Get rid of all the wires and still enjoy gaming and typing on the screen with these gifts from technology.
Whether you are a writer, or gamer or just a television buff, the keyboard is the primary tool. Some even consider it as the unsung workhorse of most PCs. Without keyboards, truth be told, you could get very little done. It is, however, a pity that you are still using the same keyboard that came with your PC. If you are willing and ready to spend a premium price on your tech devices and PC hardware, you should be ready to find the perfect Bluetooth keyboard on the market.
However, what’s all the fuss about Bluetooth keyboards? It is clear that they feature Bluetooth technology, but aside from that, how are they any different from wired keyboards? Well, for programmers, casual gamers and writers who often switch from one device to another during their normal routine day, they can stay in one place and use one keyboard without having to leave the comfort of their seat or worrying about wires that are too short to reach the couch. Anyone who makes use of multiple Bluetooth enabled devices will find it easier to work with Bluetooth keyboards.
Problems start when you head out looking for the best Bluetooth keyboards in a market filled with all kinds of makes, brands, and models. To aid in making an informed choice below is a comprehensive list of the top 10 best Bluetooth keyboards on the market.
What makes the best Bluetooth Keyboards?
On face value, I found that many Bluetooth keyboards met the minimum quality standard requirements in the industry. However, you would not be reading this if you are looking to settle for just an ‘okay’ keyboard.
Bluetooth keyboards come with a variety of features that make them unique. These include ergonomics (with regards to how keys feel on the tips of your fingers), extra functional keys for quick app launch, number pads, compatibility, battery life, membrane or mechanical keyboard, inactivity detection and backlighting. That said, I am not a great secret keeper and as such will just spill the beans on two of the best Bluetooth keyboards before we even get into the thick of things.
If you spend most of your time typing away, you will need to have a comfortable keyboard that is smooth, features well-spaced keys and has backlight lighting for those days you are working in low lighting. For this, I suggest you pick the Logitech K380. The gadget is highly responsive and comfortable, ideal for both desktop and lap use and light enough to be used while on the road. The K380 met all my preferences, and at one point even I forgot I had it in my bag. In all fairness, and if you are tight on budget, you could try the Anker Ultra Compact Bluetooth Keyboard like I did when I first started with Bluetooth keyboards.
How exactly did I come up with the list below?
For months, with the help of an able team, I tested numerous Bluetooth keyboards using them for hours of heavy work doing lots of typing and programming. After the heavy daily work out, I spent more time using the top picks listed in this guide. The process gave me a better feel of the varying comfort levels, ergonomics, key placements and quality of build.
I had a panel of typists all having varying hand sizes, and technique of typing use the top picks as well and as you would expect the typing tests results were varied. However, I am aware of the fact that the speed of typing varies depending on various factors. Therefore, rather than using the typing test results, I considered the factors the typists claimed to slow them down within the 60 seconds of typing.
|PARAMETERS||A BRIEF DESCRIPTION|
|Size and Compactness||The size, and compactness of the keyboard affects its portability|
|Key Size||Some keyboards feature half-sized keys and others still are full sized|
|Easy Switch||Easy switch is a technology designed to help toggle between your device|
|Battery Life||Bluetooth keyboards run on batteries, rechargeable or otherwise. Be it as it may, the life of the battery dictates how long you can enjoy the keyboard in between charges and replacements|
|Bluetooth Functionality||Bluetooth technology develops advances steadily. Some keyboards require the Bluetooth 4.0 technology. The range of application varies between 30 cm to 10 ft.|
|Key Shape||Keyboard keys are rounded or square, flat or concaved|
|Backlighting||This is important especially if you will be working in low lit environs|
Without much ado, here are the top 10 Bluetooth Keyboards.
|Device Name||Weight(g)||Design||Illuminated keys||Batteries included||Compatibility|
|Logitech K380||408||Compact||No||Yes||Windows/macOS/Chrome OS/iOS/Android|
|Logitech K810||454||Compact||Yes||No||Windows/macOS/Chrome OS/iOS/Android|
|Microsoft Surface||417||Sleek and simple||No||Yes||Windows/macOS/Windows phone/Android|
|Kinesis Freestyle2||907||Compact||No||No||Windows/Linux/ Android|
|Logitech K780||871||Full-size||No||Yes||Windows/macOS/Chrome OS/iOS/Android|
|iClever Portable Folding||304||Compact||No||Yes||Windows/iOS/Android|
|Anker Ultra Compact||386||Compact||No||Yes||Windows/macOS/iOS/ Android|
- Lengthy battery life
- Supports three devices
- Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices
- Lacks backlit keys
- Does not have different layouts for Mac and Windows devices though it recognizes each
- The keys may be cramped up for individuals with large hands
Let’s be honest, by a show of hands how many own just one tech and Bluetooth enabled device? No hands up! This is a clear sign that I am not alone in the ownership of multiple devices. Many of us have at the very least a PC, a phone and a Tablet. It is for this reason that I am led to believe Logitech keeps churning out quality multi-device Bluetooth devices. The K380 is one of the latest versions.
