How to choose the best keyboard for you

Choosing a new keyboard can be a daunting prospect, after all, there's so much choice. It's hard to know where to start, and while we can recommend what the best out there are, these aren't automatically the best for you. You should first make sure you know what you're looking for in a keyboard before you commit to buying.

As with most things, consider your budget first. There's no point going into keyboard shopping without a price range in mind because, as you can see here, prices vary wildly from under $50 to well over $200. Nailing down a budget will make it easier to dismiss keyboards that aren't right for you before getting into the weeds with specs and features.

The other primary consideration needs to be what you're going to use it for most. Mechanical keyboards are easily the best feeling, but if you're never going to game is the increased price and the additional noise worth it? Likewise, if you plan to game, you're not going to have a good time with a Bluetooth keyboard with chiclet keys.

From there, you can start to consider a few more options. Always remember that the right keyboard for you is out there, waiting for you to find it.

The best keyboards based on our testing

If you're searching for a great keyboard that can handle everyday PC use, Logitech's MX Keys S should be your first consideration. It's a wireless keyboard that relies on a 2.4GHz Logi Bolt USB receiver or Bluetooth to connect; it features backlit cupped keys, and the full number pad only promotes productivity. You can use it as easily on a desk as in your lap, and it conveniently and quickly switches between devices. This ultimately gives it the versatility to be your only keyboard around the house.

If you're instead searching for a high-end gaming keyboard, Razer's Huntsman V3 Pro is a top choice that's absolutely dripping with features. It's built to an incredibly high standard, it offers per-key RGB lighting, and analog optical switches with hall effect sensors and adjustable actuation means you can really dial in your keyboard's performance and feel.

For those who crave a mechanical keyboard, Keychron's Q1 Pro is the best we've tested. It's similar to the standard Q1, except the Pro version adds Bluetooth connectivity. It's available with three different switch types, all of which are hot-swappable and covered with KSA double-shot PBT keycaps.

There are plenty more great keyboards that we've tested, which we've listed above.

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Four of the mechanical keyboards that we tested to find the best, shown together with replacement keys.

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Kimber Streams is a writer who has been covering laptops and other tech at Wirecutter for more than a decade. They once built a fort out of keyboards.

Every clack of a well-made keyboard can bring joy. If you spend most of your day typing, coding, or gaming, a mechanical keyboard can be a comfortable, customizable upgrade over the shallow, drab keyboard that came with your computer.

After spending months testing the most promising mechanical keyboards, we recommend the Keychron V3 Max , Keychron V5 Max , and Keychron V6 Max . These keyboards provide the best typing experience, and they offer the most extra features for their surprisingly reasonable prices.

Everything we recommend

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Keychron V3 Max

The best tenkeyless mechanical keyboard.

The V3 Max provides an enjoyable typing experience and the most features—RGB, hot-swap, wireless, programmability, and a fun knob—for a reasonable price.

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Keychron V5 Max

The best 1800-layout keyboard.

The V5 Max offers all of the quality and features of the V3 Max. And it provides all of the keys of a full-size keyboard in a significantly more-compact layout.

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Keychron V6 Max

The best full-size mechanical keyboard.

The V6 Max feels just as wonderful to type on, it has all of the same extra features, and its full-size layout includes a number pad. But it takes up much more desk space.

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Epomaker x Feker Galaxy80

The next-best keyboard.

The Galaxy80 feels even better to type on, and it comes in a variety of cute colors. But it’s only available with linear switches, it lacks a knob, and it isn’t as easy to program.

Budget pick

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Keychron C3 Pro

A tenkeyless starter keyboard.

The C3 Pro offers a satisfying typing experience and full programmability in VIA for less than $50. But it lacks hot-swap and wireless, its keycaps feel cheaper and will wear out sooner, and its backlight is red only.

Upgrade pick

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Keychron Q3 Max

A fancy tenkeyless option.

The Q3 Max has a heavy-duty aluminum case and feels great to type on. But its included keycaps are tall, and you can’t adjust the case’s height.

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Keychron Q5 Max

A fancy 1800-layout option.

The Q5 Max has the same quality and features as the Q3 Max, and it has all of the keys of a full-size keyboard in a more-compact layout.

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Keychron Q6 Max

A fancy full-size option.

The full-size Q6 Max feels just as excellent to type on and has the same features, but it takes up more desk space.

How we picked

Many mechanical keyboards allow you to customize the keycaps, switches, backlighting, and even the behavior of your keys.

We have tenkeyless and full-size keyboard picks, as well as separate number-pad recommendations.

All of our picks work well for typing, programming, or gaming.

We have budget picks that don’t suck, as well as feature-packed picks for enthusiasts.

The tenkeyless Keychron V3 Max , the 1800-layout Keychron V5 Max , and the full-size Keychron V6 Max stand out for their quality and value. Our picks have sturdy cases, durable PBT keycaps, and smooth lubricated stabilizers. And they boast fancy features typically reserved for much pricier models, including RGB backlighting, hot-swappable switches, wireless connectivity, and full programmability with the easy-to-use VIA software. All three models come with keycaps for Windows and Mac, and swapping between the two operating-system layouts is simple.

The Epomaker x Feker Galaxy80 ’s aluminum case and thick keycaps feel even nicer to type on than those of the Keychron V3 Max, and our runner-up comes in a wider range of pretty colors. But the Galaxy80 is available only with linear switches; it supports hot-swap, so you can easily change the switches out if you don’t like them, but we prefer a wider variety of switch options. Like the V3 Max, the Galaxy80 has RGB backlighting, wireless connectivity, and full programmability, but it lacks a knob, and it isn’t as easy to customize as our VIA-compatible top pick.

The Keychron C3 Pro offers the best typing experience you can get for under $50, with solid build quality, smooth stabilizers, and full programmability in VIA. But the C3 Pro is available with fewer switch options than our top pick, and it lacks hot-swap, so you can’t easily change those switches later. Our budget pick comes with lower-quality ABS keycaps that feel cheaper and will wear out faster than the PBT keycaps on our top picks. The C3 Pro also lacks a wireless connection, and it’s only available with a red backlight.

If you want a keyboard with a higher-quality aluminum case, and you don’t mind paying quite a bit more for it, we recommend the Keychron Q3 Max , Q5 Max , or Q6 Max . These models provide an excellent typing experience and have a ton of extra features: They can connect via Bluetooth or USB dongle, they’re fully programmable using VIA, and they have RGB backlighting, hot-swappable switches, and a rotary knob. All three models are also available in black and white, to match your aesthetic. But the Q Max keyboards have tall cases with steep slopes that cannot be adjusted, and their tall included keycaps exacerbate this flaw.

A mechanical keyboard is a highly personal choice. If you’re seeking one with a different vibe, take a look at the other good mechanical keyboards we found during testing. If you want a mechanical keyboard with a more-compact layout, check out our guide to compact mechanical keyboards .

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Why you should trust us, who this is for, how we picked and tested, our picks: keychron v3 max, v5 max, and v6 max, runner-up: epomaker x feker galaxy80, budget pick: keychron c3 pro, upgrade picks: keychron q3 max, q5 max, and q6 max, other good mechanical keyboards, the competition.

A mechanical keyboard favored by this guide's author, shown with red, white, and grey keycaps.

Since 2014 I’ve tested hundreds of keyboards for Wirecutter. In that time, I’ve accumulated at least 15 of my own—this is too many mechanical keyboards! I’ve spent thousands of hours typing on all of these different options to land on recommendations for people who need only one keyboard.

Mechanical keyboards can be more enjoyable to type on, more durable, and more customizable than typical laptop or desktop keyboards. If you spend all day typing, it’s very satisfying to customize the size, switches, keycaps, and layout to your exact needs.

Our picks in this guide include full-size keyboards and tenkeyless models without a number pad. If you’re looking for something even smaller, head over to our guide to compact mechanical keyboards .

Any keyboard can work for any task—there’s no such thing as a keyboard for typing or a programming keyboard or a gaming keyboard. This guide’s picks are aimed at people who primarily type or code, but our picks here are also excellent options for gaming. We also have a full guide to gaming keyboards .

We recommend prebuilt keyboards that you can plug in and use immediately, but there’s a whole world of custom mechanical keyboards. Building your own opens up a ton of size, layout, switch, and programmability options, but such keyboards are less readily available, and they require more tinkering.

Mechanical keyboards bring with them a lot of jargon: layouts , switches , keycap profiles , and so on. Here’s a high-level overview of the terms you need to know to buy the right keyboard for your needs. For even more detail, see our explainer on how to shop for a mechanical keyboard .

Three infographics, one of a full-size keyboard, 1800 layout, and a tenkeyless layout. Each key is labeled to indicate the differences between the layouts.

  • Tenkeyless (TKL or 80%): We recommend tenkeyless boards—which lack a number pad but have all of the other keys—because smaller keyboards allow you to place your mouse closer to your body . And that can reduce strain on your shoulders, neck, and back. You can always use a separate number pad for specific tasks.
  • 1800 layout (96%): This layout has all of the keys of a full-size keyboard, but smushed together to reduce wasted space. It’s the best option if you need an attached number pad and want to save a few inches of desk space. But finding replacement keycaps is harder because this layout has a few non-standard key sizes.
  • Full-size (100%): Full-size keyboards have all of the letters, numbers, modifiers, and function-row keys, as well as navigation keys, arrow keys, and a number pad.

Switch options: Mechanical switches come in three main varieties—linear, tactile, and clicky. Linear switches feel smooth when you press them. Tactile switches have a noticeable bump partway through the keypress. And clicky switches feel similar to tactile ones, but they have an added click sound to match the tactile bump. If you don’t already have a preference, we recommend tactile Brown switches made by Gateron, Kailh, or Cherry, because these popular, readily available switches are good for most tasks and quiet enough for most offices. We cover all of the switch varieties in depth in our introductory guide to mechanical keyboards .

Build quality: Cheap keyboards can feel and sound hollow, may flex under regular typing pressure, and tend to have stabilizers that rattle or squeak. Higher-quality keyboards made of metal or thicker plastic will feel sturdy and sound melodious with every keystroke.

A close-up of two mechanical keyboards, side-by-side, showing the difference between thin ABS keycaps and thicker PBT keycaps.

Keycaps: Keycap profiles define the height and shape of the keycaps in each row. We prefer keycaps made of PBT—a type of plastic—because they tend to be more durable and develop less shine than keycaps made from ABS (a more lightweight plastic that’s prone to wear).

We also like to see a variety of stylish keycap options, though you can always change keycaps later. It’s easiest to find replacement keycap sets for boards with ANSI standard keycaps ; this includes our tenkeyless and full-size picks.

Removable cable: A removable USB cable is preferable to a built-in one, because if the cable breaks, it’s easier (and cheaper) to replace than the whole keyboard.

Programmability: Many mechanical keyboards allow you to record macros, remap or customize certain keys, and futz with the backlighting. Some keyboards use switches on the bottom or back of the keyboard to alter the behavior of a few keys. Others offer onboard programming. And still others come with manufacturer-specific software or support VIA , a simple, user-friendly option.

Backlight: If a keyboard comes with backlighting, we prefer it to be either a tasteful white or programmable RGB.

Hot-swap switches: Rather than having to desolder old switches and solder in new ones, on a hot-swappable keyboard, you can simply pull the switches out and snap new ones into place.

Wireless: We look for stable wireless connections that don’t cut out, lag, or cause double key entries, as well as keyboards that can still work in wired mode when the battery runs out.

We test each keyboard by using it for at least one day of work, which involves lots and lots (and lots) of typing. We explore each keyboard’s customization options, and we pay attention to the quality of the cases and keycaps. Finally, we use the finalists for several more days of constant typing, and we test any wireless and Bluetooth connections on Windows and macOS.

Our three top picks for the best mechanical keyboard: the Keychron V3 Max, the Keychron V5 Max, and the Keychron V6 Max.

Of the keyboards we’ve tested, the Keychron V3 Max , V5 Max , and V6 Max offer the most comfortable typing experience and the most extra features for their reasonable prices. All three have sturdy cases, durable PBT keycaps, and smooth, lubricated stabilizers, as well as fun features like RGB backlighting, hot-swappable switches, a rotary knob, wireless connectivity, and full programmability with the easy-to-use VIA software. Our picks come with keycaps for Windows and Mac, and you can easily swap between the two operating-system layouts, using a switch on the back of each keyboard.

Close view of our Keychron mechanical keyboard pick with several keys in the process of being swapped, shown with spare keys and a key pulling tool.

Our picks are easy—and fun—to customize. We recommend starting with Gateron Jupiter Brown switches. But our picks also have hot-swap sockets that support both three- and five-pin switches, so you’ll be able to change out the switches for new ones without needing to solder.

They offer a satisfying typing experience for the price. The plastic cases on the V3 Max, V5 Max, and V6 Max are sturdy and don’t flex under pressure, and our picks’ pre-lubed stabilizers feel smooth and sound quiet. All three models have a flat profile with a gentle slope, as well as sturdy feet in the back with two height options, if you prefer a steeper angle.

The included keycaps have a comfortable, friendly shape. After weeks of typing, the OSA-profile PBT keycaps that come with our picks didn’t develop any surface wear. The tenkeyless V3 Max and the full-size V6 Max have standard keycaps, so it’ll be easy to find replacements if you want to change your keyboard’s vibe. But the V5 Max has nonstandard right Shift, bottom-row, and number-pad keys that you’ll need to look out for if you replace your keycaps.

Screenshot of the Keychron V3 Max interface in the VIA key reprogramming software.

Our top picks are fully programmable through the easy-to-use VIA software . At the time of our testing, the software didn’t automatically recognize them, but Keychron includes accurate, step-by-step instructions for all three models on their respective product pages. Once the keyboard appears in the software, you can remap keys, record macros, and customize the RGB backlighting.

Close view of the dongle stored at the back of our Keychron mechanical keyboard pick.

The V Max models all support three connection types: wired, wireless USB dongle, and Bluetooth. The wireless connections were solid in our testing, and we appreciate the inclusion of both a USB-A and a USB-C dongle. Our picks each come with a removable braided USB-C cable, and you always have a wired connection to fall back on. All three models have convenient slots on the back to store both dongles when you’re not using them.

Close view of the ports and switches at the back of our Keychron mechanical keyboard picks.

Our picks come with keycaps for Windows and Mac. These keyboards also have a convenient switch on the back left, to swap between the Windows and Mac layouts. In addition, Keychron includes a removable braided USB-C–to–C cable and a USB-C–to–A adapter, as well as useful tools for changing switches and keycaps.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

View of the keys that come standard on our Keychron mechanical keyboard pick.

Our picks aren’t as aesthetically flexible as other options . The V3 Max, V5 Max, and V6 Max are only available with black cases and keycaps that are gray, black, and red. The keycap legends also have some subtle inconsistencies in letter size and spacing. If you want a prettier keyboard with more color options, consider our runner-up pick  instead.

Keychron’s one-year warranty for our picks is very limited. If you have an issue, the warranty states that the company “will only replace the defective parts of the keyboard, not the whole keyboard.” Our V Max-series picks are quite new, and we haven’t seen widespread reports of problems, but we did have a frustrating experience with a pricier Q-series keyboard covered by the same policy.

Two Epomaker x Feker Galaxy80 keyboards, our runner up pick for the best mechanical keyboard.

If our top picks are unavailable, or if you want prettier colors, we recommend the Epomaker x Feker Galaxy80 . Thanks to its solid metal case and thicker keycaps, the Galaxy80 feels even nicer to type on than our top picks, and it has many of the same features: hot-swappable switches, RGB backlighting, wireless connectivity, and full programmability. But it ships with linear switches only, it lacks a rotary knob, and it isn’t as easy to customize as the VIA-compatible Keychron V3 Max. The Galaxy80 is also not available in full-size or 1800 layouts.

Close view of the dongle stored on the front our Galaxy80 mechanical keyboard runner-up pick.

The Galaxy80 is available in several stylish colors, but it comes only with linear switches. For the case and keycaps, you can choose from white, black, pink, blue, or purple, and all of the options look cute. But the Galaxy80 is only available with linear Marble White switches; they were smooth and satisfying to type on, but we prefer keyboards with a wider switch variety. It does have hot-swap sockets that support three- and five-pin switches, so you can easily change the switches if you don’t like the default option. As our top picks do, the Galaxy80 has a customizable RGB backlight.

The black and gray Keychron V3 Max shown next to the pink and white Epomaker x Feker Galaxy80 mechanical keyboard.

Our runner-up pick has a quality aluminum case, and it feels excellent to type on. The Galaxy80’s metal case doesn’t flex or emit any unpleasant, high-pitched pings. And several layers of sound-dampening material and lubricated stabilizers help produce a pleasant and melodious thock sound. It has a slightly angled profile, with a gentle slope, but unlike our top picks, the Galaxy80 does not have adjustable feet to customize the angle.

This keyboard’s doubleshot PBT keycaps feel thick and durable, and they look cute. The gently cupped MDA-profile keycaps feel just as comfortable as the rounded OSA-profile keycaps that come with the Keychron V Max models. And the Galaxy80’s slightly thicker keycaps contribute to the keyboard’s richer typing sound.

Screenshot of the Galaxy80 key reprogramming software.

The Galaxy80 is fully programmable using Windows-only software . The software isn’t as intuitive as VIA, and, at the time of writing, it’s only available for Windows. But we were able to use the software to remap keys and customize backlighting without issue. You can easily swap between Windows and Mac layouts, using the switch on the back of the keyboard—no software required.

Reverse view of our Galaxy80 mechanical keyboard runner-up pick.

Like our top picks, the Galaxy80 supports wireless. It can connect via wire, a wireless USB-A dongle, and Bluetooth, though the included USB-C-to-A cable isn’t as nice as the braided cable that comes with our top pick. We experienced connectivity issues with the USB-A dongle on two out of three review units, but an inexpensive extender solved the problem. There’s also a switch and keycap puller in the box. But the included OS keycaps are for Windows. And it doesn’t come with extras—we’d prefer OS-neutral keycaps, or spares for both operating systems.

The Keychron C3 Pro, our budget pick for the best mechanical keyboard, shown in black.

If you’re looking for the cheapest decent mechanical keyboard, we recommend the Keychron C3 Pro . It offers by far the best typing experience you can get for under $50, with solid build quality, smooth stabilizers, and full programmability in VIA. But compared with our top picks , the C3 Pro is available with fewer switch options, and it lacks hot-swap, so you can’t easily change those switches later. Our budget pick also has lower-quality ABS keycaps that feel cheaper and will wear out sooner, and it lacks a wireless connection. The C3 Pro’s design doesn’t look as nice, either, and it’s only available with an edgy red backlight.

Our Keychron C3 Pro mechanical keyboard budget pick shown with the red backlight mode engaged.

The C3 Pro’s backlight is red, and it lacks hot-swap. Our budget pick is only available with Keychron Brown or Red switches—they feel smooth and satisfying to type on, unlike the gritty switches common in most budget keyboards. But Keychron doesn’t offer a clicky switch option, and you cannot easily change out the switches. You can turn off the red backlight if you don’t like it, but we’d prefer something more neutral, like white.

The black and gray Keychron V3 Max shown next to the black Keychron C3 Pro mechanical keyboard.

Our budget pick offers the best typing experience you can get for less than $50. Although it can’t match our top pick, this budget board has quality switches and smooth stabilizers that don’t rattle, and it doesn’t flex under ordinary typing pressure. Other cheap keyboards we’ve tested felt like banging on a damp, hollow log covered in gritty sand. The C3 Pro doesn’t sit as flat on a desk as our top pick, the V3 Max; our budget pick is taller and has a steeper slope.

The ABS keycaps feel cheaper and will wear out sooner. These lower-quality, OEM-profile keycaps don’t look or feel as nice as the keycaps that come with our top pick. But our budget pick has a standard layout, so you can replace the keycaps with something nicer—without having to spend a ton.

The programming screen for the C3 Pro.

Like our top picks, the C3 Pro is fully programmable with the easy-to-use VIA software. At the time of our testing, the software didn’t automatically recognize the C3 Pro. After following the step-by-step instructions on Keychron’s website, however, we were able to remap keys, record macros, and customize backlight effects

Close view of the keys on our Keychron C3 Pro mechanical keyboard budget pick.

The C3 Pro is compatible with Windows and Mac. This model doesn’t come with OS-specific keycaps like our top pick does. But the included keycaps have legends for both operating systems, and you can swap between layouts with Fn + Caps Lock. Keychron includes a USB-C–to–A cable, a few red keycaps, and a keycap puller.

Our three upgrade picks for the best mechanical keyboard: the Keychron Q3 Max, the KeychronQ5 Max, and the Keychron Q6 Max.

If you want to spend more for a higher-quality aluminum case, get the Keychron Q3 Max , Q5 Max , or Q6 Max . These models feel awesome to type on, and they have a ton of features. They can connect via Bluetooth or USB dongle, they’re fully programmable using VIA, and they have RGB backlighting, hot-swappable switches, and a rotary knob. But they all have tall keycaps and cases with steep slopes that cannot be adjusted.

Our upgrade picks are customizable, and they come in more colors than our top pick. Keychron offers the Q3 Max, Q5 Max, and Q6 Max with Gateron Jupiter Brown, Red, and Banana switches—there’s no clicky switch option. And all three models support hot-swap for easy upgrades. You can choose between a black or white case and keycaps, or you can order a barebones model if you prefer to bring your own keycaps and switches.

The black and gray Keychron V3 Max shown in profile view next to the white and tan Keychron Q3 Max mechanical keyboard.

