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6 Best Keyboards For Typing - 163 Tested - Summer 2022

Best Keyboards For Typing

For writers, spending countless hours typing on a bad keyboard can be tiring and can even lead to chronic pain. Writers also have a set of unique requirements for keyboards; some prefer the feel of mechanical switches, while others prefer the silent typing noise of a membrane keyboard. We've compiled a list of our recommendations for the best keyboards for typing, from premium, feature-packed models to budget options. We're confident that you'll find one that stands out for your needs and fuels your inspiration for writing.

Below are our recommendations for the best keyboards for typing that are available for purchase. For other options, see our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.

  1. Best Mechanical Keyboard For Typing

    The Ducky One 3 is the best mechanical keyboard for typing that we've tested. This model comes in a wide variety of color schemes and sizes, including a compact and TKL version, so you can find one that suits your setup. Each version comes with premium PBT keycaps, which feel great on the fingertips and aren't prone to becoming slippery over time from finger oils.

    We tested the full-size, yellow variant with Cherry MX Brown switches, which provide a light typing experience and satisfying tactile feedback, so you know when you've registered a key. This board is hot-swappable, so you can replace the stock switches with any you want if you're trying to achieve a certain noise or feeling. Unlike the previous version, this keyboard has full RGB backlighting, so it's a good choice if you tend to work in low-light environments as the key legends are easy to see.

    This board has a fairly high profile, and its ergonomics would greatly improve with a wrist rest, which, unfortunately, isn't included. However, you can purchase one separately on Ducky's website. Also, it's a wired-only keyboard, so it's not a good choice if you're in a multi-device office setup with a tablet or mobile device, as you can't connect the keyboard to them. With that said, it's a comfortable option for professional writers or anyone looking for a comfortable typing experience.

    See our review

  2. Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard For Typing

    If you're looking for a wireless board to use at the office, or as part of your work-from-home setup, we recommend the Razer Pro Type Ultra. This versatile keyboard is packed with features for productivity and for gaming, making it a great choice if you only want one unit to use for work and play.

    It connects wirelessly with its dedicated USB receiver, which will also pair with the wireless mice in the Razer Pro Click lineup, and it also supports multi-device pairing with up to three devices using Bluetooth. It comes with a plushy and comfortable wrist rest and two incline settings. Impressively, its latency is outstanding, meaning it can handle even the most fast-paced games without delay. It also comes with linear Razer Yellow switches installed, which are light to actuate and have a short pre-travel distance, so they feel responsive.

    Unfortunately, the linear switches might not be the best for general typing as they lack tactile feedback to know when you've registered a key, and you may make more typos because of this. Also, the backlighting is white-only, which may be disappointing if you're a fan of RGB lighting. That said, it's a versatile choice suitable for both typing and gaming, and it's one of the best keyboards for fast typing that we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Best Non-Mechanical Keyboard For Typing

    Perhaps mechanical switches aren't your style. If that's the case, then we recommend the Logitech MX Keys. This tried-and-true office keyboard has a low profile that allows you to keep your wrists comfortably planted on your work surface, which provides extra support for those long days typing at the office. Although it's thin, its body is made of solid metal, so it feels very durable and well-built.

    The standard scissor switches offer a light typing experience with a very short pre-travel distance, so you feel the tactile bump of the switch quickly. The tactile feedback feels satisfying and helps to let you know when you've registered a key. Though the keycaps are ABS plastic, which doesn't feel as premium as PBT, they are well-designed, featuring an indent in the center of the keycap to help guide your fingertip. Also, you can connect it wirelessly, and it supports multi-device pairing with up to three Bluetooth devices at once, making it an excellent choice if you use a laptop, tablet, or other mobile devices as part of your office setup.

    Unfortunately, this keyboard isn't very customizable. You can't program macros to the board, which may be a dealbreaker if you rely on macros for your workflow. It's also not well-suited for anything but productivity use, as its latency is too high for serious gaming. With that said, it's a comfortable and well-built keyboard without mechanical switches that comes in a sleek and performant package.

    See our review

  4. Best Non-Mechanical Ergonomic Keyboard For Typing

    The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is the best ergonomic keyboard we've tested that doesn't use mechanical switches. It's a split-design keyboard with negative incline settings to alleviate stress on your wrists. It also comes with a plushy wrist rest attached for extra support for your wrists during those long days spent typing away.

    The scissor switches inside the board offer great typing quality. They have a short pre-travel distance, and you'll need to use a bit of force to get over the tactile bump, but thanks to the ergonomic features of the board, you're not likely to experience fatigue. This board connects with up to three devices wirelessly with a Bluetooth connection, and changing from device to device is as simple as a shortcut on the board, a great feature if you're working in a multi-device setup.

