Best business keyboards of 2022: work faster and safer

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The best business keyboards are some of the most important investments you can make for yourself or your employees.

This is because if you work all day on a computer, you're likely to use a keyboard for hours. By buying the best business keyboard your budget allows, you'll get a device that doesn't just feel good to type on but can also help you avoid repetitive strain injury (RSI).

The best business keyboards are designed to be ergonomic - so they are safe and comfortable to use for long periods of time. Their layouts will mean every key can be reached comfortably and efficiently, which also means you can type faster.

Many of the best business keyboards also come with additional features, such as extra function keys, which can be used to launch your most-used apps or create your own shortcuts, which can help you be more productive.

There are a substantial number of keyboards on sale today, so our guide to the best business keyboards can help you pick the right one. We've included a mix of wired and wireless keyboards. While wired keyboards offer simplicity and dependability, wireless keyboards can help you keep your desk neat and tidy.

We've compared these keyboards across multiple aspects, from their size and design to their switch type and connectivity. We also looked at their noise level, typing comfort, and pricing, among other things. 

To round out your productivity setup, check out our top picks for the best mouse and wireless mouse.


The best business keyboards of 2022 in full

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Logitech MX Combo for Business

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1. Logitech MX Combo for Business

The "ultimate" workplace keyboard combo just got upgraded

Specifications

Interface: Wireless [Logi Bolt]
Backlit Keys: Yes
Function Row: Yes
Numpad: Yes
Multi-Device: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Can sync with three devices at one time
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Logi Bolt compatibility
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Mac and Windows Layout
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Customizable F-Keys

Reasons to avoid

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Only offered via enterprise representative
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Logitech has taken their MX Keys Gen 1 and upgraded it for the office. These keys now have a dual-OS layout, featuring both Windows and Mac-specific keys. The tactile feel of the keys has stayed the same. However, the sound has been deadened to be nearly silent. The quieter keys help to avoid distractions from those working close by.

The MX Keys Combo second generation also still features the ability to switch between three connected devices with the press of a button, just like their previous generation. Logitech improved connectivity by utilizing its Logi Bolt technology to enhance security and technology. Now, with a simple USB-A dongle, this keyboard and its mouse counterpart (MX Master 3S for Business) can be connected without interference or delay by simply plugging the dongle into a computer.

The top function row comes pre-programmed with helpful commands such as media controls, mic mute, and screen brightness. To make things even more productive, Logitech's companion app will allow users to customize the function keys. These can be mapped to operate specific functions, even customized down to which app is active.

Logitech Craft Keyboard

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The best business keyboard for creatives

Specifications

Interface: Wireless
Keyboard backlighting: White
Switches: Scissor switch mechanism

Reasons to buy

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Weighty, solid construction 
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Useful and unique dial 

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive 

If you are a creative professional, then the Logitech Craft is the best business keyboard for you, no question.

Not only is this a sturdy, tactile, and attractive keyboard but it also features a unique dial on its top left corner, which will help creatives expedite their workflow. This dial’s utility will vary depending on the application, from simply controlling the volume on the desktop, to changing levels in various tools in Photoshop. 

You can expect the keyboard's dial to work with apps like Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and VLC. A cool feature on the keyboard is the proximity sensor that automatically turns on the white backlight even before your fingers touch the keys. 

If you spend a lot of time creating content on your PC, the Logitech Craft is one of the best business keyboards you can buy today.

Read the full review: Logitech Craft

PFU Happy Hacking Professional 2

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3. PFU Happy Hacking Professional 2 (HHKB2)

This business keyboard is a coder's dream and a typist's treasure

Specifications

Interface: Wired
Keyboard backlighting: None
Switches: Topre electrostatic capacitive (45 grams)

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly portable
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Lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Key layout not for everybody
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No arrow keys

The PFU Happy Hacking Professional 2 is aimed at coders, but it is fantastic for all you writers out there, too. This 60-key mechanical keyboard forgoes traditional arrow keys, instead making use of function keys and key combinations to get that stuff done and make it easier to reach just the essential keys. 

