UHQBot Posted September 16, 2022 Share Posted September 16, 2022 The best wireless gaming keyboard is able to deliver a slick connection and speedy mechanical keys. Yes, both. These aren't sluggish connections or laggy Bluetooth devices. No, these are rapid gaming devices with imperceptible delay in mirroring your keystrokes in-game. Not only are they quick as any other keyboard nowadays, one of the best wireless keyboards makes for one less cable on your desk and allows you to game from the sofa. Neat.Wireless keyboards have improved significantly over the years, and where once they were sluggish and ate through their batteries in hours, these days they offer impressive stamina and are just as fast as their wired counterparts. Basically, apart from the obvious lack of a wire, you'd be hard-pressed to spot the difference between the best wireless and wired gaming keyboards.Figuring out which switch type, size, and extra features you need are all just as important when choosing a wireless keyboard as they are a wired one. Connectivity type is important too. You have to know whether your PC has Bluetooth, or you'll need a keyboard that works via a USB dongle. USB dongles are easier to set up, but they do use up a USB port.We've tested countless wireless gaming keyboards for speed, reliability, connectivity, build quality, and much more. Here is the list of those that stood out, to give you an idea of which will suit you best. Ideally, you'd also pair the best wireless gaming keyboard with the best wireless gaming headset and a wireless mouse, in order to break completely free of cables. Best wireless gaming keyboards Image 1 of 2(Image credit: Logitech)Image 2 of 2(Image credit: Logitech) 1. Logitech G915 The best wireless gaming keyboardSwitch: Logitech Romer-GL (Linear, Tactile, Clicky) | Size: Full size | Macros: 5 | Backlights: Full | Passthroughs: No | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wrist rest: NoneAttractive form factor and full RGB LightingAmazing Battery LifeMacros keys are easy to hit by mistakeNowhere to store the USB dongle Wireless keyboards have often translated to the antithesis of what a gaming keyboard should be: slow, unresponsive, and clunky. That's no longer the case, and the most recent wireless technology from Logitech, built into the G915, has successfully done away with that notion. The Logitech G915 feels like a logical evolution of what a wireless mechanical keyboard should be. The G915 is slim but remarkably dense, weighing a bit more than you'd think from the looks. The aluminum-on-plastic frame is incredibly sturdy and looks like a piece of modern art (in a good way). However, the real test is in battery life—thankfully, the G915 passes with flying colors, boasting a 30+ hour lifespan with full RGB brightness on a single charge. Turning off the RGB lighting dramatically extends that life, allowing it to function for up to 100 hours without recharging, but who's going to do that? Wireless capability is provided by Logitech's Lightspeed tech. It's a simple set-up, just plug the USB receiver into an available USB Type-A port and you're away. There's not a drop of lag or latency about it, and I found I could get away with using the keyboard far enough away from the receiver that I could no longer read the text I was typing, which is sure to cover most realistic scenarios.Even though you'll want to stick with Lightspeed for the most part, thus ensuring the most stable connection, wireless can also be delivered via Bluetooth, and is swiftly accessible at the press of a button.The sole drawback to the G915 is its astronomical price tag. At an MSRP of $250, it's drastically more expensive than our favorite wired mechanical keyboard, the Corsair K95 Platinum. The G915 does, however, have an identical wired cousin, the G815, which is 'only' $150. The Logitech G915 feels like a logical evolution of what a wireless mechanical keyboard should be—featuring excellent connectivity, impressive battery life, and an uncompromising array of features... to those who can afford it.Read our full Logitech G915 TKL review (the smaller version). Image 1 of 7(Image credit: Keychron)Image 2 of 7(Image credit: Future)Image 3 of 7(Image credit: Future)Image 4 of 7(Image credit: Future)Image 5 of 7(Image credit: Future)Image 6 of 7(Image credit: Future)Image 7 of 7(Image credit: Future) 2. Keychron K2 (Version 2) A more affordable wireless gaming keyboardSwitch: Gateron | Size: 84-key | Backlights: White LED | Passthroughs: None | Media Controls: Function shortcuts | Wrist rest: NoneWell-pricedGreat overall build qualitySeamless connectivitySomewhat scratchy switches The Keychron K2 redefines affordability for wireless gaming keyboards. It starts out at just $69, and for that, you get a decent-sized gaming keyboard with great