So, it’s 2020 and you’re having some trouble picking out a wireless mechanical keyboard. We understand the struggle, there are so many wireless keyboards out there, how on earth do you choose just one?
Well, today we are going to take our best shot at picking out a short, exclusive list of the best mechanical keyboards available. We will also go over some of the pros and cons of each keyboard to help you pick out the right keyboard for you.
Before we jump into the keyboard list, we feel it’s important to go over the most important factor we use to rank the keyboards. With a wireless keyboard you’re looking for several things when it comes to reliability and quality of the product, but there is one thing that will really determine the long-term quality of the product.
When searching for a wireless mechanical keyboard there are several important qualities to consider. The main thing to look at is reliability, especially when it comes to the keyboard software. The physical components of mechanical keyboards are often rated to 50+ million keystrokes and it’s not uncommon for a mechanical keyboard to withstand a decade or more of use.
The keyboard software does not have these same standards, there are in fact, no industry standards or any sort of regulation when it comes to the keyboard software.
In order to connect and send the keystrokes to your PC, wireless mechanical keyboards rely on software to send the data with a very fast response time and zero lag. Which is something wired keyboards don’t need to worry about.
So, you’ll need a keyboard with really solid Bluetooth or quick connect functionality that will last just as long as the switches on the keyboard itself.
Based on research, looking at dozens of wireless keyboards and hundreds of reviews, it looks like the software tends to stop working properly after about a year of usage, which conveniently happens to be right as the warranty runs out.
Planned obsolescence much?
Reliable software is the single greatest factor when it comes to the keyboard ranking, as it is often what kills a wireless keyboard faster than anything else.
With that out of the way, let’s jump into our favorite keyboards of 2020!
Our top favorite
Anne Pro 2
By sheer popularity amongst mechanical keyboard enthusiasts, how could this keyboard not make the list? The Anne Pro 2 is a 60% keyboard with both wired & wireless connection with a rechargeable battery that can last up to eight hours. Coming in white or black with RGB backlighting, the Anne Pro 2 has a nice overall, compact look to it. This would be a great option if you need to take your keyboard on the go as the 60% size is portable, light, and smaller-sized.
PBT keycaps is also a nice plus, they have a better texture than standard keycaps and tend to look less greasy.
If you’re really picky about switches, you’ll be happy to see that the amount of switch options on this keyboard is quite impressive. You can choose between a variety of Cherry Mx, Gateron, and Kailh switches to get the exact keystroke feel you’re looking for.
The only downside to this keyboard is the relatively short battery life. The battery is a 1900mAh which will only last for eight hours. Considering how this is a smaller sized keyboard, it does make sense that they would not want to install a larger battery to avoid weighing the keyboard down. But eight hours is a little on the short side.
- 60% keyboard
- 1900mAh battery (8hrs)
- Wireless or wired
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Switches: Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Silver, Gateron Blue, Gateron Brown, Gateron Red, Kailh Box Brown Kailh Box Red, Kailh Box White
- RGB backlight
- Programmable keys
Our second favorite keyboard is the Keychron K2. A 75% keyboard that is slightly larger than the Anne Pro 2 but would still be a good keyboard to take on the go. It has both wired and wireless options and an amazing battery life of 72 hours. If you are a busy person and have difficulty finding time to charge your keyboard, it will be difficult to find another mechanical keyboard with a battery that will last as long.
The Bluetooth functionality on this keyboard is ahead of its time, it can connect to three separate devices and switch between them with ease. This feature makes it easy to switch between connecting to your laptop, home computer, and work station without having to fiddle with the settings.
The only downside to this keyboard is it’s only available with Gateron switches. Gaterons are essentially Cherry MX clones that are produced in China to save on cost, so sometimes the quality isn’t always the best.
The Keychron K2 is an excellent choice for someone looking for a reliable, relatively cheap, wireless mechanical keyboard. This keyboard is loaded with features that make it exciting and interesting to use.
- 75% keyboard
- 4000mAh battery (72 hrs)
- Wireless or wired
- White backlight with option to upgrade to RGB
- Bluetooth to up to 3 devices
- Switches: Gateron Blue, Gateron Brown, Gateron Red
Although it did not make our favorite list, the Logitech G613 is still a decent full-sized keyboard with some interesting features. Equipped with Logitech’s Lightspeed technology (basically faster Bluetooth), this keyboard will give you slightly better response time when gaming. Making it one of the better wireless keyboards if you plan on playing competitive video games or can’t stand the feel of any input lag.
The keyboard comes with six programmable keys and switches that are rated up to 70M keystrokes.
The main downside to this keyboard are the lack of rechargeable batteries, this keyboard is powered by AA batteries. In addition, there is no wired option so if the batteries die, you’re out of luck. If you run out of batteries, you either need to run to the store and buy some more or steal them from the TV remote.
Although I’ve never personally used the Romer G switch, I do not like that the keyboard only comes with one switch option. I think Logitech could benefit from accommodating different switch preferences. However, if you are a fan of silent and tactile switches, the Romer G’s might work for you.
- Full-size keyboard
- Switches: Romer G
- Wrist pad
- AA batteries
- Lightspeed wireless connection
- Six programmable keys
That does it for the reviews! I scoured the internet to find the absolute best wireless keyboards on the market that did not have the software problems that tend to plague wireless keyboards. Please let us know if you don’t agree and leave your thoughts about wireless mechanical keyboards in general. Today we looked at the Anne Pro 2, Keychron K2, and Logitech G613. Which one is your favorite?
In case you were wondering…
Can I convert my mechanical keyboard to wireless?
Converting your keyboard to wireless can be a time-heavy investment and should be reserved for those who are more DIY inclined. In order to do the wired-to-wireless conversion, you will need to be equipped with some basic soldering skills and a few extra components and tools.
After your soldering kit is ready, you will need to install a rechargeable battery and bluetooth to usb converter. If you’re interested, you can read more about it here.
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