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Both at home and at work, working at the computer, we often encounter situations when it is desirable or even necessary to maintain silence. And if you turn down the volume in your computer speakers is not a problem, then other 'production' sounds – the noise of fans, printer, mouse clicks and keyboard – this can already be a problem. However, you can take care of the future silence in advance, even at the stage of purchasing equipment. Today we bring you an expanded ranking of the best silent keyboards based on 2019 market research by Exprertology.
- What does silent keyboard mean?
- Rating of the best silent keyboards
- Best Budget Quiet Keyboards
- SVEN Standard 301 White USB
- Logitech Corded Keyboard K280e Black USB
- The best wired silent keyboards for home and office
- A4Tech KLS-7MUU Gray USB
- A4Tech KV-300H
- COUGAR Vantar
- Best Wireless Silent Keyboards
- Rapoo Wireless Ultra-slim Touch Keyboard E9270P Black USB
- HP Wireless K5510 Keyboard H4J89AA White USB
- Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus Black USB
- Logitech Multi-Device Keyboard K480
- Apple Magic Keyboard With Numeric Keypad
- Best silent gaming keyboards
- A4Tech B314 Black USB
- Logitech G G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard Black USB
- Razer Cynosa Chroma Black USB
What does silent keyboard mean?
To begin with, let's briefly define the concepts so that you, our readers, are clearly aware of what we are talking about and do not form high expectations.
It must be said right away that keyboards in the usual sense of the word, which would really not make the slightest sound, practically do not exist. The exception is touch keyboards, where there are simply no keys as such, but only fields that respond to touches. And we will not consider this option for many reasons. And so, any keyboard, when a key is pressed, emits at least some sound – even when it is pressed, even when the key is returned to its original state, or with backlash. Therefore, we will proceed from considerations of minimal noise, and not its complete absence.
From this point of view, if we divide all types of keyboards into groups according to the principle of operation, we can distinguish keyboards with a mechanical key structure and a membrane. We exclude the first ones right away – they are exactly what they emit a classic mechanical click when pressed fully, causing nostalgia among the older generation of users.
Mechanical keyboards have their own nuances, and they aren't necessarily all that loud. But in order not to mislead you once again, we will consider only membrane. They are also different, for example, the same scissors, but they are based in one way or another on a soft silicone (or from another material with similar properties) membrane. These keyboards are the compromise between highly responsive 'mechanics' and a desire to get rid of the feeling of traveling back in the 1980s when typewriters were still in use.
Rating of the best silent keyboards
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Best Budget Quiet Keyboards||1||SVEN Standard 301 White USB||295 RUB|
|2||Logitech Corded Keyboard K280e Black USB||RUB 920|
|The best wired silent keyboards for home and office||1||A4Tech KLS-7MUU Gray USB||902 RUB|
|2||A4Tech KV-300H||RUB 1,398|
|3||COUGAR Vantar||RUB 2,225|
|Best Wireless Silent Keyboards||1||Rapoo Wireless Ultra-slim Touch Keyboard E9270P Black USB||RUB 2,660|
|2||HP Wireless K5510 Keyboard H4J89AA White USB||RUB 3,737|
|3||Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus Black USB||RUB 1,580|
|4||Logitech Multi-Device Keyboard K480||RUB 2,500|
|5||Apple Magic Keyboard With Numeric Keypad||RUB 8 985|
|Best silent gaming keyboards||1||A4Tech B314 Black USB||RUB 2,108|
|2||Logitech G G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard Black USB||RUB 3,985|
|3||Razer Cynosa Chroma Black USB||RUB 4,440|
Best Budget Quiet Keyboards
In the first nomination of the rating, we will consider only two examples of the cheapest silent keyboards. This is exactly the case when a normal familiar keyboard suddenly broke down, and at the very moment when all the deadlines for work are on, and you urgently need to replace it with something, but there is no time or money for a thoughtful choice of a long-term replacement.
SVEN Standard 301 White USB
And the first one to consider is the simplest 'express keyboard' of the well-known SVEN trademark, which costs a few hundred rubles and is available everywhere and in large quantities. Ideal for quick replacement.