The first thing I noticed about the keyboard is that it was slightly hefty- weighing 423g inclusive of batteries. The weight probably makes it perfect for desktop use though I still found it light enough and compact to work with on the go. Of the two colors it comes in (blue and dark gray), I preferred the dark gray version.
I had no problems pairing it up to three devices and switching between their uses with the Easy-Switch buttons located next to the ESC button. I tested out the pairing with an iPhone 5 and 6, a Samsung Galaxy S7 and a MacBook Air and an Asus Chromebook. With the tests, I found out that the keyboard could easily tell apart Windows and Mac machines as well as iOS and Android devices.
I loved how the keys felt on my fingers and the fact that they are well spaced out. I do not mind the rounded keys (you probably might). Some of the typists I worked with, those with large hands did, however, complain that the keys felt slightly cramped up. If you have small hands, you should feel comfortable typing away on this keyboard.
Logitech claims that the batteries that come with the keyboard can power it for two years. I am not quite sure about this since I, of course, having not hit the two-year mark, but it would be impressive if the K380 could do even half this time. Logitech also has another Bluetooth Keyboard, the K480, which is significantly larger and features integrated slots to hold tablets and phones. It is quite impressive but I still preferred the K380 since my gadgets came with their own stands anyway.
- Easy to pair and swap devices
- Wide compatibility
- Elegant backlight
- Hand proximity sensors
- Stylish look and design
- Bluetooth only
- Not as many features as competitor
- Bluetooth only
When I first heard of the K810, I thought to myself; I have to try that. I just could not resist a keyboard that gave me the ability to type away both day and night. I am pretty sure you cannot either.
Choosing the K810, you benefit from sharp and bright laser etched keys that feature an auto-adjusting illumination technology that brightens or dims depending on the amount of light in the room. Adding to this, and a feature that got my colleagues and I pretty excited is its ability to sense as our hands as they get closer to the keyboard and lights up. This feature gives it a smart feeling.
The keyboard is stylish with a slim design and a slight wedge profile and no adjustable feet. For a desktop keyboard, the K810 is stylish and sleek only measuring 0.4 x 11.3 x 5.1 inches. With these dimensions, the keyboard feels small but not so small that typing is difficult. Speaking of typing, the keys are designed in a concave shape on the surface to accommodate the fingertips better making typing more snug and comfortable.
With the keyboard, I was able to pair with three different gadgets at the same time and easy toggle between the three with the products Easy-switch technology. The keys dedicated to this functionality are at the top of the keyboard. So I would switch from typing a document on my PC to sending a text on my phone and sending an Email on my tablet. In retrospect, I am not quite sure why I had to send an email on my tablet while I was on my PC, but at the time it made testing sense.
In my tests, I can confirm that the Easy-Switch theory operates just as advertised though the switching takes a second or two to reconnect. However, then again, you expect this from Bluetooth technology.
Moving on, the keys on the K810 feel slightly springier that those on the Apple version. Howbeit, like the Apple version, the keyboard runs on two AA batteries and is recharged through a micro USB cable. The charge on the K810 is said to last for about ten days of average use though this period can be longer if you use the on/off switch button located on the right side of the panel to switch it off. There is an indicator that notified me if the keyboard needed juicing but I felt they should have added a function of knowing just how fast the charge is draining.
- Great quality build
- Comfortable to use
- Easy to set up
- Does need a dongle
- Large making it difficult to carry around always
Unboxing this keyboard, I first had my doubts about it. The lack of extra material surrounding the keys made me think it would feel too small and difficult to use. Although after a minute of using the keyboard with my laptop, I was amazed and impressed with the feel. The keys are sturdy and extremely responsive.
The keyboard is gray and silver and has a metal back feel complimenting its sturdy nature. The Microsoft Surface Keyboard is slim though long and weighs just a few ounces. You would think this would make it portable, but the length says otherwise. The edges are rounded which adds to its sleek design.
