The 7 Best Keyboards - Fall 2021 Reviews

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These days, most of us spend a considerable amount of time in front of a computer with a keyboard as our main input device. As such, it's important to choose a keyboard with features that suit our needs, whether it's for gaming or productivity. It can be hard to choose the best keyboard for your needs because there are mechanical and non-mechanical keyboards; even at that, there are tons of mechanical switches, so the possibilities of which keyboards you prefer are endless.

We've tested over 130 keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best keyboards available. Also, see our picks for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.


  1. Best Keyboard For Gaming: SteelSeries Apex Pro

    9.5
    Gaming
    2.9
    Mobile/Tablet
    8.0
    Office
    8.0
    Programming
    5.6
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best computer keyboard for gaming that we've tested is the SteelSeries Apex Pro. As a wired-only model, it has a unique feature that lets you customize the pre-travel distance of each key. Setting it to the lowest helps provide a quick and responsive gaming experience while setting it to its max introduces some force needed to actuate the key, which helps reduce the number of typos.

    You can set the pre-travel distance through the user-friendly SteelSeries Engine software. You can also reprogram and set macros to any key using the software, available on both Windows and macOS, and the keyboard has onboard memory if you need to switch computers. Latency is low, and it has full RGB backlighting with individually lit keys. We tested the full-size model, which has a Numpad, but there's a TenKeyLess version available if you prefer something smaller.

    Unfortunately, because the switches have a linear feel, typing may feel too sensitive to some because there's no tactile feedback. It comes with a wrist rest to provide good ergonomics, but it's a dust magnet. If neither of these two tiny issues bothers you, it's one of the best keyboards we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Wireless Alternative: Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

    Connectivity Wireless
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    If you prefer something wireless, then check out the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro. You can't customize the pre-travel distance like on the SteelSeries Apex Pro, but at least you can connect it either with the USB receiver or three Bluetooth devices at a time. It's available with clicky and linear switches, so you can get the ones you prefer, and the clicky ones we tested provide more tactile feedback for a better typing experience, but they get loud. Since this is a gaming keyboard, you can set macros to any key. It also has full RGB backlighting. Unfortunately, the Razer Synapse 3 software isn't available on macOS, and even though the keyboard has onboard memory, it doesn't save the RGB settings.

    If you're in the market for the best full-size keyboard for gaming, you can't go wrong with the feature-rich SteelSeries, but if you're a fan of wireless keyboards with really low latency, then check out the Razer.

    See our review

  3. Best Office Keyboard: Logitech MX Keys

    8.0
    Gaming
    7.0
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.8
    Office
    7.8
    Programming
    6.9
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wireless
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    No

    The best keyboard for office use that we've tested is the Logitech MX Keys. It's a full-size wireless keyboard with tactile scissor switches that feel fairly light, although they require some force to get over the tactile bump. They're quiet, so typing shouldn't bother those around you, even in a noise-sensitive environment.

    The keys are indented to make it easier to hit the key in the center, which should help reduce typos. While it doesn't come with a wrist rest or incline settings, the keyboard has a low profile and should still feel comfortable. It has white backlighting with individually lit keys, and there's a built-in sensor that turns the backlighting on automatically in the dark.

    Unfortunately, although you can remap some of the buttons to a preset list of functions, you can't set macros to any of the keys, which may be disappointing for some people. You can pair it with up to three devices at once via Bluetooth and its unifying USB receiver, and switching between each is easy. All in all, this is a good option if you're looking for a low-profile office keyboard with wireless connectivity.

    See our review

  4. Alternative With Better Ergonomics: Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard

    Connectivity Wireless
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    No

    If you prefer an option with better ergonomics, then look into the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. It doesn't have backlighting like the Logitech MX Keys, and the unique split keyboard design may take some time getting used to, but it feels comfortable to type on once you do. It has negative incline settings, meant to relieve strain on your wrists. It has many of the same features as the MX Keys because it has multi-device pairing, you can reprogram the function keys to a specific list of commands, and it's well-built. Unfortunately, the scissor switches can feel a bit heavy to press at times as the operating force is a bit high, but typing quality is great regardless.

    If you need the best keyboard for the office, you should be happy with the MX Keys, but if you want something with a split keyboard design, then the K860 is as good.

    See our review

  5. Best Keyboard For Programming: Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT

    8.8
    Gaming
    2.8
    Mobile/Tablet
    8.0
    Office
    8.1
    Programming
    5.4
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best keyboard for programming that we've tested is the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT. It's a feature-rich keyboard designed for gaming, and it offers great performance for a programming keyboard. You can reprogram or set macros to any of its keys, and it has six dedicated macro keys on the left side.

    This keyboard is available in three types of mechanical Cherry MX switches: linear Speed, tactile Brown, and clicky Blue. The Blue ones we tested provide good tactile feedback, and if they're too loud for an office environment, you can easily get either of the two other types of switches, which should be quieter. Typing quality is excellent thanks to the doubleshot PBT keys, and all keys feel stable. Ergonomics are good because it has one incline setting, and it comes with a comfortable wrist rest.

    Since it's a wired-only keyboard, it obviously can't be used with multiple devices at once, which is a bit disappointing for those who prefer wireless options. On the plus side, it has excellent build quality with a solid metal top plate. Overall, if you're a programmer, this is the best keyboard for your needs.

