The 11 Best Computer Keyboards to Buy in 2018

It's time to invest in a quality keyboard

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Like a good chair, a quality keyboard can play a big role for anyone who spends a great deal of time every day in front of a computer. Finding the right keyboard for you isn’t always as easy as just picking one online and purchasing. First, you must consider comfort and if you want wireless or wired, portable or full-sizes, soft or loud, etc. Pricing can also vary depending on the type of keyboard and there’s a good chance your next keyboard will outlast your current computer, making it money well spent. Here are a few of our best choices for keyboards.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Das Keyboard 4 Professional

Das Keyboard 4 Professional
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First released in 2014, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is a superb choice with an outstanding typing experience. Available in both “soft” and “clicky” variants depending on your noise tolerance, the 4.4 out of 5-star Amazon rating speaks to the superb typing experience that comes with a mechanical keyboard. Beyond features such as two USB 3.0 ports, an instant sleep button and laser-etched key inscriptions to avoid wear and tear, the anodized aluminum top panel provides a solid feel that’s sure to last for years or 50 million key presses, whichever comes first.

The Das keyboard offers a best-in-class mechanical typing experience that offers excellent tactile and audio feedback, which leads to precision typing and cuts back on errant key presses. Dedicated media controls and an oversized volume knob give immediate access to adjust volume quickly during a Skype or Google hangout call or while listening to music. The included 6.5-foot cable plugs directly into any USB port while additionally powering the built-in USB ports on the keyboard itself.

Best Budget: Verbatim Slimline Keyboard

In the world of keyboards, you’d assume that any peripheral worth its salt nowadays is either a high-end gaming keyboard or a seamlessly, wirelessly connected Bluetooth keyboard. But, whether you’re looking for an ultra affordable keyboard for yourself or a bulk order of keyboards for a whole office, the Verbatim Slimline Keyboard is a great choice for wired, USB keyboards. The slimline profile stays low to your desk, so it will look sleek and keep out of the way of the rest of your desk gear.

It also comes with the large, far-right number pad for quick data entry, so you won’t have to sacrifice space for functionality. The action is smooth and tactile but also operates quietly. It’s compatible with Mac or PC, and Verbatim offers a one-year warranty for factory defects. It comes standard with function keys and music playback controls built right in. It’s all under one pound and sits at 5.71 x 17.52 x 0.98 inches.

Best for Portability: Logitech K780

Logitech K780
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Logitech’s K780 multi-device wireless keyboard is the ideal choice for travelers or even desktop fans who want a superior typing experience. Connecting to computers, tablets and smartphones via USB or Bluetooth, there’s room for three devices with instant on-the-go switching between them at the touch of the “easy-switch” button on the keyboard. Compatible with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, as well as both Android and iOS devices, the K780 offers a full-sized keyboard in a compact body that leaves no wasted space to maximize portability.

Additionally, the Logitech includes a number pad, as well as an integrated smartphone and tablet stand that offers the ideal angle for both typing and reading. With its two-year battery life (based on two million keystrokes per year), inexpensive pricing and comfortable typing experience, the K780 is the must-own portable keyboard.

Best Wireless: Microsoft Wireless Desktop 900

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 900
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The Microsoft Wireless Desktop 900 is a full-sized, ultra quiet keyboard that comes with an ergonomically designed mouse. The inclusion of 128-Bit encryption provides an added level of security for business types who have enterprise-level security concerns. Luckily, the Microsoft keyboard favors both right and left handed design, with an ambidextrous look and feel that’s great for either dominant hand.

Additionally, hot keys offer fast and easy access to commonly used shortcuts, as well as customizable buttons to quickly find the Windows feature you use most. With up to 24 months of battery life, 30 feet of range and super-quiet, comfortable keys, the Microsoft 900 is handily the total wireless keyboard package.

Best for Mac: Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard

The standard Apple Magic Keyboard will serve you well, but if you’re looking for a change, then there's a whole wide world of Mac-compatible products to explore. The best among them is the Matias Wireless Keyboard. The Matias boasts similar performance quality and design, for a cheaper price. It features a six-month battery life, and multi-pairing Bluetooth, allowing the keyboard to connect to four different devices simultaneously, including an Apple TV. Switching between paired devices is as simple as pressing a button. While we’ve listed it as one of the best Mac-compatible keyboards, the Bluetooth can also connect to PC and Android devices. The Matias keyboard is 8 inches long, featuring a similar interface to the Apple Magic Keyboard. As the name suggests, its frame is built with real aluminum and it comes in four colors, including the very trendy rose-gold.

Runner-Up, Best for Mac: Anker Ultra Compact

Anker Ultra Compact
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Apple’s included keyboard is a well-loved experience for Mac users, but if you want something a little different, the Anker Ultra Compact wireless Bluetooth keyboard is your new go-to. Priced at less than half the price of Apple’s wireless keyboard, the Anker takes up just two thirds the space of a traditional keyboard. Additionally, it offers nearly six months of battery life based on non-stop usage of around two hours per day. Beyond battery life, its slim and compact design features matte finish keys that automatically connect to the last device via Bluetooth connectivity. Recharging takes around 2.5 hours with the included universal USB cable and Anker promotes a three million click lifespan, which is perfectly OK given the low price point. Fortunately, Windows fans don’t have to feel left out since the Anker offers compatibility with Windows 10. (But it's best used for Mac owners, thanks to its dedicated shortcut keys that are Mac specific.)

