What are the best typing keyboards on the market? A review.
Choosing a typing keyboard out of the horde of options available on the market can easily turn into a research intense project. We list the most important criteria and features as well as five of the best typing keyboards for PC desktops and Mac computers.
We tried to focus on the requirements of daily typing tasks be in the office, doing freelance work or even a combination of typing and bit of gaming. If you want to read some advice on how to choose the right keyboard, please jump down to our round-up guide first.
Best Typing Keyboards 2017 – Top Five
|WhiteFox||CM NovaTouch||Logitech K780||Cherry G80-3000||Cherry MX-Board 3.0|
|approx. $200||from $200||$99||approx. $99||approx. $95|
|Fast Typing||Personal Use||Mobile/Desktop||Office||Office|
1. WhiteFox Mechanical Typing Keyboard
The WhiteFox is a mechanical typing keyboard that uses a QWERTY layout and is a collaboration between Matteo Spinelli (matt3o), Massdrop, and Input Club. It offers various layout options that can be customized to individual needs.
Design – The WhiteFox has a square shape with rounded edges. Though it offers all the keys required for a standard keyboard, it has a 65% layout, combining portability with efficiency.
The WhiteFox comes with a CNC anodised case made with aluminium to protect the keyboard when it’s not in use. It has rubber pads on the underside to avoid the WF sliding the desk when typing while preventing its outer plating from getting scratched. A white fox which is the logo of the company could be found in all parts of it.
Key Switch Mechanism – The keys are the floating type, and they use the mechanical key switch mechanism, which is the best you can get on a typing keyboard. Suitable for fast typists and also gamers.
Mode of connection – The WhiteFox uses wired connection via a micro-USB cable. This makes it easy to plug and unplug the keyboard from the computer on-the-go.
Other Features – The WhiteFox is very easy to customise, both physically and internally. You can choose the layout you want it to ship with, and you can change the internal configuration of the keys with software applications.
2. CM NovaTouch
Design – The NovaTouch TKL by Cooler Master (CM) sports a classic design with little or no extra features added. The numerical pad is missing giving it a slimmer form while freeing up space for the mouse, so you don’t have to stretch too far to get it. In truth, the NovaTouch has no style appeal almost as similar as watching paint dry. It has no backlight making in a dimly lighted room difficult.
Key Switch Mechanism – Like most other popular typing keyboards on this list, the NovaTouch TKL uses mechanical switches specially made by Topre, while the keycaps are made by Cherry MX, which allows easy interchanging of the keycaps.
Mode of Connection – It employs the use of a USB cable with a micro-USB connector at the keyboard end, just like the WhiteFox.
Who can use it? – Though the NovaTouch TKL uses the mechanical switch system, it requires longer key travel than the WhiteFox before a letter can be registered, and hence is not suitable for fast typing or intensive gaming. It can be used for personal purposes and casual office work, though.
Conclusion – The CM NovaTouch will surely excite some buyers with its Topre-key-switch catch, even though some won’t be too pleased with the exclusion of its numerical pad. For the records, this is the first typing keyboard to use Topre switches at its price range.
Price: approx. $200-250
3. Logitech K780
This is one of the few and best typing keyboards that are compatible with all kinds of smart devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.).
Design – Circular Keys are not a custom with the K780, but the Logitech K780 brings it to reality. And don’t worry, the numerical pad isn’t missing here.
To buttress the fact that it welcomes your tablets, the Logitech K780 has a rubber slot along the top edge, into which you can conveniently place your tablet or smartphone while using it. It connects with all mobile operating system from Microsoft’s Windows to Google’s Android which is a bold step in the right direction.
Key Switch Mechanism
The Logitech K780 uses the scissor mechanism in its keys, which is okay for typing as long as it doesn’t need to beat Usain Bolt’s 100m record.
Mode of Connection
Unlike the first two keyboards in this list, the Logitech K780 uses wireless means to connect to devices; either a USB dongle with your computer or the fast Bluetooth connection with your smartphone.
Who can use it?
