Best wireless keyboards iMore 2021
There are a lot of reasons why you might need a wireless keyboard. Some people use a wireless keyboard with their desktop computers. Others use wireless keyboards with their tablets, smartphones, TVs, or gaming systems. There's a keyboard out there that suits just about every purpose. I need only a simple keyboard to use with my iPad when I travel, so I like the Apple Magic Keyboard. I happen to love Apple's Magic Keyboard with its slim form factor and Apple familiarity. But if you want something different, there are plenty of other options for you. Here are some of the best wireless keyboards you can buy.
- Best Overall: Apple's Magic Keyboard
- Best Value: Arteck Wireless Keyboard
- Most Ergonomic: Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo
- Best TV Controller: Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch TV Keyboard media controller
- Best Mechanical Keyboard: VELOCIFIRE Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
- Best Gaming Keyboard: KLIM Chroma Wireless Gaming Keyboard
- Best Folding Keyboard: MoKo Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
Best Overall: Apple Magic Keyboard
My wireless keyboard needs are pretty simple, and the Apple Magic Keyboard fits the bill. I only occasionally use my iPad when I want to travel light, and I don't want to bring my laptop. Apple's Magic Keyboard is lightweight and easy to pack. I also use it occasionally when I want to place my laptop on a riser and use a separate keyboard and mouse to work.
Charging is simple, and the rechargeable battery is built right in. I charge it with the same USB Type-C cable and charger I use for my iPad. I rarely need to charge the keyboard anyway since the battery lasts a long time. Pairing is quick and easy. Like most Apple products, it just works (and looks good doing it.)
- Sleek, compact, and attractive
- Comfortable typing experience
- Built-in rechargeable battery
Best Value: Arteck Wireless Keyboard
This straightforward wireless keyboard has a bargain price tag. It's lightweight and compact, but it's a full-sized keyboard. Setup is easy; you just insert the nano USB receiver into your computer and go. The lithium battery can last up to six months on a single charge, based on two hours of use per day. The USB cable you need for charging and the nano USB receiver are included in the box.
- Light and compact
- Long battery life
- Some users report connectivity or quality issues
Most Ergonomic: Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo
Logitech's MK550 Wireless Wave is an ergonomically designed keyboard plus a precision laser mouse. The wave design puts less stress on your hands and wrists. The integrated palm rest further reduces wrist fatigue. The keyboard's legs adjust to three different heights so you can choose what's most comfortable for you. Talk about long battery life: the keyboard lasts up to three years; the mouse up to two. Four AA-batteries provide power. This is a PC keyboard, not for use with Apple devices.
- Ergonomic design alleviates wrist fatigue
- Mouse is included
- Long battery life
- Only for PC, not Apple products
Best TV Controller: Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch TV Keyboard
Connect your PC to your TV and control it from across the room. This convenient keyboard with a built-in touchpad makes it easy. It has a 10-meter (33-foot) range, so it's perfect for the living room or family room. It's a standard QWERTY keyboard with additional media keys such as volume built right in. Power it with two AA batteries; you can go up to 18 months before you need to replace them.
- Media controller
- Built-in touchpad
- Not for use with Apple products
Best Mechanical Keyboard: VELOCIFIRE Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
If you are used to the depth of a mechanical keyboard, then the low-profile keys of slimmer keyboards will not satisfy. Nice, big, "crunchy" keys populate the VELOCIFIRE Wireless Mechanical Keyboard. Not only does this make typing more satisfying, but it can also help you type faster. If you've never used a mechanical keyboard before, be aware that the keys' clacking will be louder than what you're used to. You can charge this keyboard while in use.
- Satisfying, faster typing experience
- Universal compatibility
- Can charge keyboard while typing
- Noisier than lower-profile keyboards
Best Gaming Keyboard: KLIM Chroma Wireless Gaming Keyboard
This high-performance keyboard boasts a response time of only two milliseconds. It also has an anti-ghosting function. The keyboard is backlit with a rainbow color theme for a pleasing look. Not just for gaming, this keyboard is compatible with a PC and Mac as well as PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. Don't worry about spilling your water; this keyboard is waterproof. It also has a two-year warranty.
- Fast response time
- Colorful backlighting
- Some users report bugginess
Best Folding Keyboard: MoKo Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
When space is at a premium, and you need your keyboard on the go, the MoKo Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard is what you want. The ultra-thin, ergonomic keyboard folds in half for easy transport. It's compatible with three major operating systems: Apple, Android, and Windows. It weighs less than five ounces. Opening the keyboard turns it on automatically, folding it shut turns it off. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts for 40 hours of operation or 30 days on standby. Charge it from any USB port with the included cable.
- Ultra-portable, tiny, and light
- Curved ergonomic design
- Apple, Android, and Windows compatible
- Some users report a lack of responsiveness
If you need a wireless keyboard without the bells and whistles, I think Apple's Magic Keyboard is one of the best wireless keyboards. It's what I use in my day-to-day work. The keyboard is lightweight and compact, so it fits in my travel bag. It's aesthetically appealing, as you'd expect from an Apple product. It pairs perfectly with my Apple devices, and it just works. The battery life is good. When you're used to the feeling of typing on an Apple keyboard, you may want to continue the experience when you go wireless.
Credits — The author of this guide
Karen S. Freeman is a teacher, writer, social media person, and family woman. She loves to travel, play with tech stuff, drink coffee, discover amazing new restaurants, and experience new things. She spends way too much time typing.
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