Tablets and laptop are getting more and more advanced all the time, but if you want to get down to business, a touchscreen keyboard just won’t get the job done.
Note that we’ve omitted designs that integrate a case or cover, as with various iPad combinations, the Surface keyboard, or the Pixel C keyboard. Microsoft has been getting quite creative with some of its accessory designs, and the latest is impressive in more ways than one.
If you often find yourself switching between a desktop, a tablet, and a phone for extended typing, you’ll want to check out this unique design from Logitech. Lenovo’s ThinkPad series of laptops is famed for their functional and comfortable keyboards. While this Logitech design lacks the dedicated switch button and device tray of the larger K480, it preserves the multi-device switching capability (with function keys) and adds a backlight for typing in the dark. This is Logitech’s most premium Bluetooth keyboard model with a retail price of $100, but it can often be found for $80 or less.
These keyboards are great for the occasional typing session, but if you intend to do mobile work on a regular basis, you might want to buy a tablet with a dedicated keyboard like the Microsoft Surface or iPad Pro. The Rosewill RK-9000I is a very well-made mechanical keyboard for gamers and typists alike, but the bare bones design might be a little too basic for most. The Rosewill RK-9000I ($99.99 direct) is the special edition of the RK-9000, a high-end mechanical keyboard. The RK-9000I has a black and white motif, with black keys contrasting against an ivory white chassis. The individual keys are laser printed with each character, so they will stay readable after months or even years of use. Regardless of the connection used, the keyboard is a plug and play device, with no drivers to download or customization dashboards to fiddle with. As part of my testing, I used the keyboard for several days, including the writing of this review. The typing feel is excellent, with a comfortable springy feel and a satisfying click with each press of the keys. For a bare-bones mechanical keyboard, the Rosewill RK-9000I is very well-built, and perfectly suited to its task. A keyboard may seem like something you shouldn’t have to pay for, but this was the first of its ilk to tempt me into parting with some cash. Swiftkey is still one of the keyboards I keep coming back to (I switch between this and Google Keyboard at the moment) and I often find that I only have to swipe the first word and the rest is accurately predicted — obviously this only works in certain circumstances such as standard SMS replies, I’ve not been able to train the app to write full reviews for me yet! Swiftkey supports a large number of languages and has the handy option to have up to three enabled at the same time and easily switchable. Kii is another swipe-friendly keyboard which prides itself on the fact that it borrows ideas from many of the other keyboards featured in this roundup.
What is irritating is that while the app is free, many of the features are available as in-app purchases — or at least uninterrupted use requires an in-app purchase.
The GO development team are responsible for a number of extremely popular apps including the impressive GO Launcher. There are a massive number of themes to choose from to help with customization, as there are emoji, but many of them are garish, amateur-looking affairs. One of the latest additions to the keyboard smorgasbord is Google’s very own offering. The predictions dictionary is constantly updated with words that are trending around the world and this extends into next-word prediction – so you should find that you can enter the name of a brand new movie or TV programme very quickly. Gesture-based or sliding typing, as you’ve probably noticed from this roundup, is becoming the norm.
Despite having no cost associated with it, TouchPal’s range of supported languages is wide and varied. As if to prove that swipe typing is not the only option for getting characters into apps, Smart Keyboard Pro takes a much more traditional approach to things. For fans of old technology, Smart Keyboard Pro has a great feature – the resurrection of T9 prediction text input using a traditional phone pad layout! One project that looks to disturb the norm is Minuum, which has been funded through Indiegogo and will initially be released for Android devices, with the possibility of iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone versions to follow.
If you’re looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, ZoomKee is worth a look.
Another keyboard of note is Thumb Keyboard ($2.35 from Google Play) which is available for phones and tablets and, as the name suggest, allows for quick thumb driven typing. I was a big Swift fan on my phone until Google released the Google Keyboard to the Play Store. The predictive text learns from my social media accounts and email so reads my mind from day 1.
On the other hand, the landscape display takes as much room as any normal keyboard and doesn’t use much of the extra space. Really miss FITALY, but as it does not seem likely to ever make the jump to Android, MessageEase is the best alternative found to date.
