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As working remotely becomes increasingly more common, so does the need for a comfortable workstation, whether at home or on the road. A wireless, Bluetooth keyboard gives you the flexibility and space to move around, untethered to anything, and the freedom to find the best way to work wherever you are. The best Bluetooth keyboards will let you sit way back and set up your PC to an ideal eye level and distance, instead of being forced into craning your neck to type and view the screen.
And with most every laptop having an HDMI or Display port today, you can get creative as you get comfortable, such as hooking up your big-screen TV as a monitor and still being able to type while sitting on a couch 30 feet away.
But wireless is just one of many benefits Bluetooth keyboards have to offer. For laptops especially, a full Bluetooth keyboard can provide increased keys, touch pads, symbols, shortcuts, media and customizable buttons and, of course, a full number pad as well. If you won’t be needing any of the extras, and just want a compact keyboard that’s easy to tote and fits on your lap, there’s plenty of those options too without sacrificing the really important stuff (depending on what you don’t mind dealing with — like a tiny shift key or reduced spacebar).
As far as extras, some include a wrist rest, and RGB backlighting makes keys easy to see in the dark for late-night gaming or work sessions.
Another enormous convenience that seems to be disappearing in the newer, more minimalist keyboards are USB ports, but if you have multiple smaller devices that need charging up, it’s worth the extra legwork to find a unit with a few spots to plug in.
These keyboards can most often times be paired with up to three (or more) other devices, and work over WiFi too. Finally, while the majority of Bluetooth keyboards are designed to work with both Mac and Windows (Linux is a bit rarer), it’s best to be sure and check before buying, particularly if you’re thinking of using it for XBox, Playstation or a SmartTV system.
1. Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Maybe it’s a predictable pattern at this point, but Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard once again really outshined all the others. This is built with solid aluminum, and can handle the inevitable slips and falls from your lap onto the floor — and still only weighs about a pound.
No external batteries are required, as the internal one recharges fast, with the option to plug it in and still use it as it juices up. This has a full numeric keypad on it, as well as a whole host of media shortcut buttons. Typing is smooth and gently springy, with zero annoying lag.
A small downside is that the keys aren’t backlit, making it hard to type in a dark room, but it’s a small setback for such an overall excellent keyboard. These work great with Macs, obviously, but can also be used for Windows too with the right software.
2. Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Mechanical Wireless Gaming Keyboard
Gamers will recognize Razer right away. The company has been producing gaming laptops and accessories for years, and this keyboard continues the quality build it’s known for.
From first picking it up, the plastic and aluminum construction feels weighty with the military-grade metal top plate. Typing is a pleasure thanks to the soft leatherette wristpad — the backlit keys have just the right amount of bounce-back to be easy on your hands, and the keycaps are designed to never smudge or fade. A volume knob lets you quickly adjust sound levels, and almost every aspect of this can be customizable with the right software.
This can also connect to up to three other devices, but unfortunately doesn’t work with Apple’s OS or the PS5.
3. Logitech Ergo K860 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard with Wrist Rest
For an extra boost of ergonomics in your setup, LogiTech’s Ergo has been certified to reduce things like wrist and forearm strain with its sprawling, split KeyFrame layout.
The curved keyboard keeps your wrists in a comfortable and natural position, while the included pillow wrist rest reduces awkward bending by up to 25 percent, according to the brand. As for the keys themselves, they’re gentle to type on, as well as quiet, and designed to match the scooped shape of your fingers.
The Bluetooth connection works up to 10 meters away, and there’s also a USB receiver. Note that this also does require three AAA batteries, which are included, but still might be a dealbreaker for some users.
4. Corsair K83 Wireless Keyboard
For anything and everything around media and entertainment, this Bluetooth keyboard was designed to be in control of it all.
The brushed aluminum build is sleek while retaining a light weight of just over 1.5 pounds, and the glowing white backlighting looks luminescent in the dark. On the right side, the volume roller is always within reach, making it quick and simple (and satisfying) to slide your sound settings, and the modern joystick control can be used for fast Web browsing, too.
As for the touch pad, controlling the cursor is the most basic of movements — it’s customizable to all sorts of commands. Latency is kept to a low here over Bluetooth, and there’s the option for 2.4GHz wireless as well.