Best keyboard 2021: the best keyboards for surfing, typing and light gaming

The best keyboards for working, studying, surfing and light gaming available in 2021

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Looking for the best keyboards? Well, the days of buying a pot plant to prettify your desk are long gone. The new generation of keyboards are crying out to be centre of attention with their good looks and feature packed designs.

But if you’re thinking of buying a new keyboard you might be feeling a little overwhelmed – it’s a big marketplace and it can be tricky to decide which one is best for you.

Maybe you need an upgrade for your home office now that more people than ever before are working from home, something more refined for surfing the web and watching funny cat videos on YouTube or for the occasional bit of gaming (although we do have an in-depth guide on the best gaming keyboards if you want to properly upgrade your gaming setup).

Whatever your needs, though, we’ve got you covered. We’ve sorted through all the top keyboards on the market to bring you our recommended models.

Our regularly updated best keyboards buying guide includes newly released, high-end models through to very modestly priced but still responsive and attractive options. When you’ve found the new keyboard for you, you’ll be able to click right through to the latest deals and save time.

And, lastly, if you are looking to upgrade your home office setup, T3 also has guides to the best ergonomic keyboards and best vertical mouse, which are ideal for eliminating and avoiding hand pain and disorders like repetitive strain injury. While our best office chairs guide will ensure you sit comfortable for long periods.

Our best mesh network guide can also help you improve your home office's connectivity, which is very important if you need to take video calls consistently and make presentations online.

The best keyboards you can buy today

Razer Huntsman Elite Best keyboard 2021T3 Best Buy Award badge

The best keyboard for most people? That's the Razer Huntsman Elite.

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1. Razer Huntsman Elite

The best keyboard for most people

Specifications
Weight: 860g
Dimensions: 44.4 x 14 x 3.5 cm
Switch type: Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch
Wireless: No
Wired: Yes
Features: Chrome RGB lighting
Wrist rest: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Lightning fast typing speed+Premium build quality+Stylish design with wrist rest
Reasons to avoid
-Needs two USB ports for full functionality

You won’t find a faster, more responsive keyboard than the Huntsman Elite. Razer have plugged years of research and innovation into this premium keyboards that redefines precision and speed, thanks to Razer’s new Opto-Mechanical Switch technology.

These switches have an optical light sensor inside, so when you press a key a receiver is activated by the light signal actuating your command instantly. Designed primarily as a gaming keyboard and excelling as such, it also delivers an equally incredible typing experience – the keys are super light and balanced but you still get that reassuring clicky feedback.

The icing on the cake is the Huntsman Elite’s durability – as the optical actuation provides less physical contact, so you can expect durability of up to 100 million keystrokes – about double that of other premium offerings. One of the very best keyboards on the market today.

To see if this Razer Huntsman Elite keyboard is a better buy for you than our number two choice of best keyboard, then be sure to check out our Razer Huntsman Elite vs Apple Magic Keyboard comparison feature.

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The best keyboard for Mac users? That's Apple's Magic Keyboard.

2. Apple Magic Keyboard

The best keyboard choice for Apple Mac users

Specifications
Weight: 0.231 kg (0.51 pounds)
Height: 0.41–1.09 cm (0.16–0.43 inches)
Width: 27.9 cm (10.98 inches)
Depth: 11.49 cm (4.52 inches)
Wireless: Yes
Key mechanism: Scissor
Reasons to buy
+Ideal for use with Macs+Wireless design+Month of use on a single charge
Reasons to avoid
-No wrist rest-Cannot be inclined

When it comes to using a Mac, it makes a lot of sense to stick with Apple accessories - so it’s a good thing the Apple Magic Keyboard is such a great choice. For a start, it automatically pairs with your Mac right out of the box, so there’s no faffing about with setup.

That wireless design comes with a battery that can provide up to a months use on one charge, and when you add in that impeccable Apple build, you’re getting one of the best non-mechanical keyboards money can buy. Just make sure your Mac or iOS device supports Bluetooth. Now available in space grey as well as silver (pictured).

To see how this wireless keyboard compares to another cord-free model that is highly rated then check out T3's Apple Magic Keyboard vs Logitech K480 comparison feature.

