If you work in an office environment, the sound of dozens of people typing on keyboards can get loud and distracting. From back when the IBM Model M first clicked and clacked its way in offices until now, keyboards have gotten much quieter. Noise is created when the key actuates, and the noise level is largely dependent on the type of switch the keyboard uses; mechanical switches tend to be louder than non-mechanical ones.
We've tested over 160 keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best quiet keyboards available. For other options, see our picks for the best gaming keyboards, the best keyboards for typing, and the best wireless keyboards.
Tend to stay up late gaming and don't want to disturb your roommates or parents while playing? The SteelSeries Apex Pro is a quiet keyboard that's also one of the best gaming keyboards we've tested. It uses proprietary OmniPoint switches, which are quiet because they're linear and don't provide any audible or tactile feedback to alert you when you've registered a key.
The adjustable pre-travel distance is a unique feature that the Apex Pro has. You can set the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis, meaning you can lower the distance for the WASD or arrow keys for gaming or set the distance higher across the whole board to reduce typos. Its latency is also extremely low, so it can handle any game you throw at it. In addition to these other features, this keyboard comes with full RGB backlighting and an OLED screen near the top right of the keyboard to display anything from images to the settings menu.
Unfortunately, since this keyboard is wired-only, it's not suited for use in a multi-device setup with mobile devices. Also, while the wrist rest is plushy and comfortable, it is a dust magnet, so you'll have to keep it clean very consistently. This is a very high-performing keyboard with switches quiet enough to make sure you won't disturb anyone around you.
The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is the best wireless gaming keyboard we've tested that's also quiet. This full-size gaming keyboard uses low-profile switches and keycaps, which feel comfortable to type on even without the wrist rest. It connects wirelessly using its USB receiver or Bluetooth, and it supports multi-device pairing if you need to use it in a work setup with a laptop and tablet.
The GL Tactile switches in our unit feel light to press and are quiet to use, and we'd expect the GL Linear switches to be similarly quiet. If you're looking for a quiet switch type, you should avoid the GL Clicky switches, as these will be the loudest. Since this keyboard is more premium, it offers some extra features like a column of dedicated macro keys on the left and full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, making your keys easy to find in the dark. Also, its latency is remarkably low, so even the most competitive games feel responsive.
Unfortunately, the software only allows you to reprogram the dedicated macro keys. Also, despite its premium price point, its keycaps are made of cheaper ABS plastic, so they're prone to becoming slippery from finger oil all the time. Altogether, this is an exceptional wireless gaming keyboard for those who love low-profile designs available in quiet switch types to keep noise to a minimum.
The best quiet office keyboard that we've tested is the Logitech K780. This office keyboard is very quiet to use thanks to its scissor switches, which are quieter than mechanical switches, so you don't have to worry about disrupting your coworkers at the office. Although it doesn't have a wrist rest or incline settings, it's comfortable to use because of its low profile.
Although customization is limited, you can still use the Logitech Options software to reprogram a few function keys to a preset list of commands. It makes it easier to open your productivity apps during work. Every key works as intended on the common desktop and mobile operating systems, but the software is only available on Windows and macOS. It's fairly well-built with a solid plastic frame, and it also has a stand built into the back of the board where you can put your mobile device for easy access or visibility.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have backlighting, which is disappointing if you want to use it in a dark environment as you can't see the keys very clearly. It also uses disposable batteries instead of a rechargeable one, which isn't ideal for on-the-go use, but the disposable batteries should last a while. All in all, it's a comfortable board designed for productivity, and it's quiet enough to use anywhere.
The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is the best quiet ergonomic keyboard we've tested. It has a split design intended to reduce wrist strain by placing your wrists a more natural distance apart. Although the design takes a bit of time to get used to, once you're familiar with it, it's very comfortable to type on. It also has a comfy attached wrist rest and negative incline settings.
It connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth and can pair with up to three devices simultaneously. Unlike some of the other keyboards on this list, this keyboard has non-mechanical scissor switches. While these switches feel heavy to type on and require a fair amount of force to operate, they provide good tactile feedback, and they're naturally very quiet to use. With scissor switches, you won't have to worry about the loud clattering noises.
Unfortunately, this wrist rest is non-detachable, and because the keyboard is already rather large, the entire footprint this keyboard takes up on your desk is substantial, meaning it isn't suitable if you often travel between desks or work on the go. Despite this, it's a great choice for anyone looking to experiment with a more natural typing position without making a racket while keeping their noise down.
If you want a quiet keyboard but are on a budget, the best we've tested is the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. This full-size keyboard doesn't have many extra features as it's designed for general use. It comes uses rubber dome switches, which are very quiet to type on as there's very little audible feedback when you press a key.
This keyboard connects wirelessly with Bluetooth to any device. However, it's important to note that it doesn't support multi-device pairing and can only connect with one device at a time. You won't have to worry about cable management since it uses two AAA batteries for power. As it's intended for general use, this board is compatible with most operating systems, so all alphanumeric keys work as intended.
Unfortunately, its customization is limited to a few functions keys using the software, and the software itself is only available on Windows. Also, while the alphanumeric keys work as intended on all operating systems, even for mobile devices, some function keys don't work, and this varies depending on what operating system you use. Overall, this is a good keyboard if you're looking for a general use board that's quiet.
If you tend to work in cafes or co-working spaces, you might not have a lot of space. Fortunately, the best compact budget keyboard that's also very quiet is the Logitech K380. Despite its budget price point, it has a decent build quality, and it feels comfortable to type on during a long day.
It uses scissor switches, which are very quiet to type on, meaning you won't distract people around you. This compact board comes in a 75% form factor, so it still includes a row of media hotkeys and arrow keys for easy navigation through playlists, spreadsheets, and documents. Thanks to the size, it's very portable. Also, it connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, meaning you won't have to worry about bringing around a USB dongle or cables.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any backlighting, so it's not a good choice if you tend to work in dark environments. Also, its customization is limited to a list of preset commands, and none of the keys are macro-programmable. With that said, it's still a great choice if you're looking for a quiet, budget board to take around with you.
May 05, 2022: Updated the Notable Mentions to include the Ducky One 3 and Razer Pro Type Ultra. No changes to picks.
Mar 09, 2022: Category title changed from 'Best Quiet Keyboard For Office' to 'Best Quiet Office Keyboard'; no changes to picks.
Jan 10, 2022: We've converted our 'Wireless Alternative' pick into a new category, 'Best Quiet Wireless Gaming Keyboard'. We've also transformed our 'Ergonomic Alternative' into a new category called 'Best Quiet Ergonomic Keyboard For Office'. Lastly, we've turned our 'Smaller Alternative' pick into its own 'Best Compact Budget Quiet Keyboard' category.
Nov 11, 2021: Verified picks and Notable Mentions for availability; updated text for clarity.
Oct 29, 2021: Updated the text for clarity; added the Razer Huntsman V2, Lenovo ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II, and Microsoft Surface Keyboard to Notable Mentions.
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.