All android keyboards these days are better than they were before BUT i personally like the Touchpal keyboard has i find it very precise compared to somer of the others. SwiftKey comes highly rated on the Google Play Store, and the legions of faithful fans will boast of excellent suggestive typing, high accuracy rates, and predictive emoji. The Fleksy keyboard was used to set the world record for fastest texting twice, so if snappy response times and customization for speed are your thing, this is the keyboard for you. The biggest feature of Minuum is its focus on being small. The Minuum keyboard is condensed down to rely more heavily on auto-correct to figure out what word you typed. Serious work needs a big, desktop-grade keyboard, and easy setup with a Bluetooth model makes the following choices a potent combination with iPads, Android tablets, and tablet-only Windows PCs. First-party devices are generally high quality, but we’re focusing on solutions that work with any tablet and any operating system. Previous models of this keyboard definitely took after the Apple Bluetooth keyboard, but the latest revision is both more visually distinctive, and packs a much larger battery. This folding design manages to cram a full-sized keyset (including smaller Function and arrow keys) into a tiny package about the size of a standard CD case, sure to fit into even the most overstuffed carry-on bag.
The body has limited spill resistance, so while it’s not going to go for a dip in the pool anytime soon, it should be able to resist a few splashes of office coffee. The K480 isn’t as svelte as other options on this list, but it includes both an integrated stand slot for phones and tablets, and a dedicated hardware switch for manually connecting to different devices. The K480 comes in grey or white color options, and with a retail price of $50 (and a street price often below $40) it’s one of the more affordable options available. This official Bluetooth version essentially copies a standard ThinkPad keyboard and allows it to be used with any Bluetooth-compatible hardware. The integrated risers allow for a more comfortable position, and long key travel and full scissor switches ensure fast and accurate typing for hours. An alternative is a low-priced laptop or a Chromebook, many of which can be had for considerably less than a tablet-and-keyboard combination. Ditching Rosewill's usual black and red color scheme for white with black keys, it's a slick looking variation on the basic keyboard, and the back to basics approach will appeal to typists and gamers who don't want to mess with extra features.
There's no backlight, so gamers used to playing in the dark will be out of luck—try the Razer Black Widow Ultimate if you want something backlit.

The braided cable prevents tangling, but the 4-foot length might be a little short for anyone wanting to snake the cable around and behind objects to a PC tower. This is a bit of a departure for gaming keyboards, which often include programmable macro buttons and swappable profiles, but the RK-9000I has none of that. During this time, I've been impressed with the simplicity of the design—the RK-9000I is as basic as it gets. Mechanical keyboard enthusiasts will find plenty to love about the RK-9000I, as it feels and sounds just right. When compared to other mechanical keyboards we've reviewed, however, it's just a little too basic. Whether knocking out a quick email or typing URLs into your browser, there’s a limit to what you can get done without having to type. SwiftKey does not disappoint; gesture support (or Flow) is impressively accurate as is word prediction. The one disappointing feat is that there are separate versions for phones and tablets so you’ll have to make two purchases if you own both types of devices. Skins are supported so there’s scope for changing the look of your keyboard to suit your mood or the lighting you find yourself in. Voice support and rows of extra buttons are nice touches, but it is in terms of speed that Kii really excels. This feeling is not helped by badly worded descriptions and options that have clearly been poorly translated into English. Lifted directly from devices such as the Nexus 7, this keyboard won over huge armies of fans long before it was made available to all Android devices. There’s also a very useful hidden feature that can be used to ape the likes of Text Expander and further reduce the amount of typing you need to do. With voice recognition and a universal app suitable for tablets and phones — additional modes are available for tablet users — it’s difficult not to recommend Swype.
TouchPal looks to up the ante with its Curve feature which aims to make typing even faster by eliminating the need to swipe words in their entirety. To help with the personalization of suggestions and auto-completes, information can be imported from our address book and online updates ensure that a new supply of words is always available. Everything is much more basic here, and the app closely resembles the look and feel of the iOS keyboard.
There are no fancy extras like next word prediction but it does win points for being highly customizable. You’ll probably have noticed that, while there are a few subtle differences here and there, for the most part these are keyboards that look and feel fairly similar to each other.
The key aim of the project is to free up screen space by shrinking the keyboard as much as possible.
There’s a clue in the name here, and the key selling point — although the app is actually free — is a zoom function.
