Shopping for wireless keyboards is much more complicated than you would expect. But among all the weird and wild wireless keyboards there is one that meets your needs. Here you can read how to find the wireless keyboard that is suitable for you.
What do you use your keyboard for?
Wireless keyboards come in all shapes and sizes. Some are great for gaming, while others are meant to work with tablets and phones. So it's best to think about why you need a wireless keyboard before you buy one. That way you know which functions and form factors you need to look for.
Here are some common uses for wireless keyboards:
- Desk use : If you intend to keep a wireless keyboard on your desk, then you should probably focus on ergonomics and style. You may also want to look for additional functions such as RGB lighting or Logitech Flow (a platform that allows you to use a keyboard on three devices at the same time).
- Portable use : if you need a wireless keyboard for use with your tablet or laptop, you need to focus on slim form factors. You can even consider a cover for a tablet keyboard.
- On the couch : Smart TVs or media centers that are practically connected to computers need a wireless keyboard. In this case we recommend the use of a wireless keyboard with a built-in trackpad.
- Gaming : Most hardcore PC gamers use a mechanical keyboard, sometimes with programmable keys and RGB adjustments.
As soon as you know why you If you need a wireless keyboard, it's time to insist what kind of keyboard you need. We start with the basics (membrane versus mechanical) and work our way to the details (ergonomics and special functions).
The basics: keyboard and connection type
There are two main keyboard types: membrane and mechanical. They are very different and the shape you choose determines which type of keyboard you can buy (one portable keyboard, an ergonomic keyboard, etc.).
Here are some features of membrane and mechanical keyboards:
- Membrane : Most modern keyboards are membrane keyboards. They are slim and quiet, but they do not have much In other words, they feel more like the buttons on the remote control of your TV than the keys on a typewriter e (and that is not necessarily a bad thing). These keyboards are best for general use and portability, and you are probably using one now.
- Mechanical : Mechanical keyboards are modeled after the old thick keyboards of the past. They give a lot of physical feedback and they are easy to type in quickly, but they also make loud clicks. Mechanical keyboards have removable keys (so they can be cleaned and adjusted), and they are most popular with gamers, writers, and computer nerds. They also tend to have a better lifespan than membrane keyboards (because they can be taken apart), but they are also more expensive.
Once you have figured out which type of keyboard you are looking for, you should also think about connection types. Bluetooth is an excellent option for wireless keyboards (it does not waste USB ports), it is worth looking for a keyboard with a USB dongle if you prefer to stick to what you know. (If your computer is not compatible with Bluetooth, you can always purchase a Bluetooth USB adapter).
It is also worth noting that some wireless keyboards have rechargeable batteries. These rechargeable batteries do not last as long as AA batteries, but they are essential in illuminated keyboards that can eat through a set of batteries relatively quickly.
Think about ergonomics
People assume that ergonomics are only important if you spend all day behind the computer, but that is not entirely true. An ergonomic keyboard forces you to maintain your posture, which is essential for every typing session – even if it's a short typing session.
But what kind of ergonomic design should you look for in a keyboard? Do you have to buy an ugly monstrosity to reap the benefits of an ergonomic design, or can you get away with something more restrained?
Let's start by talking about ergonomic keyboard design. We start with a non-ergonomic design and work our way up to a tough ergonomic keyboard design:
- Flat keyboards : some keyboards are flat on the tablet. This puts a strain on your wrists and makes typing difficult. Unless you focus on a tablet keyboard or a portable keyboard, we recommend avoiding flat keyboards.
- Angled keyboards : most keyboards are slightly tilted or have a built-in stand. A good impact is probably all you need with a keyboard, even if you're typing all day long (provided you can keep your wrists straight).
- Wrist rests : A keyboard with built-in wrist rests can keep your wrist straight during the day. Of course you can also buy wrist rests that match any keyboard.
- All-Out Ugly : Super-ergonomic keyboards look ridiculous, but they force you to use a great wrist position. Most are robust and thick, although some look relatively normal. These keyboards are great for people who type all day, for people with poor wrist posture or for people who really want to prevent wrist problems.
Again, most people have to work with a slanted keyboard, but you can choose to get a keyboard with wrist wounds or an ergonomic shape if you are worried about your wrist position.
What additional functions do you need?
Once you know what type of keyboard you are looking for, it's time to worry about additional features and details. Most of these functions are very practical and lend themselves to different typing situations (on the couch, writing, gaming, etc.).
First, let's start with portable functions . These functions make keyboards easier to take with you from home, which is great when using a laptop or tablet (note that ridiculously thin keyboards are not always ergonomic):
- Slim keyboards : Ultra-smart membrane keyboards are great for use on the road, but you can also buy a portable mechanical keyboard if you want to type in as loudly as possible in public.
- Tablet keyboards : You can use almost any Bluetooth keyboard with a tablet, but we recommend using a keyboard cover or keyboard with a tablet stand.
- Foldable and retractable keys : Foldable and retractable keyboards seem a bit gimmicky, but they are extremely portable. Keep in mind that they feel like toys compared to real keyboards.
Okay, now let's move on to special functions . These functions are not always necessary, but they can make strange computer configurations (game configurations, multi-computer configurations, etc.) a little easier or more fun to work with:
- Multi-device keyboards : Some keyboards can quickly switch between devices at the touch of a button. This feature is the most robust in keyboards that support Logitech Flow, because the connection is maintained in real time and carries clipboard content across different devices.
- Couch Keyboards : Some wireless keyboards have built-in touch pads. These are most useful for portable laptop or tablet setups, but they are also great for smart TVs or media centers (such as a computer connected to your TV).
- Backlight and RGB : Backlight can add a futuristic touch to your keyboard (or help you type in the dark). And of course RBG-enabled keyboards can be adapted to the color of your entire computer installation.
- Customizable keys : Some gaming keyboards have customizable macro keys. These keys are great for executing complicated commands in the game, but they are also useful as general shortcuts when writing, programming, or surfing the web.
It should be a little easier to shop for a wireless keyboard now that you know what you are looking for. But if you get stuck or encounter something strange, remember that the shape factor and functions of a keyboard determine how you can use it. If a keyboard function does not match how you want to use it (gaming, mobile use, etc.), it is not worth buying.