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Despite being months away from a brand-new console generation, PC gaming is as vital as ever. Major third-party titles are almost always made available on PC, and when they aren’t, gamers request the title for PC until it finally arrives in a deluxe package. Part of the joy in PC gaming comes from the flexibility a PC provides: you can build your computer 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.
Building your new PC isn’t enough, of course. You need some incredible peripherals to make the best of 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 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. But for many users looking to reduce their cable management—or to make their desk look just a bit more neat—a wireless keyboard is a must.
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 it’s 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 December 2020.
Although smaller companies have released wireless mechanical keyboards for years, Logitech was the first major keyboard brand to launch a wireless mechanical board of their own. Thanks to its excellent build quality, an affordable price point, and some excellent key switches, Logitech’s G613 is our go-to pick for a wireless mechanical keyboard.
While the G613 should provide an excellent keyboard experience to anyone interested in mechanical keyboards, it’s certainly designed for gaming first and foremost. You won’t find that represented in the design, though—Logitech wisely chose to build a keyboard that would blend into any office environment as easily as an RGB-equipped gaming room. The font on the keys is basic yet modern, with a simple sans-serif font that looks good in daily use. The entire keyboard is white on black, with the only color coming from the programmable macro “G-Keys” along the left side of the board. A ten-key number pad sits along the right side, and above it, you’ll find dedicated media keys to control media playback on your computer. Shortcuts at the top of the keyboard display your battery life, while also providing toggles for controlling the wireless connection, Bluetooth, and gaming mode.
Unfortunately, the minimalist design does come with a major drawback: the G613 lacks any backlighting, RGB or otherwise, making using the keyboard in the dark a much bigger challenge than it otherwise would be. Though the lack of backlighting pays off in the battery compartment, it’s always better to have the option to turn it on or off than it is to eliminate it altogether.
Like Logitech’s other keyboards, the G613 doesn’t use Cherry switches; instead, Logitech has developed their own mechanical switch called Romer-G switches, something we’d describe as a cross between Cherry MX Red and Brown switches in use. Logitech’s keys feel light, with a quiet click while pressing down on a cap. The travel distance is about a millimeter shorter than standard Red switches, with a shorter actuation point means that the keys register faster for typing than the comparable switches from Cherry. Though the G613’s key switches are primarily designed for gaming, the shorter travel distance may make it more enjoyable for typing than keyboards with the usual Cherry MX Reds. These switches are also rated at a much longer lifespan than the competition, with a quoted lifespan of 70 million keystrokes from Logitech.
Logitech has included two methods for connecting the G613 to your PC: a nano-receiver in the box that combines 2.4GHz wireless technology with Bluetooth to create multiple connection points, as well as standard Bluetooth tech for connecting to multiple devices, including a tablet or smartphone. For the best response time, you’ll want to make sure you’re using the nano-receiver in the box in order to gain access to Logitech’s Lightspeed technology, providing a response time of under 1 millisecond. You aren’t limited to a single method; using the buttons along the top of the device, you can choose whether you want to be connected via receiver or Bluetooth to your devices.
With the G613, Logitech opted to power the device with AA batteries rather than a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This isn’t necessarily a benefit or a drawback, since some users may prefer the replicable AA’s over having to keep a wire nearby. The company claims a full 18 months of use from the keyboard on just two AA batteries, which it includes in the box, so long as you use the keyboard for eight hours a day and switch it off when it’s not in use. Even used 12 hours a day, the G613 should last about a year on two batteries, as long as you remember to turn the keyboard off. And since AA batteries are fairly easy to come by—not to mention how great rechargeable AA batteries have become over the last ten years—the G613 can make most users happy.
It’s worth noting some users have found the keyboard unable to hold up to normal wear and tear, with a common complaint coming from the keycaps. While the shape and style of the keycaps are solid, the letters are printed directly on the caps, rather than embedded directly. Some users have found that key labels began wearing off just weeks into use, and if that scares you off, you may want to look into some of the other keyboards on this list.
At the end of the day, the G613 is a solid wireless mechanical keyboard, especially for gamers. While the MSRP is listed as $149 on Logitech’s website, it’s currently available on Amazon for just $77, making it a solid pick for someone looking for a full-size mechanical keyboard that uses quality switches and provides a good experience while playing games on the couch or at a desk. Though many may be drawn to the lower price points of some of our alternatives, the Logitech name is trust by a ton of gamers and PC builders, and that’s enough for us to place it at the top of this list.
Velocifire has been featured on our list before, and their newest mechanical keyboard is their best yet. At $59.99, it’s more expensive than the older model being replaced, but the new VM02WS is well worth the upgrade. The build and design are fairly basic, but look professional and get the job done in terms of offering a slick and easy to use layout. The keys now use Content Brown switches, similar to the Outemu Brown switches on older models. These are nearly identical to Cherry MX Browns, but come at a cheaper price, offering the tactile feel and quiet performance of Brown switches that make the VM02WS great for both typing and gaming. As usual, Velocifire has opted to include a USB adapter instead of opting for Bluetooth. This means that, while you won’t be able to use this keyboard with your phone, you can use it on basically any computer without having to worry about pairing your keyboard.
