For writers, spending countless hours typing on a bad keyboard can be tiring and potentially lead to other issues. Writers also have very unique requirements when it comes to keyboards; some prefer mechanical switches, while others prefer the silent typing noise of a membrane keyboard. As such, we've compiled a list of our recommendations for the best keyboards for writers, from feature-packed models to budget options; hopefully, you can find one that will inspire you to keep writing.
We've reviewed more than 80 keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best keyboards for writers that are available for purchase. For other options, see our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.
The best mechanical keyboard for writers that we've tested is the Razer BlackWidow Elite. This wired, full-sized mechanical board is a great choice for writers and office use due to its low pre-travel distance before actuation and overall design. It has a hefty build that doesn't have much flex, and the ABS plastic keycaps don't feel cheap. For a straight keyboard, the ergonomics are great as it has two incline settings and a wrist rest.
The model we tested has proprietary Razer Orange switches, which have nice tactile feedback while also being fairly quiet. They're quite similar to the Cherry MX Brown switches, with a bump right before the actuation point. The keys are stable and well-spaced out, which should help reduce typos. It has full RGB backlighting and programmable macros, both of which can be customized in the Razer Synapse 3 companion software. Also, any changes to your settings can be saved to the on-board memory.
Unfortunately, Razer Synapse 3 is only available on Windows, and the keyboard itself is partially compatible with macOS. Also, it's prone to sliding around when in use, which may be annoying if you plan on typing for hours on end. That being said, if you want a mechanical keyboard with a great typing experience that's quite comfortable, this is a great choice for writers and one of the best mechanical keyboards we've tested.
If you don't mind having a smaller keyboard to save some space on your desk, check out the Razer BlackWidow Lite. This TKL option doesn't have a wrist rest like the Razer BlackWidow Elite, but it has mainly the same features and offers excellent typing quality. It's only available with Razer Orange switches, which offer good tactile feedback. It comes with O-rings you can add to reduce the typing noise if you work in an open office environment. Instead of RGB backlighting, it has white backlighting, which is still good for use in dark environments, and you can get the keyboard either in white or black. Sadly, the high profile of the keys may cause some fatigue, but it does have an incline setting to help with that issue. The Razer Synapse 3 software doesn't offer much in terms of customization, but you can set macros to any key.
All in all, the Elite is the best keyboard for writers with mechanical switches, but if you're looking for something smaller and cheaper, check out the Lite.
The best ergonomic keyboard for writers that we've tested is the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. This full-sized option is an excellent choice for those working in an office and writing all day. It has a curved design that may take some time getting used too but offers outstanding ergonomics as a result and feels very comfortable to use. The frame itself is made entirely of plastic and has a bit of flex to it, but it doesn't feel cheap.
It features typical scissor switches that have nice tactile feedback. There's a notable bump before actuation that requires a lot of force to get over, but it remains very quiet and shouldn't bother anyone around you. Because it has a curved design, the keys are in a non-standard layout and may feel odd at first, which can result in an increase in typos. Once you get used to it, you should have a comfortable typing experience.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any backlighting, and it depends on AAA batteries to function. Also, while there are a few programmable keys, including the function keys, you can't program any macros. Also, the keycaps are pad-printed, which means the key legends might fade or chip the more you use them. That being said, if you want a very comfortable typing experience for long days of writing, this is one of the best ergonomic keyboards that we've tested.
If you want an ergonomic option with mechanical switches, the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB is a great alternative. It's wired so it's not compatible with mobile devices like the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard, but it has more customization options. It has eight dedicated macro keys on the left side of the keyboard and you can set macros to any key. It's available in a variety of switches and the Cherry MX Brown switches we tested have a low pre-travel distance and offer a great typing experience. It has full RGB backlighting and the comfortable wrist rest it comes with is detachable if you're not a fan of it. Although it doesn't come with incline settings, you can purchase a 'Lift Kit' separately.
The best ergonomic keyboard for writers is the Logitech, but if you're set on getting an ergonomic mechanical board, definitely consider the Kinesis.
The best non-mechanical keyboard for writers that we've tested is the Logitech MX Keys. This full-size option features scissor switches that are great to type on, which makes it an ideal choice for office work. The entire frame is made of metal, while the keys themselves are stable and made of good quality plastic. Despite the lack of a wrist rest and incline settings, its low profile means you shouldn't get too tired during prolonged typing sessions.
It uses typical scissor switches that require little force to actuate and produce very little noise. The keys also have an indentation on them, which should help maintain faster typing speeds while reducing typos. Also, it's Bluetooth-compatible and can be paired with up to three devices at the same time, while switching between them is effortless. Even though it doesn't have any RGB settings, it does have full white backlighting, which matches its more professional design.
Unfortunately, while you're able to reprogram some of the keys through Logitech's Options software, you can't set any macros, nor does it have any dedicated macro keys. Also, you won't be able to store your settings on the keyboard itself as it lacks onboard memory, but compensates for this by having Cloud Sync. All in all, if you're looking for a non-mechanical option for writing, this is the best one we've tested.
The best keyboard for writers in the budget category is the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It's a very simple, yet good overall office board that most writers should be happy with.
It has simple rubber dome switches that have a low pre-travel distance and offer some tactile feedback, but require quite a bit of force to press. The keys are stable and offer good overall typing quality, and they're very quiet if you work in an open-office environment. Even though it doesn't have a wrist rest of incline settings, you shouldn't feel fatigue typing on it for long periods because of its low profile. It's a wireless keyboard, but it doesn't have multi-device pairing, so you can only connect to one device at a time via Bluetooth.
Sadly, it doesn't have many extra features. There's no backlighting and you can only set macros to the F4-F7, which is still convenient for a simple, budget-friendly option. Since it's full-sized, it's also not the most ideal to carry around with you. All in all, this is the best keyboard for writers in the budget category that we've tested.
If you work with multiple devices in a day and want something that can easily switch between them, check out the Logitech K780. It doesn't have any programmable buttons and lacks a proprietary receiver like the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard, but it can be paired with up to three devices and feels better to type on. It's fully compatible with Windows and macOS, with only a few minor issues on mobiles and Linux. Typing may feel a little weird at first due to the circular keys, but once you've adapted, typing feels great as the keys are stable, and the low profile is comfortable, despite the lack of a wrist wrest and incline settings. It also uses typical tactile scissor switches that have a low pre-travel distance and require very little force to actuate, despite the noticeable bump before that point.
If you want one of the best budget keyboards that we've tested, get the Microsoft, but if you want something that can pair with multiple devices and easily switch between them, go with the Logitech.
09/18/2020: Updated text for clarity and structure, no changes in product picks. Added Logitech Craft to notable mentions.
07/21/2020: Replaced the Vortex 3 with the BlackWidow Lite and the ErgoDox EZ with the Kinesis; moved the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard as the main budget pick and removed the Apex 3, then added the K780 as an alternative.
05/19/2020: Updated notable mentions to reflect the current market.
04/07/2020: Replaced Kinesis FreeStyle Edge RGB with ErgoDox EZ, added Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best keyboards for writers for most people. 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.