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The 5 Best Keyboards For Typing - Spring 2024 Reviews

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Best Keyboards For Typing

For a writer, your keyboard is your tool of the trade. That's why it's so important for writers to have a keyboard that offers comfort and support and feels satisfying to use. It's also important that your keyboard has all the right buttons and functions you need, whether dedicated media keys for skipping through playlists while working on that screenplay or the ability to remap keys in the software so your shortcuts are right where you need them.

We've tested over 220 keyboards, and below is our list of the best keyboards for writers we've tested. If you're exclusively looking for ergonomic options, check out our recommendations for the best ergonomic keyboards. If you write lines of code instead of lines of dialogue, we also have a list of the best keyboards for programming. Or, if you know for certain you want a mechanical keyboard for that nice click and clack, check out our best mechanical keyboards article.


  1. Best Keyboard For Typing

    With over 220 keyboards tested, the best keyboard for typing we recommend for most people is the Keychron Q5 Max. We've singled out the 96% Q5 model specifically here, but this keyboard is actually part of a wider Q Max series that includes many different-size variants. If you prefer a more traditional full-size model or a more compact keyboard that takes up less space on your desk, we suggest checking out the entire lineup on Keychron's website here. Each board in this lineup shares the same impressive build quality and premium-feeling typing experience right out of the box.

    Part of what makes each keyboard in the Q Max series a typist's dream is how it's constructed. It has a double gasket mount design with small silicon separators between components inside the case, which lends a softer, cushioned typing feel. It also has multiple layers of acoustic materials sandwiched inside components, and the switches and stabilizers come pre-lubed from the factory.

    That said, because this keyboard has a higher-end, solid aluminum case, it's a little louder than most other options on this list. We also noticed the stabilizers on the larger keys felt and sounded a little inconsistent during our testing, so you may want to re-lube or replace the stabilizers yourself to get the most out of this board. To that end, this keyboard is also designed to be highly customizable and includes a tool kit so you can completely disassemble the board to swap out any pieces if you want.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Keyboard For Typing

    If the price tag and the customization factors of the Keychron Q6 don't appeal to you, we recommend the NuPhy Halo96, one of the models in NuPhy's Halo lineup. We've highlighted the largest 96% size option here that features nearly all of the keys of a standard full-size keyboard (including a Numpad) but in a slightly more compact package without spacing between key clusters. If you don't need a Numpad, the (75%) and (65%) variants of this keyboard offer the same features and excellent typing quality as the larger version, but in a smaller package—they're typically a bit less expensive, too.

    One of the major draws of this keyboard for typists is the emphasis on typing quality and acoustics. There are multiple layers of silicone-dampening material inside the case and what NuPhy calls a GhostBar, a spacebar fitted with polycarbonate and silicone pieces to help dampen the loud hollow sound spacebars often make. You can buy this keyboard in a range of tactile or linear switches and, thanks to the hot-swappable PCB, even add the switches you prefer.

    While the build quality and materials don't feel as premium as with our top pick, the Q6, this keyboard also offers wireless connectivity. While its high profile and weight mean it isn't a super portable option, it's still a great choice if you have a multi-device setup at your desk, as it pairs wirelessly with up to three devices via Bluetooth. Note that this keyboard doesn't have the pictured acrylic wristrest, but you can purchase one separately from NuPhy's website.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Keyboard For Typing

    At a mid-range price point, we recommend the Logitech MX Keys S. While the above picks are mechanical keyboards, this keyboard goes back to basics. It uses scissor switches—typically found in laptop keyboards—making this a familiar-feeling option for most. This straightforward model has a sleek dark grey and black aesthetic that looks professional in any setup. It also has white-only backlighting you can set to automatically adjust to the lighting around you, making the legends on keys easy to read in all conditions.

    It makes up for what it lacks in extra features with design touches. Its flat, low profile means you can rest your wrists directly on your work surface to type comfortably without a wrist rest. Each keycap has an indent in the middle that helps guide your fingers into the center and avoid accidental keystrokes on neighboring keys. As this is a wireless unit, you don't have to worry about cable management, and thanks to its long battery life of up to five months, you don't need to worry about constantly recharging it.

