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Top 6 Wireless Gaming Keyboards

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From desktop to laptop, wired to wireless, portable gaming is becoming more popular. While there’s nothing wrong with staying plugged in, unplugging and going wireless has its advantages; it not only allows your desk to look less cluttered, it also allows you to have control of your PC from anywhere within the range of your Bluetooth or USB keyboard.

When looking for the best wireless keyboard, you want to ensure you look for a mechanical one. Unfortunately, when it comes to the wireless keyboard market, there aren’t many out there that are mechanical.

Luckily for you, we have found some keyboards that are brilliant for gaming, such as the Logitech G613 which offers everything you require for a smooth experience.


Wireless Gaming Keyboards: Pros & Cons

Wireless keyboards are quite different from wired ones. There are some clear advantages that everyone knows of, like portability and comfort. However, there are also some disadvantages that less tech-savvy people might not be aware of. Let’s take a look at these:

Advantages of Wireless Keyboards:

  • Portable
  • Less clutter
  • Can use anywhere in your room

Disadvantages of Wireless Keyboards:

  • Battery life
  • Connectivity/interference

Now we have covered the advantages and disadvantages, let’s look into our wireless gaming keyboard options, so you aren’t tethered to a computer like a dog on a leash.

1

Best Choice: Corsair K63

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This Corsair K63 wireless keyboard transforms the original wired version of the K63 into a more efficient keyboard for those who want to unplug. The K63 comes with everything you need for a smooth gaming experience under the $100 mark, that’s why it’s our ‘best choice’ wireless keyboard.

Like most gamers, you’re probably tired of the typical red color scheme that is featured on almost every gaming laptop and keyboard. Well, fear not, as the K63 features crisp, ice blue LED backlighting that was made to compliment the compact Corsair One gaming PC.

We know that two things are essential when it comes to gaming if you want to win every time, accuracy and speed, which the K63 allows for. Although the LED lights aren’t red, the key switches are; Cherry MX Red Switches allow for ultimate performance, ensuring you’re speedy when attacking your opponents for the winning title.

Corsairs K63 considers convenience with an array of dedicated media controls along the top – considering all of these key features, this is a worth-your-money piece of equipment and is one of the best Corsair keyboard options out there.

Using a keyboard for long periods can ache your wrists without anything to lean on, that’s why the Corsair K63 comes with a detachable, soft-touch wrist rest to ensure you can game for longer with comfort.

You can also sit comfortably knowing that your Steam account is protected as this keyboard features 128-bit AES encryption mode to protect from wireless eavesdropping.

The downside? You guessed it, power.

Like most wireless keyboards, the battery life on the Corsair K63 doesn’t last very long. However, the Corsair iCUE program allows you to put the keyboard to sleep after a certain period of inactivity to save the battery.

Key Features:

  • Backlights: Yes
  • Switch: Cherry MX Red
  • Size: 14.4 x 6.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs
+Pros
  • Bluetooth wireless or USB wired options
  • 128-bits AES wireless encryption
  • 15 hours of wireless power
-Cons
  • Short battery life
2

Premium Pick: Logitech G613 Mechanical

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When it comes to quality, Logitech’s G613 mechanical wireless keyboard is at the top of our list. There are many great Logitech keyboards out there, but the G613 stood out to us the most. Its integrated wrist rest allows you to be comfortable during those all-nighter gaming sessions and allows for stability on-the-go.

For speed and execution, the G613 offers six programmable macro keys which we know you’ll be using to swap out guns in Counter-Strike swiftly. Couldn’t swap out those guns fast enough and died during the game?

Don’t worry, as this gives you time to respond to all of those text messages you’ve been ignoring. There’s no need to pick up your phone to type out texts, though, as the Logitech G613 enables you to click the Bluetooth button to connect to the nearest device – multitasking never was more accessible.

Logitech seem to want you to utilize this feature as they have included a handy little smartphone stand at no extra cost, what a bargain this keyboard is turning out to be! The battery life on this keyboard is one of the best on our lists at 18 months of gaming on only two AA batteries – there’s no need to wait around for this beast to charge.

Now, we put this as ‘best quality’ on our list, but the one concern regarding wireless keyboards is the connectivity. There is no issue with ghosting during gameplay when it comes to this keyboard as it features a 1 ms report rate, meaning the response time is fast for speedy delivery from the moment you touch the keys.

