The best wireless gaming keyboard in 2023

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The best wireless gaming keyboard is one of PC gaming's little luxuries. Sure, you can get by with any wired keyboard, but going wireless means you can pick your keyboard up and go hang out on the sofa. There's nothing to fear with a wireless gaming keyboard, either. All of the wireless keyboards we've reviewed for this list are impeccably quick despite the lack of cable, and can deliver the reaction times you crave for fast-paced gaming.

The best wireless gaming keyboard has to be the Logitech G915. It's actually been around for a couple of years now, but it's a wireless keyboard I continue to use in my day-to-day life. For someone that reviews many gaming keyboards, that's a pretty massive compliment.

Though even generally wireless keyboards have improved significantly over the years, and where once they were sluggish and ate through their batteries in hours, these days they offer impressive stamina and are just as fast as their wired counterparts. Basically, apart from the obvious lack of a wire, you'd be hard-pressed to spot the difference between the best wireless and best wired gaming keyboards.

We've tested countless wireless gaming keyboards for speed, reliability, connectivity, build quality, and much more. Here is the list of those that stood out, to give you an idea of which will suit you best. Ideally, you'd also pair the best wireless gaming keyboard with the best wireless gaming headset and the best wireless mouse, in order to break completely free of cables.

Best wireless gaming keyboards

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The best wireless gaming keyboard


Switch: Logitech Romer-GL (Linear, Tactile, Clicky)
Size: Full size
Backlights: Full
Passthroughs: No
Media controls: Dedicated
Wristrest: None

Reasons to buy

Attractive form factor and full RGB lighting
Amazing battery life
Excellent build quality

Reasons to avoid

Macros keys are easy to hit by mistake
Nowhere to store the USB dongle

Wireless keyboards have often translated to the antithesis of what a gaming keyboard should be: slow, unresponsive, and clunky. That's no longer the case, and the most recent wireless technology from Logitech, built into the G915, has successfully done away with that notion.

The Logitech G915 feels like a logical evolution of what a wireless mechanical keyboard should be.

The G915 is slim but remarkably dense, weighing a bit more than you'd think from the looks. The aluminum-on-plastic frame is incredibly sturdy and looks like a piece of modern art (in a good way). However, the real test is in battery life—thankfully, the G915 passes with flying colors, boasting a 30+ hour lifespan with full RGB brightness on a single charge. Turning off the RGB lighting dramatically extends that life, allowing it to function for up to 100 hours without recharging, but who's going to do that? 

Wireless capability is provided by Logitech's Lightspeed tech. It's a simple set-up, just plug the USB receiver into an available USB Type-A port and you're away. There's not a drop of perceivable lag or latency about it, and I found I could get away with using the keyboard far enough away from the receiver that I could no longer read the text I was typing, which is sure to cover most realistic scenarios.

Even though you'll want to stick with Lightspeed for the most part, thus ensuring the most stable connection, wireless can also be delivered via Bluetooth, and is swiftly accessible at the press of a button.

The sole drawback to the G915 is its astronomical price tag. At an MSRP of $250, it's drastically more expensive than many of the wired keyboards we recommend. The G915 does, however, have an identical wired cousin, the G815, which is 'only' $150. At least you can find the G915 for a lot cheaper than its MSRP, with discounts and sales aplenty.

The Logitech G915 feels like a logical evolution of what a wireless mechanical keyboard should be—featuring excellent connectivity, impressive battery life, and an uncompromising array of features. It's the wireless gaming keyboard I've been using for well over a year now, and it's still going strong as the day I got it.

Read our full Logitech G915 TKL review (the smaller version).

The best affordable wireless gaming keyboard


Switch: Gateron
Size: 84-key
Backlights: White LED
Passthroughs: None
Media controls: Function shortcuts
Wristrest: None

Reasons to buy

Great overall build quality
Seamless connectivity

Reasons to avoid

Somewhat scratchy switches

The Keychron K2 redefines affordability for wireless gaming keyboards. It starts out at just $69, and for that, you get a decent-sized gaming keyboard with great wireless functionality and Gateron mechanical switches.

