Best Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combos of 2018

Anna Burleson ·
Entertainment Writer
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After 25 hours of testing wireless keyboards and mice, we chose the Logitech Wireless Combo MK520 as the best option for most people. The duo was comfortable and easy to use, and we particularly liked the responsiveness of the keyboard and large arch of the mouse. The mouse alone worked well on all the surfaces we tested it on –  even carpet and laminate. With decent battery life and a three-year warranty, this is a great keyboard for everyday use at home or at work.

Best Overall
Logitech Wireless Combo MK520 Review
Soft yet responsive keys paired with a wrist rest and extra media buttons make the Logitech Wireless Combo MK520 Review the best wireless keyboard and mouse overall.
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Best Budget
IOGEAR Long Range 2.4GHz
The IOGEAR Long Range 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse combo has one of the most portable and quietest keyboard of any we tested.
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Best Ergonomic Keyboard
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050
Even if you think you don’t want an ergonomic keyboard, the Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050’s unique, comfortable design might change your mind.
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Best Overall
The Logitech Wireless Combo MK520 keyboard has concave keys with softly rounded edges. The keys are surprisingly responsive, which means fewer typos and more speed.
This type of keyboard – with silicon dome switches under the keys – tends to be quieter than others, but in our tests this Logitech model was louder than we expected it to be, particularly compared to other similar keyboards we tested. Even with its noisier keys, overall feel of the keyboard and its comfortable keys made it a favorite among our testers. It also includes an unpadded palm rest without sacrificing the keyboard's slim profile or portability. The ambidextrous laser mouse was also extremely comfortable to use. The high arch felt good in hands of all sizes, especially when paired with the rubber side grips. In our tests, this mouse was one of the most accurate. It worked well on all surfaces including denim and wood, only lagging on glass. It’s worth noting that most of the laser mice we tested also lagged on glass, but the MK520 lagged the least and was definitely still usable. The manufacturer says the mouse will last for one year on one AA battery, which is mid-range compared to other units we tested that claim to last up to three years. Still, its ease of use paired with the setup's three-year warranty for both devices make it a stand out as a best pick.
Pros
  • Keyboard profile is slim and includes a wrist rest
  • Keys are soft and very responsive
  • Mouse lags a little on glass
Cons
  • Mouse lacks extra features like programable buttons
  • Keyboard is a bit louder than others with silicon switches
  • Wrist rest isn’t padded
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Best Budget
Its reasonable price point paired with an accurate, versatile mouse make the IOGEAR Long Range 2.4GHz the best wireless keyboard out there if you don’t want to spend a lot of money.
This keyboard has silicon key switches, so typing is very quiet and doesn't take much effort. The keys themselves are close together, but they are concaved, a feature that makes for really easy typing. One downside to this keyboard is its lack of a wrist rest, but that also means its lighter and easier to move around if you find yourself on the go. Some of our reviewers also didn’t like how soft the keys felt, so if you know you’re not one to press very hard on keys this setup might not be ideal. The mouse is super comfortable and ultimately earned an A- rating in that category from our reviewers. It's not an ambidextrous mouse, but it has four-way scrolling and you can change the speed of the cursor right on the mouse which we found really convenient. It was also responsive on most of the surfaces we tested on, including wood, glass and marble. It only failed on carpet where the cursor would jump around on the monitor.
Pros
  • Keyboard is quiet and light
  • Has concaved, soft keys
  • Mouse works on a variety of surfaces
Cons
  • Lacks extra features like a wrist rest
  • Mouse is right-handed only
  • Battery life is lacking compared to other models
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Best Ergonomic Keyboard
The Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050 has varied key size, a comfortable wrist rest and ambidextrous wireless mouse that is so effortless you almost forget you’re using it, making the package the best ergonomic option.
Unlike traditional straight keyboards, an ergonomic keyboard is curved to better fit the way your hands naturally lay on a keyboard. On top of that, the 5050 has large N and B buttons on the keyboard that surprisingly make for fewer typing mistakes and allow you to type faster. The sloped wrist rest also makes hand placement really comfortable, despite having to press the keys down a little farther than you do on most keyboards. One feature we really liked was the small printed shortcuts on various letter keys. Shortcuts allow you to complete actions like copy and paste when you hit the Ctrl key with the corresponding shortcut key, but there are so many it's often hard to remember which key does what. The 5050 recognizes that and lists several functions right on the face or edge of the keys. The mouse that comes with this keyboard works for both left-handed and right-handed users. It operates with two AA batteries, so even though the expected battery life is a relatively short 8 months, replacement batteries are fairly inexpensive and easy to find. It also works on almost every surface we tested it on except for glass, which is typical for a mouse with a laser sensor.
Pros
  • A lot of single-button shortcuts and media keys
  • Keyboard shortcuts are written out on keys
  • Mouse is comfortable for all hand sizes, both left and right
Cons
  • An ergonomic keyboard isn’t for everyone
  • It’s large and not easily portable
  • Deeper key depression is required than on other keyboards
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Why Trust Us? 