At first glance it looks like nothing out of the ordinary, but there is an intriguing split mode that make it easier and faster to type with just thumbs and a personalized shortcut bar. Have you found your perfect input app or do you find that you constantly switch from one to another? On a phone, they’re so much more efficient that trying to move the cursor inside the text with your thumb on the screen. It’s not a swipe keyboard, but it’s intuitive, packed with features, endless amount of languages, lightweight, and free! I use it to program in J, which is an APL derivative, so you can rest assured that it has a LOT of characters. The layout is essentially 9-key, but it uses directional swipes to give you access to more than just the 9 most used letters without having to do the incredibly slow T9 stutter. It can be customized, and the separated view works well for me, but I’m really eager to see Minuum. Luckily, there are thousands to keyboards to choose from on the Google Play Store with fun themes, new features, and support for other languages. We’ve gone ahead and done the research for you to find keyboards for Android that not only offer great features and look great, but have a strong history of user security and robust privacy policies so you can rest easy when typing away. It also lets you switch effortlessly between languages mid sentence, which is great for bilingual folks. More than five years ago Swype started the hype with drawing your sentences out, rather than pecking them out on the keyboard. It’s especially helpful if you own the new iPhone SE or other small devices with a 4-inch or smaller screen. You can expand your clipboard, easily refer to recent files, and share content between your Office apps with ease. It offers thousands of custom themes, thus allowing you to show off your favorite sports teams, school colors, or just pick something that suits your style. You might notice how much trouble it is to try and enter commands, such as control-alt-delete, without all the different keys on a typical PC keyboard. Then you’ll probably want an easy way to find and share your favorite GIFs via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and a host of other social platforms. If that’s the case, you might really enjoy the experience of writing with your own pen just as you would with a notepad.
Samwell on November 6, 2007 in PeripheralsGamers love using peripherals that give them an edge, but is Ideazon’s MERC Stealth one of those products? It’s also surprisingly comfortable, which is more than can be said for some roll-up designs. The design is intended for desktop computers, but it’s compact enough to be quite useful for tablets as well, complete with an integrated TrackPoint and mouse buttons.
The K811 model is intended primarily for Mac and iOS devices while the K810 is for Windows, but both should work reasonably well with Android even without dedicated navigation keys. With solid construction inside and out, the Rosewill RK-9000I is a good keyboard for anyone who wants smooth typing and a minimum of extras.
This weight, when paired with firm rubber feet, keeps the RK-9000I stationary, even if you're an enthusiastic key-smasher. Rosewill covers the RK-9000I with a three-year warranty on parts, and a one-year warranty on labor.
While I appreciate a device that doesn't get in my way with spurious buttons, there are some extra functions, like media and volume controls, that I had long since taken for granted as basic keyboard accoutrements. The Editors' Choice Corsair Vengeance K90 offers an array of extra features, like a detachable wrist-rest, volume control knob, and a phalanx of programmable macro keys, and manages to provide all of these extras without requiring extensive use of the customization software. And chances are that the keyboard baked into your copy of Android is nothing to write home about — there are few stock keyboards that really cut the mustard.
If you’re on a similar quest, and whatever your preferred style of typing — one-handed, two-handed, gesture input, just a forefinger — this roundup of the pick of the crop should help you find a keyboard that suits you. These two features combined found me flying through long passages of text in next to no time. There’s also more than one keyboard layout to choose from including an interesting split option which is ideal for thumb operation on a tablet. However, switching between different keyboard layouts is little more than a side swipe away which is handy for anyone who works in more than one language — and there are dozens to choose from.

It is very hard not to love this keyboard as it feels like it really belongs in Android — as well it should be — and while it may not seem all that impressive, looks can be deceptive. This is by no means a bad thing but you are restricted to typing by pressing each character you want to enter. It is an outlandish design that will not be to everyone’s taste, but it is going to create a storm when it hits the Play Store. Tap a word that has been typed and it will be displayed in a larger view complete with a zoomed in keyboard. There are different layouts for different sized screens but this is definitely a keyboard for fans of two-handed typing. If Swift has a Google Keyboard skin and the numbers always stayed at the top, I think it would be the best.
But it beeps quietly to draw your attention to making an autocorrect so you know to check it for errors.
So I still swap back to the pretty good Samsung keyboard when I want to do notetaking in meetings – because the Samsung handwriting recognition is awesome. I was rapidly up to the same speed as the swipe-type keyboard I was using at the time, and much happier with the ability to easily type words that aren’t in the dictionary (which is a HUGE liability with fancy AI keyboards). First of all, it has the easiest kana and kanji type mode with so many mode options such as Flick, Bell, Toggle, Azerty, Qwerty or Qwerty-Ex (this is the one that I used for a Japanese beginners). However, it’s also important to know the risks of keyloggers and other malware by using a third-party input device, which is why Apple resisted third-party keyboard support for such a long time. SwiftKey has a robust privacy policy that carefully differentiates between data to help the keyboard learn your typing habits, while protecting sensitive data like login information and credit cards. You can shrink or grow the keyboard for your needs, as well as change the colors and layout. The free app also features voice recognition, emojis, stickers, one-touch writing, and other nifty tricks. It functions best with an Office 365 account, sure, but if you’re an Office power user, this app is extremely useful. Along with the core typing experience and themes, you also get access to emojis and other fun extras. Despite the menacing name, Hacker’s Keyboard gives you an easy way to enter all those complicated commands from your Android device by emulating the same keyboard you have on your desktop. This isn’t necessarily a traditional keyboard, but more so an app that you can load on the fly to search for your favorite GIFs.
