You don’t have to be an avid gamer in order to get yourself an illuminated keyboard. If you’re having a hard time looking and figuring out the keys because you work in a dark environment then it’s most definitely for you. You have to be careful when buying one because you have to get the best illuminated keyboard that goes well with your needs and is of great quality as well. Since there are a lot of these in the market, I’ve narrowed down the few best-selling ones in this article.
- Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, Computer Keyboard Wireless, Desktop Keyboard
- Azio Vision Backlit USB Keyboard with Large Print Keys and Interchangeable Backlight Colours KB506 Wired
- Logitech Illuminated Thin Keyboard K740
- Ivation Letter Illuminated Large Print Full Size Multimedia Computer Keyboard – Gentle, Crisp and Clear Blue LED Lights with Adjustable Brightness
- Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 for PCs, Tablets, Smartphones – Black
- Jelly Comb Backlit 7-Colours Slim Portable Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard for iOS, Android and Windows Tablets
- Azio Prism USB Keyboard with 7 Colourful Backlights KB507
- Arteck HB030B Universal Slim Portable Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 7-Colours Backlit Keyboard with Built-in Rechargeable Battery Black
Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, Computer Keyboard Wireless, Desktop Keyboard
An illuminated keyboard of good quality and one of the highly talked about products in the market is the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800. Even though it has a price that’s more on the expensive side (especially when compared to the other items on this list), it has a high rating from people who have already tested and used the product so it’s a pretty good investment especially if you’re an avid gamer that wants to have a nice and durable illuminated keyboard.
One of the key factors to consider about this illuminated keyboard is the fact that it’s wireless. Meaning, you can conveniently place the keyboard on your lap and type in your own comfortable position. You can easily type in everything and use the keyboard comfortably even if you’re in the dark because of the bright back light of the characters on the keys of the board. It doesn’t even need any extra batteries to work because you just need to charge it and you’re good to go. It works on a 2.4 GHz wireless connection and it connects to a small unifying receiver which you need to plug in on your computer. This wireless illuminated keyboard works best on the windows operating system. Because of the laser-etched keys, you get a sleek design with a comfortable typing feel no matter what time in the day it is.
Azio Vision Backlit USB Keyboard with Large Print Keys and Interchangeable Backlight Colours KB506 Wired
A more affordable option when it comes to illuminated keyboards is the Azio Vision Backlit USB Keyboard with Large Print Keys and Interchangeable Backlight Colours KB506, although it comes with a wire it still gives you great features and a wonderful experience. You can choose between 2 kinds of this unit of either having 3 colours or 5 colours. The keys are twice the size of normal keyboards so you could easily see the letters. The colours can be interchanged and adjusted along with the brightness so that you could choose which best makes your eyes feel comfortable depending on the environment and time of day (whether you’re in a low-light area, in the dark, day time or night time, etc.).
The available colours of the backlight are: pink, red, cyan, blue, and chartreuse. It can be connected on through a USB port and the cord can be extended up to 5 feet away from the desktop. The keyboard is designed to have a dedicated hotkey for the internet, calculator and multimedia. It doesn’t only reduce and prevent eye strains because of its large keys, but it also promotes productivity because of its brightly lit backlight keys. The keyboard is 7.8 x 18.3 x 1 inches big and works perfectly with a Windows operating system with versions XP, Vista, 7, and 8. Other hotkeys include home, favourites, play/pause, next track, previous track, stop, volume plus and minus, mute, email, media player, and my computer.
Logitech Illuminated Thin Keyboard K740
A more expensive Logitech illuminated keyboard is their Illuminated Thin Keyboard K740 unit. It works perfectly on desktops which has a Windows operating system version 8, 7, XP, or Vista. The keyboard can be connected through a USB port. The backlit keys are laser-etched so you’re sure to have bright keys even in the dark. You could also manually adjust the brightness of the keys so that it would suit your preference to avoid eye strains. The Logitech PerfectStroke key system has also been integrated along with a soft-touch palm rest so that you get the maximum comfort when typing on this keyboard. Although, the only unfortunate thing about this illuminated keyboard is it doesn’t come with the wireless technology like its previously mentioned sibling.
On the other hand, what makes it truly stand out is its ultra-thin design with only a thickness of 1/3 inches measuring from the frame up to the keys. When using this keyboard, you’d get a wonderful and natural flow and stroke when typing because of its unique and comfortable design no matter what time of the day it is. It wouldn’t even make loud noises when you type on it because of how well-built and durable it is. The keys have a rubber coating that’s soft to the touch so you can press comfortably on the keys without problems.
Ivation Letter Illuminated Large Print Full Size Multimedia Computer Keyboard – Gentle, Crisp and Clear Blue LED Lights with Adjustable Brightness
A cheaper alternative for a full-sized large print illuminated keyboard is the Ivation Letter Illuminated Large Print Full Size Multimedia Computer Keyboard. It features a gentle clear blue LED light for the backlight of the keys so you don’t have lighting that’s too bright and could strain the eyes. The only downside to this purchase is that you have to pay additional for the shipping cost which may vary depending on where you live. But at its price, it’s still a steal considering the features you’d be getting and the size of the keyboard in general.
The letters can all be clearly seen because of the extra-large and greatly bolded letters of the keyboard. It would allow for a greater productivity rate along with less chances of getting an eye strain even if you type in the dark. This type of illuminated keyboard is perfect to be used by people who have poor or impaired vision, for elders and even for children who are still learning how to type and use the computer. The keys have a silica gel coating that’s smooth to touch. It also doesn’t make any tapping noises because of the well-cushioned keys so you don’t have any problems using the keyboard at night inside your bedroom even if someone else is sleeping.
Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 for PCs, Tablets, Smartphones – Black
The most expensive illuminated keyboard on the list is also one of the best and probably the last illuminated keyboards you’d ever purchase and need in your life. The Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 works perfectly not only on your desktop computers, but you can also connect it to your tablets and smartphones for a greater and easier typing experience. With its easy-switch Bluetooth technology, you could simply press a single button in order to switch typing between your 3 (or more) available gadgets. It also boasts a very stylish and sleek design because of its ultra-thin profile and construction that’s made out of real brushed aluminum finish. It also features low-profile keys giving you are smoother look and feel.
It’s such a well-built keyboard that it wouldn’t make any unnecessary tapping noises when you use it. It also features an automatic illumination technology which automatically adjusts the level of brightness depending on the light inside the room you’re using it in. This is to prevent any strain from happening. It’s also wireless so you not only get the maximum comfort when using it, but as well as the maximum convenience possible. It doesn’t require any additional batteries to be used. Just simply plug it in using the USB cable included in the package and it will charge instantly. A fully charged keyboard could last up to 10 days up to even a year of usage!
Jelly Comb Backlit 7-Colours Slim Portable Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard for iOS, Android and Windows Tablets
If you’re into the wireless technology for illuminated keyboards but don’t necessarily have the budget to spend on more expensive brands such as Logitech and only need to use the keyboard on more portable gadgets such as phones and tablets, then you can take a look at the Jelly Comb Backlit 7-Colours Slim Portable Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard. This illuminated keyboard is made for smaller gadgets and not desktop computers. It’s compatible with phones and tablets which have an operating system of Android, Windows or iOS. It works on a connection using the Bluetooth 3.0 technology so you don’t have to plug in any wires or cables when you use it. You can freely use it up to a distance of 10 meters away from your gadget.
This illuminated keyboard offers different kinds of backlight colour options including blue, green, lime, red, and even purple. You can also turn on and adjust the light brightness depending on your preferred level depending on where you’ll be typing. The keyboard has a dedicated lamp hotkey in order to operate the illumination (changing of colours, turning on and off, and adjustment of the brightness) of the keyboard. It could easily fit inside your tablet sleeves and cases; messenger bags or backpacks because it has a thin and sleek design. Although it’s compatible with most iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets there are some units which it may not work on such as the HP touchpad, IDEAtab A2107A, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, Asus tablets, Windows mobile 8 and 8.1, Nook HD, Samsung TV and the Mac Mini.
Azio Prism USB Keyboard with 7 Colourful Backlights KB507
A wired illuminated keyboard that’s one the more mid-range pricing is the Azio Prism USB Keyboard with 7 Colourful Backlights KB507. Although this isn’t a dedicated gaming keyboard, it’s still a pretty sturdy and durable keyboard to use for your desktop computers since it has a heavy-duty build that doesn’t easily bend or break. It’s not a pretty bad purchase considering its price and build because you already a get an illuminated keyboard with a sleek, ultra-thin and modern looking design and feel. It’s also very lightweight with a weight of only 1.3 pounds.
If you’re into the colourful illuminated keyboards, then this is a perfect one for you because it doesn’t cost much but you would already be getting 7 different colours for the backlight and even an 8th light setting for you to enjoy. You can choose between the 7 colours available: cobalt blue, icy blue, vivid magenta, crimson red, candy pink, emerald, and blossom orange. The 8th lighting option allows you to have a prism of colours which features a rainbow (all 7) of colours lit on your keyboard. It’s a standard full-sized keyboard so you could easily type in and see all the characters without problems. You would also have a very subtle and quite typing experience because it doesn’t make any hard tapping noises unlike other keyboards do. It can last for a long time because it’s build has a life cycle of 20 million key presses.
Arteck HB030B Universal Slim Portable Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 7-Colours Backlit Keyboard with Built-in Rechargeable Battery Black
The last one on our last is a more affordable option for a multi-coloured illuminated keyboard that’s also wireless and works on a Bluetooth connection. The Arteck HB030B Universal Slim Portable Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 7-Colours Backlit Keyboard with Built-in Rechargeable Battery is a fairly priced illuminated keyboard with a lot of features packed into it. First, it boasts a black sleek and ultra-thin design that’s also very lightweight and compact. It only measures 9.3 x 5.3 x 0.24 inches and has weight of less than 1 pound (0.37 pounds to be exact!), so you could easily place it inside your backpacks, laptop bags, messenger bags, pouches and cases.
It’s compatible with all major operating systems such as iOS, Android, Mac OS and even Windows. It can even work on iPhones, android phones, windows phones, and tablets like the iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Windows or Google Nexus. It features 7 different colours for the backlight including soft and deep blue, bright and soft green, purple, red, and cyan. You can also choose between 2 brightness options depending on the lighting environment and level you’re in. The keyboard illumination has an auto-sleep function so that you would be able to conserve on the battery usage. The battery built-in is a rechargeable lithium battery that has a capacity to last up to 6 months if you continuously use it for 2 hours every day without the backlit.
There are lot of illuminated keyboards available in the market. Some work perfectly for desktop computers while some work best with smaller gadgets like tablets and smartphones. Some keyboards offer a wide variety of colours in a single keyboard while others have a single coloured backlight available. These keyboards are also differently priced, depending on its durability, brand and features. At the end of the day, it would only depend on your preference, budget and need so that you could determine the best illuminated keyboard for you.