Not unlike when we ventured to choose the best mice, deciding which keyboard is best for you is a subjective process that largely depends on what you'll be doing with it and what feels comfortable under your hands. This is the part of your computer you interact with the most and thus picking the right one deserves some serious thought. We're here to shave off a few hours from that process, combining our own testing over the years with that of dozens of expert reviews and feedback from thousands of users across the web.

These are our picks for best keyboards whether you are looking for a gaming-centric keyboard, a space-saving wireless option, something that can connect to multiple devices over bluetooth, get some work done, or control your HTPC from the couch.

Best Keyboard for Work

Das Keyboard 4 Professional

Great | Differentiating Features
Sturdy, well-built, clicky tactile feedback makes it a pleasure to type on. Available with Cherry MX Blue, Brown switches.

Good | Most Have It
Integrated hub supports USB 3.0, dedicated media keys.

Average | Competitors May Be Better
No backlighting at this price feels like an unfair omission.

Das Keyboard has built a loyal following among mechanical keyboard enthusiasts since 2005. Their latest entry, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional has been around since 2014 and despite a number of new features and additions, the board stays true to its roots in terms of aesthetics and its 104-key layout. The shape of the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is similar to its predecessor, but there’s a media hub located on the top right corner, with an oversized volume knob and dedicated play, next track, previous track, sleep and mute buttons.

Das also upgraded the built-in USB hub to USB 3.0, with two ports sitting on the back right edge just above the logo. That’s about it as far as extras are concerned. As usual, Das' minimal approach to providing a first rate typing experience means this board doesn't have the bells and whistles you'll find in many similarly priced units. There are no macro keys, no way to change the keystroke speed, no support for profiles and no backlighting.

The keyboard dispenses with much of the glossy plastic that defined the line's looks in the past and instead uses an aluminum top panel less prone to finger smudges. It's sturdier, too. It can be purchased with either blue or brown Cherry MX switches. The blue switches are clickier, louder and have an actuation force rating of 50 grams. The brown switches offer a softer feel and require an actuation force of just 45 grams.

This is the sort of board you'd be proud to use at work -- it delivers a pleasurable typing experience in a professional looking package. The lack of features will likely alienate some at its current price of $170, especially with the increasingly stiff competition (see below), but then again while the Das Keyboard 4 may be competent for gaming it’s not designed with that demographic in mind.

Honorable mentions in this category include the Code Keyboard which is arguably Das' most direct competitor, and if you are looking for a more affordable alternative, the Cooler Master's QuickFire XT and Rosewill RK-9000V2 are two great options under $100.

Best Gaming Keyboard

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RapidFire

Great | Differentiating Features
Cherry MX Speed switches; customizable multi-color LED per-key backlighting looks fantastic; large, detachable, textured wrist rest.

Good | Most Have It
Great build quality, discreet media keys.

Average | Competitors May Be Better
Non-standard keycap sizes on certain keys.

The K70 RGB series quickly became a favorite when we first tried it out a few months ago. The Rapidfire version in particular is all about speed thanks to the use of new MX Speed switches that reduce travel distance to 1.2mm for a lighting fast 4ms actuation speed. Coming from a keyboard with the full 2mm travel to actuation, the shorter Rapidfire switches takes a little bit of getting used to, but it can make a difference for gamers to whom split seconds really do matter.

Although the bulk of the keyboard has been constructed from plastic, the face of the keyboard features a thick brushed aluminum plate which provides the feel of a premium product that won't flex. The K70 RGB Rapidfire features a clean, straightforward design and looks quite imposing overall. This is complemented by multi-color LED per-key backlighting, which is extremely configurable to create various lighting effects (or download pre-designed ones) through the Corsair Utility Engine, where you can also play with reprogramming keys, making macros, and linking games and applications with different keyboard profiles.

Aside from the standard 104-key US layout there are physical buttons for light dimming, a Windows button lock, media buttons, and a volume scroll wheel which has been crafted from aluminum and feels great to the touch. There’s also a large, detachable, textured wrist rest which is really appreciated.

At 436mm long, 16mm deep and 38mm thick Corsair delivers a board that fits in nicely with a work desk but is meant for gamers, with fast actuation times, customizable lightning that looks stunning, and the fantastic tactile feel of a mechanical keyboard.

Best Wireless Keyboard

Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800

Great | Differentiating Features
Slim profile, space-saving design, solid build quality, clever battery saver features, comfortable typing at minimum noise.

Good | Most Have It
Replaceable batteries, charging via micro-USB, media keys, great backlighting implementation.

Average | Competitors May Be Better
Feels a bit fragile, allows for a significant amount of flex.

There’s truly no one size fits all when it comes to keyboards but if you want more freedom and less cable clutter on your desk, the Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard is a top contender that strikes a nice balance of comfort, size and features. The board itself has a sleek, streamlined design that’s thin on the front and tapered towards the rear, giving it a wedge shape that allows it stand upright whenever it’s not in use to save space -- not exactly a quality you’d look for in a keyboard but can come in handy for those with limited real estate on their desks. The portion immediately outside the keys features a glossy black plastic finish and there’s an ergonomic palm rest to help you type comfortably.

As the name suggests this is a backlight illuminated keyboard but Logitech added a couple of features to make it stand out. The first are sensors that control the level of brightness in response to ambient light -- you can still manually adjust it to whatever you like, of course. The other is a motion sensor that trigger backlighting whenever your hands come in close proximity, and slowly fade it out once your hands leave the sensory zone in order to preserve battery life.

