If there is one thing everyone hates is having a clutter of cables around their computers. It is both annoying and quite difficult to keep clean since cables are dust magnets. Not only that but it is also difficult to maintain and when it comes to cleaning up the dust it is a real pain. Everything has to be moved and rearranged in order to clean the dust around the cables.
In the past few years we have seen a total shift towards wireless technologies. We now have soundbars that are comparable to 5.1 sound systems in terms of performance but need only 2 or 3 cables instead of 7. Another change is the improvement of wireless keyboards and mice that have lower latencies and better optical sensors. Bluetooth devices are excluded from this list as they tend to be less responsive.
Best Wireless Keyboards in 2017
The technology that contributed the most is 2.4 GHz wireless connection which allows peripherals such as mice and keyboards to be extremely responsive. Today we will have a look at wireless keyboards. They have improved much over time and now there are even a few illuminated models. The battery life is great and their reliability is comparable to regular wired bikes. To cut things short here is our selection of the top 10 best wireless keyboards in 2017.
Table of Contents
- 10. HP Wireless Elite Keyboard v2
- 9.Logitech K350 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard
- 8. Microsoft Arc Wireless Keyboard for PC and Xbox 360
- 7. Ivation 2.4 GHz Wireless Blue LED Letter Illuminated Computer Keyboard
- 6. Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800
- 5. Rii K12 Ultra Slim 2.4GHz Portable Mini Wireless KODI Keyboard
- 4. Iogear Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel
- 3. Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
- 2. Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360
- 1. Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800
10. HP Wireless Elite Keyboard v2
HP Wireless Elite Keyboard v2 might seem a bit expensive for what it offers especially since there are so many other models to choose from. Their wireless keyboard is however quite responsive and comes with a stylish design.
The model uses a nano 2.4 GHz receiver and comes as a full size keyboard. It has several multimedia keys but what makes it so attractive is its slim design. The keys themselves are similar to laptop ones except they are much easier to press.
9.Logitech K350 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard
The Logitech K350 keyboard can be considered a premium model due to its design and price. It comes with a bunch of extra keys, a large wrist pad and an interesting curved design. The model also has a black finish with a glossy side around the extra multimedia buttons.
As with other more recently released Logitech peripherals it uses their nano Unifying receiver that makes it easy to configure one USB dongle to work with multiple devices.
8. Microsoft Arc Wireless Keyboard for PC and Xbox 360
Microsoft Arc Wireless Keyboard is being advertised as being a model that works with both computers and Xbox consoles. Truth be told the hardware it uses is not much different from a regular keyboard. The main difference would be the absence of a numpad as it seems it was built mainly to be compact and light.
The keys of the keyboard are really responsive. They are fairly small and can be compared to a laptop except the curved design makes it a bit more comfortable to type on. The build quality reflects the high price of the product as it is a sturdy keyboard that does not feel cheap in any way.
7. Ivation 2.4 GHz Wireless Blue LED Letter Illuminated Computer Keyboard
The Ivation is probably the most affordable wireless illuminated computer keyboard. There are almost no other models that can match it mostly due to its low price. There are more expensive models but the ones that have a limited budget yet still wish for an illuminated keyboard then the Ivation is the way to go.
Its design is not that impressive. The keys have a rather large imprint and it does not have any kind of multimedia functions. The model is fairly simple but it does come with a numpad and a 2.4 GHz nano receiver that ensures it is responsive enough even for casual gaming.
6. Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800
Microsoft products rarely disappoint. The Wireless Keyboard 800 is one of their entry models that was made to be a budget solution for the ones that need a reliable peripheral. Maybe its only downside is the fact that it has a glossy finish which can turn into a fingerprint magnet but otherwise it has a gorgeously simple design.
The model is available only in black and comes with a full size numpad. Its battery can last a really long time while the 2.4 GHz technology ensures it is responsive and does not experience any signal loss.
5. Rii K12 Ultra Slim 2.4GHz Portable Mini Wireless KODI Keyboard
The Rii K12 wireless keyboard is a great travel companion. It was made to be as compact as possible while still providing everything needed to play games, write or use productivity applications.
One of the things that sets it apart is its design as there is no extra edge around the keys. Also it comes with a large touchpad and multiple multimedia keys. Surprisingly it is quite affordable and really well built as the bottom side of the keyboard is made of aluminum.
4. Iogear Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel
The Iogear multimedia wireless keyboard is yet another model that offers far mode that some would expect from such model. It comes with a built-in trackball and multiple multimedia keys. The design of the keyboard places it amongst the mode compact models as its keys are significantly smaller but they are large enough to be comfortable even while writing.
Connectivity is done through an USB dongle that uses 2.4 GHz technology. The model is powered by regular AA batteries and comes with an ON/OFF switch to help save battery life.
3. Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 might seem like an overkill for some especially since there are models that can run for months on batteries. However the solar model runs exclusively on light. It has a great design with a slim body and keys as well as a regular full size numpad and a few multimedia keys.
Like all other models in our list it runs on 2.4 GHz wireless technology. As expected it comes with a Logitech Unifying receiver and it is completely plug-and-play.
2. Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360
The Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360 is a great budget option. It is one of their bestselling models that is both affordable and well built. The model has a glossy finish that might attract some fingerprints but it is easy to clean.
Like all reliable wireless keyboards it has a full size numpad and several multimedia keys. It runs on regular AAA batteries that can last up to 3 years before needing to be replaced. As expected it comes with the patented Logitech Unifying receiver and a few software tools to help customize some of its keys.
1. Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800
It is difficult to find anything similar to the Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard. The model is extremely well-built with a discreet wrist pad and large but easy to press keys. Typing on this keyboard is truly a joy.
Gamers will also not be disappointed by it. The K800 might not have extra customizable buttons but it is responsive and it is illuminated. There are only a handful of other wireless models that are illuminated.
It’s no wonder why Logitech got the first 3 spots. Their products offer excellent quality for a reasonable price. However, the other models listed in our top 10 should not be dismissed. There are still some great options out there.
The area in which wireless keyboards fall short is illuminated models. It is difficult to built such a keyboard mainly because they drain a lot of power. An illuminated keyboard can drain batteries in just a few days but models such as the Logitech K800 can work with rechargeable. It can be a good idea to buy a few rechargeable batteries when working on keyboards that drain them quite fast.