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Best Keyboard for 2023 – CNET

Whether you need additional keyboards for remote work or school, your current keyboard has seen better days or you simply want a better typing experience beyond a beginner keyboard, this list will have something to meet your needs. Logitech, Microsoft and Apple are some of the big names in the category of best keyboard, but there are plenty of smaller names worth your attention, too. 

Our picks focus on both wired and wireless keyboards designed for productivity, not gaming. (These are the best gaming keyboards we’ve tested.) It also covers models at a variety of prices because, fortunately, you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot to get a better keyboard.

Also, unlike phones, TVs, laptops and many other tech products, keyboards aren’t updated frequently. There’s a good chance the best keyboard for you might be a model that’s been around for a while. The market is huge, though, and we’ll continue to test new keyboards and update this list. 

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If you’re coming from a laptop keyboard or a typical slim office membrane keyboard, the Pro Type mechanical keyboard might take some adjustment. But once you get used to this mechanical keyboard, you won’t want to type on anything else. Razer’s orange switches are tactile but not clicky, so you feel the actuation but they’re relatively quiet; you’ll just hear a muted clack when the keys bottom out. (You can get an idea of what they sound like on Razer’s site.) With 45 grams of actuation force, they’re not so light that you’ll make mistakes — and the mechanical keys don’t require so much force that your fingers tire out. 

The keycaps have a soft-touch coating, so you won’t be tapping on straight plastic all day. There’s no RGB LED lighting here like the company’s gaming keyboards: The Pro Type has only white LED-backlit keys. With the backlight off, the key legends are easy to read. The same goes for when the LEDs are near or at their brightest and RGB backlighting can be adjusted. In between, however, the legends can be tricky to see. Also, secondary key functions aren’t illuminated, meaning the symbols on the number keys and media controls are difficult to read. Oddly enough, so are the backlight brightness controls. Key functions can be programmed with Razer’s Synapse software, though. 

The keyboard connects via Bluetooth to up to three devices. It can also be used with a 2.4GHz USB receiver. It can’t be used as a wired keyboard, although you can use it while it’s charging and connected wirelessly. Battery life is rated at up to 84 hours over Bluetooth without the backlight, but a mere 12 hours with it on. Basically, don’t leave the backlight on or you’ll be charging it daily. 

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Though it doesn’t match the comfort of the Zergotech Freedom, the K860 is a compact, one-piece split, curved, ergonomic keyboard. It’s not unlike others such as the Microsoft Sculpt, but it’s not bulky, clunky or unsightly — or in need of add-ons. It also gives Logitech a full desk setup of ergonomic devices when paired with its MX Vertical mouse or MX Ergo trackball mouse. 

Despite the low-profile design, there’s plenty of key travel and a pleasing, responsive bounce. This compact keyboard is not backlit, but the gray keys and white markings have enough contrast that they’re visible in low-light conditions, just not in complete darkness. Powered by two AA-size batteries, the K860 can connect to your computer via Bluetooth or Logitech’s USB-A Unifying receiver, which makes it a good option if you need one keyboard that can quickly switch between computers, phones or tablets. 

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I’ve tested dozens of gaming and office keyboards — mechanical and membrane — over the past few years, and Varmilo’s Moonlight MA108M (using the company’s own EC Switch V2 switches) is easily one of the best mechanical keyboards available. From its solid build quality to its unbelievably smooth feel and pleasing sound, it offers an amazing typing experience.

It’s a nice-looking keyboard, too. The Moonlight — available in a 110%, 108-key version I tested as well as a smaller, tenkeyless size — is one of several themes that are available with the new switches. Varmilo’s other themed keyboards, from panda- and ocean-inspired designs to more vintage-looking layouts, are also currently available with Cherry MX switches.

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Large, wired and designed primarily for Windows users, this is the overstuffed recliner of ergonomic keyboards. It’s more affordable than most ergo models, although it’s a full-size keyboard and requires a good bit of desk space. You’re probably better off keeping this on an under-mount keyboard tray and your mouse on your desktop. 

Like most ergonomic keyboards, this one takes a little time to adjust to — partly because of the split keyboard design but also due to its high actuation force. It is comfortable, though, and an attachable lift at the front puts your hands at a negative angle for better positioning.

There are three programmable hotkeys at the top left, followed to the right by a row of media controls and quick-launch buttons for the calculator, screen snips, TaskView to see your open windows, system lock and search. It even has a shortcut button for symbols and emoji.