Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard Review – RTINGS.com
Reviewed Mar 19, 2020 at 08:33 am
Latest change: Test bench update Jun 15, 2023 at 04:36 pm
By Samuel Breton, Jean-Simon Bonneterre, and Olivier Gariepy
Entertainment / HTPC
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The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is a very straightforward wireless keyboard. It has typical rubber dome switches that can be found on other similar office keyboards that offer a good overall typing experience, although some may find them to be a bit mushy. It’s well-built even though it’s entirely made of plastic and is well-suited for an open-office environment as typing on it isn’t loud at all. Unfortunately, it lacks backlighting, which might be a deal-breaker for some, but it’s one of the most versatile keyboards since it works with pretty much any Bluetooth-compatible device, including mobile devices.
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard isn’t designed for gaming. We don’t currently test latency, but a Bluetooth connection is rarely recommended for gaming. Also, while it can set macros, the F4-F7 keys aren’t the best-positioned keys to use when gaming. It also lacks backlighting, which might be a deal-breaker for some.
Good overall typing quality.
Very quiet to type on.
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Mediocre for using with mobile devices or tablets. Although the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is Bluetooth-compatible and works with mobile devices, this full-size board isn’t the most portable. It might be a bit hard to fit inside a backpack and you can’t connect it to multiple devices simultaneously.
Good overall typing quality.
Very quiet to type on.
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is a good office keyboard. Its wireless design clears up a bit of clutter on your desk and its low-profile design is decently ergonomic to type on during your workday. Its rubber dome switches are very quiet to use in an open office environment and it offers a good overall typing experience.
Good overall typing quality.
Very quiet to type on.
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The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is an okay keyboard for programming. Although its typing experience is good, you can only set a few macros on the F4-F7 keys, which might not be enough for some. On the upside, its wireless design gives a cleaner setup.
Good overall typing quality.
Very quiet to type on.
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Good overall typing quality.
Very quiet to type on.
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Updated Jun 15, 2023:
We’ve converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update introduces new Backlight Features and Backlight Clarity test boxes. We’ve also added a new Switches test box, added additional test comparisons to our Hardware Customizability test box that we introduced with our last Test Bench. For an in-depth look at our changes, you can see our full changelog here.
Updated May 26, 2023:
We’ve converted this review to Test Bench 1.1. This update adds several new tests addressing Hardware Customization, Macro Keys And Programming, and Wireless Mobile Compatibility. We’ve also added new objective evaluations to the Typing Noise test, and we’ve simplified several tests and removed several others that were no longer relevant. For an in-depth look at all our changes, you can see our full changelog here.
Updated Apr 14, 2023:
We’ve added a link to the newly-reviewed Dell KB214 in the Wireless Versatility section of this review.
Updated Sep 30, 2022:
Added a comparison to the recently reviewed Logitech Signature K650.
Updated Apr 01, 2021:
Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
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Compared To Other Keyboards
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is nothing special. It’s a typical wireless full-size keyboard with rubber dome switches, and it doesn’t have many extra features. You can set macros to a few select keys, but that’s about it. It lacks backlighting so it might not be the best option for late-night workers. For more options, see our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best keyboards for writers.
The Microsoft Surface Keyboard is much more premium than the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It’s better built, and the scissor switches offer a better typing experience than the mushy rubber dome switches on the Bluetooth keyboard. On the other hand, you can set a few macros on the F4-F7 keys of the Bluetooth Keyboard, which you can’t do on the Surface Keyboard.
The Logitech MX Keys is better than the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It feels more high-end, has white backlighting, offers a better overall typing quality, and can be connected to up to three devices simultaneously. However, if you don’t like scissor switches and prefer a bit longer travel distance, go with the Microsoft and its rubber dome switches.
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard and the Dell KB216 are full-size office keyboards with low-profile designs and very quiet rubber dome switches. The Microsoft is a wireless model that connects via Bluetooth and feels somewhat better built overall. On the other hand, the Dell is a wired-only model. It also has better ergonomics since it includes pair of feet on the underside that you can fold out to provide an additional incline setting.
