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The Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboards – October 2018

Posted by William Sattelberg on October 6, 2018

The last ten years have been a showcase for the rise and return of gaming PCs as viable alternatives to consoles like the PS4 or the Xbox One. What was seemingly dead in the 2000s found a major revival when Valve began focusing their energy into polishing their Steam marketplace into a go-to place to buy video games and other digital goods. Now, nearing the end of the decade, PC gaming seems to be more alive than ever. Major third-party titles are almost always made available on PC; when they aren’t, as was the case with Final Fantasy XV, gamers request the title for PC until it finally arrives in a deluxe package, ported to the system. Part of the joy in PC gaming comes from the flexibility of the system: you can build your PC to run games at medium settings for the price of a new console, or you can invest thousands of dollars into a 4K, VR-ready gaming machine that doubles as a workstation PC for video production, photo editing, and more.

Owning a slick, new gaming PC isn’t enough, of course. With the rise of desktop PCs for niche audiences, we’ve seen some accessories become must-owns for PC gaming. Enthusiasts spend hundreds of dollars on the perfect monitor, sound systems, gaming mice, and of course, keyboards for the perfect typing experience. Over the last decade, mechanical keyboards have become more popular for gamers and writers alike, thanks to their tactile feel when typing, their audible and satisfying clicking noises, replaceable keycaps, and the general design of the actual boards themselves. But while gaming and professional mice alike have moved to wireless technology, keyboards—especially mechanical keyboards—have largely remained wired affairs. For some, this may not matter, as a keyboard largely remains in one place at a time throughout its lifespan of use.

Still, there’s plenty of reason to want to look for a wireless model when shopping for a new mechanical keyboard, from aesthetic purposes to the ability to easily move your keyboard around the house for playing games on the couch or working on your laptop in a different room in the house. Wireless mechanical keyboards have existed for some time, but thanks to their input lag and connection issues, they’ve long been ignored by hardcore gamers and typically only used by average PC users looking for a nice tactile keyboard. That changed in 2017, when the big-name keyboard and gaming brands began bringing wireless technology to their mechanical keyboards, making it easier than ever to lose the wire on your desk and switch over to a fully-wireless setup.

When you’re shopping for any keyboard, it’s important to look at the design, style, and appearance, the switch style used for typing, and the price tag associated with the hardware. With wireless keyboards, you also have to consider the battery life of the unit, how responsive the wireless technology is between the keyboard and your computer, and of course, whether its worth the increase in price over traditional keyboards. So allow us to break it down for you in one simple, easy-to-follow guide. These are the best wireless mechanical keyboards for October 2018.

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