Picking the right keyboard can change the way you type. This is true if you are visually impaired, are constantly on the go, or simply need an extra layer of comfort.
Gamers and workers alike need to have top-quality keyboards to help them reach their goals, but here is where the trouble kicks in. There are so many verified needs for using a keyboard, so how do you know which one will work best for you?
We have pulled together all of our research to answer this very question. There are many factors to think about, and depending on your needs, some of them will be imperative, and others will be suggestions that you can happily ignore. No matter what type of computer user you are, we believe we have found the right keyboard for you.
This article has a quick list of our 5 best computer keyboards, so if you want a direct answer to your question, you don’t have to read all of our content. If you want to learn more about why we have chosen these keyboards and why we believe they are great for specific users, you can also see our more detailed reviews and jargon-explained information below.
We have created a one-stop shop for anyone trying to buy a keyboard specifically to type those words on.
Best Keyboard For Typing
24 Month Battery Life Before It Needs New Batteries
Plug and Play Wireless Connection
10 Meter Wireless Distance
Deep Profile Keys
Comes In One Color
The Logitech is perfect for media users, as it has 8 Media Keys which are easily visible at the top of the keyboard, and you don’t need to press extra buttons to make them work (like Hotkeys). It is a wireless keyboard that will be able to connect to its computer from up to 10 meters away, so you can be anywhere in the room and not receive any delays or dropouts.
The wireless connection is through a USB port which means you can connect it to any device with a USB connection, and you don’t need to wait for it to sync.
If you like to drink soda and eat popcorn while the movie is playing, then the Logitech still has you covered as it is coated in spill-resistant materials, which are also super durable.
Deep Set Keys - Good For Avoiding Typos
The Microsoft keyboard is built for comfort. The keyboard has been split to create a natural feeling bump in the center of the keyboard. This makes a natural position for your hands, wrists, and forearms to hold.
Microsoft also has Media Keys to stop and play media, but we didn’t think it was a great keyboard for casual users due to the wired element. Being wired simply means you never have to worry about charging the keyboard, which is important when you spend a busy day working.
Free mouse with a 3200 DPI (Responds Very Quickly)
114 Keys Total
Deep Set Keys
The Redragon is a standout piece of technology. It has 7 different RGB Lighting modes and 4 different levels of adjustable brightness. It has an Ergonomically designed tilt at the bottom of the keyboard to hold your forearms, and it is wired, so you don’t need to worry about charging your keyboard mid-game.
There are 10 Media Keys and 12 additional Hotkeys for a total of 114 keys for the whole keyboard. But with all of these features, you can still expect the keyboard to be designed for longevity and durability, so you won’t wear the keys down.
There is a mouse that comes with the keyboard, and that mouse has 5 programmable buttons to make your gaming easier.
Wired - 48 Inches
Large Print Keys
Bright Yellow Keys
We Would Have Liked The Keys To Be Deep Set
BOOGIIO has large print letters contrasted with bright yellow keys to make the keyboard extremely visible.
The keys are spill-resistant, so if you knock over your water, it won’t be destroyed. These keys are also non-conflict, which means you can press a hotkey combination like “Control” + “Z” and undo your previous action.
The Keyboard is also wired, but unlike most wired keyboards, it has a length of 48 inches. This means you have greater range of mobility without having to fiddle around with a charger or USB.
6.3 Oz In Weight
3.39 Inches Width When Folded
Can Connect To 3 Channels At Once
The iClever can be folded down to 3.39 inches in width and 3.86 inches tall, making it super easy to travel with. When extended, the keyboard is a respectable 10.3 inches long and 0.52 inches thick, meaning it is super lightweight and can hold more than the minimum amount of keys you would want.
Using Hotkeys, you can still press “play,” “pause,” and other buttons that you would generally expect from a non-foldable keyboard.
Despite its tiny size, the aluminum alloy makes it super durable, so it can handle the bumps of a crowded subway.
It uses BloothTooth connections, which means you don’t have to worry about losing the USB connector, and it can bond with up to 3 channels at once. This could be a laptop, phone, or iPad!
The iClever also has a range of 33 feet from these channels, so you can easily use this keyboard as you walk around your office.
How We Compared These Keyboards
Depending on what you need your keyboard for, some of these features might be super important, and some of these features might simply be interesting to know.
In the computer accessory world, the word “comfort” has been replaced by “Ergonomic,” but it means exactly the same thing. If you are spending hours on your keyboard due to work, gaming, or simply scrolling through the internet, you are going to want some Ergonomic features.
The most comfortable keyboards tend to be ones with curves in the middle of the hardware or have split keys. At first, these types of keyboards are so unusual that they are hard to type with and can even be uncomfortable, but that’s only because we are not used to moving our hands like this.
If you choose these Ergonomic keyboards, you will notice your wrists becoming less stressed. You will be able to type for longer periods of time, and you will reduce any repetitive strain injuries you might have endured.
We would recommend Ergonomic keyboards for anyone who uses their computer daily, for example, gamers and workers. These groups of people are the most likely to suffer from wrist strain and need to have extra support to keep themselves healthy.
Wired or Wireless
As technology gets better and better, we are finding more ways to reduce the number of wires around our desks, but are wireless keyboards any good?
