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Best Keyboards for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes 2021
19 Apr 2021
Best Keyboards for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes Android Central 2021
A good keyboard is essential, which is why you deserve only the best Chromebook keyboard for typing and the best Chromebook keyboard replacements when something goes wrong. Chrome OS plays well with most keyboards on the market, and whether you’re looking for a travel-friendly keyboard to replace your Chromebook’s sticking keys, need a wireless keyboard to use in bed, or you’re a student looking for the perfect keyboard companion, we’ve got a keyboard for everyone! The number of keyboards with Chrome OS function keys is still relatively small, but all keyboards can still work with Chromebooks with F1-12 standing in for the function keys.
- Made for Google: Logitech K580 Wireless Keyboard, Chrome OS Edition
- Premium look: Brydge C-Type Bluetooth/USB Wired Desktop Keyboard
- Good for sharing: Logitech K380 Multi-Device Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
- Comes with a mouse: Macally Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle
- Great for students and travelers: iClever Wireless Folding Keyboard with 3-Color Backlight
- Go mechanical: Aukey KM-G12 Mechanical Keyboard
- Go pro: Logitech MX Keys
- Good for Chrome tablets: Belkin B2B191 Wired Keyboard With Stand
- Pick your switches: DIERYA DK61 Pro Mechanical Keyboard
Made for Google: Logitech K580 Wireless Keyboard, Chrome OS Edition
You can swap between two devices quickly on this slim keyboard, which has Chrome OS function keys up top, as well as a number pad with page up/down, home, and end keys. The connection is strong, and the key travel is a good depth for a long-lasting keyboard.
Premium look: Brydge C-Type Bluetooth/USB Wired Desktop Keyboard
Brydge made a couple of Chrome OS keyboard options for the Pixel Slate a year ago, but the Brydge C-Type works well with any Chromebook, has the Chrome OS function keys and layout, and six-month battery life. If it had backlit keys, it’d be perfect.
Good for sharing: Logitech K380 Multi-Device Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
The Logitech K380 is a long-standing go-to replacement keyboard because of its long battery life and near-universal compatibility. It also can switch back and forth between three devices quickly, which allows you to easily hand it off between family members.
Comes with a mouse: Macally Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle
This full-sized keyboard includes shortcut keys and a numeric keypad, a kickstand so you can prop it up to use on an angle if desired, long battery life, and a spill-resistant design. Topping things off is the three-button optical cordless mouse it comes bundled with for every more precise control.
Great for students and travelers: iClever Wireless Folding Keyboard with 3-Color Backlight
Most folding keyboards have gaps, shrunken keys, no stability, or all three, but not iClever! The tri-colored backlighting is a nice touch, but it’s overall a regular-sized, solidly stable keyboard that can fold up compactly, packs well, and works hard.
Go mechanical: Aukey KM-G12 Mechanical Keyboard
If you want a comfy keyboard that will outlast your Chromebook, I’ve been banging away on Aukey’s for almost four years with no end in sight. The clicky Blue switches (or quiet Red switches) feel wonderful under your fingers, and the customizable RGB backlighting makes late-night homework sessions more fun.
Go pro: Logitech MX Keys
This backlit keyboard is the best keyboard Android Central’s managing editor has ever used, with “perfect stroke keys” comfortable for hours and hours of typing, smart backlighting that adapts to your room, and it charges using the same USB-C as your Chromebook.
Good for Chrome tablets: Belkin B2B191 Wired Keyboard With Stand
It isn’t wireless, but this keyboard comes with a built-in stand for your Chrome tablet or other compatible device and a USB-C cable for plugging in, negating the need for batteries or recharging. The full-sized keys help lower the adjustment period between keyboards.
Pick your switches: DIERYA DK61 Pro Mechanical Keyboard
Mechanical keyboards are great long-term investments, and this one is extra-compact thanks to its 60% sizing. You can get it in four different switch styles: clicky Blue, tactile Brown, linear Black, and gamer-favorite Red. It also works over Bluetooth or with a USB-C cable.
Go wireless or go home
Whether you intend to use a keyboard at home or on the go, a wireless keyboard is the most convenient choice by far. Some of the best Chromebook keyboard replacements provide a great experience when typing long papers or finishing up work at the office — without all the wires. The Logitech K580 is our top pick, even though its key spacing can take a bit of getting used to with its smaller, top function keys making room for the Device 1 and Device 2 keys. But I’m happy to have the number pad here since not many Chromebooks have them on their built-in keyboards.
The iClever Wireless Folding Keyboard is a really nice, compact solution that students and others who commute with their devices will appreciate. And the three-color backlight makes it easy to work from just about anywhere, even in darker rooms or at night when you’re burning the midnight oil to get a report done or finish studying.
The Belkin B2B191 is an interesting option that comes with a convenient built-in stand so you can easily use it with a tablet or other mobile device in various scenarios.
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