Best Wireless Keyboards of 2020
The Logitech K380 Multi-Device keyboard is a simple, compact keyboard that, because of its ease of use across different platforms as well as its ability to connect to three different devices, is our top pick for Best Overall Keyboard. Although made of plastic, it is anything but flimsy and feels durable and is even attractive with its matte grey finish. The round keys add an extra, unique design element, and although they might take some time to get used to, are actually pleasantly ergonomic and click away quietly underneath your fingertips.
The keyboard is thoughtfully designed, with shortcut keys that are MacOS and Windows-specific and is also Android compatible, making it available to a wide variety of users. It connects seamlessly right out of the box, and once connected, can switch quickly and easily between three different chosen devices. Many of the keyboards we tested require reading the instruction manual and following individual steps to set-up. But we loved how easy the Logitech keyboards are to use, with intuitive set-ups and simple diagrams instead of lengthy instruction manuals.
Our only complaint is that it is powered by batteries, which will run up a cost over time. But by switching it off after use, you can assure that you'll get a long life out of this excellent keyboard, and you won't break the bank either.
OMOTON is great at making sleek, design-conscious products at affordable prices, and their OMOTON Ultra-Slim Bluetooth keyboard is no different. It mimics the design of the Apple Magic keyboard with its silver backing and white square keys but at a fraction of the price. Those who love the minimalist look of Apple products but hate paying Apple prices will love this affordable option.
The keyboard is simple, connecting to only one device at a time. It is a standard size, and typing is intuitive and easy. The keys have a longer travel time than on the actual Apple Magic keyboard and can be a bit "chatty" at higher typing speeds, but some might like the thicker feel over the thin membrane-style keys of the recent MacBooks. The shortcuts are also MacOS specific, but the keyboard will work with Windows or Android devices. We were impressed by the range of its Bluetooth, operating up to 20 feet away, outperforming more expensive models.
The keyboard is also constructed entirely of plastic, which gives it a "knock-off" feel, but still looks and performs exceptionally well considering. It is powered by batteries which are not included, which is more inconvenient than any of our other models tested. Most were rechargeable, and the ones that required batteries came with a set already in place. This keyboard is an excellent option for those on a budget, especially those fond of Apple product designs.
The Jelly Comb Foldable Bluetooth keyboard is the smallest, most compact keyboard we tested. With its slim, tri-fold design, it can fold up into a convenient package to take on the go. For this reason, it is our top pick for portability. Additionally, it has a touchpad, something that none of our other models had. This eliminates the need for a wireless mouse and makes this keyboard the perfect, all-in-one model for those on the go. It works with multiple systems, thoughtfully including a "command" key for MacOS users and an "fn" key for those who use Windows systems.
We tested it on our 2019 MacBook Pro and found that, unfortunately, the media control keys like volume were not compatible. Because of the tri-fold design, the letter keys closest to the left hinge (t,f, and v) are half a size smaller than the rest of the keys, making it slightly awkward to type quickly and efficiently. The keyboard is very compact in general, and with all the keys being smaller and closer together than a full-size or even laptop keyboard, this will take some time to get used to. But for someone on the go, who needs a keyboard for their tablet or phone or computer, this is by far the most convenient model on the market.
Logitech leads the pack with its extensive offerings of wireless keyboards, and the Logitech Multi-Device K480 keyboard was by far the most versatile keyboard we tested. It can be connected to up to three devices at once and has the unique design feature of a small, convenient dial to switch seamlessly between your laptop, desktop, tablet, or phone. Additionally, it has a cradle made of silicone where a tablet or phone can sit comfortably at a perfect viewing angle, making it an excellent option for someone who plans on using their keyboard for multiple purposes.
The keys are small and round, almost reminiscent of a typewriter, which may be strange to those of us who are used to typing on square keys. They have a long travel distance, requiring you to push down with some effort, and make a loud clacking sound. Some will like this tactile experience, while others might prefer the silent, low profile keys featured on other keyboards. The keyboard is also heavy and bulky, making it not the top option for a travel keyboard. But for those who are multi-taskers with many devices they like to use, this is our top choice for versatility.
