Choosing the best wireless keyboard and mouse is crucial considering how much time you’re going to be using these essentials with your home computer. The keyboard and mouse you choose is not only going to help improve productivity but can also improve your wellbeing by promoting better posture and reducing RSI. While better looking models are going to enhance that cable- and clutter-free workspace you’re striving for.
There’s a huge range on the market, so there’s a lot of competition for the best wireless keyboard and mouse. Luckily for you, we’ve written a handy guide to let you know what to look for in a wireless keyboard and mouse?
If you’re only interested in keyboard options we’ve looked at the best keyboards for home offices in a separate guide too, but keep in mind choosing a bundled wireless keyboard and mouse model has many advantages from a better single design style – to enhance that workspace look– unified software settings and if they’re not Bluetooth both devices using a single receiver module. Even laptop users should consider buying an external keyboard and mouse for use at home and work, to help boost productivity and accuracy over limited built-in touchpad and keyboards.
In our guide to the best wireless keyboard and mouse combos, we’ve considered the battery life of these devices, the overall build quality and responsiveness of the keys and tracking alongside any extras models bring to making these the best wireless keyboard and mouse options to choose.
1. Dell KM636 - Best wireless keyboard and mouse overall
There’s something to be said for the classic designs, and the Dell KM636 is the quintessential example of this. The layout is simple and basic, there are no frills attached or fancy features to brag about, but if you need a quality keyboard that looks great, is comfortable and easy to use, and comes at a very affordable price then you won’t find better than the Dell KM636.
The Dell KM636’s compact size means that it can fit easily into any home office or desk setup. It offers adjustable legs so you can set it up in the most comfortable typing position and the keys are quiet and responsive when you’re typing. The mouse that comes with the Dell KM636 is simple, with just the main buttons and a scroll wheel, but it’s sleek and comfortable to use.
The Dell KM636 is powered by 4 AA batteries and has a battery life of around 12 months (depending on usage). It connects to your home computer via a USB receiver using 2.4 GHz WiFi. The Dell KM636 comes with a one-year warranty.
2. Logitech MK550 - Best ergonomic keyboard and mouse
If comfort is your number one concern when you’re shopping for a wireless keyboard and mouse, then you can’t go wrong with the Logitech MK550. The design might be a few years old now, but it’s proving to be something of a timeless classic and the Logitech MK550 is still going strong thanks to its ergonomic wave design. The layout is designed to give your hands a natural resting position when typing, and the adjustable palm rest helps you customize the set-up for maximum comfort.
The mouse part of this combo also comes with its own contoured styling which is designed to mimic the natural curvature of your hands for better comfort. It’s a pretty standard laser mouse, offering precision browsing on your computer, a scroll wheel for extra navigation options, and a few extra buttons on the side for shortcuts.
As a wireless combo, the Logitech MK550 connects your computer via a 2.4GHz WiFi signal and uses a USB unifying receiver to connect. Despite being wireless, you won’t have to worry about charging it constantly though, as the Logitech MK550 has three-year battery life for the keyboard, and two years for the mouse.
3. Logitech MK710 - Best classic keyboard and mouse
If you’re looking for a comfortable and easy to use wireless keyboard and mouse combo, but don’t want something with that wacky wavy design that most ergonomic keyboards go for, then the Logitech MK710 offers a welcome middle ground between comfort and classic styling. It comes with a built-in wristguard and has lovely concave keys for easier and more comfortable typing, but the keyboard itself is in a classic, straight line layout.
The accompanying mouse is more curvy to be sure, but it’s comfortable to use and features hyper fast scrolling, letting you fly through long documents without having to mash the scroll wheel for ages.
The keyboard also features a tiny LCD screen that displays battery life, caps lock, scroll lock, and number lock settings with a little more accuracy than the usual LED lights. It’s a nice touch. Battery life is great too, with Logitech stating the Logitech MK710 can last up to three years on a single charge. It connects to your PC via a USB unifying device using 2.4 GHz WiFi.
- Read the full Logitech MK710 review.
4. HP Wireless Elite V2 - Best slim keyboard and mouse
Looking for one of the best wireless keyboard and mouse combos, but lacking the space for one of those chunky models above? Then let us introduce you to the HP Wireless Elite V2, an ultra slim keyboard that packs all the features and functionality you need into a compact package.
Obviously there is a limit to how small a keyboard can be when it comes to length - those keys have to go somewhere, but the HP Wireless Elite V2 sheds its size and weight by being incredibly thin and wasting no space - it even manages to squeeze in separate arrow keys. Typing on the HP Wireless Elite V2 feels great thanks to the quiet, low profile keys.
The mouse that comes with the HP Wireless Elite V2 is fairly basic, with a classic profile and no extra buttons. It's functional, but if you want extra functions we’d recommend replacing it with a standalone mouse. The HP Wireless Elite V2 connects via USB receiver and has a 30ft range.
5. Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050 - best keyboard and mouse for left handers
The Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050 is an ergonomic keyboard and mouse combo that is designed to work for both left and right-handed users, which is a rarity in the world of PC peripherals. It has an ergonomic, curved keyboard shape not unlike the Logitech MK550, though it’s a bit less extreme here. There is also a built-in palm rest on the Microsoft Wireless 5050, along with a bunch of customizable shortcut keys that let you easily access certain programs or functions on your computer. Overall we found the Microsoft Wireless 5050 incredibly comfortable to use.
The mouse part of this combo comes with what Microsoft is calling BlueTrack technology - this is a fancy type of sensor that in theory lets the mouse work on any surface. Some user reviews have noted that the mouse is a little heavy though, and others have had some issues with the sensor being inconsistent. If there’s a weaker member of this tag team, it’s the mouse.
The Microsoft Wireless 5050 is powered by four AA batteries of around 12 months for the keyboard, and eight months for the mouse. This isn’t bad by any stretch, but it’s outperformed by the Logitech MK550.
- Read the full Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050 review.
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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.
What to Consider When Buying a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
Many wireless keyboard and mouse combos cost between $20 and $50. Sets in this price range offer a great mix of economy, performance and comfort, even if you spend several hours a day at your computer. Because so many products fall into this price range, it’s important to shop for features you need, such as a wrist rest or rechargeable mouse. Also consider the cost of batteries, as most products use AA or AAA batteries that last six months to a year, on average.
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.
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.
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.
A huge perk of wireless keyboard and mouse sets is portability, so size and weight are important considerations if you’re planning to transport your mouse and keyboard frequently. Fingertip-hold mouse style tends to be the most compact. They’re ideal for travel and convenience, but not always the most comfortable for an extended period of time.
Keyboards with scissor-switch keys or chiclet keys are also ideal for portability, while mechanical keyboards and ergonomic keyboards are heavier and bulkier. Look for the presence of a right-side numerical keypad. These are great for data entry, but add unnecessary length to your keyboard. Most often, the row of numbers above the letter keys suffices for most applications.
There are plenty of interesting, if gimmicky, keyboards designed for portability as well. Chinese company Royole, which specializes in flexible tech, showed off its super thin transparent, roll-up keyboard at CES 2019. The concept of rollable keyboards isn’t entirely new, however, since flexible silicone keyboards aren’t a new concept.
Wireless Keyboards and Mice for Gaming
Though convenient for their portability for normal office work, wireless keyboards and mice have a few disadvantages compared to wired peripherals when it comes to gaming. Wireless peripherals sometimes cause lag due to random un-syncing, poor connection or interference, and they are generally less responsive than wired devices. With a wireless device you also run the risk of batteries dying on you mid-game.