Minimalist keyboards are 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 ‘Simple is Beautiful’, yet still commit to a consumer’s everyday demands, this should be a convenient investment to make.
Regardless if you have multiple desktops (or laptops) or you just have a single one since you’ll type better and easier. Accordingly, we have managed to find 10 products that you should consider giving a shot.
The 10 Best Minimalist Keyboards
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.
Apple Magic Keyboard (MLA22LL/A)
Coming in a pure white hue, the Apple Magic Keyboard is one type of gadget who selling points are the ergonomics and battery life. We have, for the first one, a white QWERTY-styled 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.
Vive Comb Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
The Vive Comb Wireless Keyboard and Mouse are unlike most on the list because it comes with a mouse. This means both the keyboard and the mouse come with the same minimalistic design. In the case of the keyboard, the keys are arranged to be comfortable to work—through the use of a simple layout and a top-notch scissor switch to guarantee fast response times and minimal noise. Right after that, you have the option to either go wired or wireless. Therein, the battery lasts up to 35 hours in terms of continuous use. Lastly, the mouse spots a ‘handy’ design and is feature-packed (3DPI for mouse sensitivity) to help with the scrolling.
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.
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.
Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Keyboard
The Anker Ultra Compact Keyboard scores a lot of review points for 3 reasons. Compatibility with the different platforms Windows, iOS, 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.
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.
The Logitech K810 Wireless Keyboard
With the Logitech K810, the color scheme on the minimalistic theme is unique and creates the ideal device for a consumer when coupled with its functional side. The black and ash theme complements the simple layout of the keyboard. It contains only the necessities that you’ll find on a keyboard for everyday use. A tactile, backlit keyboard supported by a spring system helps with the experience (feedback) while its compatibility with various devices and O.S covers all usage fronts, especially with the 3 switching keys. Increasing the appeal are the long battery life and the choice of wired or wireless connection.
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 keyboard if your budget fits its price since it’s one of the best that you can get at that price point.
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.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Minimalist Computer Keyboard
We considered a few factors before selecting any of the minimalist keyboards above. So in the case you want a keyboard customized to your taste, and you need some reference points, this should help out with that.
There are 3 keyboard design classes that you have to keep track of. Gaming, ergonomics, and standard. The last one (standard) is the norm when it comes to minimalist keyboards. Here, the most popular variation that’s recommended is the QWERTY format. 6 letters (Q, W, E, R, T, Y) stand as the first row on the keyboard. If you’re someone who writes a lot though, ignore the QWERTY keyboards and go for the DVORAK types. Similarly, if you take your comfort serious due to the fact that you spend long hours on your system, then invest in keyboards with wrist pads.
Switch Types: Membrane vs. Mechanical
When selecting a keyboard that you’ll use for an indefinite amount of time, you always have to choose between the membrane and mechanical switches. Both have their pros and cons, which is why we’ll be pitting them against each other.
With membrane keyboards, the only difference in comparison to mechanical keyboards is the lack of a switch. Each key is pressure-sensitive, instead of having a tactile switch underneath to keep things moving.
Pros of a membrane keyboard include silence, portability, and the fact that it’s affordable. The cons, on the other hand, are the lifespan, feel, and key rollover (hits when typing won’t be registered).
Mechanical keyboards have a switch per each key. And while it may be a tad bit heavy and expensive (compared to its counterpart), the pros far outweigh the cons. First, you can purchase a mechanical keyboard with tactile keys that make a sound when clicked or not. After you get a far more durable build, keys needing less pressure, hence faster typing time, and comfortable keys to help with fatigue.
Wired vs Wireless
Generally, most electronic gadgets have shifted to being wireless. Same is the case with the keyboard, there are both wired and wireless keyboards to choose from.
Wired keyboards have faster transmission times due to the physical connection, so they’re more responsive. Likewise, the connection, provided the cords are of high-quality usually remains lag-free. Still, the presence of wire can lead to a bit of clutter.
In wireless, you get a clean look that’s not interrupted by cords, but they may not be as responsive and fast as you may need them to be. Since most wireless keyboards require recharging batteries, this can be a hassle, especially with gaming sessions. The connection (Bluetooth most of the time) isn’t always the most stable, so generally, it’s recommended that closer is better in terms of having a flawless connection.