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The 6 Best Quiet Keyboards - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Quiet Keyboards

If you've ever been to an office or a lecture hall, you know the sound of dozens of people typing on keyboards is just as loud as a herd of buffalo and just as distracting. Ever since the IBM Model M first clicked and clacked its way into offices, keyboards have been the main tool for office workers, students, and just about anyone seated in front of a computer. Thankfully, over these past few decades, many strides have been made to reduce the noise of keyboards, from the development of silent mechanical switches to the addition of sound-dampening foam inside the case.

Keyboards make noise at a few points during use, like during the switch actuation, and if you bottom out the keys, as the keycaps can hit against the top plate. Mechanical switches are the loudest by far, with scissor switches and rubber dome switches as quieter alternatives, but other factors like the materials used in building and the size and shape of the keycap also contribute to the volume of the typing noise.

We've tested over 185 keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best quiet keyboards available. While we do include picks for various uses in this article, you may be looking for a keyboard to suit a more specific use, in which case, you can check out our articles for the best keyboards for typing, the best keyboards for programming, and the best gaming keyboards.

  1. Best Quiet Keyboard

    If you're looking for the best quiet keyboard to use in an open office or a shared workspace, the Logitech MX Keys is an excellent choice. This full-size board is pretty straightforward, making it nice and easy to use regardless of your tech knowledge. You can simply pop in the USB receiver or pair it using Bluetooth and start typing away. As a plus, the flat profile and solid plastic case are great for reducing the typing noise as the case doesn't have a lot of hollow space to add resonance. The flat profile also helps with ergonomics, as you don't have to strain your wrists upwards to reach the tops of the keys.

    On the topic of keys, the Logitech has a nice detail that also helps with typing accuracy: a rounded indent in the middle of the keycap to guide your fingers to the direct center. With fewer typos made, you'll have fewer reasons to smash that backspace button or sigh when you've made an error.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Quiet Keyboard

    The Microsoft Surface Keyboard is another extremely quiet option. This straightforward unit uses scissor switches that are nearly silent during operation, making it an outstanding choice for use in noise-sensitive environments. Like the Logitech MX Keys, this keyboard also has a low, flat profile that keeps the noise levels well contained, and the aluminum top plate adds a bit of sturdiness to the overall build quality without adding any additional noise or resonance.

    It's a wireless keyboard that connects with any device that supports a Bluetooth connection. Though its major downside is that it only connects with one device at once, making it a poor choice if you're in a setup with a tablet, PC, or other mobile devices altogether. Otherwise, it's stylish enough to use at the office, and you won't have to worry about annoying your coworkers while you plow through your daily tasks. Plus, it lasts about a year before you have to change the two AAA batteries out.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Quiet Keyboard

    The Logitech Signature K650 is an overall good budget board that's perfectly suited for the less tech-savvy. While it doesn't have much in the way of customization software or solid build quality, it does have a few ergonomic features to keep you comfortable while you type. The built-in wrist rest does a nice job supporting your wrists, while the deep-set keys mean the tops are right beneath your fingertips without having to strain your wrists upwards. It uses rubber dome switches, which are among the quietest switches you can get. They feel a bit mushy, but they're nearly silent during use. 

    As a bit of an upgrade from the Microsoft options on this list, the Logitech comes with a USB receiver and connects with Bluetooth. You can pair the keyboard with one device per connection style and easily switch between them using a dedicated key in the function row. There's also a row of dedicated media keys to help you easily skip through playlists or change the volume while you work.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Quiet Keyboard

    The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is the cheapest keyboard on this list. Unlike the Logitech Signature K650, the Microsoft keyboard only connects using Bluetooth and only supports one connection at a time. While this might be annoying if you're in a multi-device setup, it's normal considering its budget price point. It features a similar thin design as the Microsoft Surface Keyboard, but instead of a solid metal top plate, the top of this keyboard has a soft-touch covering that adds a good amount of grip, which is great as the tile-like keycaps would get fairly slippery otherwise.

    Under the hood, the rubber dome switches provide a nearly silent typing experience that is unlikely to disturb anyone around you. It's worth mentioning that this keyboard tends to retail for around $40 USD but often goes on sale for half of that, so if you're interested in it, make sure you're getting the best deal.

    See our review

  5. Best Quiet Gaming Keyboard

    Gaming sessions can last well into the night, much to your roommates', parents', or partners' frustration. So, if you want a quiet gaming option so they can sleep soundly, look no further than the Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT. It's a full-size keyboard designed with gaming in mind, so it's fully feature-loaded with RGB backlighting, dedicated macro keys on the left, a macro recording button on the top, and a full suite of media controls. Its latency is extremely low, great for a responsive in-game experience.

    It uses nearly silent rubber dome switches with a heavy tactile bump to get over. This tactile bump might give your fingers a bit of a workout but also prevents you from bottoming the keys out as easily, further reducing the noise. As an added plus, it's fully compatible with Corsair's iCUE companion software, so if you have any other Corsair devices, like a mouse or PC components, you can sync up all the lighting across devices to customize your setup.

    See our review

  6. Best Quiet Mechanical Keyboard

    Although mechanical keyboards are generally louder than rubber dome or scissor switch keyboards, they provide a much nicer typing experience overall. Thankfully, we've tested enough of them to find a quiet option that's suitable for use in offices or shared workspaces. Enter: the Keychron Q6. While we're mentioning the full-size Q6 here, any board in Keychron's Q-series will do the trick, as they all feature the same acoustically-minded design. Inside the case, there are not one but two layers of sound-dampening foam to reduce the ping and rattle of the switches and stabilizers. These keyboards also have what's called a gasket-mounted design, so the circuit board and top plate have a bit of flex to them. This design helps to reduce the noise of the switches and keycaps when you bottom out the keys since the gaskets absorb some of the impact.

    What truly sets these keyboards apart is their level of customization. The stock components work together to create a nice, quiet typing experience. However, if it isn't nearly silent enough for you, you can use the included toolkit to open up the board and add in more layers of sound dampeners or different top plates and keycaps that further reduce the noise made. Plus, the hot-swappable circuit board means you can change the switches for specially designed silent ones if you feel inclined.

    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 a popular choice for a quiet keyboard. However, due to its metal chassis, it's a bit more resonant than other, mostly plastic options, like the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard or the Logitech MX Keys. See our review
  • Logitech K380: The Logitech K380 is a small, lightweight keyboard that's extremely portable. It's a solid choice for on-the-go professionals looking for a quiet option to use in coffee shops or on planes or trains. However, due to the size, typing feels much more cramped than on the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 22, 2022: Replaced the Keychron Q2 with the Keychron Q6 for consistency across articles.

  2. Oct 28, 2022: Added the Logitech Signature K650 as the 'Best Budget' pick, moved the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard to 'Best Cheap'. Moved the Logitech K380 to the Notable Mentions due to lack of relevance.

  3. Aug 29, 2022: Restructured to better showcase current market options. Deleted Notable Mentions that were no longer relevant.

  4. May 05, 2022: Updated the Notable Mentions to include the Ducky One 3 and Razer Pro Type Ultra. No changes to picks.

  5. Mar 09, 2022: Category title changed from 'Best Quiet Keyboard For Office' to 'Best Quiet Office Keyboard'; no changes to picks.

All Reviews

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