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Keyboards are arguably the most important part of any computing device. Whether you are using the computer casually, or professionally, a great keyboard with helpful features can improve your productivity by a huge margin.

Due to their importance in having a good experience while working on a computing device, Keyboard designs have seen huge improvements in recent years. There has been a focus on having more keys, more functions, ergonomic design, backlighting, wireless connectivity, etc. It’s remarkable to see how something as basic as a keyboard can be improved in so many different ways.

Today we are going to take a look at the 8 best wireless backlit keyboards in the market but before that let’s learn a bit about what are the benefits of wireless and backlit keyboards and what to look for while selecting the one that you should buy.

Wireless Keyboards

The Benefits

Starting with the biggest and most common advantage: Using wireless peripherals results in reduced clutter and an increased amount of space. With monitors today offering a single cable solution (using USB C) it lends to a very modern and minimalistic look to your computer desk/table. Can you imagine what your office desk or home table would look like without the wires all over the place?

Additionally, due to the flexibility wireless keyboards have, they allow the user to have more comfortable sitting positions and as a result have less strain. We don’t realize it but this is very helpful for those who have to sit in one position for a long period.

A smaller yet notable benefit is that the reduced wiring (and clutter) enables us to clean our desks easily and even allows us to decorate the table using the freed up space.

Things to keep in mind while buying one

There are a few things to keep in mind while buying a wireless keyboard. First and foremost, there are two types of wireless keyboards depending on how they connect to a device, using RF (with a USB dongle) or using Bluetooth. Both connectivity options have their advantages and disadvantages.

RF option offers the lowest (1ms) latency thus feeling almost indiscernible from their wired counterparts, also they are generally plug-and-play solutions (as they automatically pair up with their wireless dongle)

On the other hand, Bluetooth option offers much higher compatibility with a wide variety of devices as there is no dongle to take care of. Depending on your needs, either can be a good choice. To give an example: If you are a gamer, RF-based keyboards might be the way to go for their reduced latency, but if you want to use your keyboard for your tablet/phone, Bluetooth based keyboards are the way to go.

Another thing to keep in mind is that whether these keyboards offer a wired connection mode as well, if and when you run out of battery.

Backlit Keyboards

The Benefits

The biggest reason to use a backlit keyboard (their claim to fame) is the fact that a backlit keyboard allows you to type with confidence even in low light environments. This is because they are true to their name and light up the keys. This allows you the freedom to work at night without disturbing your room-mate/partner.

Secondly, depending on the model, you can have a monotone backlight, multi-colored backlight or even full RGB backlight. For the person who wants a bit more oomph in their computer hardware setup, a colorful backlit keyboard is the way to go (RGB is more than just for gamers, you know!). Lighting can enhance features of keyboard designs and once in a while, even generally-serious people like some new additions to their work-stations.

Things to keep in mind while buying one

The most important factor to keep in mind while determining which backlit keyboard to buy is tweak-ability. Depending on your preferences, you could ask yourself certain questions to determine a keyboard’s quality. For example is the backlight brightness customizable, whether it has programmable lighting and effects (generally found in gaming keyboards) or in terms of backlight type, whether it has a whole board or zonal lighting.

Our Picks At a Glance

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1. Corsair K57 Wireless RGB – The One with Customizable Backlight
Corsair K57 Wireless RGBSpecs:  USB 3.0, 2.4Ghz Slipstream wireless, low-latency Bluetooth, iCue software
Benefits: Fast-response, 2-year warranty, Wrist rest, Per-key RGB backlighting
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Azio Retro Classic BT ElwoodSpecs:  5000 mAh battery, 2.4Ghz RF & Bluetooth Interface
Benefits: Vintage Design, extra keycaps, Great Battery Life
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Klim Chroma WirelessSpecs:  Bluetooth connectivity, Semi mechanical keys, has macro keys
Benefits: Water-resistant, near-silent keys, lightweight, Great value for money
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4. Logitech K800 – The All Round Choice for a Backlit Keyboard
Logitech K800Specs:  2.4Ghz RF connectivity, Proximity sensor, 3 backlight brightness levels
Benefits: Low noise keys, wrist support, faster response time
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Corsair K63Specs:  Bluetooth connectivity, long battery life, customizable backlighting
Benefits: 2-year warranty, good build quality, detachable wrist support
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6. Matias FK418BTLB – The One with Multi-Connectivity
Matias FK418BTLBSpecs:  1600 mAH Battery, Bluetooth connectivity, 4 simultaneous connections, USB Type C port, Backlit lighting control
Benefits: 4 simultaneous connections
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7. Velocifire TKL02WS – The Programmable Keyboard
Velocifire TKL02WSSpecs:  1850 mAh Battery, RF connectivity, wired connectivity over USB Type-C port
Benefits: Compatible, elegant, programmable macro keys
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8. Logitech MX Keys – Get Looks & Productivity in One Keyboard
Logitech MX KeysSpecs:  Bluetooth connectivity, USB Type-C port, 3 simultaneous connections, proximity sensors
Benefits: Long battery life, good productivity
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1. Corsair K57 Wireless RGB – The One with Customizable Backlight