    See our review

  6. Best Mobile Keyboard: Logitech K380

    6.4
    Gaming
    8.8
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.8
    Office
    6.5
    Programming
    5.3
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wireless
    Size
    Compact (65%)
    Mechanical
    No

    The best keyboard to use with mobile devices that we've tested is the Logitech K380. This compact 65% board is light and thin, making it very easy to slip into a bag. You can pair it with up to three devices at once via Bluetooth, and it's compatible with many mobile operating systems, although some function keys may not work.

    It uses tactile scissor switches that require some force to get over the tactile bump, but their overall feeling remains fairly light. They're very quiet to type on, so they shouldn't bother those around you, even in quiet environments. It has a dedicated function row with media hotkeys, and there are three buttons to switch between your paired devices.

    Unfortunately, there's no backlighting, so it may be hard to see the keys when you're in a dimmer environment. While you can program a few function keys to a preset list of functions, you can't set any macros. Also, the Logitech Options software isn't available on mobile device operating systems. It's a great option if you're looking for a slim board to use with your mobile devices.

    See our review

  7. Best Cheap Keyboard: Logitech G413

    9.0
    Gaming
    2.7
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.8
    Office
    7.5
    Programming
    4.6
    Entertainment / HTPC
    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best keyboard that you can get for cheap is the Logitech G413. It's an entry-level mechanical option that provides fantastic gaming performance. It's available in two different color and lighting schemes. However, since it only comes with Romer-G Tactile switches, our review is valid for either variant.

    The tactile switches have a low pre-travel distance, even lower than other gaming keyboards, and they're light to press, so they provide a quick and responsive gaming experience. Latency is also extremely low, meaning that you won't experience any delay. Typing quality feels good, and you shouldn't experience too much fatigue, but the keys feel a bit stiff at times, and it doesn't come with a wrist rest. It has backlighting, but it's limited to a single color.

    While you can set macros to the function keys, you can only do so with those keys and not all of them. The doubleshot ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap and develop oil shine. It's a full-size keyboard, and the cable isn't detachable, so it's not ideal for your travel bag. If these issues don't bother you, it's one of the best keyboards we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Corsair K100 RGB: The Corsair K100 RGB is a fantastic gaming keyboard and a great alternative to the SteelSeries Apex Pro with dedicated macro keys. However, it doesn't have customizable switches like the SteelSeries. See our review
  • Obinslab Anne Pro 2: The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is an excellent programming keyboard in a compact 60% size if that's what you prefer, and it's wireless. See our review
  • Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED: The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is an excellent keyboard with low-profile switches. It's a good alternative to the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro, but it doesn't have a wrist rest, the typing experience isn't nearly as good, and you can't program every key. See our review
  • Corsair K65 RGB MINI: The Corsair K65 RGB MINI is a fantastic compact gaming keyboard if you prefer smaller options, but it's wired-only. See our review
  • Razer BlackWidow Elite: The Razer BlackWidow Elite is a great gaming keyboard, but it's becoming harder to find and doesn't have dedicated macro keys like the Corsair K95. See our review
  • Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB: The Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB is a fully split keyboard that has mechanical switches compared to the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. It's a bit costly but still provides impressive performance for office use. See our review
  • Razer Pro Type: The Razer Pro Type is a great alternative to the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT if you prefer a wireless keyboard for programming. However, it lacks some extra features like full RGB backlighting and a wrist rest. See our review
  • Keychron K3: The Keychron K3 is an outstanding keyboard to use with a mobile or a tablet, but it has mechanical switches, which not everyone may enjoy for on-the-go use compared to the Logitech K380. See our review
  • Logitech K780: The Logitech K780 is a decent overall keyboard, but it's heavier than the Logitech K380, so it's not as ideal to carry around. See our review
  • EVGA Z20: The EVGA Z20 is a fantastic gaming keyboard that's cheaper than the SteelSeries Apex Pro. It doesn't have customizable switches, but the optical switches still provide a light and responsive gaming experience. See our review
  • Redragon K552-RGB: The Redragon K552-RGB is a cheap mechanical keyboard, but it has higher latency than the Logitech G413 and doesn't have any macro-programmable keys. See our review
  • Ducky One 2: The Ducky One 2 RGB is a great choice for programming or the office because typing quality is fantastic, but you have to reprogram the keys directly on the keyboard as the dedicated software only customizes the RGB lighting. See our review
  • Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard: The Corsair K83 is a wireless keyboard designed for Home Theater PC use because it has a dedicated trackpad, but its typing quality isn't good enough for office use, and it's too big for mobile devices. See our review
  • ASUS ROG Falchion: The ASUS ROG Falchion is a fantastic wireless gaming keyboard, but it only connects through its proprietary receiver and not Bluetooth. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 24, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the ASUS ROG Falchion, Corsair K65 RGB MINI, and Ducky One 2 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Aug 27, 2021: Moved the Razer BlackWidow Elite to Notable Mentions because it's harder to find and added the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT as 'Best For Programming'; added the Corsair K95 PLATINUM to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jul 30, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Ducky One 2 RGB TKL and Corsair K83 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Jul 02, 2021: Updated text for consistency and clarity.

  5. Jun 02, 2021: Verified picks for availability; updated text for accuracy.

All Reviews

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

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