Wired keyboards have an obvious flaw: the restricted distance caused by the wire attached to the computer. If you plan to use your keyboard at a desk and stay stationary, this is a non-issue for you. The bonus to having a wired keyboard is that you will never have to keep an eye on its charge levels or replace its batteries.
Some people worry about wireless keyboards due to the connection between the keyboard and the computer, and these people aren’t wrong. Wired keyboards have no problems talking to their connected computer, whereas wireless ones need to keep an eye on one thing – distance.
Like we said before, technology keeps getting better, and this is why wireless keyboards need to have their reputations upgraded. The connection between your keyboard and your computer will be strong as long as your keyboard stays within the designated distance suggested by the manufacturer. This means you can take your keyboard to the couch and still be able to type away as you play your computer games. The connection will not dip.
However, if you opt to use a wireless keyboard, you need to be aware of your computer’s features. If your laptop doesn’t have a USB port, then you cannot use a USB Radio Frequency (RF) keyboard, as there is nowhere to make the wireless connection. If your computer doesn’t have BlueTooth built-in, then it cannot connect it with a BlueTooth keyboard. This means you need to know what your computer’s features are before you make a purchase.
What it really comes down to is accessibility. Will a wireless keyboard help you find a comfy location to type, or does a wired keyboard ease your worries about all of your chargeable electronics?
Hotkeys and Media Keys
Now we’re about to step into some jargon.
Let’s start off with Media Keys. Media Keys are buttons that allow you to control the computer with just one click. This can be the computer’s volume, a pause function for a video, a home button to take you back to your main screen, and so on. They are shortcuts added to your keyboard to make your life faster and easier.
Hotkeys are when you press multiple keys to complete a new task. For example, this could be “Control” + “Z,” which allows you to undo the last task you completed. This is considered a standard for every keyboard. But others are keyboard-specific, like “Function” + “F5”. For many keyboards, this hotkey will allow you to lock your screen. Again depending on your needs, this function could save you a lot of time.
Some people do not want or need these types of additional functions, so buying a keyboard with extra features to learn is entirely unnecessary. And some people, like gamers or movie buffs, will find extra Media Keys like “Pause” and “Play” to be super handy.
Size of the Keyboard
Most keyboards are the same size, but one size doesn’t fit all. If you are planning on traveling and want a wireless keyboard to replace your uncomfortable laptop keyboard, then carrying around a long and bulky shape will not be any good.
Again, if you are vision impaired, then carrying around a tiny keyboard isn’t going to be any good either.
If you wonder how a manufacturer could make a keyboard any smaller than it already is, the answer is simple. Remove any repeated and unessential keys. This means the number pad is often removed, the Media Keys we were talking about before are removed, and there tends to be little to no space between each key. This means typos might run high, but it’s the price you pay for a little keyboard.
Larger keyboards, however, will either go one of two ways. They will either make their keys larger to create fewer typos and easy to recognize keys, or they will add extra Media Keys and Hotkeys to give you more choice.
Small keyboards are great for those who are traveling or only have a small desk, whereas large keyboards are perfect for gamers and the vision-impaired.
Most of us should be OK with standard-sized keyboards.
Reason to Use the Keyboard
When it comes to the reason behind buying a keyboard, we believe every person fits into one of 4 categories. These are gamers, media users, office workers, and travelers. You might see yourself in more than one of these categories, but each type will need a specific kind of keyboard. You need to figure out what deception best suits your lifestyle, and therefore what kind of keyboard you need to be searching for.
First off, let’s start with gamers.
Gamers tend to need a lot more functions than most other computer users, which means you should be looking for a keyboard with extra Media Keys, which can ideally be programmed to suit your needs. You will also want some backlighting to match the mood of your game and keep you immersed. This means your keyboard will be larger than the others.
Because you will be playing for a considerable amount of time, you will want a comfortable keyboard. You will also enjoy a keyboard that has raised keys so that your fingers don’t slip, forcing you to press the wrong command.
With all of these flashy extras, gamer keyboards tend to be expensive.
Next comes the Media Users.
“Media Users” covers basically everyone, but in general, we are thinking about music, movies, and social media lovers. These types of people want to focus on keyboards that have “pause” and “play” Media Keys along with “Volume.”
Ideally, you will also want a wireless keyboard, so you can set up the computer or TV and watch your movies from the comfort of your bed or couch.
Our third type of keyboard user is the Office Worker.
Office workers could be working in a room filled with people or in their home study, but essentially they need the same things. A comfortable keyboard that can protect their wrists as they spend the day typing. Anything else would be a bonus.
And our final type of keyboard user is the Traveller.
If you travel a lot, you need a keyboard that is either slim or foldable, but either way is light. Extra Media Keys and comfort attachments often make a keyboard bulky, so you want to avoid these additional add ons. If you think that smaller means cheaper, then we are sorry to say that that’s not always the case. The manufacturers need to get all of the same technology into a smaller frame, which means these portable keyboards are a little expensive.
Things To Consider
Now you have all the information you need to figure out what keyboard is best for you. If you are still unsure of what to go with, we should suggest buying the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic. Being comfortable is most users’ number one priority, and the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic is perfect for keeping your hands and arms safe from strain. It also has most of the features you would want from a keyboard.