I love wireless peripherals for their ability to reduce clutter, leave a desk looking cleaner and provide more freedom of movement. After starting my search for keyboards to rank on this list I quickly discovered the market for wireless mechanical keyboards is akin to a barren wasteland. There seems to be solid demand, but the supply of high quality mechanical keyboards with some form of wireless connectivity just isn’t there yet. Wired mechanical keyboards are somewhat of a small niche themselves (though growing rapidly).
Computer and tech enthusiasts willing to pay the premium to own mechanical keyboards are almost always looking for the best performance possible, which admittedly isn’t usually offered via wireless devices. This is especially true for PC gamers who require a 100% reliable connection with low latency and no added input lag. Wireless peripheral options are mainly coveted for the sake of portability or aesthetics (no cable management required). Still, a larger variety of mechanical keyboards with low input lag, durable build quality and reliable wireless connectivity is something the mechanical keyboard community would welcome with open arms.
Since I’m currently on the hunt for a new wireless keyboard of my own I might as well share what I’ve learned from my research. I’ll be reviewing five of the best wireless mechanical keyboards (and a few honorable mentions) to see if we can find a viable keyboard or two that’s capable of pleasing casuals and enthusiasts alike.
Criteria for Wireless Mechanical Keyboards
To make the list a keyboard needs only meet two obvious requirements. 1. Have mechanical switches of some type. In other words, no rubber dome over membrane designs. 2. Support any form of wireless connectivity, whether through the Bluetooth standard or a 2.4GHz RF USB dongle specific to that device. The ranking of these mechanical keyboards isn’t scientific, just personal opinion based on my own testing (when applicable), known facts and reported user experiences for each product. Let’s get started!
1. Obins Anne Pro
60% Wireless RGB Mechanical Keyboard
Of all the boards on this list the Anne Pro intrigues me the most with its long list of features. It’s a really new Bluetooth option on the market and I wasn’t able to find many actual reviews, but what little info I did find portrays a mechanical keyboard unlike any before it.
The Obins Anne Pro is a 60%, compact form factor mechanical keyboard that supports wireless connectivity over Bluetooth 4.0. The 60% form factor means it has no dedicated arrow keys, numpad or F1-F12 keys. The arrows and F1-F12 are there, just under a secondary layer of other keys that requires holding a Fn key to initiate. This design results in a absolutely tiny footprint that’s ideal for portability. A layout that has become very popular of late.
The other specs are also pretty amazing. It’s available with Gateron Blue, Brown or Red switches. Gateron is a copy of Cherry MX with similar qualities that some users actually consider superior due to their extreme smoothness. The newer model 2 is also available with the eclectic Kailh Box switches or industry standard Cherry MX.
The keycaps are PBT, a material usually found on more expensive mechanical keyboards that is generally more wear resistant and won’t yellow with age like ABS plastic does. On top of that they’re doubleshot! This should result in a very durable keycap with legends that are impossible to fade. The Anne Pro’s relatively thick PBT keycaps and enclosed case design combined with your favorite linear switch and O-rings will lead to a very quiet mechanical keyboard. Perfect for office use or late-night gaming sessions without disturbing your neighbors.
That’s not all. The Anne Pro’s keys are backlit with true RGB LEDs, meaning each one has a LED that supports a wide range of colors (over 16 million). The colors can even be customized by an app downloaded to your Android or Apple smartphone that also provides full key programmability. The Anne Pro is currently the only wireless mechanical keyboard on this list that is fully programamble while in wireless mode. With such a rich array of features you would think the Anne Pro would be on the pricier side, but it’s relatively cheap with prices between $70-$100 depending on switch choice.
This is one of the wireless mechanical keyboards I will be trying for myself, if for no other reason than to review it. The only negative comments I could find about the Anne Pro that stood out during my research were related to the internal rechargeable battery. It’s manufactured in China, so I’m sure they skimped a bit on battery quality. (Edit: I’ve owned the Anne Pro for over a year and the battery has performed fine, though it drains quickly if backlighting is turned on.) The battery is fairly easy to access. It’s located under the PCB and can be accessed by removing a handful of screws. If you’re tech savvy enough it wouldn’t be difficult to replace it with a higher quality and/or larger capacity battery for extended use.
2. Filco Majestouch Convertible 2
All Business Full Size Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
Filco produces top-notch mechanical keyboards constructed of high quality parts in Japan. Some of the sturdiest on the market in fact. Their highly regarded Majestouch 2 also comes in a version (model FKBC104M/EB2) with wireless support over Bluetooth. The Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 is a full size Bluetooth mechanical keyboard (also available in TKL form factor) with 104 keys, ABS keycaps and Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red or Black switches.
