Many computers today already have their built-in keyboards which can truly elevate the whole typing experience as one punches or swipes across the screen. But the tactile experience as well as the visual and auditory sensations provided by a good keyboard can never be replaced by digital versions. As such, if you’re looking for really cool keyboards, you’ve come to the right place as we’re here to share with you 15 cool keyboards in 2017.
15 Seriously Cool Keyboards
1MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo by Logitech
For the modern-day office worker or even road warrior, wireless connectivity is a must. That’s why one of the best input devices that you can ever get, especially if you’re the type of person who makes his or her home an extension of the office, is the MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo. What’s really amazing about this combination is that you don’t need two separate 2.4 GHz wireless nano receivers for both input devices. Both of these can already be connected to your computer using a single receiver slotted into a single USB port. This means you’ll still have plenty of USB ports to use for your other peripherals. You won’t be bored while working either, as the MK270 has already integrated a variety of hot keys into its slim chassis. There are buttons to instantly access the internet as well as your emails. You don’t need to fumble through the different menus in your desktop as everything is already made accessible with a touch of a button. Even your music and video files can be opened and managed with the hot keys of the MK270. It comes as an easy plug-and-play device so it can run even on legacy operating systems like Windows XP as well as the newer versions of Windows 10. While it is wireless, it is not Bluetooth compatible however.
What We Like about It – The MK270 has the right combination of slim profile, wireless connectivity, ease of operation, and multifunctionality that everyone can truly appreciate. It’s no surprise that it gains more than 8,500 strongly positive comments.
2Mechanical Feel Wired Gaming Keyboard by Emarth
Video gamers need to have the best experience whenever they sit in front of their computers and play their favorite games. If you can get all the different controls of a gaming joystick or controller pad into the computer peripheral, then it would really be a fantastic gadget. Such is what the Emarth Mechanical Feel Wired Gaming Keyboard promises. This computer peripheral has integrated quite a few gaming controls into its ergonomically designed chassis. For example, the 4 directional joystick buttons in control pads are now conveniently integrated into the Earth. It allows for the simultaneous pressing of up to 19 keys without conflict. The Emarth also has a fully changeable LED color backlighting. And get this, the Emarth also comes with a variety of brightness and breathing modes to complement the colorful backlighting, giving any gamer a superb gaming experience. The keys are built on suspension mechanisms with a concave cap and clear tones to provide a superb tactile and auditory experience. The spacebar has been duly strengthened since this is one of the keys that are often abused by serious PC gamers. It’s also plug-and-play but, unlike the MK270, its backward compatibility extends well into Windows ME. We are not really sure if it can be used on legacy devices running on older systems, though.
What We Like about It – The backlighting and sound effects plus the ergonomic design of the Emarth are amazing. With the strengthening of the keys, this is great for avid gamers.
3SI-859 Backlit Gaming Keyboard with Adjustable Backlight by AULA
Futuristic and space age are what can be said about the AULA SI-859 Backlit Gaming Keyboard. The ergonomic and stylish board design reminds you of the sleek curves of a Lamborghini or even the ROG series of gaming laptops like those from Asus and Dell. The characters in each of the keys have been laser carved to make sure it won’t wear off or peal so you’ll get the same quality of characters every time. The laser carved characters also provide a wonderful backlighting effect which is made possible by its intelligent controls. The backlight of the SI-859 can be changed in 3 different colors, each of which has 4 different modes to provide a really cool gaming experience. While the SI-859 does not have the joystick control keys such as those found on the Emarth, it does makes up for this with its super strengthened spacebar to give you superb durability over long hours of gaming abuse. The Windows key can be easily toggled into either the locked or unlocked position so you’ll have greater freedom over your game. With a superbly futuristic profile and an excellent backlighting effect, the SI-859 is a great bargain especially if you’re on the lookout for excellent keyboards for sale.
What We Like about It – The SI-859’s sleek design is what we really fell in love with the first time. The cool colors of its backlight are also remarkable.
4STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard by Corsair
One major drawback of using keyboards for gaming is the incidence of ghosting which typically occurs if you need to press several keys all at once to effect a particular action in the game. For instance, you may need to press A, W, S, and D all at once to produce an effect. Unfortunately, many keyboards won’t be able to read all of these keys at once so some of these keys may be missing in the resulting process. As such, the effect might be different from the one desired. This is effectively addressed by the Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with its anti-ghosting technology. This helps ensure that all of your keystrokes will be registered in the board to give you one seamless and truly immersive gaming experience. The STRAFE also comes with a unique USB pass-through port so all of your USB-enabled peripherals such as mouse and headset adapter, among others, will not be in the way to an immersive playtime. One amazing thing about the STRAFE is that you can program the keys to fit your personal preferences. If you don’t like using the usual AWSD format, then you can easily assign a different set of keys that works best for you. Each key is contoured and textured to provide an amazing grip as well as enhanced tactile sensations. The dynamic backlighting is also remarkable, although you’re stuck with a red color. There are also a row of multimedia controls for ease of access.
What We Like about It – The STRAFE may not have a very futuristic design but its functionality more than makes up for it.
5K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard by Logitech
Don’t you just wish your computer had a larger screen, say a 50+ inch vivid LED? Well, if you have a Smart TV or if you can connect your TV to your computer, then it is at all possible. But how do you control it, you ask? With Logitech’s K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard, of course. Capable of wirelessly connecting to your device up to 10 meters away, the K400 wireless keyboard offers seamless and highly responsive connection enabling you to watch your favorite videos on YouTube or Netflix, stay in touch with your friends on social media networks, browse through the gazillions of web pages, stream music, and many others. Technically, what you can do on your computer you can now do it while sitting conveniently in your couch 33 feet away. Built with a 3.5 inch touchpad that is a hallmark of all laptops, navigating through the various menu interfaces on your computer-connected TV is now super easy. The touchpad also comes with the signature two buttons which effectively takes the place of the mouse. Control buttons and hot keys are laid out in the K400’s chassis for effortless access. Hot keys no longer require any configuration as they function right from the box. Worried about the longevity of its battery? Fear not; the next time you’ll be replacing it will be 18 months from the first time you’ve used it.
What We Like about It – The superb wireless connectivity of the K400 is amazing. The addition of a touchpad is an awesome feature that laptop and netbook users will find very useful.
6Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo by HAVIT
Need a more colorful backlight for your gaming keyboard? How about HAVIT’s Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo? Unlike the other computer peripherals we featured in this list, the HAVIT Rainbow comes with a variety of colors that illuminate the keys of this input device. It should be noted that only the base of the keys are illuminated so if you’re expecting the characters to light up as well, then you’re in for a surprise. Nevertheless, controlling the rainbow effects is also possible as you can choose from three different modes: breath, medium, and high. The HAVIT Rainbow also boasts of 19 non-conflict keys. The usual WASD layout can also be changed depending on your preference. Even the Windows hotkey can be disabled so that you’re not going to accidentally activate it during gameplay. The accompanying mouse also has a well-integrated backlight mechanism that you can change its breathing light. The mouse itself can be used to control the DPI settings of your computer from a low 800 DPI to a high 2400 DPI. With backwards compatibility up to Windows XP as well as the Mac OS, the HAVIT Rainbow is a great gear to include in any computer gameplay.
What We Like about It – The backlit keyboard and mouse combo is great as one amazingly complements the other. We just wished it were wireless, though.
7BlueFinger Adjustable Crack Backlit LED Gaming Keyboard with Mouse Pad by BlueFinger
If you’re the kind of gamer who likes sparks in every keystroke, then the BlueFinger Adjustable Crack backlit LED Gaming Keyboard with Mouse Pad is an excellent choice. The description says the backlighting effects are a lot similar to a cracked surface. However, a closer inspection reveals that it actually depends on the color of the backlight. If it’s blue or purple, the pattern actually resembles more of a multi-forked lightning while the red backlight reminds you more of the cracks in a lava rock with the bright red molten lava being revealed in the spaces. Regardless, the BlueFinger is one fashionable keyboard that you can easily change the color of its backlight. A press of the Function key in combination with other keys can help you toggle between the different backlight colors as well as adjust the brightness of the light. Additionally, pressing on the Fn key plus the keys P and S will activate the 3-color breath mode. If you prefer a single color breath, then the key to press is Fn + PB. The point is the BlueFinger is not just a cool-looking device. It’s also highly functional giving you 19 non-conflict keys for more aggressive gaming.
