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The 6 Best Keyboards - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Keyboards

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 185 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, you should 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 take a look at the picks for the best cheap keyboards.

  1. Best Keyboard

    Of the nearly 200 keyboards we've tested, we consider the Logitech MX Keys the best for everyday use. While this keyboard may not have the same performance or customization options as some enthusiast or gaming 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 plenty more space than traditional laptop keyboards and includes a Numpad, which comes in handy if you input lots of numbers. That said you have a smaller desk or need a more portable option, Logitech also makes a TKL version called the MX Keys Mini. Just note that this more compact version doesn't include a wireless USB receiver, so it's best if your device has Bluetooth.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Keyboard

    The Logitech G715 is an outstanding keyboard for its upper mid-range price point. It has excellent features that provide a comfortable and satisfying overall experience. It has a cozy, cloud-shaped wrist rest for added comfort, and 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. If you don't use the backlighting or dim it, it'll last quite a bit longer. On the note of the backlighting, this keyboard has a very cool "underglow" effect thanks to the LED strip that goes around the frame. As an added plus, the TenKeyLess layout is great for freeing up extra room for your mouse, coffee, or whatever other amenities you want within arm's reach while you work or game.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Keyboard

    If you're interested in a mid-range price range option, we recommend the Obinslab Anne Pro 2. This compact unit is extremely popular thanks to its high build quality and versatility. Regardless of if you want a board for work or play, the Anne Pro 2 is up to the task. You can use the board wirelessly with up to four devices over Bluetooth, or you can use it with the included cable in a wired mode. When used with a wired connection, its latency is incredibly low, comparable to higher-end gaming options like the previously mentioned Logitech G715.

    Although it has an all-plastic build, the plastic itself feels very solid and durable. Plus, it has nicely textured PBT keycaps that feel great under the fingertips. This keyboard isn't customizable, but it does come in a wide selection of switches from different manufacturers like Gateron, Cherry, and Kailh, so you're sure to find a configuration that works for you. Its battery life is pretty poor, lasting only around eight hours, so you'll have to charge it daily if you plan on bringing it around.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Keyboard

    Instead of mechanical or scissor switches, the budget-friendly Logitech Signature K650 uses rubber dome switches that offer a very quiet typing experience that's great for office use, dorm rooms, or other shared working spaces. Its build quality isn't as high as the above pick, the Obinslab Anne Pro 2, 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.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Keyboard

    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 it's 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 what system you use.

    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.

    See our review

  6. Best Keyboard For Enthusiasts

    If you're an enthusiast on the hunt 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 a range of 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. These gaskets add a bit of bounce when you type 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. But once again, all the stock components are very high-quality, so just leaving the board as-is feels and performs incredibly.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Logitech MX Mechanical: The Logitech MX Mechanical is the mechanical version of the Logitech MX Keys. While it's a good choice if you're already in a Logitech peripheral system, you can find much more satisfying mechanical keyboards for cheaper, like the Obinslab Anne Pro 2. See our review
  • Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition: The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition is an outstanding gaming keyboard that's much cheaper than the Logitech G715. That said, the Razer is wired-only and only comes with one switch type: linear Razer Optical, which are very sensitive to press, so this keyboard isn't as versatile as the G715. See our review
  • SteelSeries Apex Pro: The SteelSeries Apex Pro is one of the most versatile keyboards currently on the market thanks to its adjustable actuation feature, meaning you can customize the actuation point on a per-key basis for a sensitive keypress while gaming or a longer keypress while typing. However, compared to the Logitech G715, it may have too many bells and whistles for everyday use, and it isn't wireless. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Dec 21, 2022: No changes to picks. Minor updates to text for readability.

  3. Dec 01, 2022: Added the Logitech G715 as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' pick and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range' pick to add more diversity of sizes and use cases to the list.

  4. Nov 03, 2022: Removed the 'Best Upper Mid-Range', 'Best Lower Mid-Range', 'Best Modular', and 'Best For Mac' categories to better align with user needs. Minor changes to the text for readability.

  5. Oct 04, 2022: Replaced the Corsair K100 RGB with the Keychron Q6 as 'Best Keyboard' due to the higher build quality, better typing experience, and better maintenance options on the Q6. Replaced the Logitech K780 with the Logitech K650 as 'Best Budget' as the K650 is cheaper and has better ergonomics.

All Reviews

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.