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The Corsair Strafe MX comes with Cherry MX Red mechanical switches.

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3. Corsair Strafe RGB MX

The best keyboard for a bit of gaming on the side

Specifications
Dimensions: 44.8 x 17 x 4 cm
Weight: 1.53kg
Wireless: No
Wired: Yes
Features: Per key RGB lighting
Switch type: Cherry MX Silent
Reasons to buy
+Cherry MX Red mechanical switches+Multi-colored dynamic backlighting+USB pass-through port
Reasons to avoid
-Keycaps feel plasticky

Coming in with Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, the Strafe MX from Corsair remains one of the firm's most impressive offerings, delivering a robust steel core that reduces flexing and retains a distinctly premium feel.

Those MX Red switches are the star of the show, offering superb accuracy and speed when typing and gaming, and there are dedicated gaming keys just ready for macros, too. Naturally, the Strafe MX's keys are fully programable.

There's plenty of extra goodness here as well, such as dedicated media keys, USB 2.0  Type-A pass-through and Full Key, 100 per cent anti-ghosting key rollover, too. A great all-round keyboard that will perform in games as well as in documents.

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The best keyboard for versatility? That's the Logitech K480 Multi Device Bluetooth Keyboard.

4. Logitech K480 Multi Device Bluetooth Keyboard

The best keyboard for versatility

Specifications
Wireless: Yes
Wired: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Weight: 820g
Dimensions: 29.9 x 19.5 x 2 cm
Reasons to buy
+Can work with almost any device+Very comfortable to use
Reasons to avoid
-Plastic chassis

While the Logitech K480 doesn’t work with Windows Phone devices, it effectively works with almost everything else. You can use it with your PC, Mac, Android and iOS devices so it’s bound to suit some of the devices in your life. You can also switch between them really easily, so you flit from your PC to your Android tablet with minimal fuss.

It’s nice and comfortable to use, although it isn’t quite small enough to be used as a portable device. It’s also really affordable, and with a strong Bluetooth signal you’re rarely going to get a dropout. It’s lacking a few keys you’d find on a full-size keyboard but it’s an easy trade-off considering what you get in return.

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5. Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID

The best keyboard with biometric security

Specifications
Wireless: Yes
Wired: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Frame: Aluminum
Features: Fingerprint sensor
Reasons to buy
+Finger print scanner technology+Beautiful, minamilist design
Reasons to avoid
-Not cheap

Tech Giant Mircosoft have gone all out with the Modern Keyboard. While not a cheap outlay, we say the price is justified as this keyboard is a quality bit of kit – well made in aluminium with flat square keys, it doesn’t look dissimilar to Apple’s Magic Keyboard.

However, Microsoft’s Modern Keyboard has a finger print scanner, which has been subtly included into the design (it looks like any other key and sits next to the right Alt key) and unlocks with a single press of the fingerprint key – faster and more secure than typing in a password.

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The best keyboard for portability is the Microsoft Universal Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard.

6. Microsoft Universal Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard

The best keyboard for portability

Specifications
Weight: 340 grams
Wireless: Yes
Wired: No
Dimensions: 14 x 16 x 3 cm
Battery life: 15 Watt Hours
Reasons to buy
+Ultra-thin and compact+Reliable Bluetooth 4.0
Reasons to avoid
-Limited key travel

With so many of its own smart devices on the market, it was only a matter of time before Microsoft designed its own multi-purpose travel keyboard. With its folding design, you can easily fit it in your bag for use on a commute or when you’re working away from the office.

Using Bluetooth 4.0 it offers an extremely reliable wireless signal, while Microsoft claims its battery can go for three months on a single charge (although this will drop if you’re using it consistently). It’s so easy to use you just open it to start it up, and close it to shut it down.

Robert Jones
Robert Jones

Deputy Editor for T3.com, Rob has been writing about computing, gaming, mobile, home entertainment technology and more for over 15 years. You can find Rob's work in magazines, bookazines and online, as well as on podcasts and videos, too. Outside of his work Rob is passionate about motorbikes, skiing/snowboarding and team sports, with football and cricket two favourites. Feel free to contact him with any related products, events, and announcements.