The Keychron K2 features the ability to connect to up to three devices at a time, which I found particularly handy when utilizing it either on my PC or MacBook Pro to work and write. Speaking of MacOS and connectivity, on the K2’s left-hand side, there are a couple of different switches that allow you to choose whether you want it work via Bluetooth or the included cable or use it in Windows or Mac mode. All the changes are practically instantaneous, and as for the pairing process via Bluetooth, it couldn’t be simpler.

The Keychron K2 features the ability to connect to up to three devices at a time.

You can get plenty of different MX-stem keycap sets to completely change the keyboard’s look, be it from Keychron themselves or other places online. In the box you get a taste of with swappable Mac or Windows function keys dependent upon the platform you’re using, which are simple to take off and replace with the bundled keycap puller.

The Keychron K2 uses Gateron Brown switches which are, in essence, a typist’s switch with their handy little tactile bump halfway down the travel. Still, with these pre-lubed Gateron contenders, there’s no reason why you couldn’t indulge in some gaming with them, as I did for this review. They’re pleasantly smooth to use for it, even with the bump, and with the K2 also featuring full NKRO can also be seen as a pretty handy gaming board.

If you’d like to also swap the switches out, the K2 is also available in a hot-swappable form, which allows you to draft in some different MX-stem switches, be them Gaterons, TTCs or the real thing. Whilst I haven’t used the hot-swappable variant, it’s cool that Keychron offer you the chance to do so.

Battery life is also something to write home about, with a 4000mAh capacity ensuring the K2 can go the distance, with or without backlighting. You’ll find 68 hours with full lighting and 240 hours with it off, meaning you can go weeks without touching the USB Type-C charging cable.

All in all, though, if you’re looking for an entry-level mechanical keyboard, this is a good choice, especially if you’re working from home and using multiple devices. That's not even considering its wireless capability, which feels like the icing on the cake of the already impressive Keychron K2.

Read our full Keychron K2 review.

The best budget wireless gaming keyboard


Switch: Logitech Romer-G Tactile
Size: Full size
Backlights: No
Passthroughs: No
Media controls: Dedicated
Wristrest: Fixed

Reasons to buy

Best wireless system to date
Great feature set
Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

Wrist rest isn't removable
No lighting

The technology behind wireless peripherals has come a long way, and Logitech's Lightspeed wireless connectivity is a prime example. The G613 never once dropped a connection despite the plethora of wireless devices on our desks. It also matches wired peripherals in terms of stability and responsiveness. 

It's seriously efficient, too—a pair of AA batteries can push up to 18 months of continuous use.

It's the same tech in our first pick, the G915, but in a more parsimonious package. That means less flair but still plenty of functionality.

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. The grippy wrist rest is spacious, too, although it's worth noting that it isn't removable and lacks in height to make it really worthwhile. Understandably, backlights were cut to conserve battery.

A black and gray color scheme with the merest hint of blue, a set of comfortably shaped and clearly labeled (though not double-shot) keys, and Romer-G key switches, a co-development between Logitech and Omron, with a high actuation bump, and a satisfyingly soft feel. Like other Romer-G devices, there’s a harmonic ring to the many springs inside the G613 that sings out if you hammer it hard, but otherwise, we’re more than happy with the experience of typing on them. They’re not as tooth-loosening loud as many switches you’ll find, but that’s probably for the best.

A pair of AA batteries can push up to 18 months of continuous use.

This proprietary Romer-G 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.

Judged by its merits alone, Logitech’s G613 is an excellent keyboard, and Lightspeed is a tremendous wireless technology, but we wouldn’t consider paying a full $150 for it if it were a wired model. If you absolutely must have mechanical action, and can only sit 10 feet away from your PC, at last, you have a solution—but compromise on just one of those factors, and there are cheaper and more feature-rich keyboards out there that’ll serve you just as well.

