Keyboards have been there since the times the first computers came into existence. Just like the monitor is the basic output device, the humble keyboard is the basic output device. Earlier models of computers never used to even boot up to the operating system when a keyboard is not connected. However, since then keyboards have undergone many changes, both in the interface and the design. We bring you the top 7 external keyboards that would make your computer experience a real delight.
1. Logitech Wireless Wave Combo Mk550 with Keyboard and Laser Mouse
This combo provided by Logitech comprises of a MK550 keyboard and a M510 Mouse. The unifying receiver operates in the 2.4 GHz wireless frequency band to give you a powerful wireless connection with your computer. Logitech Wireless Wave MK550 keyboard and M510 Mouse comes with individual batteries that can span up to three years and two years respectively. The Unifying receiver covers a range of up to 30 feet. Logitech has not overlooked the security aspect; the keyboard comes with 128-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption built in.
The ergonomically wave-designed keyboard has keys to access camera and music along with the regular keys. The wave design gives you great comfort in typing and allows you to type in the most natural way that you are familiar with. Mk550 keyboard is a QWERTY keyboard which comes with a palm rest to keep your hands cushioned and comfortable. Contoured laser mouse gives you smooth and precise cursor positioning that works well on almost all surfaces. M510 mouse fits well in your palm because of its cradle shape and the rubber grips in the side gives you more comfort to use it.
The box comes with one wireless Keyboard, one wireless Mouse, 4 AA batteries (Pre-installed), Unifying receiver and a user manual. The devices are compatible with Windows-based computers. We got our hands on this combo and found both these devices simple and comfortable to use. In addition to this Mk550 keyboard comes with a set of convenience keys for volume, media center, zoom, music and camera that further makes it easy to use.
2. Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus with touchpad
Logitech’s K400 Plus is a wireless keyboard which comes with built-in touchpad. This keyboard cum touchpad has very comfortable and quiet keys and 3.5 inch touchpad. Now you can navigate your TV connected computer with ease without the hassle of using multiple devices. This is a HTPC (Home Theatre PC) keyboard which is ideal for your TV-connected computer. The wireless connection has a range of 33 feet for seamless and effortless control in the largest room. The Unifying receiver provided by Logitech with this product operates at a frequency of 2.4 GHz. You can connect up to 6 Unifying devices to your computer using the wireless receiver.
The Touch Keyboard has mute and volume control keys to the top of the touchpad. K400 Plus comes with two AA battery pre-installed. The battery in the keyboard gives you 18 months of life provided that you use the device for 2 hours daily. The Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard is compatible with Windows 8/8.1, 7, 10 or later; Android 5.0 or later and Chrome OS.
This new version of K400 comes with better key layout and offers seamless control over your TV controlled computer. Logitech has made some tweaks and upgrades to the predecessor of K400 Plus to make it perfect for your TV controlled computer.
3. AmazonBasics Wired Keyboards
This fantastic yet very simple and slim keyboard manufactured by AmazonBasics has quiet and comfortably spaced keys. This gives you a comfortable typing experience. This keyboard also provides you one-touch function keys for Previous Track, Stop, next Track, and Play/pause for Media Players. This wired Keyboard also features easy access keys for My Computer, Media, Volume up/down, Mute and Calculator.
The keyboard is connected to your computer using the USB interface. The device is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, 2000 and XP. It weighs less than 500 grams and measures 18 x 5.6 x 1 inches. If you are looking for a conventional USB wired keyboard without the fancy add-ons, this chiclet keyboard would best suit your requirements.
4. Logitech Keyboard K120
The Logitech K120 is another simple basic keyboard from Logitech K120. This is a standard keyboard which has a layout that you would be familiar with. The K120 keyboard has full sized number and functional keys making it easy to use. The keyboard body is made of spill resistant and durable material making it sturdy, with the adjustable legs giving your hands a neutral and relaxed position. The keyboard can be connected using a simple USB connection. Logitech K120 keyboard is easy to use and does not need any installation, since it is a plug and play device.
This keyboard has a weight of 230 gram and is just 45 cm long. The device is compatible with Linux and Windows based computers. When I tried this keyboard, I was amazed by its compact and lightweight design. This is for those who prefer a basic keyboard with a familiar key layout that is both compact and lightweight.
5. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Type Cover
This is the latest version of Type Cover that can be used with Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The keys are more spread out than in the previous version and look more like a traditional keyboard. It is very easy to connect; just connect the Type cover and fold it so that the magnet gets attached to the bottom of the screen and enjoy a stable typing experience. You can fold back the cover and it becomes the protective shell of the screen. In the folded state the keys are disabled to prevent accidental keystrokes. You can also make use of the magnet on the Type Cover to keep the magnetic pen along with the Surface Pro 4. The touchpad is 40% bigger than its predecessor and is specially designed to get more precision control and navigation. This is accomplished by the 5 multi touch points on the touch pad.
The Type Cover is sturdy; so you can work on your lap, at your desk, or on the plane. Since this is designed specially for Surface Pro 4, it transforms your Surface into a laptop in seconds. The Type cover is lightweight (500 grams) and comes in 5 colors.
6. Apple Magic Keyboard (MLA22LL/A)
The Magic Keyboard from Apple comes with a sleek design and has adopted the scissor mechanism for keys to optimize key travel and increase stability. The Apple MLA22LL/A magic keyboard pairs with your Mac automatically. The wireless connection through Bluetooth gives you secure and reliable connection up to 30 feet range. You will be amazed when you learn that this keyboard can also be used as a wired keyboard using the Lightning USB cable that comes with the product. The keys in the keyboard have uniformity in measurements which gives you immense control and comfort while typing. Weighing just about 320 grams it is very easy to carry around this Apple Magic Keyboard while you travel. The function keys provide touch access to Mac features like Launchpad and Mission Control.
Apple Magic Keyboard comes with built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery and the manufacturer claims that the battery will last for a month or little more, eliminating the need to replace the battery. The rechargeable battery can be recharged in just 2 hours. This keyboard works well with Mac OS V10.11 or later.
7. Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac
The Logitech Wireless K750 keyboard designed specifically for Mac is solar powered. The built-in solar panel helps the rechargeable batteries to absorb charge from any light source. The manufacturer claims that one full charge would give you three months of battery life. This wireless keyboard in spite of the solar panels is very well crafted, to make it ultra slim. This engineering wonder is just one third of an inch thick. The key layout is the akin to the one you find in Mac keyboards. In Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 all the keys are exactly where you would expect them to be. This includes the hot keys for music and brightness controls, command keys as well as the eject key. These functions work right out of the box without the need for any software installation. The concave key cap design makes your typing experience a delight.
The package consists of the Logitech Wireless Solar keyboard K750 for Mac, the Logitech Unifying receiver and a wireless extender. A single unifying receiver is good to add a compatible wireless keyboard or mouse eliminating the need to use multiple receivers.
An additional feature is the dedicated ‘Solar’ button which on pressing lets you know if you have enough charge in the keyboard. You would love this and the wonderful design as well. Further, you will feel good that you are doing something for the environment – using a renewable source of energy!