The Q Max models provide a top-notch typing experience, but they’re very tall. Our upgrade picks all come with heavy, aluminum cases, and their lubricated switches and stabilizers feel smooth and rattle-free. But compared with our top picks, the Q3 Max, Q5 Max, Q6 Max have taller cases with steeper slopes, and they lack height-adjustment options. If you prefer a keyboard with a more neutral slope—like I do—these aren’t the keyboards for you.

The included KSA-profile keycaps are also tall. We haven’t yet encountered any surface wear on the included PBT keycaps, but I found the KSA profile uncomfortably tall. Their height got in the way of the rotary knob, too—I found myself accidentally hitting the Backspace key when adjusting the volume. The legends on our top and upgrade picks have similar inconsistencies; this is a flaw that’s less forgivable on a $200 keyboard.

Screenshot of the Keychron Q3 Max interface in the VIA key reprograming software.

Like our top picks, the Q Max models are easy to program using VIA. The Q3 Max, Q5 Max, and Q6 Max weren’t automatically recognized by the software at the time of our testing, but after following the step-by-step instructions on each product page, we were able to quickly and easily reprogram the keys, macros, and backlighting.

Our upgrade picks can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or USB dongle. All three models, however, lack convenient storage for that USB-A dongle when it’s not in use. Keychron also includes a USB-C–to–C cable with a C-to-A adapter, as well as other tools for customizing the keyboards.

The Q3 Max, Q5 Max, and Q6 Max support both Windows and Mac. You can swap between OS layouts and connection types using the physical switches on the back of the keyboard, and all three models come with extra keycaps for both operating systems.

Keychron’s one-year warranty for these models is very limited. If you have an issue, the company “will only replace the defective parts of the keyboard, not the whole keyboard.” This service is disappointing for such an expensive keyboard.

If you like linear switches: The Epomaker Cidoo V87 feels incredible to type on. I love its pillowy, thocky typing feel and its beige retro aesthetic so much that I was reluctant to swap the V87 off my desk to test everything else for this guide. For around $150, the V87 has most of the same features as our upgrade picks—a sturdy metal case, PBT keycaps, hot-swappable switches, RGB backlighting, a rotary knob, VIA support, and wireless connectivity via Bluetooth or dongle. But it’s only available with linear switches and a beige case, so if those aren’t your jam, stick to our upgrade picks.

If you want a fun, retro-looking keyboard: The 8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard has a design reminiscent of the NES, Famicom, and Commodore 64 game consoles—and it feels great to type on, too. Like our top picks, it has smooth stabilizers and comfortable PBT keycaps, and it supports hot-swap, so you can change the switches if you don’t love the included clicky Kailh BOX Whites. The Retro Mechanical Keyboard can connect via wire, USB dongle, or Bluetooth. It lacks a backlight, though, and customization is limited in the 8BitDo software.

If you want budget boards with better aesthetics: Compared with our budget pick, the tenkeyless Keychron C1 Pro and full-size C2 Pro have higher-quality PBT keycaps, and they look nicer, but they cost nearly twice as much. The basic versions of the C1 Pro and C2 Pro have a white backlight and lack hot-swap; if you’re going to spend more for RGB or hot-swap, you’re better off with our top picks instead.

If you need a number pad: The Epomaker EK21 is the best basic number pad. It’s great to type on, and it has PBT keycaps, hot-swappable switches, and an RGB backlight. The EK21 has three connection options—wired, Bluetooth, or USB dongle—and you can program macros across four layers using VIA.

If you want a fancier number pad: The Keychron Q0 Max has the same excellent build quality as our upgrade picks, and it has more buttons to customize than the EK21. It’s fully programmable in VIA, and it has five extra macro keys and a rotary knob, so you can set it up as a macro pad of frequently used shortcuts. Like our upgrade picks, the Q0 Max can connect via wire, Bluetooth, or a wireless USB dongle.

Tenkeyless options

The Keychron V3 is the previous version of our top pick, the Keychron V3 Max. It has many of the same features, but it lacks wireless, and the rotary knob costs extra.

The Vortex Multix 87 has a sturdy case, durable PBT keycaps, smooth stabilizers, and hot-swappable switches. But it lacks a backlight, full programmability, and a rotary knob.

The Varmilo VA Series V2 and Varmilo VA Series V2 Mac lack hot-swap, and they aren’t fully programmable.

We love the Drop Ctrl V2 ’s flatter profile and RGB light bar, but for a keyboard that lacks wireless, it’s expensive. It’s also more confusing to program than our picks, and its Holy Panda X Clear tactile switches don’t feel as nice to type on.

For a keyboard that lacks wireless and comes with ABS keycaps, the Drop CSTM80 is expensive.

The Monokei Standard , ironically, doesn’t have standard keycaps. It also lacks a backlight, its spacebar rattled, and its Enter and Backspace keys emitted a high-pitched ping.

The Keychron Q3 is similar to our upgrade pick, but it lacks wireless.

The Ducky One 2 TKL lacks media and volume keys out of the box; you have to program them yourself, and there are enough missing or incorrect instructions to make the process a real pain in the ass. We had to rely on GitHub user Chris Schmich’s correct instructions for programming media keys on the One 2.

The Ducky One 3 TKL is even worse to program media keys and other macros on—it doesn’t come with a manual, and the unit we bought wasn’t able to record macros until we installed a firmware update . (The 1.09 firmware I installed had its own set of issues that the company was aware of .) The Ducky subreddit is full of owner reports of problems with the One 3.

The Topre Realforce TKL R2 has unique Topre switches that are delightful to type on. But this keyboard is very expensive, it has a non-removable cable, and it’s not compatible with most third-party keycaps.

Drop’s Expression keyboards lack hot-swap, have limited switch options, and are expensive. Their ABS keycaps will wear faster than the PBT keycaps on our top picks, and the unit we tested scooted around easily on my desk.

Drop’s Signature keyboards are even pricier than the Expression line. Their included switches feel scritchy, many of the keycaps are ABS, and there’s no option for a rotary knob.

The WASD Code V3 and WASD V3 have lower-quality ABS and PBT keycap options, and the Costar stabilizers in these models rattle and make it harder to swap keycaps . The cable-management channels are also too narrow.

Buckling-spring keyboards don’t meet Wirecutter’s criteria for switch variety, and they’re not compatible with MX-style keycaps. But people who love buckling-spring keyboards really love buckling-spring keyboards. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. The Unicomp Mini M is the loudest keyboard I have ever encountered—my partner could hear me typing on it rooms away, across the entire 2,000-square-foot apartment, with his headphones on . If you have a buckling-spring keyboard and love it, I’m happy for you. But I can’t recommend this keyboard to anyone who doesn’t already know what they’re getting into.

The Durgod Taurus K320 doesn’t match our picks in build quality, keycap quality, or design. Buyer reviews indicate that the company has a poor track record of support.

The ABS keycaps on the KBParadise V80 feel cheaper and will wear out sooner than the PBT keycaps of our top picks. We also experienced an annoying, loud pinging noise during typing.

For more information on the gaming keyboards we dismissed, see our gaming keyboards guide .

Full-size options

The Keychron V5 and Keychron V6 are the previous versions of our top picks, but they lack wireless, and not all versions include the knob.

Like the Keychron Q3, the Keychron Q5 and Keychron Q6 lack wireless.

Like the Ctrl V2 , the Drop Shift V2 is expensive and lacks wireless, and it’s confusing to program .

The Varmilo VA108M costs more than the Keychron V6 Max, yet it lacks RGB, hot-swap, wireless, and programmability, and it is covered in a tacky, fake-wood texture.

The Ducky One 3 Full-size has the same macro-recording issues as its tenkeyless counterpart.

The Cherry KC 200 MX looks and feels cheap, and its cable isn’t removable.

Budget options

The Keychron C1 and Keychron C2 were our previous budget picks, but the C3 Pro provides a similar typing experience for a lower price.

The iKBC TypeMan CD87 V2 and iKBC TypeMan CD108 V2 have PBT keycaps, but they cost more than our budget pick. They also have non-removable cables and lack labeled media keys, Mac-specific keycaps, and a backlight.

The full-size Logitech K845 has rattly stabilizers and gritty-feeling TTC switches. It also has a built-in cable and no Mac-specific keycaps.

The EagleTec KG060 and its KG061 variant have mystery switches that felt scratchy. And the flimsy case flexed during regular typing.

Wireless options

The Keychron Q3 Pro , Keychron Q5 Pro , and Keychron Q6 Pro were our previous upgrade picks, but the new Q Max models have an improved typing sound and feel. And they support a 2.4 GHz wireless connection for the same price.

The Epomaker Brick 87 is a fun tenkeyless keyboard with a scroll wheel on the thumb rest and a strip to attach Lego bricks for decoration along the top. But the angled top row makes the function keys difficult to press, and it’s only available with linear switches.

Our top picks are better wireless options than the tenkeyless Keychron K8 Pro , Keychron K4 Pro , or Keychron K10 Pro . The K8 Pro’s case is uncomfortably tall, and all three models come with cables that are too short for some desk setups.

The tenkeyless Leopold FC750RBT and full-size FC900RBT lack hot-swap and programmability.

The Keychron K8 is dealbreakingly tall in the front and uncomfortable to type on. It has poor build quality, ABS keycaps, and squeaky, rattly stabilizers.

Number pads

The Epomaker Cidoo V21 is lovely to type on, is programmable in VIA, and supports wireless, but it’s only available in beige with linear switches.

The Keychron Q0 Plus is similar to the Q0 Max, but it lacks a wireless connection.

The Epomaker TH21 is less configurable than the EK21, and it lacks a knob.

The HP 430 Programmable Wireless Keypad is not as customizable as our picks, and its low-profile switches feel scritchy.

The Leopold FC210TP has a built-in cable, and its alt functions don’t work on Mac. The FC210TP also lacks RGB backlighting, hot-swap, and programmability.

This article was edited by Signe Brewster, Caitlin McGarry, and Arthur Gies.

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Kimber Streams

Kimber Streams is a senior staff writer and has been covering laptops, gaming gear, keyboards, storage, and more for Wirecutter since 2014. In that time they’ve tested hundreds of laptops and thousands of peripherals, and built way too many mechanical keyboards for their personal collection.

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Why I Love Compact Mechanical Keyboards and You Will Too

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A compact mechanical keyboard combines the layout of a laptop keyboard with the comfort of a mechanical keyboard.

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These Cute Frogs Taught Me That Mechanical Keyboards Don’t Have to Be Terrifying

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The best mechanical keyboard might just be the one that appeals to you the most.

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How to Clean Your Keyboard and Mouse

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Dust, skin particles, and hand oils will eventually accumulate on a keyboard and mouse. Here’s how we clean them.

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How to Shop for a Mechanical Keyboard

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Best Mechanical Keyboards for Writers

With the world of mechanical keyboards exploding, there have been a ton of new options to pick from for writers.

If you’re a new to the world of mechanical keyboards, it may seem a bit overwhelming.

The rabbit hole is deep, and all you want is to get typing, so we’ve made you a guide to 8 of the best mechanical keyboards for writers in 2020.

The Best Mechanical Keyboards for Writers – Our Picks

We’ve compiled this list of some of the best keyboards for writers to help you make a more informed decision.

From features and quality to ergonomics and efficiency, here we will cover some of the best keyboards for writers that money can buy.

1. Durgod K320 Taurus TKL

Durgod K320 Taurus TKL mechanical keyboard

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Durgod is a famililar name in the mechanical keyboard world, and usually with that name you get a no-nonsense keyboard with excellent build quality and some of the best factory stabilizers available in a prebuilt option.

And did we mention the price is right?

The keycaps included with this are Cherry profile, which are slightly shorter than OEM, but may provide you with a more comfortable typing experience. They are Doubleshot PBT plastic keycaps with clean legends and excellent shine-through backlighting.

They won’t shine or smooth as quickly as ABS keycaps, and often provide a more pleasing, deeper sound when typing. The legends won’t rub off over time, and work well in both brighter and darker work environments.

There is no backlight though, so you won’t be able to rely on that for increased wpm or fps.

There is a ton of customization for lighting, macros/hotkeys, and keymapping via Durgod Zeus software.

The Durgod Taurus comes in a a variety of Cherry MX Switch variants:

  • Cherry MX Red , Black, Brown, Blue
  • Cherry MX Silent Switches if you need that extra level of silence, featuring silicone pads that help dampen not only bottom-out, but the unavoidable top-out as well.
  • Cherry MX Speed Switches if what you are looking for is quicker,shorter actuation/travel distance and potentially faster typing speeds.

The stabilizers are pre-lubed and are excellent for a pre-built. They will not be rattly or distracting for those long hours behind the keyboard.

Build quality is excellent, and the design is minimalistic while still looking good. A very work-safe keyboard option for $100.

Included with the keyboard is not only a USB-A to USB-C cable, but a USB-C to USB-C as well, so if you have a Macbook or Notebook that only only utilizes type-C, you are good to go.

The Durgod K320 Taurus is ideal for anyone who wants a premium-feeling keyboard that won’t break the bank. With several switch choices available, you are sure to find one to meet your needs.

2. Das Keyboard 4C TKL

Das Keyboard 4C TKL mechanical keyboard

Das Keyboard is a well built TKL keyboard from a company well known for serious keyboards for serious typists.

One main standout of this keyboard is the fact that it provides not one but two USB pass-through ports for charging and peripherals. This is perfect for anyone using numpads/macropads, wireless mice that use a reciever, and even streamers using a stream deck or microphone.

If you find yourself lacking convenient, open USB ports on your PC or wall outlets, look no further. Just plug your two devices directly into the keyboard and you’re good to go.

The 4C TKL also includes a ruler attached to the back of the keyboard. It is meant as an additional riser in the back, but is obviously also a useful tool should you need to measure, reach, or scratch anything.

This keyboard only comes with Cherry MX Brown switches, a switch which is usually geared for typists or writers who like tactility but not noise. They provide a soft bump which should be enough for most writers.

You won’t have to worry about which switch is right for you, because Das Keyboard has made the decision for you; one that many writers agree with.

The keycaps are PBT keycaps which should provide a better sound and feel while typing. They won’t get as shiny or as slippery as quickly as ABS.

The design of the 4C TKL is not particularly extreme but is also not typical of a typical “work-safe” keyboard. The top panel is shaped with an extended lip on the side which carries the branding and houses the two USB ports.

A “safer” design perhaps would have implemented the ports on the rear next to the cable.

It does not include RGB nor a detachable cable, but if you do not move around much, it really is not much of a concern.

This keyboard is going to be more ideal for writers that need fewer choices but more expansion via the USB ports.

3. Keychron K2v2

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The Keychron K2V2 is a wireless 75% keyboard that features Bluetooth and increased Mac OS support right out of the box.

K2V2 is an improvement on its predecessor, and a popular choice in the world of wireless Bluetooth keyboards.

The 75% form factor gives you all the functionality of a TKL without the wasted space. This means a shorter distance for your fingers to travel while typing, which may make for a more efficient experience.

The keycaps here are laser-engraved ABS keycaps in OEM profile. While this makes the overall height of the K2 a little on the tall side, with an added wrist rest it proves to be a non-issue.

There is also a K2V2 option that comes with improved PBT keycaps.

Build quality is acceptable for a keyboard of this price, and is better with upgrades.

By default it comes in a plastic high-profile tray-style case, but you have the option of including an aluminum frame to help reinforce and add weight to the keyboard.

An aluminum plate ensures your switches are stable, and a large battery provides wireless power for days on end. You won’t have to be tethered to your desk or or be forced to use your stock Mac keyboard any longer.

You can outfit this keyboard with your choice of Gateron red, blue, and brown switches. We have a full guide on Gateron switches , if you want to learn the differences.

You also get a choice of backlighting, with a more office appropriate white backlight or the fully customizeable RGB option.

While you can program the lighting via the Keychron software, the macros and hotkeys unfortunately are not.

Keychron are currently working on software that will enable this functionality. If you’re using Windows OS, check out the program “Autohotkey” if you need to program macros or do any remapping.

The Keychron K2V2 is an excellent choice for those who want efficiency, functionality, and Bluetooth capability.

If you need hot-swappable sockets for more convenience in trying out switches, check out the K2 Hotswap, an updated version of this keyboard which also comes with improved double-shot ABS keycaps.

4. Varmilo VA87M

Varmilo VA87M mechanical keyboard

Varmilo is one of the mainstays of the TKL space.

If you have read the Wirecutter roundup for best mechanical keyboards of 2020, you may have noticed that this is the keyboard that came out on top and bested the Leopold.

So what makes the Varmilo VA87M so great? Well, one big reason is the stabilizers. They come pre-lubed from the factory, and the lubing is done well.

There is no wobble whatsoever, even on the spacebar, which provides for a satisfying, thocky sound.

If you have ever typed on stock stabilizers on pre-built keyboards before, you know how annoying and distracting a rattly stabilizer can be.

It comes in a huge variety of colorways and build-outs to customize it to your needs. The keycaps are color-matched to the case of your choosing, and there are many themed variants.

They are Dye-sublimated PBT caps, so should last for quite a long time but may be difficult to see in darker environments depending on the colorway (especially the Black-on-Grey).

Some variants of the VA87M also come in White LED, RGB LED, and non-backlit options.

The switches and LEDs are in a south-facing orientation, which allows for greater compatibility with thick Cherry profile keycaps like GMK.

This does mean that any keycaps you get with back-lit legends on the north end of the keycap may not be as bright as you were expecting.

This keyboard comes with your choice of a variety of Cherry MX Switches, including MX Silent, MX Speed Silver, and MX Clear variants. We have a full guide on Cherry MX switches , if you are interested.

A sturdy, simple case and convenient detachable cable round out the features on this excellent keyboard.

The Varmilo VA87M is ideal for those who want the best quality in a well-designed keyboard with several switch choices.

5. Topre Realforce R2 TKL

Topre Realforce R2 TKL mechanical keyboard

If you are a serious typist or keyboard user, you may have heard of the famous Realforce R2 and the infamous Topre switch.

Topre is a classic tactile option, but it isn’t really mechanical at all. Rather, it is an “electro-capacitive” switch that makes uses of rubber domes and a conical spring.

The result is one of the most tactile options that you could choose that also prevents chattering. Key chatter is when the switch sends multiple false actuation when you only press once.

If you have ever experienced double-inputs on a keyboard, then you have been visited by the Ghost of Keyboard Chatter. Spooky.

Needless to say, this is an important feature to have if you value accuracy and speed. Correcting mistakes made by the hardware should be the least of your worries.

Tactility, which this keyboard provides generously, can be an important factor for typing. Not only to confirm your keypresses and actuations, but also for overall typing satisfaction.

The Realforce TKL Features Topre switches in 30g, 45g, and 55g spring weights distributed across the keyboard depending on which finger a typist is most likely to use.

Instead of having to choose your own spring weight, they have been arranged in a very thoughtful manner that should be the most comfortable layout possible. That is, if you are a touch-typist.

This keyboard is all about old-school. From the look to the feel and build, you can tell that this board upholds tradition. Its case is a classic silhouette while also not feeling fairly well designed.

The cable is not detachable, but should not prove to be a big issue unless you intend to transport it often.

Sometimes there is no school like the old school, and this keyboard proves that.

The Realforce R2 TKL is ideal for real typists who want real tactility and value function over form.

6. Epomaker Niz Plum Atom 68

Epomaker Niz Plum Atom 68 mechanical keyboard

Speaking of electro-capacitive rubber dome switches, the Niz Plum Atom 68 houses a Topre-clone in a smaller form factor and more affordable price.

This keyboard succeeds in many areas where the Realforce may fail.

While the R2 TKL offers multiple spring weights in its keyboard based on which finger you might use, the Niz Plum Atom gives you the choice.

At 35g, these springs are all weighted like the lightest Topre switches on the R2. What Epomaker does next may surprise you.

Also included in the box are additional springs that you can add on-top of the rubber dome underneath each keycap. Each spring adds an additional 10g of weight, making any key you add them to a total of 45g.

Being able to adjust your spring weight on the fly is invaluable. Rather than being tied to one spring weight, or multiple weights across the board, you can adjust them yourself how you see fit, to match your needs on your own terms.

The included silencing o-rings installed on the top of the stem also provides dampening on the top-out, a feature similar to Silent switches.

The stem sliders here are also made of POM, a premium “self-lubricating” plastic that is great for switch smoothness.

Speaking of the stems, Epomaker also decided to make these switches with Cherry-style stems, giving you even more customization by being able to use your favorite keycap sets on it. Very thoughtful for a “clone” design.

While they may not be as heavy as the 55g Topre switches, weight is not necessarily a factor when it comes to speed and accuracy.

What you can be sure of, is that these keys will be easy to use and oh-so-satisfying.

Choosing this option gives you the best of both worlds. You may find that with ease-of use and tactility comes speed and accuracy, and with all of these factors you could break your own personal best records.

As a writer, it is not only important to have a high WPM, but high accuracy as well so you aren’t wasting time correcting mistakes. Who needs RGB when you have amazing tactile rubber domes?

Well, maybe you do! The Epomaker Niz Plum is offered in both non-backlit and RGB versions to give you that added level of custom flair. As if your typing experience couldn’t get any more satisfying.

If you are looking to try Topre switches but don’t want to break the bank, this is the keyboard for you.

The Epomaker Niz Plum Atom 68 is ideal for anyone looking to try the top tactility of Topre, but with the enthusiast features that a mechanical keyboard provides.