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is very different than the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017. The Microsoft keyboard’s full-size design includes a Numpad, and you can set macros on the F4-F7 keys using the customization software, a feature that the Apple keyboard lacks. The Microsoft keyboard is also compatible with Android devices, while the Apple keyboard isn’t. On the other hand, the Apple is a compact 75% keyboard that’s noticeably better built. The Apple has scissor switches while the Microsoft has rubber dome switches, but ultimately both offer a good quality typing experience.
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard and the Logitech Signature K650 are simple wireless keyboards designed for office use. The main difference is that the Logitech keyboard connects with both Bluetooth and a USB receiver, while the Microsoft model only connects with Bluetooth. Otherwise, they offer a similar experience in terms of typing, customization, and noise, though the Microsoft model feels more solidly built than the Logitech.
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is better than the AmazonBasics K4R. The Microsoft feels more durable, its Bluetooth connection makes it more versatile, and it will work with mobile devices as well, which the AmazonBasics can’t do. The AmazonBasics has a built-in touchpad while the Microsoft has a Numpad.
The Logitech K780 is more versatile than the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It can be used with its USB receiver and via Bluetooth and its design offers a little cradle for your mobile devices, which is very useful. However, if you don’t like circular keys, you might want to go with the Microsoft keyboard with its more typical square chiclet keys.
The Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is a better keyboard than the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It’s noticeably better built, has better ergonomics, and offers a better typing quality, but it might take you a bit of time to get used to the split-key layout. On the other hand, if you’re just looking for a straightforward wireless board, the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard might be a better option.
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0. 7″ (1.9 cm)
17.1″ (43.5 cm)
4.9″ (12.4 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
1.04 lbs (0.470 kg)
This is a full-size keyboard that doesn’t take too much space. It also doesn’t come with a wrist rest, which would have taken more desk space.
This keyboard is well-built. Its frame is made out of plastic, and although there’s some flex to the body, it still feels solid overall. The keycaps are stable, but the switches might feel a bit mushy when typing.
Home Row Height
16. 8 mm (0.7″)
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard’s ergonomics are decent. Even if it doesn’t have any incline settings or included wrist rest, this low-profile and straight board is decently comfortable to type on and you shouldn’t feel too much fatigue. If you’re interested in a similar, straightforward keyboard with better built-in ergonomic features, check out the Logitech Signature K650.
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
Size Of Right Mod Keys
Switch Stem Shape
Switch PCB Socket
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
This keyboard doesn’t have any backlighting, which isn’t ideal if you work in environments that don’t have enough light.
Connector (Keyboard side)
This wireless-only keyboard uses disposable batteries, so it doesn’t come with any cable.
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
This Bluetooth keyboard can unfortunately only be used with a single compatible device. If you want a keyboard that has multi-device pairing, check out the Keychron K4. Or, if you’re interested in a low-profile keyboard with similar functionality that uses a wired connection instead, check out the Dell KB216.
Dedicated Macro Keys Count
Onboard Macro Programming
Macro Programming With Software
Trackpad / Trackball
Windows Key Lock
The whole F row doubles down as hotkeys, including media keys. The only programmable macros are the F4-F7 keys, which are the media keys. On the upside, these macros can be pretty much anything and aren’t only from a preset list of options. This full-size board also has a NumPad on its right side.
- Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard
- 2x AAA batteries
No Marketed Name
Like most keyboards with this design, the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard has tactile rubber dome switches that require a lot of force go over the tactile bump before the actuation point. This results in a heavier typing experience, but the short travel distance helps making it lighter.
The overall typing quality on this keyboard is good. There’s nothing too special about it, as the stable keys offer decent feedback. Some may feel like the rubber dome switches are a bit mushy, but most should be satisfied with the typing experience.
High Pitch Clicks
Typing on the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard doesn’t make much noise. It’s very quiet and should be suitable for use in an environment with people surrounding you.
Software and Operating System
Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center
Software Windows Compatible
Software macOS Compatible
The Mouse and Keyboard Center software offers very limited customization. The only thing you can really do with it is program the macros on the F4-F7 keys. The software is also only compatible with Windows.
