Best PC keyboards of 2014: the 10 best keyboards for PC
The best keyboard you can buy for your PC or tablet
By Matt Egan | PC Advisor | 07 November 14
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.