12 Best Wireless Keyboards Of The Year
Admit it—you hate typing on that chiclet-style laptop keyboard. We don’t blame you. A whopping 80% of computers nowadays area laptops. We’re always on the go, always moving around—shouldn’t our equipment do the same? Your wireless keyboard is an extension of your business, of how you conduct yourself online, and in your work. You need a versatile, easy-to-pack keyboard that’s not going to bother you with second-rate battery lifespans.
Our Top Picks for Best Wireless Keyboards:
Value, usage, and everything in between—our top pick comes down to the K360 by Logitech, the best cheap keyboard on the market that doesn’t skimp on key features. You’ll be able to enjoy this model as a wireless gaming keyboard. Hailed as some of the best computer keyboard makers on the market, Logitech delivers a great user experience no matter what you need in a wireless keyboard.
You get a full three-year battery life with this glossy black-finish keyboard, and every key you’ll ever need to achieve a full effect. The keyboard remains compact while offering a fully-functional numpad, F keys and even volume control, volume muting, and media playback keys.
One of the premier features that sets this keyboard model apart is 128-bit AES encryption; your keystrokes will be safe and secure, disallowing any hackers to take control of your private information should your system be compromised. It’s equipped to defend against most keyloggers that are swimming around on the internet.
Programmable hotkeys are just another feature that classified this as an all-around hit. Gamers on the hunt for wireless gaming keyboards have met their match; Logitech gives you excellent connectivity, so you won’t drop any connection while trying to play FPS games without worrying about sacrificing your KDR.
- Comes with the necessary 2 AA batteries, and plugs right in with no extra software download necessary. You won’t need to change the batteries for three years.
- The price point will have you wondering why they don’t charge more for such a fantastic wireless keyboard.
- Users have reported issues with the on/off switch, though it is covered by Logitech’s warranty, it is still an inconvenience.
Logitech does it again, climbing near the top of our list. With their exceptional wireless keyboard and mouse combination package, you can use this for so much more than simple typing. The programmable hotkeys are optimal if you’re in the market for a wireless gaming keyboard—set specific game functions in a snap with their included booklet right in the packaging.
This wireless keyboard gives you all the functions you need, including your numpad, all without being too heavyweight. The chassis is durable and thicker than most, but comes with that assurance of strength. You won’t need to hop online to buy a new keyboard if this one hits the floor a few times. To save on manufacturing materials and keep the keyboard as compact as can be, they eliminated much of the bezel on this model.
When it comes to the mouse, it might be the best wireless mouse that Logitech has ever put out. Micro enough to be easy to store, yet doesn’t whip around the screen too quickly. You get full control without having a full-sized mouse, which adds to the travel value of this wireless keyboard and mouse bundle.
- Extremely cost-effective wireless keyboard and mouse; an overall cheap wireless keyboard combo with great usability.
- Programmable hotkeys will make your tasks half-automated if you know how to use them correctly. The booklet that comes with that package deal incudes information on how to utilize these keys.
- Navigating their consumer software for cross-platform availability on their website can be a bit of a task.
HP Wireless Elite
HP never ceases to create great products, though they don’t create them often. This is one of their most responsive keyboards to date. You get all the excellent function of volume control and muting from your keyboard, though it doesn’t come with all too many more keys. For those of you who absolutely need a numpad and don’t want to compromise when it comes to a wireless keyboard, you needn’t look further. HP is known for producing full-sized keyboards and computer mice for ages; they don’t appear to be a fan of compact designs.
While Bluetooth is usually the connectivity choice by just about every consumer on the market, this keyboard runs off of a radio receiver. However, this keyboard from the year 2011 still remains a hot item on the market for its durable chassis and excellent responsiveness. The keyboard is lightweight and strictly comes in all black.
One of the key features that HP is famous for is the compatibility with Mac systems; HP keeps both sides of the aisle open with their cross-platform equipment. HP keyboards, if you buy them individually, are notorious for working predominately with HP mice, and have some issues working alongside Logitech equipment.
- Responsiveness and connection reliability get an A+ rating.
- The LED battery indicator light is the perfect way to never be caught with a dead keyboard battery.
- Basic functionality for the price point. While it is reliable, we would have liked to see some more additional functions.
Apple Wireless Keyboard
When it comes to keyboards compatible with Apple products, most of the big companies don’t know what they’re doing; in very rare exceptions does a third-party company create an excellent wireless keyboard for iPad or Mac systems. Apple has taken their line of keyboards and mice extremely seriously, and as such, they’ve been outputting fantastic products.
The classic white wireless keyboard for Apple products gets a little bit of a facelift with this model; the bezel and inlay between framed keys get a medium-gray tone, which is definitely a nice touch-up to how Apple usually makes their products. You don’t get a numpad with this model, but you do get excellent Bluetooth connectivity. For as long as Apple has been making wireless keyboards, they’ve been making them Bluetooth-enabled.
