Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
Now... we all know mechanical keyboards are without a doubt the best desktop typing device, but some of us hate wires and would instead prefer having the best wireless mechanical keyboard around. And that's okay. Wireless mechanical keyboard technology is so advanced now that you won't be able to tell the difference in performance.
This new breed of wireless mechanical keyboards gives you the superior tactile feeling of a mechanical keyboard with the freedom of wireless.
We had to do some digging because quite frankly, there aren't many wireless mechanical keyboards, but here's our picks for the best wireless mechanical keyboard. Check them out!
** One thing to note about the wireless mechanical keyboard is that the key rollover will not be the same as their wired brothers. Key Rollover is the maximum number of keys you can press at once and still be recognized by the keyboard, and unfortunately over a wireless connection this isn't all too possible.
You can always check out the best tenkeyless mechanical keyboards if you would like something more portable and still have key rollover.
Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard: #1
The XArmor U9w is a no frills full sized wireless mechanical keyboard with cherry MX switches, which makes it one of our top choices for for best wireless mechanical keyboard. There aren't many wireless keyboards that use the standard Cherry MX switches, so this keyboard is perfect for those who enjoy quality tactile responsiveness.
The keyboard comes with Cherry MX Brown switches which are the best all-around keys for both typing and gaming (they have a low actuation force - the force required to press and activate the key), so this is perfect for those who work in an office environment (that's if you care whether or not the clicking of your keyboard might annoy your coworkers) or plan to game at home.
The key actuation is consistent across all the buttons which will help you make fewer typing mistakes and increase your typing speed.
The keyboard itself feels strong and has a very sturdy frame, which makes the XArmor U9W one of the heavier mechanical keyboards we reviewed, but I personally don't mind that.
Inside the box you will get the micro-sized USB receiver as well as a USB cable so you can plug the keyboard in via USB if your batteries run out. The keyboard itself is powered by 2 AA batteries (and has built-in battery saving features such an auto-sleep when not in use), and comes with a removable wrist rest. The keyboard operates on the 2.4 GHz wireless spectrum and has a wireless range of 15 feet.
The keyboard works on both Windows and Mac, so if you are looking for the best wireless mechanical keyboard for mac, well here you go.
- Cherry MX switches
- Very sturdy
- Standard, full-size, and simple
- Very consistent key actuation
- Two key roll-over
Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard: #2
The cool thing about this wireless mechanical keyboard is that it features an AES encrypted USB dongle, which ensures everything you’re typing can’t be cracked by hackers. As you can guess, that's how this keyboard earned its name. The encryption algorithm is considered to be the strongest available. Each input that the keyboard receives is transmitted with this encryption, so it would take a billion-billion years to crack even with a supercomputer at your disposal. This prevents malicious agents from capturing important information – like your bank details or passwords.
As for the switches on the Matis Secure Pro, unfortunately you won't get the standard Cherry MX switches, which might be a deal breaker for some people. Instead, the Matis Pro uses proprietary Matias Quiet Switches, which are still high-quality tactile switches modified to be more quiet than regular mechanical switches.
Another awesome feature of this keyboard is that instead of using 2 AA batteries, it has a 1,600 mAh battery. This allows the keyboard to be used for between six and twelve months on a single charge. The keyboard also comes with USB charging ports so you can charge other devices from your keyboard.
This wireless mechanical keyboard polls at 200 Hz, which means it sends the keystrokes very frequently and you shouldn’t notice a lag or delay when typing. The keyboard is also designed with anti-ghosting technology which is great.
This wireless mechanical keyboard can be used on both Windows and Mac.
- Great battery life
- 128 bit AES
- Simple design
- No sleep mode
Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard: #3
The Drevo Calibur 71-key wireless mechanical keyboard delivers the best bang for your buck out of all wireless mechanical keyboards currently available. Its compact key layout (notice the missing top row and absence of a numpad) saves desk space, giving you more breathing room for your mouse/mousepad.
The Calibur's key feature is its dual pairing, which you can use to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth for up to 20 hours of constant use, or take advantage of the USB connector for non-stop wired action.
With the wireless mode, you'll get the benefits of a non-tethered keyboard; however, its downside is a somewhat limited polling rate of approximately 26Hz, restricting your typing speed to 50 WPM.
All 71 keys come with customizable lights and feature the increasingly more popular Kailh switches, and Drevo lets you choose either the Blue or the Black version of the switch. If you are already familiar with the Cherry MX line of mechanical keyboard switches, you'll have a good idea of what each color is going to feel like.
In fact, in our opinion the Blue Kailh switches provide an even better tactile response than the Cherry MX Blue switches. Even though Kailh switches are frequently considered inferior to Cherry MX switches, our experience was decisively positive. All keys felt the same, which Drevo accomplished through sturdy stabilizers, high-quality double shot PBT keycaps, and a circuit board mounted to a metal plate.
Overall, this is a great little wireless mechanical keyboard suitable for gamers and office workers alike. Given how little it's currently selling for on Amazon, we don’t expect it to lose its top place in our list of best wireless mechanical keyboard anytime soon.
