The Top 10 Best Keyboards

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Maybe your old keyboard has typed its last letter. Maybe you’ve become frustrated by a sub-par keyboard slowing you down during work. Perhaps your gaming ambitions have left you dissatisfied with the mediocre keyboard that came with your desktop PC. Whatever the reason, anyone can benefit from a better keyboard. Upgrading your keyboard may not seem like an important thing to do, but you would be surprised what a difference a well made keyboard can make in terms of comfort, efficiency, and overall satisfaction. After all, is there any part of your computer more hands-on than your keyboard?

Keyboards come in a variety of categories, from no nonsense machines built for typing efficiency to sculpted ergonomic designs that cradle your hands and relieve stress on the joints. When shopping for keyboard, here are a few specific features to know.

How does the keyboard connect to the PC? Many keyboards use a simple wired USB connection, plugging into the nearest port and working with minimal fuss. Wired keyboards have the unfortunate problem of cluttering your desk with yet another cable, so some prefer the sleeker look and more flexible connection offered by wireless options. Both have there pros and cons, however. Wired connections are the easiest to set up, and are prized by gamers for the low latency and minimal lag offered by a cable. Wireless connections, on the other hand, let you pick up and move without being tethered to the PC, and keep everything a little more neat and tidy. However, with no wired connection to draw power from, battery life is a real concern for any wireless option as even the longest lasting battery will still need to be replaced sometime down the road.

Finally, most keyboard will offer few extra features in addition to the basic QWERTY keyboard. Keyboards made for Windows 8 will often have special function hotkeys that offer the same functions as the Windows 8 Charms Bar, such as Home, Search, Share, Settings, and Device shortcuts. Others will offer media playback controls, such as Play, Pause, and Stop for music and video, and volume controls.

Gaming keyboards take this an order of magnitude further, providing customization software that allows a user to program strings of complex commands (called macros) that can be launched with the press of a button later, such as during a game. It’s a feature that may be overkill for the average typist, but offers a competitive edge for the dedicated gamer.

This list is anything but exhaustive, so be sure to check out our regularly posted keyboard reviews, and have a look at our in depth guide, How to Buy a Keyboard.

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Corsair Vengeance K60

Corsair Vengeance K60

$109.99 list

The Corsair Vengeance K60 keyboard is a weapon built to a gamer’s specs, with a left-handed wrist rest and 10 swappable sculpted keys.
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Corsair Vengeance K90

Corsair Vengeance K90


$129.99 list

The Corsair Vengeance K90 gaming keyboard pairs a well-built gaming keyboard with a smorgasbord of customization, media controls and ergonomic features.
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Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac

Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac

$129.99 list

Apple owners looking for an outstanding typing experience need search no further than the Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac—provided they don’t mind its wildly divergent appearance.
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Favi Entertainment SmartStick FE02RF-BL

Favi Entertainment SmartStick FE02RF-BL

$39.99 list

While there’s plenty to like about the Favi Entertainment SmartStick FE02RF-BL, its appeal is undermined by its lack of Bluetooth connectivity and hard-to-reach middle section of the keyboard.
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Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard

Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard


$99.99 list

The Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard is both an excellent Windows 8 keyboard and a well-made mobile keyboard for any tablet user on the go.
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Logitech Washable Keyboard K310

Logitech Washable Keyboard K310

$39.99 list

The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 can handle a good soaking, but it’s more than just easy to clean, thanks to a stylish yet functional design.
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Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800

Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800


$99.99 list

“Cool” typically isn’t a word used to describe keyboards, but the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 is just that, sporting an innovative design along with a slew of nifty features that, as a whole, justify its high price tag.
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Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard

Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard

$79.95 list

The Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard is an excellent addition for any Windows 8 tablet, and a decent Bluetooth keyboard for any tablet user.
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Razer DeathStalker Ultimate

Razer DeathStalker Ultimate

$249.99 list

The Razer DeathStalker Ultimate is the only gaming keyboard to consider, if you want to use Razer’s Switchblade UI without shelling out the price of a premium gaming laptop. For everyone else, however, there are better (and cheaper) options out there.
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Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard RK-9000I

Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard RK-9000I

$99.99 list

Rosewill RK-9000I is a very well-made mechanical keyboard for gamers and typists alike, but the bare bones design might be a little too basic for most.
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By Brian Westover, PCMag


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