Wireless keyboards serve many masters. They’re great if you’re trying to declutter, or like typing with your keyboard on your lap. Mobile productivity hounds who want gear that’s ready for travel swear by them, too, and some models let you swap one typing peripheral among desktops, laptops, and tablets.
In the vast majority of situations, there’s no difference between using a keyboard with a wireless connection and a standard wired one.
There’s no longer anything to lose from cutting the cord, either. The best wireless gaming keyboard offers fast gaming response. Wireless keyboards have come a long way: We’re no longer living in the days of one-hour battery life, laggy action, and poor reliability. These days there is practically no discernible difference between a wired gaming keyboard and the best wireless keyboards. So why put up with the cables?
Connectivity type is also another consideration, whether that’s Bluetooth, a USB dongle, or both. USB dongles have slightly lower latency and are generally quicker to set up, but you’ll be restricted to devices that have a spare USB port. Bluetooth connections can be a reliable choice, although can be problematic if you have a lot Bluetooth devices around. With that in mind, on to our recommendations.
Who this is for
Wireless and Bluetooth keyboards can help you declutter your desk, type more comfortably on your phone or tablet, or use a computer or TV streaming box while remaining comfortably perched on your couch. Desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, smart TVs, and streaming boxes all use Bluetooth, and the best Bluetooth keyboards can switch easily between multiple devices without requiring you to re-pair them.
Although they used to be more expensive than their wireless counterparts, they’re getting cheaper all the time. Most manufacturers are focused on making Bluetooth keyboards rather than wireless models, too, which means more choices and higher-quality keyboards.
All of our picks are Bluetooth keyboards, not traditional RF (radio frequency) wireless keyboards, but we have a pick that supports both Bluetooth and RF wireless with a USB dongle, if that’s what you require.
10 Best Wireless Keyboards of 2021:
|Logitech G915 TKL||15.2 x 5.9 x 0.9 in||USB, Bluetooth|
|Logitech G613||18.8 x 8.5 x 1.3 in||Bluetooth|
|Dell Wired Keyboard||17.4 x 5.0 x 0.96 in||USB|
|ARTECK HW192||16.8 x 4.9 x 0.55 in||Wireless|
|Keychron K2||13.6 x 6.5 x 2.13 in||Wired, Wireless|
The Logitech G915 TKL is definitely one of the best gaming keyboards you can get when going cable-free. The keyboard offered great wireless performance during our testing. You have the option to connect via Bluetooth or a USB Type-A dongle powered by Logitech’s Lightspeed technology. For mainstream gaming, the keyboard seemed as responsive as a wired one without dropouts.
The G915 TKL is a smaller and cheaper version of the full-sized Logitech G915 Lightspeed. For $20 more than the tenkeyless version, it offers programmable G keys and a numpad. The G915 TKL, however, frees up more desk space for your mouse and makes a very expensive mechanical keyboard a tad more accessible.
You can find the G915 TKL with three different types of mechanical switches: either tactile, clicky or linear. Regardless, the switch will be from Logitech’s low profile GL line and have 2.7mm travel rather than the traditional 4mm. That means quicker actuation while gaming and typing. However, without a wrist rest your wrists will feel neglected on the G915 TKL, especially when remembering the price.
The technology behind wireless peripherals has come a long way, and Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless connectivity is a prime example. The G613 never once dropped a connection despite the plethora of wireless devices on our desks. It matches wired peripherals in terms of stability and responsiveness. It’s efficient too; a pair of AA batteries can push up to 18 months of continuous use.
Though it’s designed for practicality first, it’s anything but bland. A second glance reveals a row of dedicated macros, media controls, and a volume rocker. The grippy wrist rest is spacious too, although it’s worth noting that it isn’t removable. Understandably, backlights were cut to conserve battery.
This proprietary Romer-G switch features a travel distance of just 3mm and a subtle tactile bump. Its mild, quiet nature makes it suitable for both gaming and typing.
Trying to get a good, reliable keyboard to get your home office up and running? Don’t want to spend a lot? Well, Dell’s got you covered. Not only does this wired keyboard — which should make for a super-easy setup — work with the USB port found in most computers (sorry MacBooks owners without hubs, we’ve got a good option for you below), but it’s incredibly affordable too.
On top of that, the Dell has got a full number pad for spreadsheet jockeys and standard multimedia keys, so you’re not sacrificing anything even at this affordable price. Also, it’s wildly popular on Amazon, with a 4.5 star average score that’s based on more than 4,200 ratings.
