Keyboards are among the necessary input devices for PCs. They give you access to the most important functions of your operating system. You make complex entries. A good computer keyboard in everyday life or in the home office offers you more comfort and a good typing experience. Modern devices have numerous additional functions that make your work easier. In our shop list you will find wireless and wired models, variants with tapered and deep keys, keyboard and mouse sets as well as keyboards for tablets.

What should I look for when buying a keyboard?

To find the right keyboard for you, you should look for the following when buying a keyboard.

Shape of the computer keyboard

When buying a new keyboard, choose from several types:

  • wired keyboard
  • Wireless keyboard
  • Gaming keyboard

These have different advantages and disadvantages depending on the intended use. Wireless keyboards are very common. These are available in a practical set with a wireless mouse. Users can use them from up to 10 metres away. Wired variants offer greater transmission stability on stationary PCs. For gamers, there are models with special functions.

Number of keys

Models are available with different keyboard layouts. Units with 78, 87 or 104 keys have different function keys or an additional numeric keypad.

Type of keys

You can choose between keyboards with mechanical switches or rubber dome models. The latter are less suitable for frequent typists, as the feedback is poorer due to the rubber mat underneath the keys. A big advantage is the lower noise level. Devices with mechanical keys are more expensive. They convince with their high durability, precise input, excellent typing feel and the quicker translation of the keystroke. The keys are considerably louder. Silent switches soften the noise.

They distinguish between tapered and deep keys. For fast and frequent typists, the latter offer a more pleasant typing experience. You can write as if you were using a notebook. Deep versions offer greater slip resistance. An important selection factor is the pressure point of the keys. It is decisive for a good writing experience.

Compatibility

When buying a computer keyboard, make sure that it is compatible with your operating system. There are versions for Windows 7 to 10 as well as for Mac.

What additional functions does a keyboard have?

Gaming keyboards have macro keys to call up certain command sequences at the touch of a button. There are also keys for various chat functions and memory keys that you can assign individually.

Thanks to the keyboard illumination, users can recognise the operating elements even in the dark. The keys are illuminated from below. Optionally, only the lettering on the keys is illuminated. RGB lighting allows you to set the colour, select the illuminated areas as well as pulsating light.

Multimedia keys are practical, allowing you to play videos and music. There are also buttons for adjusting the volume of your speakers and the screen brightness.

Normal keyboard or wireless keyboard - which is better?

Which model is better suited to your needs depends on your individual preferences. Both variants have advantages and disadvantages:

Wired keyboard

These models are among the classics. They are connected via USB. Compared to wireless keyboards, they are cheaper because they do not require a module for data transmission. The high transmission stability is an advantage. The devices are permanently connected to the computer via USB. No coupling with a receiver is necessary. Many users find the cord annoying, especially when other wired devices are added. The keyboards are not intended for mobile use.

Wireless keyboard

Wireless keyboards connect you flexibly and easily to your computer via the 2.4 GHz band or Bluetooth. The desk is tidy. The devices are ideal for mobile use. Use from several metres away is practical. One drawback is the more complex installation. In comparison, the products are more susceptible to faults. In addition, you need batteries or rechargeable batteries for the power supply.

Why are the keys on a keyboard not arranged alphabetically?
The QWERTZ or QWERTY keyboard layout is a relic of the classic typewriter. Christopher Latham Sholes developed this layout in 1868 so that the long levers of the device would not get in each other's way when writing frequently used letters.