While wireless keyboards have been around for some time, a lot more people would have been seeking to buy one in the past two years. This surge in interest for office equipment isn’t just limited to keyboards, but across our entire home office set-up.
Ever since COVID-19 disrupted the working world in early 2020, many of us have had considerable upgrades or even fresh starts in our work-from-home set-ups. Often, we also wouldn’t be able to simply bring home office equipment like an ergonomic chair, standing desk, desktop, the printer and more.
When it comes to a wireless keyboard, we might prefer one out of convenience, or it might be a necessity if we are working on multiple screens and/or devices. It also enables smoother toggling across the different screens and/or devices with the press of a button. At the same time, having a separate keyboard means we can move around or put it on our lap and recline as we type.
#1 iClever DK03 Bluetooth + 2.4G wireless rechargeable keyboard
Connections: Bluetooth 4.2 or 2.4G wireless (USB)
The iClever DK03’s keys are scissor-switch, which means two things. First, silent typing and cleaner typing as your keyboard is less likely to fill up with debris because of the smaller key size and gaps between keys. The stainless steel and matte finish similarly keep your keyboard hygienic and looking sleek, even after heavy usage. That means you can choose a silver DK03 without fears about maintenance. Black and champagne gold are your other offerings, depending on personal preference.
Toggle effortlessly between your devices with the easy-to-spot, differently-coloured Bluetooth connection keys labelled 1, 2, and 3. And toggle between different brands of devices — enjoy universal compatibility with Android, Mac, Windows, iOS, iPhone and iPad!
The DK03 is full-sized, so type away without the typos and hand cramps. We say “type away”, because even a single battery charge gives you 90 days on standby mode.
#2 Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard
Dimensions: 27.9 x 12.4cm
With the K380, you can connect to any Bluetooth wireless device with external keyboard support under the Sun. Work seamlessly with iOS, Android, Chrome OS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows, and even Apple TV! No matter your preferred platform, the K380 creates a familiar layout for you by remembering shortcuts and automatically mapping keys. Not to mention that the keyboard’s Easy-Switch Technology allows pairing to up to three devices at the same time.
And if that’s not intuitive enough, this keyboard was also designed for users with narrower shoulder width as well. This compact design keeps your mouse in an easier-to-reach zone for maximum comfort.
Maximum comfort is one thing, but what about maximum customisability? Well, the keyboard comes in the colours of blue, black, rose, and off-white. The pre-installed batteries are no slouch either, so your keyboard has a worry-free 2-year battery life.
#3 Microsoft Designer Compact Keyboard
Connections: Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0
Dimensions: 28.4 x 11cm
This compact keyboard is for space-savers with no extended typing layout. The Designer Compact Keyboard’s built-in expressive input key gives you quick access to emojis and symbols across the three devices you can connect to, which is good for teleconferencing applications like Slack and Discord for Business.
Also at your fingertips is a dedicated screen snipping key for quick capture and on-the-spot editing/ sharing.
#4 Keychron K2 Bluetooth Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
Price: $106.14 (Plastic Frame Version); $119.57 (Aluminium frame version)
Connections: Bluetooth 5.1 or wired (USB Type-C)
Dimensions: 31.3 x 12.3cm (Plastic Frame Version); 31.7 x 12.9cm (Aluminium frame version)
Weight: 663g (Plastic Frame Version); 794g (Aluminium frame version)
The K2 is all about customisablility. You can get the K2 in the white backlight version or the RGB backlight version. The RGB version has 18 types of RGB light, and you can choose the light preset, be it breathing, flashing, static or whatever matches your mood!
The keyboard is inclined at 9°, so you will be typing with more comfort and working with more stamina. So will your K2 — its large battery means it can last up to 240 hours, backlight off! The K2 is compatible with all operating systems from Windows to Android to Mac (this is the rare kind of mechanical keyboard that has Mac layout media keys). You can even customise how it feels to press down on your keys — whether it feels clicky, linear or a bit of both.
#5 Corsair K83 Wireless
Connections: Bluetooth 4.2 or 2.4GHz wireless (USB 2.0 or 3.0 Type-A)
The Corsair K83 is uniquely designed with a touchpad, featuring Microsoft Windows 10 four-finger gesture support and customisable settings. And above the touchpad is a joystick for swift menu browsing. With these extra features, you can toggle between work and play, just as you can toggle between devices. There is further flexibility in the customisation — not only are the touchpad and joystick tunable, but you can even programme the keyboard!
Another standout offering of the K83 is its 128-bit AES wireless encryption, which protects your personal data from wireless eavesdroppers. Stay safe and stylish, as the brushed aluminum design lends a sleekness and modernity to your work setup, along with some very original functionality you can take pride in.
Note: Rates are converted at 1 USD to 1.34 SGD (as at 7 September 2021).
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