If compact white wireless keyboards are your thing, you’re going to be in heaven with this model. Lightweight and versatile enough for travel, yet keeping true to that superior Apple product build that we’re all used to. There is an option to go ahead with a wireless keyboard and mouse combo set, but you’ll be driving the price up by that much more.
- One of Apple’s most accurate white wireless keyboards to date. Virtually no lag between typing and seeing onscreen results.
- Versatility depending on which version of Max’s OS you have installed.
- Price point is a bit high considering competitors in the same size/lightweight
- We get mixed reviews on the longevity of the battery source; two AA’s.
Logitech Wireless Touch
Logitech’s premier wireless keyboard with touchpad: the K400. This is the display model you’re most likely to see in-store, partially because it’s their most reliable model to date. Despite this model initially premiering in 2011, it’s still voted one of the top wireless keyboard with touchpad systems out there, and it’s exactly why Logitech hasn’t retired this model from manufacturing.
You get an impressive range of up to 33 feet away from your device, which is useful for hooking this keyboard up to your SmartTV or streaming device of choice. It’s compatible with almost every type of services (Roku, Google TV, etc.) and comes fully-equipped with plug and play. No downloading driver software from the Logitech website to get started.
Enjoy your one year of battery life with some of the most silent keys ever crafted. Even if you’re a hard typist and mash down on those keys, you’ll be able to enjoy this keyboard silently without waking up your loved ones in the next room. When utilizing this for your laptop or desktop computer, the reliability of the touchpad is critical. Thankfully, Logitech has you covered.
- Extremely reliable connectivity; Logitech’s famous selling point. Relatively no transmission interference.
- The fact that this is a wireless keyboard with touchpad nullifies the ability to have a numpad. Depending on how important that feature is to you, it could be a gamechanger.
Game on a budget and in style. Backlit keyboards are mostly associated with gamers, but they’re useful for multiple occasions. If you’re up late at night and don’t want to wake up the whole house by turning the parlor light on, or what have you—you need a backlit keyboard. While you’re at it, why settle on just having a backlit wireless keyboard? Add some color.
Arteck’s unique standpoint is their ability to bring us two brightness levels and seven different colors, all for an extremely affordable price. Cost points are all good and well, but what about function? Buying a cheap wireless keyboard doesn’t mean it has to lack in quality. Arteck has come up with the perfect solution.
You get six months of battery life, and the ability to cover a broad range of products over multiple types. You can utilize these keyboards for various function, including a wireless keyboard for iPad systems, various tablets, and more. Additionally, this keyboard is fantastically lightweight, making it an all-around steal for the price. It’s our favorite wireless gaming keyboard to hookup a premier wireless gaming mouse to.
- A very versatile and cheap wireless keyboard for all of your needs; great for travel.
- You get to choose between seven different colors, depending on your preference. Enjoy backlighting at an insanely low cost.
- Keyboard chassis is extremely thin and fragile.
- While the backlighting is great and the battery life is promising, read the fine print. The six month plan is based on not using the backlighting, and only utilizing the keyboard for two hours per day.
Logitech Wireless Wave
We’ve got plenty of Logitech devices on our list here, and it’s clear to see why: they’re the leaders when it comes to staying on top of the market for consumer tech. Whether it’s a backlit wireless keyboard, backlighting, or anything in between, they know their stuff. The Wave Combo is nothing shy of their expertise.
When it comes to the mouse, you get a fairly basic design, but optimized for the ambidextrous user. It’s comfortable to use, and most importantly, shares an excellent battery life with the keyboard. Each get up to a whopping three years without needing a charge. At that point, you may have forgotten altogether that you even needed to charge this phenomenal wireless keyboard and mouse combo.
You get a series of specific buttons atop the keyboard, which make it optimal to control music and photos, or even increase your browser zoom onscreen. With all that extra plastic around the edges, we’re glad that Logitech threw in some great functionality to offset the size of this premier wireless keyboard and mouse.
- You’ll be able to type away all night long without risking hand cramps and a distressed wrist. One of the most comfortable designs by far.
- Cost-effective and extremely versatile for every possible need: gaming, work, and more.
- Logitech did a great job going for the ergonomic design, however, there’s a lot of additional plastic on the keyboard with no use.
Logitech; the innovators of everything we know and love, have done it again with a cost-effective backlit keyboard. Not only does this backlit keyboard come with a fully-integrated set of keys, including numpad, but it’s also boasting a battery with no need for replacements. You charge this wireless keyboard with a USB cable right to your desktop tower or laptop, and it holds ten days worth of continuous charge.
