The best wireless keyboard

Having a desk full of cables seems like a thing of another century. The world of wireless devices is here to stay and, those of us who have tried it, don't consider anything else.

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The first impact is on our own desk, with the mess that used to be caused by keyboard and mouse cables. But today that’s a thing of the past. The end of these cables reduces the number of objects on the desk and allows us to more easily transport the PC or laptop, if necessary.

Although there are many options, if we had to stay with one would be the Logitech K780 as it is one of the most versatile keyboards you will find.

It is a model that can be used with a multitude of operating systems and has its keys designed with shortcuts typical of both Microsoft and Apple keyboards. All this for a more than affordable price.

Things to consider

When we are going to choose a wireless keyboard, there are some keys that we should look at to make sure that we will be satisfied with the purchase.

The type of connection or the compatibility with the operating system are some of the most important ones to take into account.

Connection type

The two most widespread connection types are two:

  • Wifi: This is the least common as far as keyboards are concerned.
  • Bluetooth: The keyboard can be connected directly to the computer through this technology or with a USB that connects to the computer and automatically connects the keyboard.

As a general rule, all those that we will find will have Bluetooth technology and, some newer ones, will be able to connect to Wifi as an extra form of connection. As they are not permanently connected to the power supply, wireless keyboards need batteries.

Compatibility with operating systems

Although all wireless keyboards are normally compatible with most operating systems, the layout of the keyboard may vary.

For example, if we are users of an Apple computer, we will want to have the Command (cmd) key in a certain place, which is what we are used to.

For this, we can buy an Apple keyboard or an adapted one that can be used by users accustomed to this operating system.

The same applies to other operating systems. For example, Windows users will be used to not having the Command key, but a “Windows” symbol that will have other functions and is usually positioned elsewhere on the keyboard.

This detail is especially important for those users who use the shortcuts or key combinations provided by each operating system to speed up certain processes or actions.

Design

This is a matter of taste and what we are used to using. In terms of design we can talk about several features:

  • Size: If we have rather large hands, we will want to make sure that the size of the keys is comfortable to use, because if they are too small we could press two at the same time, which is uncomfortable. If we plan to transport it from one place to another, we may prefer a much more compact and lighter keyboard.
  • Ergonomics: Some users value comfort above all other features. For these types of users, we recommend that the keyboard be ergonomic to relieve strain on the wrists, favoring their natural position.
  • Other extras: Wireless keyboards with touchpad are available, which will save us from having to buy a mouse separately. Another interesting extra is that the keyboard can be illuminated to see the letters better in certain circumstances.

Keyboard language

It may seem basic, but not all keyboards are configured in the same language and if we do not pay attention to this detail, we could buy a keyboard whose keys do not follow the order in which we are used to write.

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