A keyboard is a crucial tool in your computer setup, so it needs to be comfortable, satisfying to use, and, above all else, functional. With so many options available, how do you pick? We're here to help. We've tested over 190 keyboards, and below are our picks for the best computer keyboards we've tested.
In addition to more straightforward options, the mechanical picks on this list are the most versatile and perform well for both general use and gaming. That said, if you're looking for the best keyboards for gaming, check out our picks for the best gaming keyboards. Likewise, if you already know you're looking for a mechanical keyboard, our best mechanical keyboards article can help you narrow down your choices even further. Or, if you're on a tight budget, you can look at the picks for the best cheap keyboards.
Of the nearly 200 options we've tested, we consider the Logitech MX Keys the best keyboard for everyday use for most people. While this keyboard may not have the same performance or customization options as some gaming or enthusiast keyboards, it delivers a perfect mix of build quality, ease of use, and excellent typing quality. If you're used to typing on a laptop keyboard, you'll feel right at home using this keyboard since it uses the same kind of scissor switches. Each key also has small indents that keep your fingers centered, helping to reduce typos. With its excellent wireless versatility, you can connect this keyboard using its USB receiver or pair it with up to three devices via Bluetooth.
The full-size layout gives you more space than traditional laptop keyboards and includes a Numpad, which is handy if you input numbers. That said you have a smaller desk or need a more portable option, Logitech also makes a smaller version called the Logitech MX Keys Mini. This more compact version doesn't include a wireless USB receiver, so it's best if your device has Bluetooth.
At a mid-range price point, we recommend the Epomaker TH80 Pro. This compact wireless keyboard has plenty going for it, including impressive build quality and a choice between two attractive keycap themes to match your setup. You can also choose between different mechanical switch options to suit your preferences. If you're new to mechanical keyboards, either the Epomaker Flamingo or Epomaker Budergiegar switches are great typing-friendly choices, depending on whether you prefer a perfectly smooth keypress or one with a bit of tactile resistance.
This keyboard is great for everyday browsing and casual gaming, but it doesn't have a Numpad like our top pick, the Logitech MX Keys above. This model also has a much taller profile, so it's best used with a wrist rest for the most comfortable ergonomic experience.
Instead of mechanical or scissor switches, the budget-friendly Logitech Signature K650 uses rubber dome switches that offer a quiet typing experience, making it one of the best keyboards for office use, dorm rooms, or other shared working spaces. Its build quality isn't as high as the above pick, the Epomaker TH80 Pro, but that's normal given its budget price point and all-plastic build. However, thanks to its solid plastic frame and rubber dome switches, it has no exposed moving parts, making it resistant to liquid spills and less likely to get damaged by food crumbs if you eat and drink in front of your computer.
It also has great built-in ergonomic features, like a palm rest with a nice soft-touch covering and two incline feet to help keep your wrists comfortable. Each key has a rounded edge on the top for better differentiation between keys, but they still have a flat, wide top for better typing accuracy. It's a wireless board that connects with one device on Bluetooth, or you can use it with the included Logi BOLT receiver, which also works with select Logitech mice, so you'll only need one receiver for two devices.
The best cheap option for everyday browsing or work is the Dell KB216. It's a straightforward, full-size keyboard designed for everyday home and office use. It has all the basic functionality most people need, and apart from its dedicated media keys, it doesn't have any extra bells and whistles. It also uses very quiet rubber dome switches, so it's a great choice for calm offices or work-from-home setups if you're concerned about bothering others around you.
That said, it has an all-plastic construction and doesn't feel quite as sturdy as the more expensive options on this list. Thankfully, while it doesn't include a wrist rest, its low-profile design means you don't have to angle your wrists very steeply to reach all the keys, so it's comfortable for longer stretches. The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is a great alternative if you'd prefer a wireless option. It also has a very similar low-profile design and the same basic functionality. However, its added wireless capability generally means it's more expensive, though it does go on sale and has dropped to nearly the same price as the Dell in recent months.
