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Best PC keyboards of 2014/2015 UK: the 10 best keyboards for PC

The best keyboard you can buy for your PC or tablet in the UK in 2014/2015

Reviews of the 10 best keyboards for your PC in the UK. 2014/2015's best keyboard reviews. Find the best keyboard for your PC.

It's often the bit that you forget, but the keyboard is one of the most critical parts of your desktop PC. It's the one part of your PC with which you wil be interacting all the time. And it has to last.

You can always save money on a PC by eschewing the bundled keyboard. Counter intuitively, a good (expensive) keyboard can you save you money over time. Buy a good quality, comfortable-to-use and built-to-last keyboard and you may need to replace it only every three or four PCs.

Generally speaking you get what you pay for in the keyboard world, but there are bargains to be had. Here we unearth some gems in our round-up of the best keyboards of 2014.

10 best PC keyboards of 2014/2015 UK

10. Orée Board

Much as we wanted to enjoy this wooden technology curio, our experiences made us glad to return to our usual keyboard. The concept is great and the woodworking is hard to fault but its slipperiness, lack of embossed home keys and wireless disconnection issues make it impossible to recommend in its current form.

9. Cherry G84-4100

For those times when you demand a small form-factor keyboard that still sports all the main keys you’d need from an IBM PC, the Cherry G84-4100 will neatly fill the space. It’s rated well for industrial longevity at >20 million key strokes – just don’t expect high-end build quality or the usual Cherry precision-feel keys.

8. Logitech Washable Keyboard K310

Logitech's Washable Keyboard K310 can be cleaned gently with a brush or submerged in water and scrubbed. It's great for anyone who needs a washable keyboard for a dirty work environment, but it's not very comfortable to use due to spaced keys and somewhat poor sensitivity.

7. Diatec Filco Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless

If you have no need of the accountant’s friendly numberpad, a Tenkeyless design saves some useful desk space. And if you want your keytops to remain as fresh as the day you started using your faithful keyboard, the side-marked Ninja layout will be a most appealing take on the trusted Filco Majestouch keyboard.

6. Microsoft All-In-One Media Keyboard

Although the Microsoft All-In-One Media Keyboard would work okay as a portable keyboard for work purposes, it clearly isn't its intended use. For navigating around a media system or smarthome setup, it will be perfect. At this price it is a really good deal.

5. Cherry DW 8000 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Stylish and relatively inexpensive, we like this mouse and keyboard from Cherry. The build quality isn't quite what you might assume looking from a distance, but the Cherry DW 8000 is well put together, fairly robust and lightweight. In use both the keyboard and mouse are comfortable and have reasonable feature sets. There are few bells and whistles here, but for the price this is a solid product.

4. SteelSeries Apex

The SteelSeries Apex was made with gaming enthusiasts in mind, from the flashy customizable colours and macro keys to the addition of diagonal directional keys to minimize key presses. Once you've got your fancy new gaming rig, you'll want a keyboard to match. At just £86, the Apex is a quality keyboard with flashy features to keep gamers new and old happy for years to come while not beating up your wallet.

3. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

There's a lot to like about the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop. It's a well-designed and made ergonomic wireless peripherals with dedicated Windows controls. And although far from cheap they offer a good feature set at a decent price. The mouse didn't work brilliantly in our tests, but that may be an issue with Bluetooth interference, and we love the keyboard. Definitely worth considering if you require ergonomic peripherals.

2. Diatec Filco Majestouch 2

The Filco Majestouch 2 is a rather plain and boring keyboard, in its standard black guise anyway, and it also happens to be the best constructed and most refined keyboard we’ve tested. We would have appreciated wider platform support and a detachable USB cable, but in all other respects of engineering and build the Majestouch fulfills the key requirements of the mechanical keyboard, making it a benchmark reference design.

1. Cherry G80-3000

The Cherry G80-3000 is like a Timex watch running a Rolex movement. The case is serviceable but designed down to a price; but the bits that make it tick are really quite special. If you can get passed the flexy chassis and can live without key navigation dimples, at around £60 the G80-3000 gives you high-end and timely typing on the cheap – relative to most other mechanical designs anyway.

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