Since when do you get practically everything you need at a price this affordable? Of course, those who keep their monitor really far from their screen, or have another reason to want a wireless keyboard, should keep scrolling for our other recommendations.
4. ARTECK HW192
When it comes to freedom and convenience, the Arteck HW192 comes to mind, as it checks all the important boxes: it’s wireless, full size, well built, affordable, looks pretty cool, and, on top of that, it’s made (partially) from high-quality stainless steel, despite its low price.
We know, it sounds too good to be true, but Arteck managed to pull this off and the end result is nothing short of impressive. For less than 30 bucks, you’ll be able to upgrade your “internet surfing experience” so to speak, with a proper keyboard that features quiet keys, a roomy layout and a nice design.
Even if we’re talking about a full-size keyboard, the Arteck HW192 only measures 16.9 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches and weighs a bit under one pound; yes, despite using stainless steel in its chassis, it’s as light as a unicorn feather, provided such thing exists. All jokes aside, only the bottom half of the chassis is made of stainless steel, while the keys and the top half are made of plastic.
However, the keyboard feels solid and built to last, which is kind of rare in this price bracket, especially when it comes to light and thin keyboards like this one. The HW192 is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which takes something like 5 hours to charge completely, and the company claims it will run for 6 months on a single charge, provided you only use it 2 hours (non-stop) per day. When it’s not in use, the keyboard will enter “hibernation mode”, but it will resume full function at a touch of a key.
5. Keychron K2
Pretty much any mechanical keyboard is good for typing and productivity tasks, as long as it doesn’t use a switch you don’t like for typing (sorry, all you linear switches out there). But Keychron’s K2 75% Bluetooth model works in both wired and wireless modes, is compact without giving up too much in the way of functionality (that is of course, if you don’t need a number pad) and comes with your choice of three switch types, as well as either white backlighting (as we tested) or RGB. There’s also a model with RGB and an aluminum frame and RGB for $95, but even the version with a plastic frame, which we tested, feels solid.
The Keychron K2 is also versatile, with keycaps for both Apple and Windows included in the box and support for Android as well. The two-level feet lift up the back-end by as much as 9 degrees for more comfortable typing, and you can choose between Gateron Red, Blue, or Brown switches, as well as ABS or PBT keycaps. So you can kit out the Keychron K2 in whatever fashion fits you best.
Really, though, it’s that orange Escape key that gives the K2 that extra level of retro appeal. These days, it always feels good when escape is as easy as possible to find.
The compact Corsair K63 Wireless comes packed with features. Cherry MX Red switches? Check. Media controls and wrist rest? Check. Blue backlights…check?
The reason for my hesitance on the last point is that the battery life of the K63 Wireless is already pretty abysmal without it. Its integrated rechargeable battery lasts a measly 15 hours with the lights set to medium and 25 hours at the lowest brightness.
Corsair quotes the battery life to be 75 hours with the backlights off, at which point the inclusion of the backlight seems like a redundant decision. Corsair recommends plugging it in for uninterrupted gameplay, but doesn’t that defeat the purpose of a wireless keyboard?
Battery issue aside, the K63 Wireless is a solid board. The keys are responsive, and all its handy features make getting through your day a little easier. As it stands, there’s no better option if you need a compact, wireless mechanical keyboard. You can also seat the K63 wireless in the Corsair Lapboard for gaming in the living room. Neat.
Apple users should start here, as this keyboard isn’t just designed for their needs, it matches them. The Magic Keyboard is one of the best keyboards because it’s a step up from the keyboards in the MacBooks made between 2016 and 2019, and it’s pretty similar to the well-reviewed 16-inch MacBook Pro’s keyboard — using a reliable scissor-switch mechanism and not the controversial butterfly-switch design.
The Magic Keyboard is one of the smaller keyboards in this set, making it much easier to throw in your bag or use at a small desk. Apple also makes the Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, which has a full number-pad if you’re OK with the larger size and do a lot of number-crunching. Both models feature a keyboard layout designed for use with Mac, making this one of the best picks on this board. It connects over Bluetooth.
As its name suggests, the Logitech K600 TV is built and designed to make your smart TV experience great again, and since we’re talking about the granddaddy of PC peripherals, it comes as no surprise that the K600 is pretty awesome.
