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The best keyboards for 2020

Whether you need a speedy gaming keyboard, a comfortable mechanical keyboard, or an ergonomic device to support your wrists, there’s a great keyboard out there just for you. Our favorite is the Das Keyboard Prime 13, thanks to a solid design and a great overall experience.

But there’s more here than just our top pick. Below you’ll find the best keyboards in 2020 for gamers, business users, budget-minded shoppers, and more. 

The best keyboards at a glance

The best keyboard overall: Das Keyboard Prime 13

Why you should buy it: Great for typing and gaming, the Das Keyboard Prime 13 ditches gamer aesthetic for a sold, all-round experience.

Who’s it for: Anyone who enjoys the benefits of a mechanical keyboard.

What we thought of the Das Keyboard Prime 13:

Das Keyboard might not be a name you’re familiar with, but it should be on any prospective keyboard buyer’s radar. It produces fantastic keyboards that ditch most of the unnecessary and “gamer” features currently plaguing modern-day mechanical keyboards.

Designed with a minimalist look and feel, the Prime 13 may seem a little too uniform — a little too understated. But that could be just what you’re looking for if you don’t feel the need to pay through the nose for extraneous plastic or RGB lighting. We love the Prime 13’s simple, white backlighting — especially the side-mounted media key indicators and its crisp, clean lines which help it fit in well in a home or work office environment.

The Prime 13 also features a USB passthrough port, fantastic keycaps, and Cherry MX Brown switches — one of our personal favorites — that are fast and quiet, so you won’t annoy your house or workmates. Overall, it’s a pure, clean keyboard with a great feature set at a decent price.

The best gaming keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2

Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2

Why you should buy it: Razer’s first-party switches are some of the fastest in the world, helping take your game to a new level.

Who’s it for: Gamers who want comfort, accurate commands, and macro switches.

What we thought of the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2:

Razer makes some of the best gaming keyboards in the world, so the best of those keyboards are worth noting. The Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 uses Razer’s in-house mechanical switches which many consider better than the classic Cherry MX alternatives. There’s a choice of Green, Orange, and Yellow, for tactile and clicky feedback. RGB lighting lets you customize the board’s look and feel to your taste.

The BlackWidow Chroma V2 ships with a spongy wrist rest and a USB pass-through port so you can connect headsets or other peripherals to your PC without taking up a front-panel connector. It also has a selection of macro keys, letting you remap important shortcut functions to extra keys without stepping on existing mappings for traditional keys.

Designed for extreme durability, this board is rated up to 80 million key presses — that’s more than 50% more than a standard Cherry MX mechanical switch. It’s backed by Razer’s free Synapse software, allowing you to create profiles, customize the lighting, and more.

If you’re unsure about this board, we’re also huge fans of the Corsair K70 RGB Mk.2 that’s more than a worthy alternative.

The best keyboard without a number pad: Logitech G Pro X

Why you should buy it: Its swappable switches mean it could last forever, though it’s already a great gaming keyboard.

Who’s it for: Anyone who has a small space to work and play in. Frequent LAN gamers.

What we thought of the Logitech G Pro X:

Logitech’s G Pro X is a fantastic, compact keyboard that ditches the number pad for a more dense, portable design. Not only does it sport a more restrained form, but it also has a unique feature in the way you can swap out the mechanical switches if they die, or you just don’t like them. Compatible with both Logitech’s own GX switches and Cherry’s MX range, you can effectively equip this board with whatever you want. Just swap in the switches when you want them using the handy picker tool.

Elsewhere it’s a great, high-end gaming keyboard, with fully customizable RGB lighting, solid media controls, and a swappable cable that removes one more potential point of failure and makes it more portable. We loved how durable this keyboard was and could be, and think it’s one of the best we’ve used in some time. If you don’t care about swapping switches though, the new, standard G Pro, is much the same, but without that one feature — and it’s $30 cheaper.

The best keyboard for mobile: Logitech K780

Logitech K780
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Why you should buy it: It works well with desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones and lasts for years using two batteries.

Who’s it for: Multi-device users who don’t want an annoying tether.

