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!
Editor’s Note: PRIME DAY is going on now! You can get a great deal on a new keyboard right now. Here are some sales currently available:
- Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for $175.31 ($25 off)
- HyperX Alloy FPS Pro keyboard (blue switch) for $54.99 (21% off)
- HyperX Alloy Origins keyboard aqua for $79.99 ($30 off)
- HyperX Alloy Origins keyboard red for $79.99 ($30 off)
- Razer BlackWidow TE Chroma gaming keyboard (orange, yellow, or green switches) for $69.99 (50% off)
- Razer Huntsman Opto-Mechanical gaming keyboard for $79.99 (47% off)
The best keyboards:
- Steelseries Apex Pro
- Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition
- Logitech Ergo K860
- Das Keyboard Prime 13
- Apple Magic keyboard
- Corsair K83
- Logitech Craft
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 five 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. Das Keyboard Prime 13
Das Keyboard’s Prime 13 is a high-end mechanical keyboard that ditches the RGB gaming style for a sleek black finish with white backlighting. That backlighting enhances the 104-key layout with Cherry MX Brown switches and gold contacts for a soft, comfortable typing experience. The keys are laser etched, and Das Keyboard boasts that they can last for 50 million strokes.
The Prime 13 is finished in aluminum for a premium feel, and quick media controls make it easy to control your entire battle station. It connects to your PC via a six-foot USB-A braided cable, so you can reach easily from across your desk. The white backlighting automatically dims after 10 minutes of inactivity to save power.
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. Corsair K83
If you’re struggling to control your smart TV or streaming device, the Corsair K83 can help you out. Instead of trying to type passwords on a remote, take advantage of a convenient tenkeyless keyboard with a trackpad. Best of all, there are no wires to tangle up. The 40-hour battery life should be more than enough for even your longest binge sessions.
You can even use your TV for basic gaming with the joystick and trackpad. The keyboard is backlit as well, so you don’t have to turn on the lights in the middle of movie night in order to find the right keys. Instead of spamming the volume up or down keys, the Corsair K83 adjusts using a textured scroll wheel for precise changes.
7. Logitech Craft
There are tons of keyboards on the market, but what about an option designed specifically for creatives? The Logitech Craft is a basic full-size keyboard at heart, but the Crown is what launches it into creative heaven. Similar to the Microsoft Surface Dial, the Crown controls task-specific options in all of your most important apps — from PowerPoint to Photoshop.
You’ll have the freedom to assign F-keys with unique functions once you install the Logitech Options software. The Craft can connect to up to three devices at one time, whether they’re Windows, macOS, or otherwise. Logitech equipped the Craft with special spherical keys so that you can find each one easier and make more accurate strokes.
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