AmazonBasics K4R Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 18, 2020 at 09:08 am
AmazonBasics K4R Picture
Mixed usage
Connectivity Wireless
TenKeyLess (80%)

The AmazonBasics K4R is a rather cheaply-built wireless keyboard that comes with an integrated trackpad. It doesn't offer the best typing experience, but for its price point, it's decent. The board is entirely made of plastic and shows a good amount of flex and the keycaps feel poorly made. On the upside, the touchpad is easy to use and typing on the keyboard is quiet enough to use in an open-office environment. Its wireless design with touchpad is also great to use with a smart TV.

Our Verdict

5.6 Mixed usage

The AmazonBasics K4R is a sub-par keyboard for mixed usage. Its wireless design with touchpad is good for the office, although its typing experience isn't the best. It also feels quite cheap and doesn't feel very durable. This keyboard isn't designed to be used for gaming or programming.

  • Decent ergonomics.
  • Built-in touchpad.
  • Cheap build quality.
  • No customization via software.
4.3 Gaming

The AmazonBasics K4R isn't designed to be a gaming keyboard. Although it has very low pre-travel distance, it requires a lot of force to actuate each key, which isn't ideal for gaming. It also lacks backlighting and you can't program any macros on the board.

3.5 Mobile/Tablet

The AmazonBasics wireless keyboard with touchpad doesn't support Bluetooth and isn't designed to work with mobile devices and tablets.

7.2 Office

The AmazonBasics K4R is a decent keyboard for the office. Its low-profile design is decently comfortable to type on, it's very quiet and won't bother colleagues surrounding you, and the overall typing quality is okay. The wireless design with a touchpad is great if you want to use it in a meeting room, without having a full mouse and keyboard setup.

5.1 Programming

The AmazonBasics wireless keyboard is sub-par for programming. It can't set macros and its overall typing quality isn't the best. The build quality is mediocre and feels very cheap, which might not last you a while.

  • 5.6 Mixed usage
  • 4.3 Gaming
  • 3.5 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.2 Office
  • 5.1 Programming
  1. Updated Mar 18, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 13, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
0.9" (2.3 cm)
Width 14.7" (37.3 cm)
Depth 5.1" (12.9 cm)
Weight 0.8 lbs (0.3 kg)

The AmazonBasics K4R is about the same size as a typical TKL keyboard, but it comes with a built-in trackpad as well, so it might even take less space than a typical setup since you're not using a mouse. If you want a more compact board with a TrackPoint instead of a trackpad, check out the Lenovo ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II.

Build Quality

This keyboard feels cheaply made due to its all-plastic build. The materials feel flimsy and the keycaps seem to be fragile, although they're surprisingly stable. The board has a decent flex to it, which isn't great, and the trackpad is unpleasant to use. For a better built board, check out the Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard, or for something without a trackpad, the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard.

Board Design
Incline Settings
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics of the AmazonBasics K4R are decent. It has a straight board design, but its flat and low-profile design won't require a wrist rest. However, fans of inclined boards might be disappointed by the lack of keyboard feet.

Backlighting No
Color No Backlighting
Brightness Settings
Individually Backlit Keys

This keyboard doesn't have any backlighting, which might not be ideal for people who work in darker environments.

Length N/A
Connector (Keyboard side) No Cable

This keyboard is wireless-only, and since it uses disposable batteries, there isn't even a charging cable included.

Wireless Versatility
Proprietary Receiver
Multi-Device Pairing
Battery Type
2x AA

This wireless keyboard only works with its dedicated USB receiver. If you need a Bluetooth keyboard or a multi-device pairing feature, check out the Logitech K380.

Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
Extra Controls
USB Passthrough
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock

Although you have dedicated keys for volume control, the media control keys are hotkeys on the F keys. Each F key doubles as a basic function key for searching, opening up your music player, etc. The board also has a dedicated trackpad, so you don't need a mouse. You can use two fingers to scroll up and down, or left and right, and pinch out to zoom in or pinch in to zoom out. However, the trackpad takes the room of where the NumPad would be.

