The Keys was easy to pair, it has backlighting (a nice touch! Even so, we would’ve preferred traditional square keys; the round keys have less surface area and the large gaps left between keys make it easier to miss them if you’re touch-typing. The Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard has larger, less-cramped keys than other models we tested, but it’s heavier and less convenient to store in a bag. It's less portable than the K380, and the addition of a number pad pushes your mouse arm to the right, worsening ergonomics. We found that its keys tended to rattle more than bounce—we were surprised by how cheap the keyboard felt. Also, this being a mechanical keyboard, you can expect a lot more durability than on the regular keyboards (approximatelly 50 million keystroke lifespan). These keyboards are pleasant to use, compact, and versatile, and nothing else we tested offers the same balance of price and features. Unless you use a number pad daily and don't want to buy a separate one, we advise against buying a full-sized keyboard. This keyboard offers a great typing experience in addition to having cool features. Unlike some laptops, all Bluetooth and wired keyboards have raised keys. Microsoft's Wireless Keyboard 850 has decent keys. All Rights Reserved. Logitech says the K380 has up to two years of battery life with heavy use—defined as eight hours a day, five days a week—and our writers and editors have used it for long enough to support that claim. They’re not usually found in compact models. Learn more. Naturally, as this is a Microsoft keyboard, it’s compatible with Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Studio. When you look at this keyboard the first thing to notice is the “black circle” on the right side. Happy shopping! The battery is recharged via USB-C and it can last up to 10 days, or up-to 5 months with back-lighting off (according to Logitech). Albeit expensive, this keyboard is every old timers dream or for anyone who wants to experience the feel of the old typewriters. As mentioned the keyboard is illuminated and uses smart illumination. We think the Logitech K380 is better for Mac owners because it’s much less expensive, it’s more comfortable, and it’s capable of switching between multiple devices. One of the most affordable keyboards you can find, the Arteck Ultra-Slim is a very good choice if you don’t need anything fancy and just want to spend as little as possible. Unlike the other keyboards in this article, the K600 was specially made to be used with TVs, or smart TVs to be more precise. A very interesting feature is the adaptive OS. This automatically recognizes each device, and maps keys to give you a familiar layout, including hotkeys and shortcuts. Got it! But there are a lot of different things to consider before you buy a Bluetooth keyboard. It’s also solid enough for desktop or lap use, yet it’s small and light enough for you to slip it in a bag and take it with you throughout the day. It cannot switch between multiple Bluetooth-connected devices, either, and it has a rechargeable battery that will need more juice every other month or so. The difference in quality is easily worth paying a few extra dollars. He’s very well versed in carrying. Wirecutter is reader-supported. Chances are you’ll be using your keyboard for years to come. The keyboard is compatible with most newer smartphones (2016 and onwards) and the operating range is larger than usual, with up to 15 meters (49 feet). Its arrow keys are small and crowded together beneath the Shift key, and the navigation keys—Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down—are relegated to a function layer on the number pad. Wirecutter research editor Courtney Schley has also used the K380 daily for work for more than three years now and reports that it has held up well. The numpad (short for numerical pad) is often absent from laptop keyboards. Also, the keyboard has a numpad. The K380 runs on two included AAA batteries, and Logitech told us it would last for about two years of heavy use (eight hours of use a day, five days a week). It’s made with a durable aluminum frame and a luxuriously looking genuine leather. Except for some laptops, all keyboards, Bluetooth or not, are going to have raised keys. Professional writers know firsthand how important it is to own a good keyboard. This process gave us a feel for the comfort, portability, key placement, and build quality of the keyboards that we considered in our final evaluations. The wireless range is around 10 meters (33 feet). Bluetooth devices don’t always play nicely together, especially in groups. It also lacks a backlight. Our mission is to make purchase decisions easier for you with reviews you can trust. The Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard proved good competition for the Logitech K780, though it was quite a bit longer: the Satechi measured 17 by 4.7 inches, and the K780 measured 14.9 by 6.2 inches. Phil Dzikiy reviewed hundreds of tech accessories during his tenure at iLounge. The Anker Ultra Compact Bluetooth Keyboard previously fit this category, and while we enjoyed its squarelike keys, it can’t switch between devices like the K380, and you’ll need to charge its battery every six months, instead of replacing its batteries every two years. Logitech has discontinued our previous upgrade picks, the Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard K811 and Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810. The round keys almost perfectly mimic the old typewriters with a “clicky” feel and sound. One of the main advantages of Bluetooth keyboards is their portability. We also had issues with the palm rest, which adds bulk to the keyboard, can't be removed, and sports tiny perforations, which can easily trap dust and other particles. Justin Krajeski is a staff writer reporting on everyday carry at Wirecutter. Compared to the previously reviewed keyboards, this one is larger but it does have a numpad. Since the K380 is often available for $30 or less these days, we don't see the need to recommend a separate budget pick. The Logitech K380 comes with a one-year limited warranty; Logitech will repair, replace, or give you a refund if your keyboard is defective. If you want to put a keyboard case on your iPad Pro, Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio will probably suit you the best. Another one from Logitech, the MX Keys is an illuminated wireless keyboard that offers great comfort while typing due to its spherically dished keys that match the shape of fingertips. Best wireless keyboards: Hand-tested reviews of Bluetooth and USB models We hand-tested these wireless models to find better options for your daily driver. He carries things every day. They may be a better fit for older laptops or desktops that don’t support the Bluetooth standard because you don’t need to pair the keyboard to your computer to use them. If you need a keyboard with a built-in number pad or want to connect to a computer or device without Bluetooth, we suggest the Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard. The keyboard has a slot at the top designed to balance your tablet, making it easier for you to do the work you need to do. MuchNeeded is a digital publication. All products and services mentioned on MuchNeeded.com are chosen by our editorial staff. Kimber previously tested 25 Bluetooth and wireless keyboards—with input from four panelists—for a previous iteration of this guide. The K780 also supports Logitech’s Flow software.