Whether you’re looking to make working from home a tad more comfortable or want to take your gaming to a whole new level, a good keyboard can make a world of difference. Like with every tech gadget, there are hundreds of options to choose from, and it depends on what you need. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the best keyboards you can buy!
The best keyboards:
- Steelseries Apex Pro
- Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition
- Logitech Ergo K860
- Arteck wireless keyboard
- Apple Magic keyboard
- Rii i4 Mini
Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list of the best keyboards available as more are released.
1. Steelseries Apex Pro
The Steelseries Apex Pro is one of the best keyboards you can get for both gaming and typing. The Apex Pro is the first to feature adjustable switches with magnetic sensors that let you customize the actuation distance (how far a key travels to register a press) from 0.4mm to 3.6mm. It also comes with an OLED smart display to adjust settings and see on-the-fly info and features with media controls.
The keys are individually backlit and customizable with 16.8 million colors per key. This much customization can be an issue, but you can save up to 5 profiles locally and set up per-key RGB settings, actuation distance, and more. Finally, it comes with a magnetic wrist rest that features a soft-touch finish and offers full palm support.
The Steelseries Apex Pro is one of the most expensive options on this list, but it’s certainly worth every penny. If you want a more compact option, a tenkeyless (without a numeric keypad) version is also available for 20 bucks cheaper.
2. Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition
The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition keyboard is an excellent option if you’re looking for a gaming keyboard. It utilizes Razer’s optical linear switch technology to provide an actuation distance of 1mm. It comes with double shot PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) keycaps to ensure durability and longevity even with intensive tournament gaming.
Every key is individually backlit and you can save up to 5 profile configurations. You get a detachable USB-C cable that lets you plug and play with no fuss on the go. A secure latch makes sure that the cable stays connected while using the keyboard though. This is a tenkeyless keyboard and has a compact form factor that is quite portable.
3. Logitech Ergo K860
It’s not just gamers that need great keyboards. Anyone who spends an inordinate amount of time typing away for work or play will benefit from a keyboard like the Logitech Ergo K860. It comes with a sloping, curved, and split keyframe that is designed to reduce strain on your wrist and arms and improve typing posture.
A pillowed wrist rest offers a lot of wrist support and reduces wrist bending. It also comes with a built-in palm lift to help you find the most comfortable typing position. You can attach the keyboard to a computer with the included USB receiver or via Bluetooth (with a range of up to 10m). It’s compatible with both Windows and MacOS and comes with a printed dual-key layout to avoid any confusion when switching between systems.
4. Arteck wireless keyboard
All the options so far are certainly some of the best keyboards you can get. They’re unfortunately all quite expensive as well. Not everyone wants or needs to spend over a hundred dollars on a keyboard. If you’re looking for a solid alternative that is also relatively affordable, Arteck’s wireless keyboards are the way to go.
I say keyboards because there are a few different variations here. You have the choice between Bluetooth connectivity or wireless connectivity with a USB-receiver. You can also choose between a full-size variant or a compact, tenkeyless keyboard. They are compatible across most platforms and devices as well. The stainless steel build offers a heavy-duty feel, while the keys allow for quiet and comfortable typing. You will also get up to 6-months of battery life on a single charge.
5. Apple Magic keyboard
Some keyboard makers make provisions for cross-platform compatibility. For example, most Logitech keyboards come with double-printed function keys to avoid confusion when using the same device on PCs and Macs. You can also remap keys as required with other options. However, the best keyboard for Apple devices is the company’s own Magic keyboard.
The Magic keyboard provides all the navigation and OS-specific buttons you need for Apple devices. As far as compatibility goes, it’ll work with Bluetooth-enabled Mac running macOS 10.12.4 and above, and iOS devices running iOS 10.3 or later. Both full-size and tenkeyless variants are available. Keep in mind that this is different from the new Magic keyboard Apple announced that is only compatible with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
6. Rii i4 Mini
The Rii i4 Mini isn’t a groundbreaking gaming keyboard or one that provides an ergonomic typing experience. It has one specific purpose, and that’s to make navigating around the UI of a smart TV or streaming device much easier. If you’ve ever run into the tediousness of “typing” usernames and passwords for various apps on smart devices, the Rii i4 Mini is for you.
That’s not to say that it isn’t compatible with everything else. Apart from smart TVs and streaming devices, you can also connect this keyboard to devices running MacOS, Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS. You can also use it with the Xbox and Playstation consoles.
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