The K800 has your typical keyboard layout with a full number pad and set of function keys. Typing on the keyboard’s sculpted keys is an overall comfortable experience and shows no sign of lag over its 2.4 GHz RF connection. The keystrokes strike a good balance between rigidity and softness, and compared with other keyboards, the K800 is significantly less clacky.

The keyboard will stay charged for about 10 days with the included AA NiMh batteries, which can recharge via micro-USB cable or you can swap them out for your own. The K800 also can be turned on and off with a switch located on the keyboard to conserve battery life and lengthen the time between charges.

Ultimately the feel of a keyboard is subject to personal preference but the the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 checks all the important boxes when it comes to wireless keyboards for desktop use.

Best HTPC Keyboard

Logitech Illuminated Living Room Keyboard K830

Great | Differentiating Features
Sleek design, excellent touchpad. Backlit keys automatically dim after five seconds of inactivity to avoid distractions. Long lasting internal USB-rechargable battery.

Good | Most Have It
Good wireless range, built in media keys.

Average | Competitors May Be Better
A little pricey.

If you are looking for a wireless keyboard built specifically for the couch then you’re going to need an integrated pointing device in a living room friendly size, and ideally something that’s still useful after you’ve turned down the lights. The Logitech K830 Illuminated Living Room Keyboard checks all the boxes with a sleek and compact design and keys that only light up when needed.

This is a full-sized keyboard with a built in touchpad that’s ample enough for the form factor, along with left and right mouse buttons as well as three hot keys for volume control (mute, volume decrease, and volume increase).

Although its low profile keys offer a decent typing experience, the Logitech K830 is designed to be a home entertainment companion first and foremost. Its standout feature is a backlighting system that automatically adapts to ambient light and slowly fades out when you are mot actively using it. This not only saves battery, but also lets you completely focus on your movie without bright keys shining in your face.

The upper row of keys feature secondary functions for helpful tasks like closing windows, showing the desktop, searching, and playing/pausing media. These are all reprogrammable using Logitech’s companion software.

At around $85, our only complaint about the K830 is that it's a little pricey for a living room keyboard. Especially when there's a great alternative like Logitech's own Wireless Touch K400 Plus. It may not have many bells and whistles but it's an excellent alternative for just $35. It drops backlighting and USB charging -- using two AA batteries instead -- but it's light and mobile enough to comfortably use on the lap while kicked back on the couch.

Best Bluetooth (Multi-Device) Keyboard

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Great | Differentiating Features
Excellent battery life, portable, comfortable to type on. Cheap.

Good | Most Have It
Can switch between up to three Bluetooth-enabled devices and plays well with pretty much any platform.

Average | Competitors May Be Better
No backlighting.

If you juggle different devices on an average day and would like to have a consistent typing experience across all of them the Logitech K380 is not only a terrific keyboard, but also quite inexpensive. This comfortable, compact keyboard can switch between up to three Bluetooth-enabled devices and plays well with iOS, Android, Windows, OS X and Chrome OS.

The Logitech K380 is comfortable and responsive enough for most people’s typing needs with a good amount of travel and a gratifying audible feedback -- but it’s not loud enough to disturb other people in the same room. It has round keys, which might feel unusual at first but doesn’t take much time getting used to, and there’s good spacing between them to keep mistypes down to a minimum.

The layout is a little tricky at first -- given its size Logitech basically ditched the home and end buttons while insert is a function and delete is a small key above the backspace. We wouldn’t recommend the Logitech K380 as your primary PC keyboard -- unless typing on multiple mobile devices makes up a significant share of your everyday typing -- but it’s good enough to keep on your desk as a secondary unit or in the living room. It’s also light and compact enough to fit into a bag and take on the go.

Pairing with a new device is as simple as holding down one of the three yellow buttons on the keyboard until its light starts blinking. Once you have paired three devices you can switch between them with one key press.

There’s a full row of keys for Android including home, recent apps, menu, and back as well as media controls. The K380 will map keys accordingly depending on which device it’s paired to. For example, home opens a new Chrome window in Chrome OS, recent apps is basically alt+tab, and the menu key opens the right-click menu on Windows.

One area where the K380 really shines is battery life. The K380 runs on two included AAA batteries and Logitech claims it will last for as much as two years of heavy use. It doesn’t have backlit keys but that’s the tradeoff you make for such exceptional battery life.

Some alternatives include Logitech’s own K480 which features a docking slot for your devices, but most reviewers found that the K380 is more comfortable to type on, while the K810/K811 adds backlighting, superior build quality and a rechargeable built in battery -- but costs three times as much.

Best Budget Keyboard

Microsoft Wired Desktop 600

Great | Differentiating Features
Solid build quality, spill resistant, no frills reliable keyboard.

Good | Most Have It
Dedicated media keys.

Average | Competitors May Be Better
We'd rather be able to buy it for less without the bundled mouse.

If you're just looking for a basic keyboard you’ll be hard pressed to find something as solid as Microsoft's Wired Desktop 600. It has been around a long time, and we've seen it bundled with many PC systems over the years, though far from being a bad thing it just means it’s a proven design that has been able to withstand the test of time.

The keyboard itself is concave shaped with the spacebar and number keys higher than the letter rows. Keys press easily without much force for an overall comfortable, quiet typing experience. There are dedicated media buttons for play/pause, volume up, volume down, and mute, a full row of function keys and a calculator hot key.

This wired keyboard is designed to withstand an accidental spill and is ready to work out of the box -- just plug-and-play, no software to install.

The Microsoft Wired Desktop can be found for around $23 online and ships with a basic ambidextrous optical mouse too. If you’re looking for a cheap but solid and reliable full size keyboard, don’t mind lower-profile keys and don't like to change batteries in wireless devices, this is your keyboard.