Wireless keyboards may not be the best for gaming, but there is an undeniable convenience to wireless tech. This is the 7 best wireless keyboards of 2018.
Whether you need one for your smart tv, for the office or just need a convenient and portable option at home. A wireless keyboard can be a clever way to achieve this.
If you have had enough of wires wiggled together and want to be completely devoid of wires while you game then a wireless keyboard can be a great option. We’ve combed through a number of great wireless keyboards in the market and picked out our 7 best wireless gaming keyboards.
Before we proceed, it’s important to note that wireless keyboards are not ideal for gaming as they do have some amount of latency which wired and membrane keyboards lack, making them an ideal choice for most gamers on the market. Wireless keyboards do have their advantages though and can double up as a great office/ gaming hybrid use option.
The Best Overall Wireless Keyboard
If you are looking for a well-rounded overall wireless keyboard, this is the best of them all. Once again Logitech just proves themselves as the kings of the wireless keyboard industry.
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The ultra-thin profile coupled with the performance on hand indeed makes this one of the best if not the top wireless keyboard on our list. Unlike the K360 or other keyboards, the ease with which one can type and the almost completely lag free accuracy makes this a stellar choice. The adjustable backlighting is a neat feature. There are programmable as well as enhanced F-keys which give you additional functionality and performance. The palm rest makes for a comfortable experience all round. You can confidently game for long hours without fatigue with the K800. The downside with the K800 is that due to the compact design the keys can be a bit hard to clean and if single keys happen to fail it’s a bit hard to replace them.
2.4 GHz wireless
Unifying USB receiver
Size: 2.31” x 8.18” x 18.44”
The quality aspect is indeed where this keyboard differentiates itself from most in the market. The perfect stroke system makes for a quiet and fluid typing experience. The characters are not placed on the keys cheaply either. They are laser etched making for a highly durable design. The unifying receiver is also a nice touch which can eliminate more wires around your setup.
The battery can last on a single charge for up to 10 days. Following which you can recharge the keyboard using a micro-USB cable even during use. This is a highly convenient method.
Value for money
We feel the K800 is very marginally on the pricey side. Its build quality is excellent and does come with a bunch of features that we feel is essential if you would like a highly portable, thin option for gaming and office use.
Logitech K350 Wireless Wave Keyboard
Whether it’s for the office or you are just looking for a convenient wireless option at home, this is likely the best wireless keyboard on the market right now.
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The 1st keyboard on our list that employs the curved design, but not the last. Although slightly similar to the Microsoft the curves are rather toned down on this Logitech. It comes with a cushioned palm rest which is ideal for long gaming or typing sessions, making this one of our favorites on the list. A battery level indicator is also present which is extremely helpful. They key feel is certainly soft and a bit springy too. Even though it’s advertised as working up to 30 feet. Typing whilst gaming after about 5-7 will result in a lag which can be uncomfortable to game with.
2.4 Ghz Wireless
Laser Mouse included
18 programmable keys
Size: 10.4” x 3.1” x 19.7”
Weight: 2.2 pounds
One of the best wireless combos in the market. The high-performance mouse has a laser sensor and can be used for playing most games. The quality of the receiver is something that we really liked. Typically multiple receivers are required to connect multiple devices but the MK550 just needs a single tiny receiver for both devices. MAC compatibility requires a lot of tweaking which is a slight downside. Key durability is slightly questionable for this keyboard as a number of users report keys failing after a year or two.
The MK550 uses standard AA batteries which can be replaced. It has a maximum battery life of about 3 years. The mouse is similar and has a max life of 2 years.
Value for money
Despite the keyboard having a few minor issues, this is definitely one of our go-to options on the list. This is indeed more expensive than keyboards like the Ivation but the comfort and performance offered by the combo are indeed excellent.
Best Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad
Wireless keyboards with touchpads are becoming increasingly more popular every year, due to smart tv’s being a trivial part of our lives now. On that note, this is the best for that purpose on the entire market, a real testament to Logitech’s dedication to quality.
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If we could describe the K400 plus in two words it would be ultralight and versatile. This Tv-keyboard as Logitech calls it features a full-size 3.5-inch touchpad which helps your keyboard double up as a remote for a smart TV. The feel of the keys is slightly similar to that of the K360 which we saw earlier. The keys are much more compactly placed on this model. There are no media keys or any extra bells and whistles like backlighting which is a bit of a downside.
18 month Battery life
Size: 5.5 x 13.95 x 0.93 inches
Weight: 0.86 pounds
Aside from the core functionality which is very strong, the wireless range which caps out at a whopping 33 feet is extremely impressive. This way you can comfortably be away from your PC or smart TV setup and not experience too much lag while performing most tasks. The compatibility with different TVs is not great with some users reporting a loss of connection or lack of connectivity on some models. The lack of backlighting we thought was a bad idea as the texture makes the keys a tad hard to see in poor light conditions.
2 double AA batteries are included and Logitech determines the battery life to be about 18 months. This keyboard features an off switch which is very handy and enables one to extend that estimate and save power.
