Whether you’re after something to improve looks, comfort or typing, a new keyboard can give your entire computer a new lease of life. We picked through the best – for gaming and normal use.
1. Cherry G80: £61.27, amazon.co.uk
Mechanical keyboards – until recently the norm – are making a comeback. They’re satisfying but quiet to type on and can increase your writing speed. Cherry are the masters of making them.
2. Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard: £59.99, microsoftstore.com
This is built for comfort, with contoured keys and a special pad to hold your wrist and prevent injury. Together, the shape keeps your hands in an ergonomic position while you’re sat – it’s not exciting, but it’ll keep you healthy in the long term.
3. Logitech Illuminate Living-Room Keyboard: £89.99, logitech.com
If you’ve got a computer set up as your TV – or if you’re just looking to use your PC as a media centre – this gives you full control even in the dark. It has built-in media buttons, a trackpad, and keys that light up to stay visible.
4. Logitech K310 Washable Keyboard: £42.96, amazon.co.uk
This is waterproof, durable and ready for a good scrub; perfect for any workspace that might get dirty — or for anyone prone to desktop spillages. It’s not as beautiful or as comfy as others, but it’s durable and tough.
5. Apple Wireless Keyboard: £59, store.apple.com/uk
This is the keyboard that comes with every Mac. It’s got Bluetooth, so there are no wires, and it’s stylish and decked out in classic Apple silver and white. Not as comfy as others , but far more beautiful.
6. Microsoft Wired Keyboard 200: £9.99, microsoft.com
If you just want something to replace a broken or missing keyboard, but don’t want to shell out or buy anything too complicated, this does everything you need: just plug in and type away.
7. Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard: £19.99, amazon.co.uk
This is tiny, slim and sleek. And it works with pretty much every device — you can use it with iOS and Android as well as PCs. A must if you’re after something for travelling.
8. Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000: £28.98, amazon.co.uk
Built from the ground up for ergonomics, this lets you type in comfort and health. It has a big pad at the bottom to keep your wrist cushioned, and a bulge in the middle that guides you into a more comfortable typing posture, too.
9. Razer BlackWidow: £104.99, currys.co.uk
If you’re looking to use your computer for gaming (or just want something super-responsive and exciting) this is comfy, bright, and sharp. It has mechanical keys that light up so that you know what you’re pressing and can do it with comfort and speed.
10. Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800: £89.99, logitech.com
Backlit, sleek and simple, this is the way to type with no frills but with plenty of features. It isn’t cheap, but it’s the top of the range for sensible, non-gaming keyboards.
The Sculpt is comfortable and ergonomic, without looking too weird or big. If you’re looking to be able to type quickly and happily but not put your health at risk, then it’s the perfect thing. But if you want to go all out ergonomic, then the Ergo Keyboard is as comfortable as anything, and the Cherry is a joy to write on.
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