There are several reasons a Bluetooth keyboard can improve your work situation. Many provide a more comfortable and better typing experience than your laptop or desktop keyboard, and it makes working on your phone or tablet a hell of a lot easier and more efficient. Many of us turn wherever we can sit for longer than five minutes into a makeshift office, so having a portable keyboard handy is necessary. Plus, Bluetooth keyboard options with 10-key number pads can help you mash through accounting tasks that would otherwise be a pain in the neck on your laptop’s keyboard.
And because a lot of us are still working from home, now is as good a time as ever to upgrade your at-home workstation.
Be more efficient when you’re in the office, at home or wherever your travels take you with one of the best Bluetooth keyboards below.
1. Logitech K780
Compatible with Mac, PC, Android and iOS, the Logitech K780 can connect up to three separate devices simultaneously and with just about any device you have in your home. It even has an integrated phone or tablet stand built right in. It’s a comfortable typing experience and has a 10-key number pad which isn’t found on many portable Bluetooth keyboards. Even though it doesn’t have any backlighting, it’s a stellar keyboard with a 4.5-star rating on Amazon.
2. Razer Pro Type
BEST FOR THE HOME OFFICE
Many Bluetooth keyboards are geared for the worker on the go. The Razer Pro Type is not that. Instead, this keyboard brings gaming keyboard-level performance but ditches all the crazy RGB lighting. What’s left is an entire 104-key board with a number pad and key high-performing switches, creating an accurate and comfortable typing experience. The keyboard can connect up to four devices and has about a 12-hour battery life with full use of the backlight.
3. Key Chron K3
READY FOR BOTH MAC AND WINDOWS
This compact keyboard is ready for any desktop and any system. Out of the box, it comes with both Mac and Windows keyboard caps that you can swap out for your preferred operating system. You can also choose between the different switches and find the ones that are most comfortable for you. It can connect up to three devices and can be used via USB.
4. Logitech MX Keys
Aside from the circular concaved slim keys that provide an excellent typing experience, one of the most remarkable features is automatic backlighting. The keyboard recognizes when your hands are near and will turn the backlighting on and off automatically. This feature maximizes battery life and lets you see the keys better without having to do anything extra. It has a full number pad that’s great for accounting tasks and can connect up to three devices. Plus, it works with both Mac and PC.
5. Logitech Ergo K860
BUILT FOR COMFORT
If split, ergonomic keyboards are your thing, you’ll really appreciate some of the additional design features on this Bluetooth keyboard. For starters, the keys at the split — for example, N,H,G,T — are all extended to create an asymmetrical design even though it is curved. This promotes better accuracy as you navigate the keyboard. It has an ample wrist rest and a negative tilt to keep your hands and wrist comfortable, even during marathon typing sessions. It is big and lacks backlighting, but the design is pretty awesome and unique.
6. Microsoft Designer
The Designer is tiny. It’s a super-slim keyboard that lays virtually flat on the tabletop. Although it has a compact design, Microsoft still utilized the space with cool features like an Emoji key. Wait, what? Press the Emoji key, and a menu of emojis will appear that you can quickly choose from. It is 2021, after all. You can have complete conversions with emojis alone. Aside from the emoji key, the keyboard gets up to three years of battery life. Although that’s insane, it does take four of those small disk batteries, which is a bummer.
7. Lenovo ThinkPad Keyboard II
COMPATIBILITY WITH ANDROID
It’s slim, compact and comfortable, making it ideal for travels or those who work on their Android phones and tablets. It’s light and thin enough to bring with you in your bag without you noticing the extra bulk. There’s even the little red “TrackPoint” that Lenovo ThinkPad computers are known for. There’s no support for Apple users, so team Mac will have to look elsewhere.
8. ASUS ROG Falchion Wireless
COMPACT WITH GREAT BATTERY LIFE
The ASUS ROG Falchion Wireless keyboard utilized every inch of the compact 68-key deck. You won’t find a number pad, and a handful of function keys are omitted. Still, sweet additions like a touch volume slider on the side of the keyboard maximize real estate while also providing functionality. The Cherry MX switches are prime for performance and an overall comfortable typing experience. ASUS claims without backlighting, the keyboard can last up to 18 days, which is impressive. The only drawback is computers without a USB-A port need to look for another option (sorry, Apple users).
9. Satechi Bluetooth Keyboard Extension
BEST NUMBER PAD EXTENSION
There are plenty of us out there who like the keyboard on our laptop but yearn for a number pad (especially if you do anything with accounting). Don’t worry; you don’t need to get rid of your laptop. Instead, go with this Satechi Keyboard Extension. It provides the convenience of having that handy number pad without you having to get used to the feel of a whole new keyboard. Not a bad addition especially considering it’s under $50.
10. PFU HHKB
This keyboard is a no-frills, compact as they come keyboard. It’s great for anyone that wants a handy Bluetooth keyboard that can fit in your bag and won’t take up much space on, let’s say, a flight tray on an airplane. It can even connect to a USB-C port through a wired connection. It is certainly on the pricey side for such a compact and stripped-down keyboard, but the build is quality and a comfortable typing experience.
11. Arteck HB030B
If you’re strapped for cash, but need a reliable, portable Bluetooth keyboard, the Arteck HB030B is a smart bet. It’s compatible with Mac, PC, Android and iOS so that you can connect to all your devices. And it doesn’t matter if you’re typing during the day or night, the seven different backlighting options keep your keys illuminated when you need them, and auto-sleep turns your keyboard off when you don’t. You can snag this Bluetooth keyboard for only a twenty spot.
12. iClever BK05
This portable keyboard is a solid choice for those on the go. Its foldable design makes it easy to slip in and out of laptop bags, and its overall small footprint allows you to set up and get to work just about anywhere. And if you find yourself working through the night, the changeable backlighting helps you get through dark times (we mean lighting). Even though it’s missing a number pad, there’s plenty to love about this keyboard, from the compatibility and portability to the price.
13. Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
BEST FOR MAC
Low profile, scissor-mechanism keys make this keyboard not only suitable for speed demons but also visually admirable. This full-boar keyboard is lengthy in size — you most likely won’t want to try and use it on an airplane tray table anytime soon — but the full-sized 10-key number pad is appreciated, especially for accounting tasks. If you have a Mac but need a little more from your keyboard, the Magic Keyboard one is strongly worth considering.
14. Logitech K380
BEST FOR MOBILE DEVICES
Compatible with virtually any device that sports Bluetooth capability, the Logitech K380 is a handy little Bluetooth keyboard, especially for your tablets and mobile devices. Similar to the K780, you can connect up to three devices simultaneously. One of the most fantastic features is the OS adaptability, which recognizes the device you connect to and registers the device’s shortcut keys. Pretty smart for a Bluetooth keyboard.
15. Omoton Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard
BUDGET MAC KEYBOARD
If you’re looking at a Magic Keyboard but don’t want to pay for all that Magic, consider the Omoton Bluetooth Keyboard. It’s less than $20 and connects to virtually all of your Mac and iOS devices. Plus, it’s small enough to pack around with you when you need to get going. It’s an intelligent way to get a (pseudo) Apple keyboard on the cheap.