Logitech is also great on providing long-lasting, extensive warranties for their devices. You get a three-year limited warranty on the hardware. Logitech’s lineup mostly consist of Microsoft-ready devices; their compatibility to Mac products has definitely been lacking. Logitech is also pushing the boundaries on backlighting, making some of them solar-powered and backlit, as well as configuring an ergonomic design for maximum comfortability. Logitech’s K800 packs a serious punch as one of the best backlit wireless keyboard products of the year.
- Backlit keyboards are big with gamers, but it’s also useful when you’re in the hotel room late at night and don’t want to wake the wife while you’re getting those reports done. (Or gaming.)
- The keyboard’s big and bulky, and while it’s more designed as a desktop-use keyboard, part of the versatility of having a backlit wireless keyboard is the ability to easily and compactly pick it up and put it in your suitcase for the weekend.
- You have to have internet access readily available to download the software for the keyboard.
One of the most premier wireless keyboard and mouse combinations that Microsoft has ever put out has to be the Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Desktop. You won’t be carrying this keyboard in your suitcase, but you’ll have excellent power and durability while you’re at your desktop at home. While it is lightweight, the addition of a proper numpad excludes it from being travel-ready. It’s a lightweight build, with a mouse that’s designed for either right-handed users, or left-handed.
This can also hookup to Android devices, such as Google TV or your Android smartphone, making it way easier to send text messages or surf for your favorite shows and movies on Netflix. The keyboard keeps excellent accuracy due to the frames keys, and saves space by not leaving a wide bezel. Even the escape and F keys are right along the edge of this keyboard, giving you a full-range wireless keyboard and mouse without having to compromise on the amount of varying keys, or the size of your mouse.
As for the mouse itself, it glide fairly well without having too high a speed onscreen. We would have loved to see a speed-control button to make it more suitable for gaming, however that’s a minor detail we can live without. The connectivity is reliable, even if you buzz it around the screen ultra fast just to test it out. Overall, Microsoft did an excellent job with this entire bundle.
- The mouse is extremely accurate and comes with an ambidextrous format.
- Lightweight design makes it easy to take from PC to PC in your home. While it’s not recommended for travel (per our buyers guide below,) it is compact enough that if you really wanted to, you could bring it along for your business trip.
- Slightly higher price point than most Microsoft combinations, (but an excellent buy for the money spent).
Microsoft has been known to bring us exquisite technological products for ages, and they don’t disappoint when it comes to, what many big manufacturers call “small potatoes” such as focusing on keyboard design and manufacturing. One of our absolute favorite parts about Microsoft’s lineup are their versatility; this all-in-one device is the perfect wireless gaming keyboard, despite it’s presence of flashy RGB light-up buttons.
It’s comfortable to type on, and that’s one of the most features that is absolutely paramount when hunting down a new wireless keyboard with touchpad. It’s optimal for numerous tasks, and can even connect to your Windows phone for easier text messaging. It does comes with a few handy features along the side, such as volume control, and volume muting. For the most part, you’re looking at some basic features, with some extraordinary effects. The battery on this wireless keyboard will last you up to nine months—for it’s versatility, that’s exceptional compared to some other models.
- Extremely reliable wireless keyboard with touchpad.
- Comfortable typing; no sore wrists after extended periods of typing.
- Though it’s advertised as being perfectly easy to use with your Microsoft Xbox device, it’s actually a bit awkward to use on-the-go or in a comfortable position.
Logitech Wireless Solar
Logitech invented the first-ever wireless computer keyboard, and they haven’t stopped innovating since. With their ever-growing lineup of wireless keyboards, they’ve also been one of the first to adapt to solar-powered technology implemented into all of your computer technology. We all remember those ineffective solar-powered calculators from back in the day, right? Since then, solar energy and the methods in which we use to capture it have come a very long way.
Despite the standard keyboard design, it’s extremely comfortable to type on. It also comes with an on/off switch, so you’re not wasting your charge while away from the keyboard. (The only difficult part of this is remembering to turn it off.) One of the stigmas on wireless keyboards: connectivity reliability. You need to be able to trust that your connection won’t dip when you’re in the middle of a lightning-speed typing session for that paper that’s due, or when you’re in the middle of dungeoneering in an RPG. Logitech has one of the best ratings for keeping a reliable connection during anything you may be doing.
- Extremely versatile and comfortable to type on.
- Excellent portability despite it’s size.
- If you’re a Mac user, you’ll be paying roughly 15% more for the white wireless keyboard designed for Apple products.
- Solar charge take a while to actually take effect.
Aerb 2.4GHz Mini
Sick and tired of using your Roku remote or Google Android TV remote to manually scroll across the onscreen keyboard? So are we. This handy wireless keyboard is designed like a Microsoft Xbox or Sony PlayStation keyboard attachment. Small and compact enough to handle, easy to use and readily available to cut down your streaming device search.