Read our full Logitech G613 keyboard review.

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The best compact wireless gaming keyboard


Switch: Low-profile GL switches (clicky, tactile, and linear)
Size: TKL
Backlights: Full
Passthroughs: No
Media controls: Dedicated
Wristrest: No

Reasons to buy

Lag-free wireless
Great battery life
Low-profile mechanical switches

Reasons to avoid

No macro keys
Nowhere to store the USB dongle

The G915 TKL takes the best wireless gaming keyboard quality of the larger unit but shrinks it down to TKL size. It sports the same excellent Lightspeed wireless connection and high-quality build and design as its larger sibling. That means you get separate media controls and an aluminum-on-plastic chassis which makes it seriously robust.

You also get the fancy new Logitech switches, more closely aping the Cherry MX design than the original Romer-G switches. The low-profile Logitech GL, a variant of the Kailh Choc switch, is one of the best short-stack mech switches and is as responsive as it is diddy.

The best bits of the G915 have been retained with the G915 TKL.

Some of the best bits of the G915 have been retained with the G915 TKL. The Logitech GL switch, a variant of Kailh's low-profile Choc, is superb. My review unit came equipped with the tactile variant (an analog to Cherry's Brown switch), and while I don't find it quite as responsive and as much of a joy to use as the clicky GL switch, it's probably the least clunky low-profile tactile switch I've come across. The choice is yours, anyways. The G915 TKL is available in tactile, clicky, and linear.

But you have to make some sacrifices for the tenkeyless design's compact nature, which means no macro keys. Well, no physical ones anyway. The macros are now a secondary function of the F keys, and you can jump into the Logitech G software to prioritize them.

The G915 TKL excels in almost every way—if only it were a few bucks cheaper still than the full-size G915. This is an incredibly expensive keyboard. And while I've not let that put me off before, there doesn't seem to have been a great deal done on Logitech's part to slim down the price tag—$20 for a significant reduction in keys, switches, and materials doesn't fill me with a great deal of confidence as to how pricey the original G915's part list was, to begin with.

Read our full Logitech G915 TKL review.

The best money-no-object wireless gaming keyboard


Switch: ROG NX Linear|Tactile|Clicky
Size: 75%
Backlight: Per key
Passthrough: None
Media Controls: Dedicated
Wristrest: None

Reasons to buy

Outstanding build quality
Great typing experience
Solid, speedy wireless
Useful OLED display

Reasons to avoid

How much?!
Damned Armoury Crate

The Asus ROG Azoth is the Taiwanese tech giant's first real enthusiast gaming keyboard. And, honestly, it's a doozy. That's a technical term which translates as a quality keeb that ticks all the boxes, then draws in some more at the bottom of the list and ticks those off, too.

Asus is no stranger to mechanical keyboards. I've tested a bunch of its previous ROG mech boards, even its almost smart hybrid Claymore board which got ahead of Mountain in the detachable numpad game, but failed to make it stick. I mean, literally. The floppy attachment of the extra keypad was one of the reasons I hated it so much.

But it's only really ever just dipped its toes into the enthusiast keyboard market. Well, the ROG Azoth is Asus going in with both feet, which is no real surprise given the burgeoning market for high-end custom keyboards.

Offering everything you could possibly want from an enthusiast keeb.

It is though offering everything you could possibly want from an enthusiast keeb. The build quality is absolutely exceptional and the weight of the Azoth is extreme. And I love it for that. It's also been built with all the pre-lubed, gasketed, dampened trimmings you'll want for that premium typing experience.

And premium it is. The Azoth is a delight to tap away on, even more so now that I've completely replaced all of the supplied ROG NX switches the board shipped with. Not that they're bad at all, the custom linear mechanical switches are Cherry MX Red analogues, but do have a nice feel. No, it's just that I've got a bunch of delightful Halo True switches that I bought to go into my Mountain Everest Max board. That board's been retired in favour of the Everest 60, and I've left the Mountain Tactile switches in place.

