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Best keyboards in 2021

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The best keyboards are a great investment because they'll pay big dividends in terms of comfort and productivity. As much as we're all tempted to just drop a laptop on a desk and expect to get work done quickly, doing so is a surefire way to give yourself hunched shoulders and cramped fingers — which you've probably learned after your first week working from home.

Sure some laptops have good, even great keyboards, but we don't recommend using the keyboard on your laptop for multiple hours a day. For starters, having your neck craned downward all day long is going to do bad things to your posture.

And while compact keyboards are beloved by many, you shouldn't base your buying decision on size alone. Sizable keyboards can give you sizable benefits, which is why two of our seven picks are larger than your average keyboard, with one offering ergonomic improvements to prevent or work around repetitive strain injury, and the other offering mechanical key switches that give a lot of tactile feedback.

Read on for our thoughts on the best keyboards you can buy, whatever your situation.

 What are the best keyboards? 

Our top picks will get you up and clickety-clacking in no time, and the Logitech K780 is one of the best keyboards because it's a nimble accessory you can use with all of your devices — which are only a click away. 

The Logitech K780 is also great because it's designed with Mac, PC and Chromebook users in mind. Its key layout just adapts to the laptop you're connecting to, and it's got the standard modern multimedia functionality keys. 

On top of that, the Logitech K780 is wireless, which helps ensure a clean desk, and it's so elegantly designed it will fit into any setup and elevate your tabletop aesthetics. What else could you ask for, really? 

If you're looking for a great keyboard with a wire you can plug into things, consider the Leopold FC750R PD. It's a no-nonsense mechanical keyboard that lacks media control buttons, flashy backlighting, and even a number pad. But it's simple to use and feels satisfying to type on, which is all you really need out of a good wired keyboard.

Be sure to also check out our best gaming keyboards page, most of which can pull double-duty as excellent office models.

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 The best keyboards you can buy today 

Best keyboard: Logitech K350

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1. Logitech K350

Key Type: Membrane
Batteries: 2x AAA
Warranty: 1-year
Size: 18.9 x 9.9 x 2.9 inches
Reasons to buy
+Complete set of multimedia keys+Long lasting battery life+Wireless connection
Reasons to avoid
-Dated design

The tried and true Logitech K350 wireless keyboard is an interesting option. Not only does it come with a built-in wrist-rest and all the media keys that you need, but its media keys all bear the iconography from a different era. The F7 key points to Internet Explorer, and there's a button for the Windows Media Center. 

Yet while technology constantly moves forward, this well-reviewed keyboard (4.3 stars out of 5 on Amazon, with more than 2,900 ratings) remains a best-seller. It goes to show that sometimes a well-made piece of hardware doesn't need to adapt to fit in. 

The K350 connects over Logitech's USB wireless receiver and Logitech says it should last up to 3 years (with 2 million keystrokes per year) on a single charge. It's perfect for Windows machines, as Logitech recommends it for Windows XP and Vista, as well as Windows 7, 8 and 10. 

best keyboard: Leopold FC750R PD

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2. Leopold FC750R PD

Best no-nonsense mechanical keyboard

Key Type: Mechanical
Mechanical Switch Type: Cherry MX Blue, Brown, or Red
Warranty: 1 year
Size: 14.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
Reasons to buy
+Excellent build quality+Straightforward design+Useful menu key+Fantastic typing experience
Reasons to avoid
-Only one way to adjust height-Cheap plastic keycap puller

If you’ve never typed on a mechanical keyboard, you owe it to yourself to try. Yes, they’re more expensive. The Leopold reviewed here retails for $119, which is about average. But once you pull the trigger, you may discover it’s the typing experience that makes the Leopold FC750R PD a standout keyboard. 

Lacking media controls, backlighting, or the full number pad (that's why they call it tenkeyless) the Leopold FC750R PD is a minimalist mechanical keyboard that feels satisfying to type on. It's a serious contender for anyone seeking a distraction-free TKL mechanical keyboard, whether you want to upgrade from a standard office model or dip your toe in the mechanical keyboard enthusiast waters. If you don’t need a number pad, the Leopold FC750R PD is just “write.”

Read our full Leopold FC750R PD review here.

Best keyboard: Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard

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3. Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard

Key Type: Membrane
Batteries: built-in, rechargeable
Warranty: 2-year
Size: 16.9 X 4.9 X 0.6 inches
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Metallic design+Works with a variety of devices List
Reasons to avoid
-No Bluetooth-Other keyboards last longer on a single charge

A wireless keyboard doesn't have to cost a whole lot. The minimalist and lightweight (0.9 pounds!) Arteck is one of the best keyboards because of its Swiss-Army- Knife-like functionality, thanks to its USB receiver that lets it connect to everything from desktops to laptops to even TVs. It'll work with Macs, but the keyboard is optimized and designed for Windows.

The keyboard should work up to 33 feet from the connected device, which is probably too far for anything besides the living room, but that's more than enough for setting up even the most complicated, ergonomically compliant home office. Arteck also promises solid endurance, rating it for up to 6 months on a single charge. The keyboard has a 24-month warranty, which one Amazon customer review says came in handy when key sensitivity issues arose; the company replaced the keyboard with a new one.

best keyboard: Apple magic keyboard

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4. Apple Magic Keyboard

Key Type: Membrane
Batteries: built-in rechargeable
Warranty: 1-year
Size: 11 x 4.5 x 0.4-0.2 inches
Reasons to buy
+Great-feeling keys+That Apple aesthetic+Small and portable
Reasons to avoid
-No number pad-PC users need not apply

Apple users should start here because this keyboard isn't just designed for their needs, it matches them. The Magic Keyboard is one of the best keyboards because it's a step up from the keyboards in the MacBooks made between 2016 and 2019, and it's pretty similar to the well-reviewed 16-inch MacBook Pro's keyboard — using a reliable scissor-switch mechanism and not the controversial butterfly-switch design.

