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AmazonBasics K4R Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 18, 2020 at 09:08 am
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Test Methodology v0.8
5.6
Mixed usage
4.3
Gaming
3.5
Mobile/Tablet
7.2
Office
5.1
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
No

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

See our Programming recommendations
  • 5.6 Mixed usage
  • 4.3 Gaming
  • 3.5 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.2 Office
  • 5.1 Programming
Pros
  • Decent ergonomics.
  • Built-in touchpad.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
  • No customization via software.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
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 if you're not using a mouse.

6.0
Design
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.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
N/A
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.

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Design
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color No Backlighting
Brightness Settings
No
Individually Backlit Keys
No

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

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
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.

0.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Multi-Device Pairing
No
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.

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

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.

Design
In The Box

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

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Rubber Dome
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
63.3 gf
Pre-Travel
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.

6.5
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
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
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Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

This keyboard doesn't have any customization software.

7.2
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
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B&H

The Logitech MX Keys is a better keyboard than the AmazonBasics K4R. The MX Keys 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 K4R as well. The only thing better with the K4R is the fact that it has an integrated touchpad.

Microsoft Surface Keyboard
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B&H

The Microsoft Surface Keyboard is a better overall keyboard than the AmazonBasics K4R. It's 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 K4R has a built-in touchpad instead of a NumPad, which can be useful.

Logitech K800
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B&H

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

iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08
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Newegg.com

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 K4R is better for the office. The K4R's typing experience also feels noticeably heavier than the folding keyboard.

Logitech Keys-To-Go
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B&H

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 K4R's switches is better and will be more similar to typical keyboards, while the rubberized keycaps of the Keys-To-Go are harder to press down.

Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard
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B&H

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is better than the AmazonBasics K4R. It feels more durable, its Bluetooth connection makes it more versatile, and it will work with mobile devices as well, which the K4R can't do. The K4R has a built-in touchpad while the Microsoft has a NumPad.

Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

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.

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