7. Kinesis Freestyle Pro

The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is a little different from the rest of the ones in this list. This is an ergonomic split keyboard.

Split keyboards are meant to give you more natural typing experience by allowing your arms and hands to be less pronated and more shoulder-width apart, decreasing risk for RSI and internal rotation, and improving overall posture.

This keyboard actually allows you to extend the distance between each hand to about 20 inches.

If you need this increased distance and halve the necessary desk space, then this is perfect for you. It may be nice to be able to stretch out your shoulders if you need.

You have the option to include wrist-rests and lift kits for “tenting” of the board, or having each half angled so that your hands are less pronated. The Lift Kit allows you to choose between 3 different angles, but is a separate additional purchase.

For such a premium price, it would have been nice to see the Lift Kit included with the Freestyle Pro. It does seem like a very essential part of the design.

The keyboard is fully programmable and has a number of extra hotkeys to provide increased functionality while typing. You are able to program layers and macros directly from the keyboard itself.

This keyboard comes with Cherry MX Browns or Cherry Silent MX Reds. You don’t get much choice here, but the options are very considerate ones. Browns for that soft tactility, and Silent Reds if you need to be more considerate in a shared working environment.

Possibly the best feature of this keyboard is how customizeable and programmable it is. Not only can you record your own macros, but also switch between Windows, Mac, and DVORAK layouts.

You can even program your own layouts, all directly on the keyboard itself without the need of software or drivers.

This keyboard won’t be for everyone, and the tenting angles may take some getting used to, but the programmability of the board makes it a very tempting option.

The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is ideal for those searching for a more ergonomic split keyboard, that also packs a ton of power and potential through its programmable PCB.

If you are looking for more of a gamer-oriented keyboard with programmable macro keys, check out the Freestyle Edge, which is essentially the same keyboard with different function keycaps and unprogrammed hotkeys.

8. Epomaker GK68X

Epomaker GK68X mechanical keyboard

Rounding out our selections is the Epomaker GK68X. Epomaker offers a 65% layout with hotswap and an option for Bluetooth (model GK68XS).

This is one of a few Epomaker products to include the option for a split spacebar.

You may question why you would need two different buttons for your spacebar, but it essentially provides you with 3 buttons instead of 1.

If you find you only use one finger or thumb for your spacebar, the other buttons can be programmed to any other modifier or macro you like. While this could take a little getting used to, the added potential to your workflow is too significant to ignore.

With the potential to boost your productivity and functionality exponentially, the split spacebar makes the GK68X a real contender for writers looking to improve workflow.

This keyboard is also hot-swappable and uses 5-pin PCB-mount sockets with North-facing LED’s. This will give you much more choice in terms of switches and keycaps, especially if you want to show off the RGB.

While you have a choice between Gateron switches, you now also have the option to use any mechanical Cherry-style switch you like.

A detachable USB-C cable is included so you can charge the battery and use your keyboard in either wired or wireless mode.

One thing that you should be aware of is the slightly changed layout. While all 65% layouts like this are slightly nonstandard, Epomaker decided to change the position of the backspace, moving it one unit to the right and adding a tilde in its place.

This may take some getting used to at first, and you may find yourself fumbling around those two keys trying to press backspace.

Also unlike other some of our other choices, you get a few options for your case. You can choose between both ABS plastic case as well as a robust aluminum case. Epomaker also may add wooden case options in the near future.

Be sure to check out Ruby Jackson’s Extended Instruction Manual for tips on how to better utilize the GK68X’s functionality.

The GK68X and GK68XS are ideal for anyone who needs a solid split spacebar keyboard with Bluetooth wireless option and tons of modularity in the form of hotswap, interchangeable keycaps, and multiple case options, backed by the quality Epomaker Customer Support.

What Makes a Mechanical Keyboard Good for Writers?

Different mechanical keyboards sitting on keyboard stands

When looking for a mechanical for the purpose of writing, there are some important factors to consider however.

The Switch Type

Will you choose linear, clicky, or tactile switches? Or the rubber dome to rule them all?

While this is entirely preference, writers and typists usually prefer clicky or tactile switches due to the feedback and satisfaction they provide.

Linear will offer the most smoothness, and for some this is even more satisfying, but may lead to more typing mistakes if you use a lighter spring weight.

The Spring Weight

Another big factor of the how the switch feels will be the spring weight.

If a spring is too heavy, you may feel pain or soreness in your fingers as if they got a workout.

If a spring is too light, you may feel fingertip pain from bottom-outs, or see a drop in your accuracy from typos if you aren’t used to the weight.

Finding the right weight for your fingers and typing style is crucial in regards to comfort.

The Total Travel Distance

The third important factor for switches is travel distance.

Most people are used to the 2mm actuation, 4mm travel that traditional Cherry-style switches provide.

Recently and ever increasingly, however, manufacturers have been creating “Speed” switches that offer greatly decreased travel distance.

While these are more “gamer” oriented, some speed-typists prefer the shorter travel required for actuation.

Your mileage may vary, but for most writers the normal 2mm/4mm travel is perfectly fine.

The Keycap Profile

The profile refers to the shape and height of the keycaps on your keyboard.

The profile or silhouette of your keycaps plays a big role in how your hands and fingers interact with the keyboard, specifically in height and ergonomics.

With OEM being the norm, there are multiple profiles available now ranging from the taller SA sculpted profile, to shorter Cherry and DSA Profile caps, and even low-profile Chiclet-style caps.

Coupled with the height of your keyboard’s case, the profile may either cause you to glide over keys with ease and grace, or cause you to fumble around like your fingers are drunk. Changing may take some getting used to, though.

Keycap Material

One of the big debates is keycap material, mainly ABS vs PBT.

ABS is much more common, and is typically associated with greater color accuracy, vibrancy, and saturation.

The downside of ABS is that it often quickly develops a shine to the material, as well as develop a slick surface from finger oils and skin chemistry.

If you look for ABS, double-shot is preferred so the legends to not fade.

PBT tends to be a more flexible material, and is typically associated with a deeper sound and a surface that won’t shine or slick as quickly as ABS.

The downside of PBT is the lack of color accuracy that ABS has, and the potential of warped keys (especially spacebars) during the curing process of the keycap’s production.

If you look for PBT keycaps, go for double-shot or dye-sublimated keycaps for long lasting legends.

Customization and Upgradability

If you see yourself wanting to upgrade or experiment with your keyboard, modularity is a good feature to look for.

This usually means hotswap sockets to change switches, cherry stems for keycap compatibility, and whether there are more options for compatible cases.

Layout & Size

Last but not least, we have the layout. We will cover this more in the next section, but you should look for the layout which best suits your needs and makes you the most efficient.

What Layout is Best for Writers?

Different Mechanical keyboards side by side

The popular choices range from TKL to 65% since most writers don’t necessarily need a numpad, but do like arrows and navigation keys as well some extra desk space.

Here is a quick guide to layouts to help you make the best choice for you.

With A Number Pad?

  • Fullsize 100% – This is your standard 104 key layout.
  • 96% layout – Fullsize minus a few keys and no wasted space.
  • 1800 layout – Fullsize with extended numpad and no nav cluster.
  • Southpaw – this moves the numpad to the left side, bringing your mouse closer to center and giving your left hand more functionality.

Don’t Need the Number Pad?

  • TKL – Fullsize without the numpad. Standard layout.
  • 75% – TKL minus a few keys and no wasted space.

No Function Row Required?

  • 65% – 75% layout minus the function row. Alphas, numbers, spacebar, modifiers, arrows, and navigation column in a compact form factor.
  • 60% – TKL minus the function row, arrows, and navigation cluster. Heavy use of function layers. Standard layout.

A bit of a masochist?

  • 40% / Planck – No numbers, just alphas, spacebar, and modifiers. Heavy use of function layers.

With so many keyboards and so many options, it can be intimidating to choose the right keyboard for you, and make the best choice with your money.

We tried to compile a fairly comprehensive list of keyboards we felt were ideal for typists and writers, that covers a wide variety of use cases.

Paired with the tips listed above, we hope this will help you determine the best keyboard for your needs.

Randall Jue

Randall is a longtime tech enthusiast and relative newcomer to the mechanical keyboard hobby. He has a background in philosophy, art, and design, and has a passion for research, education, and communication. He wants to share his knowledge and experience to help guide others down the deep rabbit hole.

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The best wireless keyboard for you depends on how and where you plan to use it, and what you plan to do with it. Wireless keyboards come in all sizes (from mini 60 percent layouts to full-size with extra macro keys), switch types, and aesthetics.

Whether you're a couch-bound console gamer trying to chat on your PlayStation 5 or a productivity-focused coder trying to clean up your workspace, there's a perfect wireless keyboard out there for you — and these are the best wireless keyboards we've personally tested.

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Asus ROG STRIX Scope II 96

1. Asus ROG STRIX Scope II 96

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Asus' ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless is just about everything you want in a wireless gaming keyboard — it's speedy, responsive, and reliable while gaming, customizable, and it gets up to 1,500 hours of battery life over a low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connection. It has a 96-percent layout, which means it's relatively compact (it measures just 14.84 x 5.16 x 1.57 inches / 377 x 131 x 40mm), without sacrificing the 10-key numberpad. 

The ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless is sturdily-built, with an aluminum alloy top plate and double-shot PBT keycaps. It does have a plastic chassis (necessary, according to Asus, for reliable wireless connectivity), but it's got multiple layers of sound-dampening foam inside to minimize case ping. It comes with Asus' second-gen ROG NX Snow linear mechanical switches, which have an actuation force of 45g and are stable, smooth, and quiet. It's also got a hot-swappable PCB, so you can swap the NX Snows out for the switches of your choice. 

This keyboard is wireless (naturally — that's why it's on this page), with both low-latency 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. Asus says it will get up to 1,500 hours of battery life over 2.4GHz wireless with the lighting turned off, which is fantastic (though this number drops precipitously with the lighting turned on). The ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless isn't quite as fancy as its pricier sibling, the Asus ROG Azoth , but it's close — and it's $70 cheaper. 

Read: Asus ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless Review

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2. Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is our favorite wireless keyboard for gaming because it offers you a full-size, full-height mechanical switch experience, plus all the features you’d expect in a premium gaming clacker. That includes high-end doubleshot ABS plastic keycaps that felt good during testing and looked good too, resisting smudges notably better than rivals and the keyboard’s aluminum top plate. You also get a cozy, plush leatherette magnetic wrist rest and four onboard memory profiles. Unfortunately, you’ll need the software to use any RGB besides the 7 effects stored in the keyboard’s memory. And there are no macro keys, like the Logitech G915 Lightspeed on this page, its top rival, offers.

The BlackWidow V3 Pro can connect with a wireless dongle, via its included charging cable or through Bluetooth, which lets it pair with up to 3 additional PCs. Battery life varies based on backlight brightness and effect but can range from 5-25 hours with lighting and reach 192 hours without. And at 3% battery life, the BlackWidow V2 Pro can get wonky, with delays in registering keypresses and issues with the software finding it. 

But ultimately, the BlackWidow V3 Pro delivers everything you’d expect from an expensive, top-of-the-line gaming keyboard, except a mandatory cable. There's also a newer BlackWidow V3 Mini model, although it doesn't bring as much to the table for its price as its larger sibling.

For more gaming recommendations, with or without cables, see our Best Gaming Keyboards page. 

Read: Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro review

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3. Redragon K596 Vishnu

Redragon isn’t exactly a well-known gaming brand in the U.S., but it’s hard to argue with the $70 price of the K596 Vishnu. This 2.4 GHz wireless gaming keyboard packs RGB, dedicated macro and media keys, a metal volume rocker, linear switches and even a wrist rest (albeit a hard plastic one) all into a tenkeyless package. And that's at well less than half the price of the more well-known competition.

The K596 Vishnu also feels solid and was comfortable to use while gaming and typing; although, the plastic used for the shell does look a bit cheap. There’s also some funkiness going on with the design, like the fact that F1-F8 are labeled as secondary media controls, despite there also being a bank of dedicated media buttons directly to their right. 

The second bank of programmable G keys are also oddly narrow and jammed up. And there are light bars on either side of the keyboard that, while look cool, are only going to drain your battery faster while you’re gaming without the USB-C cable plugged in. You can turn these off by hitting Fn and the Pause button repeatedly, but that’s a pain. The extra lights should default to only turning on when the keyboard is plugged in via a cable. The Vishnu is also heavier than competing wireless keyboards.

Still, despite its oddities and minor flaws, this is one heck of a keyboard for $70, when you consider Logitech’s G915 TKL costs more than three times as much and doesn’t include a wrist rest. If you’re after a compact, colorful wireless gaming keyboard on a budget, the K596 Vishnu easily earns a top spot in the pantheon.

Read: Redragon Vishnu K596 review

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4. Corsair K100 Air Wireless RGB

Corsair has created something unique with the K100 Air Wireless RGB. While there are still some areas for improvement (like the shine on the keycaps), this is the thinnest mechanical gaming keyboard I’ve seen from a large gaming brand, and Corsair has nailed the execution. 

At just 11mm thick at its thinnest point, it’s immediately reminiscent of the chiclet keys of yesteryear, but it manages to deliver an impressive mechanical keyboard typing and gaming experience. At $279, it’s unquestionably expensive but succeeds in being the most feature-rich and satisfying gaming keyboard in its class. Read: Corsair K100 Air Wireless RGB review  

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5. Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro

Razer’s DeathStalker V2 Pro is a totally different animal from its predecessor, and that’s a good thing. It’s an attractive low-profile keyboard that has basically all the features you need — connectivity, customization and pretty lights, plus a surprisingly decent typing experience and an excellent gaming experience. It’s not exactly, as Razer claims, “built like a tank,” but it’s pretty durable for how small, slim and lightweight it is. Read: Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro review  

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6. SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless

SteelSeries' Apex Pro TKL Wireless borrows the Apex Pro Mini ’s sturdy, minimal, and more generic-looking chassis design, adding the company's updated, highly customizable dual-actuation OmniPoint 2.0 optical switches. The keyboard also packs plenty of premium features like an aluminum alloy top plate, double-shot PBT keycaps, bright per-key RGB, and a detachable magnetic wrist rest. The Apex Pro TKL/Apex Pro TKL Wireless’ roomier layout allows for dedicated media keys and a customizable OLED smart display. Also, unlike its predecessor, it comes in both wired and wireless versions.

The Apex Pro TKL Wireless is an excellent, highly customizable gaming keyboard in a TKL layout, which is much less restrictive than the Apex Pro Mini’s 60 percent layout — but we’re still holding out for an update to the full-size SteelSeries Apex Pro to rival Razer's excellent DeathStalker V2 Pro .

Read: SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless review

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7. Akko 3098B

A typist’s dream, the Akko 3098B combines the company’s comfy, ASA keycaps with a compact, 96-percent layout and the ability to hot-swap in your favorite switches if you don’t like the defaults. The curved surface of the keycaps made it easier to feel our way around while touch typing and the default CS Jelly White switches are the best linear switches we’ve ever used. 

The keyboard also has a classic, retro terminal look that made us feel like we were hacking into the Pentagon mainframe from Matthew Broderick’s house. Once we upgraded to our favorite clicky switches, it felt more like we were finishing a story on deadline in the newsroom of the Daily Planet. If you want a touch of modern flair, you can turn on the vibrant RGB lighting that lies beneath the keys. 

All nostalgia aside, the Akko 3098B comes loaded with features, including the ability to connect via 2.4-GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 / 3.0 or USB-C. Switching between entry methods takes a single keystroke and less than a second so you can easily use this keyboard with your desktop, a laptop, a Raspberry Pi, your tablet and your phone at the same time. 

The Akko 3098B’s 96-percent layout makes it nearly the same width as a tenkeyless model, but with almost all the keys of a full-size keyboard, including the numpad and arrow keys. Two sets of flip-out feet let you adjust the height to your liking.

Akko also sells an identical looking keyboard for $20 more under the model name 3098N. The 3098N just uses a different controller card inside, different client software and has a different selection of switches, but is otherwise the same.

Read: Akko 3098B / N Wireless Keyboard review

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8. Keychron K3

You’ll have to spend extra on Keychron’s $25 travel pouch (or find something else to protect the keys), but the Keychron K3 offers a lot to like for typists on the go. With its appealing looks, attractive backlighting, svelte frame, and hot-swappable low-profile switches, there's a lot to like about the Keychron K3. It's easily the best portable low-profile mechanical/optical keyboard we've used in terms of comfort, looks, and versatility. The fact that Keychron was able to keep things this thin while retaining the ability to swap switches is especially impressive. That said, battery life, as well as overall frame rigidity are compromises you'll have to make in favor of the slim package. If there’s room in your backpack for something taller, the Keychron K2 gets better battery life and feels like it’s built tougher — so it's worth considering exactly how much portability you need before buying. 

Read: Keychron K3 review

Asus ROG Falchion NX

9. Asus ROG Falchion NX

The Asus ROG Falchion NX packs just about every feature you could need from a gaming keyboard into as small a space as possible. Thanks to its arrow keys, navigation keys, innovative side touch panel and wireless macro recording capabilities, you don’t have to worry about losing functionality with this board, despite its 65% frame.

This board also boasts Asus’ in-house NX switches, which we thought felt noticeably smoother than Cherry MX switches in our review. They also proved a touch louder during our testing, but they should still be a suitable alternative for anyone exhausted with Cherry’s (and its clones’) dominance over the switch market. Red (linear), brown (tactile) and blue (clicky) options are all available here.

This board does have per-key RGB lighting, although customizing it means navigating Asus’ clunky Aura Creator software. Making up for that, though, are other premium features like double shot PBT keycaps and the ability to connect over both a USB-C to USB-A cable and 2.4 GHz wireless.

Add in the side touch panel’s ability to hold up to five gesture based actions, and that makes this an extremely viable board for all sorts of use cases, which isn’t something you can always say about 65% keyboards.

Read: Asus ROG Falchion NX review

Wireless Keyboard Shopping Tips

⌨ Mechanical or not? If you’re a gamer and/or will also be doing a lot of writing, a mechanical clacker will be the best wireless keyboard for you. Keyboards with mechanical switches are also usually more durable — although membrane models hold up better to spilled liquids.

⌨ Backlighting / RGB : The least-expensive wireless keyboards won’t likely have backlighting, which is OK if you always use your keyboard in a well-lit space. But if you work or game late into the night and don’t want to (or can’t) switch on overhead lights, a keyboard with backlit keys is what you should be looking for. A single light color will get the job done, but RGB backlighting lets you change things up.

⌨ Pick your switch: Not all of the best wireless keyboards will use mechanical switches. But for those that do, you’ll have plenty of switch options, depending on the model you choose. Many gamers prefer linear switches (often labeled as red or brown) because they make it easier to mash the same buttons repeatedly in quick succession. But, this kind of switch often results in more mistakes (often repeated letters) when typing. 

Those who type for a living often prefer “clicky” switches with a tactile bump (often labeled as blue, white, or green) that you can feel when the switch actuates. But clicky switches are noisy, which can bother those around you.

There are dozens of other switch types, including optical-mechanical and membrane. The latter tend to have a mushier feel but are much better at surviving things like spilled drinks. The type of switch that’s best for you depends on personal preference and your use cases and needs. So whenever possible, get an inexpensive switch tester to try out different options, or try to find a keyboard you’re considering in a store to get a feel for it before buying.

⌨ Full-size, tenkeyless, or smaller? Tenkeyless keyboards ditch the number pad, while 65% models often eliminate navigation keys, and 60% boards also usually cut the arrow keys. While some will want every possible key, others prefer a smaller keyboard to save space on their desk, or something that's smaller for easier travel.

⌨ Bluetooth or 2.4GHz: If you want a wireless keyboard that you can use with smartphones and tablets, opt for a Bluetooth keyboard. Most laptops and many desktops these days support Bluetooth. So these are good if you want to use your best wireless keyboard with multiple devices.

That said, if you're only going to use your keyboard with a PC or Mac, and you plan on gaming, you'll want to go with a 2.4GHz connection. A 2.4GHz connection uses a USB dongle, so you'll need a spare USB port — but pairing is a lot simpler and the latency will be reduced drastically when compared to Bluetooth.

It's also handy to have a keyboard that works when plugged in via USB, even if you plan to be wireless most of the time. If you can plug the keyboard in and use it while you're charging, you won't have to worry about downtime.

Finding Discounts on the Best Wireless Keyboards

Whether you're shopping for one of the best wireless keyboards or a model that didn't quite make the cut, you may find some savings by checking out our lists of the latest Newegg promo codes , Best Buy promo codes , Razer promo codes or Corsair coupon codes . You can also check out our Best Tech and PC Hardware Deals page for daily updates on discounted peripherals and other hardware.