It’s currently one of only two full size mechanical keyboards on this list. That’s good if you want wireless operation but aren’t willing to sacrifice your numpad. Bad if you plan to travel and bring your Filco along for the ride. It’s large and relatively heavy, weighing approximately 2.7 pounds. Not exactly portable, but that’s why a TKL version also exists.
The Majestouch Convertible 2 is powered by two standard AA batteries. It can also draw power over USB while still using Bluetooth connectivity and features a battery saving mode that puts the keyboard into sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity.
The Majestouch Convertible 2 can also communicate via USB, but reportedly has problems with with Macs over the wired connection where some key presses are not properly registered. It works fine on a Mac over Bluetooth and no issues have been reported for use with PC in either wired or wireless operation.
The Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 is a solidly built mechanical keyboard from one of the most respected names in the industry. The relatively high price point will probably be too much to stomach for most, but it’s the perfect option for a full 104-key layout wireless mechanical keyboard; as long as you don’t plan on using it wired with a Mac.
3. iKBC CD87BT
Well Built, Affordable & Practical Wireless TKL Keyboard
After researching the iKBC CD87BT I can tell it takes a page from Filco’s playbook. That’s not a bad thing. This is one of those no-frills, built like a tank mechanical keyboards made for max functionality and productivity. It may not have as many flashy features compared to some of the keyboards on this list, but iKBC as a brand tends to focus on high quality products rather than gimmicks and marketing hype. The result is one of the most reliable and well-built wireless mechanical keyboards for the money.
The CD87BT is a TKL (87-key) wireless mechanical keyboard in ANSI layout with laser etched PBT keycaps (OEM profile), Blueooth 3.0 and USB-C connectivity. USB-C is the future for wired keyboard connectivity, so you will be happy to know iKBC went with detachable USB Type-C for when Bluetooth is not available or unneeded. It can be paired and switched between four Bluetooth device profiles using the Fn + F1-F4 keys. iKBC produces the CD87BT with five Cherry MX switch types (Blue, Brown, Red, Silent Red or Clear), so whether you prefer clicky, tactile or linear there’s an option for everyone.
Wireless operation is powered by two standard AAA batteries accessible from the bottom of the keyboard. Battery life is generally measured between three to four months under normal activity. I would recommend replacing the stock batteries with a quality brand of rechargeables for added convenience.
Also found on the bottom is a On/Off switch and collection of DIP switches. The On/Off switch allows you to completely disable Bluetooth when not in use to conserve battery life. The DIP switches are used for adjusting the default key arrangements (switching between Mac/PC mode, swapping Caps Lock with Left Ctrl or Fn key, etc.). You’re also given the option to choose between Qwerty, Dvorak or Colemak layout by pressing Fn + Ins, Home or Page Up.
The iKBC CD87BT has four large rubber feet on the bottom of the keyboard that provide traction when it’s sitting flat. It also has 2-stage flip out feet (rubber tipped) for multiple height/angle adjustments. This 2-stage design means a smaller set of flip-out feet is inset inside the larger feet. I really like keyboards that makes use of this feature. It’s a design concept that I’m familiar with thanks to the Durgod K320 Nebula, another excellent TKL mechanical keyboard I recently reviewed.
Another handy feature located on the bottom of the keyboard is a three-way cable gutter. This is a method of cable retention that securely holds the detachable USB-C cable without putting pressure on the port (a common failure point on keyboards) and allows you to route the cable from the keyboard in three directions (left/right side or middle) depending on the needs of your setup.
It may not look the part, but the iKBC CD87BT would also make a great wireless gaming keyboard since it has that compact TKL form factor and full N-key rollover support. I highly recommend the iKBC CD87BT for those who desire a clean looking, practical and heavy-duty wireless mechanical keyboard with premium build quality.
4. Logitech G613
Lag-free Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
The Logitech G613 isn’t exactly a personal favorite of mine, but it belongs on this list for one reason and one reason only. Lightspeed. Honestly, I’m a little biased against mechanical keyboards like this, but even I can admit the wireless performance over Logitech’s proprietary Lightspeed technology is second to none. It may sound like another marketing gimmick, but anyone who’s ever used a Logitech wireless gaming mouse with a Lightspeed USB dongle can attest that it’s not. I own their G305 wireless gaming mouse with Lightspeed and as far as responsiveness is concerned this technology is indistinguishable from any top performing wired mouse. There truly is less input lag (the G613 is rated at 1ms with a 1000Hz polling rate) compared to Bluetooth connectivity, which the G613 also supports for greater device compatibility.