The keys on this Microsoft Surface Keyboard are plastic and colored gray. Moreover, though they are designed to be slim, they are responsive enough when typing. They are full sized and hence did not have trouble typing while not looking for the first time. It is, however, important to note that the backspace button is half the size of standard keys and you may accidentally hit the insert key as I did.
The rear end of this Bluetooth Keyboard is raised to offer a more comfortable typing position. The fact that it is triangular means you would have the same ergonomic issues a traditional keyboard hence the importance of the raised rear end. This raised end provides space for two AAA batteries that are the gadget runs on. The batteries are replaceable and are connected to the keyboard using magnetic technology which adds a premium feel to the keyboard.
- Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
- Minimal travel
- Instant pairing
- Full-sized keyboard
- Not a split ergonomic keyboard
- No number pad
- Lacks backlighting
- No tilt mechanism
- Shallow strokes
It took the longest time before Apple could finally present the world with an upgrade of the wireless keyboard designed way back in 2007. However, finally, they came through for you and me in 2015. The new Apple Magic Keyboard came with a sleeker frame, firmer key switches, and rechargeable batteries. In addition to this, you will love the instant pairing process with your Mac and the Lightning to USB cable to recharge the batteries.
The keyboard is tinier and smaller than its predecessor. The Apple Magic Keyboard weighs 8 ounces and measures 0.43 x 10.98 x 4.25 inches. Unfortunately, the size is too small to accommodate a standalone numeric keypad. The directional keys and the function keys at the top are however full sized now.
The keyboard supports an aluminum finish which gives it a sleeker look. When I first got the keyboard, I immediately plugged it into a Mac to check if it is at full charge. I was able to use it while connected to the system and later also when disconnected. I, however, noticed that one of the requirements for running the keyboard was to run an OS X EI Capitan or a later version. Also on requirements, it needs Bluetooth 4.0.
The keys on this keyboard use a scissor mechanism that is tighter than that on most keyboards. They are far quieter and with far less wiggles than the keys on the previous Apple keyboard. Sure the keys in comparison to that of the Apple MacBook featuring a butterfly mechanism are not as firm, but the key travel is greatly reduced.
There isn’t any tilt mechanism on the keyboard or an adjustable arm. Basically, you are stuck with a flat orientation. This might give the keyboard a sleek and slim profile, but it may be uncomfortable while typing for long.
- Super portable
- Elegant design complete with a magnetic closure
- Long lasting battery
- Excellent typing response and key travel
- Spill proof
- Comfortable to use
- Slight learning curve
- No backlight
- Minor glitches when pairing with secondary Android devices
Of all the Bluetooth keyboards that we tested, this is easily the most compact we had. In the spirit of full disclosure, I got a second had to carry out the tests. Although secondhand or not, the results I got are unaffected.
As you have noticed, the Universal Foldable Keyboard is highly compact. As a matter of fact, in its folded state it almost measures the same as a CD casing. With the small nature and compact size, it goes without saying that the product is highly lightweight.
The cover is made from a matte material which has a nice feel to the touch. Unlike most Bluetooth keyboards, the keys on this gadget have a great travel distance which made it easy for my team to type with. However, my able team pointed out that the keyboard needs some time to learn given the gutter dividing the board in half.
When I closed the keyboard, it was held together with a magnet attached to both ends. When the keyboard is closed, it shuts down automatically and starts up when opened. This is a highly convenient feature which will help you to save on battery power without even trying.
Speaking of battery, the battery life is great. The keyboard can go for months without needing a recharge. To recharge it, however, since I had a second-hand gadget and coincidentally it was time to juice it up, I used a Micro USB charger. A red indicator light alerted me of the need to recharge.
The Universal Foldable Keyboard supports iOS, Android, and Windows. This is evident from the Windows home button and the CMD button for Mac. The device can only support two devices at a time. Switching between the two proved to be easy. Like many, it only requires a press of a button.
I am used to performing keyboard shortcuts with one hand. With this keyboard, however, I found it slightly troublesome to carry out certain shortcuts like CTRL + P with one hand. Lastly, the arrow buttons are tiny, being half the size of normal keys but with time, you will get used to it.