The HHKB has two USB ports and a third mini-USB port, but keep in mind that the keyboard isn't compatible with KVM devices that let a user control multiple computers with one keyboard. 

It will take a minute to get used to, but once you get that out of the way the small size is a huge benefit, as you’ll be able to take it anywhere you go. Plus, that sweet ‘thock’ sound of the Topre switches is a wonder to behold.

Apple Magic Keyboard

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4. Apple Magic Keyboard

The best business keyboard for Macs

Specifications

Interface: Wireless
Keyboard backlighting: White
Switches: Scissor

Reasons to buy

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Thin and compact
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A pleasure to use

Reasons to avoid

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Not cheap
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White color gets dirty easily

Apple’s Magic Keyboard is one of the most comfortable, reliable and good-looking keyboard we’ve ever had the pleasure of using, and it’s simply the best business keyboard for Mac users. 

It’s impressive how sleek and thin this keyboard is, especially considering how comfortable it is to use, thanks to its great bounce and satisfying tactile feedback. Despite the good tactile feedback, the keyboard hardly makes any noise while typing.

This is due in large part to that stable scissor mechanism, which Apple has adopted on its laptops as well. It’s so easy to use as well. Turn it on for the first time, and it’ll automatically pair with your Mac – it’s so decidedly Apple. 

Finally, there’s that battery, which lasts you a whole month before it needs charging, unlike other Bluetooth productivity keyboards that only last you a few days.

Logitech K780 Keyboard

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5. Logitech K780

An excellent business keyboard for mobile and tablet typing

Specifications

Interface: Wired
Keyboard backlighting: None
Switches: Scissor

Reasons to buy

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Pairs to three devices
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Cradle holds smartphones and tablets

Reasons to avoid

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AA, rather than rechargeable battery

With this keyboard, Logitech is targeting smartphone and tablet owners who prefer to use their device while sitting at a desk. And, if you were a fan of the predecessor, the K380, the Logitech K780 should be right up your alley, especially with its added number pad. 

This keyboard still has the ability to pair with three devices using Bluetooth or wireless, so you can swap between all your gadgets on the fly. Although it's not the best in matters of portability, it's a pleasure to type on thanks to its comfortable rounded keycaps.

The keyboard’s base is the star of the show, however, as it can hold mobile devices up to 11.3mm thick in an upright position. This is great if you use one of the best business tablets as your main device for working.


How to choose the best business keyboards for you?

When choosing from the best business keyboards for yourself, you'll want to keep some considerations in mind. 

For starters, what type of work do you need the keyboard for? If your work involves a lot of numbers, then a keyboard with a numeric pad will be ideal. But if your work is in the creative field, then a keyboard with added functionality (like a dial) will be useful. 

You'll want to check what type of switches the keyboard uses: is it mechanical, scissor, or rubber dome? The kind of switch used on the keyboard will determine the typing comfort and noise level. 

Consider what type of connectivity the keyboard relies on: wired or wireless? Wireless options are convenient and portable, but they have limited battery life. Wired options lack convenience, but they don't need extra batteries or recharging. 

Make sure to assess the size and design of the keyboard too. If you're often on the road, it'll help to opt for a compact keyboard. But if you find yourself stuck to the desk most of the time, then a full-size keyboard wouldn't hurt.

The best business keyboards: How we test

To test the best business keyboards, we assessed them across many factors. 

We looked at their sizes and layouts to judge their portability and the kind of work they'd be best suited for. We checked whether they had dedicated media keys and additional functionalities that would make them suitable for creative work.

We considered the type of switches they used, the typing comfort, responsiveness, and the noise level when typing. 

We evaluated the type of connectivity the keyboards offered, the battery life (on wireless options), and the pricing, among other things. 

Collin Probst
B2B Hardware Editor, TechRadar Pro

Collin is the B2B Hardware Editor for TechRadar Pro. He has been in journalism for years with experience in both small and large markets including Gearadical, DailyBeast, FutureNet and more.


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