    As mentioned, the low profile is comfortable to use. However, if you're prone to wrist pain and are interested in something with a more ergonomic design, the Logitech ERGO K860 is also a solid, mid-range option. Its split design reduces strain on the fingers, wrists, and shoulders since your arms are in a more natural position during use. Though, the layout might take a bit of getting used to at first.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Keyboard For Typing

    Of all the budget keyboards we've tested, the ROYAL KLUDGE RK61 takes the crown. This little unit is portable thanks to its compact design and lightweight plastic build. Its small footprint clears up space on your desk for keeping your water bottle, coffee mug, phone, and whatever else you need for your workflow right where you need them. This unit also has excellent wireless versatility. You can connect with up to three devices at once using Bluetooth, or you can get a variant that includes a USB receiver, which is great if you tend to work in areas with a lot of Bluetooth noise, like an office or a co-working space. The battery life isn't excellent, but it promises around 10 hours of active use, and you can always continue to use it while it charges with a standard wired connection.

    A few other variants of this keyboard are available, like a variant with full RGB backlighting or a hot-swappable variant that allows you to easily swap out the switches, which is particularly impressive given its low price point. Whatever option you spring for, you're guaranteed a solid typing experience without breaking the bank.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Keyboard For Typing

    The best cheap option we recommend for most typists is the Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K380s. This compact, slim keyboard is easy to slip into backpacks or laptop cases. It's also an excellent match for smaller workspaces or if you find yourself hopping between hot desks. It uses AAA batteries and connects wirelessly with Bluetooth, supporting multi-pairing with up to three devices simultaneously.

    Overall, it's a versatile and portability-forward pick that's very hard to beat in its price range. However, its biggest drawback is that it has somewhat unusual circular keycaps and a slightly tighter key spacing layout than other keyboards on this list. The layout may take some time to get used to at first, but most people will achieve their normal typing speed before long.

    It's also worth noting that this keyboard's compact layout lacks a Numpad. If you need a Numpad, we recommend the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard instead. It isn't as portable and doesn't feel as well built overall, but it has a more conventional full-size layout with standard key spacing and is typically available for about the same price.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • NuPhy Gem80: The NuPhy Gem80 is a standout TKL alternative in the same price range as the Keychron Q5 Max, but it's an outlier because it's only available as a barebones kit without switches and keycaps. That said, it comes loaded with an array of acoustic treatments and layers of dampening material, and its stabilizers also come pre-lubed from the factory and feel more consistent than those on the Keychron Q5 Max. It provides an extremely premium-feeling typing experience if you're comfortable buying and installing switches and keycaps. See our review
  • Ducky One 3: The Ducky One 3 is a colorful and versatile unit that offers an exceptional typing experience if you'd prefer the feel of a mechanical keyboard for around the same price as the Logitech MX Keys S. However, unlike the Logitech keyboard, this is a wired-only model with a high-profile design that's most comfortable to use with a wrist rest. See our review
  • Logitech MX Mechanical: The Logitech MX Mechanical is essentially a mechanical version of the Logitech MX Keys S. While it's a great choice if you're already in a Logitech peripheral system, you can find mechanical keyboards that offer a better typing experience at a similar price range, like the NuPhy Halo96. See our review
  • Epomaker TH80 Pro: The Epomaker TH80 Pro is a great alternative to the ROYAL KLUDGE RK61 if you'd prefer something larger with dedicated arrow keys and a function row. It also offers a somewhat better typing experience with higher-quality PBT keycaps. The downside is that it's typically quite a bit more expensive, and its PBT keycaps don't have shine-through legends. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 19, 2024: We've replaced the Keychron Q6 with the Keychron Q5 Max as our best pick, as it's only a bit more expensive but adds wireless connectivity and some typing experience improvements. We've also replaced the Logitech K380 with its successor, the Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K380s, and added the NuPhy Gem80 to our list of Notable Mentions.

  2. Feb 06, 2024: We've changed our 'Best Keyboard For Typing' pick from the Keychron Q2 to the Keychron Q6. Both keyboards are in the same wider lineup and similar, but the Keychron Q6 is a full-size model that's likely to be a better fit for most people than the compact 65% Keychron Q2. Like all other picks on our list, the Keychron Q2 is also updated to our most recent test bench methodology, making all our picks more directly comparable.

  3. Dec 08, 2023: We've audited our list of recommendations and aren't making any changes with this update, but we've confirmed all our picks for relevance, stock availability, and pricing.

  4. Sep 20, 2023: We've verified the pricing and availability of all our picks but haven't changed our recommendations, as all products remain the best options for their respective categories.

  5. Jul 20, 2023: We've replaced the Logitech MX Keys as our mid-range pick and replaced it with its successor, the Logitech MX Keys S, which is a bit cheaper than the original and adds several minor featuresโ€”including new shortcuts, software support for macros, and auto brightness backlighting.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best keyboards for fast typing and writing. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our keyboard reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no keyboard is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.