How to choose the best keyboard (Step by Step Guide)

Choosing a keyboard can be very challenging if you know nothing about technology.

So I created this quick and simple guide to have help you focus on what's really important to you. The best keyboard for you will depend on what you need and value.

If you are looking for recommendations (specific models), check the bottom of this page.

Step 1: Where will you use it?

Think of the application of your new keyboard.

  • Gaming?
  • Work?

Manufacturers have made keyboards that are better suited for each application.

Example: If your work uses a lot of numbers, you should choose a keyboard with the numeric keypad. 

Step 2: Choose your keyboard size

There is no standard dimension but the most common keyboard is usually 43 cm wide.

If you don't have a lot of space in your desk, you should choose one without a numeric keypad (And no arrow key).


There are keyboards that can be folded.

Step 3: Do you want a wired or wireless keyboard?

Wireless keyboards are more expensive and may not be necessary. If you intend to use for games choose a wired keyboard (You will experience less typing lag).

USB is the standard wired connection nowadays. However, you may need it to be compatible with PS/2 or bluetooth (Wireless devices).

Note: There are already USB-C keyboards in the market.

Step 4: Technologies


Not all buttons are made equal. There is a minor difference in sensitivity, level of noise, and comfort.

In general, you don't want a keyboard that feels like an old, noisy typewriter.

But you also don't want a completely silent keyboard. The sound of keystroke is intentional and serves the purpose of telling you have pressed it enough. 

Extra function keys

Some keyboards have extra functions like increasing (or decreasing) the volume, opening a calculator, playing or pausing a video and many others.

I particularly don't care about these extra functions. Looking for the button (or remembering where they are) usually takes more time then clicking in an icon (or shortcut).


There are keyboards that are easier to clean. Unless you to clean it frequently, I suggest you ignore this feature.

Step 5: Choose your keyboard design

Design is a matter of personal choice but there are a few things you should consider.


If you need your keyboard to be ergonomic then aesthetic should not be a priority.

Keyboard layout

The standard keyboard has 104 keys and a QWERTY layout.

However, the keyboard in DVORAK layout is better for programmers. 

Less buttons will make the keyboard smaller and more portable.


If you use your computer in the dark, you may want a keyboard with illumination. If you don't have to look when typing, then this feature is of no use for you.

Step 6: Choose your price range

How much are you willing to spend on your next keyboard?

The more you spend, the better the features. But you need a limit, a budget.

A budget will allow you to narrow down alternatives and save you time.

Optional Step 1: Brands

Narrow down by brand, if you can. Keyboards are pretty easy to build so there are a lot of competitors in the market. These are a few trusted keyboard brands:


Ergonomic keyboard

Logitech ERGO K860

Gaming keyboard

SteelSeries Apex Pro

Programming keyboard


Quiet keyboard (Wireless)

Logitech K780

Cheap keyboard

You will find cheap keyboards anywhere. The brand name may change but they are all made by the same cheap manufacturer. Remember: You get what you paid for. Just don't expect them to be any different.



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