If you’re one of the millions of people who spend hours and hours typing on your computer during the week, you’re probably interested in finding ways to make that experience more productive and comfortable. One major factor to consider is the keyboard you’re using. A nice ergonomic keyboard is crucial to optimizing productivity.
While it’s easy to go with the one you think looks the best, there are some other factors you should consider, such as size, price, and compatibility. Continue reading as we guide you to finding the perfect keyboard that fits your needs.
What to Consider
Size: One of the most critical factors to consider when choosing a keyboard is size. If you live a lifestyle where you are constantly working on the go, then a smaller keyboard would be the most practical choice for you.
However, if your work requires an extended keypad for access to various function keys and you typically work in an office, you will probably want to opt for a larger, more functional keyboard.
Price: Keyboard prices vary depending on size and functions. Obviously, the more capabilities it has, the more expensive it is. That’s why you need to make sure the keyboard meets your requirements, and that you’re not wasting your money on features you will never use.
Compatibility/Function Keys: Keep in mind that keyboards are often designed to be compatible with specific devices. For example, the function keys (F1-F12) on Satechi keyboards mirror mac function keys, so some will not work as they would with an Apple computer/device.
Keystrokes: Nobody wants a keyboard that feels like a typewriter. Keystrokes have a significant impact on how quickly you type, directly impacting productivity. Typing should feel light and effortless, which depends on the ‘switch’ aka the mechanism that makes the keys respond to touch. Not to worry, though, Satechi keyboards are smooth like butter.
Now that you know what to consider, let’s look take at our top picks for Bluetooth keyboards:
SLIM X3 BLUETOOTH BACKLIT KEYBOARD
As the largest of the three Satechi slim keyboards, the Slim X3 brings the most to the table (no pun intended). Designed for Mac devices, the Slim X3 features an extended layout with a numeric keypad, four-device Bluetooth connection, and shortcut keys optimized for your Mac without sacrificing the slim, modern design. Its adjustable backlit keys are great for working late nights in a dim setting. Plus, it looks aesthetically pleasing! The Slim X3 has everything you could ask for in a keyboard and allows you to work with ease wherever your creativity takes you.
SLIM X2 BLUETOOTH BACKLIT KEYBOARD
Slightly smaller than the Slim X3 is, you guessed it, the Slim X2 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard.
You can’t go wrong when adding this keyboard to your modern home or office workspace. Since it doesn’t have the extended layout like the Slim X3, it is compact enough to take with you on the go! It features a QWERTY layout with a numeric keypad, four-device Bluetooth connection, and shortcut keys optimized for Apple devices while maintaining the modern, ultra-slim design. Equipped with adjustable backlit keys and a rechargeable USB-C port, this keyboard is a great option for Apple users.
SLIM X1 BLUETOOTH BACKLIT KEYBOARD
The most compact of the Satechi slim keyboards is the Slim X1 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard. If you’re an iPad user, the Slim X1 makes for the perfect iPad setup. Its small size makes it easy to slide into any bag when you travel or work from different locations. Although it’s small, it still boasts a full QWERTY layout, a three-device Bluetooth connection, and macOS function keys. Like all Satechi slim keyboards, it’s equipped with backlit keys that have ten adjustable brightness levels and a rechargeable USB-C port.
BLUETOOTH EXTENDED KEYPAD
If you are simply looking for an extension to your keyboard, look no further. The Bluetooth Extended Keypad features a full number pad, navigational arrows, and convenient MacOS shortcut keys. It restores the functionality of a desktop keyboard to your tablet or laptop without the need for a full keyboard.
ALUMINUM BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD or COMPACT BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD
Both priced at $79.99
While the functions remain essentially the same as the Slim X3 and Slim X2, each of these keyboards can connect three devices rather than four. They both have slightly different keystrokes than the slim versions, which you might prefer. Additionally, the Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard is available in a silver finish with white keys.