On top of that, it’s also one of the cheapest full-sized keyboards Bluetooth around at just twenty bucks.
Cherry MX Blue switches also have two stages of actuation, providing a better tactile response than most other switch types. There was no need to grow accustomed to a unique layout, and the fast key response meant that there were no missed or double-pressed keystrokes even when typing quickly.
The Rosewill RK-9000I doesn't unseat it, partly because it cuts back just a bit too far on the extras, but that's not to say it isn't a superb keyboard. Lurking beneath a rather plain exterior is arguable the best gesture typing available, in both speed and accuracy. Prediction levels here are staggeringly good and you don’t even need to be particularly accurate with your gestures as the app does a good job of interpreting what you mean based on the shape you draw.
Rather than tapping and holding a key to view a list of alternative options, you can instead swipe up or down for instant access. This has been done to make word editing easier, but it does mean that you have to be willing to slide the keyboard from side to side as it is not entirely visible in its magnified mode. Still, these days a third-party keyboard feels like a necessity for staying up to date on the latest features, including stickers, emojis, predictive text writing, and more. It leaves control of that data in your hands, allowing you to easily opt into cloud services or remove your info. Since it’s developed by Google itself, you know there is no need to worry about malware, adware, or any nasty stuff on this app, either.
Fleksy’s privacy policy is sturdy, too, and clearly outlines what information the keyboard is able to see. To type, you draw a line through all of the letters, and then the app uses auto-correct to figure out which letters were the important ones.
You can adjust the size of the keyboard, condensing the extra rows of letters into small sections, similar to the way numeric keyboards put multiple letters on each key. Every time you change the app, it tries to replicate the colors with a Google-esque aesthetic, thus ensuring a stylish way to type. Just keep in mind that the Go Keyboard has a fair amount of ads, including some that appear on top of the keyboard, which isn’t so cool. Then, you can mix them up with custom filters and changes before sending them out alongside your messages and chats.
Other variations of the RK-9000 have clack exteriors and red internal frames, which also make for an interesting (if subtle) visual appeal. The result is extremely durable, with a 50-million click lifecycle on each key, so marathon gamers and typists suffering from hypergraphia can hack away without the keyboard wearing out. If you're looking for one of the best made keyboards available, the Rosewill RK-9000I is a worthy (albeit basic) model to put on the list. Two key strengths of Swype, and something that helps to improve its accuracy, are its ability to pick up word and names from your contacts, emails and other documents, as well as the fact that the dictionary is crowd-sourced.
Plus, being a Google app, you can rest easy knowing that you’re using the best handwriting recognition software available — one that is also void of unwanted adware. Minuum has a comprehensive privacy policy that lets you contribute usage data anonymously or keep it all to yourself. You can choose to whether use number on top of your keyboard or not and it can be slide to the right to see the menu options. You can even change the theme to match your favorite sports team, or set the key size for the perfect fit to your fingers, and save settings across multiple devices.
Every single key is illuminated, which helps for those who need to look at their keyboard to type.The ambient glow is quite nice in a darkened room, however every time you reboot your machine, you have to reset your colour and intensity preferences. This is quite easy to do with the two soft touch buttons at the top of the keyboard, however this is something that could have been defaulted in the software as well.
Six considering both right handed and left handed players use their keyboards differently, or at least in different positions.
There are those who use the mouse almost exclusively, those who navigate their games with the arrow keys and those who navigate with WADS. The orientation of the keys are tilted to accommodate a right handed person using their left hand on the keys, and you’d have to rotate your keyboard about 45 degrees counter clockwise for it to even start to become comfortable. Jump is in a good location, as are duck and printscreen (though it took me quite some time to find printscreen so I could capture onscreen images of the application!).The 1 through 11 shortcuts are at a very good distance though I would have preferred to see a third row of directional buttons below the other two, to include strafe left and right (normally Z and C) for turn buttons (in this case Q and E) are less used, since many games make you turn your camera and therefore your character, with your mouse.

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