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The minimalist keyboard is one of the best kinds of keyboards for everyone to consider. Better yet, let’s say, in as much as you love gadgets that have mastered the art of ‘Less it more’, yet still commit to a consumer’s everyday demands, this should be a convenient investment to make.
Minimalism is the name of the game for the keyboards in this guide. There aren’t any outstanding functions to earn glances from your coworkers or fancy lights to draw your attention from the game. At first glance, it even looks average but when you look a bit closer, that’s where its high-end nature really starts to shine.
The 12 Best Minimalist Keyboards
Das keyboard 4 Ultimate Mechanical
DasKeyword has been making keyboards since 2005, and it’s one of the known brands when it comes to mechanical keyboards. The Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate is a full-size mechanical keyboard that aims to offer satisfying typing experience. It is equipped with a set of dedicated media controls and an iconic red-rimmed volume wheel on its far right-hand side. On the top edge of the keyboard are two USB 3.0 ports. There is a real beauty in how simple this keyboard is, design-wise.
The blank keycaps set the Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate apart from the pack and offer a minimalist look that’s hard to rival. The top is a gorgeous matte black aluminum that helps to highlight the boldest design choice the keyboard offers – a completely blank keyboard.
As you might expect from a complete blank keyboard, being a touch typist is mandatory.The home-row keys still feature ridges on the F and J keys to help you navigate but if you are someone who occasionally look at the keys, you will want to consider get the 4 Professional from Das keyboard instead. The Ultimate and Professional versions of the keyboard come with your choice of Brown or Cherry MX Blue switches.
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Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard for Mac
As the keyboard’s name implies, the Logitech K750 is a solar-powered keyboard but unlike most solar-powered tools, this keyboard doesn’t require actual sunlight. Its internal (but removable) battery can be charged by both sunlight and artificial light. That means if you’re using the Logitech K750 keyboard in most office environments, you will never have to worry about a low battery. It also comes with a Solar App that shows how much light is currently filtering through the panels.
At only ⅓ of an inch thick, the Logitech K750 is certainly one of the slimmest keyboards we’ve seen, but it feels very solid and planted on a desk. With its low-profile keycaps, this keyboard looks more like a disconnected laptop keyboard than its desktop counterparts.
If you are using Mac and want an environmentally friendly alternative, this keyboard would be an excellent choice. Not only is it light-powered, but it also has PVC-free construction and fully recyclable packaging. Logitech even includes a link to the downloadable Solar App rather than a CD. We were also surprised to see they also include another link to an online manual instead of a physical manual.
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Microsoft EKZ-00001 Modern Keyboard
Put simply, the Microsoft EKZ-00001’s modus operandi is to provide features that the average consumer will use. In other words, everything you’ll miss makes up the keyboard in its entirety. For instance, if you prefer a closer look with your monitor, the keyboard can be used wired. But for more convenience at a safe distance, a wireless connection is flawless and polished enough for everyday usage (within reasonable limits).
—Now, at the same time, the keyboard is strong and rugged due to the simple, yet high-quality and ergonomic build has a secure biometric scanner (enterprise-grade to be specific) and is comfortable to handle. All in a lithe frame.
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Apple Magic Keyboard (MLA22LL/A)
Coming in a pure white hue, the Apple Magic Keyboard is one type of gadget whose selling points are the ergonomics and battery life. We have, for the first one, a white QWERTY-style keyboard with convenient key placements for better key travel, and an overall design that’s inconspicuous. For the battery-life, expect a full month of continuous use from it.
Combine both of these things, and you have a type of keyboard that’s perfect for everyday use. This includes pleasure or work, wired/wireless—in as much, it’s used on a Mac or iOS device with the required O.S.
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Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard Stainless Steel Ultra
While the black keyboard layout won’t directly say this, the Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard is actually entirely made from steel. That means the portable frame, with ergonomically placed keys and a design that makes continuous typing easier, is steel. As for the keys, they are durable too. But asides that, they’re literally built on scissors switches to help with long-term use when it concerns tactile feedback and quick responses.
Finally, you can cram in 40 hours of constant use into 10 days with the keyboard if you decide to go wireless. This cuts away the issue of insufficient battery on a very reasonable scale. Evidently, Arteck puts all of the needed features to meet the average consumer’s demands.
Get the look: Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard
Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard
As the name implies, the Logitech K780 is a keyboard that’s designed to deliver the same high-quality features and experience to users on different platforms. In simpler words, the K780 can be connected to 3 different devices (keys for switching at will) and in all 3 regardless of size and O.S, it brings an impressive battery life and a solid lock in terms of creating flawless connections with your smartphones or PC using Bluetooth (up to 10 meters) or USB. So it’s definitely a winner—just that the option of finding the keys illuminated would have completed the device.