That's one of the must haves for any keyboard with enthusiast pretentions—hot swappable switches. Us keyboard nerds love needlessly replacing switches for an infinitesimal difference in feel that even the princess of pea fame would struggle to notice. And the Azoth happily caters for that, and with what I will say is my absolute favourite switch puller bundled into the package. Yes, I actually now have a favourite.

You also get a two-tone OLED display in the top right hand corner, with a three-way switch that can be customised via the weakest part of the whole kit. 

As is its wont, the ROG Azoth relies on Asus' horrible Armoury Crate software, and it just takes…so…damned… do anything. Just switching between tabs in the app, or trying to check for firmware updates, oh it's interminable. And sometimes it just doesn't work at all—particularly when you switch from USB to Wi-Fi and vice versa—and the app will get stuck on a permanent loading animation, tanking all the tweaked profile settings you've saved into it, somehow completely resetting the device. Peripherals software, it's the worst.

The frustrating thing is that once you're in there it does actually offer some pretty handy knobs to tweak regarding the controls or the display. Aside from the requisite LED backlighting controls you're also able to adjust the control knob to deliver exactly what you want it to do. As standard the control has five discrete modes, which you can cycle through via a button on the end of it, but in the app you can add a customisable sixth and that can be for practically anything. There are three 'buttons' on the switch (up, down, and a click) and each can open a website, an application, further multimedia, keyboard or mouse functions, or even some preset input text.

It's pretty damned powerful.

The ROG Azoth is absolutely the best gaming keyboard Asus has ever released, and the best enthusiast keyboard I've ever seen from a proper established brand that doesn't focus on the segment. It's certainly going to be my new office board... though only if I can swing it with Asus to leave the expensive Azoth with us. Because the real sticking point is that price. 

Read our full Asus ROG Azoth review.

The best wireless gaming keyboard for competitive gaming


Switch: OmniPoint 2.0
Size: Tenkeyless
Backlight: Per key
Passthrough: None
Media Controls: Volume wheel and mute button
Wristrest: None

Reasons to buy

Useful OLED screen
Adjustable actuation
Good battery life
PBT keycaps

Reasons to avoid

Wireless version is expensive
Sleep mode is too aggressive out of the box

There are a lot of great wireless gaming keyboards on this list, but this is one we'd recommend for fast-paced, competitive gaming. That's because this SteelSeries board comes with magnetic OmniPoint 2.0 switches, which allow the user to make this keyboard more responsive than most today.

The actuation point of each switch can be set anywhere between 0.2–3.8mm via the SteelSeries software. What that means is, if you have your keys set to 0.2mm actuation, the lightest of light key presses will register a key press. You really don't have to depress the keys at all to see that action play out on screen. That's great for the WASD keys, or action keys surrounding it.

For typing it's less good, as you might find you make more mistakes, but that's where the Apex Pro's profiles come in handy. You can set these up to change the stored settings for whatever games you're playing at the time, one for typing, whatever. You can also set a fun image on the built-in OLED screen on the keyboard which helps easily differentiate which profile you're using at the time.

The actuation point of each switch can be set anywhere between 0.2–3.8mm.

On the keyboard I need only hold the SteelSeries logo key (a replacement for the Function key) and hit F9 to roll through all the available profiles loaded onto the board. I've got a profile for typing at 1.8mm and one for Destiny with the cluster of keys around the left-hand, including WASD, set to 0.2mm.

The other neat feature is the dual actuation. With this you can set any key to offer two functions depending on how hard you press it. It takes some getting used to, though it's something I've used sparingly on other magnetic keyboards, such as the Wooting Two HE, and it's useful if you find the right use for it.