The latest wireless keyboard from Apple is the Apple Magic keyboard, an updated iteration from its previous model. This keyboard is rechargeable, unlike its predecessor, which is a highly desirable feature. The ease of use for an Apple user is undeniable, as all you have to do is take it out of the package, slide the button on, and it automatically pairs with your computer with no setup required. The keypad is the same layout as any Macbook or desktop Mac, which makes it intuitive for someone who primarily uses MacOS systems. It is the best choice for someone with Apple products, with its stylish, on-brand design, and ease of use.
It does not connect to multiple devices at once, like some of the other keyboards we tested. For someone with a lot of Apple products, like a Macbook and iPad and iPhone, for example, it would be nice to be able to switch typing between devices seamlessly, a feature this keyboard does not have. Its shortcut keys are not compatible with other systems like Windows or Android, but the keyboard will still pair with these systems. This keyboard had the longest Bluetooth range out of all the models we tested, working flawlessly at 30 feet away. Overall, this lightweight Bluetooth keyboard design by Apple is the best choice for someone with MacOS systems who wants a quick and easy keyboard that is useful enough to stay on a desk, but also lightweight enough to carry from home to the office.
The Arteck 2.4G Stainless Steel Ultra-Slim is a full-size keyboard with a numeric keypad and standard size square keys. It takes up a lot of space on a desk but will be familiar to those who are used to working on desktop computers with larger keyboards. This keyboard is the best option for someone who is looking for a wireless keyboard to minimize the clutter of a wired keyboard, without losing the functionality of a full-size keyboard.
Our testers found that the nano USB performed noticeably poorly in our range test, only working at a max distance of 6 feet. The keys can also feel slightly sticky, taking a lot of effort to press down on. This resulted in some missed keystrokes but improved as we got used to the particular typing action. Those who use a numeric keypad often will love the addition in this slim, attractive keyboard. The Arteck 2.4G will modernize any desktop workspace with its wireless technology, easy, no fuss, Nano USB setup, as long as you stay close to your computer.
The Klim Chroma Rechargeable Gaming is a full-size keyboard with a numeric keypad and an impressive display of tri-colored backlighting. While it is the bulkiest keyboard out of all the wireless models we tested, its mechanical keyboard-like feel will be appreciated by those who prefer deep, tactile clicking action. It is incredibly easy to set up; just plug in the Nano USB and immediately start typing. The backlighting has two brightness levels and three modes: on, off, and "breathing," where it slowly illuminates in and out. This keyboard was made with gamers in mind, as its colorful backlighting will help those who like to play in the dark, its full-size keypad allows for maximum utility, and its key's fast response time will make sure that you don't miss a stroke.
The backlight will automatically turn off after 60 seconds of idle time to improve battery life, but for those who play strategy games that move more slowly, this might be inconvenient if you are playing in the dark. The letter keys are slightly smaller than the ones found on the other keyboards we tested, due to there being near twice as many keys on the board, and MacOS users will be out of luck with the Windows-specific shortcuts and hotkeys. The Klim also has a nano USB, and performed poorly in the Bluetooth range test like the Arteck 2.4G. But for gamers with big, 4K displays who like to play fast games and want a keyboard to keep up, this one is well worth the purchase.
The iClever BK05 Bluetooth keyboard not only flaunts a tri-fold design but also comes with a cloth carrying bag and an additional phone/tablet stand. This makes it our pick for a convenient travel keyboard for those who will primarily be using it with their phones or tablets. This keyboard connects to up to three devices via Bluetooth, and can also be used as a wired keyboard with its USB cable. It can easily switch between devices once connected, and also has a colored backlight option for those who might work in the dark.
Although it will work with different operating systems, it is more Windows-specific with its shortcut keys, making it slightly more difficult for MacOS users. The price tag may seem a little steep, but the included phone/tablet stand is a fantastic addition, and could easily hold our smartphone and 11-inch tablet at adjustable viewing angles. There are many tablet case designs that integrate keyboards these days, but they can sometimes be on the smaller size of what is comfortable and familiar. This travel keyboard is as big as our 13 inch MacBook Pro's keyboard, while still folding up into a compact size to take on the go, making it our top choice for those who are heavy tablet users.