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Logitech Keys-To-Go Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Keyboard
Logitech Keys-To-Go Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Keyboard scores a lot of review points for 3 reasons. Compatibility with the different platforms such as Windows and Android, ergonomic and highly functional build with great internals, and the price. The first guarantees the same comfort that you want on your PC on your smartphone, in order to increase the experience. For the second, you get to enjoy a design created for continuous use in terms of comfortability and durability, while a battery with a good amount of juice lies in the portable body. All 3 come at a price that’s cost-effective, considering the quality you’ll find in each.
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OMOTON Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard
Coming in at just a height of approximately 0.23 inch (6 mm), the OMOTON Ultra-light Bluetooth Keyboard rivals the best minimalist keyboards since it beat them at their own game. To start with, you get compatibility with different platforms and regardless of which one is used, good battery life is the made the norm. The ergonomic is also done right as the key layout is an original. And it promotes swift operation with the help of lack of clutter. Couple all of this with the budget-friendly price (ignoring the plastic build as it’s great regardless), and it’s an option that should be tried out.
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The HP Wireless Elite Keyboard v2
The first thing to notice about the HP keyboard is the ergonomics. It’s elevated while the keyboards are low-profiled with great spring systems. The result of this is smooth operation across the simple, yet complementary layout. In the end, it helps with comfort during extended use. Following that, there’s a great battery life, which isn’t affected regardless of the platform and connection that is being used (wired or wireless). And then, the fact that connection is stable is definitely another deal breaker point that it covers. Consider this minimalist keyboard if your budget fits its price since it’s one of the best that you can get at that price point.
Get the look: The HP Wireless Elite Keyboard v2
Microsoft 7N9-00001 Designer Bluetooth Keyboard
While other keyboards will have features crammed into their lithe frames that’ll offer little in terms of experience, the Microsoft 7N9-00001 keyboard carries a good set of features and highlights in its portable frame to impress. First, when it comes to the latter is the mouse. Designed with real-world usage in mind, the mouse is ambidextrous which is a sign of attention to detail on the manufacturer’s part. Following that, the battery endurance is great (on any platform) and the option of a great connection through the use of Bluetooth (when done right) gives it a good stand during any type of comparison. A good set of keys for control of media and even for executing specific actions complete the package.
Get the look: Microsoft 7N9-00001 Designer Bluetooth Keyboard
Das Keyboard Prime 13 – Focus on your work
Another minimalist keyboard from Daskeyboard. Boasting minimalist and modern style, the Das Keyboard Prime 13 features a completely functional design with a superb typing experience. The Prime 13 uses Cherry MX brown switches – one of our personal favorites- that make it an ideal choice for users who wants a keyboard that can straddle between typing and gaming applications. Fast typists will absolutely love that Cherry drown action.
The Prime 13 looks similar to the rest of their lineup with the defining raised notch at the top right. However, unlike other versions, Prime 13’s dedicated media controls and volume dial on its far right-hand side, alongside the USB port. The Prime 13 has simple, white backlighting and clean lines which make it fit in well in any room style. It also has just the right amount of friction under the fingertips and just enough clack-clack-clack. This choice of the switch makes the keyboard appeal to anyone with an eye for performance and simplicity.
The keyboard has low profile keys which make it quiet and comfortable even if you are accustomed to noisier, larger keyed mechanical keyboards. It also features a USB pass-through port.
Overall, Das Keyboard Prime 13 is a minimalist mechanical keyboard with a no-frills design and no-nonsense functions to get the job done.
Get the look: Das Keyboard Prime 13
Microsoft Surface Keyboard – Minimalist office keyboard
Microsoft Surface is a good-looking and premium-feeling keyboard. It has a simple and sleek design with a silver and gray scheme. The metal back also feels nice and sturdy. For the most part, the keyboard is very slim.
Despite its simple design, this keyboard has a lot of convenient features. It has a low profile making it comfortable to type on. It provides a great typing experience while keeping noise to a minimum. It works fully on Windows, but if you’re on Linux or Mac OS, some keys don’t work.
This wireless keyboard uses two AAA batteries to power the keyboard which is advertised as lasting up to 12 months. You can remove the cover to replace the batteries. The battery cover is held on magnetically.
The Microsoft Surface keyboard is a great office keyboard. If you spend a lot of your time at a desk working on your Windows 10 tablet, the Microsoft Surface keyboard is worth considering.
Get the look: Microsoft Surface Keyboard
Image credit: Das Keyboard