It’s time to talk about computing essentials. Of course, we mean keyboards. It may be a dry topic, and a tough sell, especially when every purchase seems to come with its own included set of keys, however, without a keyboard, a computer is basically a TV that’s stuck on one channel. Besides, there’s no rule that says you have to stick with the bog-standard, often uncomfortable stock version either.
We’ve scoured a range of available wireless keyboards, which connect to your device, be it a computer, laptop, tablet or even smartphone, and allow you to roam with your writing. Imagine the joy of sitting on your sofa, while still being able to get out that report or dissertation. Or what about taking notes on your phone using the power of Bluetooth? There are so many reasons that you’d want to upgrade your basics, and that even includes the look and design.
These options include functional, as well as a flare. We’ve got budget options that are great backups, or partners for your smart devices, as well as possibly the most stylish keyboard ever created by man. So, sit back, and get ready to choose the right type of keys for you.
Best wireless keyboards
Let's start our list off with a stylish entry-level option that's perfect for mobile devices, as well as computers. Looking like something you'd find in Tron (not the sub-par sequel - ask your folks), it features a seven-colour LED backlight, with two brightness levels and auto sleep. It also boasts a rechargeable battery, capable of lasting for six months between charges, and is ultra-thin, weighing only 272g.
Logitech are like Wikipedia for tech, they have an answer to everything. Queue this multi-device wireless keyboard. It's compatible with computers, phones and tablets running Chrome, Android and iOS. Not only will it work between devices, it can actually be switched on the fly between them - perfect for multi-tasking on the go. Finally, it lasts up to 24 months on two AAA batteries, and comes with a dongle for computers that don't include Bluetooth.
Capable of functioning at a range of up to 50 feet, and lasting up to an entire year on its AAA batteries, it's perfect for heavy use, or equally while lounging on the sofa to get some quiet work done. Although it's from Microsoft's Surface range, it works with phone using Windows 10, iOS 8.1 and Android 4.4.2 and up, as well as Mac OSx. What we love about this keyboard is the wide range of keys, including a number pad - perfect if you find your laptop of tablets lacking.
For those who like the ergonomic prowess and design queues of Apple's keyboards, this will be right up your street. It's ultra-sleek with a thin profile, and comes complete with an in-built rechargeable battery. It doesn't last as long as others in this list, with roughly a month from a full charge, but it doesn't rely on buying extra batteries. Each key sits atop a scissor mechanism for increased stability. As you'd expect from an Apple branded product, this keyboard is specific to Apple products, so you Windows and Android users will find no joy here.
Everything else on this list has been very functional, but suffers from the pangs of modernism. The AZIO, on the other hand, is an homage to everything burr panel. With a genuine leather or wood veneer top surface, and notes of vintage typewriter this wireless keyboard brings a touch of eccentric class. Of course, it pairs the old with the new, and boasts a 6000mAh rechargeable battery that can last up to a year, and illuminated mechanical keys. It also boasts either Windows or Mac. If you really want to make a statement as you tap out your latest best-seller in that chic indie coffee bar, look no further.