    Unfortunately, the wrist rest isn't detachable, so the board takes up quite a bit of space on your desk. Also, it lacks backlighting, so it's not a good choice if you tend to work in a dark environment, as the keys will be harder to see. That said, it's an excellent choice if you're looking for a high-performing and comfortable ergonomic board to use.

    See our review

  5. Best Mechanical Ergonomic Keyboard For Typing

    The best mechanical ergonomic keyboard for typing that we've tested is the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. It's a full-sized keyboard split into two halves, and you can place either half anywhere you like on your desk, provided it's within 20 inches of the other half, as they rely on a wired connection.

    We purchased this keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches, but it's also available with Cherry MX linear Red and clicky Blue switches. The Brown switches provide great typing quality and have a satisfying tactile bump to overcome during actuation. The keys feel stable, and the spacing is good. Also, despite being made of ABS plastic, the keycaps have a matte covering and feel good to type on. This keyboard also has full RGB backlighting, and you can assign macros to any key using the customization software that's compatible with both Windows and macOS.

    Unfortunately, despite its excellent ergonomics overall, this keyboard lacks incline settings. You can buy a separate lift kit via the Kinesis website. While the split design may take some getting used to, this keyboard is an ideal choice if you're looking for a high-quality mechanical keyboard that lets you freely adjust the position and angle of your hands as you work.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Keyboard For Typing

    The best budget keyboard for typing is the Logitech K780. It's a very good office keyboard similar in features to the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard, but with a different design. It's a full-size model with a unique cradle to hold your mobile devices, which is great if you use your tablet or phone while typing in front of the computer.

    It has multi-device pairing with three devices at once, either through Bluetooth or its proprietary receiver, and switching between each device is easy with the press of a button. Typing also feels great because the keys are well-spaced out, stable, and they have a short pre-travel distance. Despite not having any incline settings or wrist rest, you shouldn't feel any fatigue during long typing sessions.

    Sadly, its typing quality is just decent, and it doesn't feel as well-built because the keys feel cheap, but that's also somewhat expected for a budget-friendly keyboard. It's considered full-size, but it doesn't have a navigation cluster like most other keyboards, so some function keys like Home and End are hotkeys. Overall, if you don't want to spend too much, it's one of the best budget keyboards we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad: The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad is an alternative to the Logitech MX Keys if you have a Mac, but it doesn't have a multi-device pairing. See our review
  • Ducky One 2 RGB TKL: The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is an older and smaller version of the Ducky One 3 without a Numpad; get whichever you prefer. See our review
  • Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard: The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is similar in design to the Logitech ERGO, but it has a worse typing quality. See our review
  • ErgoDox EZ: The ErgoDox EZ is a highly customizable ergonomic keyboard, but it's more expensive than the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. See our review
  • Logitech Craft: The Logitech Craft is very similar to the Logitech MX Keys with extra features, but it costs more. See our review
  • Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard: The Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard is a good budget option with outstanding ergonomics, but its typing quality is only decent and isn't as good as the Logitech K780. See our review
  • Razer BlackWidow Lite: The Razer BlackWidow Lite is a good alternative to the Razer Pro Type if youโ€™re looking for a smaller mechanical keyboard, but it's wired-only. See our review
  • Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard: The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is a cheaper alternative to the Logitech K780 if you don't need multi-device pairing or a device cradle. See our review
  • Corsair K100 RGB: The Corsair K100 is a great office keyboard with excellent overall typing quality, but it only comes with linear switches, which don't provide tactile feedback and may not be for everyone. See our review
  • Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard: The Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is similar in shape to the Logitech K860 and costs about the same, but it doesn't have multi-device pairing or dedicated software. See our review
  • Logitech K380: The Logitech K380 is a more compact version of the Logitech K780, which is a good alternative if you need something easy to carry around. See our review
  • Keychron K10: The Keychron K10 is designed as a mechanical office keyboard, but its typing quality isn't as good as the Ducky One 3. It has ABS keycaps, and you may feel some fatigue during long typing sessions due to the high profile. See our review
  • Razer BlackWidow Elite: The Razer BlackWidow Elite is more versatile than the Ducky One 3 if you need it for other uses, but it may be harder to find. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 04, 2022: Text updated for accuracy and clarity; no changes to picks.

  2. Mar 08, 2022: Text updated for clarity; picks verified for availability; no changes to picks.

  3. Jan 07, 2022: We've transformed the 'Alternative With Mechanical Switches' selection into a new category called 'Best Mechanical Ergonomic Keyboard For Typing,' keeping the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB as our pick. Additionally, we've transformed the 'Wireless Alternative' into a new category called 'Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard For Typing' and changed our pick from the Razer Pro Type to the updated Razer Pro Type Ultra.

  4. Nov 08, 2021: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability; added the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and the Keychron K10 to Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 10, 2021: Replaced the Razer BlackWidow Elite with the Ducky One 2 because the Razer is hard to find; added the Keychron K4 and Drop SHIFT to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best keyboards for writers. 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.