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux
All keys work in Windows, and the software is only compatible with Windows. On macOS, the search key acts as a Shift key. The Settings, Calculator, and Lock keys do nothing, and the F4, F8, and F9 keys also don’t work. On Linux systems, the Calculator, Settings, Lock, and Search buttons don’t work.
Media Key Compatibility
Android, iPhone & iPad
On Android devices, the F9 hotkey registers as the Alt key. The F10 key as Tab, and the F11 key as F12. The Settings, Lock, and Emoji keys don’t function. On iOS and iPadOS devices, the F4, F8, F9, F10, F11, and F12 keys don’t work. The Settings, Lock, Search, Insert, and Emjoy keys also don’t work. On iPadOS, all keys behave as they do on iOS devices except for the F12 key which functions on iPadOS but not iOS.
7 Best Quiet Keyboards for Click-Free Typing and Gaming
There’s nothing quite like the sound of fingers flying across a keyboard. That familiar clacking is no doubt part of what makes typing and gaming so enjoyable, but it can also be distracting in some situations, especially if you find yourself surrounded by coworkers who are also typing away. if you want to still enjoy typing and gaming without making too much noise, then a quiet keyboard might be just what you need.
In this article, we’ll reveal some of our top picks for quiet keyboards that offer great performance but don’t make nearly as much sound as traditional mechanical keyboards. So whether you’re planning on doing overtime work at home or aiming for championship levels in competitive esports titles, here are the best quiet keyboards you can get.
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Features to Look For When Buying Quiet Keyboards
If you want to find the perfect keyboard for gaming or typing, you’ll need to know exactly what features to look for. Consider the following factors before buying a quiet keyboard.
Keyboards come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and comfort levels. If you need a quiet keyboard for gaming, choose the gaming design. It’ll come with multimedia keys and programmable special keys that you can use for game macros. If you’re working long hours in front of a PC, opt for an ergonomic keyboard instead. It’ll be more comfortable and prevent muscle strain.
If you need to use your keyboard in darkness, or just want a flashy, good-looking device, consider a keyboard with lighting. You can also opt for a wired or wireless keyboard, or buy it as a combo with other peripherals.
Switch type should be your priority when you’re looking to buy a quiet keyboard. When it comes to mechanical keyboards, there are three types of switches: linear, tactile, and clicky. Keyboard producers also label switch types with colors, red (linear), brown (tactile), and blue (clicky). There are other colors or even different producer-personalized labels for different types of switches. However, Cherry MX is the most popular switch at the moment, and with a reason. They are high-quality, silent, yet tactile.
If you’re not into mechanical keyboards, you’ll have to decide between a membrane and rubber dome keyboard. Modern keyboards usually use both switch types in the form of rubber dome over the membrane. Membrane keyboards have electrical contacts on a plastic membrane sheet, while the rubber dome keyboard has little rubber domes inside each key that actuate the switch with pressure.
Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover
The anti-ghosting feature in keyboards lets you press multiple keys at the same time, but the keys respond one by one. All key presses will be sent to your PC without an error, and the response will be accurate.
N-key rollover also allows you to press multiple buttons simultaneously, but it is the keyboard registering each pressed button and not the PC. The result is accurate typing, even if you’re pressing a bunch of different keys at the same time.
There are different sizes of keyboards, and although the size refers to the physical dimensions of the keyboard, it also refers to the number of keys a keyboard has. A full-sized keyboard has 104 keys. Tenkeyless (TKL) keyboards have 87 keys, and 60% keyboards have 60 keys. There are other, less popular keyboard sizes and layouts out there so choose based on the form factor you need.
Finally, when choosing a quiet keyboard, you need to make sure it’s compatible with your PC and its operating system. Some keyboards are specifically made for Apple computers and won’t work on a Windows PC. On our list, you’ll only find keyboards that can work with both.
