13 Best Keyboards for Your Home Office
Keyboards are an essential product for working – and in particular working remotely. They are a useful extension of either a desktop computer or a smaller laptop and can enhance work performance and output.
Choosing the right keyboard for your WFH setup is important for productivity and ergonomics. It can also be challenging: many keyboards have the same size and types of keys but have important yet subtle differences. These differences include the angling of the keys, the space between the keyboard and certain macro buttons, and if the keyboard is usable for gaming or purely for work.
A keyboard can pay great dividends over time. It keeps your fingers and wrists comfortable and healthy which will enable you to produce better quality work. When selecting a keyboard you will need to consider the ergonomic nature, the keyboard’s layout, and whether it is wired or wireless. There are other things to consider but they are of lesser importance. For example, if you will play games with your keyboard you might want to think about gaming functions and gaming technology in particular (i.e. built-in scrolling mouse or dedicated gaming keys). Likewise, you may want to consider the costs. A cheap keyboard that is good quality can start around $25. A premium keyboard can cost upwards of $100. Given how long you can keep and use a keyboard (i.e. years) it is an investment worth making.
Wired keyboards, as the name suggests, connect via your computer via a USB or USB-C connection. Wired keyboards have the benefit of not needing extra batteries or overnight charges. On the other hand, wireless keyboards, which connect via Bluetooth to your computer or tablet, are more versatile and produce less clutter as a by-product. Wireless keyboards are aligned with minimalist desks and less clutter. To derive the list below, we tried dozens of keyboards and plugged them into – or connected via Bluetooth – to laptops, desktops, and tablets. Each keyboard was put through rigorous testing across ergonomic layout, price, battery life, comfortably, size, and utility.
The best keyboards for working from home will be ones that allows you to type efficiently while naturally matching your typing style and ergonomic positioning. We reviewed dozens of keyboards to bring you the best keyboards for working from home.
Here are the best keyboards for working from home:
The Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac is a worthy successor to Apple’s original wired aluminum keyboard, and comes in silver or space gray. It offers all the beauty and functionality of the Apple original, plus a few extra features, like a volume control dial on the top edge. The 2 port USB 2.0 hub is convenient for plugging in a mouse, and the keyboard comes with a USB-C adapter on the end of its USB 2.0 cable, for convenience in connecting to Macs old or new.
The key travel on the Matias keyboard is 2 mm, which is the way Apple made its keyboards for over a decade. In the last couple of years, Apple has gone thinner, with key travel under 1 mm. The longer key travel on the older Apple and current Matias keyboards feels better and is more ergonomic.
This keyboard is popular all over the world, and Matias makes models in many other country versions.
This Azio wireless keyboard has a lot to offer. It connects via a RF-USB receiver. It also has numerous hotkeys for easy navigation. It has a built-in volume dial, previous track, next track, and stop buttons. It also has hotkeys for email, home, and favorites. It’s compatible with all Windows versions, dating back to Windows XP.
Included with this keyboard, is an ergonomic wrist rest. Additionally, the keyboard has beautifully backlit keys which light upon any keystroke. It’s got an extra long battery life and can be charged via a USB connection (cable is included). Lastly, we love the design of the extra large print keys. It’s a unique and subtle design that promotes productivity!
Logitech recently introduced MX keys, an advanced wireless illuminated keyboard crafted for efficiency, stability, and precision. Perfect stroke keys are shaped for your fingertips and backlighting lights up the moment your hands approach. Increased key stability reduces noise while optimizing responsiveness – and tactile reference for hand positioning makes it easy to stay oriented and in your flow while working from home.
Apple’s wireless keyboard is a no-brainer. Although Apple may not have great software products (when’s the last time you used Numbers instead of Excel?), their hardware products are second to none. Seriously, for anyone punching keys on a keyboard all day, you are going to want a quality and quiet one to do it on. It’s also wireless which cuts down on clutter. Simply put, there is a huge difference between the quality and design of an apple keyboard versus a generic one. Treat yourself (and your fingertips) to this keyboard – you will be thankful that you did!