This newer model manages to fix the major complaints we had about the original Velocifire VM01 model. The keys are now backlit, and while you won’t find RGB lighting on this model, at $60, white key lights are a perfect compromise. Backlighting will, of course, reduce your battery life, but the VM02WS can be used in wired mode, and we’re happy to see that Velocifire has made the switch to USB-C instead of retaining the older micro USB port that a lot of keyboards on this list still have—including the K63 Wireless. With the backlight off, Velocifire claims a fully-charged battery should last through over 150 hours of use, and with the addition of USB-C, it’s easier than every to charge this keyboard. The VM02WS is a major upgrade over the older model, fixing several of the complaints we had in our roundup earlier in 2019. For $60, it’s a great starter keyboard for those looking for a wireless device.
The first of two Filco-branded keyboards, the Majestouch Convertible 2 is a solid pick for those looking for something to use at work or around the house. With a basic, Dell-esque appearance, complete with a matte plastic body and standard 2000s-esque keys, design and aesthetic are pretty basic here. There’s a lot to like about the Majestouch line, though, starting with their use of basic Cherry MX Brown switches that make it a solid choice for gaming or typing. Unfortunately, that comes at a price: at nearly $200, the keyboard is more expensive than competition from Logitech. And considering the difficulty in setting up and interpreting the broken English instructions, that price really hurts to drop.
It falls short in a few other ways as well. In addition to being expensive, the keyboard lacks a backlight of any kind. At $200, most wired mechanical keyboards offer some kind of keylight; some even have per-key lighting at this price range. Frankly, we’d say it’s a difficult proposition to give up backlights just to gain access to Bluetooth support. The keyboard is powered by two AA batteries, just like the G613, but the battery life is far shorter: it lasts around 6 hours per day when used at an average of five days. The device does support being paired with up to four devices at once, and is able to switch just by tapping on a single button. Overall, the Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 is a solid keyboard, but for the price, you can get much better wired mechanical keyboards with backlighting and improved customer support.
DIERYA’s keyboards are similar to what we’ve seen from other compact wireless mechanical keyboards, on this list and elsewhere. Smaller than most of the other keyboard we’ve looked at, this keyboard is perfect for using with an ultrabook or a tablet while on the go. With minimal bezel and full RGB lighting (albeit not per key), DIERYA has provided a solid, if somewhat lackluster mechanical keyboard perfect for using wireless. With 61 keys, it’s by far the smallest on this list, while still managing to offer backlit keys and quality keycaps. Most importantly, the keyboard offers the ability to choose between Brown, Red, and Blue switches when purchasing. If you’re looking to write your next novel in Starbucks, buy blue. Looking to play games with a keyboard and mouse, buy red. Looking for a little bit of both, buy brown.
The keyboard transmits its signal over Bluetooth, which makes it perfect for the mobile devices it’s set for, but unfortunately for anyone looking to properly game on the keyboard, there is no included USB key option for better connections and less lag. DIERYA quotes up to 100 hours of regular use between charges, it’s a decently long-lasting laptop, though you’ll want to make sure you turn the backlight off if you’re trying to save energy. We’ve also heard reports of users having difficulty pairing the keyboard over Bluetooth, thereby having to switch over to using the keyboard with the included wire. At $48, DIERYA’s keyboard isn’t the most expensive on this list, but unless portability is your number one concern, you’d be better off picking from one of the other keyboards we’ve included above.
What, you thought you’d seen the last of Logitech? The company returned to wireless mechanical keyboards in 2020 with the new Logitech G915 TKL, a tenkeyless (hence the TKL in the name) version of the G915, and with it, they finally fixed some of our complaints with the G613. The G915 holds onto the Lightspeed wireless tech found in the G613, as well as standard Bluetooth, but upgrades the body to aircraft-grade aluminum alloy for a premium feel with added durability. Also added: RGB lighting, which alleviates both poor keycap text printing and the issues with using the G13 in the dark, and a rechargeable battery, capable of recharging while in use.
Obviously, this TKL model won’t work for anyone who requires a ten-key number pad on their board, but for most users, it’s probably not needed. The G915 comes in three switch types: Clicky, Tactile, and Linear. Linear switches are perfect for gaming, and compare well to the Cherry MX Reds on most mechanical keyboards, while Clicky switches are similar to Cherry MX Blues and are designed primarily for typing. Tactile switches are somewhere in the middle, designed for a mix of uses and similar to Cherry MX Browns. All three switches are great, but ultimately, it’s up to you to pick the switch right for your own use.
Unfortunately, at an average price of $200 depending on your switch choice, this is an expensive keyboard. If you’re willing to pay for the premium feel, it’s well worth it, but most Logitech fans should consider settling for the G613—at less than half the cost—instead.
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