wireless functionality and Gateron mechanical switches. The Keychron K2 features the ability to connect to up to three devices at a time, which I found particularly handy when utilizing it either on my PC or MacBook Pro to work and write. Speaking of MacOS and connectivity, on the K2’s left-hand side, there are a couple of different switches that allow you to choose whether you want it work via Bluetooth or the included cable or use it in Windows or Mac mode. All the changes are practically instantaneous, and as for the pairing process via Bluetooth, it couldn’t have been simpler. The Keychron K2 features the ability to connect to up to three devices at a time. The use cases of K2 as both a Windows and Mac keyboard also lends itself to the fact you can get plenty of different MX-stem keycap sets to completely change the keyboard’s look, be it from Keychron themselves or other places online. In the box you get a taste of with swappable Mac or Windows function keys dependent upon the platform you’re using, which are simple to take off and replace with the bundled keycap puller.The Keychron K2 uses Gateron Brown switches which are, in essence, a typist’s switch with their handy little tactile bump halfway down the travel. Still, with these pre-lubed Gateron contenders, there’s no reason why you couldn’t indulge in some gaming with them, as I did for this review. They’re pleasantly smooth to use for it, even with the bump, and with the K2 also featuring full NKRO can also be seen as a pretty handy gaming board.If you’d like to also swap the switches out, the K2 is also available in a hotswappable form, which allows you to draft in some different MX-stem switches, be them Gaterons, TTCs or the real thing. Whilst I haven’t used the hotswappable variant, it’s cool that Keychron offer you the chance to do so. Battery life is also something to write home about, with a 4000mAh capacity ensuring the K2 can go the distance, with or without backlighting. You’ll find 68 hours with full lighting and 240 hours with it off, meaning you can go weeks without touching the USB Type-C charging cable. All in all, though, if you’re looking for an entry-level mechanical keyboard, this is a good choice, especially if you’re working from home and using multiple devices. That's not even considering its wireless capability, which feels like the icing on the cake of the already impressive Keychron K2.Read our full Keychron K2 review. Image 1 of 2(Image credit: Logitech)Image 2 of 2(Image credit: Logitech) 3. Logitech G613 Logitech's wireless tech for lessSwitch: Logitech Romer-G Tactile | Size: Full size | Macros: 6 | Backlights: No | Passthroughs: No | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wrist rest: FixedBest wireless system to dateGreat feature setLong battery lifeWrist rest isn't removableNo lighting The technology behind wireless peripherals has come a long way, and Logitech's Lightspeed wireless connectivity is a prime example. The G613 never once dropped a connection despite the plethora of wireless devices on our desks. It also matches wired peripherals in terms of stability and responsiveness. It's seriously efficient, too—a pair of AA batteries can push up to 18 months of continuous use.Though it's designed for practicality first, it's anything but bland. A second glance reveals a row of dedicated macros, media controls, and a volume rocker. The grippy wrist rest is spacious, too, although it's worth noting that it isn't removable and lacks in height to make it really worthwhile. Understandably, backlights were cut to conserve battery.A black and gray color scheme with the merest hint of blue, a set of comfortably shaped and clearly labeled (though not double-shot) keys, and Romer-G key switches, a co-development between Logitech and Omron, with a high actuation bump, and a satisfyingly soft feel. Like other Romer-G devices, there’s a harmonic ring to the many springs inside the G613 that sings out if you hammer it hard, but otherwise, we’re more than happy with the experience of typing on them. They’re not as tooth-loosening loud as many switches you’ll find, but that’s probably for the best. A pair of AA batteries can push up to 18 months of continuous use. This proprietary Romer-G switch features a travel distance of just 3mm and a subtle tactile bump. Its mild, quiet nature makes it suitable for both gaming and typing. Judged by its merits alone, Logitech’s G613 is an excellent keyboard, and LightSpeed is a tremendous wireless technology, but we wouldn’t consider paying a full $150 for it if it were a wired model. If you absolutely must have mechanical action, and can only sit 10 feet away from your PC, at last, you have a solution—but compromise on just one of those factors, and there are cheaper and more feature-rich keyboards out there