The Arteck Universal Slim Portable is a lightweight keyboard that is another great option for its portability. For those who don't love the design of a folding keyboard, this one is a great choice that is easy to put in a bag and even slim enough to slide in a case with a laptop or tablet. Its backlight settings make it a great option for those who like to see their keys better or who work in darker settings, and its on/off switch is conveniently located right on top of the keyboard, so you won't forget to turn it off, unlike other models we tested that had their switches on the side or bottom.
The keys themselves are quite small, and our testers found themselves relying often upon autocorrect for their spelling errors due to accidentally hitting the wrong keys. This keyboard, like its Logitech counterparts, has convenient settings to switch between iOS, Windows, and Android operating systems, making it a great choice for its versatility as well.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our testers at TechGearLab have been reviewing Bluetooth-connected devices for years. We know that wireless technology makes our lives easier, and therefore bring you honest reviews based on extensive side-by-side testing of the latest models in Bluetooth technology. Miya Tsudome, the primary tester for this project, has been using Bluetooth enabled devices to streamline her desk space for over five years, always looking forward to reducing clutter and creating a more efficient work environment. Through our comprehensive research methods, we aim to bring you the most helpful and trustworthy reviews to help you find the right product to fit your needs.
Extensive measures were taken to put these to the task, from many hours of continuous use to examining everything from their methods of connectivity down to the subtle ergonomics of their height, angle, and curvature of their keys. We are confident that you'll find a keyboard you're looking for in these 2020 models.
Analysis and Test Results
We connected each of the nine keyboards to three different devices: a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone if applicable. We measured the distances the keyboards could work from to see how strong their Bluetooth connectivity was, left them on for days in a row to see how much of their battery depleted, tested to see if there was any lag time in typing, how comfortable they were to type on, and even typed out each review using the specific keyboard mentioned.
To test connectivity, we first wanted to assess how easily each keyboard connected to our devices. Then we examined if there was any lag time in typing, if they went into sleep mode, how quickly they woke up, and from how far away they could be used.
The Klim and the Arteck 2.4G connected wirelessly through a nano USB plug-in, which proved to be the quickest way to start typing immediately. No Bluetooth pairing necessary. But these also took up space in our ports, and for the newer models of MacBook Pro's without USB ports, required an additional converter to use.
The Apple Magic keyboard was the only one in our fleet that connected via Bluetooth automatically, but is only compatible with MacOS computers. The Logitech keyboards had the simplest Bluetooth pairings, and can quickly switch between connected devices with barely any lag time. All of the keyboards tested woke up fairly quickly with a sleeping computer, would connect automatically every time after the initial pairing, and we did not notice any significant lag time more than a second or two that would be considered inconvenient.
Our most interesting connectivity test was measuring the Bluetooth range of each keyboard. This was done indoors and while Bluetooth devices typically have more range in open air, we figured most people would be using their keyboards inside. The Apple Magic, Logitech K380, and K480 displayed incredible range. We were only able to measure up to 30 feet, but they were all typing easily from that distance away between walls. The OMOTON keyboard was also a surprising front runner, outperforming more expensive models easily with a distance of approximately 20 feet.
All of our other models were seriously lackluster in this category, averaging 6-15 ft, with the worst connectivity coming from the nano USB-connected keyboards. Although most people won't ever find a need to use their keyboards from very far away, this connectivity test gives evidence of the true strength of each keyboard's connectivity.
For some wireless keyboard uses, portability is a valuable asset. Whether you would like to transport your keyboard from home to office or use it with your phone or tablet on the go, we examined each keyboard to see how easily they could be moved from place to place. The most portable keyboards we tested were the foldable models. All keyboards varied in their weight and size, with some of the slim and lightweight boards being reasonable to carry in a bag along with a laptop, and others better suited to be a mainstay on a desk.
The Jelly Comb Foldable Bluetooth was the smallest, foldable keyboard we tested. With a rechargeable battery and the additional touchpad feature, it is the most portable and convenient keyboard on the market. The iClever BK05 Bluetooth is of a similar, tri-fold design, although it is slightly larger than the Jelly Comb and does not have a touchpad. But it comes with a carrying case and a phone/tablet stand making it a great choice for those who will be using their keyboards for those devices.