The Logitech G613 is a large, full size wireless mechanical keyboard in ANSI layout with dedicated media buttons along the top right side and a column of 6 programmable macro keys (dubbed G-keys by Logitech) on the left. The keyboard is about 19 inches wide and 8.5 inches deep with a weight of 1410 grams (about 3.1 pounds). It has a built-in, non-removable wrist rest that adds further bulk. Better have plenty of free space on your desk, because the G613 requires a lot of it.
The G613 is a mainstream “gaming” mechanical keyboard with a lot of marketing hype, but the actual hardware leaves a lot to be desired. The G613 uses Logitech’s infamous Romer-G tactile switches. Most in the community, myself included, are not the biggest fans of this switch. Romer-G tactile switches have a shorter total travel distance of 3.2mm with the point of actuation being at 1.5mm. Actuation force is 45g. A very light tactile switch. Logitech rates the lifespan of Romer-G switches at 70 million key presses. The main problem with Romer-G switches is they’re known to feel very mushy and the tactility is weak. They also have a proprietary mounting stem not compatible with standard MX mount, so finding replacement keycaps will be next to impossible. On the positive side the keys have almost no wobble thanks to this mount system.
The keycaps themselves are also nothing to write home about. Thin ABS in OEM profile with pad-printed legends. ABS is prone to shine with use and legends produced with the pad-printing technique have terrible durability. After only a few months of heavy use you’ll be seeing lots of wear and tear. At least the font Logitech has chosen for the legends is actually very nice compared to most gaming keyboards. Clean and easy to read. I should also point out that non-standard bottom row, but it’s not like you’ll be replacing the keycaps anyway.
The G613 has a very long battery life and the batteries are easily replaceable when the time comes. It’s powered by 2 standard and affordable AA batteries. Logitech claims a battery life of up to 18 months, so no issues there.
Yes, I have a few complaints about the Logitech G613’s hardware. It’s far from perfect. The switches aren’t the greatest, it’s not backlit and the keycaps kind of suck. Except for RGB backlighting it has all the hallmarks of a typical overhyped “gaming” keyboard. However, the G613 is one of the few affordable options on the market for those who require a wireless mechanical keyboard capable of actually being used wirelessly to play competitive, hardcore games at a Pro level with virtually no input delay.
Every Bluetooth mechanical keyboard I’ve tested has a tiny amount of input lag, but they’re still fine for typing and general use. Even some casual gaming is perfectly acceptable over Bluetooth. But Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless technology provides raw performance numbers on par with the best wired mechanical keyboards. If you prioritize responsiveness and will be gaming heavily over a wireless connection the Logitech G613 should be your first and only choice. Edit: Or possibly consider the newly released G915 if you’re made of money.
5. Filco Majestouch Minila Air
Mini Wireless Mechanical Keyboard with Non-standard Layout
We’ve finally reached the last wireless mech in the Top 5 and wouldn’t you know it, another Filco. I wouldn’t mind only having access to Filco mechanical keyboards. I like them that much. This tiny beast is no exception, though I suspect it may have a limited audience.
The Filco Majestouch MINILA Air is another compact 60% wireless mechanical keyboard like the Anne Pro discusses above, yet the layout here is a bit…quirky (just look at that bottom row and spacebar). But once you get past some strange key positioning it’s another premium product from Filco that exudes quality. That’s enough to pique my interest.
Don’t let its meager size fool you. Like pretty much all of Filco’s products, the Majestouch MINILA Air is built like a tank and ready for war. Despite the small footprint it weighs in at dense 1.5 pounds (680g). That’s on the heavy side for this board’s physical dimensions; approaching typical TKL weight. For comparison’s sake the Anne Pro in similar size and form factor weighs about 590g.
Two Fn keys are located on the bottom row at each side of the 3u spacebar (good luck finding aftermark 3u spacebars, BTW). This setup allows for maximum efficiency with little finger/hand movement. Once you get accustom to the unique layout, that is. DIP switches located on the back provided limited programmability by allowing you to switch the placement of certain modifier keys.
The key placements are definitely awkward compared to standard layouts, but I’m happy Filco managed to squeeze in dedicated arrow keys in this space limited form factor. Still, it comes with quite a few compromises to key size to make that happen. Along with that 3u spacebar the 1u right Shift could be especially problematic. Keep that in mind if you have any hesitations about typing on such a non-standard layout. It will likely require a much longer period of adjustment than typical 60% layouts.
Available switch options for the Filco Majestouch MINILA Air wireless mechanical keyboard include Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red and Black. Boring and predictable by this point, but Cherry is the reliable industry standard after all.
