Wireless keyboards are incredibly useful to have whether you’re using it in the home or taking it out and about. It’s difficult to know exactly what you want in a keyboard straight away, but the best keyboard for you is out there somewhere. Below we’ve compiled a list of the best wireless keyboards on the market, and there’s a keyboard to suit everyone. But first, before we dive straight into the best wireless keyboards on the market, we’ve compiled a short and sweet list of the key things to look out for in the best wireless keyboard for you.
The biggest issue with wireless devices is battery life. Ideally as a consumer you want to look for the longest battery life possible. Top budget keyboards can provide up to 3 years of consistent battery performance. You also need to think about how you’re going to be draining the battery. Are you planning a long gaming session or a business trip away? These factors should be considered when choosing the keyboard that’s right for you.
There are two types of wireless keyboard, USB-RF and Bluetooth. The type you will be looking for will depend on a couple of factors. For example if your PC has a Bluetooth4.0 receiver, then you can free up a USB port by using Bluetooth. Conversely, if you want lower latency and a more stable connection, then USB-RF keyboards will be for you.
Weight and dimensions are two significant things to look out for when choosing a wireless keyboard. If like most laptop users, the standard keyboard is not for you then you need to consider this point top priority.
EHU Rated: 4.3 stars
Logitech have a great reputation when it comes to affordable, high-quality peripherals, and this keyboard showcases that fact. Its design features uninterrupted wireless connectivity and exceptional longevity with a battery life of 24 months. For those of you who love a keyboard that has whisper-quiet keys, look no further. A full-sized keyboard like this one is useful for people who refuse to settle for smaller keyboards that lack things like a number-pad.
As a USB wireless keyboard, the MK270 has the ability to work with the vast majority of computers, whether they’re at home, in the office, or out in the world. It can be used just as easily with laptops, so you don’t have to have your laptop directly on your lap if you don’t want to. Some inferior wireless keyboards can suffer what’s known as dropouts. This is where the wireless keyboard stops being able to communicate with the computing device you’re using temporarily. With a 2.4GHz wireless transmission, you won’t need to worry about dropouts with the MK270. Portable, long battery life, wonderful design and a precision mouse included.
EHU Rated: 4.8 stars
Price: $$$Arteck have brought a very colourful set of keyboards to the market in the HB030B. Because it’s built using a zinc alloy and brushed plastic, it’s lightweight, durable and incredibly stylish. With 7 different backlight colours to choose from, you won’t need to worry about not having the right colour for you to express yourself. Included with this keyboard are 5Volt lithium polymer rechargeable batteries. A single charge can last up to 6 months with regular use. Although the economic benefits from having rechargeable batteries doesn’t seem that great when you only run out of power once every 6 months, it’s definitely more convenient than having to switch out disposable batteries. Plus it’s more convenient than not having batteries to replace the dead ones.
The HB030B wireless keyboard utilizes Bluetooth instead of a USB device for connection. That means the device you intend to use this keyboard with needs to support Bluetooth peripherals. This keyboard supports the 4 main operating systems that actually utilize Bluetooth peripherals, which are Windows, Mac OS, Android and iOS. It should be noted that Windows 8 Mobile isn’t supported by this keyboard, and Android 4.4 has an issue with the caps lock working but not lighting up.
EHU Rated: 4.6 stars
Logitech strikes again with a keyboard/trackpad combo. It has up to 18 months of battery life from 2AA batteries. Logitech seems to have designed this keyboard with a single scenario in mind. They built this with the intention of it being ideal for the living room, connected to a PC that’s hooked up to a TV to make a HTPC. A HTPC is a Home Theatre Personal Computer, which is basically a computer used to watch stored TV shows and movies. It’s got a very compact design, and the touchpad makes it ideal for its designated purpose.
Right down to the keys designed to make consuming media easy, this keyboard is the definition of fit for purpose. If you’ve got a computer hooked up to your TV in your living room or bedroom, then you needn’t look further than this amazing keyboard. Also equipped with 2.4GHz transmission, dropouts will be a thing of the past. The K400 has an effective range of 10metres or 33feet. That’s more than enough for most people, as almost no one has their sofa more than 33feet away from their TV. From testing, we know that this keyboard will be able to communicate with the computer even when situated behind the TV. The communication between the keyboard and PC is amazing, like the TV isn’t even between them.
EHU Rated: 4.3 stars
Price: $$$Microsoft is synonymous with computing technology. The designers of Windows, the most popular operating system for home computers for decades, decided to bring that sort of magic to the keyboard market. The touchpad on the side feels like it’s added onto the side instead of feeling like it’s been squeezed in, avoiding the reduction of the area available to the keyboard keys themselves. All in all, it feels lovely to use. The downside is that the number pad is gone. There was no way to make a keyboard with a full keyboard, a number-pad and a touchpad without making it too long to be portable.
We’d be lying if we said the Wireless All-In-One Media Keyboard was the most portable on the list. It’s sizably bigger than competing keyboards, but that’s for a good reason. Other keyboards with a touchpad sacrifice the size of the keyboard itself. Microsoft bring a full-sized keyboard as well as a touchpad, making it the keyboard equivalent to a luxury SUV. With 15 months of battery life, it’s got an above average mileage when you take its size into account. It has the Wireless USB 2.0 receiver that allows for an effective range of 10metres or 33feet.