The keyboard is very compact in terms of area – 436x25x136mm, that is, it is only slightly larger than the most standard full-size key field. Weighs 410 g. Color – white. On sale there are also options for other colors – black or carbon look. Connects via USB. The cable length is 1.5 meters, which is not bad.
The keyboard design is classic. Key markings: Latin – black, Cyrillic – red. Contains 105 keys in total, including the numeric block.
In terms of noiselessness, this is the most ordinary membrane keyboard with a correspondingly pleasant response. As with the vast majority of keyboards, the loudest key is the space bar.
One of the most important advantages of this keyboard, in addition to being quite quiet, is effective flooding protection. Indeed, many independent tests and ordinary users will confirm that it really does not break down immediately due to a liquid spill.
In addition, the design is well thought out in terms of 'garbage collection'. The plane around the keys is flush with the base below the keys. This allows deposited dust and small objects that have fallen to move freely outside the keyboard, making cleaning much easier.
For all that it costs 'almost nothing', the keyboard is surprisingly durable and hasn't been replaced by many users for years. The only thing is that it is very likely that when installing the keyboard on the folding legs, they will quickly break off. But this is such a standard accessory that the legs can be easily replaced with others.
- pleasant stroke and key response;
- long cable;
- effective water protection;
- easy cleaning.
- weak standard legs (can be easily replaced).
Logitech Corded Keyboard K280e Black USB
And the second position in the nomination of the rating of the best inexpensive silent keyboards is the optimal solution for express replacement (or long-term use – at will) for those who need something more refined even from the budget options than the extremely simple previous SVEN.
This is a classic keyboard with island-style keys. The format is full size with a digital block. Dimensions – 459x20x183mm, weight – 934 g. Contains 104 keys. There is a classic trio of indicator lights for CapsLock, ScrollLock and NumLock.
The manufacturer is one of the world's most famous companies in the field of computer accessories – Logitech. The best option for those who prefer low-profile solutions. The keyboard is made of black plastic, has a minimalistic and very stylish design. Connects via USB. In the lower part, the keyboard has an extended field, on which it is convenient to do the “palm rest”, especially with a blind ten-finger typing method. But this convenience is only useful for people with a suitable length of the palms themselves.
Here, too, effective protection against failure is realized with abundant contact with liquids. Like the previous model, this silent keyboard is fairly quiet even until the space bar is pressed. Unfortunately, this common disease has not been spared.
The manufacturing warranty for this model is 24 months.
- pleasant key travel, clear response;
- one of the quietest keyboards in its class;
- effective water protection;
- stylish appearance;
- wide margin at the bottom for setting palms (not everyone likes);
- 2 years manufacturer's warranty.
- loud 'space'.
The best wired silent keyboards for home and office
The second category of the ranking of the best silent keyboards according to the version presents a selection of solutions from which you can choose the best option for equipping a workplace in an office or a cozy place for work and play at home. Here our experts have tried to select a variety of form factors at the most affordable price.
A4Tech KLS-7MUU Gray USB
Let's start with a very inexpensive but extremely successful model of another well-known brand of computer accessories A4Tech, which is so consonant with Logitech that they are sometimes even confused. This is also a full-size keyboard with a classic design, like the previous two, but with more functionality.
The dimensions of the keyboard are 460 × 187 × 21mm, made in a stylish hi-tech design in an ultra-thin form factor. Color – silver and black. The keys are classic, but with reduced travel. The mechanism of the keys is membrane. In addition to the basic set (104 keys), there are 17 additional control keys for launching applications, adjusting the volume, etc.
The keyboard is connected to the PC via USB. The length of the standard wire is 1.5 meters. It also has its own built-in USB port and separate microphone and headphone outputs.
The main advantage of this keyboard, in addition to multimedia and multifunctionality, is its exceptional durability. This model has been produced for many years, many buyers, judging by the confirmed reviews, change it to exactly the same after even 10 years of active use.
- multifunctional and multimedia;
- USB port and separate outputs for microphone and headphones;
- exceptional durability;
- eye-catching yet versatile design – suitable for both home and office.
- no waterproofing.
Our rating is continued by another keyboard of the A4Tech trademark, and it has earned a place of honor for exactly the same characteristics as the previous one: reliability and durability. It has also been tested over the years and by the experience of thousands of users.
