Cables are arguably one of the worst inventions in human history. I mean, of course, they allow us to do great things, but they’re almost always the unwanted byproduct that we have to put up with to get those great things.
The tangled mess of copper and insulation that many desks know all too well and the classic rat’s nest at the back of every gaming PC would have never existed had Tesla gotten his way years ago.
That being said, wireless technology is at a pretty impressive level now. As you would expect, there is no shortage of wireless keyboards to choose from. To help you choose from the plethora of options we rounded up our top picks and reviewed each one to help you find the best wireless keyboard for your needs.
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How to Pick the Best Wireless Keyboard for Your Needs
Keyboards are actually surprisingly complex devices when you get into the nitty gritty details. There are tons of moving components that make up the keys themselves and a variety of features they can have. To help arm you with the knowledge you need to pick the best possible wireless keyboard we’re going to discuss several of the things to look out for.
All of the wireless keyboards in our roundup use one of two different mechanisms to communicate with your devices wirelessly (or in some cases both). There are two main connection types:
- USB Dongle. USB dongles use a 2.4GHz signal. This signal is low latency and reliable, which makes it better for things like gaming, but it cannot generally be used with a wide variety of devices, ie phones/tablets.
- Bluetooth. Other keyboards use the standardized Bluetooth frequency to connect with devices. This means that these keyboards can connect to things like phones and tablets, but this connection is slower and therefore less suited to gaming.
Battery and Battery Life
Another thing to be aware of when shopping for wireless keyboards is what kind of batteries they use and how long the battery life is. While most people are ultimately ambivalent to the matter, generally rechargeable batteries are considered superior to typical replaceable batteries. It is better for the environment and creates less waste and is often cheaper and more convenient in the long run.
That being said, only two of the six keyboards we looked at have rechargeable batteries, those being the Corsair K63 and the Arteck. The rest use either AA or AAA batteries. That being said, the two keyboards that use rechargeable batteries also happen to be the two with the worst battery life. The Arteck keyboard can run for about 6 months on a full charge while the Corsair K63 can be toast in as little as 25 hours.
The keyboards on our list that use a pair of replaceable batteries only need to have their batteries replaced once every 18 months in most cases, with some lasting as long as two years. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide whether you want to be plugging in your keyboard to charge more frequently, or running to the store to get batteries every year and a half.
Key switches are one of the most fundamental parts of any keyboard. Key switches are the actual piece of hardware that detects when a key has been pressed. Most keyboards now, including four on our list, use some form of rubber dome key switches. These are silent and inexpensive but can generally have a “mushy” or inconsistent feel.
If you’re looking for a premium feel when you press your keys then a mechanical keyboard is undoubtedly what you’re after. The Corsair K63 keyboard uses Cherry MX Red switches from the most renowned switch maker in the world. The Logitech G613 on the other hand uses a custom proprietary mechanical switch from Logitech called the Romer-G.
Either of these keyboards will offer a much more consistent and satisfying feeling when typing or gaming compared to the keyboards on our list that do not offer mechanical switches.