A wireless keyboard will make your desk look neater and keep your fingers comfortable and moving quickly. Wireless keyboards can be paired with laptops at workstations so that the screen is at the right height while still having a keyboard at your fingertips. Wireless keyboards are more portable than wired counterparts, making them ideal for traveling. Wireless keyboards are no different from wired counterparts in terms of functionality and feel. However, you will need to recharge them or change batteries once in a while.
Specifications to consider before buying a wireless keyboard
Most wireless keyboards will work with most applications. However, there are some additional features that you may want to consider before making a purchase. Be clear about what you intend to do with your keyboard. Are you primarily using your keyboard for word processing or gaming? One keyboard may be better than the other.
- Size – When it comes to keyboards size is important. Some keyboards are made to be portable and lightweight for commuters or travellers. Although a full-size keyboard is a joy to use, it can take up valuable space on your desk and in your bag. Gamers often can get away with smaller keyboards because they type less. For professionals, however, you should opt for larger keyboards that allow your fingers to spread out and touch the keys comfortably.
- Windows or Mac: Note that you can use the keyboard with either Windows or Mac. Most keyboards can work on both Windows and Mac, but there are some special characters that will only work on one operating system. Some keyboards may not have all the functions of their preferred OS.
- Gaming and other functions: Higher-end wireless keyboards have dedicated media and macro keys that can be used to quickly control volume or launch apps. Many keyboards can connect to multiple devices by pressing a single button. Gaming keyboards can be outfitted with customizable RGB lighting and software to allow you to configure the keys for gaming.
- Connection: Wireless keyboards can be connected to your computer using either Bluetooth or a radio-frequency (RF), 2.4GHz, wireless connection. Bluetooth models have the advantage of being able to connect with virtually any modern device right out of the box.
- Keyboard features and shape: If you have sore wrists or hands, an ergonomic keyboard with a u-shaped design might be a good option. Some people claim that it is more comfortable and can reduce repetitive stress injuries. The ergonomic keyboard is my favourite, but it can be difficult to adjust to the new shape.
- Backlighting: Many wireless keyboards have backlighting, both to enhance aesthetics and make it easier for users to see keys in dim lighting. You can adjust the amount of backlighting on some keyboards that are more expensive to allow you to choose the best light for your environment while also saving battery life.
- Power supply: All wireless keyboards require a power supply. The best wireless keyboards these days are equipped with rechargeable, internal batteries. Be aware of battery life claims, which can vary depending on how much you use them. Modern keyboards should last at least 20 hours, but you can extend that time by switching off the backlighting.
- Mechanical or Membrane: Some wireless keyboards have membrane key switches or mechanical ones. Mechanical keyboards have a physical switch while membrane keyboards have a rubber dome at their bottom. Some people find both keyboards more comfortable because they allow more movement when you press the key.
Here are our top wireless keyboards that you can buy in 2022 –
- Logitech MX Keys: The MX was purchased for my new iMac M1 by me. I can’t praise it enough. The MX is a far superior product to the Apple Magic Keyboard. It is much easier to use the keys. The illuminated keys are also useful for typing in low light conditions.
- Logitech Ergo 860: The K860 wireless keyboard includes a wrist rest. According to the manufacturer, its curvilinear shape will reduce strain on your wrists. You can tilt the keyboard to position your hands more comfortably while typing. Logitech also makes ergonomic mice.
- ASUS ROG Falchion Wireless: The gaming keyboard is compact in size to save space but packed with high-end features. The interactive touch panel makes it easy to customise settings and adjust controls. To spice up your gaming sessions, the Falchion includes RGB lighting control.
- Microsoft Designer Compact Keyboard: This elegant, simple keyboard is great for those on the move or with limited desk space. It measures 4.63×11.41x 0.85 inches and can be used almost anywhere. There is enough room between the keys to allow for comfortable typing. The battery is small and non-rechargeable. However, it can last up to 36 months.
- Apple Magic Keyboard: Works with both the Mac OS and iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone. The keyboard is made from aluminium for a high-quality feel. However, the key travel is not very deep and the low battery warning may not give you much notice.
- Logitech MK345 Mouse and Keyboard Combo: The keyboard is compatible with a mouse for a very reasonable price. The keyboard has a solid feel, and the keys offer a comfortable level of travel. A built-in wrist rest is also available. The MK345 is a wireless receiver that works over RF.
- PONYBRO Backlit Wireless Keyboard: You might want a compact wireless keyboard. The PONYBRO is a compact wireless keyboard and mouse that fits into an iPhone-sized package. Although you won’t be writing a novel with this device, it can easily fit into your pocket or stash on a console for access to passwords on smart TVs or media centres. The PONYBRO has a 2.4G wireless network, with a USB dongle.
- Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050: This model is from Microsoft and offers an ergonomic keyboard/mouse combination that works well on Windows machines. It is large enough to provide typing comfort, and it provides just the right amount of feedback when you tap the keys.
If you’re looking for a reliable and durable keyboard then our best pick is Logitech MX Keys. This keyboard has a well-built design and premium look and comes up with a low-profile design, meaning that you don’t need a wrist rest to type comfortably. The typing experience is great and the keys are actually quiet and easy to actuate. Stay tuned with trulywireless for more informative articles on wireless technologies.