- Compatible with different devices
- Comes with a phone or tablet stand
- Premium comfort
- Battery life up to 2 years
Logitech K780 is a full-size keyboard with comfortable and quiet keys so you can type all day long in total silence. What’s the best thing about this keyboard is that it’s compatible with multiple devices and you can use it on a PC, tablet, or smartphone simultaneously. An easy-switch button allows you to toggle between three connected devices. It has an integrated stand where you can put your tablet or a phone to act as a screen. All you have to do is connect the keyboard via Bluetooth wireless connection or by using a USB cable.
The keyboard is powered by a C battery that the producer guarantee works for up to 2 years without charging it. This keyboard works with Windows 8 or newer, Mac OS 10.10 or newer, Chrome OS, Android 5.0 or newer, and iOS 5 or newer. You can match the keyboard with your PC style by choosing one of the two looks Logitech offers: white or speckless.
- Aluminum frame
- Customizable RGB backlighting
- Cherry MX mechanical key switches
- USB port
Corsair K70 is a quiet mechanical keyboard designed for gamers. Its keys are highly responsive and 100% anti-ghosting, so it’s also a top choice for writers and programmers. No matter how fast you type or repeatedly hit your “I win button” in your favorite game, all the pressed keys will be registered.
This keyboard displays nearly unlimited RGB colors that you can customize and control with Corsair iCUE software. You can also use this software for macro programming, and lighting synchronization with other Corsair peripherals, coolers, and fans. The keyboard also boasts a USB port which you can use to connect a mouse, or headphones, and make your PC set up more convenient.
- Razer Yellow Switches
- Full per-key RGB backlighting
- Fully programmable macros
- Magnetic wrist rest
The Razer BlackWidow Elite is another great choice for both gamers and professionals. What sets it apart from the rest of the keyboards on this list is the Razer yellow mechanical switches. They are linear and silent which means you’ll get a top solution for silent typing and gaming. Razer also sells this keyboard with Orange and Green switches, but those are significantly louder than the yellow ones.
The legacy speed keys allow this keyboard to be incredibly fast and precise. You can also remap all the keys and program keypress combos for various complex commands. You can also customize the RGB backlight and personalize your gaming and typing experience.
Finally, if you spend a lot of time in front of your PC, you’ll be happy to know that Razer BlackWidow Elite boasts an ergonomic magnetic wrist rest, made out of plush leatherette for your comfort.
- Water resistant keyboard
- RGB illumination with reactive effects
- Whisper quiet switches
- Magnetic wrist rest
- Multimedia controls
Steelseries is a well-known company that uses the standard Black, Red, or Brown color schemes for their switches. But Apex 3 RGB is different because it uses Steelserie’s whisper-quiet gaming switches. That said, this is not a mechanical keyboard since the switches are rubber dome. Some consider this type of switch to lack tactile feedback, so professionals may not want to invest in this keyboard.
If the looks are what matter to you, note that Steelseries Apex 3 RGB lighting is zone-lit. That means you won’t be able to customize each key’s illumination individually, but with SteelSeries’ Engine software, you can personalize the overall backlight. Maybe the lighting is not the selling point of this keyboard, but the fact it’s waterproof certainly makes it attractive. Rated at IP32, this keyboard can survive accidental spills during your heated gaming sessions.
- Wireless gaming keyboard
- Lightsync RGB lighting technology
- Battery life 40 hours
- Low profile mechanical switches
- Compatible with Windows, MacOS, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS
Logitech produces top of the line keyboards, and G915 is among the best quiet wireless gaming keyboards out there. Although this is a mechanical keyboard, it has low-profile keys. This makes it even quiet (though not completely silent) even if you don’t opt for the linear switches. And yes, you can choose between GL tactile, GL Linear, and GL Clicky switches. No matter your choice, you’ll have a comfortable experience typing on Logitech G915.
Because G915 is a gaming keyboard, it has extra keys dedicated to gaming. It also comes with a num pad and media keys. All of them have comfortable RGB backlight that can be individually customized. With the brightness set to 100%, the keyboard battery can survive up to 40 hours on a single charge. The keyboard is thin but durable as it is made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy.