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  • amacbabe I am looking for a sleek wireless silver or white keyboard for a PC - I am building my own computer and want something with a thin profile and charge on usb. How is the microsoft surface keyboard? I have read things that they don't work well with non surface computers- No gaming but work as a designer and do a ton of CAD and 3-rendering- looking for mouse too- ANy advice? Reply
  • jonathanbecker There's an odd bias in this article. The Lenovo TrackPoint II is a productivity model, and designed to be used a desk. Yet, it's deemed "expensive", even though it has an integrated pointing device. Meanwhile, all the other keyboards on the list are the same price, if not higher. While none of these keyboards are as inexpensive as the Logitech K400 Plus (which I use as an HTPC keyboard because it's really, really good in that setting), I believe it is unfairly labeled expensive on this list. I do not work for Lenovo. I do however own the Thinkpad USB keyboard (which is wonderful), and the wired Thinkpad Compact keyboard, which is the same layout and design as the Trackpoint II, but not wireless). The Compact is a great desktop keyboard and I really think you should reconsider this review. Reply
amacbabe said: I am looking for a sleek wireless silver or white keyboard for a PC - I am building my own computer and want something with a thin profile and charge on usb. How is the microsoft surface keyboard? I have read things that they don't work well with non surface computers- No gaming but work as a designer and do a ton of CAD and 3-rendering- looking for mouse too- ANy advice?
  • voyteck I would vote for Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic if not for horrible quality control (so far it was either space button, function keys, mouse buttons or signal strength). Out of five only one turned out acceptable although still not without issues. If you have time and inclination for trying - go for it because it's shape is simply fantastic (barring way too narrow wrist pad and small sticky function keys). Reply
  • durahl Who else does it strike as <Mod Edit> weird to put a CON for not having a USB Passthrough on a friggin' WIRELESS Keyboard? And WHY is it only the Logitech ones that get this CON? Same for the lack of a CONing Logitech for the lack of a Wrist Rest! It's almost like they're that good you basically have to fish for CONs 🙄 Writing on my Logitech Craft Wireless Keyboard... Reply
  • Bastard2k I have the 915 Logitech and although it is an excellent keyboard there are a couple of downsides: Alts of numbers and symbols are not backlit, so if you dont know where the "$" is finding it in the dark can be a trick. Labels on keys are not very visible, and difficult to see in low light or even fairly well lit rooms so shutting down the backlighting might not work. This is clearly meant to be a desktop keyboard. The weight combined with the keys being close to the edge means its actually kind of difficult to pick up and put down without hitting keys.. There is not much area on the keyboard to actually grab it. Its not terribly hard to use on your lap though. I don't particularly miss having a wrist rest either. Reply
  • RichardtST Can't believe the Logitech G915 got fourth. I love my 915s. I have one for home and one for the office. Reply
  • mu7med I was interested in the redragon k596 but I was wondering if the macro settings save its configuration to the keyboard chip or in the Windows app. For example I have multiple machines and VMs so can I use the keyboard interchangeably without the need to reconfigure the macro settings on each machine? Reply
  • Cryolithic I don't understand why the Blackwidow v3 Pro is always on the top of the list. I've had mine replaced by Razer twice, and still I have to use it with the usb connected or else I get double keypresses, stuck keypresses, along with short battery combined with nonexistant/poor notifications. It's useless as a wireless keyboard. Reply
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The 8 Best Ergonomic Keyboards for More Comfortable Typing

Reduce wrist strain and prevent injury with one of these weird-looking keyboards.

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Read on for quick info on the best ergonomic keyboards from our evaluations, followed by aspects to keep in mind as you choose and our full reviews.

The Best Ergonomic Keyboards

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  • Best for Long Typing Sessions: Logitech Ergo K860
  • Best Value: Logitech K350
  • Best for Business: Microsoft Sculpt
  • Best Inexpensive Split Design: Perixx Periboard-512
The Expert: Being a tech journalist—my work has appeared in The Atlantic , The New York Times , and other media outlets—I spend dozens of hours each week typing on my laptop or desktop. I’ve also turned to ergonomic keyboards as a remedy for the RSI (repetitive strain injury) I developed in my wrists due to excessive typing. (RSI is caused by repetitive motion such as using a mouse, grasping tools, and typing.) I’ve tried dozens of ergonomic keyboards over the years, often rotating between the different styles and shapes so as not to wear out my wrists. Because not all ergonomic keyboards are the same, it takes me a few hours to get accustomed to using a particular shape for the first time. But once I do, it feels almost the same as using a standard keyboard, and I quickly get back up to my normal typing speed.

What to Look for in an Ergonomic Keyboard

Which ergonomic shape is best for you.

Ergonomic keyboards come in many shapes, sizes, and configurations. The one that’s best for you really comes down to comfort. Some keyboards are domed while others curve upward toward the middle. There are even some that are split into two sections, which allows you to place both halves wherever they’re most comfortable for you. If you’re not sure which type you prefer, it’s worth trying out a few in a retail store or, at the very least, ordering from a reputable website with a good return policy. Hopefully, our recommendations below can help you make an informed decision so you end up with something you love the first time around.

Do You Want Wired or Wireless?

Like most things wireless, the beauty of a wireless keyboard is that it eliminates the tangled mess of wires that can litter your workspace. Likewise, anything wireless requires a charged battery and a reliable wireless connection, which can sometimes be a chore to set up. So while I do appreciate the advantages of wireless keyboards and mice , I’ve developed an increasing fondness for the simplicity of wired keyboards that connect via a USB cable.

Compatibility

Nearly every ergonomic keyboard will work with Mac and Windows computers. However, some models offer special Mac keys such as the Command key, which is known as the Windows key on computers running Microsoft’s operating system. Also, some keyboards’ key functions may not work with older operating systems. For the best result, refer to the manufacturer’s specifications with regard to compatibility.

Extra Features to Consider

Once you determine the style and shape of the keyboard you want, compare each model’s specs to narrow down any extra features you desire in your keyboard. Some ergonomic keyboards have one-touch Internet access or multimedia keys that allow you to do things like quickly change the volume. If a built-in wrist rest is on your must-have list for added comfort, keep in mind that it will take up extra space on your desk.

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How We Selected These Ergonomic Keyboards

I’ve owned and have tried many ergonomic keyboards over the years. I started using one after I developed repetitive strain injury in my wrists. With this experience, I was able to sift through specifications and user reviews to find the top ergonomic keyboards available. I prioritized comfort, as that’s what this category is all about, but I also took into consideration aesthetics, extra features, and price.

Kineses Freestyle2 Ergonomic Keyboard with VIP3 Lifters

Freestyle2 Ergonomic Keyboard with VIP3 Lifters

The Frestyle2 might be the most comfortable keyboard I’ve ever tried. The highly adjustable shape means that this can be positioned in a way that reduces the strain on your wrists. I loved using the low-force keys, which made typing a breeze. The only problem with this keyboard is that it’s not the most attractive model on the market and doesn’t offer any lighting, unlike more gaming-oriented competitors.

Logitech Ergo K860 Ergonomic Keyboard

Ergo K860 Ergonomic Keyboard

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Business

Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Business

I’m a big fan of Microsoft’s hardware designs, and this keyboard doesn’t disappoint. Its elegant, futuristic shape will enhance the look of any desk. This keyboard isn’t just about aesthetics, though; it’s also among the most comfortable keyboards I have tried, with smooth key presses and a shape that keeps my wrists at a neutral angle. A cushioned palm rest provides wrist support, and a domed keyboard shape reduces wrist pronation, claims Microsoft.

The one downside is that the keys don’t depress as deeply as other models, which might bother some users. An included separate number pad is a nice bonus if you enter a lot of information into spreadsheets.

Logitech K350 Ergonomic Keyboard

K350 Ergonomic Keyboard

I’ve been using the K350 at home for several months as a backup keyboard; it’s an all-around great input device for an amazingly low price. The wave design, which Logitech says supports the varied lengths of your fingers, isn’t as hard to adjust to as many other keyboards with a split design, especially for anyone who’s used to using a standard keyboard.

The K350 has extra keys that can be customized or used for one-press access to things like zoom and volume control. At this price, however, don’t expect the premium feel of key presses that you’ll find on more expensive models.

Kinesis Advantage2 Ergonomic Keyboard

Advantage2 Ergonomic Keyboard

The Advantage2 might be the ugliest keyboard I’ve ever seen, but after trying it I can also say it could be the most comfortable I’ve ever tried. The manufacturer says that deep key wells allow your hands and fingers to be placed in a natural, relaxed position. You can also remap the keys to suit your own work style. The keyboard uses premium mechanical switches that produce a satisfying click when you press down.

Perixx Periboard-512 Ergonomic Split Keyboard

Periboard-512 Ergonomic Split Keyboard

The Periboard is among the more unusual-looking keyboards on this list, but despite its unconventional shape it’s a great choice if you have plenty of room on your desk (it’s about 19 inches long and a little over 9 deep). It has an integrated palm rest and laser-printed keys, which Perixx claims will keep the printing from wearing off quickly.

Similar to the Fellowes, the Periboard has multimedia keys at the top of the keyboard that provide quick access to seven functions: browse, email, volume (+/-), mute, sleep mode, and search.

Macally Mac Wired Keyboard with Wrist Rest

Mac Wired Keyboard with Wrist Rest

If you’re a Mac user, there aren’t many options when it comes to dedicated ergonomic keyboards. Most keyboards that are intended for Windows will work with a Mac, but they have a slightly different layout that might take some time getting used to. The Macally is an exception.

It has all the special Mac keys that devotees of the brand know and love. The wrist rest on the Macally is particularly comfortable, too. However, I found this keyboard to be cheap and flimsy in my tests. And with its uninspiring color scheme, it’s also not the best-looking keyboard I’ve ever seen.

iClever BK06 Ergonomic Keyboard

BK06 Ergonomic Keyboard

The BK06 is not the most comfortable or attractive keyboard, but it has the unique advantage of being one of the few foldable ergonomic keyboards that will easily fit into a small bag. The 4-inch by 6.61-inch by 0.4-inch, folded size of this keyboard makes it useful for hooking up to a smartphone if you need to type out long documents.

The manufacturer claims this model is equipped with standard-size keys, but it might take you a little while to get used to this keyboard as it doesn’t have the same feel as other keyboards.

Our Expert, Sascha Brodsky, on His Favorite Ergonomic Keyboard, Who Needs One, and How to Get Used to Using One

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PM : Should I consider an ergonomic mouse if I have an ergonomic keyboard?

SB: An ergonomic mouse is an excellent complement to an ergonomic keyboard. If you feel the need for an ergonomic keyboard, then it’s likely you are putting enough strain on your joints that reconsidering your choice of the mouse is in order. There is a wide variety of ergonomic mice available, and the Logitech Lift Vertical mouse is my current favorite.

PM : What is the hardest part about getting used to typing on an ergonomic keyboard?

SB: There’s no way to avoid the fact that typing on an ergonomic keyboard feels weird if you are used to the regular kind. When you first start out with an ergonomic model, you’ll find that all the keys are in a slightly different position. Your wrists are also at a different angle, so everything might feel a bit off.

Also, ergonomic keyboards look unusual, with swooping designs, adjustable wrist rests, and split keypads. It might take a little while for your muscle memory to adjust to typing on an ergonomic keyboard, but once you get over that hump, the payoff can be hours of more comfortable typing.

PM : Who should buy an ergonomic keyboard?

SB: The short answer to this question is anyone. If, like me, you are already experiencing discomfort in your hands and wrists from excessive typing, it’s not too late to try and reverse the effects with an ergonomic keyboard. But even if you are happily and comfortably tapping away on a standard keyboard, switching to an ergonomic keyboard now can help prevent injury in the long run.

The small sacrifice you’ll pay to get used to using one will be well worth the effort. I’ve found that ergonomic keyboards allow me to type for hours without discomfort.

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If you're like many digitally savvy Americans, it has likely been a while since you've spent much time writing by hand.

The laborious process of tracing out our thoughts, letter by letter, on the page is becoming a relic of the past in our screen-dominated world, where text messages and thumb-typed grocery lists have replaced handwritten letters and sticky notes. Electronic keyboards offer obvious efficiency benefits that have undoubtedly boosted our productivity — imagine having to write all your emails longhand.

To keep up, many schools are introducing computers as early as preschool, meaning some kids may learn the basics of typing before writing by hand.

But giving up this slower, more tactile way of expressing ourselves may come at a significant cost, according to a growing body of research that's uncovering the surprising cognitive benefits of taking pen to paper, or even stylus to iPad — for both children and adults.

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In kids, studies show that tracing out ABCs, as opposed to typing them, leads to better and longer-lasting recognition and understanding of letters. Writing by hand also improves memory and recall of words, laying down the foundations of literacy and learning. In adults, taking notes by hand during a lecture, instead of typing, can lead to better conceptual understanding of material.

"There's actually some very important things going on during the embodied experience of writing by hand," says Ramesh Balasubramaniam , a neuroscientist at the University of California, Merced. "It has important cognitive benefits."

While those benefits have long been recognized by some (for instance, many authors, including Jennifer Egan and Neil Gaiman , draft their stories by hand to stoke creativity), scientists have only recently started investigating why writing by hand has these effects.

A slew of recent brain imaging research suggests handwriting's power stems from the relative complexity of the process and how it forces different brain systems to work together to reproduce the shapes of letters in our heads onto the page.

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Both handwriting and typing involve moving our hands and fingers to create words on a page. But handwriting, it turns out, requires a lot more fine-tuned coordination between the motor and visual systems. This seems to more deeply engage the brain in ways that support learning.

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"Handwriting is probably among the most complex motor skills that the brain is capable of," says Marieke Longcamp , a cognitive neuroscientist at Aix-Marseille Université.

Gripping a pen nimbly enough to write is a complicated task, as it requires your brain to continuously monitor the pressure that each finger exerts on the pen. Then, your motor system has to delicately modify that pressure to re-create each letter of the words in your head on the page.

"Your fingers have to each do something different to produce a recognizable letter," says Sophia Vinci-Booher , an educational neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University. Adding to the complexity, your visual system must continuously process that letter as it's formed. With each stroke, your brain compares the unfolding script with mental models of the letters and words, making adjustments to fingers in real time to create the letters' shapes, says Vinci-Booher.

That's not true for typing.

To type "tap" your fingers don't have to trace out the form of the letters — they just make three relatively simple and uniform movements. In comparison, it takes a lot more brainpower, as well as cross-talk between brain areas, to write than type.

Recent brain imaging studies bolster this idea. A study published in January found that when students write by hand, brain areas involved in motor and visual information processing " sync up " with areas crucial to memory formation, firing at frequencies associated with learning.

"We don't see that [synchronized activity] in typewriting at all," says Audrey van der Meer , a psychologist and study co-author at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She suggests that writing by hand is a neurobiologically richer process and that this richness may confer some cognitive benefits.

Other experts agree. "There seems to be something fundamental about engaging your body to produce these shapes," says Robert Wiley , a cognitive psychologist at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. "It lets you make associations between your body and what you're seeing and hearing," he says, which might give the mind more footholds for accessing a given concept or idea.

Those extra footholds are especially important for learning in kids, but they may give adults a leg up too. Wiley and others worry that ditching handwriting for typing could have serious consequences for how we all learn and think.

What might be lost as handwriting wanes

The clearest consequence of screens and keyboards replacing pen and paper might be on kids' ability to learn the building blocks of literacy — letters.

"Letter recognition in early childhood is actually one of the best predictors of later reading and math attainment," says Vinci-Booher. Her work suggests the process of learning to write letters by hand is crucial for learning to read them.

"When kids write letters, they're just messy," she says. As kids practice writing "A," each iteration is different, and that variability helps solidify their conceptual understanding of the letter.

Research suggests kids learn to recognize letters better when seeing variable handwritten examples, compared with uniform typed examples.

This helps develop areas of the brain used during reading in older children and adults, Vinci-Booher found.

"This could be one of the ways that early experiences actually translate to long-term life outcomes," she says. "These visually demanding, fine motor actions bake in neural communication patterns that are really important for learning later on."

Ditching handwriting instruction could mean that those skills don't get developed as well, which could impair kids' ability to learn down the road.

"If young children are not receiving any handwriting training, which is very good brain stimulation, then their brains simply won't reach their full potential," says van der Meer. "It's scary to think of the potential consequences."

Many states are trying to avoid these risks by mandating cursive instruction. This year, California started requiring elementary school students to learn cursive , and similar bills are moving through state legislatures in several states, including Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina and Wisconsin. (So far, evidence suggests that it's the writing by hand that matters, not whether it's print or cursive.)

Slowing down and processing information

For adults, one of the main benefits of writing by hand is that it simply forces us to slow down.

During a meeting or lecture, it's possible to type what you're hearing verbatim. But often, "you're not actually processing that information — you're just typing in the blind," says van der Meer. "If you take notes by hand, you can't write everything down," she says.

The relative slowness of the medium forces you to process the information, writing key words or phrases and using drawing or arrows to work through ideas, she says. "You make the information your own," she says, which helps it stick in the brain.

Such connections and integration are still possible when typing, but they need to be made more intentionally. And sometimes, efficiency wins out. "When you're writing a long essay, it's obviously much more practical to use a keyboard," says van der Meer.

Still, given our long history of using our hands to mark meaning in the world, some scientists worry about the more diffuse consequences of offloading our thinking to computers.

"We're foisting a lot of our knowledge, extending our cognition, to other devices, so it's only natural that we've started using these other agents to do our writing for us," says Balasubramaniam.

It's possible that this might free up our minds to do other kinds of hard thinking, he says. Or we might be sacrificing a fundamental process that's crucial for the kinds of immersive cognitive experiences that enable us to learn and think at our full potential.

Balasubramaniam stresses, however, that we don't have to ditch digital tools to harness the power of handwriting. So far, research suggests that scribbling with a stylus on a screen activates the same brain pathways as etching ink on paper. It's the movement that counts, he says, not its final form.

Jonathan Lambert is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance journalist who covers science, health and policy.

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Our research shows children produce better pieces of writing by hand. But they need keyboard skills too

by Anabela Malpique, Deborah Pino Pasternak and Susan Ledger, The Conversation

Our research shows children produce better pieces of writing by hand. But they need keyboard skills too

Children today are growing up surrounded by technology. So it's easy to assume they will be able to write effectively using a keyboard.

But our research suggests this is not necessarily true.

We need to actively teach students to be able to type as well as write using paper and pen or pencil.

Our research

Our research team has published two recent studies investigating children's handwriting and typing.

In a study published last month we looked at Year 2 students and their handwriting and keyboard writing. This study involved 544 students from 17 primary schools in Perth, Western Australia.

We assessed how easily students wrote stories using paper and pencil compared to writing stories using a laptop. We found they produced longer and higher-quality handwritten texts. This was based on ten criteria, including ideas, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.

These findings echoed our December 2023 study where we did a meta-analysis of studies published between 2000–2022. These compared the effects of writing by hand or keyboard on primary students' writing.

We looked at 22 international studies involving 6,168 participants from across different countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other non-native English-speaking countries, such as Germany and Portugal.

Our analysis showed primary students produce higher quality texts using paper and pen or pencil than when using a keyboard.

Why are kids stronger in handwriting?

In Australia—as in many other countries—children are taught to write by hand first. Keyboard writing is only added as an extra skill once handwriting has been mastered .

We know it is very important to continue to teach children to write by hand, despite so many advances in technology.

Studies show teaching handwriting in the first years of schooling is connected to improved spelling and greater capacity to write well and quickly in primary and later years of schooling.

Other studies show using handwriting to create texts (such as notes) promotes our capacity to learn and memorize information.

But they also need to learn how to use keyboards

We know it is also important for students be able to write quickly and accurately using a keyboard.

They will need to use keyboards to write for study, work and life as they get older. This process needs to become automatic so they can concentrate on the content of what they are writing.

Our research has consistently shown young people who can spell and write quickly and accurately are able to produce longer and higher quality pieces of writing. Other studies have shown when children face difficulties in handwriting or typing, they may often avoid writing altogether and develop a negative mindset toward writing.

Learning to type is complex

As our research suggests, students also need to be taught how to use a keyboard. Much like handwriting, it requires a complex set of cognitive, visual and motor processes, requiring frequent practice and instruction.

It involves learning the location of the keys on a keyboard, combined with spatial skills of positioning, and moving fingers to press the keys in the correct sequence. Students need time to practice so they can move beyond the " hunt and peck " motion (where you have to hunt visually for each key).

Research also suggests teaching about keyboards is more effective when spread out over several years.

First, children need to understand letter locations on the keyboard and the position of their hands, which can be developed via online practice exercises monitored by teachers. Accuracy and speed should not be emphasized until students have mastered where letters are.

Which comes first?

While students ultimately need to be able to write both on paper and using digital devices , there are unanswered questions about the order in which handwriting and typing should be taught or whether they should be taught together.

We also don't yet know if it matters whether students are learning to write via keyboards, touch typing on tablets or by using stylus pens (devices that look like pencils and write via screens).

More research is needed to support teachers, students and families.

How to help your child

Despite these unknowns, there are many things we can do to help students learn how to write on paper and using a keyboard. These include:

dedicating time for practice : teachers can build regular times in class to write and send home small tasks (such as writing a shopping list, finishing a story or describing a monster)

joining in : instead of "policing" your child's writing, show them what you write in your everyday life. As you write, you can talk about what you will write (planning) and you can share ideas about how you can make your writing clearer or more exciting.

talk about your mistakes and find ways of correcting your writing : when adults talk about their errors or doubts, they make them a natural part of the process.

ask children to read what they have written : this provides opportunities for correction and celebration. Praise children's bold attempts such as using new words or experimenting with expressions.

give children choice : this gives children some control. For example, they can choose a topic, they can mix art and letters or they can choose paper or keyboard.

display their writing : make children's writing visible on your walls or fridge or as wallpapers on your devices to instill a sense a pride in what they have done.

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Since its founding in 1981, Logitech has been one of the most influential forces in the world of computer peripherals. Even though the company's sole focus isn't on gaming, the Logitech G lineup includes some of the top gaming keyboards , mice , and headsets . The manufacturer's keyboard collection runs the gamut from affordable wired mechanical gaming keyboards to cutting-edge cord-free alternatives. With so many choices, deciding on the best Logitech gaming keyboard to complete a new gaming rig can become a chore.