Look and Feel

The K57 looks pretty minimalistic. It’s got a mostly matte black plastic chassis. The mostly plastic build helps in keeping the weight on the lower side. The wrist rest is built out of similar plastic so while it is better than not having one, it’s slightly inferior in comfort compared to more expensive options on the market. The K57 is quite wide, at 19 inches, it’s almost 2 inches longer than most full-size keyboards on the market. This space although it is not wasted and is used to accommodate the extra column of macro keys which is a nice addition.

Battery

Although the keyboard doesn’t show the battery level, it will work up to 2 days with the backlighting and up to 10 days when the backlight is disabled

Connectivity and Backlighting

The connectivity on the K57 is great. Corsair has added both RF and Bluetooth mode for connecting to devices, which gives the user a lot of flexibility, in terms of the type of devices they can potentially connect to. There are no missed keystrokes or perceived input lag to speak of.

The K57 RGB backlighting is controlled through Corsair’s iCUE software which helps the keyboard score ‘ease of use’ points. It makes building custom lighting effects very simple and quick.

OUR TAKE
If you don’t care much about having mechanical switches in your keyboard, this is one of the best wireless backlit in the market right now (in its range), and you will not be disappointed.
PROS

  • Great wireless connectivity
  • Per-key RGB backlighting
  • Dedicated Volume and multimedia controls
  • 6 programmable macro keys
CONS

  • Unremarkable Battery Life
  • High Price
 

2. Azio Retro Classic BT Elwood – The Vintage Typewriter

Look and Feel

Azio Classic is a wood-crafted wireless backlit keyboard with a vintage typewriter look. The fusion of high-tech modern elements with old fashioned leather top plate offers a contrasting look making the keyboard look like a work of art. The keyboard has an aluminum alloy frame with a chrome or satin finish and feels very rigid. The height of the keyboard is easily adjustable; the keyboard is 455 mm long, 147 mm wide and is a little heavy weighing at 1587 grams. The keyboard model is available in three color variants.

Battery

This keyboard has a long-lasting battery of 5000mAh Li-ion with a USB Type-C charging port. Battery life is phenomenal and lasts for 9 months with backlight off and up to 2 months when the backlight is on (depending on the backlight brightness and how often it’s used.

Connectivity and Backlighting

The connectivity on Azio Classic Elwood is great. It offers both RF (2.4GHz) and Bluetooth mode and as a result, it is compatible with a wide variety of devices: Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS devices to name a few. There are no missed keystrokes or perceived input lag to speak of.

Azio has ensured backlighting is placed at the center of each key ensuring even lighting everywhere on keyboard.

OUR TAKE
If you want a long-lasting battery with a retro look and enjoy the nostalgic typewriter feel, you can buy this keyboard. The price is justified for a product of such quality. Azio offers a two-year warranty which gives peace of mind on your investment.
PROS

  • Beautiful vintage design
  • Mechanical switches
  • Great Battery Life
  • Replaceable keycaps for Mac users
CONS

  • No programmable/macro keys
  • Key clicks can be loud
  • No wrist support
 

3. Klim Chroma Wireless – The All in One Affordable Gaming Keyboard

Look and Feel

Kim Chroma is a high-performance wireless gaming keyboard. It has fast membrane keys. The keys are closer together which for some people aids while typing and improve speed; the keys are as quiet as they can be. It is made of ABS which is a light-weight material and weighs only 1 pound. Klim Chroma keyboard is waterproof, so in case you spill something on it, no need to worry. The keyboard also offers macro keys.