- Compact and light weight
- Familiar keyboard layout
- Dirt and spill proof
- Quite expensive
- The Fabric skin reduces the tactile feedback from the keyboard
The Logitech Keys-To-Go is for those persons who would rather not carry around the weight of an iPad keyboard case but still want the convenience of having a Bluetooth Keyboard. The product is designed to be compact and thin at 5.39 x 9.53 x 0.24 inches and weighs only 6.35 ounces. This weight makes the gadget highly portable. In addition to this, the product is covered by a FabricSkin which has a pleasing feel and texture.
Underneath the FabricSkin is a mechanical keyboard that is protected from spills and dirt. Manufacturers of the product claim that the keyboard is easy to clean and I just had to confirm that. So I spilled some water on the keyboard and much to my surprise, it was easy to wipe it off. The water did not affect the working of the keyboard in any way. The FabricSkin, given that it features no crevices in which crumbs and liquids can seep through, makes cleaning the keyboard a breeze. This, however, does not make the keyboard waterproof as this technology missed the power switches and micro USB ports.
The battery on the Logitech Keys-To-Go lasts for about three months in between recharges. The charging is done through a Micro USB port.
With the keyboard, I could connect to just about any device with a Bluetooth connection including Windows PCs and Android phones. However, even while this is the case, the product is designed with iOS gadgets in mind.
Now, the fabric that provides covering and protection to the mechanical keyboard has a counter effect of dulling the feedback on the keys. But even then, I felt a strong spring feel on them. While the keys are of a decent size, they layout felt slightly cramped up even for a keyboard designed for a tablet.
- A negative slope design that reduces the wrist extension
- Two piece design that reduces the ulnar deviation
- Unique keys dedicated to Copy, Cut, Paste and Undo
- Large sized keys for keys that are frequently used
- Detachable palm support
- On intuitive Bluetooth connection
- Esc key too far away
- Learning curve required
Keyboard use, as I have noticed with the frequent use and tests, is a personal thing for many. We all have distinct needs and requirements, hence the reason you are reading this. If you are one who writes frequently or you are one of the few touch typists the Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue will suit your needs just fine.
When I received the Freestyle2 Blue, it was in a sturdy box complete with installing instructions and relevant components. Following the instructions for the initial setup was easy. The keyboard needed to be charged after which I could pair the keyboard to three devices by pressing a connect button located on the rear side of the keyboard. I connected my devices and was able to switch between them. To notify me which device was paired was a blue light indicator on the top of the keyboard.
There are two versions of the keyboard, one designed for use with an iOS and one with Windows gadgets. However, the two can be used with any operating system. Some of the functions will be reduced if you use the keyboard with an OS for which it was not designed for.
The keyboard is split through the middle. The two keypads are connected with a flexible 30cm tether cable. This arrangement is perfect in reducing wrist and hand strain when you are typing. If you need to use a single keyboard, you can lock them together through a locking mechanism that is easy to remove.
For the first couple of minutes, I found myself mistyping the keys in the middle of the keyboard. However, once I adjusted to the spacing on these keys, I appreciated the clever arrangements of the keypads that helped to reduce strain on my wrist. If you are one who enjoys feedback while typing, you will enjoy the highly sprung on these keys.
As you would expect from a premium keyboard, the keyboard features extra functions like those designed to control tunes tracks.
- An attractive build
- Seamless switching between Bluetooth devices
- Long battery life
- The keys are not backlit
- No number lock or caps lock indicators
- The symbols are stickers
I cannot exactly call this a piece of art, but it surely is pleasing to look at. I particularly found the matte-black keyboard tray complete with a grippy, soft to the touch white plastic to hold smartphones and tablets attractive. The white plastic held with great ease a 12.9 inch Ipad Pro with the device feeling pretty stable. Even larger devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 did not seem as though they were in danger of toppling over.
The keys are rounded and compact. They are coated with a grippy material similar to that on the keyboard tray. I was, however, rather disappointed to note that the keys are not backlit. The characters are instead stuck on and with time feel as though they might wear off. The key travel is not as long, and the action on the keys is quite positive. A lovely addition to the keyboard is the Num pad in full size.
With this keyboard, there isn’t any indicator light for the Num Lock or Caps Lock keys. However, when pressing on either one of them, a momentary screen brief will tell you whether the lock is on or off.
The K780 runs on two AAA batteries and come included in the box upon purchase. These are inserted on the underside of the board. Under this panel, I also found the Logitech dongle. Using this dongle, I received an uninterrupted and lag free connection than with Bluetooth connection.
The efficiency, when used with different devices, varied greatly. A Team member who used it on his Gigabyte laptop ended up with large portions of characters missing when he typed fast on particular programs.