What We Like about It – The fashionable patterns are amazing. The material used in its construction allows for a softer tactile experience.
8AmazonBasics Wired Keyboard by AmazonBasics
There’s no denying that not everyone needs really fancy and cool keyboards. As long as you can do what you’re supposed to do and perform it well, then you’re good. But if you can add other functionalities without impacting the price, then we’d say go for it. The Wired Keyboard of AmazonBasics is a good keyboard that is made even more appealing by its low price. The keys are almost flushed into the board to achieve a very low profile giving you comfortable and quiet typing experience. Hotkeys are also well-thought of as there are keys specifically for opening or accessing some of the more common tasks that we perform everyday such as managing our media files, accessing files and folders on My Computer, as well as many others. AmazonBasics says the product works well as a plug and play device for Windows 2000 up to Windows 7. Unfortunately, there are no indications whether it will work with a Windows 8 or even a Windows 10 computer.
What We Like about It – For its price, it’s amazing to see Amazon packing some of the features that you’ll only see in more expensive brands. What’s really superb is its super quiet operation.
9Gryphon LED Illuminated Programmable Gaming Keyboard by TeckNet
Serious gamers often spend countless hours in front of their computers without getting a break. They’d eat, drink, and even eliminate right there and then. You’ll never know when you’ll be slipping your glass of juice or can of soda on your peripherals. That’s why it’s best to get the fully water-resistant Gryphon LED Illuminated Programmable Gaming Keyboard. Not only will it protect your gear against spills, the Gryphon also has a very futuristic and awesome design that it makes for a great companion of other game gears. It features 3 fully adjustable LED backlighting complete with adjustable brightness to customize your gaming experience. What’s amazing about the Gryphon is that you can program up to 10 different keys that will simplify all of your redundant keystrokes which is a lot similar to the creation of macros in your computer. So, instead of striking several keys to perform a particular action, you only need to press a single dedicated key that you can program. This works well with its anti-ghosting feature. There are also multimedia controls; 12 of them, actually, so you’ll have absolute control of your gameplay all within Gryphon.
What We Like about It – The water-resistant and programmable properties of the Gryphon make it a great gaming keyboard. Add the stylish design and you’ve got for yourself a winner.
104000 Natural Ergonomic Keyboard for Business by Microsoft
If you’re typing 8 hours a day for 5 days a week, chances are you’ll have a variety of painful syndromes not only in your fingers but also in your wrist. To help avoid this problem, you can use the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 for Business. This USB keyboard has a very unique ergonomic design that lets your forearm, wrist, and hands to rest comfortably while you’re doing your job. Its palm rest is well cushioned to add to the comfort and relieve pressure off bony prominences. The 4000 also comes with all of your favorite buttons on a Windows 7 taskbar so there’s no need to navigate to your computer screen to activate these features.
What We Like about It – The ergonomic design is outstanding. Obviously, close to 6,000 positively happy customers agree.
11K360 Wireless USB Keyboard by Logitech
Designed for the employee with no space to spare in his or her work desk, the K360 Wireless USB keyboard is a fantastic solution. With a very slim and small profile, the K360 is perfect for work areas that don’t have the luxury of space. There are also 12 hotkeys that give you instant access to the most commonly used programs in your desktop including the internet and emails. There are no complicated installations; it’s a simple plug and play. The battery on the wireless receiver should last up to 3 years, giving it superb longevity.
What We Like about It – It’s a space-saver. The features of the K360 don’t disappoint as well.
124 Professional Soft Tactile MX Brown Mechanical Keyboard by Das Keyboard
Whether for work or for play, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is simply amazing. It has gold contact-Cherry MX mechanical key switches which give you a superb tactile sensation. What makes it superb for both gaming and work applications is its N-Key Rollover which is a significant step against ghosting. This simply means that you’ll have seamless control of the keyboard regardless of how many keys you press at the same time. The top panel is made of anodized aluminum giving you excellent durability. Hotkeys also adorn the face of the Das complete with an instant sleep function. It also has an oversized volume control knob which makes it a lot easier to manage your audio.
