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In many ways, the humble keyboard is the most vital component of your home computer setup. It is the primary interface by which we interact with the digital world, which makes it imperative that you choose the right one for your needs. Doing so is more complex a proposition than you might initially suppose, as a simple Google search will reveal an almost infinite array of keyboards for every budget and purpose.
Whether you’re looking for a simple keyboard for your home office, a killer mechanical gaming keyboard, or a keyboard to maximize your photo and video editing workflow, somewhere out there you will find the ideal clicky companion for work, play, or both. Our dedicated experts have worked tirelessly to find the best keyboards to fit almost any niche.
If you’re unsure of what kind of keyboard you need, check out our guide “Before You Buy a Computer Keyboard”.
Check out the best computer keyboards below:
Wrist pad for extra comfort
Easy to set up
Several customization options
Can't wake PC in sleep mode
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. Our reviewer liked the inclusion of the cushioned palm rest, they made her wrists 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.
"Encrypted keystrokes, wireless technology, a detached numpad, a magnetic riser, and an ergonomic design make this keyboard a surefire winner." — Emily Isaacs, Product Tester
Best-in-class mechanical switches
Anodized aluminum build
Dedicated media controls
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 great online ratings speak to the superb typing experience that comes with a mechanical keyboard. Beyond keyboard 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.
"Don't judge the Das Keyboard by its release date. This mechanical keyboard has audible, tactile switches that provide excellent feedback to improve your typing and gaming experience." — Ajay Kumar, Tech Editor
Context sensitive dial for creative applications
It’s not just gamers who need special features to enhance and streamline their experience. Creatives such as video makers and photographers have specialized needs in keyboards, and the Logitech Craft offers solutions to make their lives a little bit easier. The big standout feature of this keyboard is its context-sensitive dial, which comes preconfigured to function in software such as Adobe Lightroom, Premiere, and Microsoft Office. You could use it to adjust the exposure of a photo for example, or in a web browser, turning it switches tabs. It has a wide range of potential applications.
The Craft is smartly designed in other ways as well. The keys are shaped for comfort and designed for accuracy, while the backlighting turns on when your hands approach the keyboard and turns off when they are removed. It’s built out of aluminum and features dedicated keys for switching seamlessly between wirelessly connected devices. This means that you could be using a Mac to edit video while performing a separate task on a PC, and easily work on both at the same time. The keyboard can be paired with the Logitech MX Master 2’s mouse, which enables you to use the easy device switching functionality with the mouse as well. The only real downside to the Logitech Craft is its unfortunately high price point.
Durable stainless steel frame
Lighting lacks customization options.
Users report inconsistent quality
With the look and feel of a premium backlit gaming keyboard, the NPET K10 provides a typing experience that you’d expect from a much more expensive device. It features a stainless steel frame and sturdy ABS plastic keycaps that should provide longevity beyond that of the less sturdily built keyboards typical in its price range. It’s even water-resistant, and its open keyboard design makes it easy to clean.
The NPET K10 may not feature actual mechanical key switches, but they are designed to replicate the feel of typing on a mechanical keyboard, which for the price is a reasonable compromise. Its rainbow-colored LED backlighting looks cool but lacks customization options. The colors are fixed; the only possible adjustments being brightness and breathing effect.
Supports multiple devices
Integrated smartphone and tablet stand
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.
Zero lag wireless connectivity
Volume roller and dedicated media controls
Good battery life
Highly customizable lighting
The Logitech G915 Lightspeed certainly deserves its sci-fi name. This is a top-notch wireless keyboard with zero compromises, except of course in its price. At two hundred and fifty dollars the G915 hurts your wallet just to look at it, but with exceptional build quality and cutting edge tech, that high price tag doesn’t seem quite so steep.
Decreased wireless response times aren't a problem with this keyboard, as it includes Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless technology that promises 1 millisecond response times. Battery life is also not a concern, with 30 hours of use time per charge. The keyboard includes a volume roller and excellent dedicated media controls. On top of its beautiful aircraft aluminum design, the G915 includes Logitech’s Lightsync technology that synchronizes the individual RGB lit keys with the content on your screen. These RGB lights can be individually customized, and you can even create custom lighting animations using the included software.
Premium look and feel
Metal volume roller
Elgato Stream Deck support
Extra Macro keys
The crown of gaming keyboard prowess must surely go to the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT. This gleaming metal monster of a keyboard is equipped with individually RGB backlit Cherry MX mechanical switches, and even the excellent volume roller is satisfyingly built of metal. With its double-shot injection molded keys, the Corsair K95 is built to last and even comes packaged with a removable palm rest to help ease the strain of long gaming sessions.
The dedicated media keys will be appreciated even by non-gamers, as will the programmable macro keys, which are popular with creative professionals and gamers alike. If you enjoy streaming games, the Corsair K95 has you covered with integrated Elgato Stream Deck support. All this gaming goodness does come at a high price point, but we think that in the right hands the Corsair K95 is worth every penny.
