Wireless mechanical keyboards seem to be a rather new area of the keyboard enthusiast market. Not many options are available, and many are not worth the money. To help make this process a little bit easier I’ve compiled a list of really well made wireless mechanical keyboards that have little if any compromises compared to their wired counterparts.
What We Look For
Battery Life: What kind of duration are we looking at on a single charge? This is going to vary pretty significantly based on what the keyboard does, those with RGB holding the lowest battery life.Build Quality: No one wants a keyboard that’s going to give out on them after a few short months. Especially when you just dropped a bunch of money on what you thought was a nice product. So I only included keyboarded with A+ quality.Latency: The latency of a keyboard is the delay between you pressing a key and the computer registering that key press. In many cases, this isn’t a factor, but if you’re looking to do any competitive gaming using this keyboard we want to make sure you aren’t going to be at a disadvantage.Switch Style: Here we look at the type and brand of mechanical switches used in each keyboard. After all, these are mechanical keyboards and having the right type of switch for your specific needs is paramount.Extra Bits: Anything that doesn’t fall into one of the above categories, but that might be an important factor when making a purchasing choice.
Battery Life: The battery life on the Logitech option is incredible, it lasts an estimated 18 months using a pair of AA batteries. No need to worry about this one dying on you. Considering battery life is one of the major factors when picking a wireless keyboard, I would say Logitech takes the cake on this one.Build Quality: The product has very little bend to the body of the keyboard. It’s very well made overall. It has an integrated wrist rest and feet on the bottom of the board to adjust the height from either flat to a slight angle. The only gripe I have against the build is that keycaps, while the caps themselves are fine, the lettering on the keys are stickers. This is just unacceptable for a $100 product, but as long as you’re not super rough on your keyboards it shouldn’t cause any issues.Latency: Surprisingly, this keyboard is faster than it’s wired counterparts. It uses Logitech’s proprietary Lightspeed system, which is about 5x faster than a wired Razer keyboard. Essentially, when it comes to this keyboard, latency will never be a problem.Switch Style: This board comes with a switch set called Romer-G. They are comparable to cherry MX brown switches. High quality and a unique clicky feel, with an audible click on each press. These switches are no doubt quality.Extra Bits: This product is also capable of connecting to other Bluetooth products, like your cell phone or tablet. You can switch between your Bluetooth device and computer with a press of a button. For most this isn’t a big selling point, but it might be something you’re interested in.
Battery Life: The battery life of the Anne Pro isn’t all that impressive. It only lasts 8 hours on a single charge, so you’re going to need to charge this thing on a daily basis. It’s a necessary sacrifice in order to add the additional RGB lighting.Build Quality: Build quality is very nice on this guy. Each key is individually backlit and the keycaps are just about as good as they come. The form factor is compact, making the Anne Pro perfect for people that need a more mobile keyboard. That being said you give up the number pad that you would normally get on most other keyboards.Latency: This board runs solely off of Bluetooth connectivity making it a bit slower than some of the competitors, but it shouldn’t be enough to cause serious issues. This also means your computer must be Bluetooth compatible, so make sure to check that before buying.Switch Style: Here we have a few options. It comes in three flavors, red, brown, and blue. These are almost identical to Cherry MX key switches in terms of behavior. These keys are branded as “Gateron” and according to my research they are smoother and lighter than Cherry MX switches, but you give up a small amount of durability in exchange.Extra Bits: The Anne Pro comes with a pretty robust software that you can use to set up macros and change the lighting scheme on your new keyboard. This helps make up for the lack of arrow keys and a number pad.
Middle of the Road Option:
Battery Life: Much better battery life on this guy than some of its other RGB brothers. It lasts an estimated 20 hours on a single charge. You can probably expect a couple days use with a single charge if you make sure to switch it off when you’re done.Build Quality: The quality of this product is great, it has an aluminum back plate and it includes PBT keycaps which are normally only included on much higher end keyboards. It also drops the function line of keys at the top of the board, opting instead to include them inside the number line.Latency: Much like the Anne Pro this board uses standard Bluetooth connectivity to link with your devices. You also have the option to plug it in directly via USB. It shouldn’t be any kind of noticeable latency, but I wouldn’t recommend this kind of connection for those in the competitive gaming space.Switch Style: You get the most options for switches out of any of these listings. You have four options between, black, red, brown, and blue. Again these are comparable to Cherry MX switches in both durability and feel. Extra Bits: This guy comes preloaded with a good number of RGB animations and reactions. Seven to be exact. These include reactive mode, ripple mode, and breathing mode.
Battery Life: The Corsair K63 brings middle of the road battery life. At a grand total of 15 hours of battery life, it’s plenty for single use, but you’ll most likely need to charge this keyboard regularly.Build Quality: Build quality is what you would expect from a big company like Corsair. The sizing and overall quality of the item is superb. It’s also missing the number pad, which seems to be fairly common on these wireless keyboards. It does however still have dedicated media keys and command keys, which is a good plus.Latency: Corsair has a very similar system to the Logitec Lightspeed system. At only 1ms of latency, it’s probably faster than even some wired keyboards. No need to worry about delays here, something that’s very important when looking at this from a gamer’s perspective.Switch Style: The Corsair K63 only comes in one switch style, Cherry MX Red. Cherry MX switches are the industry standard when it comes to quality. The red switch is gamer focused, with a linear feel and light pressure requirement. It’s designed with quick reaction times in mind.Extra Bits: The Corsair Board is not RGB, it only comes in either Blue or Ice Blue. For most this won’t be a huge deal, but it’s something to take note of.
Battery Life: The Velocifire lasts for a total of 15 days on a single charge. A big plus and pretty surprising for such a budget-oriented board. Not nearly as long as the Logitec’s 18 months, but well beyond what you will need at any one time.Build Quality: The Velocifire punches way above its weight class in terms of build quality. It’s not the best build on the list, but for the price, you aren’t going to get better than this. The keycaps are fairly decent and won’t cause any issues and the body is sturdy enough.Latency: You shouldn’t see any latency with this product. Like many of the others on this list, It runs off a normal Bluetooth signal, connecting to a USB wireless receiver. Switch Style: Sadly the Velocifire only comes in a brown switch style. So if that isn’t the type of switch you’re looking for, this isn’t the keyboard for you. The switch quality is a little bit worse than Cherry MX switches, but light years better than any membrane-based keyboards.Extra Bits: You can get this keyboard either with or without the number pad, and they even sell a separate number pad add-on if you change your mind down the line. The number pad version is $10 extra, but if mobility isn’t your main focus than it might be worth the increase in price.
If you’re looking for the best wireless mechanical keyboards at any price range, these options should each satisfy your needs.
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