- Per-key RGB backlighting
- Six dedicated macro keys for gamers
- Streaming commands with Elgato Stream Deck software
- Cherry MX Speed Silver switches
- Detachable cushioned palm rest
Corsair K95 Platinum XT is a keyboard with premium quality and comfortability. Its keys are double shot, made of PBT for durability. The included palm rest is made of soft cushioned leatherette, and can easily be detached. The K95 is a highly customizable keyboard. You can also personalize the RGB backlighting behind every individual key. The six additional macro keys on the left side of the keyboard are there for all your gaming needs.
You can order Corsair K95 with Cherry MX Blue, Brown, or Speed Silver switches, but it is the latter ones that make all the difference. They were designed for a high-speed response. They provide 1.2-millimeter actuation and will remain reliable even after 100 million keystrokes. Speed Silver switches are also linear, which means quiet.
- Silent orange Switch technology
- O-ring sound dampeners
- Adjustable brightness
- Programmable macros
- Tenkeyless design
Unlike its Elite version, this Razer BlackWidow keyboard uses Orange switch technology that needs only 45G of actuation force. Although not as popular as Yellow, it still greatly adds to the accuracy, speed, and quietness of the keyboard. The TKL version is also much more affordable and a great option if you are on a budget but still need a quiet gaming keyboard. Range switches are not the most silent option, but Razer also puts in the O-ring dampeners that further reduce the noise.
The Razer BlackWidow has all the keys individually backlit, but without RGB lighting. Also, you can remap all the keys and create personal keypress combos with Razer’s programmable macro support. With a tenkeyless design (this keyboard doesn’t have a number pad), BlackWidow is a compact keyboard that can fit any small desk space. Furthermore, it has a USB Type-C detachable cable so you can take it with you on a business trip, or to a gaming-on-the-go session.
If you’re looking for a quiet keyboard that will help you avoid disturbing others while you type or play games, any of the keyboards on our list should serve you well. Some are better suited for gaming, while others emphasize click-free typing experiences, but all of them will help keep the noise down. Do you have a favorite quiet keyboard? Let us know in the comments below.
Which mechanical keyboard to choose?
A mechanical keyboard is not the cheapest pleasure, so its choice should be approached wisely. In this article, we’ll show you how not to waste your money on a keyboard that doesn’t fit you.
Types of mechanical keyboards
There are quite a lot of different types and classifications of mechanical keyboards. We will try to systematize them all and tell you how to make a choice.
Made to size
There are four types of mechanical keyboards by size:
Full size with numpad (100-110%)
No numpad (75%)
No numpad, arrows, F-row, home/pgdown keys, etc. All missing keys are activated with Fn (60%)
In such keyboards, there are two Fn – each activates its own additional buttons (40%)
The last two types are ideal for constant carrying with you (for example, as a keyboard replacement on a laptop), the first two are universal options.
By the presence of key illumination, keyboards are distinguished with and without illumination
Backlit keyboards are typically used as gaming keyboards. With high-quality RGB backlighting, you can highlight groups of keys in different colors to make it easier to use game macros at night. The backlight can be adjusted to match the interior of the room or the color of the cat’s coat, the options are limited only by the owner’s imagination.
But it is better to take a workhorse without illumination, as it distracts and because of this it begins to annoy. Although, this is a matter of taste.
The keyboard format is divided into ANSI (American layout) and ISO (European layout)
They differ in the size of the Enter, Shift and backslash keys and in the functionality of the Alt keys (Alt Gr is used to enter additional characters of the European layout).
The choice of format is purely a matter of habit and convenience.
If possible, change the assignment of keys distinguish non-programmable devices, keyboards with DIP switches and programmable keyboards
DIP switches allow you to hardware swap ctrl-caps lock buttons, disable / enable the win button (useful for gamers so that the game does not crash), swap win and alt (useful for mac drivers). In other words, customize the behavior of modifier keys.
Programmable keyboards allow you to reprogram the entire keyboard layout. Often this is implemented in the form of switchable layers. For example, Vortex keyboards have only 4 layers – 1 by default plus 3 programmable, between which you can switch without problems.
Mechanical keyboards are divided into classical and ergonomic ones according to their shape
Ergonomic keyboards are designed for those who have problems with their hands, back, or those who love maximum comfort.