that’ll serve you just as well. Read our full Logitech G613 keyboard review. Image 1 of 2(Image credit: Logitech)Image 2 of 2(Image credit: Logitech) 4. Logitech G915 TKL The best compact wireless gaming keyboardSwitch: Low-profile GL switches (clicky, tactile, and linear) | Size: TKL | Macros: Secondary functions | Backlights: Full | Passthroughs: No | Media controls: Dedicated | Wrist rest: NoLag-free wirelessGreat battery lifeLow-profile mechanical switchesNo macro keysNowhere to store the USB dongle The G915 TKL takes the best wireless gaming keyboard quality of the larger unit but shrinks it down to TKL size. It sports the same excellent Lightspeed wireless connection and high-quality build and design as its larger sibling. That means you get separate media controls and an aluminum-on-plastic chassis which makes it seriously robust.You also get the fancy new Logitech switches, more closely aping the Cherry MX design than the original Romer-G switches. The low-profile Logitech GL, a variant of the Kailh Choc switch, is one of the best short-stack mech switches and is as responsive as it is diddy. The best bits of the G915 have been retained with the G915 TKL. Some of the best bits of the G915 have been retained with the G915 TKL. The Logitech GL switch, a variant of Kailh's low-profile Choc, is superb. My review unit came equipped with the tactile variant (an analog to Cherry's Brown switch), and while I don't find it quite as responsive and as much of a joy to use as the clicky GL switch, it's probably the least clunky low-profile tactile switch I've come across. The choice is yours, anyways. The G915 TKL is available in tactile, clicky, and linear. But you have to make some sacrifices for the tenkeyless design's compact nature, which means no macro keys. Well, no physical ones anyway. The macros are now a secondary function of the F keys, and you can jump into the Logitech G software to prioritize them.The G915 TKL excels in almost every way—if only it were a few bucks cheaper still than the full-size G915. This is an incredibly expensive keyboard. And while I've not let that put me off before, there doesn't seem to have been a great deal done on Logitech's part to slim down the price tag—$20 for a significant reduction in keys, switches, and materials doesn't fill me with a great deal of confidence as to how pricey the original G915's part list was, to begin with.Read the full Logitech G915 TKL review. (Image credit: Corsair) 5. Corsair K63 Wireless The compact Corsair alternativeSwitch: Cherry MX Red | Size: TKL | Macros: No | Backlights: Blue | Passthroughs: No | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wrist rest: DetachableCompactHas backlightsMiserable battery life with backlights onWrist rests clips aren't very sturdy The compact Corsair K63 Wireless comes packed with features. Cherry MX Red switches? Check. Media controls and wrist rest? Check. Blue backlights? Erm, check?The reason for my hesitance on the last point is that the battery life of the K63 Wireless is already pretty abysmal without it. Its integrated rechargeable battery lasts a measly 15 hours with the lights set to medium and 25 hours at the lowest brightness. Corsair quotes the battery life to be 75 hours with the backlights off, at which point the inclusion of the backlight seems like a redundant decision. Corsair recommends plugging it in for uninterrupted gameplay, but doesn't that defeat the purpose of a wireless keyboard? Battery issue aside, the K63 Wireless is a solid board. The keys are responsive, and all its handy features make getting through your day a little easier. You can also seat the K63 wireless in the Corsair Lapboard for gaming in the living room. Neat. Best graphics cards | Best gaming mouse | Best gaming chair Best CPU for gaming| Best wireless gaming mouse | Best gaming chair (Image credit: Razer) 6. Razer Turret High-end wireless combo that also works with consoleSwitch: Razer Green Tactile | Size: Full size | Macros: No | Backlights: Razer Chroma | Passthroughs: No | Media Controls: No | Wrist rest: FixedModeled after the excellent BlackWidowDurable and built to lastWorks with PC and Xbox OneFingerprint magnetLimited Xbox One support If you want to solve several cord-related issues with a single blow, the Razer Turret has you covered. It's an excellent, sturdy mechanical keyboard (modeled after Razer's BlackWidow and packing clicky, tactile Green switches) with a built-in, retractable mouse pad paired with a top-shelf wireless mouse. The turret works seamlessly with both PCs and Microsoft's latest family of consoles, the Xbox One.Retailing at $250, the Turret is right around the price you'd pay for a decent wireless gaming mouse and keyboard independently, and you're getting quality products for your money. The Mamba-equivalent