To pair a device all I needed to do is press down on the F1, F2, and F3 buttons until their lights flashed fast. The flashing signifies that the keyboard’s pairing mode has been activated and it is visible to all close devices. To switch between the paired devices, tapping on the relevant was all that was needed.
The device can work with Windows, Android, iOS and MacOS devices.
- Long battery life
- High-quality build
- Could be more stable
- Could have the backspace key placed better
When I first unboxed the keyboard, it felt cold. It baffled me though I later realized it was as a result of an aluminum casing. The aluminum gives the keyboard a quality and solid feel. Also included in the box was a carrying bag for the iClever keyboard. It fits in perfectly, a little too perfectly if you ask me which makes it hard to put it in and retrieve it from the bag.
Besides, the keyboard features a tri-fold configuration which complements its portability. As a matter of fact, I felt as though I could fit it in my pockets if I wanted to and actually tried to. While open, the keyboard rests on two hinges that provide it with stability. The keys are well spaced for a comfortable typing experience. The only problem I experienced is with the backspace key. I kept pressing down on the ‘/’ instead.
Setting up the keyboard is easy. All I needed to do was pair the device. To get into the pairing mode, you press the blue key + Bluetooth icon. After search, the keyboard on your device and you are ready to go.
Sure, full sized keyboards are better. Notwithstanding, in comparison to Swift key keyboards on I prefer having a tactile feedback similar to that I get from keyboards. The keyboard also features a sleep mode function and an Auto power off functionality that helps in battery conservation.
- Intuitive and comfortable
- Broad compatibility
- Great design
- Great pricing
- Different keyboard layout which takes time to learn
- Small sized keys
If you own an Apple machine, you want a product that can match and complement its performance. Nonetheless, Apple keyboards can be quite expensive and seeing that you are working on a budget, you cannot have that lucky for you, there is a cheaper option – the Anker Ultra Compact Bluetooth Keyboard. The name is quite a handful, but it does get the job done. For its price, it is quite a good deal. When I started my testing for Bluetooth keyboards, this was the first I picked up.
The Anker Ultra Compact Bluetooth Keyboard is made of plastic. Also, aside from that as well as the fact that the letters are not the same font and type face as Apple Keyboards, this keyboard has an uncanny resemblance to the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard. The keyboard runs on two AAA batteries.
The action of the keys is close to the original Apple keyboard, but you can notice some slight difference. From time to time I had to push down a little bit harder that I did with other keyboards. However, overall the typing was on point.
The keyboard also features an on/off switch though I had to push it down with my fingernails. The Bluetooth pairing button, however, is easier to press down on. Speaking of Bluetooth pairing, the keyboard only supported one device at a time. If I needed to switch devices I had to un-pair and repair. The Bluetooth range is about 5’ on the tablet or computer it is connected to.
The keyboard comes in two colors, the black and white version. The difference between the two is in color only.
When inactive for about 30 minutes, the keyboard will automatically go into the power savings mode. To activate it simply press any key. It is also important to note that when using Android version 4.4 and 5.01 the caps lock indicator will not light though I noticed it still functions normally.
Overall, the device is a great deal, simple with a decent look for the price it comes at – nearly half that of the K380.
A lot of tests and manpower went into reviewing the products and more listed above. As earlier stated, at the beginning they were more and only the ten above managed to garner just enough to secure a place on the list. Others competed and came close but feel short for one reason or the other.
Many of these keyboards have been designed to be used across platforms. There are however some that are designed for specific platforms, either MacOS or Windows. Other companies like Logitech designed certain products with different features that helped make the individual keyboards better to use with either MacOS or Windows. This is the case with Logitech’s K810 and K811.
If you are in search of the best luxurious keyboard, then the Logitech K380 will make the best option. If you are however pressed for money and would like a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard with all functionalities but at a lower cost, then the Anker Ultra Compact Keyboard is the perfect solution. These two are not without their fair share of flaws, but even with the flaws, they come packing a punch.
That sad, while these keyboards are designed to be durable, some even waterproof to a certain degree, like the Logitech Keys-To-Go, they are not in the least invincible. They wear and tear normally but with just the right amount of caution and care, the keyboards can last for a very long time.
I am well aware of the fact that technology is every evolving gifting us with newer and better gadgets. After testing these products, other products that popped up that have the potential to replace these. As such, I will be keen to test them out too and update this list.