For writers, spending countless hours typing on a bad keyboard can be tiring and can potentially lead to other issues. Writers also have very different tastes and needs 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 60 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 keyboard for writers that we've reviewed so far is the Razer BlackWidow Elite. The unit that we reviewed features Razer's proprietary Orange switches, which are similar to Cherry MX Brown switches, but you also can get it with Green (tactile and clicky) or Yellow (linear and silent) switches.
The Orange switches provide great tactile feedback when typing and they're nearly silent, making this keyboard suitable for quiet offices. Typing on this keyboard feels light and responsive, and a well-padded wrist rest is included for optimal comfort. Overall build quality is excellent and the doubleshot keycaps ensure that key legends won't fade over time. This keyboard comes with a ton of extra features that are quite convenient. It has dedicated media controls, a USB passthrough to charge mobile devices or to connect another peripheral, and full RGB backlighting for those who like to work in the dark. Each key's backlight can be customized individually, and you can reprogram or set macros to any key.
Profiles can be saved on the keyboard's on-board memory, making it easy to switch to another computer, or they can be saved using Razer's Synapse 3 software. Sadly, the latter is only available for Windows, but macOS and Linux users can still program macros using hotkeys. If you're a writer or you spend all day typing, this keyboard is worth a try, making this the best keyboard for writers with mechanical switches.
If you don't mind having a smaller keyboard to save some space on your desk, then check out the Razer BlackWidow Lite. This TKL keyboard doesn't have a wrist rest like the Razer BlackWidow Elite, but it mainly has 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 on to reduce the typing noise if you work in an open office environment. Instead of RGB backlighting, this keyboard 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 BlackWidow Elite is the best keyboard for writers with mechanical switches, but if you're looking for something smaller and cheaper, check out the BlackWidow Lite.
The best keyboard for writers with an ergonomic design that we've tested so far is the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. It has a split keyboard design and reverse incline settings to help promote a natural typing position.
The built-in wrist rest is well-padded and covered with a fabric that feels very premium. Although the scissor switches require a bit of force to actuate, the overall typing experience is very pleasant, as the switches have a very pronounced tactile bump and their low pre-travel distance make the keyboard feel extremely responsive. That said, the keyboard's unconventional layout does have a bit of a learning curve and you may notice a greater number of typos at first. This keyboard can be paired to multiple devices simultaneously either through Bluetooth or its unifying USB receiver, and you can switch between them with a press of a button, making multi-tasking easy.
There are also a few other downsides: it doesn't have backlighting, it uses disposable batteries, and the keycaps are pad-printed, which means that key legends can fade or chip with regular use. However, Logitech's Options software lets you reprogram the function keys; however, it's only available for Windows and macOS, so Linux users won't be able to customize. If ergonomics are a priority or you're concerned about repetitive strain injuries, this keyboard could be a good option.
If you want an ergonomic keyboard 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 keyboard, definitely consider the Kinesis.
The best keyboard for writers with non-mechanical switches that we've tested so far is the Logitech MX Keys. This full-size keyboard features scissor switches that are great to type on, and its chiclet-style keys are also lightly indented to help with typing accuracy.
It has exceptional wireless connectivity, with a multi-device pairing feature that lets you connect up to three devices at the same time, and switching between the paired devices is easy and seamless. It has fantastic compatibility with most operating systems, as it can be used with any device that's Bluetooth-capable, and there are only a few OS-specific shortcuts that don't work on Linux and mobile operating systems. Although this keyboard operates on a built-in rechargeable battery, it has backlighting for those who like to work in the dark. Also, the typing noise is very quiet, so you shouldn't have any issues using it in quiet environments.
Sadly, this keyboard doesn't come with a wrist rest and there aren't any incline settings; however, it's decently comfortable to type on for long periods due to its low profile. There are a number of keys that can be reprogrammed to other functions through Logitech's Options software, but you can't set any macros to them and it doesn't have any dedicated macro keys. All in all, if you don't like mechanical keyboards, this is the best non-mechanical keyboard for writers.
The best keyboard for writers in the budget category is the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It's a very simple, yet good overall office keyboard that most writers should be happy with.
This keyboard 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 this keyboard 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, this keyboard 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 keyboard. Since it's a full-sized keyboard, 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 have a setup with a few different devices and want a keyboard with multi-device pairing, then check out the Logitech K780. You can't set any macros like the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard, but you can still reprogram a few keys to a preset list of functions. With this keyboard, you can connect with up to three devices at once, and switching between them is easy with the press of a button. It also has a stand for your mobile devices, making it easier to place your tablet and phone while you're working on your desktop. It offers great overall typing quality with its scissor switches that are light to press and don't make much noise. Sadly, it doesn't have backlighting, but overall, it's a very well-built keyboard.
If you want the best budget keyboard, check out the Microsoft, but if you work with more than one device at once, the Logitech is a great alternative.
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: Minor changes to text for clarity; 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.