Best keyboard 2020: Wireless and wired models for gaming and typing

Keyboards come in two versions, wired and wireless. The wireless keyboard isn’t just so your desk is spared one more cable, although it certainly looks the better for it.  It’s so you can move it around without snagging on something, put it on your lap if you need to, or […]

Keyboards come in two versions, wired and wireless. The wireless keyboard isn’t just so your desk is spared one more cable, although it certainly looks the better for it. 

It’s so you can move it around without snagging on something, put it on your lap if you need to, or type on the other side of the room if you fancy it (which might come in useful if you’re using your computer screen as a TV and messaging friends at the same time).

On the other hand, there are some situations where a cable is necessary: a gaming keyboard, for instance, needs that split-second speed advantage a wired connection offers and some bigger keyboards, especially ergonomic ones, use wires, too.

But for general use, comfort is key, but it’s important to consider sound too. A silent keyboard is useful for office work as a noisy one could make you feel self conscious or annoying to others. 

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Are you a Mac or PC user? The keys are in slightly different places, so you’ll need to consider this before choosing the perfect keyboard for you. We’ve reviewed a range of models for both types of device, as well as keyboards for tablets.

We tested these keyboards for speed of wireless connection where applicable and ease of set-up, but mostly our focus was on the comfort of the keys – was the key travel (the distance you have to press a key on a keyboard for a keystroke to be recognised) a smooth experience? Were the keys correctly sized and spaced, and so on? With all that said, here’s our round-up of the best.

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Apple magic keyboard with numeric keypad

Wired or wireless? Wireless

Dimensions: 419 x 115 x 11mm

Apple’s keyboard is sumptuously comfortable with decent travel and keys which are consistently stable and precise, both of which make for faster and more accurate typing. The extended area includes direction keys, a numeric keypad and more. The gently matte finish also helps the keys fall under your fingers easily. The keyboard is rechargeable and is powered by a supplied lightning cable, the same kind that is used with an iPhone. It recharges quickly and lasts for up to a month or so before it needs charging again (it warns you before it conks out). If you don’t need the numeric keypad, a version without it is also available.

Razer huntsman elite

Dimensions: 448 x 234 x 36mm

This is a gaming keyboard – as you might have guessed from the colourful design – the keys and even the palm rest light up. It uses mechanical switches, unlike some keyboards which have rubbery domes underneath each key. Mechanical keys are louder and clicker, but are designed to last longer. Gamers need the fastest connection they can get, which is why gaming keyboards are almost always wired (this one actually needs two USB sockets to deliver the power it needs).

These keys are also very fast as there is an optical response which transmits your commands as quickly as possible. They are also comfortable to use and responsive, which makes this a  great choice for typing as well as gaming. There’s a dial in the top right corner to adjust volume, too.

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