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Logitech has a strong foothold in competitive gaming, with esports pros relying on durable keyboards with reliable typing performance. However, even casual gamers can benefit from keyboards that last longer and are customizable to make gaming more enjoyable. When narrowing down the list of candidates, it's helpful to focus first on form factor and connectivity. Logitech makes ultra-compact models that include only the most critical keys for gaming and full-sized designs with number pads. As important as size, buyers need to decide whether a wired or wireless keyboard makes more sense for a setup. Other factors, like what switch types are available, can help a gamer make a final decision.

Updated on May 13, 2024, by Adam Corsetti: Logitech is never afraid to innovate its expansive keyboard lineup to keep pace or even outshine its competitors. The most recent update to this buyer's guide focuses on two additions to the Pro X competitive keyboard collection. After many requests from gamers, buyers finally have wireless TKL and 60% form factor options, and both are being met with widespread approval.

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The Logitech G715 features a compact, tenkeyless mechanical layout. It also includes a cloud-shaped palm rest for more comfort. The keyboard has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 25 gaming hours, with full lighting enabled, and wireless connectivity through both Logitech Lightspeed technology and Bluetooth.  The G715 comes with per-key RGB lighting, part of Logitech's Lightsync technology. Users can customize this lighting through the company's G Hub software.

  • Feels well-built
  • Very low latency
  • Unique aesthetic with per-key RGB lighting
  • Magnetic top plates can instantly change keyboard's look
  • Limited macro functionality
  • A bit expensive

Gamers tired of keyboards' uniform black look will be pleasantly surprised to see the wireless Logitech G715. From Logitech's Aurora collection, the G715 gives the gaming keyboard world a fresh new look while still maintaining a few holdovers, like excellent performance and stunning RGB lighting. Logitech also sells replaceable top plates in pink and green for gamers who aren't big fans of the white colorway on a keyboard .

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This keyboard can make any desk stand out with per-key RGB lighting and a halo under-glow effect. Thanks to Lightsync, gamers can get some really cool lighting effects out of it. Four pre-loaded immersive Play Mood animations are the signature lighting effects for the Aurora Collection. Plus, this keyboard has a dreamy effect with the included cloud-themed wrist rest. For gamers with a pastel gaming setup or looking to build one, the G715 should be included.

As far as gaming goes, this keyboard absolutely shines. Benefiting from GX switches and a Lightspeed wireless connection, every key press is satisfying and has low input latency. Gamers who want to take advantage of a slightly longer battery life can use the Bluetooth connection, which doesn't have a huge drop in performance like other keyboards. However, gamers looking to get the best performance from the G715 should stick to the 2.4GHz wireless or wired connection.

With excellent build quality, responsive typing, and a distinctive design, the Logitech G715 tops the list of mechanical gaming keyboards from any brand.

Logitech G Pro X TKL is a gaming keyboard with a compact tenkeyless design and wireless connectivity. The keyboard comes with tactile, mechanical GX Brown switches, durable PBT keycaps, and Logitech's proprietary Lightsync RGB lighting technology.

  • Competition worthy build quality
  • Responsive keypresses
  • Upgrades predecessor with media keys and volume rocker
  • Includes rugged carrying case
  • Switches aren't easily swappable
  • Lacks many standout features compared to competition

Logitech's wired Pro X keyboard was a smash hit on competitive gaming circuits because of its resilient construction and consistent performance. With stock levels finally running low, the Pro X TKL Lightspeed is a necessary upgrade to this esports gear. Not much has changed as far as its form factor, but the Pro X TKL effectively cuts the cord with low-latency wireless performance. Logitech's latest TKL keyboard also adds dedicated media keys, making it more appealing as an everyday device.

Gamers used to its predecessor will have no issues typing on the Pro X TKL's 87-key layout. The only obvious difference is the extra media controls and volume rocker toward the top right of the keyboard. Gamers still have a choice of Clicky, Linear, and Tactile GX switches, which are very similar to the popular Cherry MX switches. Unfortunately, unlike the Pro X, the switches on the Pro X TKL aren't easily swappable after purchase. This somewhat disadvantages the keyboard compared to recent high-end compact keyboards that cater to DIY audiences, like the Asus ROG Azoth .

Regarding keyboard fundamentals, the Pro X TKL doesn't get much wrong. All the switch options provide audible feedback to keypresses at varying intensities, leaving no doubt when an input registers. Logitech promises a 1 ms response time, which is possible because of the company's proven Lightspeed wireless technology. After years of testing, the keyboard with the 2.4 GHz RF USB dongle encounters no interference issues, even in crowded tournament arenas. Also, unlike the esports-focused Logitech G Pro X Superlight 2 mouse, the Pro X TKL offers Bluetooth for enhanced multi-device compatibility.

Build quality has always been a selling point for Logitech's pro-grade keyboards, and the Pro X TKL continues that tradition. Its metal top plate feels like it can take abuse, and to further protect the device from damage, Logitech bundles a hard carrying case with the keyboard. Buyers will also find Doubleshot PBT keycaps thick enough to avoid scratches but still allow the keyboard's per-key RGB lighting to shine through.

The leap from wired to wireless is significant for a competition-grade keyboard, and Logitech didn't completely revamp the Pro X. It lacks headline-making features like a 2000 Hz wireless polling rate or hot-swappable switches . Even so, media keys and Bluetooth connectivity make it a well-rounded wireless keyboard with foolproof typing performance.

The Logitech G512 is an exceptionally well-built wired keyboard built to withstand years of competitive gaming. With a choice of Logitech GX mechanical switches, the G512 can be fine-tuned for clicky, quieter, or smoother linear typing. Gamers benefit from the powerful functionality unleashed by the keyboard's FN key to adjust the per-key Lightsync RGB effects or control media. The G512 can also simplify cable management in gaming setups with extra perks like USB passthrough. 

  • Slim but very sturdy base
  • Includes USB 2.0 passthrough
  • Powerful macro recording
  • Secondary functions aren't illuminated
  • No wrist rest like the G513

Lower-latency wireless keyboards haven't completely won over buyers who game as a career. The Logitech G512 Carbon is a more affordable alternative to the G513 , which esports pros like Nikola "Niko" Kovac use . Although the wired G512 lacks an attached wrist rest, its impeccable build quality makes it a superior value at a mid-range price. Despite the thin base of the keyboard, illuminated GX mechanical switches proudly rise above its aluminum-alloy frame.

Logitech's GX switches are close in actuation distances and feel like the popular Cherry MX switches. With the G512, gamers can choose from Tactile, Linear, and Clicky switches so that users can type with either a louder click or a softer tactile response. The G512 features a full-sized layout without much wasted space on its edges. There aren't any dedicated macro keys like the Logitech G613 , but combined with the top-row keys, the FN modifier enables users to change lighting effects or control media. Macro recording is straightforward in the G Hub software, with the only disappointment that secondary functions remain unlit, unlike with the G513.

The G512 is a relatively compact standard-size keyboard, but the device maximizes its real estate with a USB 2.0 passthrough port on its top edge. Its nearly two-and-a-half-pound weight means it's not the most portable peripheral, but the G512 is slim enough for competitive gamers to pack in bags. The absence of a wrist rest may disappoint buyers striving for healthy ergonomics, but it complements the G512's streamlined design.

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With the G513 being rather expensive for a wired keyboard , the G512 is a tempting option for aspiring gaming pros. The G512 focuses on durability and gratifying typing while trimming some extras that don't improve gaming performance.

The Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed is a professional-grade gaming keyboard. It supports Lightspeed wireless connectivity, which delivers a fast connection that is reliable enough for even the most demanding esports gamer. A single charge on the keyboard can last for up to 40 hours. With Lightsync technology, the user can create personalized RGB lighting animations and control the lighting of each key separately. The Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed comes in three mechanical switch options: GL Tactile, GL Linear, and GL Clicky, from which most people can find their preferred feel and noise levels. Logitech's G915 TKL Lightspeed Gaming Keyboard is one of the company's flagship products. 

  • Low-profile design
  • Bluetooth and Lightspeed wireless compatible
  • Excellent battery life
  • Lacks G macro keys
  • No wrist rest

Despite its low-profile design , the Logitech G915 TKL is a wireless mechanical gaming keyboard with a complete feature set. Compared to its full-sized cousin, the G915 , the TKL version loses the dedicated macro G keys on the left side of the larger keyboard. Still, the G915 TKL allows macro programming on the top-row function keys, activated with the dedicated Fn key. Users can also store three onboard profiles on the keyboard or utilize Logitech G Hub for more extensive customization.

Some buyers may initially find that the G915 TKL's keys are positioned too close together, but the compact layout quickly becomes second nature. Logitech offers Clicky, Linear, and Tactile switch choices, each with an actuation distance of 1.5 mm and either obvious or more subtle feedback to key presses. Even though the G915 TKL has no number pad or G keys, the keyboard includes an assortment of media keys, including an aluminum volume wheel that responds accurately to even the lightest touches. Along with the media keys is a Game Mode button, which reduces the chance of accidentally losing focus on or alt-tabbing during gameplay.

The G915 TKL's wireless connectivity is versatile, with options for low-latency RF Lightspeed or Bluetooth. There are also dedicated soft buttons for switching between wireless protocols and quickly toggling between multiple connected devices. Battery life is solid; surprisingly, even having the per-ley RGB lighting effects activated doesn't significantly reduce its longevity.

Made with a sturdy aluminum alloy casing, the Logitech G915 TKL feels like a serious peripheral, even at 1.78 pounds. Although buyers find it ergonomically sound, the G915 TKL does not ship with a wrist rest to maintain its low-profile appearance.

Boasting a comfortable slim form factor and performance that can match any wired keyboard, the Logitech G915 TKL is high-end gaming gear worthy of its asking price.

The Logitech G213 Prodigy is a gaming keyboard that brings along a customizable RGB lighting system that allows the user to change colors on the keyboard to match the setup or change according to the games. It can also synchronize with other supported Logitech devices to provide a more comprehensive lighting setup. The G213 Prodigy is a full-sized keyboard with a slim body and durable construction that repels liquids and dirt. The keyboard also comes with an integrated palm rest and adjustable feet for better comfort.

  • Impressive functionality for a budget keyboard
  • Keys don't require much force to press
  • Spill-resistant switches
  • Build quality isn't great
  • RGB lighting is per zone not per key

With many mechanical gaming keyboards priced too steep for gamers on a budget, the Logitech G213 Prodigy is refreshingly affordable. While the G213 Prodigy does not have traditional mechanical switches, its tall and weighty Mech-Dome keys require minimal force to reach their full four mm travel distance. Similar to the Razer Ornata V3 and its Mecha-Membrane switches, this budget keyboard gives users the sensation of typing on a mechanical keyboard without their typical price tag. Even more, like a membrane keyboard , typing on the G213 Prodigy won't cause much commotion in an office setting.

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The G213 Prodigy is a full-sized keyboard that will occupy significant space on a gaming desk , especially with a non-removable wrist rest. Not surprisingly, the G213 is made from mostly plastic components, but Logitech did think about how to maximize the peripheral's lifespan. The texture and shape of the keys allow them to resist spills, and the writing on the keys should last longer than usually seen with the cheapest keyboards. The G213 also includes some ergonomic flexibility, with feet that can raise the device at several levels.

Even at its budget-friendly price, the Logitech G213 Prodigy is not stingy with additional media buttons. Two rows of keys are in its upper right section, complete with controls to adjust volume and skip through music tracks on streaming services. Gamers will also find a button to activate Game Mode or turn off the keyboard's backlighting, but there is no way to adjust Lightsync RGB brightness levels otherwise. The G213 looks impressive from a distance, but upon closer inspection, the per-zone lighting only shows at the top of the keycaps and not in between the keys.

GameRant's review of the Logitech G213 Prodigy found that the Mech-Dome keys improved the responsiveness of normally mushy membrane keys. With a generous number of extra buttons, the G213 is the best Logitech gaming keyboard to complement budget headsets and mice.

The Logitech G413 SE is a full-size wired keyboard designed for gaming. It features PBT keycaps that are heat- and wear-resistant. The keyboard's tactile mechanical switches ensure consistent performance, which is essential in high-pressure gaming moments. The top case of the keyboard is made from black-brushed aluminum and there's a white LED lighting that serves as backlighting.

  • Relatively affordable full-sized mechanical keyboard
  • Good build quality with PBT keycaps
  • Compact design with full key layout
  • LED lighting makes keys fully visible
  • No support for macros or G Hub software
  • Keys feel somewhat mushy

While the Logitech G213 Prodigy is an enticing value for a full-sized keyboard, gamers can experience authentic mechanical switches for slightly more money. The Logitech G413 SE is an affordable wired keyboard that gives buyers a device with a premium feel without an exorbitant cost. Not wasting any space, the G413 SE is also a sensible option for buyers who find more compact keyboards too restricting.

Every part of the G413 SE has a purpose, minimizing the bulk that often comes with large mechanical keyboards . There are indicator lights above the number pad, but media keys require key combinations to access. Gamers will have a firm typing platform since the keyboard includes a thick brushed aluminum top plate. At only 1.7 pounds, the G413 SE is about as portable as possible for a full-sized wired keyboard without sacrificing build quality.

The G413 SE employs unique Long Hua Brown mechanical switches, which are durable but not as springy as Cherry MX switches. Still, gamers won't feel like they are typing on a cheap membrane keyboard, especially with high-quality PBT keycaps. The keys are illuminated with white LED lighting rather than multi-color RGB effects, but this practical choice makes the keys easy to see in the dark.

One common disappointment with the G413 SE is its lack of support for G Hub software, which most premium Logitech keyboards work with. As a result, there is no native macro programming, and buyers will have to rely on third-party tools to change inputs. Regardless, some sacrifices were necessary to keep a standard-sized mechanical keyboard in this price range. Essential capabilities that can elevate a gamer's competitive level, like six key rollovers, are still present. Without an overly complex feature set, the G413 SE is the best Logitech gaming keyboard among entry-level mechanical options.

Logitech's long-awaited entry into the 60% keyboard market is finally here with the Pro X 60. This ultra-compact wireless keyboard doesn't sacrifice any of the award-winning performance for which Logitech's esports line of keyboards is celebrated. With GX optical switches, keypresses on the Pro X 60 register without hesitation, giving competitive gamers a leg-up on opponents. Users can expect reliable wireless performance when connecting through low-latency Lightspeed RF or Bluetooth. To make this 60% keyboard more functional than its rivals, Logitech has included media controls on its sides and powerful five-layer button remapping in G Hub software. 

  • Five layers of key remapping make layout more practical
  • Includes volume roller and additional keys on sides
  • Light and accurate typing with GX optical switches
  • Very solid construction
  • Keys rattle a bit
  • Lack of sound-absorbing form

Until now, one notable absence in Logitech's keyboard lineup was a 60% keyboard . Most of the brand's competitors, like Razer, Corsair, and Asus, have already released this type of mini keyboard , which removes all keys that are not essential to gamers. That's why the unveiling of the Pro X 60 was so anticipated. The Pro X 60 downsizes the esports keyboard to its most compact layout yet. With the Pro X 60, Logitech takes button remapping to a new level, making the keyboard appeal to buyers who aim to prioritize space-saving without losing functionality.

The biggest difference between the Pro X 60 and other Pro X keyboards is its implementation of optical rather than mechanical switches. Instead of physical components constantly colliding, light beams measure keystrokes, leading to very light and responsive typing. Gamers can choose from Tactile and Linear options, but like with the Pro X TKL , the switches aren't hot-swappable.

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Even though the Pro X 60 doesn't make the grade as a customizable enthusiast keyboard, it compensates with innovative software-based button remapping. In addition to the standard Fn key gamers use to access secondary functions on compact keyboards, the Pro X 60 also has a G-Shift key in its upper left corner. This already gives users who find the Fn key too difficult to find more options, but the G Hub app unlocks even more possibilities. Although it can be time-consuming to set up, it's possible to program up to five layers of inputs per key and even relocate the G-Shift button. The software already includes profiles for popular titles, which makes complicated attacks and spells easier to execute.

Logitech realizes that some controls shouldn't be relegated to secondary functions on a gaming keyboard. As an advantage the Pro X 60 has over its competition, gamers have a volume rocker on the left side of the device. There are also physical switches and buttons on the other sides of the keyboard to activate Game Mode and stop the Windows Start menu from interfering during gameplay. Smaller buttons exist to switch between low-latency RF and Bluetooth modes, relieving some of the frustration of pairing a small keyboard with multiple devices.

While the Pro X 60 doesn't offer hot-swappable switches or noise-absorbing form, its physical controls and dynamic button remapping make the 60% format more practical. Competitive gamers will enjoy the keyboard's lighting-fast typing and durability, but the Pro X 60 also has mainstream appeal among casual gamers.

Experience the delights of a wave-shaped keyboard with a cushioned palm rest. The Logitech Wave Keys compact wavy design places the user's hands, wrists, and forearms in a natural typing position for daylong feel-good. Connect the Wave Keys wireless ergonomic keyboard using Bluetooth or the included Logi Bolt receiver, and switch between a laptop, tablet, or phone with a tap using the Easy-Switch keys. Wave Keys has been developed and tested by The Logi Ergo Lab, and certified ergonomic with the stamp of approval from United States Ergonomics.

  • Curved keyboard layout promotes healthy typing position
  • Very cushy palm rest
  • Versatile wireless connectivity
  • Keys feel cramped for some users
  • Mushier feeling than mechanical switches

Logitech's top ergonomic keyboard is also one of its most affordable. Plenty of gaming and office keyboards promise to help prevent joint pain and strain, but the conventional keyboard layout has some limitations. The Logitech Wave Keys utilizes a curved shape with peaks and valleys, allowing natural resting points for wrists and fingers. Combined with a plush, permanently attached palm rest, the Wave Keys is a relief for buyers working long hours at their desks.

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The main objective of the Wave Keys is to keep users' arms and wrists in ergonomically friendly positions. Due to its wavy key configuration, this Logitech keyboard also ends up quite compact from left to right. Users have a full suite of keys at their disposal, but the number pad is close to the rest of the keys. The arrow keys take refuge below the right Shift key, but most buyers quickly become accustomed to this slightly unique orientation.

Gamers who spend more time gaming than working on productivity apps should probably gravitate toward a gaming keyboard. Still, the Wave Keys' versatile wireless connectivity benefits all buyers who use multiple machines. With Bluetooth or Logitech's USB RF receiver, it's possible to quickly switch between up to three PCs, Macs, or mobile devices. Unlike most wireless keyboards, the Wave Keys runs on a pair of AA batteries lasting up to three years, aided by the lack of backlit keys. Not having any RGB lighting will disappoint gamers, but the Wave Keys is meant for bright offices and is available in multiple colors.

The membrane keys on the Wave Keys aren't as quiet as some workers might expect, but they are still more silent than clicky mechanical keyboards. Thanks to a low actuation distance, typing is effortless, which allows it to excel as a programming keyboard .

Pitted against the far more expensive ergonomic competition, the Logitech Wave Keys has a clever design that separates it from the pack. Considering its stellar battery life and comfortable typing, the Wave Keys is an excellent addition to Logitech's keyboard lineup.

The Logitech G815 Lightsync is a top-notch gaming keyboard with low-profile mechanical switches that offer the speed and performance expected at the highest gaming stages. The keyboard also supports Logitech's Lightsync technology, which allows synchronized RGB lighting with any content and other supported devices via the Logitech G Hub software. The construction of the G815 is sturdy and durable, as the frame is made from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy.

  • Attractive per-key RGB lighting
  • Includes USB passthrough port
  • Dedicated macro keys
  • Lightsync lacks smart lighting integrations
  • No significant savings over wireless G915

The wired Logitech G815 and wireless Logitech G915 TKL share many of the same capabilities. Still, the wired nature of the G815 and its full-sized layout have some surprising advantages, especially in terms of RGB lighting. Illuminated gaming gear has quickly become the standard in PC setups, and an RGB keyboard can become a centerpiece on gaming desks. With per-key RGB lighting highlighting the G815's low-profile form factor, this wired keyboard's performance matches its stunning looks.

Corded RGB peripherals entice gamers because they don't have the battery life concerns of wireless alternatives. Wired RGB mice can be a drag to move around mousepads, but the durable and flexible USB cord on the G815 is not nearly as bothersome. Often, keyboards remain in the same place on a desk, negating the need for a wireless upgrade. The full-sized layout of the G815, which includes a row of dedicated macro keys, serves as a large canvas for gamers to customize complex RGB effects. Buyers who purchase the G815 over the G915 will also gain a USB pass-through port.

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Gamers who enjoy the satisfying audible feedback of clicking mechanical keyboards will appreciate the low-profile clicky switch sold with the G815. However, since the G815 tends to blend better in offices than other gaming keyboards, the quieter Linear or Tactile switches are also popular. Taking minimal effort to press, the keycaps on the G815 promote the blistering fast inputs needed to dominate during competitive gaming.

Lightsync RGB can sync with supported titles for game-specific lighting effects. Even so, while Logitech has an extensive selection of RGB gear that can sync with the G815, Lightsync trails the Razer Chroma or Corsair iCue lighting ecosystems in some respects. With smart lighting from Nanoleaf , Govee, and Philips Hue so common in gaming rooms, the G Hub software offers no simple way to sync with these bulbs, wall panels, and LED strips.

Buyers won't save much money on the wireless G915, but the modern and sleek G815 shows off the maximum potential of Logitech's Lightsync RGB technology.