They are available in two types:
All in one: Kinesis Advantage, Truly Ergonomic
Separate: Ergodox, Mistel
Expensive, but very high quality and comfortable. An ideal choice for programmers, copywriters and other speed typing Jedi.
We saved the most important thing for last – this is the classification of mechanical keyboards by switch types
The presence of switches is the main difference between mechanical keyboards and their main advantage.
In the article, we will consider Cherry MX switches as the most popular and time-tested (produced for almost 30 years).
The picture shows the main switch options:
For those new to the world of mechanics, Cherry MX Brown is a good choice – they are quiet and give excellent feedback.
For gaming, choose Cherry MX Red (classic), Cherry MX Silent Red (if you care about a quiet keyboard), Cherry MX Black (if you like tight keys), Cherry MX Speed Silver (if you need fast typing).
For coding and copywriting, it is better to choose Cherry MX Blue (for fans of clatter), Cherry MX Speed Silver (as in games, emphasis on speed).
Cherry MX Clear – switches for experienced mechanics. We will not consider them in detail.
How to make a choice?
Derivation from information above:
- If you type a lot and start noticing shoulder fatigue and poor posture, take a closer look at ergonomic keyboards.
- Gamers will be more comfortable with standard keyboards, perhaps with additional macro keys, DIP switches, or the ability to completely reprogram the buttons.
- If you are looking for a laptop keyboard replacement, look for compact keyboards (40-60% of the classic size).
- Most important : select suitable switches. Can’t decide what you need? Use a special tester.
The best backlit keyboards – Rating 2023 (TOP 10)
Today, the backlight in a computer keyboard is a necessary feature. When working in the dark or at dusk, this makes navigation easier, especially if the user has not mastered touch typing. Lighting effects are nice for gaming – the backlight is programmatically tuned to popular games and changes modes automatically, adding dynamics. The choice of different devices in 2023 is impressive with a variety, so our editors have compiled an independent rating of the best backlit keyboards, according to user reviews. A fresh selection of the most successful models will help you choose and buy a new PC device that will last more than one year.
- TOP 10 best backlit keyboards
- 1. Logitech MX Keys
- 2. ASUS TUF Gaming K7 Linear switch
- 3. Razer Ornata V2 Black
- 5 .HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (Cherry MX Red) Black USB
- 6. SteelSeries Apex 3 RU Black USB
- 7. Corsair K68 RGB (CHERRY MX Red) Black USB
- 8. Sharkoon Shark Skiller Mech SGK3 (Kailh Blue) Black USB
- 9. OKLICK 969G SHOTGUN Black USB
- 10. Bloody Q135
- Which keyboard is better to choose
9001 3 4. Redragon Dark Avenger Black USB
TOP 10 best backlit keyboards
illuminated buttons, popular in 2023. The selected models are distinguished by a good working life and functionality, so they are equally good for printing and for computer games.
In the review – only top manufacturers who have long specialized in the development and production of high-quality peripherals. Before getting acquainted with their features, pros and cons, it is useful to understand the main criterion – the type of keyboards:
- Mechanical. Old and proven technology is considered the most reliable today. Resource – up to 50 million keystrokes, individual keys can be replaced with any suitable design.
- Membrane. The technology is less expensive, so these keyboards are cheaper than “mechanics”. The design feature is quiet operation, soft keystroke, these models are more convenient for games.
- Hybrid or mechanical diaphragm . They combine two technologies, in most cases – all buttons are membrane, game and main working – mechanical, with a separate pressing mechanism.
1. Logitech MX Keys
Quality keyboard in traditional design suitable for office and home use. The metal base gives stability, and the plastic is pleasant both in appearance and to the touch. Ergonomics deserves special attention – keys with an island arrangement and finger recesses, such details significantly increase comfort when working. But the main feature of the keyboard is the built-in backlight, which works automatically thanks to the motion sensor. The keyboard is wireless, battery life up to 5 months without recharging. It can be connected to three devices at the same time, and it gets along well with Windows, Android and Apple electronics. The buyers attributed the shortened left Shift key and the lack of manual on / off backlight to the minuses. Objectively, you can add a small battery capacity.
