Best Keyboard | Comparison & Test Winner 2016

From its early origins as a typewriter, and following the invention of the teletype system used with telex machines in the 20th century, the same basic QWERTY design with PC peripheral keyboards remains much the same today. Indeed, nearly every computer keyboard – from those used with Macs to software versions used on a smart phone’s touch screen – shares the same fundamental layout.

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Handling
Type Gaming-Keyboard Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
Power cable battery battery battery battery cable battery
Multimedia funct. 20 6 4 6 / 6 11
Item Weight 898 g 956 g 572 g 721 g 458 g 939 g 988 g
QWERTZ-Layout
Cordless
Touchpad
Mouse
Numberblock
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Last Update: March 2016

However, there are significant differences between keyboards and the table we have produced helps to make it clearer which ones might be best suited to you. Consumers can check the table for certain product features or simply look for the best-rated keyboard, if they prefer. Some are highly specialised and feature-rich whilst others do a basic job and can best be described as offering good value. Whatever sort of keyboard you are seeking, you will find a suitable model in the table.

Keyboard Features

Standard computer keyboards have fully-sized size alphanumeric keys which have a size that is just over a centimetre square. These ones need to be pressed down the furthest and are best suited to skilled typists who are used to using most of their fingers or even touch-typing. They tend to be the most robust and have function keys displayed in their own right at the top, rather than keys which double up when a function or alt button is used. Travel or laptop keyboards, on the other hand, have less keys, smaller buttons and are not so strong. They are great for plugging into a mobile device once in a while, such as a tablet. Ergonomic keyboards take a bit of adjusting to – and a bit more desk space – but they are very good for people with hand cramps or mobility issues. Before buying a keyboard, check the connection type. USB is the standard connection nowadays, but PS2 – a six pin DIN system – is still to be found, as well. Another good option which provides lots of flexibility is a wireless keyboard. However, these need batteries to run and a controller which can plug into a spare USB port on your computer.