Now, speaking of the Wooting Two HE, our favorite gaming keyboard, it offers similar key switch functionality, and a lot else, for cheaper than the SteelSeries. But it's not wireless. So if you want to mix both cable-free functionality and clever switches, this SteelSeries board is your best bet. Just be warned, it's as much 'money-no-object' as the Asus ROG Azoth.

Let's get to the price, then, because this isn't the cheapest keyboard going. At $250 it's really up there for a keyboard of its diminutive size, and going against the fantastic Asus ROG Azoth for the same money. It doesn't win that fight, either, but admittedly they do different things. The SteelSeries focuses on speed and special switches while the Azoth is more your enthusiast's high-end keeb.

Read our full SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless review.

Best wireless keyboards FAQ

How do you test a wireless keyboard?

The determining factor of wireless keyboards starts at the stability of the connection. Regardless of the wireless tech used, the board must sustain a stable, responsive connection at all times. That's the paramount characteristic we pay attention to throughout testing.

Ultimately, the way we test is by using the keyboards day-to-day; for gaming and for typing on during work hours. We take keen notes on the performance of its switches. Are they responsive? Were there any essential skips or ghosting?

Due to the inherent limitations of wireless connectivity, some features aren't possible for wireless keyboards. USB pass-throughs are out of the question. On the other hand, Audio passthrough is doable, but they're often omitted 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.

This brings us to the battery life. If the keyboard continually needs to be charged or eats a deck of AA batteries a week, 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.

What size of keyboard do I need?

Keyboard size is absolutely a defining factor. Full-sized keyboards tend to offer the most features and a Numpad, but if you don't have space, then all of those extras you paid for will be useless. Tenkeyless boards (the ones with no number pad) and compact keyboards can be a great option, too, if you don't care about all the extra bells and whistles or you don't have any use for alt codes (how barbaric!).

What is the most important thing to look for in a mechanical gaming keyboard?

The switch type is arguably the most important choice to make when picking your new gaming keyboard. Cherry mechanical switches are the most common and most recognizable, but there are a host of alternatives on offer, as well a bunch of upmarket, specialist switches to choose from. 

What is the big deal with mechanical switches?

We can talk for hours about the feel of mechanical switches versus membrane switches, but ultimately that's a personal choice. What makes mechanical switches objectively superior, however, is their far extended life span. They can take far more punishment and keep responding long after a membrane switch has collapsed in on itself.

Are dedicated media controls a deal-breaker?

Only you can make that call, but we would suggest that at least having the option to toggle the top row between function and media controls would be our choice. Having a discrete volume wheel can be super useful, however.

Jargon buster - keyboard terminology

Actuation Point
The height to which a key needs to be pressed before it actuates and sends an input signal to a device.

A switch that delivers an audible click every time it's pressed, generally right around the point of actuation.

A technique to ensure that only one input registers every time a key is pressed.

The shell that surrounds the internal components of a switch.

The result of the actuation point and reset point in a switch being misaligned. This generally means a key needs to be lifted off further than normal before it can be actuated again. 

A switch that moves directly up and down, generally delivering smooth keystrokes without noise or tactile feedback.

Mechanical Keyboard
A keyboard built around individual switches for each key rather than a membrane sheath mounted on a PCB.

Membrane Keyboard
A keyboard on which all the keycaps are mounted on a membrane sheath; when a key is pressed, a rubber dome depresses and pushes against the sheath and PCB beneath, actuating the key.

The component of a switch on which the keycaps are mounted on a mechanical keyboard.

The physical component of a mechanical keyboard beneath the keycaps on a mechanical keyboard. The switch determines how a key is actuated, whether or not it provides audible or tactile feedback with each press, and more.

Optical switch
This is a type of mechanical switch which instead of a physical metal contact switch uses light to measure when actuation takes place. These can be more configurable too, allowing for not just off and on states, but more analog designs, and even dual actions for a single key depending on how far the switch is pressed down.

A switch that provides a 'bump' of feedback every time it's pushed.

Tenkeyless (TKL)
A keyboard that lacks the right-hand number pad.

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