- fine assembly;
- solid appearance;
- low noise;
- connection to three devices at the same time;
- auto light.
- short left shift;
- The backlight cannot be switched on and off manually.
2. ASUS TUF Gaming K7 Linear switch
Excellent mechanical gaming keyboard is equipped with IP56 dust and moisture protection, which significantly prolongs its service life compared to analogues. It is easy to use, has Aura color synchronized lighting, logically divided into zones. The wrist rest is included, it is removable – you can remove it for transportation or when working away from the computer desk. The design itself is assembled on an aluminum frame, so the keyboard is strong, solid and stable. According to customer reviews, the model is very convenient and of high quality, but there are complaints about the backlight, some noted the complexity of its programming.
- magnetic wrist pad, according to reviews, very comfortable;
- is equipped with RGB backlight with good brightness;
- moisture and dust protection;
- quality optical switches;
- sophisticated design;
- no extra sounds when pressing keys;
- robust construction and good assembly.
- complex backlight setting.
3. Razer Ornata V2 Black
Gaming hybrid keyboard is the perfect combination of price and quality. It is more accessible than mechanics, but more durable than the usual membrane models. And in this model, for convenience, there is a built-in Razer Chroma RGB color backlight, as well as macro and key programming. There are a lot of settings in different modes, implemented integration with applications – great features for advanced users. According to reviews, dealing with the settings is not difficult if you give them a little time. The keyboard is made of metal and plastic, with a non-slip base and an ergonomic eco-leather wrist rest. To match the price – the assembly is of high quality, and the design is strong and durable. No critical cons were found for the model, but users noted slightly loud clicks.
- quality assembly;
- justified price tag;
- good wear resistance;
- wide range of settings;
- very comfortable palm rest;
- hybrid mechanical membrane key design.
4. Redragon Dark Avenger Black USB
Popular mechanical keyboard with outstanding performance. The model is gaming, mechanics, so its working life has been increased to 50 million clicks. Additionally, there is protection against moisture – a spilled drink will not prevent you from finishing the game and will not even disable the keyboard afterwards. Design features – programmable RGB lighting and a set of gaming functions, durability and stability. The model is classic, but without a digital block – this significantly reduces the overall dimensions, while maintaining the usual ergonomics. The keyboard outperformed most of the competitors in its price segment, and thus won a place in the ranking of the best.
- small dimensions and weight;
- low price for mechanical keys;
- strength and high working life;
- many gaming features.
- Loud key sound, which is typical for mechanics.
5. HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (Cherry MX Red) Black USB
One of the top gaming keyboards in most 2023 ratings. This model, unlike Brown, has a smaller size due to the lack of a separate digital unit. The basis of the design is a steel frame, which gives the device strength. Cherry MX Red switches are responsive and reliable, with crisp, precise operation, essential for active gaming or fast typing. Of the nice features – unlimited Anti-Ghosting, which prevents fictitious keystrokes, and N-Key rollover (multiple press anti-blocking). The laconic minimalist design is complemented by red backlighting with HyperX dynamic effects and brightness control. According to reviews, this is the best of the budget mechanical keyboards.
- laconic design without unnecessary elements;
- Cherry MX Red switches;
- have basic game functions;
- takes up little space.
- space key play.
6. SteelSeries Apex 3 RU Black USB
The popular membrane keyboard has the same quality and reliability as mechanical models. Working resource – up to 20 million clicks. The device is positioned as a gaming device, so the classic design is equipped with protection against water and dust, and is equipped with a magnetic palm rest. The form factor is traditional, in this version there is a full set of keys plus additional ones – volume control, media. The main feature is RGB-backlighting with fine settings, multi-level brightness and zoning, making it easy to adapt the keyboard to suit you. The assembly is good, the buttons are clear, they do not play, but they work louder than ordinary membrane ones – this is what buyers noted as the only negative.
- many customization options;
- quality workmanship;
- nice plastic stand and keys;
- six buttons for macros.
- noticeable key sound.
