7 best keyboards for quick and easy typing – The Independent

December 2, 2021 by No Comments

That there are so many types of keyboard, and so many more individual keyboards within each category, speaks an essential truth about computer use: almost no one is using the best keyboard.

Keyboards range from the membrane ones practically given away with office-type PCs to noisy gaming keyboards with mechanical switches under each key. There are multitudes in-between, with keys that travel or that hardly move, wired or wireless connections, and things like USB and audio hubs built-in.

There are also a variety of sizes, with full-size (the traditional keyboard with a numeric keypad), tenkeyless (which loses the numeric keypad) and 60 per cent (which drops the key count down much lower) being the most common. Other sizes are available, however, and if the most common ones don’t appeal you can trawl Kickstarter or other crowdfunding sites until you find something being custom made that looks like a perfect fit.

That’s the thing about keyboards: they’re intensely personal. You can be sat using one of them all day, so along with the rest of your home office setup, you need to make sure it suits you. Not only can the right keyboard make working from home a more pleasurable experience, it can increase your typing speed too.

Gamers, of course, are well used to the idea that the right mechanical or even electro-optical switches under their keycaps can make them into some sort of gaming deity, having seen the remarkable feats of keyboard mastery from Korean StarCraft players, but even more pedestrian games can benefit from the extra precision of knowing exactly where on its downward travel a key will activate. Mechanical keyboards don’t have to sound like a herd of wild horses going over a bridge, although they certainly can if that’s what you want.

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How we tested

We replaced the keyboard on a PC used for a bit of everything, from office work to gaming, and used it every day until we’d got a feel for it.

The best keyboards for 2021 are:

  • Best overall – Das keyboard 4 professional: £169.99, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best gaming keyboard – Razor huntsman V2 analog: £249, Razer.com
  • Best wireless keyboard – Logitech MX keys: £89.48, Amazon.co.uk 
  • Best tenkeyless keyboard – Corsair K70 RGB TKL: £129.43, Amazon.co.uk 
  • Best 60 per cent keyboard – Happy Hacking professional hybrid: £315, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best office keyboard – Razer pro type ultra: £159, Razer.com
  • Best ergonomic keyboard – Microsoft surface ergonomic keyboard: £119, Microsoft.com

Das keyboard 4 professional

Best: overall

  • Wireless: No
  • Backlit: No
  • Switch type: Cherry MX blue or brown
  • Mac compatible: Separate version available
  • Dimensions: 45.7 x 17.3 x 3.3cm
  • Rating: 9/10

Mechanical keyboards don’t have to be brightly coloured monstrosities designed to appeal to those who’ve had too many energy drinks. If you’re someone who types a lot, you may appreciate the softer feel of a key that travels even just a few millimetres before getting its actuation point.

Das Keyboard might sound like a German engineering approach to keyboard design, but the company is actually from Austin, Texas, and the German for “the …….

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/gadgets-tech/computer-accessories/best-keyboard-ipad-wireless-usb-b1967662.html


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