This keyboard is elegant and highly useful. It not only pairs automatically with your Mac but it enables you to type in multiple languages including English. The keyboard is optimized for performance and comes with Apple’s signature quality. If you need an elegant solution to typing, this keyboard will exceed your expectations. The metal backing is smooth and the keys are durably made.
Experience better typing—even in the dark—with this elegant illuminated keyboard. Bright, laser-etched, backlit keys provide precise illumination that can be adjusted to suit your needs while working from home. Each key is back-lit to help you type easily in any lighting conditions.
The K740’s ultra-thin, 9.3 mm profile adds an elegant touch to any desk. The PerfectStroke key system makes every stroke natural and fluid, and the soft-touch palm rest and full-size key layout help you type more comfortably while working from home.
This universal keyboard from Arteck is designed for economics and long days of use in the home office. The built-in industry-high rechargeable Li-polymer battery provides 6-month use on a single charge. The stainless steel material gives heavy duty feeling and the low-profile keys offer quiet and comfortable typing.
It allows you to gain quick access to common functions, such as volume level, playback control, copy paste text, and more. It also provides arrow keys, number pad with slim and compact design. For the super users, this keyboard is able to connect to 3 devices at the same time. Fully functional to all four major operating system: IOS / Android / MacOS / Windows, and features system-specific function keys for each operating systems. For those who are working at home and need to keep things quiet, the whisper-quiet, low-profile keys bring a whole new level of comfort to your fingertips.
Give your hands and wrists a rest while working at home. The ergonomic wave-shaped keyboard—with a cushioned palm rest, Constant Curve keys, and familiar layout—puts you ahead of the comfort curve without the learning curve.
Your fingers vary in length so this keyboard supports the actual, varied lengths of your fingers. The palm rest helps position your hands comfortably on the keyboard—and offers a comfortable place to rest your palms when you’re not typing.
For the cons, this keyboard is a bit noisier than others so fast typers will be heard. Also, there have been cases where the white painted letters rub off the keys which makes it difficult for typists that haven’t learned all the key placements.
The extended battery life of up to three years practically eliminates the need to replace batteries.
This backlit keyboard comes at a great price. In addition, it’s a retro style typewriter keyboard which gives your fingers a great old-style feel. The mechanical keys will provide a beautiful sound and feeling as you stroke each key. Much like the wireless counterpart, this trendy keyboard will compliment your desktop quite nicely.
The 104 key typewriter keyboard connects directly to your computer via a wired USB cable. You don’t need to worry about charging it and it you don’t need to install any drivers. Just plug it in and you are ready to type.
It’s available in white, blue, black pink, or silver colors. The backlights come in all different flavors including the rainbow shown in the product image here. You can adjust the backlight brightness and frequency to match your needs.
This typewriter has it all: affordable price, easy connection, and sleek design. We love it!
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Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad features an extended layout, with document navigation controls for quick scrolling while working from home. A scissor mechanism beneath each key allows for increased stability, while optimized key travel and a low profile provide a comfortable and precise typing experience. The numeric keypad is also great for spreadsheets and finance applications. And the built-in, rechargeable battery is incredibly long-lasting, powering your keyboard for about a month or more between charges.
PNK Stuff’s retro keyboard will light up any room. It is an 87-key, wireless keyboard. It adds a bit of an old school feel with new school tech. The 87-key keyboard means its a bit more compact and will save you desk space. You don’t get the number pad with this but of course, it comes standard with the top row of numbers.
It can connect via three different ways to suit your working from home needs, making it one of the best keyboards out there. You can connect wirelessly via bluetooth or a usb receiver. And it also comes with a type-C coord to connect straight into your computer.
This keyboard is also available in a variety of colors and backlight options. There are 9 different backlight effects that you can toy and tinker with! Overall, we think this is a modern and beautifully designed keyboard with all the latest technology that will make it last.
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This PC keyboard is sleek, modern, wireless, and very affordable! The low profile design of the keys makes for really quiet typing – perfect if you often type while on conference calls or share your office with others. I’m also just a sucker for the black and stainless steel design of it. People love it and all the amazon reviews certainly prove that.