Keycap material is the only issue I personally have with these Filco boards. They both use ABS plastic with pad printed legends. The full sized Filco has a standard layout and key sizes, so it would be easy to find high-quality PBT replacements. Finding replacements keycaps for the Majestouch MINILA Air will be a challenge (if any even exist). It’s not a huge deal, but worth considering before you take the plunge. Filco mechs aren’t cheap and once you own one you’ll want another, so tread lightly!
The main list is limited to my choice of the five best wireless mechanical keyboards, but other solid options also exist that are worthy of consideration. New and exciting mechanical keyboards are being announced and released every year, so eventually some of the top five could be replaced by more recent products with better features. The Varmilo VB87M is the first to be bumped from the main list. Not due to any quality concerns, but an unfortunate lack of availability (possibly discontinued).
Premium TKL Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
Next up is a TKL (TenKeyLess) Bluetooth 4.0 enabled mechanical keyboard from Varmilo. The VB87M features a 87-key mid-sized layout that size wise falls somewhere in the middle between compact 75%’ers and full sized boards with numpads. It uses a internal rechargeable battery, not AA’s.
Like the Filco, the Varmilo VB87M is another high quality mechanical keyboard with a rugged build quality. It’s available with Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red or Black switches. Or if you prefer Gateron switches they have been known to use a large variety of those, specifically Blue, Brown, Red, Black or Clear.
You have two color choices for the keycaps (black or white) and their material is PBT, so that’s a plus. The legends are laser etched. Normally laser etched legends can fade, but these happen to be side printed. So unless you have a really weird typing style the characters won’t be fading away anytime soon. The keys do feature white LED backlighting, but the legends are not translucent so they won’t be illuminated.
Prices for the Varmilo VB87M hover in the $140 range, but finding one is another story. This Bluetooth keyboard is rarely in stock from the more reputable shops. If you find one for sale and have the funds I would recommend snatching it up quickly.
Drevo Calibur RGB 71-Key
Cheap 65% Wireless Keyboard with RGB & Arrow Keys
The Calibur’s style and layout reminds me of the Magicforce 68 I previously reviewed. The Drevo Calibur is a 65% wireless mechanical keyboard with floating key design in either all black or white theme. It has a long, thin profile. The length is comparable to TKL layouts but the depth is shorter, much like a compact 60%. With the retail price hovering around $60 the Calibur is by far the best value for a Bluetooth 4.0 mechanical keyboard with true RGB backlighting.
Corners had to be cut somewhere to reach this low price point. That corner was apparently the switches. They are Outemu MX clone switches in either clicky Blue or linear Black. Similar to Gateron, but generally considered to be of inferior quality. The lowest quality switch on this list, but still mechanical and infinitely better than 99% of membrane type rubber dome boards.
The keycaps are advertised as doubleshot PBT, which would be a bit of a miracle at this price range. A quality set of PBT keycaps alone will usually set you back $40+. It has RGB backlighting with various patterns, profiles and adjustable brightness. You can also record two of your own lighting profiles with individual key color customization.
The rechargeable internal battery provides about 20 hours of typing on a full charge and the RGB backlighting will automatically shut off when not in use to conserve battery life.
To be frank, the Drevo Calibur barely made the cut. It probably wouldn’t have in a world abundant with excellent wireless mechanical keyboards, but the pickings were slim. Not to say it’s a bad mech. The Calibur has some really nice features you just don’t normally find in this low of a price bracket. That being said, I’m not a huge fan of Outemu switches. The next newly released wireless mechanical keyboard that uses Cherry MX or better mechanical switches will have a good opportunity to bump the Drevo from its top 5 spot on this list.
Modern Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboard with Retro Style
We have a new addition to this list. The TADA68 Pro with wireless connectivity over Bluetooth 3.0. I had been using the popular Anne Pro as the main Bluetooth keyboard with my HTPC setup for over a year. However, the layout of the TADA68 Pro caught my attention and eventually lured me into a purchase.
The TADA68 Pro’s compact 65% layout with dedicated arrow keys is one of the best selling points on this list. I personally prefer compact mechanical keyboards over larger full size layouts, but that often requires sacrificing your dedicated arrow keys if you want a keyboard smaller than the TKL layout. The TADA68 manages to squeeze in arrow keys while only adding one key column of additional width over traditional 60% keyboard layouts, making it noticeably smaller than other 65% type layouts (used by keyboards such as the Drevo Calibur seen below).
I’ve tried practically every keyboard layout from tiny 40% portables all the way to behemoth full size boards with tons of extra macro and media keys. My favorite ended up being the 65-75% range layouts that include dedicated arrow keys. It really is the ideal layout for a compact setup that doesn’t make too many compromises by removing important and frequently used keys.