Battery

This keyboard has a battery life of 1 day at maximum brightness. While the keyboard might not have an exceptional battery life but it can be recharged within 4 hours. The keyboard switches to power saving mode after 60 seconds of inactivity.

Connectivity and Backlighting

Chroma keyboard works using Bluetooth and has no problem in connecting or staying connected with devices. The backlighting color is customizable and you can switch it off as well as reduce brightness in case of low battery.

OUR TAKE
If you are looking for a keyboard with quick response and high durability, this keyboard will be perfect for you. It comes with a warranty of 5 years at an affordable price.
PROS

  • RGB Backlight
  • Multiple backlight brightness levels
  • Near silent keystrokes
  • Waterproof and Lightweight
  • Great value for money
CONS

  • USB cable quality is not up to the mark
  • Feels a little flimsy
 

4. Logitech K800 – The All Round Choice for a Backlit Keyboard

Look and Feel

The K800 is a big boy and takes up a lot of space on the desk. This allows for a full set of alphanumeric keys, a number pad, and 12 function keys that do double duty as hotkeys for music playback, email, and other secondary tasks. The keys are laser etched ensuring that the letters won’t disappear after a while. The keyboard while covering up a lot of width is ultrathin providing a sleek look. There’s also a palm/wrist rest at the bottom.

Battery

The keyboard has a battery life of about 10 days with lights on, which can be further extended by switching off the backlight. There’s no battery level indicator except when the device runs on low battery, it will alert you to connect the charger.

Connectivity and Backlighting

You can reduce or increase the backlight brightness. Logitech also includes hand proximity detection (a unique feature), and as a result, the backlighting will dim when you move away from the keyboard and brighten when you return to the keyboard.

The K800 uses Logitech’s unifying receiver, a 2.4GHz USB dongle that provides better connectivity and allows you to connect multiple mice and keyboards to one computer.

OUR TAKE
Logitech K800 is the no-nonsense option from a reputed brand at an attractive price point. This is an all-round choice for anyone who wants a backlit wireless keyboard.
PROS

  • Adjustable Backlight (3 brightness levels)
  • Low noise while typing
  • Has proximity sensor which saves battery life when not in use
  • Works using RF and has a faster response time
  • Wrist Support
CONS

  • Short Battery Life
  • Chassis design sacrifices durability for thinness
  • No indicator for num lock
  • Have to take care of the RF dongle
 

5. Corsair K63 – Best Build Quality

Look and Feel

Corsair K63 is a well-designed, sturdy feeling keyboard. It has a solid build and yet feels relatively lightweight. Corsair employs Cherry’s MX switches in this mechanical keyboard which are better than the no-name switches used by others in this range. The switches themselves exhibit exceptional stability and quality. While, the plastic-build keyboard certainly doesn’t feel as sturdy/premium compared to the metal-based designs of other (generally more expensive) keyboards but, despite that plastic chassis, it’s an elegant and minimalistic solution for modern desktops.

Corsair made a gaming-focused keyboard with the K63, and that’s certainly where it shines. The tenkeyless design is a trade-off in and of itself, but unless you need it for gaming, then the small size of the keyboard can enhance a gamer’s experience by improving mouse handling and space. The design also takes comfort in consideration as there’s a detachable wristband given.

Battery

On the whole, the K63’s battery life is fine and will easily last through daily gaming sessions. With the backlighting disabled, you’re looking at 5-7 days of battery life, while enabling the backlight will bring the K63 down to 1 day of battery life.

Connectivity and Backlighting

The connectivity provided by K63 is low-latency Bluetooth wireless. The keyboard employs per-key RGB backlight and offers many customizability options with a lot of predefined effects.