- Excellent value
- Multi-color backlit keys
- Compact size
- Fast bluetooth pairing
- High quality build
- Kailh switches not for everyone
- Increased delay in wireless mode
Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard: #4
There’s good reason why Filco is one of the most respected manufacturers of mechanical keyboards in the industry. Their precision and attention to detail is reflected in all aspects of their products. The Convertible is the first full-sized (105-key) wireless mechanical keyboard from Filco, featuring steel-mounted Cherry MX switches, N-key rollover, and an unassuming design that should fit any number of style preferences.
The case of the keyboard is made from thick plastic painted with a black matte color. As such, the keyboard is completely fingerprint-proof, which is obviously a big plus. What we really like about the Majestouch is the sheer thickness of the plastic and the weight of the metal that make up its frame. The keyboard just feels sturdy and durable, and will also be resistant to flexing.
Connection to your computer or any other compatible device is made via Bluetooth or USB cable. Both options work equally well, with minimal delay. The Majestouch 2 is powered by two AA batteries, and the manufacturer states that it should last for months on a single pair. Given Filco’s excellent reputation, we have no reason to doubt this statement.
- Matte surface
- Unassuming full-sized design
- Excellent tactile response
- Solid build quality
- Very long battery life
- Costly (premium price - you get what you pay for)
Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard: #5
With the MINILA Air keyboard, Filco took everything great about the Majestouch 2 and squeezed it into an extra small case, making an already great keyboard into the best wireless mechanical keyboard. They achieved this by giving each key multiple functions. For example, pressing the function key and E/S/D/F at the same time corresponds to the arrow cluster, and the function key in combination with the [:;] key works as backspace.
Given the above, this keyboard won't be for everyone. Gamers in particular will struggle to use the key combinations, although there's always the potential to re-keybind everything to fit the specific layout of this keyboard. Another potential downside of the unusual layout is the incompatibility of certain keys with standard keycaps.
What you do get, however, is a 67 key wireless keyboard with Filco quality. The MINILA Air is rugged, wireless, and lasts a very long time on a single pair of AA batteries. The integrated Bluetooth module delivers a stable connection that’s responsive enough even for fast-paced games. If you do decide to buy the Air, make sure you're computer is bluetooth enabled. If not, you'll need to buy one separately for a few extra bucks since Filco does not include one with the wireless mechanical keyboard itself.
- Sturdy build quality
- Cherry MX keys
- Compact size (smallest of those listed)
- Layout forces you to use unintuitive key combinations
- Bluetooth receiver (for non-bluetooth enabled devices) not included
Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard: #6
Plum Nano 75
The Plum Nano 75 is an elegant, compact wireless mechanical keyboard that uses electrostatic capacitive switches, which makes the keyboard much quieter than a regular mechanical keyboard, while preserving the familiar tactile response.
The electrostatic switch consists of a slider in a housing over a rubber dome. The housing is typically compatible with regular keycaps for Cherry MX switches, opening the door to a ton of keyboard customization. The rubber dome is placed over a conical coiled spring, which connects with a printed circuit board. The tactile feel itself is provided mostly by the robber dome.
Deskthority explains, "when the conical spring is compressed, a capacitive sensing mechanism on the PCB senses the keypress mid-actuation. Circuitry on the PCB collects sensing data from smaller key groups and feeds it to the controller."
In practice, you can expect smooth, precise operation with a slight tactile bump and indistinguishable mid-stroke actuation point. With the Plum Nano75, you can choose either switches with 35 grams of resistance or switches with 45 grams of resistance. Both types include RGB lighting. The keyboard connects to your computer via a built-in Bluetooth module, so you can keep the Nano75 connected to multiple devices and switch between them by pressing the function key and F10 and F11. Also worth mentioning is the integrated mouse function—perfect for any HTPC or TV. The Plum Nano 75 is one hell of a keyboard and that's why it rightfully deserves its spot in our list of the best wireless mechanical keyboard.
- Quiet electrostatic keys
- RGB backlighting
- Integrated mouse function
- Compatible with Cherry MX keycaps
- Limited availability
- Electrostatic switches not truly 'mechanical'
Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboard: #7
- Small and stylish
- Multiple customization options
- Large, integrated battery
- Detachable USB cable
- 6 key rollover
Our last pick. the Royal Kludge RK-61 is a great entry level wireless mechanical keyboard for those who don’t want to spend too much money just to find out what the fuss is all about. It’s slim, aesthetically pleasing, has backlit keys, and you can choose between several different types of switches, including the beloved Cherry MX Blue and Kailh MX Blue switches. The keyboard itself comes in two variations—white and black—but only the white version features a rainbow-style LED lighting; the black version sports simple yet stylish white LEDs.
The Royal Kludge RK-61 has an integrated 1000mAh battery, which can be charged via the included micro USB port. The inclusion of the port also makes it possible to put the keyboard into wired mode. Regardless of your personal choice for switches, the double shot keycaps are great for both typing and gaming. Even though the keyboard is very small, it feels sturdy.
The only negative is the six-key rollover, especially when compared to all other keyboards on this list, which come with N-key rollover (if you're confused - check out this explanation here).
Though there aren't as many options when you're thinking about going wireless, there are still plenty of great high quality products you can get. Personally, I really like the secure pro. I think it's a pretty awesome little keyboard though I use it for day to day tasks and not high-intensity gaming. There you have it! This concludes our list of the best wireless mechanical keyboards of 2016.