I'm the sort of person who really loathes clutter, so the constant snake of cords and cables stretching from my various peripherals to my PC drives me nuts—the perfect excuse, in other words, to invest in the best wireless gaming keyboard. A wireless deck isn't just a great way to clear out some of tangled mess on your desk, either. If you're someone who's considering grabbing one of the best graphics cards and moving your PC setup into a living room environment and piping your machine through your TV, a cord free keyboard is virtually a necessity. But even if you are dedicated to your desk bound configuration, losing the cord means that you'll have more desk real estate to show off your dumb figurines or to just generally create a cleaner, more zen aesthetic so you can focus on what really matters—360 no scope headshots.
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So what makes the best wireless gaming keyboard? Unsurprisingly, it's a lot of the same kit that makes a wired deck amazing. You want switches that fit your lifestyle—if you're in a crowded office with sensitive neighbors, you probably want a Cherry MX Red or a Razer Yellow, linear and nearly silent, but if you prefer some loud clacking and some tactile heft, check out a Cherry MX Blue or Razer Green. And if you're the sort of person who loves a rainbow glow of soft lighting spilling off the edges of your desk, you'll want to look for a board that fully supports the millions of colored lighting options that your hungry eyes relentlessly crave. You could even get into the wireless game at a bargain basement price, with something like Logitech's K350, if you don't mind the feel of a membrane board and don't want to spend more than 25 bucks.
1. Logitech G613
Best wireless gaming keyboard
Switch: Logitech Romer-G Tactile | Size: Full size | Macros: 6 | Backlights: No | Passthroughs: No | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wristrest: Fixed
The technology behind wireless peripherals have come a long way, and Logitech’s LIGHTSPEED wireless connectivity is a prime example. During our weeks of use, the G613 never once dropped a connection despite the plethora of wireless devices on our desks. It absolutely matches wired peripherals in terms of stability and responsiveness. It’s efficient as hell, 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. I also love the spacious, grippy wrist rest—although it isn’t removable. Understandably, backlights were omitted to conserve battery.
As with all high-end Logitech keyboards, the G613 comes with Logitech’s Romer-G switch. This proprietary 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—even in quiet environments.
2. Corsair K63 Wireless
Best compact wireless keyboard
Switch: Cherry MX Red | Size: TKL | Macros: No | Backlights: Blue | Passthroughs: No | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wristrest: Detachable
The compact Corsair K63 Wireless comes packed with features. Cherry MX Red switches? Check. Media controls and wrist rest? Check. Blue backlights…check?
The reason for my hesitance on the last point is that the battery life of the K63 Wireless is already 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 actually a solid board. The keys are responsive, and all its handy features makes getting through your day a little easier. As it stands, there’s no better option if you need a compact, wireless mechanical keyboard. You can also seat the K63 wireless in the Corsair Lapboard for gaming in the living room. Neat.
3. Logitech K350
Best budget wireless keyboard
Switch: Rubber dome | Size: Full size | Macros: No | Backlights: No | Passthroughs: No | Media Controls: Dedicated | Wristrest: Fixed
Where it falls flat in looks, the K350 compensates for in function. The K350 has ergonomic design features that makes using it exceptionally comfortable. The typing area is curved and raised in the center to allow your wrists to rotate naturally as you type. Despite its unorthodox shape, I had no trouble adjusting to it for gaming. A comfy, breathable foam wrist rest provides ample support.
As a budget option, it should come as no surprise that the K350 uses membrane switches. Logitech chose to use square guides with additional troughs on the stem to ensure stable travel and less key wobble. The guide does an excellent job at helping keystrokes feel more stable, but it also makes keystrokes rather noisy.
The K350 uses two AA batteries. Because it doesn’t house any fancy features or backlighting, Logitech quotes its battery life to be three years. Although I can’t confirm that claim, I wasn’t able to drain its battery through my days of heavy use. Because of its insane battery life, the K350 does not come with the option to connect via a wire.
How we test wireless Keyboards
The determining factor of a wireless keyboards starts at the stability of its connection. Regardless of the wireless connectivity technology used, the board must must be able to sustain a stable, responsive connection at all times. That’s the paramount characteristic we pay attention to throughout testing.
To gauge the performance of the board itself, we apply the same testing suite used for our best gaming keyboards. Each board is run through several matches of Starcraft, Battlefield 4, and a few combat sequence in the Witcher 3. We take keen notes on the performance of its switches. Are they responsive? Was there any key skips or Ghosting?
Due to inherent limitations of wireless connectivity, some features just aren’t possible for wireless keyboards. USB passthroughs are out of the question. Audio passthroughs, on the other hand, are definitely doable, but they’re often omitted. This is could be 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.
Then there’s battery life. If the keyboard constantly needs to be charged or eats a deck of AA batteries a week, then 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.