If there’s anything we’re experts at, it’s typing. The reviewers at Top Ten Reviewers spend an average of five hours a day typing up notes, reviews and other materials for our website. That means we’re using a keyboard for more than half of the work day, so we know a thing or two about what makes a good keyboard and mouse.

Our reviewers have been testing various wireless keyboard and mouse setups since 2011. Because we spend so much time at our desks, our reviewers know what they like in a keyboard – whether it’s portability or quiet keys. Keyboard preferences differ from person to person, but because so many of our reviewers help test these products, we have a wide range of feedback to work within recommending the best keyboard overall. Wireless keyboard and mouse combos are a great way to upgrade your computer experience.

How We Tested
 
In 2017, we spent about 25 hours letting a dozen of our reviewers use the newest models to see which ones worked the best and which ones didn’t. To gauge how comfortable each keyboard was, our reviewers used each of the wireless keyboards and their mice for an extended period of time. Comfort is subjective but we used an accumulation of our reviewers' ratings and averaged them to get a good idea of which models were best for most people.

We also had our reviewers do the same with the mice to find which ones fit the best in both large and small hands. We wanted to make to find the best devices for all kinds of users. We also tested each mouse on different surfaces: wood, laminate, glass, marble and even carpet and denim. Each mouse was used to trace a test pattern and any time the mouse lagged, jumped or stopped responding, we accounted for it. We tested each mouse five times to eliminate any discrepancies during the test and then averaged out the number of lags, jumps and stops that occurred during every test.

What to Consider When Buying a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse 

Comfort
One of the most important features for a keyboard and mouse is comfort, though this is subjective. Some people prefer a wavy keyboard or one that splits the keys up into definitive left and right sections for each hand. Some prefer a standard keyboard with the rows in straight lines.

The wireless mouse should be comfortable to use as well as responsive. There are three main grips for a mouse – palm, fingertip and claw. The most common type is the palm grip, where your palm generally rests on the arch of the mouse. Fingertip mice are shaped so only your fingertips touch the mouse. They are generally slender, highly portable devices. Claw grips are shaped so the heel of your palm rests on the back of the mouse. This leaves your fingers hovering over the buttons like a claw.

Key Switches
The mechanisms under the keys that send the signal from the keyboard to the computer are called key switches. The type of key switch directly affects the feel, performance and longevity of your keyboard.

There are three main types of key switches – dome, scissor and mechanical. Rubber-dome (or silicon) key switches are exactly what they sound like – little rubber domes under the keys. These switches make the impact of the key feel soft as you press down and were the most common switch on keyboards we tested. The key also has to be pressed down all the way in order for the keystroke to register. For the speed-demon typists, this can lead to fewer words per minute. However, the main problem with rubber-dome keys is longevity. Over time, the soft rubber dome becomes brittle and will eventually fail.

Scissor switches are synonymous with laptop keyboards and the like – the low-profile chiclet keys. Given the low profile, the key doesn't have to be pressed completely for the key to fire, resulting in speedier typing for most people. They also tend to have a longer life than dome key switches.

Mechanical switches are the most responsive and don't need to be pressed as far as domed switches, which allows for faster typing speeds. The responsiveness can be a blessing and a curse. It can lead to faster typing speeds but more errors due to the sensitivity. Also, mechanical keys can be noisier than the other two switch styles.

Your Mouse
There are two wireless mouse technologies – Bluetooth and radio frequency (RF). Functionally, both wireless technologies send signals over the same 2.4GHz frequency. The major difference is the RF mouse requires that you plug in a USB that communicates with your computer. The advantage of this is that you can use it with any computer that has a USB port. A Bluetooth mouse only works with computers that recognize Bluetooth devices, which most computers can do.

Most Bluetooth mice use standard AA or AAA batteries which give you between six months and a year of battery life. You may want to consider a rechargeable Bluetooth mouse which will have a shorter battery life but you won’t risk your mouse dying when you’re out of batteries. Some mice also have additional buttons you can program for specific functions like copying and pasting text.

The sensitivity of a mouse depends on the optical resolution of the laser. The higher the resolution, the more responsive the cursor. This makes a mouse excellent for scenarios like creating graphic art. However, high resolutions also result in more lagging when you're moving the mouse quickly across your computer screen. So, for common tasks where cursor accuracy isn't critical to the activity, such as browsing the internet or selecting tiles within Excel, a lower resolution is better.

You’ll want to note the optical resolution on whatever laser mouse you choose to make sure it will work well for your tasks. You can usually adjust the sensitivity somewhat, but not by a lot.

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