Despite all of the brilliant features, we here at Game Gavel have just listed, there is always a silver lining. This keyboard doesn’t include backlit keys, one thing the keys do include is…cheap stickers. We were disappointed to know that this $130 (original price) keyboard includes stickers that can be peeled off easily.

Key Features:

  • Backlights: No
  • Switch: Romer-G
  • Size: 18.8 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs
+Pros
  • Six programmable macro keys
  • 18 months of gaming on 2 x AA batteries
  • Integrated wrist rest
-Cons
  • Expensive
  • Cheap stickers on the keyboard
  • Keys aren’t illuminated
3

Best Value: G-Cord Mechanical

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At just under $60 the G-Cord is one of the best valued wireless gaming keyboards on our list. For those minimal gaming setup lovers out there, the edge-to-edge design is perfect for you.

Not only does it offer a minimalist aesthetic, but the brown, spring-activated key switches also feature a low actuation force, so you don’t have to bottom out all of your keys during intense gaming sessions. Brown switches also mean that the G-Cord is not only great for you gamers out there, it’s also brilliant for typing on in general.

These keys sit on top of a sturdy, aluminum frame, making the G-Cord a superb long-term keyboard for those of you on a budget. Like the Logitech G613, this keyboard offers anti-ghosting, ensuring there’s no delay between keystrokes and the response on your screen. You won’t be delayed by a flat keyboard either as this keyboard lasts for weeks without charging.

When it comes to seeing your keys in the dark, a great feature of this keyboard is that it has 6 LED light effects that you can switch on and off when required. Something else you can switch on and off is wireless mode; you can change back to wired mode whenever you please, connect the cables to your computer and away you go.

One thing you can’t change is the color of the LED lights which are static and not the most appealing colors, but for under $60 you can’t go wrong with this model, which is one of the best budget gaming keyboards out there.

Key Features:

  • Backlights: Yes
  • Switch: Brown
  • Size: 17.2 x 5.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs
+Pros
  • Anti-Ghosting
  • Wired and wireless mode
  • Amazing battery life
-Cons
  • Can’t change LED colors
4

For Fortnite Lovers: Drevo Calibur 71-key

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The Drevo Calibur is a frameless, 71-key keyboard that offers a compact design and features seven different color and lighting effects for you to play around with, giving you the option to customize the lighting to go with the color scheme of your gaming setup.

We must be mad to put a mechanical keyboard on our list that doesn’t feature Cherry MX switches!

But hear us out.

You don’t need additional software to customize these lights either; you can use the built-in macro functions – no more wasted space!

When purchasing the Drevo Calibur wireless keyboard, you have the option to choose from either Red, Brown, Blue, or Black key switches, enabling you to personalize it to your needs. If you want to balance gaming while doing some work on the side, we suggest going for Browns.

The Calibur is a Bluetooth keyboard that, like the G-Core mechanical keyboard, can be wired up via USB to ensure the connection isn’t lost during ranked games where errors aren’t an option. It’s a great option for those who love the most popular Epic Games title. Yup, this is one of the best keyboards for Fortnite.

Unlike the G-Cord and like many keyboards on the market, the Drevo Calibur is made out of plastic, but not just any thin plastic. The thicker plastic build feels heavier, giving the feel of a higher quality build.

Although most people will have upgraded their computers, unfortunately for those who dislike newer versions of Windows, this keyboard does not work with lower than Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.10. It does, however, work with multiple devices for those multitaskers out there.

Key Features:

  • Backlights: Yes
  • Switch: Blue
  • Size: 13.7 x 4 x 1.4 inches
  • Weight: 1.76 lbs
+Pros
  • Quality build for the price
  • Works with multiple devices
-Cons
  • Won’t work on anything lower than Windows 10
  • Battery life
5

Best for Work: Logitech MK550

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We know that the Logitech MK550 isn’t as pretty as the G613 – it looks like something you’d use in high school – but we won’t judge a wireless keyboard by its looks. This curvy-designed keyboard offers a comfortable, padded palm rest. However, it isn’t so comfortable for those of you with smaller hands due to its width of 21.3 inches.