In The Box

  • AmazonBasics K4R wireless keyboard
  • USB Receiver
  • 2x AA batteries
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Key Switches
Rubber Dome
Actuation Force
63.3 gf
1.45 mm
Total Travel
1.67 mm

Like many office-oriented keyboards, the AmazonBasics wireless keyboard with touchpad has rubber dome switches. They have a tactile bump before the actuation point that requires a lot of force, which might get tiring for some if you type for long periods. Overall, the keys have a very short travel distance but feel mushy.

Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Typing on this keyboard is nothing too extraordinary. It's a very typical typing experience similar to low-profile office keyboards. The short keys feel quick thanks to the low travel distance but they feel mushy to type of as they require a lot of force to actuate. On the upside, the keys are very stable.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Very Quiet

Typing on this keyboard is very quiet and you shouldn't bother people around you when using it.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Software No Software
Account Required
No Software
No Profile
Onboard Memory
Cloud Sync
Backlight Programming
Macro Programming
Software Windows Compatible
Software macOS Compatible

This keyboard doesn't have any customization software.

Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

This keyboard has good overall compatibility. It's fully compatible with Windows, but some keys don't work on macOS and Linux. However, all alphanumerical keys work, as only the home, search, and back buttons don't work on macOS and for some reason, the F6 key doesn't work on Linux.

Compared To Other Keyboards

Although the AmazonBasics K4R is cheaply made, it does a good job at what it aims to do, which is being a basic wireless keyboard. It won't offer all the bells and whistles like higher-end products and won't be as durable, but if you're looking for a wireless office keyboard that won't break the bank, it's a good option. For more options, see our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best keyboards for writers.

Logitech MX Keys

The Logitech MX Keys is a better keyboard than the AmazonBasics K4R. The Logitech is noticeably better built, offers a better typing experience, and has backlighting. It also connects to devices via Bluetooth, so it's a bit more versatile than the AmazonBasics as well. The only thing better with the AmazonBasics is the fact that it has an integrated touchpad.

Microsoft Surface Keyboard

The Microsoft Surface Keyboard is a better overall keyboard than the AmazonBasics K4R. The Microsoft is noticeably better built, and it offers a better overall typing quality. It connects via Bluetooth instead of a dedicated receiver, which means it can also be used with mobile devices. On the other hand, the AmazonBasics has a built-in touchpad instead of a Numpad, which can be useful.

Logitech K800

The Logitech K800 and the AmazonBasics K4R are fairly different affordable keyboards. The AmazonBasics has an integrated touchpad and features rubber dome switches that feel a bit mushy. On the other side, the Logitech has backlighting, scissor switches, a fixed wrist rest, and a Numpad. The Logitech is rechargeable while the AmazonBasics uses disposable batteries.

Logitech K400 Plus

The AmazonBasics K4R and the Logitech K400 Plus both have a built-in trackpad in place of a Numpad. They're very similar keyboards, but the Logitech requires less force to actuate a key, and it has a second left-click button on the top left of the keyboard. Also, unlike the AmazonBasics, the Logitech has a companion software that allows you to make some customizations to the keyboard.

iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08

The AmazonBasics K4R and the iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08 both have an integrated touchpad. The iClever is better for using with mobile devices, while the AmazonBasics is better for the office. The AmazonBasics' typing experience also feels noticeably heavier than the folding keyboard.

Logitech Keys-To-Go

The AmazonBasics K4R is a better office keyboard than Logitech Keys-To-Go, which is better suited for mobile devices thanks to its Bluetooth connection. The feedback of the AmazonBasics switches is better and will be more similar to typical keyboards, while the rubberized keycaps of the Logitech are harder to press down.

Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard

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.

Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard

The Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is a better multimedia keyboard than the AmazonBasics K4R. The Corsair looks and feels much more premium, has backlighting and can connect to multiple Bluetooth devices at once, as well as to its USB receiver. It also provides a better typing experience and has dedicated companion software. On the other hand, if you're looking for an inexpensive way to add a keyboard to your Smart TV, the AmazonBasics is more budget-friendly.

+ Show more