EHU Rated: 4.4 stars
Price: $$$HP have brought us some technological gems like their Pavilion PCs. This keyboard is no different. If you love clean lines, perfect key-spacing, sharp corner angles and low-profile keys, then this keyboard could be for you. It’s only for you however, if you have a PC that’s running Windows XP/Vista/7. If you’re running any OS that isn’t Windows or Windows 8 or above, then this keyboard won’t be compatible.
The Wireless Elite Keyboard V2 is a brilliant keyboard if you’re running one of the only three compatible operating systems. It does have some pretty cool things going for it. For example, it’s got an ultra slim design and adjustable angle/height thanks to two tabs on the back. Although there’s not a publicized battery life, it does have an LED battery life indicator, meaning you’ll know when it’s going to run out of power well in advance.
EHU Rated: 4.5 stars
Price: $$$Logitech’s MK550 is a decent combo-set for the price, but there are definitely cheaper options. The full keyboard has an ergonomic design, as does the mouse, which some may find useful. On the other hand, a lot of people tend to prefer straight keyboards for faster typing. The value for money here is good, but not the best.
Compatible with Windows from XP through to Windows 10, the MK550 combo is great. If you’re going to be doing a lot of office work or have had Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) in the past, then the ergonomic wave design and integrated palm-rest make this an ideal purchase. This combo uses a single receiver for both peripherals, with the keyboard having a very impressive 36 month battery life and the mouse having an exceptional 24 months. A big downside to this combo is the 2.2lbs it weighs. It’s a big drag on portability.
EHU Rated: 4.2 stars
Price: $$$Designed with style in mind, this sleek ultra-slim keyboard and mouse package will take pride of place on your desk or table. With its intuitive Bluetooth connectivity you can instantly sync with your laptop or other compatible device without the need for wires and receivers. The keyboard has a 12 month battery life and the mouse has about 6, all of which is done by 4AAA batteries.
With an unobstructed range of 10metres or 33feet, you’ll have no problem using this at home. In an environment with some obstruction, your typical effective range drops by half. The bad news with this pair is that the mouse won’t work on glass or mirrored surfaces. Compatibility wise, it goes back as far as Windows 7, Android 5.0 and Mac OS 10.10. Any device you intend to use this with needs to support Bluetooth4.0+. This pair of amazingly light peripherals weighs less than 3 ounces. Between that and the dimensions, it’s one of the most portable on the list. Caution, some keys don’t work on Mac OS and Android.
EHU Rated: 4.5 stars
Price: $$$The ultimate wireless mechanical gaming keyboard, the Corsair K63 is portable elegance at its finest. This keyboard has 100% gold contact CherryMX key switches for ultimate performance and that competitive edge. At just shy of $85, it tops the list on expense, but Corsair always bring cutting-edge performance to the party. Any key on the board is able to have a macro bound to it which is always useful. If asked to show you what it’s made of, the K63 would be showing you aircraft grade aluminium.
It’s got a 1ms wireless latency and connect via USB receiver or Bluetooth. In addition to being capable of giving you the edge on any PC game, the K63 is also compatible with keyboard enabled Xbox One games. It includes rechargeable batteries that can be used for 15 hours straight before needing to be recharged, which allows for long gaming sessions, but not marathons without a second set of batteries, which isn’t included.
There are plenty of keyboards here that differ from each other in some ways and share similarities in others. If you need a keyboard and mouse combo, then the MK550 from Logitech offers the best value for money. For gamers, the Corsair K63 is the king of the hill. The accolade for best portability has to go to Arteck with their HB030B.
A: There’s a key thing to keep in mind when buying a Bluetooth keyboard. If your computer or laptop doesn’t have a built-in Bluetooth receiver, you’ll need to buy a USB Bluetooth receiver. Your typical wireless keyboard uses a USB receiver as well, so unless your PC has a Bluetooth receiver, you’re not going to free up a USB port by going Bluetooth. When it comes to latency, Bluetooth4.0 can offer a 1.3ms latency, while USB-RF can offer 1ms
Latency: The time it takes from clicking or pressing a key on your wireless keyboard or mouse to it being carried out by the device receiving the input.
A: Although Arteck’s HB030B is the best keyboard to match the portability of a laptop, if you’re using wireless, you’re probably going to want a mouse as well, so a combo like the MK270 from Logitech is going to suit your needs better. This is because the MK270 offers great performance, amazing value for money, and given the lesser performance of laptops in comparison to desktop PCs, it’ll match whatever you’re using the laptop for without an issue.
A: Once again Logitech steal the show. The K400 was designed with home theatre PCs in mind, but it has many other uses. It has a 3½ inch touchpad, 18 month battery life from 2AAs, buttons and keys specifically for easier media consumption and compatible with multiple operating systems.
A: Realistically a wireless keyboard can last years, even a decade if looked after and used gently. On average, with normal use and no drops or damage, most tend to last at least a few years.