The Klim Chroma and Logitech K480 were the heaviest models we tested, making them not the most suitable for transport. While the Arteck 2.4G is slim and light, it is a full-size keyboard that hinders its portability.
The battery life of any wireless electronic device is an important metric to take into consideration. Some of our models were rechargeable, and others required alkaline batteries. Others had light settings that affected battery life.All of the models that are rechargeable via USB cables can be connected to a computer to charge and be used at the same time. For these models, which include all but both Logitech's and the OMOTON, battery life is not an enormous factor assuming you are always near your computer while using your keyboard. The Arteck Universal Slim Portable, Arteck 2.4G, OMOTON, Klim Chroma, and Jelly Comb all have automatic sleep modes after a certain amount of idle time. This helps to extend battery life
The backlit keyboard models, including the Klim Chroma, Arteck Universal Slim Portable, and iClever will all have significantly shorter battery capacities if their backlights are left on. The Klim will automatically turn off its backlights after 60 seconds of idle time to conserve battery, as well as the Arteck which will turn off its backlight after 10-15 seconds, not in use. The iClever will not turn off its backlight automatically, but it can be turned off voluntarily extending its battery life from an advertised 5 to 30 hours.
The only models with battery life indicators are the Arteck Universal Slim Portable and the Logitech K480. They are not perfect, however, as the Arteck's will only blink if the battery is low, and the Logitech's low battery indicator is located on the bottom of the device, which is inconvenient. The Apple Magic keyboard will tell you exactly how much battery is left in the device with a handy icon display on the computer itself.
Many of the Bluetooth keyboards we researched have the ability to be connected to multiple devices or easily work with different operating systems. In the nine that we tested, a few stood out as the top of the class for having these versatile features.
The Logitech K480 has two unique features that make it our pick for the most versatile wireless keyboard. With a cradle built into the keyboard for a phone or tablet, you can type away on either of these screens at a comfortable and convenient viewing angle.
The keyboard also features a dial to switch between three connected Bluetooth devices, making multi-tasking efforts a breeze. Many of the keyboards we tested were MacOS or Windows systems-specific, but Logitech thought of it all and included options for each of these operating systems in addition to Android. The Logitech K380 and the Jelly Comb were two other models that shared this convenient feature.
Many models such as the Apple Magic, OMOTON, Arteck Universal Slim Portable, Arteck 2.4G, and Klim keyboards were not able to connect to multiple devices, making them less desirable for those who favor versatility and multi-tasking.
For those who spend long days typing, the ergonomics of a keyboard can be important. The size of the keyboard, its angle, the shape of the keys and their noise-level and travel distance all contribute to how comfortable a keyboard is to type on for long periods. Most of the models we tested were a similar size to a laptop keyboard and tended to lay flat, which puts the wrists in a neutral position and lessens joint strain. All of the tested keyboards had square keys which are the standard, with the notable exception of the Logitech brand's round keys.
While the Logitech K380 and K480 models have unique, rounded keys reminiscent of the typewriters of old, our testers found that their slightly curved shape created a noticeably pleasant typing experience. The K380 had the quietest keys out of all the boards we tested, while on the other hand, its sister model the K480 had keys that were noticeably loud. The Jelly Comb provided the best typing experience out of our portable models, with quiet, full-sized keys, while we struggled to adjust to the Arteck Universal Slim Portable and iClever keyboards' smaller keys.
Our testers preferred keyboards whose keys had less travel distance. We found that we would often miss keystrokes with the models where the travel distance was longer. The OMOTON and Klim boards stood out the most to us in this way and were also the only keyboards we tested that had a slight angle to their build rather than lying flat. To someone else, these could be desirable features. For those who prefer a more tactile experience and like typing at a slight angle, these keyboards may be what you are looking for.
In the modern age, wireless technology not only makes your desk space less cluttered and more streamlined, but it also allows you to have your setup with you wherever you go. Whether you're looking for a small keyboard to use with your tablet, or need one at your desk that can switch seamlessly between multiple devices for ultimate multi-tasking, we're confident you'll find a keyboard that works for you in this 2020 line up.
— Miya Tsudome