The Magic Keyboard is  one of the smaller keyboards in this set, making it much easier to throw in your bag or use at a small desk. Apple also makes the Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, which has a full number-pad if you're OK with the larger size and do a lot of number-crunching. Both models feature a keyboard layout designed for use with Mac, making this one of the best picks on this board. It connects over Bluetooth. 

Best keyboard: Logitech K780

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5. Logitech K780

Key Type: Membrane
Batteries: 2x AAA
Warranty: 1-year
Size: 14.9 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
Reasons to buy
+Supports multiple devices+Notch can hold your phone or iPad+Even works with Chromebooks List
Reasons to avoid
-Circular keycaps aren't for all

Your laptop isn't the only device you need to type on, so Logitech has keyboards like the K780 that nimbly jump between up to three devices. It also supports Logitech's FLOW technology for easily moving data between computers. That's right: If you're using two different machines, this keyboard can copy a file from one and send it to the other. 

Also, it's got circular keycaps, which will attract some people seeking a particular look, and maybe send others searching for other entries. If you're typing around family and friends, note that its keys are designed for a quieter typing noise, so you're less likely to irritate others. 

This keyboard supports Mac, PC and Chrome OS using a trick Logitech calls OS Adaptive keyboard layout, where the keys adjust to the computer you're using. A slot at the far side of the keyboard allows you to dock your phones or tablets there, for when you switch from your laptop to your phone.

Best keyboard: Logitech Ergo K860

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6. Logitech Ergo K860

Key Type: Membrane
Batteries: 2xAAA
Warranty: 1-year
Size: 18 x 9.2 x 1.9 inches
Reasons to buy
+Comfy wrist rest+Adjustable front and back legs+Made for both PCs and Macs
Reasons to avoid
-Split-keyboard design learning curve-A bit pricey 

Looking for an ergonomically-friendly keyboard that works with more than just your laptop? I've relied on the Logitech Ergo K860 at work and appreciated how well it worked with both my MacBook Pro and my iPad Pro. Its split-keyboard design is meant to help you keep your hands in place to reduce strain. 

One of my favorite features on the keyboard is the feet towards the front side of the chassis so you can change the height of the deck of the keyboard. For those of us with standing desks, that's a crucial difference maker as we're often moving between sitting and standing, which changes where our arms hit the table. The Logitech Ergo K860 works over both Bluetooth and Logitech's own USB receiver for ultimate compatibility. Three device-pairing keys let you easily switch between paired devices.

Read our full Logitech Ergo K860 review

Best keyboard: Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard for Mac

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7. Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard for Mac

Key Type: Mechanical (Alps mechanical switches)
Batteries: none
Warranty: 1-year
Size: 18.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
Reasons to buy
+Excellent feeling key mechanisms+Long lasting design
Reasons to avoid

I typed this article up on my favorite keyboard, the Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard for Mac, which I bought with my own money. I love this mechanical keyboard for all of the ways it goes against the grain. Its keys provide a lot of feedback and its keyboard layout is optimized for Macs, which isn't easy to find in great mechanical keyboards. 

Matias is a trusted name in the world of Apple accessories. Fans know that Matias uses the same key-switch technology Apple did with classic mechanical Apple keyboards, which helps Matias keep a good rep as one of the best keyboards for Mac users. 

My investment has been  rewarded with years of reliability. None of the keycaps lettering has faded in the 8+ years I've owned this keyboard  because the keys are laser-etched. The Matias connects via a USB cable, without wireless options. It's also got dual USB ports to make up for the one it uses. Yes, the Matias may cost more than any other keyboard on this list, but you get what you pay for. 

 How to choose the best keyboard for you  

The most important thing you need to worry about when choosing a keyboard is comfort. You want a keyboard with keys that are big enough to feel comfortable, and you want one that you can position alongside your PC in an ergonomic way. That means different things for different people, but in general you want a keyboard that can sit as close to your body as possible, so you can avoid straining your arms and wrists while typing.

Next, think about what kind of PC you're trying to connect to. If you're on a Windows PC, you can pick from any of these options except the Matias Tactile Pro and the Apple Magic Keyboard. Then, if you're just going to pair the keyboard with just one PC, you can decide between the Dell KB216 Wired Keyboard or the Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard --  the latter creates a cleaner desk setup. 

But if you're going to use the keyboard with a PC and a tablet or another device, check out the Logitech K780. Chromebook and Mac users should also check out the Logitech K780, as its cross-platform functionality is great for all. Mac users who are always on the go, however, should check out the portable Apple Magic Keyboard. MacBook users who want to build the ultimate home office should look at the Matias Tactile Pro, which is a bit more stable.

Alex Wawro

Alex Wawro is a lifelong tech and games enthusiast with more than a decade of experience covering both for outlets like Game Developer, Black Hat, and PC World magazine. He currently serves as a senior editor at Tom's Guide covering all things computing, from laptops and desktops to keyboards and mice.