For further comfort aside from the palm rest, the height of this keyboard is adjustable, making it just that bit easier to reach the keys.

We know most wireless keyboard batteries suck – how long they last, depends on conditions of use – but the MK550 claims up to three years of battery life. Now, we won’t go and test the keyboard for three years and report back to you. However, from this, we can say that you won’t need to get up mid-game to find the charger from that draw of tangled wires you’ve never organized.

For $39.95 you can include a mouse with your purchase that claims two years of battery life, we wouldn’t suggest using this for gaming – we can suggest what the best gaming keyboard and mouse combo is, though.

Key Features:

  • BacklightsNo
  • Switch:
  • Size: 21.3 x 10.2 x 2.4 inches
  • Weight: 2.95 lbs
+Pros
  • Battery life
  • 17 programmable keys
  • Padded palm rest
-Cons
  • Not good for smaller hands
6

Best for Typing: Velocifire TKL 87-key

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The Velocifire TKL isn’t made for gamers, but it does the job for a meager price (on sale). The Velocifire TKL is another keyboard on our list that doesn’t feature Cherry MX Red Switches, but forgive us, as they are Browns which are best for typists as well as gamers due to their tactile bump feedback.

Besides, it’s hard to say which key switches come out on top in the long-lasting Cherry MX Red vs Brown battle.

Portability is a great feature of wireless keyboards; the Velocifire TKL is small enough to take anywhere and fit into your backpack for work or school use – these quiet brown switches mean you won’t annoy anyone around you, either.

Unfortunately, it won’t do so great for you Apple users out there as it is only compatible with Windows computers, not Mac. When it comes to power, this isn’t the longest-lasting keyboard on our list, but poor battery life is ordinary among wireless technology.

Four hours of charging gives around two weeks of battery life, and unfortunately, the TKL does not come with a charging adapter, meaning you’ll have to leave this keyboard untouched, plugged into your computer as it powers up.

Despite this Velocifire having no backlights, the 87-key keyboard is minimal and great for beginners, especially when it comes to its price.

Key Features:

  • BacklightsNo
  • Switch: Outemu Brown
  • Size: 14.5 x 7.7 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs
+Pros
  • Low-noise switches
  • Durable switches for the price
-Cons
  • Can’t type while charging and it doesn’t come with an adapter
  • No backlight

Wireless Keyboard: Buying Guide

In this next section, we will talk about some of the most important things to look out for, when buying a wireless keyboard. These are not all equally important, but should all be considered. For example, if you’re not worried about continually spending money on batteries, you should focus on getting a keyboard with the best possible key switches.

However, if your budget is tight, we recommend focusing on connectivity and battery life, as these factors significantly impact the popularity of wireless keyboards.

  • KeyswitchesAim for a mechanical keyboard as these are best for gamers.

guide to cherry mx keyswitches eight different switches explained

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth keyboards typically have less life than USB ones.
  • Battery Life: Most wireless keyboards have a miserable battery life, we suggest looking around for one that lasts.
  • Switches: It is vital that you choose the right type of switches for your requirements. Cherry MX switches are most common in mechanical keyboards, but there are more out there.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are Mechanical Keyboards Best for Typing?

Yes and no. In short, you can type well on mechanical and membrane keyboards. However, if you’re wondering which ones are better, mechanical or membrane keyboards, there are multiple factors you need to look at. A mechanical keyboard contains a number of key switches for you to choose from – the best switches for balancing typing and gaming are Cherry MX Browns.

women with nail polish typing on a wireless keyboard with trackpad connected

Best Wireless Keyboard With RGB?

RGB backlighting allows your keys to be visible in the dark and gives you the opportunity to customize your keyboard to your taste. An advantage to wireless keyboards is you can use them from your couch, so, RGB wireless keyboards are great for controlling your PC from your couch in the dark. Some of the best are:

  • Drevo Calibur 71-key
  • Corsair K63
  • G-Cord Mechanical

Best Wireless Keyboard and Mouse?

Going wireless with your keyboard and mouse allows for a super clean desk. You could also get one of the best wireless gaming mouse options, but when it comes to our list, the Logitech MK550 mouse combo does the trick.

If you’re looking for a gaming keyboard in general, why not check out what is the best gaming keyboard overall?


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