The Logitech MX Mechanical is the ultimate high-performance wireless keyboard for productivity. Users can enjoy satisfying and smooth typing, featuring the same Clicky, Linear, or Tactile switch options as Logitech's gaming keyboards. With a low profile and comfortable ergonomic design, typing continuously on the MX Mechanical keyboard takes minimal effort. The Logi Bolt USB receiver and Logitech Flow technology allow buyers to use the keyboard with multiple Logitech devices and PCs with minimal fuss. 

  • Choice of three mechanical switches
  • Easy to use on multiple devices and OSes
  • Low-effort typing enhances keyboard's ergonomic qualities
  • More latency than high-end wireless keyboards

Office keyboards may not appeal to gamers, but the Logitech MX Mechanical keyboard is worth considering for buyers who work as hard as they play. Unlike most productivity PC gear, the MX Mechanical shares the same choice of mechanical switches as many gaming keyboards. This wireless keyboard excels with its ergonomic qualities, designed for grueling work days or extended gaming sessions.

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The MX Mechanical sports the low-profile design utilized by Logitech gaming keyboards like the G915 . For writers with large workloads, the equally slim keys allow them to type endlessly without fingers, hands, and wrists feeling strained. The well-built MX Mechanical does have retractable feet on its bottom side but lacks an included wrist rest. Considering its short stature, the omission of this cushioning isn't a dealbreaker, but it's still something to consider with a high-end keyboard.

Another area where the MX Mechanical has an advantage over many gaming keyboards is its flexible wireless connectivity. The USB RF receiver bundled with the keyboard allows users to sync many Logitech office keyboards and mice to the same dongle. Meanwhile, Logitech Flow enables the keyboard to control Mac , PC, and mobile devices simultaneously with features like file sharing.

The MX Mechanical's battery life is exceptional, with users able to type on it for months without its single-color illumination active. While gamers won't find a rainbow of RGB effects on the keyboards, its bright lighting only turns on when it senses a hand in its proximity. The MX Mechanical's wireless connectivity, including Bluetooth, is rock-solid, but gamers will detect more latency than premium gaming keyboards.

There is no more versatile keyboard for gamers who split their time between gaming and office tasks than the MX Mechanical. With an emphasis on ergonomics, the keyboard requires minimal typing force and infrequent recharging to thrive in any scenario.

How to Find a Logitech Gaming Keyboard

Logitech has an impressive selection of peripherals that often dominate major gaming competitions. To determine which Logitech gaming keyboard can take a buyer's game to the next level, remember to consider these factors:

Form Factor

As feature-packed as some gaming keyboards are, they aren't always a practical choice for a particular gaming setup. With new TKL and 60% options, the company produces keyboards of various shapes and sizes. The recently released Pro X 60 is a long-awaited miniature keyboard that keeps gamers focused on the essential keys. Despite its limited layout, gamers can access missing commands with extensive software-based remapping.

If gamers desire a full-sized keyboard, the Logitech G213 Prodigy is an affordable way to access a full arsenal of commands. The G213 Prodigy is a membrane-mechanical hybrid, but for not much more money, the G413 SE includes traditional mechanical switches.

Wired Vs. Wireless

Wired keyboards like the Logitech G512 offer the most reliable inputs, anti-ghosting, and no battery life limitations. Gamers who prefer cord-free devices are also in luck since many Logitech keyboards excel at wireless connectivity. The Logitech G915 TKL earned the honor of the best Logitech gaming keyboard partly because of its ability to seamlessly switch between Bluetooth and RF Lightspeed-connected devices. For an office-style keyboard that can also hold its own during gaming, the MX Mechanical features a choice of mechanical switches and can instantly switch between screens and devices.

Customization

Logitech keyboards vary dramatically with the degree to which gamers can shape them into their perfect peripherals. The most customizable keyboards, like the Logitech G PRO X , allow buyers to swap keycaps and change the device's mechanical switches. A hot-swappable PCB board encourages gamers to install various switches with contrasting actuation points. Unfortunately, the G Pro X is now not easily found in stock, and the more recent Logitech pro-grade keyboards aren't hot-swappable.

Many Logitech keyboards also excel at remapping buttons, with models including the Logitech G815 offering a dedicated row of macro keys. The Logitech G512 is an example of how keyboards without extra commands can use modifier keys to modify RGB lighting, skip music tracks, or fast-forward through videos.

Switch Type

Sadly, not all gaming keyboards offer the same modification potential as the first Logitech G Pro X. Even so, Logitech keyboards, including the Logitech G512 , can be ordered with Tactile, Clicky, or Linear switches, drastically changing the typing experience. Other keyboards, like the full-sized G413 SE , only ship with one type of tactile mechanical switch, which has responsive keypresses but may not appeal to all gamers.

After much consideration, Game Rant selected the G715 as the best Logitech gaming keyboard. Not only does it offer a wide selection of mechanical switches, but its flawless wireless performance and trendy styling set it apart from competitors. Whether a buyer is searching for a full-sized, compact, wired, or wireless keyboard, Logitech has an expansive inventory with candidates excelling in each category.

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Q: Is Logitech a gaming peripheral company?

Unlike companies like Razer and SteelSeries, Logitech is as much about making offices run more efficiently as they are enhancing gaming rigs. Even so, in 2013, Logitech rebranded its gaming division to emphasize the fact that they are also a dominant force in the gaming world.

Q: Is a wireless mechanical keyboard better than a wired one?

Most wireless mechanical keyboards use 2.4 GHz as a wireless band with a USB dongle. This is a relatively low latency technology versus other options that are more mainstream, such as Bluetooth. Some keyboards support both, like the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro for example.

If cable clutter and range are critical issues, a wireless keyboard has an edge over the wired options that buyers might consider. Otherwise, buyers really can't go wrong with one choice over the other.

Q: Are gaming keyboards actually better?

Compared to office-style keyboards, gaming keyboards are designed for the most rapid and accurate inputs. However, the visual components of gaming keyboards are also crucial. These keyboards often feature RGB-illuminated designs that enhance the looks of gaming rigs.

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Keyboard with magnetic switches instead of mechanical ones offer lots more customisation options ... [+] including being able to set the actuation or trigger point of a key at different depths.

Keyboards that feature magnetic switches instead of the more traditional mechanical type are all the rage right now. Gamers love them because they offer a faster and more dynamic response than mechanical keyboards, plus they can be tweaked with customizable actuation points which means the keys can be triggered with varying depths.

The latest magnetic keyboard to reach the market is the new Keychron Q1 HE. With its Gateron Hall Effect magnetic switches, this 75% layout includes a full. set of media/function keys and wireless connectivity. What’s more, the Q1 HE can be customized thanks to the use of open QMK firmware.

The Q1 HE has a typical 75% layout with navigation keys, separate cursor cluster and a very handy rotary volume and mute control. The new keyboards is compatible with macOS, Windows and Android systems, but it’s specifically aimed at gamers even though it looks like a traditional Keychron keyboard. This is a keyboard for anyone who wants keys with an ultra-fast response and the ability to be fully customized.

Although it looks like a traditional mechanical keyboard, there's nothing ordinary about thew ... [+] Keychron Q1 HE. Thanks to Hall effect magnetic switches, the death of the keys can be set individually.

Unlike traditional mechanical keyboards that have switches that are triggered at a fixed depth, the Hall Effect Gateron 2.0 magnetic switches used in the Q1 HE have actuation points that can be set and varied using software. The actuation depth can be anywhere from a shallow 0.5mm, to a deep 3.8mm. This flexibility enables users to individually program how each or all the keys behave and each key can have four assigned actions depending on how far the keys are pressed.

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For example, a light touch could perform one action for a game, while a deeper press could trigger the key to return a regular character. This kind of versatility is perfect for gamers where a super-responsive keyboard can be the difference between winning and losing.

In addition to using the latest magnetic switches, the Keychron Q1 HE is customizable with Keychron’s new configurator software. Keychron Launcher is a user-friendly alternative to VIA and makes customizing selected Keychron keyboards much easier. The software has been designed following feedback from Keychron’s loyal army of users and it’s a web-based platform that makes setting up the keyboard super easy and does away with the need to download special files and firmware.

The Gateron Hall effect switches used in the Q1 HE are good for up to 150 million actuations. That's ... [+] a lot of typing or gaming.

The Keychron Launcher software also provides instant access to operations to customising options like reassigning or remapping the keys, macro programming, RGB backlight customization and even gaming-specific features. The software also provides firmware updates and can flash the keyboard for you.

The Q1 HE is manufactured from CNC-machined 6063 aluminum. It feels incredibly solid and at 1.7kg it's a beast. The styling is unmistakably Keychron and ships with high-quality PBT keycaps. A double-gasket design provides a solid typing experience with minimal flexing, even when the gameplay gets a little heated.

Each key includes a south-facing RGB LED and there is a wide range of different lighting effects and colors available. Each key can even be assigned a specific color so individual keys can be highlighted to make playing a specific game easier. Power for the LEDs and the wireless function of the Q1 HE is provided by a 4,000mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery which should provide a couple of weeks of use between charges with the LEDs turned off. With the lights on you can expect considerably less.

The new Keychron Launcher is web based software providing an easy way to customized the Q1 HE and ... [+] some other Keychron keyboards. It can also be used to flash keyboards with new firmware.

As well as wired and Bluetooth connectivity, with the ability to connect wirelessly with up to three different devices, the Keychron Q1 HE also ships with a 2.4G RF USB dongle that offers an impressive 1,000Hz polling rate When using the RF dongle or the wired connection, the keyboard has a latency that is responsive enough even for the fastest action game.

Like most of Keychron’s mechanical keyboards, the Q1 HE comes has PBT double-shot keycaps with excellent oil resistance that should prevent the legends from fading out. Robust keycaps are absolutely vital for a gaming keyboard where the legends on the keycaps can take an incredible amount of punishment.

Only one small criticism and that’s the occasional reluctance of the keyboard to wake up in Bluetooth mode. It’s not a big deal and probably something that can be addressed in a firmware update.

Verdict: Of all the magnetic keyboards I’ve reviewed this year, the Keychron Q1 HE feels like the most solid and offers the kind of tactile feedback that seemed to be lacking in some other HE keyboards that I tried. This is an excellent keyboard for typing but if that’s all you’re going to use it for, then the Q1 HE could be more than you need. This is a keyboard that’s ideal for gaming and is perfect for advanced users who want the ultimate in customization. Everything from the variable actuation levels, to the ability to customize the RGB backlights, makes it a bespoke tool. This is a keyboard for geeks who want complete control over the look and feel of their keyboard. If that sounds like you, then give the Keychron Q1 HE a try. It’s probably the best Hall Effect magnetic keyboard on the market right now.

Pricing & Availability: The Keychron Q1 HE is available now and costs $219.

More info: www.keychron.com

Tech Specs:

  • Dimensions (WxL): 145 x 327.5mm.
  • Front height: 22.6mm.
  • Back height: 35.8mm.
  • Feet height: 2.4mm.
  • Angle: 5.2°.
  • Weight: 1,735g.
  • Body material: Aluminum.
  • Plate material: Aluminum.
  • Polling rate: 1,000Hz (Wired and 2.4 GHz) / 90Hz (Bluetooth).
  • N-Key rollover (NKRO): Yes, for both wireless and wired modes.
  • Rapid trigger: Yes
  • Adjustable actuation points: 0.5 – 3.8mm.
  • Dynamic keystrokes: 4-in-1 action keys.
  • Sensitivity: 0.1mm.
  • Keycaps: OSA double-shot (not shine-through).
  • MCU: ARM Cortex-M4 32-bit STM32F402RC (256KB Flash).
  • Backlight: South-facing RGB LED.
  • Switches: Hall Effect Gateron 2.0 magnetic.
  • Hot-swappable support: Yes.
  • Stabilizer: Screw-in PCB.
  • Cable: USB Type-C cable.
  • Connectivity: 2.4GHz / Bluetooth / Type-C wired.
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1.
  • Battery: 4,000mAh rechargeable li-polymer battery.

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Gone are the days of tangled cables and restricted desk space.

While the traditional wired keyboard has served us faithfully, wireless keyboards offer the freedom to conquer your tasks from anywhere on your workspace, with no cable restrictions in sight. Whether you're a busy professional juggling devices, a student seeking a cleaner set-up, or a gamer prioritising clutter-free movement, a wireless keyboard can be a game-changer.

So, we dive into the world of cordless keyboards, exploring their benefits, features, and all the considerations you need to bear in mind when looking for the perfect fit for your needs. We spoke with Sam Winston, a Dubai-based software engineer, who helped us decode specifications, and curate a list of the best wireless keyboards to suit your requirements and budgets.

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1. Best Overall: Logitech MX Keys Mini Wireless Keyboard

  • Multi-device connectivity
  • Customisable functions
  • Compact and portable design
  • USB-C rechargeable
  • On the pricey side
  • Not ideal for gaming

"A seamless fit for both MacOS and Windows, with a sleek design and keys that feel like a dream," one contented reviewer writes, about this keyboard. The Logitech MX Keys is a minimalist, low-profile device that can help in fuelling your productivity at office work. You can use it wirelessly via Bluetooth and it can be paired with three devices. You'll also find that it's compatible with most common operating systems, though some keys don't work on specific devices. Its slim structure is perfect for sliding into your laptop bag. Moreover, it's durable, so you don't have to worry about it breaking while traveling, explains Winston. The keys are spherical and smooth, so your typing experience feels natural and comfortable. You can also tailor the MX Keys Mini to your workflow using Logitech Options+ software.

Warranty:  Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh23 and two years for Dh38.

2. Best For Gamers: Razer Mechanical Gaming Keyboard BlackWidow V3 Mini

  • Low latency
  • Keys are micro-programmable
  • Compatible with many operating systems
  • Full Chroma RGB backlighting
  • Quality control issues with switches

Just what the gamers ordered! This compact and feature-packed mechanical keyboard is perfect for gamers who demand the best performance, says Winston. It features Razer's signature clicky green switches, full Chroma RGB backlighting with millions of color options, and a long battery life in low-light mode. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or the included USB-C cable - the former is useful when you're connecting to multiple devices. You can enjoy a clutter-free setup and freedom of movement with reliable wireless connectivity via Razer HyperSpeed technology for low latency gaming. The keyboard features a compact 65 per cent layout, saving valuable desk space while still retaining essential keys for gaming. It includes arrow keys and function keys accessed through a secondary key combination. The icing on the cake? It has a long battery life, so you can enjoy your extended gaming sessions.

Warranty : Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh35 and two years for Dh57.

3. Best for Apple Users: Apple Magic Keyboard

  • Slim and lightweight
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Easy connectivity with Apple products
  • Touch ID can be used only with M1-based Macs
  • Uncomfortable to use after long periods of time

The latest Magic Keyboard is a classy companion for your M1-based Mac, but you have to be really certain that you want to invest in it: It can burn a hole in your pocket. Nevertheless, the general consensus from reviews is that this sleek and wireless keyboard seamlessly integrates with your Apple ecosystem, offering a blend of comfort, precision, and expanded control. It boasts of a low-profile design, which minimises strain and fatigue during extended typing sessions. Moreover, you can focus on your work without worrying about constant battery changes. The built-in rechargeable battery delivers long-lasting power, keeping you productive for extended periods. So, while you might be in two minds about the price, this keyboard is a good choice for Apple users who value comfort and functionality.

Bonus:  Buy with 0% installments and pay Dh62.42 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty : Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh46 and two years for Dh75.

4. Best Budget: J JOYACCESS Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

  • Comfortable typing experience
  • Ergonomic and slim keyboard
  • Wide compatibility
  • Noisy to use, some users say

The J JOYACCESS Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard offers a combination of affordability and functionality, making it a solid choice for users on a budget. The keyboard utilises scissor-switch keys that provide a comfortable and responsive typing experience. You won't be straining your hand much either, as the low-profile design is easy on your hands, too. You can also control your media playback directly from the keyboard with dedicated multimedia keys for functions like play, pause, adjust volume, and skip tracks. This keeps your workflow uninterrupted and allows for quick media control. It supports two connection methods: 2.4G and Bluetooth. It has the function of connecting devices with Android, Windows, and Mac systems at the same time.

Warranty : Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh12 and two years for Dh19.

5. Best Value: Logitech K580 Slim Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard

  • Multi-OS compatibility
  • Slim and saves space
  • Limited key customisation

Juggling between your desktop, laptop, and tablet can be a hassle, especially when it comes to keyboards. The Logitech K580 Slim Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard offers a compelling solution, streamlining your workflow and providing a comfortable typing experience across all your devices. While it might not offer advanced features like backlighting or dedicated media keys, it provides a well-rounded solution for those seeking a reliable and affordable multi-device keyboard, Winston says. The K580 allows you to pair with up to three devices simultaneously, using either Bluetooth or the included USB receiver. There are also easy-switch buttons that make alternating between paired devices a breeze. This keyboard works well with Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS devices, offering broad compatibility for all your computing needs.

Warrant y: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh12 and two years for Dh19.

What kind of wireless keyboard should I buy?

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They look good and feel good, but are they really worth it? There are a couple of considerations to take in, before you purchase a wireless keyboard, Winston explains.

For starters, he asks: "Do you need to switch between multiple devices like a desktop, laptop, and tablet? Look for keyboards that support multi-device pairing with easy switching mechanisms."

When choosing a wireless keyboard, another crucial decision is whether to opt for a rechargeable or battery-powered option. Both have their pros and cons, so it's best to consider your workflow and preferences. Based on our expert's feedback, we break down each kind of keyboard below so you can make an informed decision.

Rechargeable keyboards

Eco-friendly : Eliminate the need for constantly buying disposable batteries, reducing waste.

Long-term cost savings : Over time, you'll likely save money compared to constantly purchasing batteries.

Convenience: No scrambling for spare batteries when the keyboard dies. Simply plug it in to recharge.

Some wireless keyboards also offer a wired option via USB or USB-C so that you can recharge the keyboard and type at the same time, or even turn off the wireless connectivity and type directly through the wired connection. This helps with recharging without limiting usage, and won't stop productivity mid-project. Nevertheless, you still need to keep in mind how long it takes for the keyboard to fully recharge after depleting its battery. Ensure you have a charging cable readily available to avoid downtime.

Battery-powered keyboards

Readily available power : Batteries are readily available at most stores, so you can easily replace them when needed.

No charging cable required: No need to worry about a missing cable or finding an outlet to charge.

Nevertheless, battery-powered keyboards come with several downsides, as the disposable batteries contribute to e-waste. Moreover, it gets tedious to keep purchasing batteries, as well.

Next, evaluate what kind of connection you would need. "Most wireless keyboards utilise either Bluetooth or a dedicated USB receiver. Bluetooth offers universal compatibility across devices, while USB receivers often provide a more stable connection with lower latency, which is deal for gamers," Winston says.

You also need to consider the typical distance between your keyboard and connected device. Most keyboards offer a good range, up to 10 metres, but for larger workspaces, ensure the chosen keyboard has sufficient wireless reach. Think of the key-switches too: Membrane keyboards offer a quieter typing experience, while mechanical keyboards provide a more tactile and "clicky" feel, our expert says.

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iPad Pro 2024 review: The tablet I’ve been waiting for

The new ipad pro has it all if you're willing to pay a premium.

The iPad Pro 2024 on a bench

Tom's Guide Verdict

The iPad Pro 2024 has it all: a fantastic OLED display, powerful M4 performance, a thin yet solid design and unbelievably long battery life. Though some of its peripherals and upgrades are pricey, Apple has delivered its best premium tablet in years.

Super thin and light design

Gorgeous OLED panel

Powerful M4 performance

Epic battery life

Pricey peripherals and upgrades

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I won’t mince words — the iPad Pro 2024 is one of the best tablets I’ve ever reviewed. Its predecessor, the iPad Pro M2 once reigned supreme as my favorite premium tablet. But the latest model has everything I love about iPad Pro, only enhanced and updated. Right now, it’s the premium tablet to beat.

So what makes the new iPad Pro so great? For starters, the Ultra Retina XDR display is the finest OLED panel my eyes have ever seen. The 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio delivers deep blacks and eye-scorching whites that pair perfectly with the sharp 2,360 x 1,640 resolution. Everything from videos to games and comics looks stunning.

Then we have the thin yet sturdy aluminum chassis that makes the iPad Pro appear more like the iPad Air. Ironically, both 11- and 13-inch iPad Pro models are thinner and lighter than the new iPad Air 2024 tablets, making you question which are the true “Air” slates in Apple’s roster. Thanks to the thinner and lighter design, the iPad Pro is more portable than ever — not to mention more comfortable to hold for long periods.

Apple skipped an M3 iPad Pro and dropped an M4 -powered beast on us instead. Our testing reveals this beefy processor runs circles around its predecessors. It can run graphically demanding games like Resident Evil 4 or editing apps like Premiere Pro with ease thanks to the M4 chip. 

There isn’t much I don’t like about the iPad Pro. However, there are a couple of drawbacks — both related to price. Adding nano-texture glass at checkout costs an additional $100 and requires an upgrade to 1TB of storage, which ups the cost to $1,699 for the 11-inch Pro and $1,999 for the 13-inch model. And if you want the updated Apple Magic Keyboard to go with it, you’ll need to plunk down an additional $299 or $349, depending on the iPad Pro’s size.