As for its 'loudness', it is as quiet as scissor keyboards can be, which it is. The shape of the keys is island. The general style of performance is strict, businesslike and very respectable. In the office it will look discreet, but decent. Exactly with the same success can be used at home. The color scheme is black and gray. Dimensions – 440x22x125mm. It connects via USB and has its own small USB hub for two ports.
The panel itself is ultra-thin, and the keys, as is quite expected for the island, have a short but distinct travel. This model is quite weighty, which, in combination with rubberized legs, ensures its monolithic stability. However, there is also a problem here, the same as the model above – there is no water protection.
- compact, albeit full-sized;
- rubberized legs;
- USB hub for two ports;
- laconic yet stylish design.
- 'afraid' of water.
Next in the ranking of silent keyboards for home and office, according to the version, there is a bright solution in every sense – a classic backlit keyboard. Some resources call it a game, and since this term is rather vague, you can quite consider it as such. But its form factor is still more classic, so our experts have placed this model in this category, as suitable for home use – work and entertainment.
Keyboard dimensions – 445x20x132mm, weight – 600g. Full-size model with digital block. The design is classic, the keys are island, low-profile, the operating principle is scissor. Black color. The panel itself is ultra-thin with a solid translucent border. Connects via USB.
I must say a few words about what makes this silent keyboard gaming in the understanding of many. Firstly, there are 8 modes of key illumination and a translucent side border. That is, these are 8 colors with 8 effects. Brightness is controlled by Home / Page Up / Page Down keys. Also belonging to the gaming family is indicated here by the marking of the WASD buttons with the corresponding symbols and individual designations on the digital block. Finally, the manufacturer has implemented Anti-ghosting technology for the most used keys, but only partially.
- quality of materials and workmanship;
- rubberized fixed and folding legs;
- Braided USB cable;
- 8 backlight modes;
- Anti-ghosting for gaming.
- the advantages of build quality are relatively quickly leveled out – squeaks, backlash, etc.
Best Wireless Silent Keyboards
The third nomination in the ranking of the best silent keyboards according to the version includes the most voluminous selection of models in our review. Namely because the interest in wireless devices is constantly growing, and as they improve, people are increasingly rejecting the inconvenient annoying wires.
Rapoo Wireless Ultra-slim Touch Keyboard E9270P Black USB
And the first in this nomination will consider the most inexpensive (relatively), but very remarkable silent keyboard, which has not left the virtual shelves of online stores for many years due to incessant demand.
First, let's go over the physical characteristics. Keyboard dimensions – 432x4x168mm. Made in a classic form factor with a digital block. Island keys, 104 keys in total. The body materials are dominated by polished aluminum and unpainted steel with plastic elements on the side of the touch panel. The main color is black, and it is the most common, but white is also available.
The panel is ultra-thin, the style itself was so successful that for its exquisite design Rapoo E9270P received one of the most prestigious awards in industrial design – IF Design. Indeed, in addition to working capacity, it will definitely be a decoration of the workplace.
The functionality of the device is expanded with a touch panel with additional control fields. The panel lights up when touched, and you can use the volume control area and audio tracks. There are eight touch buttons in total. Each time such a button is pressed, the keyboard gives a slight vibration.
The keyboard communicates with the computer over the air via a USB receiver. The package includes a receiver, two batteries, a CD with drivers and software, documentation.
- exceptional quality materials and workmanship;
- metal case;
- premium design and ergonomics.
- there are no indicators for pressing CAPSLOCK and NUMLOCK.
HP Wireless K5510 Keyboard H4J89AA White USB
The second number in this nomination of the rating is offered by experts to familiarize yourself with an elegant silent keyboard of the well-known HP brand (Hewlett-Packard). The manufacturer positions it as 'for a laptop', but, of course, it can be used for a PC without any problems.
The dimensions of the keyboard are 439x15x153mm. Full format, classic form factor, with digital block. Contains 104 main keys and 5 additional keys. The key actuation mechanism is membrane. The form is insular.
The design of the keyboard is laconic, elegant; the shade of the case is pearl beige, closer to white. In terms of thickness, the panel is ultra-thin.
