The Best Wireless Keyboard and Mouse of 2018By Brendan Nystedt
A high-quality keyboard and mouse can transform your computing experience. If you spend hours and hours every day on your computer, a comfortable, reliable set of input accessories is a must for productivity.
You don't need to spend a bundle on a nice wireless keyboard and mouse, though. We found that our favorite pick, the Logitech MX850 Performance (available at Amazon), provides a comfortable desktop productivity experience for only around $100. It has labels for Mac and PC function keys, and its keyboard and mouse can be paired with three devices so swapping between systems is a breeze. It sounds expensive, but Apple's accessories, for instance, ring the till at around $220, making this seem like a steal in comparison.
Your wrists and fingers deserve a keyboard and mouse that are as comfy as they are usable. To find the best we researched the top-selling models, pored over user reviews, and finally tested the six most popular wireless keyboard and mouse combos around. These are the best wireless keyboard and mouse sets we tried in 2017.
Updated January 05, 2018
Logitech MK850Best Overall
The Logitech MK850 Performance is the most expensive keyboard and mouse set we tested, but it was far and away our favorite combo for 2017. These high-quality peripherals won't look out of place on any desk, and they feel as great as they look. We found that the mouse in this set was very similar to the expensive Logitech MX Master, one of the best mice you can buy. In other words, it's an ergonomic, fully-featured mouse that won't hurt your hand after hours of work.
The keyboard feels nice to type on, and it doesn't have overly-long key throws. Its comfortable wrist rest and adjustable rear feet let you use it flat, or at a 4- or 8-degree angle. Labels for Windows and Mac keyboard shortcuts are good for users with all kinds of mainstream PCs, and the ability to pair the keyboard and mouse with three devices (either with Logitech's USB Unifying Receiver or Bluetooth) make this set the most flexible, versatile set by far.
That unified design is also a great reason to buy one of these sets over the more expensive options like Microsoft's Surface line of keyboards and mice, or Apple's keyboard and Magic Mouse combo. Though we love the design language used by Microsoft and Apple for those products, they're not available as a set, driving the cost up to well over $200 for either option.
Logitech MK270Best Value
This keyboard and mouse pair is a perennial top-seller on Amazon, and it lives up to the hype. If you don't need a fancy keyboard and mouse, you can't go wrong with this sub-$30 combo. There's a reason Logitech appears so much in our test group (and on the top-seller lists): they know how to make great, affordable PC accessories.
The fact that the keyboard is cheap didn't make a big difference in our typing test, where I was able to sustain speeds over 80 wpm without much trouble. The only downside is that the mouse is dinky and better suited to a child's hand than an adult's, but for the price you're not likely to mind much.
Logitech's MK550 set was the only traditional-style ergonomic keyboard and mouse set we tried. With its Wave-shape and long key presses, it reminded us quite a bit of Microsoft's now-famous Ergonomic 4000 keyboard. It has a big wrist rest, prominent media keys, and even a chunky zoom toggle. It comes with a good-but-not-great mouse that we found fit our hands well.
But, there's a catch: the long throw of the keys made us more prone to mistakes in our typing test. If you're used to flat laptop keyboards and prefer keys that don't move quite so much, this could make for a very frustrating typing experience. Otherwise, its lack of convenient features made it less desirable than our top pick.
Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000
Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000
Microsoft's affordable Wireless Desktop 2000 set was nice enough. Its mouse made the most positive impression, sliding into our palm comfortably. It was among the best mice we tried for this roundup, and if you experience discomfort in your fingers after using a mouse for long durations it's worth considering.
The keyboard, on the other hand, was a let-down. Its keys and construction were behind many of the keyboards we tried for this roundup. Additionally, the wireless USB adapter was way bigger than average, and couldn't be safely stowed in a laptop's USB port semi-permanently.
Logitech's middle-of-the-road wireless desktop set was ok but not our favorite. The MK320 wasn't much different from our budget pick MK270, and it's less widely available to boot. In our tests, we found this keyboard provided an accurate typing experience at speeds of over 80 wpm.
Keyboard aside, the mouse in this set was very small and not comfortable for long-term use. If you can get a discount on this set, we think you'll like it well enough, but just know that there are better and more widely-available options out there right now.
Even though most of Logitech's keyboard/mouse combo sets we tried were good, this keyboard was the only out-and-out disappointment. The flat keys and short button presses led us to make too many mistakes in our typing test. The keyboard looks attractive enough, but if anything it's worse to use than our budget pick.
For the money, we also found the mouse to be puny and disappointing for the price premium this set carries. Either pay more to get the more ergonomic MK550, or save $20 by opting for the good-enough MK270 set.