Hands down, the best cheap keyboard we've tested is the Logitech K380. This portable option punches well above its weight with solid build quality and wireless connectivity options. Its affordable price tag makes this board a favorite among students and on-the-go professionals. Its size makes it easy to stow in backpacks and is great for tight working spaces. You can connect it with up to three devices at once, and two AAA batteries provide an advertised battery life of up to 36 months. This keyboard is also compatible with all major operating systems, though a few specialized function keys might not work depending on your system.
If you need a Numpad and want a full-size option that won't break the bank, we recommend checking out the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard as an alternative. Though it's not as easy to transport and doesn't feel as well built, it still offers a good user experience for its low price point. Note that it's better to pick it up when it goes on sale for half of its usual price point.
In addition to being a great keyboard for everyday or office use, the Logitech G715 has outstanding gaming performance that our top pick, the Logitech MX Keys, lacks. It has excellent features that provide a comfortable and satisfying overall experience, including a cozy, cloud-shaped wrist rest for added comfort. Along the top of the keyboard, there's a suite of lavender-colored media keys and a volume wheel to make skipping through playlists a breeze. You can also easily change your connection style, switching between a paired Bluetooth device or the USB receiver.
As it's a wireless unit, you only need to worry about cables when charging the battery, which lasts anywhere from 25-30 hours with the backlighting brightness set to max. It'll last longer if you don't use the backlighting or dim it. On the note of the backlighting, this keyboard has a very cool "underglow" effect thanks to the LED strip around the frame. As an added plus, the TenKeyLess layout is great for freeing up extra room for your mouse, a coffee, or anything else you want within your arm's reach while you work or game.
If you're an enthusiast hunting for a new keyboard, we recommend the Keychron Q6. While we've singled out the full-size Q6 here, Keychron's Q-series keyboards come in several sizes, from the typing and programming-friendly Keychron Q2 to the tiny Keychron Q4 or even the TenKeyLess Keychron Q3. Whichever size you get, each Q-series keyboard offers an unparalleled typing experience. The frame is solid aluminum which makes this whole keyboard very sturdy. Within this frame, the interior components of the keyboard rest between rubber gaskets. When you type, these gaskets add a bit of bounce and reduce the overall impact of bottoming out the keys. It also gives room for two layers of sound-dampening foam to reduce the ping and rattle of your keys while you type.
While this keyboard has everything most people need right out of the box, it's also extremely easy to customize to better suit your needs. Changing the keycaps or switches is as easy as popping them out and dropping in new ones. And, if you're even more into tinkering, each keyboard comes with a small toolkit with all you need to fully deconstruct your keyboard for further customization, cleaning, or easy repairs. However, once again, all the stock components are very high-quality, so leaving the board as-is feels and performs incredibly.
May 19, 2023: We've changed our 'Best Mid-Range Keyboard' pick from the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 to the Epomaker TH80 Pro. We've also verified all other picks in this article remain in stock and continue to represent the best options at their price points in their respective categories.
Apr 20, 2023: We've reviewed our recommendations for this article and made some changes to our picks. We've moved the Logitech K380 from its position as our 'Best Cheap Keyboard' to our new 'Best Keyboard For Mobile Devices'. We've named the recently-reviewed Dell KB216 as our new 'Best Cheap Keyboard'.
Mar 24, 2023: We've gone through this article and verified all our recommendations are the best picks for each respective category. We've made some small adjustments to the text, notably regarding the battery life and online availability of the Obinslab Anne Pro 2, our 'Best Mid-Range Keyboard' pick.
Feb 22, 2023: We've made some minor adjustments to the text for clarity but haven't made any changes to our current recommendations with this update.
Jan 23, 2023: We've moved the Keychron Q6 from our 'best' pick in this article into a new 'Best Keyboard For Enthusiasts' category, and we've moved the MX Mechanical to a position as our new 'Best Keyboard.' We've also adjusted several category titles to fit this lineup change and made minor changes to the tone and phrasing in some entries.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best computer 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.