While the nature of the office has changed drastically in the past few years, the need for a good keyboard hasn't. When using a keyboard for work, it's important to find one that's comfortable, quiet, and satisfying to type on. Wireless models are also a good choice, as you won't have to do any cable management. Many wireless models recommended here have incredibly long battery lives, meaning you won't have to charge them frequently.
We've tested over 200 keyboards, and below are our recommendations for the best keyboards for work. That said, if you're interested in checking out our recommendations for keyboards for a specific type of job, you can check out our lists of the best programming keyboards and the best keyboards for typing. Otherwise, you can check out our list of the best ergonomic keyboards if you want a specifically ergonomic keyboard.
An office keyboard needs to be comfortable, quiet, and satisfying to type on; this is why we recommend the Logitech MX Mechanical as the best office keyboard for most people. It's a mechanical keyboard, but its switch options are fairly quiet, and its low-profile design means you don't have to strain your wrists upwards to reach all the keys. It also has full white backlighting with shine-through legends that ensure you can read the keys, even in darker rooms.
You can purchase this keyboard in several switch options that offer different typing experiences to best suit your preferences. Choosing tactile Brown switches is best if you want a bit of resistance, while linear Red switches provide a smooth and fast keypress. There's also a clicky Blue switch option that offers a more pronounced, audible click. However, these are generally a bit too loud for shared office spaces, as they can disrupt those working around you.
In addition to its aesthetic and comfort features, this keyboard has a host of software integrations to help improve your workflow. One such feature is the ability to pair this keyboard with up to three other devices using standard Bluetooth. Using Logitech's FLOW feature, you can control multiple devices and share files between devices simultaneously. Alternatively, you can connect this keyboard with the Logi BOLT USB receiver, which Logitech advertises to provide a more stable and secure connection in congested wireless spaces. This receiver also works with Logitech's most recent productivity mice, so you may only need one receiver for multiple devices.
For the best mid-range option, we recommend the Logitech MX Keys S, especially if you're used to typing on a laptop. This keyboard uses scissor switches similar to what you'd find in laptop keyboards rather than the mechanical switches in our top pick, the Logitech MX Mechanical. While it doesn't offer the same tactile experience as using a mechanical model, it provides the same software integrations and connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or with Logitech's BOLT USB receiver.
One element this keyboard offers that the MX Mechanical doesn't is that its full white-only backlighting can adjust to the lighting conditions around you—which can help the backlighting from distracting you, but make sure the legends are easy to read at all times of the day.
Logitech has also put in effort with this keyboard to get many finer details just right. The keycaps have a shallow indent in the middle to gently guide your fingertips into the center to help you avoid accidental keystrokes, and the low-profile keys keep your wrists flat on your work surface for support while you type. Also, unlike the MX Mechanical, which has a rigid metal top plate for added durability, the top plate on this keyboard is plastic but looks metal, so it's lightweight while keeping a premium look.
The Logitech Signature K650 is your best bet for a budget-friendly office keyboard. This full-size unit has rubber dome switches instead of scissor or mechanical switches. These switches are very quiet, and most people find them comfortable to type on, but they aren't as snappy-feeling as the scissor switches in the Logitech MX Keys S, and they may feel a bit mushier than you're used to if you're constantly typing on laptop keyboards.
This keyboard has a few built-in ergonomic features, which is surprising given its budget price point. It has a palm rest that supports your wrists nicely and can help alleviate fatigue when typing for long periods. The keys themselves are also deep-set into the board, so you don't have to strain your wrists upwards to reach them, and you can adjust the feet on the bottom of the board for two additional incline settings.
For a cheaper option, we recommend the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. This full-size option is about as straightforward as keyboards get, making it a standout pick for the workplace. Note that the price of this model moves around quite a bit. It may be closer to the cost of our best budget pick above when you're reading this, but it's worth waiting for a sale, and it's at its best value around a $30 price point. This keyboard connects wirelessly with Bluetooth, which means you can use it with mobile devices, tablets, TVs, or other devices that support a Bluetooth connection. Just note that you can't pair it with multiple devices simultaneously.
This keyboard uses rubber dome switches with a soft touch covering. These switches are satisfying to type on and provide tactile feedback to let you know when you've registered a key press. Most importantly, especially for busy open offices, these switches are virtually silent to type on, so you won't disturb any of your coworkers.
If this keyboard has a major downside, it's that it's fairly large and not very portable, so it's not ideal if you often find yourself jumping between different workspaces or hotdesks. It also lacks incline options and doesn't include a wrist rest like the Logitech Signature K650 above. If you're looking for a similar but more affordable alternative and don't need wireless connectivity, we recommend checking out the Dell KB216.
The Logitech ERGO K860 may look unusual, but it's an extremely performant unit with many features to keep you comfortable, so we recommend it as the best ergonomic office keyboard. The wave-like shape of this keyboard descends into two distinct clusters of keys, and this design helps to keep your shoulders, wrists, and hands in a more natural position while you type. The attached wristrest is plush and high quality, providing stable support for your palms.
Instead of the standard incline settings, with feet on the underside of the board along the edge furthest away from you, the feet on this keyboard are on the side closest to you. It means that when you pop them open, you tilt the board away from you so your wrists bend gently downwards rather than upwards. On top of it all, this keyboard features an extremely long battery life, and the two AA batteries can last up to two years before you need to replace them. You can also connect to this keyboard with its USB receiver or pair it with a maximum of three devices at once using Bluetooth.
If you have a smaller desk or simply don't need a Numpad for your daily work, we recommend the NuPhy Air75. This compact unit offers an exceptional typing experience comparable to higher-end options like our top pick, the Logitech MX Mechanical, and its low-profile and compact design make it much easier to toss into a backpack and travel with. It also includes versatile connectivity options and great system compatibility. You can use it wired, wirelessly with a USB receiver, or pair it with up to three devices using Bluetooth. There's even a switch at the top to change between connection types, so you can easily use this unit with any workstation setup, whether at the office or at home.
It also has helpful extra features like system-specific keycaps for macOS and Windows. It's a hot-swappable keyboard, meaning you can change the stock switches for a different set of low-profile switches if you want a customized feel to your board. Although it doesn't come with the keyboard, the manufacturer sells a specially designed carrying case to protect your keyboard while you cart it around town; this case even folds into a tablet or iPad stand for added utility.
Sep 22, 2023: We've made some minor changes to our lineup to be more consistent with several other articles. We've changed our 'Best Cheap Office' pick from the Logitech K380 to the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard and renamed our previous 'Best For Hybrid Work' category to the new 'Best Work Keyboard Without A Numpad,' keeping the NuPhy Air75 as our pick.
Jul 26, 2023: We've replaced the Logitech MX Keys as our mid-range pick with its successor, the Logitech MX Keys S. This updated model is a bit less expensive than the original and adds several minor features—including new shortcuts, updated software support for custom macros, and auto brightness backlighting.
Mar 31, 2023: We've made some minor tweaks to our text for clarity and confirmed the availability and pricing of all our picks, but we haven't made any changes to our recommendations with this update.
Jan 30, 2023: We've audited this article and refreshed some of our text. We've also determined all current picks continue to represent the best choices for their respective categories, so we haven't made any changes to our recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best keyboards for work available. 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 of 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.