Extremely quiet mechanical keys
Great backlighting that is highly customizable
Dedicated volume roller and multimedia controls
Less tactile feedback than loud clicky keyboards
Whether you’re working in a quiet office, or staying up late and don’t want to wake up the kids next door, there is much to be said for a quiet keyboard. The Corsair Strafe RGB MK 2 Silent Mechanical Keyboard is a practically perfect solution for anyone working, gaming, or surfing the web late at night or in a location where a lack of noise is essential or desirable. It utilizes Cherry MX Silent switches to achieve maximum performance and tactility while minimizing noise, though in actual use they are not quite so tactile as their clicky cousins.
The Strafe also includes customizable RGB backlighting, a full set of media controls (including a volume roller), and USB passthrough. The only major downside with the Corsair Strafe is that it is somewhat pricey.
Trackpad and extensive media control keys
40 hour battery life
Not suited for gaming
A computer can make a versatile media center in your living room, providing easy access to streaming, your digital media library, and games. However, navigating a computer while sitting on your couch with a mouse and keyboard can be a cumbersome affair. This is where the Corsair K83 comes in. This nifty little keyboard not only has a full set of low profile keys on a discretely sized board, but it also features media control keys and a circular trackpad.
This versatile wireless keyboard can run without recharging for 40 hours, and greatly streamlines the experience of operating a PC centered entertainment center. Entering passwords or searching for shows using a TV remote or game controller is a tiresome chore which the Corsair K83 eliminates. However, don’t plan on gaming with the Corsair K83, as its trackpad is small and really only suitable for basic navigation.
Split ergonomic design
Comfortable wrist rest
Works for gaming and productivity
On the pricey side
The Cloud Nine C989M Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard is a unique split keyboard layout for those that want comfort without compromising on gaming perks. The keyboard is mechanical, featuring Cherry MX brown switchers for a balance between tactility and noise. It's full-sized, but can be separated out into two different sections connected by a wire, allowing you to get a better position for your hands and wrists while typing.
The keyboard has features that lend it toward both productivity and gaming. There's a built-in palm rest for long hours of typing, programmable macro keys, a full number pad, and RGB backlighting. Cloud Nine claims you should have no problem using it for 8 hours of pain-free typing a day.
The best computer keyboard for most people, especially those focused on comfort, is the Microsoft Sculpt. The unique arc layout turns it into an ergonomic keyboard complete with a comfortable wrist rest. You'll be able to type for hours without experiencing strain or fatigue. For the more productivity-oriented typer, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is ideal for workers, professionals, and gamers. The mechanical switches make typing a pleasure and give it a great deal of precision and tactile feedback.
Our expert reviewers and editors evaluate keyboards based on design, switch type (for mechanical decks), actuation distance, functionality, and features. We test their real-life performance in actual use cases, both for productivity tasks and in more specialized scenarios, like gaming. Our testers also consider each unit as a value proposition—whether or not a product justifies its price tag, and how it compares to competitive products. All of the models we reviewed were purchased by Lifewire; none of the review units were furnished by the manufacturer or retailer.
Emily Isaacs has been writing for Lifewire since 2019 With expertise in computer and peripherals, Emily built her own PC, has plenty of gaming accessories, and loves her mechanical keyboard. She reviewed the Microsoft Sculpt and enjoyed its ergonomic contours and solid wireless connectivity.
Alice Newcome-Beill is Associate Commerce Editor for Lifewire. She's previously been published on PCMag, PC Gamer, and Games Radar. If there's anyone who knows keyboards, it's Alice. She's always keen to try out the latest computer peripherals, she can write a dissertation on the difference between mechanical keyboard switches.
Ajay Kumar is Tech Editor at Lifewire. He's previously been published in PCMag and Newsweek, reviewing everything from PCs and smartphones, to keyboard and smart home devices. He built his own gaming PC and owns no less than five different sets of mechanical keyboards, each with their own customized switches and keycaps.
Andy Zahn spends much of each day with hands glued to one keyboard or another, often writing about keyboards, or about things that use keyboards. Between his career as a writer, his hobby as an enthusiastic video game player, and his work writing and editing photos and videos, he knows well the value of picking the right keyboard.
Size - When it comes to keyboards, size matters. Are you planning on using yours primarily at your desk or will you take it to coffee shops with you? If you need a portable keyboard, there are still great full-size options but do keep size in mind when deciding which one you want.
Mac vs. PC - What kind of computer will you be using with your keyboard? While it seems like all keyboards should be compatible with both Macs and PCs, this isn’t true. Windows and Mac keyboards also have slightly different layouts; if you’re shopping for a Mac computer keyboard, it’s best to get one specifically tailored to that OS.
Use - There are all types of keyboards out there, so think about how you intend to use yours. Office-focused keyboards should be ergonomic, while gamers have different concerns. However, if you’re going to be using your keyboard for everything, it’s best to find a multi-purpose model that’ll work as well for typing emails as it will for everything else.