What We Like about It – The use of NKRO is astounding. The minimalist design is also remarkable.
13VM01 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Brown Switches by Velocifire
It’s a cross between an excellent gaming keyboard and a multifunctional office input device. That’s how the Velocifire VM01 is aptly described. It’s got wonderful backlighting that can be managed in various modes. It has mechanism brown switches that are designed to give an entirely different tactile experience. What the Velocifire is particularly famous for is its 104-key anti-ghosting functionality. There are also 12 hotkeys for various multimedia applications.
What We Like about It – The Velocifire is excellent for people who would like to add a little spice to their work. The anti-ghosting functionality is simply astounding.
14MK550 Wave Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo by Logitech
With an ergonomic wave design that aims to put all the keys within easy reach, the MK550 Wave Wireless Keyboard is perfect for the office worker of today. All the essential functions are neatly arranged on the wide body of the Wave. The cushioned palm rests also help prevent soreness in the hands while providing optimum comfort. The laser mouse is dutifully contoured to fit well in your hands.
What We Like about It – It’s a combo from Logitech. Quality is never a question as shown by its close to 5,000 satisfied keyboardists.
15MK710 Desktop Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo by Logitech
Almost similar to the MK550 but with a slightly smaller palm rest and more streamlined chassis, the MK710 Desktop Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo is nonetheless a cool input device to have. It has all the features that all Logitech products are known for including easy-to-access hotkeys. It also features hyper-fast scrolling as well as an LCD dashboard to keep you heads up with the status of your device.
What We Like about It – The comfortable positioning of the keys is noteworthy. Plus, it’s from Logitech, too.
How We Chose the Fabulous Keyboards in Our List
As there are literally thousands of input devices in the market we had to streamline the list first. We only included those with at least 4 star ratings in their customer reviews. However, even after doing this, we still ended with a few hundreds. It was a tough task going through each one of these, so we focused on what other consumers think about the keyboards that they have already bought. Since these products already have no less than 4 stars, we considered the negatives and determined if these are legitimate concerns. If it’s a design flaw, then we scrapped it. If not, we still gave it the benefit of the doubt.
Depending on the type of keyboard, we examined the features that will make the experience of using the input device truly worthwhile. For instance, keyboards for gamers usually come with backlights. There are also multimedia input devices. We had to examine these features carefully and try to analyze the benefits that they will bring to anyone who uses these computer input devices.
We also considered the company that made the device. There are well-established companies that provide excellent feature-packed keyboards at a reasonable price. There are also certain brands that really command a high price. We had to factor all of these in our evaluation.
Features to Look for in a Gaming Keyboard
If you’re wondering how to buy a gaming keyboard, we’ve prepared this short list of the features that you may want to look for. For some, these may not look essential but they can definitely improve your gaming experience. Before we proceed with the list, understand that it’s a lot better to buy a mechanical keyboard for gaming purposes rather than other types of keys. So here are the features you can look for:
- Macro functions – Some computer game actions require a combination of keys. Rather than pressing all of these, you can program one particular key as the trigger for the action.
- Digital displays – Some devices come with touchscreens and LCD trackpads that can elevate the whole gameplay experience.
- Backlighting – You don’t play a game in a bright room. You play in a darkened environment. However, doing so will make hitting the correct keys particularly difficult. As such, keyboard illumination is very important.
- Multimedia function – Volume and zoom controls are just two of the most common multimedia functions you’ll see in these computer peripherals. If it has a dedicated key to connect you instantly to your social media account, then that’s good.
- Gaming mode – While playing, you don’t need the context menus or even Windows to keep on popping up, disturbing your concentration.
- Extra keys – If there are additional keys you can program, then buy the keyboard.
The Bottom Line
These amazing input devices are meant to provide you with a totally different experience. This 2017 don’t be content on what you have for work or play; get any of these 15 cool keyboards and lead a much more productive life.