A great layout isn’t all you get with the TADA68 Pro. It has excellent quality two-tone PBT keycaps with high contrast dye-sublimated legends. Probably the best set of stock keycaps from all the boards featured on this list. The switches are reliable Cherry MX in your choice of Red, Blue, Brown or Silver, so you know what to expect there. I went with the Silver (also known as the Speed switch) to try out Cherry’s lower actuation distance switches.
The TADA68 Pro has a thick metal backplate which is very sturdy and prevents the keyboard from any unwanted flexing. It feels hefty and strong for the size. The case is dense plastic, which is a must for wireless mechanical keyboards as metal cases could interfere or even completely block the signal. It also has subtle white LED backlighting; though the keycaps being dye-subbed means the backlighting doesn’t shine through the legends, only under the keycaps.
The only real con of the TADA68 Pro worth mentioning is the disappointing programmability with the default firmware. (Note: The original TADA68 wired version is much better in this regard, featuring flashable QMK firmware with full programmability.) The TADA68 Pro wireless mechanical keyboard is lacking in this area compared to the Anne Pro, which allows you full key customization even in wireless mode. The TADA68 Pro has programmability, but it only works while wired. For my use this wasn’t a deal breaker, but if you absolutely require programmability AND wireless support the Anne Pro would be a better option.
That being said, I found the TADA68 Pro to be an overall better built keyboard than the Anne Pro. It would likely only be met or bested in build quality by Filco’s wireless mechanical keyboards. There does appear to be limited availability, but if the TADA68 Pro happens to be out of stock the AKKO 3068 provides a cheaper alternative. The 3068 is a very similar wireless mechanical keyboard minus the LED backlighting and slightly different keycaps.
Important Aspects of a Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
When searching for a mechanical keyboard there are many qualities you should consider, such as: switch type, keycap material, case construction, layout, programmability, backlighting, price, aesthetics, overall build quality and much more. Wireless keyboards have additional aspects on top of those that are just as important. Before deciding on which wireless mechanical keyboard to purchase you should also take into account the following aspects:
- Type of Wireless Connectivity – Most wireless keyboards use standard Bluetooth technology to sync with a variety of devices. Bluetooth’s major advantage is it provides a large range of compatibility since most modern devices, from smartphones to video games console, feature native Bluetooth support. For gaming and other applications that require better performance and lower latency a wireless keyboard that uses 2.4Ghz RF (radio frequency) is the better choice. RF wireless mechanical keyboards usually come with a receiver/dongle that must be plugged into a USB port to communicate with the keyboard. 2.4Ghz RF keyboards will generally provide a consistent connection with lower latency. Though the Bluetooth standard keeps improving with each new version, so this might not always be the case.
- Batteries – Battery life is crucial for any device that depends solely on wireless connectivity. You’ll generally have two choices. Either a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (usually not user replaceable) or standard size alkaline type batteries that are replaceable. What battery type you choose will mostly come down to personal preference. Standard batteries that you can replace should last longer, but when they do eventually drain you’ll have to spend a little money to buy more. Built-in lithium-ion batteries won’t last nearly as long on a single charge, but they can be easily recharged over USB once drained and won’t need to be replaced.
- On/Off Switch – This is often overlooked, but having a dedicated switch to enable/disable wireless connectivity is a handy feature. The ability to completely switch off wireless support when the keyboard is either not in use or being used over a wired connection will drastically increase battery life and lower the frequency of recharges.
- Case Material – Aluminum, steel and other types of metal alloy construction could potentially reduce the range of your wireless mechanical keyboard. Most competent keyboard manufacturers should take signal interference into consideration with their case designs, but if maximum range is important to you a plastic case might provide better results.
This quick overview of the best wireless mechanical keyboards currently available on the market offers a great starting point for anyone searching for a quality wireless solution. The inclusion of Bluetooth will allow you to quickly and easily connect a physical keyboard to a phone, TV, tablet, notebook PC or even video game consoles.
The overall selection and variety of mechanical keyboards with wireless support may not be up to par, but the top rated models featured above all offer a high quality mechanical typing experience over Bluetooth or other methods of wireless connectivity. So the next time you’re traveling or simply relaxing on the couch and yearning for a mech, just remember other options exist that won’t leave you tethered to your devices. Now you can cut the cord to gain freedom of mobility and finally be rid of cable clutter.
Know of another wireless mechanical keyboard I left off that you think is worthy of a spot on this list? If so, please leave a comment below and share your opinions.