Value for money
As far as economical options go the K400 Plus indeed gives you a good bang for your buck. The versatility allows one to operate multiple devices but at the same time doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Best on a Budget
Logitech K360 Wireless
It’s lightweight and slim design makes it ideal for the smart tv, or if you just want an extremely convenient option at home.
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As far as gaming performance goes this is pretty basic. Ideal for the casual gamer and office worker. Can be great for watching movies as you can access the controls away from the desk. The keystrokes are pretty quiet as well
12 one-touch keys
2.4 Ghz Wireless & AES encryption
Size: 15.6 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches
The design is extremely compact leaving no room for any wrist rest. The profile is also extremely thin. The 12 programmable F-keys can be quite handy to access multimedia functions and email.
The build quality is quite good although the keys tend to retain fingerprints. The key spacing is limited which helps prevent dust from getting in too.
Up to 3 years battery life – This keyboard comes with 2 AA batteries that are pre-installed. This makes it a cheap plug and play option but it cannot be recharged which is a bit of a downside.
Value for money
In terms of being inexpensive, this is the go-to option on our list. However, the gaming features are limited
Runner-up Budget Options
Even Though it is primarily made to reduce eye strain or for people with poor eyesight. It is also a well-rounded overall wireless keyboard.
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The standout feature is the larger keys making it quite easy to type quickly. Performance-wise the Ivation performs extremely well. With the exception of connectivity over larger distances. The 32 feet as advertised is not very accurate. Although this is expected for most wireless devices. The letters inscribed are quite large making the keys very easy to see.
Size: 18” x 6.20” x 7/8”
Weight 1.9 pounds
Motion Sensor – The motion sensor tech to awaken the keyboard from power saving is a nice touch. This offers a great amount of power saving.
The build quality is quite good with durable keys with about a 10 million key life. The LEDs are bright but crisp so that they don’t cause a strain on your eye, especially when used at night.
The built-in battery is rechargeable and is far more convenient than conventional AA models. This can be a subjective element based on the circumstance. The charge lasts about a week on moderate usage. This is not great but the ability to recharge slightly offsets this.
Value for money
The Ivation offers good value for money as the features on offer correlate well with the price.
Best for Tablets
If you are looking for a quality universal wireless keyboard, then this is the best one out there. Incredible for tablets, smart tv’s and computers alike.
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The ultrathin & ultra-light weight design is perfect for those wishing to move their keyboards around a lot. The HB030B almost feels like a thing slate. The keys are extremely clear and their feel can be equated to those membrane type keyboards found on some laptops. The laptop does not feature a number pad section too. The key structure makes it a good keyboard for playing simple games. A wrist rest is however not present.
Ultrathin – 9.3 X 5.3 X 0.24 inches
Ultralight – 0.37 lbs only
7 LED backlit colors
The backlighting is excellent and easy on the eye. The keys are great for typing and not very clicky which some gamers love. The keyboard is quite durable and a lot of users reported no issues are using for extended hours over a year period at least. A downside is more related to the range as this is a Bluetooth keyboard and does not operate at radio frequency. It’s important to stay close to your devices. If you are into playing strategy games then the number pad arrow keys are necessary. This is something that the keyboard lacks along with an indicator showing the remaining battery life.
The Battery can last up to 6 months on one charge and is rechargeable. The 6-month figure is based on 2 hours of non-stop use per day. If you are into gaming on your laptop or tablet a lot then you might have to charge more frequently.
Value for money
This keyboard is quite inexpensive and its value stems from its versatility. Overall, a great keyboard to have around the house which can be used along with your tablet or PC.
Arteck Universal Keyboard
A little hard to get used to at first, but once you do it is truly an ergonomic wonder.
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The unconventional design is great for office use but no so good for the serious gamer. The curved design can make it a bit difficult to run key combinations. Other than the curved design with the center separation this keyboard also has a separate number pad which can be moved around. This can bode very well for tasks & spacing. MAC users can face a number of issues when using this keyboard.
Separate number pad
Wireless Mouse included
2.4 GHz Radio Frequency
Weight: 4.3 pounds – Despite being a wireless option its on the heavier side.
Size: 8.86 x 21.06 x 1.77
Quality wise this keyboard is outstanding. The curved design coupled with the wrist rest is perfect for typing for long hours. The data encryption is great and keeps you secure. The downside is that the keyboard is not backlit unlike others on our list.
The keyboard makes use of a couple of AAA batteries and the mouse makes use of a couple of AA batteries. The life is around 36 months.
Value for money
Weighing the features it offers with comfort being at the forefront. This keyboard is slightly on the expensive side. Backlighting would be a great option to have as well
Other Keyboards we Tested
An honorable mention of those keyboards we tested that was quite good but didn’t make the list.
While Apple’s official tablet keyboard is very decent, it is comparatively overpriced to the other options on the market. And for once, you can actually use other keyboards with your Ipad’s etc. So you are by no means forced to buy it. However, huge fans of Apple might find this one pretty neat.
A smart solution if you want a great traveling keyboard. However, that is a list for another day and in terms of performance, it is average at best.