of the Turret performs as its separate counterpart, with a 16,000 DPI sensor and a robust IPS rating. The keyboard is indistinguishable in terms of performance from Razer's BlackWidow. All in, it's a great way to clip two cords at once, especially if you're gaming from the sofa. Best wireless keyboards FAQ How do you test a wireless keyboard?The determining factor of wireless keyboards starts at the stability of the connection. Regardless of the wireless tech used, the board must sustain a stable, responsive connection at all times. That's the paramount characteristic we pay attention to throughout testing. We apply the same testing suite used for our best gaming keyboards to gauge the board's performance. Each board is run through several Starcraft matches, Call of Duty: Warzone, and a few combat sequences in the Witcher 3. We take keen notes on the performance of its switches. Are they responsive? Were there any essential skips or ghosting?Due to the inherent limitations of wireless connectivity, some features aren't possible for wireless keyboards. USB pass-throughs are out of the question. On the other hand, Audio passthrough is doable, but they're often omitted due to the subpar sound reproduction since audio signals are much more susceptible to noise. Backlights are a double-edged sword: they enhance the aesthetics but are also taxing on the battery.This brings us to the battery life. If the keyboard continually needs to be charged or eats a deck of AA batteries a week, its wireless nature becomes a liability rather than a selling point. The type of battery also matters: integrated batteries saves you money but can wear out over time. Removable batteries can be swapped out and instantly charged, but they tack onto the cost of the keyboard. What size of keyboard do I need?Keyboard size is absolutely a defining factor. Full-sized keyboards tend to offer the most features and a Numpad, but if you don't have space, then all of those extras you paid for will be useless. Tenkeyless boards (the ones with no number pad) and compact keyboards can be a great option, too, if you don't care about all the extra bells and whistles or you don't have any use for alt codes (how barbaric!). What is the most important thing to look for in a mechanical gaming keyboard?The switch type is arguably the most important choice to make when picking your new gaming keyboard. Cherry mechanical switches are the most common and most recognizable, but there are a host of alternatives on offer, as well a bunch of upmarket, specialist switches to choose from. Are dedicated media controls a deal-breaker?Only you can make that call, but we would suggest that at least having the option to toggle the top row between function and media controls would be our choice. Having a discrete volume wheel can be super useful, however. Jargon buster - keyboard terminology Actuation PointThe height to which a key needs to be pressed before it actuates and sends an input signal to a device.ClickyA switch that delivers an audible click every time it's pressed, generally right around the point of actuation.DebounceA technique to ensure that only one input registers every time a key is pressed.HousingThe shell that surrounds the internal components of a switch.HysteresisThe result of the actuation point and reset point in a switch being misaligned. This generally means a key needs to be lifted off further than normal before it can be actuated again. LinearA switch that moves directly up and down, generally delivering smooth keystrokes without noise or tactile feedback.Mechanical KeyboardA keyboard built around individual switches for each key rather than a membrane sheath mounted on a PCB.Membrane KeyboardA keyboard on which all the keycaps are mounted on a membrane sheath; when a key is pressed, a rubber dome depresses and pushes against the sheath and PCB beneath, actuating the key.StemThe component of a switch on which the keycaps are mounted on a mechanical keyboard.SwitchThe physical component of a mechanical keyboard beneath the keycaps on a mechanical keyboard. The switch determines how a key is actuated, whether or not it provides audible or tactile feedback with each press, and more.Optical switchThis is a type of mechanical switch which instead of a physical metal contact switch uses light to measure when actuation takes place. These can be more configurable too, allowing for not just off and on states, but more analog designs, and even dual actions for a single key depending on how far the switch is pressed down.TactileA switch that provides a 'bump' of feedback every time it's pushed.Tenkeyless (TKL)A keyboard that lacks the right-hand number pad. View the full article Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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