As long as you’re not a typist with loads of work to do, you’ll do just fine with the Logitech K780. However, hardcore gamers should steer clear of it.
4. Cherry G80-3000
Design – At just 38mm thickness, the Cherry G80-3000 is portable enough to be carried around easily. The upper chassis is quite unnecessarily extended, but that’s because the 3000 has been in production for more than two decades and still counting. Thanks to the plastics used in making the Cherry G80-3000 it might not appeal to a fashionable buyer.
Key Switch Mechanism – As you would expect from a Cherry keyboard, the G80-3000 uses the mechanical switch mechanism for its keys. It uses Cherry MX switches making it uniquely different from other keyboards thanks to its ease of typing.
Mode of connection – The Cherry G80-3000 uses a USB cable for system connection, but unlike modern alternatives, the cable measuring just a little above 1.5m is fixed.
Who can use it? – The usual typists who love the noisy sound of a typewriter but prefer the softness of the keys of a keyboard.
Conclusion – Having been in production for more than 24 years, the design of the Cherry G80-3000 looks archaic, but that’s not the same case with its functions.
Price: approx. $100 or less
5. Cherry MX-Board 3.0
Design – The Cherry MX-Board 3.0 has an office look with its bland design and sharp square edges. It houses a complete set of keys; perfect for official work. Lighter than most mechanical typing keyboards making it easy to carry around.
Key Switch Mechanism – The MX-Board 3.0 uses the mechanical switch mechanism for its keys, which are built around Cherry MX Brown switches.
Mode of connection – Unlike the Cherry G80-3000, the Cherry MX-Board 3.0 comes with a separate detachable USB 2.0 cable for wired connections.
Who can use it? – The MX3.0 is most-suited for office work; its looks are inelegant enough to fit in a business-like setting.
Typing Keyboards – Buying Guide and Criteria
1. Three Typing Keyboard Layouts Around the World
This is the most common layout and is called so because its first five letters are Q W E R T and Y. It’s mostly used by people who speak English and is available for Windows PCs and Macs. Most suitable for personal use.
This is the second most-used layout. It earns its name from the inventor August Dvorak. The arrangement of the keys here makes it easier to learn and use than the QWERTY layout. It’s best-suited for office/professional work.
Often the layout of choice in most European and Spanish-speaking countries, the Azerty layout like the QWERTY keyboard is bequeathed its name from its first five letters which are A Z E R T and Y. Supporting the use of accents this layout contains more keys than other layouts. This layout is the most complex type of layout and is suitable for using special characters not found in other layouts.
2. Key Switch Mechanism
Many do not consider this, but the response of the keys of the keyboard when typing matters a lot, at least in the long run. The mechanisms used in keyboard switches are:
This is the most basic form of key switches and is not too much in use now. Mostly found in those that come with new desktop computers, and is somewhat similar to (but softer than) a typewriter. It requires a complete touchdown of each key to register a letter and is not suitable for fast typing.
This mechanism is in use in most modern typing keyboards, especially those found in portable computers like laptops. It’s easier to use than the silicone dome type and doesn’t need you to press the keys all the way down before registering a letter. This type also lasts longer than the silicone dome.
This is the most advanced key mechanism and the most expensive. Requires the shortest key travel and lasts the longest. Most suitable for very fast typists but isn’t budget friendly. Also suitable for gamers.
3. Connectivity – Wired or Bluetooth?
There are wired and wireless typing keyboards. The wired ones are the most common; and use USB cords to connect to the computer. They are suitable for office work and use the least battery power. Wireless ones use either RF chips or Bluetooth for connection and don’t require cords. Most suitable for gamers and helps to avoid wire clusters. Uses a lot of power compared to the wired types.
Best Typing Keyboards 2017 – Overall Conclusion
The WhiteFox represents what the perfect keyboard should be: great design, customizable features, and a mechanical switch. If you are in the market for a universal keyboard you want to consider the Logitech K780.
The key factor to consider when choosing a keyboard is how well it fits your style; how comfortable you feel typing and how well it suits your reasons for buying a keyboard.
What are the best typing keyboards in your opinion? Have your word in the comments below.