While still an incredible wireless keyboard, Logitech have released improved version of this since. Both the k800 and k350 is preferable in our opinion, but the MK520 can still be a nice option if you want something a little larger.
A decent option for tablets and generally very portable, but do far worse than the Arteck in both performance and ergonomics.
HP Wireless Elite v2
A nice try from HP to match Logitech’s many wireless options. However, it is not quite as good as what Logitech offers.
Once again, a major brand tries to compete with Logitech’s wireless collection. Sadly no major brand really manages to threaten Logitech, and in almost all cases they offer the best wireless keyboards, at least for computer use.
Things to consider when looking at wireless keyboards
We have made a small guide designed to help you find the perfect wireless keyboard for you.
Keyboards are one of the types of equipment that can struggle the most from cutting the cord. So there is definitely a couple of things you need to consider before you buy a wireless keyboard
Gaming or Work?
We will almost never recommend buying a wireless keyboard for gaming purposes. The issues that can affect your gameplay are many and when it comes to gaming they are also unforgiving.
It might not be a big issue when typing an email, but sudden stutter can be devastating to a gamer. Just as a malfunctioning car is unacceptable to a race car driver.
They also have a tendency to have a poor connection and stutter when the battery is not fully charged. This is not a huge deal for the average office worker, but can really ruin a gaming session.
We are not saying that all wireless keyboards have these issues, and there are a few ones on the market that can function properly with your gaming rig. It is also worth mentioning all the upsides with wireless technology. Since every gamer knows the nightmare that is entangled wires below your desk, which is why wireless keyboards are so popular in offices.
It is also very convenient and portable to have a wireless keyboard at home, that you can easily take with you. You don’t necessarily need to use this keyboard as your main one with your desktop. But having one at home is incredibly useful, especially if you have other devices such as tablets, smart TVs etc.
Do you have a smart tv?
Smart TVs are one of the biggest reasons that wireless keyboards are so insanely popular. It is so incredibly convenient to have a wireless universal keyboard to cleverly control your tv from the sofa. It is also very useful if you have a computer connected to your TV through an HDMI port. When it comes to the living room, having wires lying around is an annoyance.
Bluetooth or Radio Frequency?
Most wireless keyboards use radio frequency, which is basically just a tiny USB port that you plug into your device, and you are good to go. This is usually the most efficient method in terms of connectivity, but it is not as universal as Bluetooth. It is, however, the type you wanna go with if you are a gamer, and probably also if you are purchasing keyboards for the office.
Bluetooth is not as stable in its connection but can be used with literally anything. This makes it a great choice for using it with the smart tv, and if you want to be able to switch between devices seamlessly. Making Bluetooth the ideal choice if you just want the convenience of a wireless board at home.
This is often referred to as the number 1 issue with wireless PC technology, but when it come to keyboards it is far from the truth. Unless there is a lot of LED lighting and such, a keyboard is incredibly power efficient, and with a couple of AA batteries, you won’t have any issues with the battery for a year or maybe even more.
We do recommend you chose a keyboard that uses regular batteries instead of having a charger station. Simply since they last longer and have fewer performance issues.
Wireless Performance v Wired?
Wired is better, pretty much in all cases. If you look for pure performance you should always get wired. However, it is hard to put an actual price tag on convenience, and that is just what wireless is, convenient.
You should not get a wireless keyboard, mouse or anything of the sort for pure performance. But if you are sick of wires lying around, if you wanna be able to walk around with your keyboard from the living room to the bedroom, then a wireless is for you.
Q&A about wireless keyboards
Questions from the readers, about wireless keyboards.
Q: Do you know of any noteworthy professional gamer that uses a wireless keyboard?
A: No, and you won’t find one if you try. In terms of pure performance, wired and wireless are simply not comparable. And those seeking to mid-max their game in-game performance should always look for a wired option.
Q: What should I look for in a wireless keyboard if I wanna use it for both my TV and tablet?
A: Make sure it uses Bluetooth and not radio frequency. While RF generally has a better connection, Bluetooth are way better with smart TVs and such.
Q: What battery type is the best?
A: We feel the classic AA batteries have the most benefits. They last A LOT longer, they don’t have durability issues and are easily replaceable. Whereas an internal battery and charging station will quickly get worn down and is a lot harder to replace if broken.
Q: Do you know of any good mechanical wireless keyboards?
A: No, and we have tested quite a few. Mechanical keyboards rely heavily on anti-ghosting, which is something that won’t be implemented in wireless keyboards. Simply due to draining the battery more quickly. Mechanical keyboards are all about maximizing your performance in writing or gaming, and wireless is all about convenience.
Web sites, articles, and pieces we used to research for this buying guide.
Digikey, Comparison of radio frequency and Bluetooth, in-depth article about the difference between RF and Bluetooth.
Goldtouch, Bluetooth vs radio frequency, a direct showdown between the two wireless methods.
Logitech, Wireless keyboards product information, a page about the specifics of their wireless keyboards.
Linklabs, 5 types of wireless connection, a big article about the different kinds of wireless technology.