The best keyboards for home offices are fast becoming popular purchases as more and more people work from home. Tapping away all day means you'll need the best keyboard to keep your digits dancing delightfully.
How can a keyboard offer such a blissful button bashing experience? Being mechanical is a great start as that means a tactile feedback that offers control and easier fast use. It can also mean a more robust keyboard that lasts you longer term. Compared to a laptop keyboard, for example, a decent home computer keyboard can really stand out.
Our best keyboards for home offices guide has plenty of options with something for everyone, from the comfort of the Microsoft Sculpt to the gamer friendly Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard – and even a retro typewriter-style keyboard. Each keyboard has its special skills listed so you can quickly find the best option for you.
But of course a keyboard can only do so much to improve your home work life, so be sure to check out our guide on how to be happy, healthy and productive too.
1. Microsoft Sculpt: Best keyboard for home offices overall
If you’re going to be working from home on a permanent basis, then we’d highly recommend you look into an ergonomically designed keyboard, and we think the Microsoft Sculpt is the best of the bunch.
It might look a bit like it was designed by M.C. Esher, but the Microsoft Sculpt’s unique design is specifically designed with your comfort and health in mind. The split keyset means that both of your wrists can rest in a more natural position when typing, supported by a cushioned palm rest for additional support.
The sculpt also comes with a separate number pad which can be placed independently, letting you choose the most comfortable and natural position for it on your desk. You can pick up the Microsoft Sculpt separately, or with a matching ergonomic mouse.
2. Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard: Best mechanical keyboard for home offices
Mechanical keyboards are all the rage with gamers, but everyone can take advantage of the super tactile experience that they offer, and we think the Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is the best mechanical keyboard for home working.
The Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard comes with what Logitech is calling GX Clicky mechanical switches, which means each key being a self-contained, spring-loaded switch. This means that it offers a much more tactile experience, more akin to a typewriter than a traditional keyboard - each key stroke comes with a unique feeling and a satisfying click sound.
It’s not all substance though, the Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard has some style in its design too. It’s not the usual gaudy affair that you’d find in some gaming keyboards, but rather a refined and classic design with a few visual flairs, such as the programmable light-up keys. This means all you have to do is change to backlighting to a nice neutral white and it will look right at home in a professional setup.
3. Dell Wired Keyboard: Best keyboard for home offices on a budget
If you’re looking for a cheap, reliable and no nonsense keyboard then the Dell Wired Keyboard is the easy choice. It’s cheap but doesn’t feel cheap, if you know what we mean? The layout of the Dell Wired Keyboard is as standard as it comes, but why mess with what works? You get a standard QWERTY keyboard layout, a separate number pad and that’s about it, but what else could you possibly need?
In fact, chances are high that you’ve already used this keyboard before as it’s one of the most common choices out there for businesses looking to kit out large offices. With a sleek, simple black design and professional look, this is the perfect budget keyboard for working from home.
4. Logitech MK345 Wireless Combo: Best wireless keyboard for home offices
Wired keyboards are all well and good, but sometimes you need the flexibility that comes with a wireless setup, and that’s where the Logitech MK345 Wireless Combo comes in. technically we’re cheating here, as it's a mouse and keyboard rather than just the latter, but we think that’s a bonus.
The Logitech MK345 is simple to set up and use, connecting to your home computer via a receiver that plugs into a USB slot. It’s comfortable to use too, with a padded wrist guard and adjustable legs. The mouse that comes with it is also a treat to use, though left-handed users will want to give it a miss as it’s specifically designed for right hand use.
The battery life is excellent too. We’re not talking a few days here, like you’d get in a smartphone. The Logitech MK345 keyboard lasts for four years on a single charge, while the mouse goes for 18 months.
5. Apple Magic Keyboard: Best for Mac users
The Apple Magic Keyboard, as you might expect, is built to be paired ideally with a Mac. That's not just for those using a desktop iMac though as this is also a way to enhance the use of your MacBook. The Magic Keyboard has that minimal Apple design that makes it look great but while also offering an impressive tactile feedback to the butterflied keys. The result is a travel friendly keyboard that is easy and comfortable to use. This connects via Bluetooth and has a battery life that lasts for quite literally months on end even with daily use.
6. HP Wireless Elite Keyboard v2: Best for quiet
The HP Wireless Elite Keyboard v2 is a great option for anyone that enjoys a quiet typing experience. Sure, that's a great office keyboard for anyone working with others but is also a nice choice for those that can get distracted by loud clackety keyboards. The scissor-style keys are comfortable to use and the overall design is slim making for a compact and portable keyboard. This is definitely aimed more at PC users as it has dedicated keys like a sleep button, but don't expect Mac interactivity to be as forthcoming.
7. Qwerkywriter S Typewriter Keyboard: Best retro keyboard
The Qwerkywriter S Typewriter Keyboard is the ultimate retro designer keyboard. Not only does it look stunning but it also uses mechanical keys for a super tactile feedback when working. This is wireless but also connects via USB-C for use with computers and tablets. That said, it comes with a built-in stand for tablets up to 12.9-inches in size making it a real compatibility wonder.
The all-metal build screams premium quality and extras like a scrollable volume knob and page scroll are great additions. All that adds up though, making this a very expensive option. We adore the Qwerkywriter S Typewriter Keyboard, but it's a niche choice that's not going to be to everyone's tastes.
8. Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard: Best affordable premium keyboard
The Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard strikes a balance between being very affordable in price yet still delivering a great build quality and design finish. This means you get a metallic base built for solidity – ideal for throwing in a bag from time to time – but with the lightness of the plastic keypad upper half. Ergonomics are decent, with an angled design, but this can't be varied so may not suit everyone. While there are an impressive 18 hotkeys, these are designed for PC use and only some will work when connected to a Mac. Connection is instant with hibernation turned off at the touch of a key, meaning a good six months of battery life on a charge.
Wired vs wireless keyboards
Keyboards fall into two main types when it comes to connectivity and power: wired and wireless. While wireless might sound like the best option as it's the modern and best looking choice for minimalism, the classic wired keyboard still has it's up sides. While wireless means less desk clutter, easy portability and broad connectivity it also means worry about battery life and can mean not all hotkeys work on all device types.
That said, wireless now offers impressive battery performances of around six months for most but up to a year on many. These generally only need a charge via the computer using a USB cable so are inexpensive and hassle-free to keep topped up. Some may argue that wireless can mean connectivity issues but since wired keyboards come with varying connection ends, even this can mean they entirely won't work on all devices.
So if you don't mind a charge up every few months a wireless keyboard is a great option. The only other issue is that you may find you need to pay a little more for the privilege of that wire-free life.
Do you need a mechanical keyboard?
A mechanical keyboard is the ultimate when it comes to typing. Thanks to scissor-like actions in the keys themselves you are able to feel the tactile feedback of the key being pressed into the active position. This means you can theoretically type faster and more comfortably for longer periods of time. Does this mean you need one though?
A mechanical keyboard will cost you more for the privilege. And for some people a classic soft touch keyboard will do the job well enough. Some people even prefer the deeper keys of a classic style keyboard. Just keep in mind that changing always feels odd to start with so if you do make the jump, don't write it off until you've given yourself a good few hours of use to get used to the new option.