Cool Tech for Your Commission Check: Best Keyboard

Cullen MacDonald
March 24, 2015

Keyboards may not be the most exciting CoolTech recommendation we’ve had yet, but as a programmer at Handshake, I tend to nerd out about these things. Keyboards are one of the most important--and overlooked--computer accessories. A great, well-made keyboard can really make a huge difference in terms of both productivity and comfort. Here are a few recommendations to help you find the best keyboard for your needs.

Best Keyboard for the person with every gadget:

The Logitech K480 Multi-Device Keyboard $49.99

The Logitech K480 Multi-Device Keyboard is great for users with multiple devices who’d like to be able to use one bluetooth keyboard for all of them. It can wirelessly switch between three devices using a simple dial, and it’s compatible with both Mac and Windows, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices. At the back of the keyboard, there’s a cradle that can hold your phone and tablet in an upright position, which is awesome if you’re running all three devices simultaneously. If you like having a multi-screen experience, this is a great option. This keyboard runs on AAA batteries, with an estimated battery life of two years. To spare the environment, you may want to consider rechargeable batteries.

Best Keyboard for the comfort-conscious:

The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop $129.95

I’ve owned the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop keyboard, and it’s fantastic. It’s extremely comfortable for someone who needs to type all day long, or for someone who just prioritizes comfort and wants to avoid wrist pain. Its unique shape takes into account the curve of your fingertips so that you can move your fingers along the keyboard more naturally, and it allows you to keep your wrists in a relaxed position. It’s another bluetooth keyboard, so there are no cables to worry about, and it works with both Mac and Windows. It also uses AAA batteries, but after a year of use, I still didn't have to replace/recharge them. You may see it sold with an “ergonomic” mouse, but I wouldn’t bother with it if you have the choice of buying the keyboard separately.

Best Keyboard for the nerd:

The WASD CODE 87-Key Mechanical Keyboard $165.00

I’ve been using this WASD CODE Keyboard at work and at home for the past year, and it’s a favorite of keyboard connoisseurs. Its mechanical keys give each keystroke a satisfying “click,” and it also features backlit keys with seven different brightness settings, so that you can continue working late into the night (much to the chagrin of your friends and family). It has hardware settings so you don’t have to fiddle with your computer’s system preferences to make modifications. It also has the advantage of looking really cool. I’d recommend getting the rubber wrist pad accessory, with which you can make this keyboard just as comfortable as the Microsoft Sculpt we talked about above.   Whether you’re looking for versatility, comfort, or performance, these keyboards are great choices. If you have any questions about these recommendations, let me know in the comments below!