7. Corsair K68 RGB (CHERRY MX Red) Black USB
Best Customizable Backlit Keyboard ranked for many positive reviews. At the same time, the model is really very successful – a reliable mechanical design, protection against dust and moisture, a full set of keys with additional media buttons, and even a timer. The backlight works in 10 auto modes, with the possibility of individualization – personal settings, different colors for individual keys. The software part allows you to reassign function buttons and implement macros. The knurled surface and perfect angle of the wrist rest provide comfort. The shape of the keys is skeleton, they are comfortable and soft when pressed, although they are high. The weaknesses of the model are small Russian letters and the absence of a braid on the wire.
- personalization thanks to numerous settings;
- keys to control players;
- developed software;
- functionality and protection against dust, moisture;
- comfortable keys and palm rest;
- simple design;
- dynamic lighting effects for popular games.
- unbraided wire;
- small Russian letters on buttons.
8. Sharkoon Shark Skiller Mech SGK3 (Kailh Blue) Black USB
A fairly reliable mechanical keyboard with Kailh Blue switches belongs to the gaming class. This is expressed in such characteristics as advanced functionality, reconfiguration and key blocking, good assembly and durability. And the non-linear type of switches promises flawless performance during long typing. Multi-color RGB backlight has 20 preset modes that can be adjusted manually if you install special software. The design is compact and in general the keyboard is made very neatly and soundly. Users attributed only noisy keys to the minuses, which is natural for a mechanical type.
- suitable for gaming and printing;
- many settings;
- not bad functionality for a gaming model;
- excellent build quality and durability.
- noisy keys.
9. OKLICK 969G SHOTGUN Black USB
Another cheap mechanical type keyboard on our list is great for those who are looking for a good compact model. The sturdy case is made of metal, so that the device does not slip and does not “ride” on the surface of the table. The keys are soft and crisp, according to reviews, quite comfortable for gaming and typing. Moreover, the main ones – enter, shift, space have guides and work great when you press in the middle or from the edge. The absence of a separate digital block made it possible to shorten the length, so the keyboard takes up little space and does not interfere. Bright 6-color backlight works in 10 preset modes and turns on in manual mode. Users noted not only ease of use, but also easy cleaning, because the keys are easily removed. As a conclusion – a worthy version of mechanics at the price of a “membrane”.
- comfortable keys with a characteristic click;
- multi-mode backlight;
- good ergonomics;
- compact dimensions.
- Illumination colors cannot be changed.
10. Bloody Q135
A good, quiet PC keyboard was included in the review as the cheapest. This is a membrane type model with customizable backlighting and a full set of keys. Despite the relatively low price, users noted reliability – it works without breakdowns and failures. Moreover, the successful design of the keys was noted, under which small debris and crumbs do not fall. The functionality, of course, is limited, but there is Anti-ghosting and a backlight brightness control. The keyboard is wired, connected via USB. Objectively, in its price segment, this is the best option, without serious disadvantages. However, buyers noticed that the keys themselves do not glow and their symbols are not visible in the dark.
- quality assembly, nice plastic;
- classic design;
- dimmable lighting;
- comfortable for play and work;
- have Anti-ghosting.
- without button illumination.
Which keyboard is better to choose
If you analyze the reviews and opinions of experts, then when choosing a keyboard, you should pay attention to:
- Type mechanical, diaphragm, hybrid. The mechanics is the most reliable, it has a longer resource, but the keys work with a characteristic click and are heard in silence. Membrane quiet, but with a smaller working resource. Hybrid is the best combination for work and play.
- Connection method . Wireless keyboards need to be recharged or batteries/batteries changed regularly, but are more comfortable to use. And wired ones are cheaper, and you don’t need to monitor the charge level.
- For gamers – the presence of gaming functions. Anti-ghosting and multi-click anti-blocking are in any good keyboard in our rating. But some manufacturers equip models with a Win key lock, allow you to programmatically reassign buttons, connect the device to different devices at the same time.
- Backlight type . Basically – this is RGB, it is put in most models, except for the most budget ones. At the same time, the modes can often be reconfigured to suit your taste, up to setting a separate color for each button.