OUR TAKE
Overall, the Corsair K63 is an excellent quality product, yet this keyboard is aimed mainly at gamers and they will not be disappointed.
PROS

  • Solid build quality
  • Dedicated Volume Controls
  • Detachable Wrist Rest
  • 3 Modes of operation
  • A two-year warranty is provided
CONS

  • Slightly noisy keystroke
  • Single color (blue) backlight
  • Doesn’t have a number pad
 

6. Matias FK418BTLB – The One with Multi-Connectivity

Look and Feel

Matias FK418 BTLB model is slim looking keyboard build on an aluminum framework. The keyboard has a sleek look to it and is available in 3 different colors: Silver/Black, White, and Space Grey. There’s a good amount of travel in the keys, and the low profile keycaps make it easy to glide around the keyboard speedily.

Battery

Matias FK418 has a 1600 mAH rechargeable li-ion battery and it offers up to 1 year of battery life without backlight.

Connectivity and Backlighting

This keyboard can connect with 4 Bluetooth devices simultaneously and you can switch between devices using custom keys. The keyboard is compatible with Mac, iOS and Android systems. Matias FK418 BTLB provides various customs keys in the keyboard for controlling backlighting and multi Bluetooth functions. The keyboard will continue working uninterrupted even after the battery of the backlight goes off.

OUR TAKE
The Matias keyboard is a nice addition to any desk. This keyboard is designed as a full format alternative to the Apple Wireless Keyboard, offering a similar style but with Bluetooth and a number pad and it achieves its goal.
PROS

  • Granular Backlight Brightness Control
  • Has a number pad
  • Great battery life
  • Dedicated device switch keys
  • Multi-connectivity
CONS

  • No wrist support
  • Keys offer limited to travel, can feel mushy
 

7. Velocifire TKL02WS – The Programmable Keyboard

Look and Feel

Velocifire TKL02WS (great name, I know) Mechanical Keyboard is one of the best mechanical keyboards for a beginner or on a budget. The design used by Velocifire is simple, minimal and straightforward. It is based on the tenkeyless form factor. The case is made from matte black plastic with an inbuilt inclination. There are a couple of rubber tips on the bottom and on the inclination to avoid slips which are necessary for an intense gaming session. The keyboard has a nice set of pre-programmed and user-customizable functions.

Battery

Velocifire has a built-in battery of 1850mAh which lasts 21 days with the backlight on and 35 days if the backlight is switched off.

Connectivity and Backlighting

The keyboard offers wireless connectivity over RF with the option to go wired over USB Type-C (which is uncommon in this segment). The keyboard is compatible with almost all desktop OS like Windows, macOS, and Linux.

The white lighting is simple and elegant which gives the keyboard a sophisticated look.

OUR TAKE
You can buy this keyboard if you have a tight budget and still want that backlit feel for a lower price. The product is good according to its price. Although the wireless connectivity is a little bit iffy and there are some interruptions, the lighting and battery life are nice.
PROS

  • Mechanical Keyboard
  • Both wired/wireless mode offered
  • Minimalistic design
  • Programmable macro keys
CONS

  • The backlight is not very bright
  • Mediocre wireless connectivity
  • Doesn’t have a number pad
 

8. Logitech MX Keys – Get Looks & Productivity in One Keyboard

Look and Feel

Logitech MX Keys is designed according to the comfort of users with circular-indented keys. The entire body of the keyboard is made by a single metal carving which gives it a chiseled look with complete polish and shine. It looks restrained and elegant, particularly with its rounded edges. It’s a sleek full-size keyboard that doesn’t take up too much space, measuring 17.0 x 5.1 inches.

Battery

Logitech MX offers a great battery of about 10 days with the backlight on which increases to five months when the backlight is switched off. With the MX Keys, Logitech offers a quick-charge USB Type-C port for power, which means plugging it in for four hours will fully charge the keyboard,

Connectivity and Backlighting

The keyboard offers Bluetooth connectivity. It is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows OS and can connect with up to 3 devices simultaneously. You can swap the device you’re connected to using the dedicated keys on the right side of the board. The keyboard has proximity sensors, so when you bring your hands close enough, it will light up the backlight on its own.

OUR TAKE
The MX Keys is a great keyboard for users who are focused on productivity and looks at the same time. If you are in this group of people, you would love this keyboard.
PROS

  • Build quality is excellent
  • Can connect with up to three devices
  • Round indented keys for comfortable typing
CONS

  • Permanent tilt (might be uncomfortable for some people)
  • Minimal key travel
  • No wrist support
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