What we thought of the Logitech K780:

One of the biggest advantages of a wireless keyboard is its portability. Take it on the train, on a plane, or from the office to home. But that’s no good if your keyboard is tied down to a single device. Not so with the K780, which is compatible with phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop PCs. Just connect it over Bluetooth and you’re off and running. It even ships with a dongle so you can use it on systems without built-in Bluetooth connectivity.

Logitech’s K780 has a decidedly retro, understated look which some may like and others won’t. But everyone should love the included stand/rest for tablets and mobile devices, turning any touchscreen system into a de facto laptop without the need for any complicated connectors or wires.

At first, you may feel the lack of a NUM lock and Caps Lock key, but we grew accustomed to their absence relatively quickly during our time with the K780. The rounded keys might not be to everyone’s tastes, but we found they didn’t affect typing accuracy at all. The lack of backlighting is a shame, however, for those who like to work in the dark.

Overall, we found it to be comfortable to use over long periods. You’ll struggle to find a better keyboard for mobile devices than the Logitech K780.

The best budget keyboard: Mafiti RK100

Mafiti RK100

Why you should buy it: This pseudo-mechanical keyboard is as close you can get to the real thing for the same price as bargain-basement alternatives.

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants the look and feel of a mechanical keyboard without paying the premium.

What we thought of the Mafiti RK100:

The Mafiti Rk100 keyboard is an anomaly. It looks every bit the part of a mechanical gaming keyboard, but it costs less than $20. That shouldn’t be possible, and yet somehow its manufacturers managed to imbue it with much of what we love about truly high-end keyboards in an amazingly affordable package.

It isn’t a mechanical board, but a type of hybrid model, leveraging a clear-plastic plunger that drives into a membrane switch — which we’re told gives it a “mechanical feel.” While that’s likely to be hyperbolic, this board does at least look the part, with raised, concave keycaps, multiple lighting options, and a full-size (but compact) frame with Numpad and media controls.

Lighting options include red, blue, and yellow coloring, as well as various brightness modes. It also turns off after 10 minutes of inactivity to save on power and reduce light pollution in your home environment.

It’s not going to beat any of our favorite overall or gaming keyboards, but when it comes to bang for the buck, few can match the Mafiti RK100.

The best keyboard for creatives: Logitech MX Keys

Why you should buy it: Similar to the Logitech Craft, the minimalist MX Keys keyboard features slightly concave keycaps, which make it great for a fast and comfortable typing experience.

Who’s it for: Workers and creatives, especially those who move between platforms.

What we thought of the Logitech MX Keys:

Logitech’s MX Keys is a wireless keyboard that pairs with up to three devices at once, much like our favorite wireless keyboards. It sports keycaps that offer both Windows and MacOS indicators, which are complemented by six levels of uniform backlighting throughout the board.

Adding to the backlighting is a magnetic field that detects your hands as they move across the keyboard, making it easy to use in the dark.  You also can share files across any paired computer thanks to Logitech Options software. This keyboard is deceptively sturdy, too.

At $100, the Logitech MX Keys is not a cheap office keyboard. However, if you want something truly special that works with any desktop or laptop platform while providing a unique, efficiency-enhancing input option, there’s nothing quite like it.

The best keyboard for business: Microsoft Surface Keyboard

Microsoft Surface Studio 2
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Why you should buy it: It’s light, comfortable, looks the part, and is the perfect workstation accessory.

Who’s it for: Office workers — especially Microsoft Surface owners.

What we thought of the Surface Keyboard:

Microsoft’s Surface keyboard can turn great tablets and 2-in-1s from that range into fantastic laptops with just a few strokes. It’s an incredibly capable wireless keyboard in its own right, whether you’re a Surface owner or not.

This keyboard’s battery life can leave it running for up to 12 months on a single pair of AAA batteries. Its keys will last far longer too, with support for as many as 500,000 actuations per key. That’s not on par with high-end mechanical boards, but good luck finding one that is as lightweight and portable.

Despite the branding, it doesn’t specifically work with Microsoft’s devices. Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity means it can pair with any supporting platform, whether it’s MacOS, Android, or iOS. You can pair it at a serious distance too, with support for up to 50ft of long-range typing!

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