The keyboard uses a radio channel for communication with a PC – a standard miniature USB-receiver is included in the kit. The declared range is up to 10 meters. Power supply – 2 AAA batteries.
- quality of materials and workmanship;
- weight distribution;
- ergonomics (combination of key size, distance and travel);
- 5 additional hot keys;
- elegant design.
- no indicator lights for CAPSLOCK and NUMLOCK keys.
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus Black USB
Next in our ranking we will focus on two specialized solutions, the first of which is the Logitech keyboard / touchpad combo. This unusual form factor is positioned by the manufacturer as 'for a TV or media player'. Actually, this is so, but many buyers find various alternative uses for the keyboard, and very successful.
The dimensions of the keyboard are 354x24x140mm, the weight is 380 g. The form factor is radically different here – instead of a digital block, we have a touchpad. There are 85 keys in total. The keys themselves are island-type with a membrane mechanism.
The design is quite interesting, with rounded edges, and a little non-standard. But the vast majority of users in confirmed reviews note the ease of use and the very idea of such an implementation in general.
This model uses a radio channel and a standard USB receiver to communicate with the receiving device. It needs two AA batteries to power it.
- quality of materials and workmanship;
- ease of use;
- the very idea of such a form factor;
- responsive touchpad.
- sporadic comments from users on individual details.
Logitech Multi-Device Keyboard K480
The second specialized solution in this nomination for the rating of the best silent keyboards according to the version is a compact keyboard, which is even technically adapted for use in tandem with a wearable gadget. But this, of course, is not its only possible application.
The dimensions of this model are 299x20x195mm, and the weight is unexpectedly heavy – 820g. But don't let this ratio scare you. This was originally conceived for stability in the event that the keyboard will be used for its intended purpose – with a tablet. The model is made in an interesting design with round buttons – a reference to antique typewriters. The body is black with bright yellow 'artifacts' in the gadget groove and volume control. There is also a snow-white color scheme in the line.
Now it is worth explaining what is the idea behind this silent dedicated keyboard and its value. This device allows the most convenient use of wearable electronics – smartphones and tablets – for quick communication, convenient surfing and watching videos. The keyboard establishes a connection with the gadget via the channel Bluetooth, after which the dialing methods and controls are no longer on the screen, but on the keyboard.
The advantages of the device do not end there. The keyboard allows you to quickly switch between devices. To go, you just need to turn it on, press the button for connecting to the desired platform, confirm the pairing with the corresponding password, and that's it. You can also bind up to three frequently used devices to the keyboard and switch modes to connect to any of them in no more than two seconds. The keyboard takes into account the peculiarities of different operating systems: mobile iOS and Android, as well as desktop OS X and WIndows.
Energy efficiency deserves special praise. On one pair of good AAA batteries, the keyboard can last up to two years.
- idea and implementation of fast switching between devices;
- inevitable 'nuances' in ergonomics for the sake of versatility.
Apple Magic Keyboard With Numeric Keypad
And completing the nomination for the rating of the best wireless silent keyboards is a model that in this category looks exorbitant for the price, but our experts could not ignore it. Technique Apple has a stable audience, however, deservedly so.
This keyboard embodies the entire general line of Cupertinians in terms of design and ergonomics. The design is extremely minimalistic, the panel itself is ultra-thin, like almost everything in Apple. At the same time, the form factor itself is classic with a digital block. Island keys with a membrane operating principle. The tenderness and at the same time the responsiveness of the key stroke does not need a separate explanation – everything here is flawless. 109 keys in total, standard layout for computers Apple.
Keyboard dimensions – 419x11x115mm, weight – 390g. Color solutions can be different: classic snow-white-silver, black with gray (Space Gray). The channel Bluetooth is used for communication.
From the point of view of our main theme – silence, this is almost the most perfect model, in which even the 'space' does not rattle, which is a rarity even for generally good membrane keyboards. And this despite the fact that it uses a scissor type membrane key mechanism. In fact, all the sounds that the keyboard makes are the slaps of your fingers on the keycaps.
- exquisite, sophisticated design;
- impeccable quality of materials and workmanship;
- the quietest.
- high price.