Costly add-ons and peripherals aside, the iPad Pro more than delivers. Find out more in my full review.

iPad Pro 2024 review: Cheat sheet

  • What is it? Apple’s premium tablet, featuring an all-new design and a powerful M4 chip.
  • What does it cost? The iPad Pro starts at $999 for the 11-inch model and $1,299 for the 13-inch variant, both of while are on sale via Apple’s website . Each is $200 more than their respective predecessors.
  • Who is it for? For folks who want an OLED tablet with blazing-fast performance and all-day battery life.
  • What do we like? The thin and lightweight design, gorgeous OLED display, and speedy performance.
  • What don’t we like? Upgrading to a model with nano-texture glass raises the price of the 11- and 13-inch models to $1,699 and $1,999 (respectively). The Magic Keyboard is also very expensive. 
  • Anything I should know? All iPad Pro 2024 models currently come with an Apple M4 chip inside, but they aren't all equal. iPad Pro 2024 models with 1TB or more of storage get the full-powered M4 with a 10-core CPU and 10-core GPU, along with 16GB of RAM. But iPad Pro models with less than 1TB of storage come with only 8GB of RAM and a 9-core CPU on the M4, so they will likely perform slightly worse than the 1TB model we review here.

iPad Pro 2024 review: Specs

Ipad pro 2024 review: the ups.

The iPad Pro impresses thanks to its slim design, outstanding OLED display, powerful performance, epic battery life and repositioned front camera. Apple managed to one-up its excellent predecessor with this beast of a tablet. 

iPad Pro 2024 being held

Thinner than Air

Visually, the new tablet isn’t a radical departure from its predecessor. It’s a solid piece of aluminum featuring a large display and thin profile. However, holding the tablet reveals that you’re dealing with an all-new device.

The 11- and 13-inch iPad Pro are thinner and lighter than their predecessors and the new iPad Air tablets. The size and weight differences might not look like much on paper, but they make a huge difference in the real world. For instance, I constantly have to reposition my hands when reading comics on the old 12.9-inch iPad Pro because the big tablet is so cumbersome to hold. That's no longer the case since the new tablet is easier to hold over longer periods.

iPad Pro 2024 propped on a bench

Speaking about changing positions, the tablet’s front camera is now landscape-oriented instead of portrait-oriented. Most people hold tablets in this position, so it’s great that Apple finally moved the front camera (much like it did with the iPad 2022 ). This makes participating in video calls, taking selfies and using FaceID to unlock the iPad Pro feel more intuitive. I’m a fan of this repositioned front camera.

Like the previous model, the new iPad Pro only has a single USB-C port. That’s a bummer, but not a deal-breaker.

Amazing OLED display

A video running on the iPad Pro 2024's display

People have been clamoring for an OLED iPad Pro for ages, and now it’s finally here. The new design is nice but the Ultra Retina XDR display (as Apple dubs it) could be this tablet’s main selling for some people. To my eyes, the screen is both bright and colorful. The contrast between dark and light elements is astonishing, delivering beautiful photos and videos. It’s really quite striking.

I watched a YouTube video called “LG Jazz HDR UHD” and was floored by how magnificent it looked on the iPad Pro. The pure black elements served as an excellent contrast to the vibrant colors. On top of that, the 120Hz refresh rate ensured everything moved silky smooth.

iPad Pro in portrait mode

If you like digital comics, you’ll have a great time on the iPad Pro. Color comics like Conan the Barbarian #9 and monochrome books like Savage Sword of Conan #2 look equally fantastic. The former’s rich colors and dark shadows make the story feel more alive, while the latter’s deep black inks let me see individual lines in great clarity.

Moving over to our display test, the new iPad Pro’s color reproduction, color accuracy and brightness aren’t much different than the previous model. However, the OLED display helps everything appear much richer — especially colors. Even if the iPad Pro 2024 has comparable color values to the previous model, the overall picture quality is much better thanks to the display’s OLED technology.

I’m a professional writer but I have a hard time conveying just how good the iPad Pro’s OLED display appears. This is arguably the best OLED display I’ve ever seen on a tablet. You need to see it to believe it.

Incredible performance 

Resident Evil 4 on an iPad Pro 2024

Our 13-inch iPad Pro review unit packs an M4 chip with a 10-core CPU, a 10-core GPU and an updated Neural Engine (which the rest of the industry calls an NPU). Our tablet has 1TB of storage but no nano-texture glass. Toss in Wi-Fi + Cellular, and this review unit is valued at $2,099 as configured.

Like the M3 chip which also utilizes 3nm technology, the M4 processor features hardware-accelerated mesh shading, ray tracing and Dynamic Caching — all of which are a first for the iPad platform.

iPad Pro 2024 being held

I used the iPad Pro as a laptop and the tablet had no problem handling my regular workflow, which usually has me juggling multiple open tabs and applications. The iPad Pro never slowed down even when I tossed a YouTube video into the mix. The tablet also handled digital comics without a hitch.

The iPad Pro also did well in our benchmark tests. On Geekbench 6, which tests overall CPU performance, the M4-driven iPad Pro performed almost twice as fast as its M2 counterpart. 

However, there is one caveat: We’re comparing Geekbench 6 scores for the iPad Pro 2024 to older Geekbench 5 scores for the 2022 model, since we switched versions a little while back. The important thing to know is that Geekbench 5 results are not directly comparable to Geekbench 6 scores, but the huge difference between the two here tells you all you need to know: The iPad Pro 2024 is significantly faster than its predecessor. The new tablet also performed faster in our Adobe Premiere test, but not by a staggering amount of time.

What about gaming? Resident Evil 4 runs fairly well, though it was short of the 60 frames per second standard most gamers like myself desire. I didn’t have a way to see the game’s exact frame output, but to my eyes, it seems to be a steady 30 fps. That’s not great, but it’s still playable.

Lastly, we ran the 3D Mark gaming benchmark on iPad Pro. Not only did it score better than the previous model, but it also pumped out more frames per second. I’m eager to see how iPad games optimized for the M4 chip will perform.

All-day battery life 

The iPad Pro 2024 features the same front an rear cameras as the previous model. That means you can snap some great looking photos.

Before this review I wondered if the iPad Pro’s OLED display and beefier M4 chip would negatively impact battery life. Thankfully, this isn't the case as the iPad Pro lasts much longer than Apple claimed, at least according to our testing.

In our battery test which involved continuous web-surfing over Wi-Fi with the display set to 150 nits of brightness, the iPad Pro lasted for an astonishing 13 hours and 13 minutes. That not only beats the 10 hours Apple promised but also breezes past the iPad Pro M2’s 10 hours and 39 minutes of battery life. 

This is an incredible result that makes the iPad Pro 2024 the new premium tablet to beat in terms of battery life. 

iPad Pro 2024 review: The downs

As a device, the iPad Pro is a marvel of engineering. Unfortunately, if you want to kit the tablet out with upgrades or peripherals, it’s going to cost you. A lot. 

Nano-texture glass is a pricey upgrade

The iPad Pro propped on a bench.

You can upgrade both iPad Pro models to include nano-texture glass, which makes the display more anti-reflective. This should be a useful feature when using the tablet outdoors or in a space with overhead lights. However, upgrading to nano-texture glass isn’t cheap.

Nano-texture glass is only an option for the 1TB and 2TB iPad Pro models. Upgrading to 1TB at a minimum raises the price by $600 for both models on its own, but when you toss in the extra $100 for nano-texture glass, that’s a total of $700 extra!

If you already wanted more than 512GB of storage or the extra comforts of the 1TB models (they come with a full-powered M4 and 16GB of RAM, while iPad Pros with less than 1TB of storage have a weaker M4 and 8GB of RAM) then perhaps this won’t be an issue. But unless you’re a creative professional who needs to store lots of videos and photos on the iPad Pro, most people (arguably) don’t need 1TB of storage on a tablet. In that sense, you’re expending the better part of $1,000 for something you don’t need just for nano-texture glass.

Great peripherals at a steep price 

The new Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro.

The Apple Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil have always been useful peripherals that help you get more functionality from the iPad Pro. Both have received updates that enhance the iPad Pro experience.

The new Magic Keyboard’s palm rests and touchpad have an aluminum finish that’s reminiscent of a MacBook. Similarly, the larger touchpad also reminds me of an Apple laptop — as does the new Magic Keyboard’s flatter hinge. As a bonus, this peripheral feels lighter than before and doesn’t add a lot of weight to the iPad Pro.

Typing on the new Magic Keyboard is quite nice thanks to how pleasant the aluminum feels against the palms. The large touchpad also feels smooth and is as responsive as ever. I also enjoy the keycaps, which feel thicker and have more travel distance.

The new Apple Pencil Pro being used with an iPad Pro.

The new Apple Pencil Pro ($129) has some nifty extra features over the basic Pencil. This includes a rollable barrel you can rotate to intelligently switch pen styles, haptic feedback and squeeze to control the input in newer ways. The new barrel roll feature is particularly impressive since you can change a line’s thickness by twisting the pen’s orientation. The Apple Pencil Pro feels exactly like its predecessor, which is great since that’s my favorite stylus.

I like both peripherals but they don’t come cheap. For instance, the Magic Keyboard costs $299 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $349 for the 13-inch model. If you want to use the 13-inch inch iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, you’ll have to spend at least $1,648. At that point, you might as well get a MacBook Air M2 , which costs $999 to start.

At $129, the Apple Pencil Pro won’t crush your bank account. If you’re a casual or professional artist, I don’t think that price is too bad. But if that’s still too expensive, you can always opt for the $79 Apple Pencil with USB-C , though it lacks the Pro's advanced features and doesn’t wirelessly charge when magnetically attached to the iPad Pro.

iPad Pro 2024 review: Verdict

The iPad Pro 2024 is an exceptional tablet. Its vivid OLED display is a marvel to behold and the new thin and light design makes it more portable than ever. I’m also a fan of its speedy M4-powered performance and astonishing battery life. Sure, its peripherals are expensive, but as a device, the iPad Pro has everything you could ever want from a tablet.

The only loose thread is the iPad Pro’s AI capabilities. This has been a sticking point for me whenever I review an “AI” computer since there just aren’t many applications that take advantage of a chip's NPU (Neural Processing Unit) in any appreciable way. Apple says the M4 and its onboard Neural Engine NPU is an “absolute powerhouse for AI,” but I’ve yet to see that. Hopefully, the company will go into further detail during WWDC 2024.

Even if the iPad Pro never becomes an AI powerhouse, it’s still an incredible tablet for people who want a powerful slate with a gorgeous OLED display. The iPad Pro has set a standard for all premium tablets to follow.

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The Best Gaming Keyboards in 2024

T he best gaming keyboard can make a gamer more competitive and serve as the centerpiece of modern and sleek PC rigs . These essential peripherals spring to life with spectacular RGB lighting, even if their performance separates them from cheap office peripherals. Whether it's a wired or wireless gaming keyboard in a full-size or mini form factor , there is a keyboard out there for everyone.

Razer Huntsman V3 Pro

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With so many keyboards on the market, buyers can eliminate some possibilities after deciding on a budget and considering these factors:

  • Membrane vs. Mechanical: Membrane keyboards are considerably less expensive than mechanical alternatives. However, they lack the satisfying responses to key presses and the advanced features of premium keyboards.
  • Form Factor: Gamers can choose between many sizes of keyboards ranging from full-sized to tenkeyless or 60 percent form factors. Buyers should decide whether they need number pads and a full selection of function keys or would rather conserve desktop space.
  • Wired vs. Wireless: Wireless keyboards have higher asking prices but now offer low latency performance that rivals any wired device. Still, some wired keyboards include clever cable management solutions and remain more popular among esports pros.
  • Customization: Many keyboards allow users to remap all keys, while others are more limited in customization options. Also, certain mechanical keyboards have an extensive choice of switches with differing typing sensations and noise levels.

Razer's most innovative gaming keyboard is back with improved Gen 2 analog optical switches and advanced onboard storage capabilities. The Huntsman V3 Pro features even more accurate switches, allowing on-the-fly actuation adjustments and Rapid Trigger mode for furious inputs. A multi-function digital dial can toggle between volume and actuation settings, while a series of LED indicators lets games know what settings are active. The Huntsman V3 Pro remains one of the most durable keyboards thanks to wear-resistant PBT keycaps and sturdy aluminum top plate. 

Brand Razer

Wireless No

Backlight Yes

Media Controls Yes

Num Pad Yes

Switch Type Analog Optical

Wrist rest Yes

Polling rate 1000 Hz

Number of Keys 104

Keycaps PBT

  • Adjustable actuation settings
  • Extensive onboard storage benefits competitive gamers
  • Highly customizable RGB lighting
  • Rock-solid build quality
  • Wrist rest not the most comfortable
  • Gamepad functionality has limited practical use

To earn the title of the best gaming keyboard, the Razer Huntsman V3 Pro had many expectations to meet. Fortunately, the keyboard comes through like a champion and stands out among the manufacturer's extensive gaming mice and keyboards. The Huntsman V2 Analog is the ideal keyboard for any buyer searching for top-notch build quality and innovative features benefiting esports pros and casual gamers.

The Huntsman V3 Pro does not include ordinary mechanical switches but rather optical analog hardware with several advantages. Switches in this Razer keyboard don't rely on making physical contact with keys; instead, a beam of light measures the travel distance during inputs. Also, the Huntsman V3 Pro utilizes rock-solid double-shot PBT keycaps, which have letters and numbers that resist fading. The result is keys and switches that conceivably could last through years of intense typing.

With the Huntsman V3 Pro, gamers can precisely specify how the keyboard reacts to the force of key presses. Users can set multiple actuation levels in the Razer Synapse app and program multiple commands per key depending on the force applied. Perhaps the unique ability of the keyboard results from flexible switches that move 360 degrees. The Huntsman V3 Pro shows up as a separate game controller on Windows, and during gameplay, players can move their characters in more directions than normally possible with a keyboard. However, this functionality only works in games that recognize simultaneous mouse and keyboard inputs.

The Huntsman V2 Analog is a heavy-duty peripheral with a rugged plastic body reinforced with a steel plate. The RGB effects help to make the keyboard look as premium as it feels, with not only per-key lighting but colors running along the sides of the device and wrist rest. Unfortunately, the materials used in the leatherette wrist rest look premium but lack cushioning.

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With impeccable craftsmanship and highly customizable analog switches, the Huntsman V3 Pro is a serious gaming weapon. The keyboard offers several improvements over its predecessor, the V2 Analog, including a wider actuation range and Rapid Trigger Mode. Still, buyers looking to save money should check out Game Rant's review of the Huntsman V2 Analog .

The K55 Core is an affordable way to experience the advantages of a Corsair gaming keyboard. With low-effort typing, this membrane keyboard has the quick and responsive performance needed during furious gameplay. The K55 Core also looks stunning with bright and customizable ten-zone backlighting. Among budget keyboards, few options give gamers more control, thanks to the powerful macro reprogramming functionality in the Corsair iCue app. Complete with 300 ml spill resistance to avoid desktop disasters, the K55 Core is ready to become a permanent part of a battlestation. 

Brand Corsair

Backlight RGB 10 Zone

Switch Type Membrane, Rubber Dome

Wrist rest No

Number of Keys 110

Compatible Devices PC, Mac, PlayStation, Xbox

USB Passthrough No

  • Light and quiet typing
  • Fairly compact for a full-sized keyboard
  • Same iCue functionality as more expensive Corsair models
  • 10-zone RGB lighting still looks fantastic
  • Small media buttons difficult to find
  • Not the same build quality as a premium mechanical keyboard

Living in the mechanical keyboard age, it's natural to meet the arrival of a new membrane keyboard with skepticism. The Corsair K55 Core RGB doesn't pretend to have quasi-mechanical qualities like the Logitech G213 Prodigy with its hybrid keys. Besides being even less expensive, the K55 Core RGB is an attractive budget keyboard with surprisingly satisfying typing.

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Many buyers shopping for affordable keyboards probably don't have large gaming desks with excess free space. While the K55 Core RGB is a full-sized keyboard, it wastes little room on its edges, and low-profile keycaps contribute to a compact form factor. Sadly, one side effect of this compressed design is small media keys, which can be difficult to find without searching. With mostly plastic in its build, buyers won't mistake the K55 Core RGB Pro for a mechanical keyboard consisting of aluminum alloy. However, Corsair tried to enhance this membrane keyboard's durability by making it spill-resistant.

Gamers can pretend to own a more expensive Corsair keyboard since the K55 Core RGB Core supports the most advanced features in iCue. Even though the lighting on the keyboard is zone-based, users have a fairly high degree of customization with the RGB effects. Even more practical, it's possible to set macros and remap most functions of the K55 Core RGB Core in the app.

With RGB lighting that shines brightly through and in between keycaps, the K55 Core RGB Core looks impressive for a budget purchase. Regardless, its smooth typing, reminiscent of a linear mechanical switch, is what may keep gamers using it indefinitely. Benefiting from these effortless inputs, the Corsair K55 Core RGB Core is the best gaming keyboard in the budget class. Readers can learn more about why this keyboard is such an enticing value by reading Game Rant's review of the K55 Core RGB .

The Asus ROG Azoth is a fresh take from ASUS as it attempts to make up for its limited presence in the wireless mechanical gaming keyboards market with a premium TKL-esque offering that pushes the boundaries of both price points and customizability for consumers.

Wireless Yes 2.4GHz + BT

Backlight Yes, RGB

Media Controls No

Battery Up to 2000 Hours without RGB/OLED

Bluetooth Yes

Polling rate 1000Hz

Switch Type ROG NX mechanical switches

Replaceable Keys Yes

Compatible Devices PC, Mac, Consoles

Wired operation Yes, USB 2.0

Charging Wired Charging

  • Feels like a premium device with plenty of extras included
  • OLED display supplies some surprisingly useful information
  • Tri-mode connectivity and 2,000-hour battery life
  • Requires a serious investment
  • Bloated Armoury Crate app

Premium mechanical keyboards are expensive enough, but introducing wireless connectivity to the same devices only increases asking prices. The Asus ROG Azoth is a keyboard suited for PC enthusiasts who enjoy building custom peripherals , but it also provides smooth typing and an extensive feature set. The best mechanical keyboards allow for key presses that give a high level of tactile feedback to a gamer, but they also can be quite loud. To make typing less noisy, Asus employs a silicone gasket mount and layers of foam to absorb vibrations.

The Asus ROG Azoth is a 75 percent form factor keyboard without number keys, but it also efficiently uses its more limited surface area. Even so, the 2.6-pound weight of the keyboard makes it hold firm on desktops without a cord getting in the way. The device can also seamlessly switch between RF, Bluetooth, and wired connectivity. The battery life on the ROG Azoth is also quite impressive, as the keyboard can last up to 2,000 hours without a charge, provided there is minimal usage of RGB lighting.

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The OLED display on the unit's upper right section is more than just a gimmick since it can keep gamers current on battery life and active profiles. Beyond the essentials, users can program their logos or lettering to personalize the keyboard.

Plenty of mechanical keyboards include key-pullers if gamers want to swap keycaps or access crevasses to clean. Asus takes matters further with tools to lubricate switches underneath keys and remove them entirely for another type of switch. To suit gamers who are not into DIY projects, Asus sells the keyboard with three switch types for various actuation points and clickiness.

For buyers just looking for a straightforward wireless keyboard, the Asus ROG Azoth may present too high of a price and an excess of complexity. The Armoury Crate software doesn't help, since it's rather bloated and prone to crashes. Nevertheless, Game Rant's full review of the Asus ROG Azoth determined that with well-rounded wireless connectivity and extensive customization, this keyboard is in a class of its own.

The Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed is a professional-grade gaming keyboard. It supports Lightspeed wireless connectivity, which delivers a fast connection that is reliable enough for even the most demanding esports gamer. A single charge on the keyboard can last for up to 40 hours. With Lightsync technology, the user can create personalized RGB lighting animations and control the lighting of each key separately. The Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed comes in three mechanical switch options: GL Tactile, GL Linear, and GL Clicky, from which most people can find their preferred feel and noise levels. Logitech's G915 TKL Lightspeed Gaming Keyboard is one of the company's flagship products. 

Brand Logitech

Wireless Yes Lightspeed + Bluetooth

Switch Type Clicky, Tactile, Linear choices

Wired operation Yes

Dimensions 14.49 x 5.91 x 0.87

Battery Yes

Charging Yes, via MicroUSB

  • Sturdy, compact design
  • Premium build quality
  • Excellent battery life with 40 hours on max brightness
  • Replacement keys difficult to find
  • Uses Micro USB instead of USB-C

Wireless keyboards and gaming keyboards used to not even be in the same conversation since cord-free devices were too slow and unresponsive in comparison. Now, that is no longer the case, thanks to the Logitech G915 TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Logitech's high-end cordless keyboard is ideal for buyers desiring the convenience of a wireless peripheral without sacrificing performance.

This fully mechanical keyboard is slim and looks amazing for any setup. Plus, the battery life is absolutely killer at 30 hours. If a user wants to squeeze every last drop of battery life out of this keyboard, the RGB lighting can be disabled for 100 hours of battery life.

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Using Logitech's Lightspeed wireless technology produces no perceivable lag, even in the fastest-paced games. This wireless adapter also allows for amazing plug-and-play capability with just a USB A dongle; once it's plugged in and a computer recognizes the new device, gamers are ready to go. If a laptop user doesn't have a spare USB-A port, it's possible to connect using Bluetooth, but most gamers will probably want to stick with the Lightspeed connection.

The only major downside of this keyboard is that the keycaps are not replaceable because they are so slim. So, for those DIY and customizable fans out there, buyers might want to check out the best customizable keyboards with more potential to suit their needs.