Besides being couch-friendly, the K600 TV is also affordable, being specifically engineered to please smart TV enthusiasts, and truth be told, it’s able to make the already thin line between PCs and smart TVs blurrier than ever.
Since today’s smart TVs are basically mini-computers hooked on a big-real-estate screen, and just as functional as a regular PC in some aspects, the Logitech K600 TV keyboard will make your smart TV the center of your “digital/online life” if one so inclined. Measuring 14.4 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches, this baby is not as large as a regular full size keyboard, but it’s perfect for typing nevertheless, and it’s fully compatible with Samsung SUHD/UHD (Tizen 2016 or newer), LG OLED/SUHD/UHD (webOS 2016 or newer), Sony Bravia UHD (Android TV 2016 or newer). Logitech chose to use a directional pad (remote control style) instead of a numpad that comes pretty handy with your smart TV, even if it lacks the precision of a regular mouse.
On top of that, you’ll find additional buttons on the left side of the keyboard, plus some extra function ones in the center, for easy navigation, and once you set up the keyboard nice and proper, you’ll be able to fully control your smart TV sans a remote. Finally, we must mention that the K600 TV supports Bluetooth pairing, which means you can use it on multiple devices simultaneously.
The HP Wireless Elite Keyboard v2 is a comfortable, full-size keyboard includes fast-access hot keys, versatile function keys and a built-in number pad. The modern, high-end design and a sleek, ultra-slim form factor take the ordinary keyboard to a new level.
Superior functionality combined with comfort feels smooth to the touch The Wireless Elite v2 Keyboard was built for those that work from home and like to roam.
Compatible with most desktops and notebooks, a 2.4 GHz wireless connection gives you the freedom to move up to 30 feet (10 meters) away.
10. iClever BK03
The iClever BK03 features a tri-fold design and aluminum alloy construction, making it ultra-compact and durable for travel. With a range of 33 feet, the wireless keyboard uses the latest Bluetooth 5.1 technology to connect with up to three devices simultaneously.
To help preserve battery power, the keyboard has an automatic off and sleep function. The rechargeable battery gives you up to 960 hours on a single charge and takes just two hours to reach full charge. It’s compatible with Windows, Android, and iOS devices, and dedicated hotkey functions allow you to quickly change between devices with the press of a button.
Who needs wireless keyboards?
The decision to buy a wireless keyboard will be more obvious to some than others. Those with traditional tower or mini PCs need a keyboard to use their machines, and they may opt for a wireless keyboard to save desk space.
As the name suggests, these keyboard do not connect to PCs with wires—instead they use tiny USB receivers or a Bluetooth connection to connect to a machine. That makes them ideal for those who hate cluttered desk areas, or those who already have enough wires taking up space in their work spaces.
Wireless keyboards, particularly Bluetooth wireless keyboards, are also convenient for those who want to use one text input device across multiple devices. Many (but not all) Bluetooth keyboards can connect to different devices running different operating systems—you could buy one that lets you type on your Windows PC and then switch to your Android smartphone with just a few presses of the proper keys.
For those who frequently go back and forth between a PC and a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet, a wireless keyboard can make it easier to type and interact with all of your devices.
How we picked and tested
Whether you’re using a Bluetooth keyboard or a wireless keyboard with a dongle, it should never feel like anything but a “normal” typing experience. For this guide, we prioritized:
- Typing comfort: This includes the size and feel of the keys, the typing angle, and how it feels to use the keyboard for long periods of time. We prefer full-size, well-spaced keys. The amount of pressure necessary to hit the keys should feel natural and satisfying.
- Easy pairing/no dropped signals: At this point, Bluetooth and wireless keyboards should have no problems related to pairing or dropped signals. Your keystrokes should show up on the screen as soon as you make them.
- Portability: A portable keyboard needs to strike a balance between compactness and ergonomics. It should be small and light, but it shouldn’t be too cramped for you to type or use it normally.
- Materials: Even if your keyboard remains at your desk, you should feel comfortable knowing the keys won’t start popping off or wearing away after a short period of use.
- Battery life: Most modern Bluetooth and wireless keyboards offer long battery life, but they still have differences in this regard. A keyboard can use built-in rechargeable batteries or swappable batteries, and each kind has its advantages.
Now that you what to look for in a good wireless keyboard, we’ve taken all the guesswork out of the equation and put together a list of the best ones we’ve reviewed. Whether you’re planning to use the board for work, gaming, or just everyday computing, it isn’t hard to cut the cord without compromises.