Best keyboards for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes 2023
Type faster and more accurately with a real keyboard for your Chromebook or ChromeOS desktop computer.
There are many choices when it comes to finding the best Chromebook keyboard for your laptop or other ChromeOS devices. The best keyboard for your setup comes down to a few things; including space, desk layout, and of course, your hands.
While the selection of keyboards with ChromeOS layouts is limited, there are some great options for students and professionals alike that work great with ChromeOS shortcuts that can save you time. Luckily, just about every keyboard will work with ChromeOS, so if you've just set up your new Chromebook and want a better typing experience, you have plenty of options. Many of these keyboards can also work with an Apple Mac, iPad, or Windows PC with the tap of a button.
Type faster with better accuracy on these ChromeOS keyboards
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You can swap between two devices quickly on this slim keyboard, which has ChromeOS function keys up top, and a number pad with page up/down, home, and end keys. This keyboard works with both Bluetooth and Logitech's USB adapter, and the built-in phone holder makes it the perfect keyboard to switch between PC and mobile typing with the press of a button.
Good for Chrome tablets
Chromebook tablets are a great choice for those looking to get on Google's platform with more flexibility. This Belkin keyboard has a stand built-in with USB-C connectivity so that you can get typing in just a few seconds. The wired connection also means that batteries are never dead, so you're good to go as long as your Chromebook has power. This keyboard has a compact layout but features a ChromeOS layout for easy integration.
Control multiple devices
The Logitech K780 is a premium keyboard designed to handle multiple devices simultaneously, including tablets and phones, with a built-in holder. The two-tone design fits right in with most computer setups, and makes it easy to fit any size tablet. This keyboard is more than capable of handling a setup with a Chromebook tablet, laptop, and desktop all at once. The round keys are easy to find with quiet switches that have plenty of feedback.
ChromeOS keys with a mouse
Asus makes its fair share of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, so it knows a thing or two about building an affordable ChromeOS typing solution. This package comes with a compact wired keyboard, with the proper key layout for someone used to the operating system. The bundle also includes a wired mouse to get everything you need in one box. This would be an excellent pick if you wanted to build a complete student setup for less.
Affordable multi-device keyboard
Once you get used to a keyboard, moving to a different computer can be challenging without losing some typing speed. The Logitech K380 can be used with multiple devices, and switching just requires the press of a button. The keyboard is compact and more comparable to the size of a laptop keyboard, which makes it easy to transport or store away if you use your desk for more than computing.
Best for standing desks
Ergonomic keyboards are an acquired taste, but if your wrists feel sore or tired after a few hours at your PC, you might have a lot to gain by switching. Ergonomic keyboards space the keys in a way that allows you to keep your wrists straight while you type. This keyboard can also tilt (including the wrist rest) to work great with a standing desk in both standing and sitting positions. It works with Bluetooth and a Logitech receiver, and can switch between three devices.
While many people will prefer the finer control granted by a large trackpad or a mouse, there's a lot of freedom granted by the combination design of the K400 Plus. This is a good fit for those without the space for a mouse, or a more flexible workspace such as a workshop or the kitchen. Keep in mind that there is no Bluetooth, so you will need to use the included USB adapter to get it connected.
Many people love the feel of Logitech's indented keys since they're easy to find without looking, and provide good feedback with Logitech's scissor switches. This keyboard has a premium feel with the main body constructed of metal and can be had in black, gray, or rose colors. The keys are backlit for easy typing at night, and the keyboard can be synchronized to three devices at once.
Pick your switches
Keychron mechanical keyboards have a high-quality design, and you can configure the K3's 75% layout with one of three Gateron switches. On offer are Gateron Red, Brown, and Blue switches, depending on your preference. Red switches are quiet and smooth, brown switches are quiet with tactile feedback, and blues are clicky. Unlike other mechanical keyboards, the K3 is thin and wireless, supporting three Bluetooth connections plus USB-C.
It comes down to you
You can get a keyboard for just about any set of preferences, whether you want something tailored for fast typing, comfort, or want something cheap that gets the job done. If you want the best compatibility, picking a keyboard with ChromeOS function keys can help ease your transitions, especially if you come to know ChromeOS keyboard shortcuts.
ChromeOS on the best Chromebooks does things differently from macOS or Windows, so picking a keyboard designed for those environments can lead to some function keys not being mapped as expected.
While a few companies have been making ChromeOS-specific keyboards, the market for Windows and Mac keyboards is still much larger, especially since most of the devices running Chrome OS are laptops. You can still use these keyboards, but you may need to memorize some new keys or key combinations to make the most of your computer.
For ergonomics, Logitech's K860 offers adaptability whether you're sitting or standing at your desk. It's also built well enough to last for years, so you don't need to relearn a new layout too often. While most Chromebook keyboards trend toward compact laptop-style keys, these keyboards aren't ideal if you spend a long time working from your computer.
If you love a traditional keyboard layout but still want a quality typing experience, the Logitech K580 gets just about everything right with plenty of connectivity options, comfortable keys, and solid build quality. The phone holder is also great for multitaskers who want to have all of their devices within reach. Not only that, the ChromeOS layout makes it easy to transition from mobile Chromebook usage and at-home usage.
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