Best silent gaming keyboards
The fourth and final nomination for the 2019 Best Quiet Keyboards rating is dedicated to the most difficult topic. It's about gaming keyboards. It just so happened historically that a fully-fledged keyboard for gamers for a long time was considered strictly mechanical, and there there can be no question of noiselessness. However, lately, manufacturers are increasingly moving away from this stereotype, and membrane keyboards with a distinctly gaming specialization are actively appearing on the market.
A4Tech B314 Black USB
The first in this nomination is to consider the most inexpensive silent gaming keyboard, which can be considered fully gaming, and not just with a gaming design. The manufacturer is the famous A4Tech company.
I must say right away that this model stands out the most with its design. it is extremely catchy and futuristic, but without kinks and luridness. The main color is black, the leading game WASD buttons are orange. There is a wrist rest. Game keys are slightly higher than the main ones. Shift is long, Enter is large, there is a number block. The space bar is slightly widened on the left for maximum convenience in the game.
There is a set of additional keys: to the left of the main keyboard unit there are programmable keys from 1 to 5, and under the space bar – from 6 to 9. In total, 113 main keys and 9 additional keys are found.
The keypad is protected against contact closures due to liquid spills. In addition, there are even drainage holes in it in case of such an incident, so that the liquid drains faster without lingering or drying out.
The keyboard has backlit buttons with the ability to change colors and adjust the brightness within three positions.
The way of connecting the keyboard is wired, via a USB cable. The cable itself is 1.8 meters long and has a fabric braid, which is very good.
The overall dimensions of this model are 495x42x240mm, and the weight is quite impressive – 1020g, which, in combination with the rubberized legs, gives extremely reliable stability. Elastic bands are available both on the extended legs and on their sides when they are folded.
- futuristic design;
- quality materials and assembly;
- pleasant adjustable backlight;
- long connection cord in a fabric braid;
- 9 additional buttons;
- the right weight and stability.
- Russian letters are not highlighted.
Logitech G G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard Black USB
The second number in the final nomination of the rating is a vivid example of Logitech's successful trials in the gaming industry. This is the already famous Prodigy of the G213 series.
This is a gaming keyboard with a classic design – the exact opposite in terms of exterior of the previous example, except for the presence of backlighting. Dimensions – 452x33x218mm, weight – 1 kg. The color scheme is black. The keyboard is full-sized, with a digital block. Actuation mechanism is a 'clean' diaphragm. The keyboard is connected to the computer via a USB cable with a fabric braid.
In addition to the main unit of 104 keys, there are 4 more additional for multimedia functions. Depending on the specific keys pressed, this model supports up to 15 simultaneous keystrokes.
The 'obligatory' decorative element – lighting – is fully available here. Supports five individually configurable zones. The original Logitech Gaming Software will help.
In this model, protection against failure due to liquid flooding is implemented. However, you should still be careful. There are no drainage holes in the keyboard, so if something happens it will not fail, but you will have to spend a lot of time and effort removing the caps, cleaning and drying.
- quality of materials and workmanship;
- nice customizable lighting;
- minimal key noise;
- strict but stylish design;
- protection against water;
- the most 'not quiet' of the quiet.
Razer Cynosa Chroma Black USB
And the entire rating is completed by the brand's keyboard, which simply could not be in the gaming category of the review. This is, of course, Razer, and the membrane keyboard Cynosa Chroma.
This is an update to the successful Cynosa series, which supports the Razer Chroma proprietary multicolor lighting, as well as support for a number of native scripts and macros.
Keyboard dimensions – 463x31x154mm, weight – 950g. The body is strict, the design is discreet, the color is black. Membrane-actuated keys with clear tactile feedback. There are 104 keys in total. There is protection against spilled liquids and drain holes.
Due to the type of switches used, it was possible to obtain perfectly uniform illumination of Cyrillic and Latin characters. It also illuminates the space between the keys, which creates an additional impressive visual effect. Finally, the lighting syncs with other Razer peripherals and even responds to gaming events.
The manufacturer's warranty for this model is 24 months.
- exceptional quality materials and workmanship;
- smart backlight;
- clear tactile key feedback;
- protection against spilled liquids;
- 2 years warranty.
- no pronounced disadvantages were noted.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.