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Good Keyboards To Buy

A keyboard is a crucial tool in your computer setup so it needs to be comfortable, satisfying to use, and, above all else, functional. With so many options available, how do you pick? We're here to help. We've tested over 190 keyboards, and below are our picks for the best computer keyboards we've tested.

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In addition to more straightforward options, the mechanical picks on this list are the most versatile and perform well for both general use and gaming. That said, if you're looking for the best keyboards for gaming, check out our picks for the best gaming keyboards. Likewise, if you already know you're looking for a mechanical keyboard, our best mechanical keyboards article can help you narrow down your choices even further. Or, if you're on a tight budget, you can take a look at the picks for the best cheap keyboards.

Of the nearly 200 options we've tested, we consider the Logitech MX Keys the best keyboard for everyday use for most people. While this keyboard may not have the same performance or customization options as some gaming or enthusiast keyboards, it delivers a perfect mix of build quality, ease of use, and excellent typing quality. If you're used to typing on a laptop keyboard, you'll feel right at home using this keyboard since it uses the same kind of scissor switches. Each key also has small indents that keep your fingers centered, helping to reduce typos. With its excellent wireless versatility, you can connect this keyboard using its USB receiver or pair it with up to three devices via Bluetooth.

The full-size layout gives you plenty more space than traditional laptop keyboards and includes a Numpad, which comes in handy if you input lots of numbers. That said you have a smaller desk or need a more portable option, Logitech also makes a smaller version called the Logitech MX Keys Mini. This more compact version doesn't include a wireless USB receiver, so it's best if your device has Bluetooth.

Instead of mechanical or scissor switches, the budget-friendly Logitech Signature K650 uses rubber dome switches that offer a very quiet typing experience, making it one of the best keyboards for office use, dorm rooms, or other shared working spaces. Its build quality isn't as high as the above pick, the Obinslab Anne Pro 2, but that's normal given its budget price point and all-plastic build. However, thanks to its solid plastic frame and rubber dome switches, it has no exposed moving parts, making it resistant to liquid spills and less likely to get damaged by food crumbs if you eat and drink in front of your computer.

If you're an enthusiast hunting for a new keyboard, we recommend the Keychron Q6. While we've singled out the full-size Q6 here, Keychron's Q-series keyboards come in several sizes, from the typing and programming-friendly Keychron Q2 to the tiny Keychron Q4 or even the TenKeyLess Keychron Q3. Whichever size you get, each Q-series keyboard offers an unparalleled typing experience. The frame is solid aluminum which makes this whole keyboard very sturdy. Within this frame, the interior components of the keyboard rest between rubber gaskets. These gaskets add a bit of bounce when you type and reduce the overall impact of bottoming out the keys. It also gives room for two layers of sound-dampening foam to reduce the ping and rattle of your keys while you type.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Our ever-changing list of favorite keyboards is organized by a variety of different categories, including the best keyboards for gaming, for the office, for tight budgets, and more. Our choices include full-size keyboards, as well as space-saving and ergonomic models. We left no stone unturned and no key uncapped. First, let's look at our favorites by category...

The Das Keyboard 6 Professional is a perfect match for office workers who are looking to upgrade to a bespoke, no-nonsense, productivity-focused keyboard. It's a perfect balance between elite productivity keyboards and enthusiast-grade boards that focus on feel and aesthetics.

The crème de la crème of gaming keyboards (and especially great for the streamer crowd), the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT is an impressive contender. Building on the design of its predecessor, the K95 Platinum XT goes all out, improving the wrist rest and PBT Doubleshot keycaps, while also adding more onboard profiles and Elgato Stream Deck support. The keyboard is feature-rich, with macros, a volume roller, dedicated shortcuts, and more. Plus, the RGB lighting provides that sweet gamer aesthetic that streamers (and their viewers) love.

The Corsair K70 Pro Mini Wireless is as portable as keyboards come while still providing standard-size keys and many connection options. If you like to bring your own gaming gear with you wherever you go, the Corsair K70 Pro Mini Wireless is a great choice, as long as you're willing to pay a premium for that.

The simplest way to connect a keyboard to your PC is to plug its cable into a USB port. Non-gaming keyboards are usually plug-and-play devices, with no additional software to install, so connecting the cable is all the setup you'll need. Gaming keyboards, by contrast, will typically work as soon as you plug them in, but come with their own software that lets you adjust features such as onboard RGB lighting and the assignment of macro keys. (More on that in a minute.) Some cheaper gaming models may lack software and handle key backlighting and macros/shortcuts wholly through hardware.

Besides transferring your keystrokes to the computer, a USB connection also powers the keyboard, so there are no batteries to worry about. Some premium gaming models with lots of customizable buttons and lights come with two USB cables, one for power delivery (and/or to feed an extra USB port or ports on the keyboard itself) and one for your data connection. This isn't usually a problem, since you'll likely be connecting one of these keyboards to a large gaming desktop with many available USB ports.

Bluetooth connections make sense in certain situations; they don't monopolize a USB port, and newer versions of Bluetooth are stable, easy to manage, and offer compatibility with additional mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. In regular use, a Bluetooth connection gives you roughly 30 feet of wireless range, though we find that Bluetooth wireless keyboards tend to have briefer battery life than USB dongle devices. However, new innovations such as hand-proximity sensors boost battery life compared to older Bluetooth products, whose always-on link drained batteries quickly. 041b061a72


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