This small and sleek keyboard is compatible with all Windows, TV, and Android devices. It is small, sleek, and is a great purchase for people with limited desk space. It’s also very reasonably priced.
Type naturally while working from home with the Ergo k860 from Logitech. This advanced ergonomic keyboard promotes an improved typing posture. The curved, split key frame reduces muscle strain on your wrists and forearms—keeping your hands, neck and shoulders relaxed.
The keys were crafted for precision and fluidity which you can feel when typing on them. They also promote increased key stability that reduces noise and optimizes responsiveness so you can feel—but not hear—every keystroke.
This keyboard has an integrated number-pad, multi-device capabilities, and two-year battery life . The Ergo K860 is certified ergonomic by United States ergonomics.
Best Keyboards Buyer Guide
Keyboards are highly important to your computing experience: they can make typing, creating content, and replying to emails easy. As mentioned in our article “Working From Home: How to Turn Pain Into Pleasure” having an ergonomic keyboard is key to successful posture, typing, and content creation. A good keyboard minimizes the need for you to over utilize your mouse. Additionally, it helps keep your arms perpendicular to your body. When buying a keyboard there are a few key things you will want to consider.
The nature of your hands and your body and how they will interact with the keyboard is very important. A good keyboard can protect your wrists, forearms, and fingers from damage and pain over time. Depending on your needs you can buy a flat keyboard as well. These tend to be cheaper, require less space, but also might place greater strain on your body.
If you have a work from home job that requires ample typing you will want to consider an ergonomic keyboard. Keyboard manufacturers produce ergonomic models designed to force typists to position their hands at more comfortable angles and lower stress points for typing joints. Such designs can range from only changing a keyboard’s angle and keeping the hands and wrists in a natural angle, and separating the keyboard to holding the hands and wrists in “v” shape. We can’t stress this enough: if you are typing a lot and want to protect your wrists and arms, buy an ergonomically friendly keyboard.
Apple keyboards use Cmd (command) and Option keys, and many newer keyboards include Windows and dedicated menu screens for working specifically with Windows 10. When selecting a keyboard you should think about which computer (Windows, Apple Mac, Chrome) you are going to use with it. For example, one of my computers is a MacBook. But my keyboard is made by Microsoft. While I can use this keyboard it has some keys and commands that are different than when I use my native MacBook keyboard. These differences are small but can alter your experience, hence why I am flagging it for you!
Wired vs Wireless (Radio Frequency & Bluetooth) keyboards
Wired keyboards are exactly as they sound: keyboards that connect to your computer. Perhaps you have a laptop and want a larger or ergonomically friendly keyboard. Maybe you have a tablet. Or maybe you have a computer tower and monitor but no ability to add input. In all of these use-cases you will need to decide if you want a keyboard that physically connects (via a cable) or electronically connects (via radio frequency or Bluetooth) to the device in question. When a wired keyboard connects to your computer, you start using it.
One downside of a wired keyboard is that the wires might create a feeling of clutter. On the other hand, wireless keyboards are considered minimalist and will leave your desk with a more modern look (without wires going from the keyboard to the computer or monitor). But with this flexibility comes a cost: you need to keep your keyboard charged. This can be done with a cable (i.e. micro USB) or with batteries. So the level of effort to maintain this type of keyboard is a bit higher. Given the increased technology in these keyboards (to connect to your computer) they tend to be a bit more expensive.
Other Kinds of Keyboards
While we focused on your average looking keyboards in this page, there are a variety of other keyboards which you may enjoy. There are typewriter keyboards for people looking for a more vintage feel. There are mechanical keyboards for people who love to hear the sound of each key being punched. And there are plenty of cheap keyboards for people on a budget.
Fred splits his corporate time between the office and his WFH office. He believes that a few days of working remotely is a great way to boost productivity and employee happiness. Fred started WFH Adviser in order to share insights and products with people who are beginning their WFH journey.