Best Quiet: Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard

Thanks to its slim structure and concave key cap design, the Logitech K750 boasts fast and silent typing ability. This wireless keyboard features a lasting battery life; it’s solar-powered, but any indoor light source will suffice, and the keyboard holds enough charge to last for three months in total darkness. At one-third of an inch thick and weighing 3.12 pounds, it’s remarkably thin and easily portable; however, at 18.3 inches in length, it does take up a good amount of desk space. If you also need a mouse, then the Logitech model is incredibly responsive, with precise cursor control, fast scrolling, and a curved body that fits comfortably in your hand. It connects to your desktop with an easy plug-in receiver and offers a reliable 2.4GHz wireless connection. Like the keyboard, it boasts battery longevity, with three years worth of charge. The Logitech K750 models are compatible with either Mac or Windows software — just be sure to check your cart before you purchase, as there are two separate versions.

Runner-Up, Best Quiet: Jelly Comb MK08

Jelly Comb MK08
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If you’re on the hunt for a whisper quiet keyboard to mask the sound of typing, your search is over. The Jelly Comb MK08 ultra compact wireless keyboard offers a stylish and colorful keyboard experience without making a sound. Designed for both Windows and Android devices, the MK08 connects via a 2.4GHz wireless connection directly through a USB receiver. Additionally, the MK08 comes with a similarly styled yellow and black wireless mouse that connects to the computer via the same USB receiver. The addition of a built-in numeric keypad masks the compact nature of the MK08. which is just 15.9-inches long overall. Whether you’re typing a novel or an e-mail to your colleagues, the MK08 and its months of battery life provide a comfortable, stylish and silent keyboard for a wallet-friendly price.

Most Ergonomic: Microsoft Sculpt

Microsoft Sculpt
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If comfort is your main priority, then spring for the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard. The unusual design offers a natural arc layout that helps mimic the curved shape of your fingertips for the most comfortable typing experience around. Add in a cushioned palm rest and your wrists will feel comfortable, well-positioned and in a more natural typing position. Beyond its comfort, the three-year battery life, based on an estimate of two million keystrokes per year, is top-notch for a wireless keyboard.

Ideally compatible with Windows 10, Apple laptops and previous Microsoft versions, almost any computer user can give the Sculpt a try for added comfort. The included mouse provides additional ergonomic support with a thumb scoop to keep your hand in the best possible position and there's even a separate number pad for your workspace. The single unifying receiver for both the mouse and keyboard can connect to any laptop or desktop allowing for a 15- to 20-foot range before losing connectivity.

Read more reviews of the best ergonomic keyboards available to purchase online. 

Best Mechanical: AUKEY Mechanical Keyboard

The ultra-sturdy, metal base AUKEY keyboard makes the “best mechanical” spot on the list for its beautiful style and satisfying user experience. First, the mechanism itself -- each key is operated via an independent Blue Key switch that provides tactile feedback. Each key is also independently tested for 50 million keystrokes, so it will stand up to years and years of coding or writing. Those keystrokes are supported by anti-ghosting, as expected by independent keys, which means that you won’t have any conflict between keys and will never miss a stroke. The keyboard’s style is a really cool, vintage-style typewriter look, with a solid metal base and round keys set against it. The keyboard comes equipped with double-shot-molded ABS keycaps that are super durable, but you can also swap in Cherry MX keycaps (or whatever style is more in line with your personal aesthetic) because they employ the same stem design. It connects via USB and it will take up a footprint of 6.38 x 15.55 x 2.17 inches on your desk.

Take a look at other product reviews and shop for the best mechanical keyboards available online. 

Best Gaming: Hcman Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

This Hcman mechanical keyboard is a great option for someone who wants a mechanical interface or a gaming interface -- which end up being the same thing in many cases. Of course, this keyboard could earn the spot on our list here for straight mechanical keyboards, but for a few reasons that we’ll get to now, it’s really the best choice for gaming purposes. First let’s talk about the LED backlighting, a crucial feature for gaming in dimly lit rooms. You can choose from six different colors and nine different illumination settings. You can customize the brightness and configuration of the keyboard to fit whatever your gaming style.

The mechanical action gives the player that satisfying, resistance-centric click feeling, given by the keyboard’s Blue Switches. On top of that, each key is operated by an independent switch, so you won’t have any ghosting on controls. The compact, 87-key interface doesn’t offer the far-right 10-key number pad, so while you don’t have the added benefit of quick-access number entry, it is compact enough to fit on a small desk space, while also giving you the benefit of keeping the mouse closer to you. Finally, it’s compatible with all the modern Windows machines and Linux.

Check out our other reviews of the best gaming keyboards​ available on the market today.