The HyperX Alloy Origins is a mechanical gaming keyboard that features custom-designed mechanical key switches that provide a lifetime of 80 million key presses. The Clicky HyperX Blue switches provide distinct feedback. The keyboard includes an RGB lighting system, which can be controlled by an app. 

It features a full-sized design with a relatively compact form factor and durable construction with an aircraft-grade aluminum body. The cable is detachable, which makes it more portable.

Brand HyperX

Backlight RGB

Switch Type Mechanical

Dimensions 17.4 x 5.21 x 1.43 inches

  • Affordable considering its build quality and performance
  • RGB lighting more visible than other keyboards
  • Compact with removable braided USB-C cord
  • Lacks extras like wrist rest and media keys
  • Software could be improved

Despite advancements in wireless range and stability, sometimes there is no substitute for wired peripherals. Buyers can also save money with a simple but top-performing wired mechanical keyboard like HyperX Alloy Origins. This keyboard is not tenkeyless, but is still quite slim, doing away with dedicated media controls or a volume rocker. While not wireless, the Alloy Origins has a detachable USB-C cable for easier portability.

Instead of relying on Cherry mechanical switches, HyperX depends on its own switches, which balance typing accuracy and the instant feedback gamers prefer. Buyers still have the option to equip the keyboard with Red Linear, Blue Clicky, and Aqua switches. Most gamers won't notice the difference, but an especially short actuation level of 1.8 mm enhances the responsiveness of the keys.

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RGB is so advanced on mechanical keyboards that manufacturers find it difficult to enhance lighting effects further. Still, HyperX was up for the challenge and constructed its mechanical switches to allow maximum light to shine through the exposed areas between keys. The result is a keyboard that looks just as dazzling from the sides as looking down at it. In the HyperX NGENUITY app, gamers can customize per-key lighting and activate Game Mode, temporarily disabling distracting lighting and the Windows key to avoid costly alt-tabbing during competitive gaming .

The HyperX Alloy Origins is priced competitively compared to similar wired gaming keyboards. Some of the lower asking price is due to the lack of media controls or even an included wrist rest, but there is plenty of innovation from HyperX to attract buyers. The HyperX Alloy Origins is the best gaming keyboard for buyers who seek a compact mechanical keyboard without sacrificing a number pad.

The SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL is one of SteelSeries higher-end tenkeyless gaming keyboards. This compact keyboard is an excellent travel companion and suits those who want a gaming keyboard that doesn't take up unnecessary space on the desk. The SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL comes with adjustable OmniPoint switches, which allow customization of the actuation point between 0.4 and 3.6 millimeters for a more personalized feel. The smart OLED display provides information about games, delivers Discord messages, or displays Spotify songs. The build is durable and stable thanks to a frame built from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy.

Brand SteelSeries

Switch Type Linear

Dimensions 40.44 mm x 355.44 mm x 139.26 mm

  • Adjustable actuation point
  • PBT keycaps
  • Useful OLED display
  • Five onboard profiles with RGB and actuation settings
  • Quite expensive

Mechanical keyboards come in all shapes and sizes, but when it comes to the best option for gaming, the SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL is an easy choice. While not among the most affordable keyboards, the Apex Pro TKL makes up for its higher price tag with an expansive feature set and impressive specs.

Featuring adjustable actuation point switches like the Razer Huntsman V3 Pro, the Apex Pro TKL is highly responsive, making it perfect for competitive gaming. However, the lighter actuation point can cause typos from time to time. The linear switches feel a bit mushier than other ones, so gamers looking for a more clicky keyboard experience might want to consider an alternative like the MSI GK50 TKL instead.

Besides being able to customize the actuation point, gamers can take it to another level by customizing different inputs to the different actuation levels. In practice, this might be finicky at first, but once players get used to the different levels for different inputs, this feature is incredibly useful, especially for fans of macros.

The Razer Ornata V3 keyboard is designed with low-profile keys that feature slimmer keycaps and shorter switches. This configuration promotes natural hand positioning and allows for extended usage without causing strain. The keyboard uses Mecha-Membrane switches that combine the clicky feedback of a mechanical switch with the familiar feel of a conventional keyboard.

The keycaps are UV-coated for enhanced durability, offering fade-resistant legends and additional protection against wear and tear from frequent usage. A set of backlit dedicated media keys are available for configuring tasks such as pausing, playing, skipping, and adjusting settings like brightness and volume.

Switch Type Mecha-Membrane

Dimensions 17.46"L x 5.68"W x 1.23"H

  • Slim low-profile design
  • Comfortable wrist-rest
  • All keys remappable
  • Very loud for a membrane keyboard
  • RGB effects are per zone

Membrane keyboards are often scoffed at by gamers but, in reality, remain popular options for casual gamers. One reason these keyboards are criticized is the mushy feelings of their keys and the lack of distinctive responses to key presses that are the hallmarks of mechanical keyboards. With the wired Razer Ornata V3, the manufacturer tries to find a compromise between membrane and mechanical switches with its Mecha-Membrane keys. The keys on the Ornata V3 definitely replicate the loud clickiness of mechanical switches but also have a more cushioned feel.

Although the Ornata V3 is a fairly slim and low-profile full-sized keyboard, the keys still require more effort to depress than traditional Cherry MX mechanical switches. The latency with this membrane keyboard is more than respectable but still falls short of the lofty standards of the most competitive gamers and streamers like Ninja. What doesn't disappoint is the ability to remap virtually all the keys in the Razer Synapse software, providing a level of customization that matches the best keyboards.

Some impressive Chroma RGB lighting highlights the streamlined design of the Razer Ornata V3, although the effects are limited to zones rather than per-key. While there is no volume rocker, the Ornata V3 does have several media keys in its top right section that are also illuminated. The magnetic wrist rest feels rather luxurious for an affordable peripheral, making the Ornata V3 feel more premium than its price tag.

Even without offering many distinguishing features besides its unique Mecha-Membrane keys, the Ornata V3 is an excellent all-around gaming gear and a sensible alternative to pricey mechanical keyboards.

The Freestyle Edge RGB is the first split mechanical keyboard designed specifically for gaming. Gamers can move the right module out of the way for one-handed FPS play or split the modules apart to place a microphone in between for an incredibly comfortable streaming setup. There is no wrong way to set up the Freestyle Edge! This keyboard promises to deliver excellent performance and make sure a gamer's hands are healthy and comfortable.

Backlight Per-Key 16.8M Color RGB Lighting

Switch Type Cherry MX Mechanical

Dimensions 1.25 tall x 15.5 wide x 10.25 deep

Wired operation USB Type A Wired

  • Comfortable ergonomics after getting used to split design
  • Padded wrist rest
  • Cherry MX switches
  • Low latency performance
  • Split design has a steep learning curve
  • The lift kit is sold separately

Ergonomic keyboards and gaming don't often overlap, so when a keyboard like the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB Split comes along, it's time to celebrate. Not only does the Freestyle Edge RGB Split keep gamers' wrists and hands healthy and comfortable, but it also has fantastic gaming performance. And, of course, because it's a gaming keyboard, there is a healthy dose of RGB lighting to bring it all together.

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Unfortunately, as an effective ergonomic gaming keyboard, there is quite a large price tag on the Freestyle Edge RGB Split, but it more than makes up for it with comfort. The split design takes a bit of time to get used to, but typing becomes second nature after some practice. Plus, the padded wrist rest is one of this guide's most plush included wrist rests.

When it comes to gaming, the Freestyle Edge comes with a choice of three different Cherry MX switches. All these switches feel fantastic to game on and type with, but Cherry MX Red switches will probably be the best choice for users who plan to primarily game. Plus, with a hot-swappable PCB , these can be swapped out for whatever switch is preferred.

The Roccat Vulcan II Max is a PC gaming keyboard that features an aluminum plate for durability. This keyboard uses Titan II smooth linear switches, with 100 million keystroke durability. The keyboard also has a palm rest for comfort during long gaming sessions. Customizable RGB lighting is also included, which illuminates the keys with millions of colors.

Brand Roccat

Switch Type Optical

Dimensions 18.23 x 9.29 x 1.32 inch

Compatible Devices Windows

  • RGB on secondary functions and translucent wrist rest
  • Quick and smooth typing
  • Easy-to-access media controls
  • Requires two USB ports
  • ABS keycaps rather than Double Shot PBT

The competition is stiff among RGB gaming keyboards , with these devices often the most noticeable part of an illuminated gaming setup. Fortunately, the Roccat Vulcan II Max is a full-sized gaming keyboard that demonstrates how RGB lighting can be taken to a new level. In addition to its stunning good looks, the Vulcan II Max boasts blistering, fast typing, and a remarkable number of secondary functions.

While the Vulcan II Max occupies considerable space on a desktop, its thin aluminum frame gives it a more minimalist look. The slim keycaps also contribute to the keyboard's low-profile appearance and enhance the visibility of RGB effects. There are a few other aspects to the design of the Vulcan II Max that separate it from other RGB keyboards. The translucent wrist rest isn't the plushest, but its clear silicon exterior allows lighting from the edge of the keyboard to shine through. More functional, 24 of the keys on the Vulcan II Max feature dual LEDs that indicate when Easy-Shift [+] has unlocked additional commands.

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Gamers hoping for a loud mechanical device will find the Vulcan II Max too quiet of a keyboard . Its Linear and Tactile switch options emphasize quick, smooth gaming performance rather than loud clattering typing. Actuation distance is lower with linear keys, but combined with the low-profile keycaps, the result with both switches is effortless typing. The keycaps are ABS rather than Double Shot PBT and, with a smooth texture, tend to become slippery.

Critics of the Vulcan II Max could say that the keyboard's light show negatively impacts its usability. Because the RGB effects are so powerful, it requires two available USB 2.0 ports, even without USB passthrough. Regardless, extensive per-key functions and well-spaced media controls make the Vulcan II Max practical inside and outside of gaming.

Corsair K70 Max is a keyboard designed for gaming that comes with unique magnetic-mechanical switches. It also features an adjustable actuation mechanism, which allows personalization. The gaming keyboard has RGB backlighting for lighting effects.

Switch Type Corsair MGX

Polling rate Up to 8000 Hz

Internal Sound Dampening Yes

  • Keys can register multiple inputs
  • Very sturdy keycaps and frame
  • Maximum 8000 Hz polling rate
  • Complex RGB effects programmable in iCue
  • Heavy and takes up a lot of desktop space
  • No USB passthrough

In recent years, there has been a trend toward more compact gaming keyboards that Corsair itself has embraced with models like the K70 Pro Mini. However, the manufacturer also sells plenty of beefier keyboards, which take advantage of their full-sized form factor. The K70 Max is a behemoth at just over three pounds, but its highly adaptive magnetic mechanical switches make it worth dedicating the extra desk space.

Some keyboards attempt to cram media keys into the tightest spots to remain reasonably compact. The K70 Max takes a very different approach with a raised top edge as the home for a large volume roller and buttons to adjust brightness and lockout commands. Controls to pause, play, and skip through media float above the number pad. While the K70 Max is clearly aimed at gamers, it's also an excellent choice for a productivity or streaming keyboard.

Following the lead of keyboards, including the Razer Huntsman V3 Pro and SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL, the K70 Max features keys with adjustable actuation points. Still, the linear-type magnetic switches used on Corsair's keyboard are reminiscent of the Hall Effect analog sticks found in recent gaming controllers. As a result, gamers can operate the keys with extreme precision, aided by the sensitivity settings modifiable in iCue. Users can, in theory, execute several different commands in games, but how well this works largely depends on the type of input device a game supports.

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Typing on the K70 Max is not as quiet as some buyers may expect, considering the linear nature of its switches. Fortunately, addressing complaints of past models, Corsair added sound-dampening foam to the keyboard to better drown out pings. Also, the K70 Max has a leg up on the high-end competition with its maximum 8000 Hz polling rate. Gamers with powerful enough rigs can rest assured that every input will register, even in the most chaotic FPS titles.

The size and cost of the K70 Max are considerable, but each section of the keyboard is designed for maximum functionality. If a buyer desires surgically precise inputs or a full-sized keyboard with no compromises, the K70 Max is the best gaming keyboard available.

The Vigor GK50 Low Profile is a tenkeyless form factor version of the award-winning full-size keyboard. With Kailh's low-profile switches and a classic sleek, yet sturdy design, players can start gaming on the go without compromises. The included scratch-resistant, breathable drawstring bag provides easy storage and effortless on-the-go travel. Armed with Kailh Low Profile mechanical switches in blue, red, or white, players can feel the outstanding feedback of a 50gf clicky keystroke.

Backlight Per Key RGB Lighting

Number of Keys 87 Keys

Dimensions 354 x 140 x 33 mm

Form factor TKL

Switch options Kahil Red, Kahil Blue and Kahil Box White

Connectivity USB-A

Typing angle 5, 8, or 11

Weight 560g

  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Clicky tactile feedback
  • Dedicated function row
  • Gaming mode
  • Fairly loud typing experience
  • MSI software leaves a bit to be desired

The MSI Vigor GK50 Elite TKL is the latest and greatest from MSI's expanding keyboard lineup. Using the TKL form factor, the GK50 Elite perfectly represents a compact layout that's easy to take anywhere. It's large enough not to feel cramped to type on or force players to use the second layer for function buttons.

Game Rant's full review of the MSI Vigor GK50 Elite TKL found that gaming with this keyboard is an absolute joy. From FPS games to MMOs, this keyboard felt responsive and precise. The travel distance of 3.5 mm made it easy to actuate movements, but it wasn't too short, making accidental key presses a non-issue. Although the blue clicky switches can easily get quite loud, make sure no one around will be annoyed by typing noises.

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Despite its smaller form factor, this keyboard is incredibly comfortable to use. It does not allow the amount of ergonomic customization that the Kinesis Freestyle Edge does. Still, the three typing angles allow for a comfortable typing experience, regardless of the user's preference.

The Corsair K70 PRO Mini is a super-compact gaming keyboard with high-performance features. It comes at a 60% form factor, which is perfect when size is everything. However, the keyboard is also customizable with swappable MX switches and RGB LightEdge illumination.

Connectivity-wise there is super-fast SlipStream wireless with under 1 ms response rate, low-latency Bluetooth for convenience, and a detachable USB cable for wired connection. The keyboard has a durable aluminum frame and a battery life of 32 hours with RGB lighting.

Wireless Yes

Switch Type Cherry MX mechanical

Battery Up to 200 hours without RGB

Number of Keys 61

Compatible Devices PC, Mac

  • Almost every aspect of keyboard is customizable
  • Versatile wireless connectivity
  • WASD keys can be used like a mouse
  • Wiggling keys
  • Difficult to use outside of gaming

The Corsair K70 Pro Mini is a wireless alternative to wired ultra-compact keyboards like the Razer BlackWidow V4 75%. This 60% form factor keyboard is even tinier yet just as customizable as its corded competitors. Buyers can choose between Cherry MX Brown, Blue, Red, and Speed switches, though there are far more modifications possible with the K70 Pro Mini. During checkout, gamers can choose the color of the keyboard's base, back edge, and a larger assortment of Cherry MX switches. Otherwise, only three-pin, third-party mechanical switches are compatible with the K70 Pro Mini.

Not an ideal keyboard for general productivity, the K70 Pro Mini users will have to become accustomed to using shortcuts to perform some basic functions. However, there are some surprisingly useful features, like the ability to use the W-A-S-D keys for mouse movement, which is a nice perk in a media or TV room.

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Even as one of the smallest keyboards on the market, the Corsair K70 Pro Mini contains some of the manufacturer's latest technologies. Axon Hyper-Polling seamlessly processes rapid inputs at up to a 2000 Hz polling rate over SlipStream wireless technology or 8000 Hz using a USB-C wired connection. This type of keyboard performance allows the most competitive gamers to gain an advantage over their opponents. Although it won't provide the same low-latency connection, the Bluetooth with the K70 Pro Mini is as fast as seen with any wireless keyboard.

While it saves battery life, turning off the lighting on the K70 Pro Mini is a shame since the highly customizable RGB effects extend to the accent bar on its rear edge. In addition, defying its crowded 60% keyboard layout , the keys are spread far enough apart to maximize the intensity of its lighting.

One common complaint with the keyboard is that its keys feel a bit wiggly, regardless of the installed switch. Despite a few drawbacks, the K70 Mini Pro provides the same performance and customization as more expensive wired compact keyboards.

The Keychron Q3 is a fully customizable mechanical keyboard to push the typing experience to the top. Built with a full aluminum CNC machined body, double-gasket design, and QMK/VIA support, the Q3 is designed for premium typing comfort and endless possibilities.

Brand Keychron

Backlight South-facing RGB LED

Media Controls Programmable Rotary Knob

Switch Type Gateron G Pro

Dimensions 137 mm W X 365.1 mm L X

Wrist rest Optional

Number of Keys 87

Compatible Devices Windows, MacOS, and Linux

Wired operation USB-C cable

Material Full CNC machined aluminum Body and Steel Plate

Internal Sound Dampening Double-Gasket Sound Dampening

Battery N/A

Bluetooth No

Multi-device pairing No

Charging N/A

Keycaps N/A

  • Gasket mount design
  • Easily customizable
  • Solid build quality
  • Rotary knob
  • Included keycaps leave a lot to be desired
  • Hollow typing sound out of the box

Even though most gaming keyboards have transitioned to mechanical switches, some bigger brands still don't offer as many customization options as Keychron. Whether swapping out the switches, adding sound dampening, or even modding the case, the Keychron Q3 is one of the most customizable keyboards currently available.

This highly modifiable keyboard can be purchased fully assembled or as a bare-bones kit, depending on the level of DIY gamers want to dive into. For players who decide to go with the barebones option, Keychron makes the whole build process extremely straightforward, unlike other DIY kits that are quite complicated. The Q3 is a great starting point, but it also has a premium build that will satisfy more experienced DIY keyboard builders while offering enough room to customize overall.

A stellar keyboard for programming and coding , the Q3 can withstand all-day and night typing. The most ambitious users can even install QMK/VIA firmware to transform the keyboard beyond what ordinary software is capable of.

Even if the Keychron Q3 is not the option most gamers go with, Keychron has a ton of choices for switches that will work for other hot-swappable keyboards. Just be careful, after opening the door into the wide world of DIY keyboards, it's hard to go back.

Still Can't Decide on a Gaming Keyboard?

It's difficult to remember a time when there was no such thing as a gaming keyboard. Rather sad-looking beige or white office keyboards once ruled the scene until manufacturers realized they neglected gamers. Office keyboards look far more sophisticated, but the gaming peripherals market has truly exploded. Of course, the problem is that, with so many gaming keyboards, this competition also creates confusion. To sort through the chaos, remember to focus on these qualities:

Membrane vs. Mechanical

An available budget can often eliminate some premium gaming keyboards immediately. Gamers without considerable funds may have to settle for a membrane keyboard like the Corsair K55 Core RGB, but even lower-priced keyboards can offer stellar build quality and durability. More cash opens the door for mechanical gaming keyboards with a choice of switches with various noise levels and actuation points. The Razer Huntsman V3 Pro is the ultimate example of a mechanical gaming keyboard that demands a high price but delivers innovative features like dual-action keys depending on how much force is applied.

Form Factor

Keyboards come in many different forms, with full-sized models like the Corsair K70 Max providing easily accessible media keys. Keyboards with standard layouts can vary considerably in size, with the HyperX Alloy Origins surprisingly slim and compact despite a full suite of keys. If a gamer doesn't need a number pad or dedicated top row of function keys, they can reclaim valuable roaming space for mice with a 60 percent keyboard like the Corsair K70 Pro Mini.

Wired or Wireless

Top-rated keyboards are pricey enough when wired, but wireless versions of the same devices can run more than $200. The Asus ROG Azoth demands a serious investment. However, in return, gamers receive Tri-Mode wireless connectivity and the ability to swap not only keycaps but also the switches underneath them. If a wired keyboard is preferable, it's hard to go wrong with the Roccat Vulcan II Max, a playground for creative gamers with the most expansive canvas of RGB lighting.

Customization

Some gamers are willing to pay a premium for a keyboard they can mold into their perfect gaming weapon. The Keychron Q3 is one of the most customizable keyboards, allowing enthusiasts to completely swap out its mechanical switches with three or five-pin alternatives. An even more compact customizable keyboard, the wireless 65% Corsair K70 PRO Mini enables buyers to select the color of its base and choose from an impressive number of Cherry MX switches.

Game Rant settled on the Razer Huntsman V3 Pro as the overall top gaming keyboard because it best represents the innovation and reliable performance gamers expect. Regardless of what keyboard a buyer settles on, there has never been a more diverse selection of keyboards than gamers enjoy today.

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Q: what key switches are best for gaming.

Most gamers agree that mechanical switches provide the best gaming performance while giving them instant feedback to keypresses. However, there are many variations of mechanical keyboard switches, with some being tuned for the most rapid inputs or for the quietest operation.

Q: Can I use a gaming keyboard with a console?

Absolutely! Just make sure to look very closely at compatibility settings when you research your keyboard and systems online. Make sure they have a way to logically connect, and ensure that your keyboard information specifically states what consoles it works on and how. Not all keyboards have this option, so it can save time and money to be careful about your purchases.

Q: What keyboard do most pros use?

Most competitive gamers rely on mechanical gaming keyboards since they offer a high level of performance, customization, and style. There isn't a single keyboard brand that dominates gaming tournaments, but Razer, Logitech, and Corsair have formed many partnerships with esports pros and teams.

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