For connecting this handy, cheap wireless keyboard, all you need to do is attach the receiver via USB to your streaming device or SmartTV, and fire away. You don’t have to have this device eating up any Wi-Fi data to work. This device comes with a trackpad for scrolling across the screen for actually selecting the results from your search criteria.
- You’ll save countless time searching for your specific criteria on your streaming devices.
- Extremely cost-effective cheap wireless keyboard.
- Users have reported slight connectivity issues when too far out-of-range.
- Just like a standard streaming or television remote, this is extremely easy to misplace. We would have loved to see a tracking system.
Buying Guide For Wireless Keyboards
Whether you’re a high-roller, looking at a low budget, or you’re just in need of a cheap wireless keyboard, you need to know what you’re looking for, and how to spot the good models from the bad. With a trained eye, you’ll be able to pick the perfect wireless keyboard for you every single time.
Switches: Many consider them to be just as important as the keys themselves. Essentially, they are the keys foundation. If you go with a mechanical keyboard, you’ll get a longer life on your switches (and yours keys,) and you’ll be able utilize a stronger warranty if something should happen. Your mechanical keyboard switches can have as much as 20X the warranty (sixty-million keystrokes instead of three-million keystroke for membrane switches).
Design: We’re all familiar with the QWERTY layout, but it’s more than just how the keys are arranged. If you use your keyboard full-time, whether you’re a gamer, writer, or you have to use it for business, you want a comfortable, ergonomic design that’s not going to cramp up your hands. Look for the layout of the keys, as well as the physical build.
Portability: Wireless keyboard for the travelling businessman? Weight, size, and portability are all important factors. Be sure to pay attention to product weight (not just shipping weight,) and how versatile it is. If you need to get in a few emails at the breakfast bar at the hotel, you don’t want to haul out an oversized keyboard. If you’re like many laptop users, the built-in keyboard simply isn’t for you. Pay attention to the dimensions as well.
Note: Wireless keyboards without a numpad are significantly smaller and more portable.
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse: For any keyboard wireless functionality is essential. Even if you’ve always been more of a USB keyboard kind of consumer, the benefits of a wireless keyboard and mouse outweigh the need for a clunky USB keyboard. When you get a wireless keyboard and mouse combo, you don’t have to bother searching for a pairing mouse and holding up all those USB slots. Why should you? Use one receiver for your wireless keyboard and mouse and you won’t have a tangle of wires all over the places.
Unique Features: Many different manufacturers set their products apart with customizable keys, or specific media playback keys. Whether it’s solar-powered, backlit, or a wireless keyboard with touchpad, you’ll be shown the one unique feature that sets their product apart from others. This is referred to as their USP, or Unique Sales Point. Depending on the usefulness of these USPs, you may change your decision on which keyboard you’re going to purchase.
How Does A Wireless Keyboard Work?
Through the radio receiver that’s built into the keyboard itself, or the Bluetooth transmitter, and the USB plugin stub, these two devices connect and transfer information. Your computer recognizes your device as if it were plugged in by a physical cord.
How To Connect A Wireless Keyboard (PC & Mac)
PC: Most models will have plug and plan, which will give you a pop-up in the bottom right corner of your start bar, right near the clock. When you click on this, it will show you how the process is going. In most cases the keyboard will connect automatically after 10-15 seconds (for the first go).
If that doesn’t work, you have a second option: open Microsoft’s Mouse and Keyboard Center by searching or it in your start bar. If your wireless keyboard is Bluetooth-enabled, and not a standard radio receiver, there will be different steps in the setup wizard, which will connect your device for you.
Mac: Apple has been utilizing Bluetooth technology since their very first wireless device, so it’s a lot more straightforward. Whether it’s a wireless keyboard for iPad or your desktop Mac, you’ll be able to use Apple’s built-in Bluetooth connectivity feature via the Bluetooth Preferences menu. Your Mac will scan for devices, and while your wireless keyboard is in Discoverable Mode, your Mac will locate and pair your device. For earlier Apple wireless devices, check out this guide from Apple on how to connect.
History of The Wireless Keyboard
Since Logitech’s invention of the first wireless keyboard, there have been many companies utilizing radio receiver technology and the ever-popular Bluetooth technology. The general public, across multiple countries, started the transition from typewriter to keyboard in the late 80’s, early 90’s, and with this came a greater need to innovate.
To understand the history of the wireless keyboard, one also needs to understand the history of keyboards and typewriters as a whole. Everything from the popular QWERTY layout we still utilize today, right on down to the type of switches beneath your keys, are all influenced by prior technology and advancements in computer keyboard systems since their inception.
Down To The Last Key
Fully-armed and equipped to precisely hunt down your next wireless keyboard, we send you off into the world Arming yourself with the knowledge in this guide and through the products on this list, you’ll be an authority on wireless keyboards. Time to get typing.