7 Best Backlit Keyboards

It seems that this Nerdy Book Girl is obsessed with keyboards. But this time, I want to talk about a very specific type of.

Backlit Keyboards.

These are pretty sweet in their own right. They’re often a popular choice for the gaming community (Shout out to my fellow WoW Nerds! Lok’tar Ogar!), but that doesn’t mean we writers can’t take advantage of their awesomeness!

So, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of my top ten backlit keyboards for writers. And if you don’t see your favorite on here, reach out to me and let me know! As authoritatively concrete this list is… It can be open for change. 😉

Now enough babbling, it’s time for the best backlit keyboards for writers.

The Best Backlit Keyboards

  1. Corsair K70 Lux
  2. Logitech K810
  3. Matias Keyboard for Mac
  4. Azio Large Print Keyboard
  5. Havit Mechanical Keyboard
  6. Logitech K740
  7. Artech Bluetooth Portable

1. Corsair K70 Lux (Best in Show)

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CORSAIR K70 LUX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Backlit Red LED - USB Passthrough & Media Controls - Tactile & Clicky - Cherry MX Blue
  • Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame for superior durability / Advanced lighting control and large font keycaps deliver dynamic, vibrant backlighting
  • CUE support enables advanced macro and lighting programming for virtually unlimited game customization / 100% Cherry MX Blue key switches with tactile feedback and an audible click
  • 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover on USB / Detachable soft-touch wrist rest and dedicated multimedia controls. HID keyboard report rate: 1000 Hz
  • Compatibility and System Requirements : PC with 2 USB 2.0 ports . Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista . An internet connection is required to download the Corsair Utlity Engine software

In my opinion, this is the keyboard all the other backlit keyboards want to be when they grow up. It is the true definition of a luxury experience. Encased in a rugged, yet lightweight aluminum frame, this mechanical keyboard can handle all the love that you are going to want to throw at it. The K70 comes available with all Cherry switches, however I prefer the MX Blues for their tactility and audible clickity-clack. Not only that, but it comes with multiple backlit options including the ability to color sync with other Corsair components you may be using. It’s also a dream to read with large print font type on the keys making this ideal for late-night typists or for the visually-impaired such as myself. It also comes well-equipped with luxury options such as:

  • Dedicated Multimedia Keys
  • Detachable Soft Wrist Rest
  • USB Pass-through Port
  • and more!

This keyboard is the real deal Holyfield.

2. Logitech K810 (Best Backlit Wireless Keyboard)

Logitech K810 Wireless Bluetooth Illuminated Multi-Device Keyboard for PC, Tablets and Smartphones, Black
  • Logitech Easy-Switch Bluetooth technology: Press one button to instantly switch between typing on your PC, tablet and smartphone
  • Sharp, bright backlit keys: Type easily, even in the dark, thanks to automatic illumination which adjusts to the level of light in the room. Works with: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows RT , iPhone or iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd and 4th generation), iPad mini with iOS 4.0 or later
  • Stylish design: Compact and ultra-thin with a real brushed aluminum finish and sleek low-profile keys. Works with : Bluetooth capable PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone (tablet or smartphone with keyboard profile HID)
  • Unique Logitech keycap design: Enjoy comfortable, whisper typing.Rechargeable: No battery hassles. Use the USB cable to recharge, even while you type
  • The fast, reliable connection allows you to move and type on the keyboard anywhere within 30 feet (9 meters) of your Bluetooth devices.

This keyboard isn’t about all the frills. The Logitech K810’s smooth minimalist design focuses more on functionality. But as Ric Flair would say… Whoo! That’s a clean keyboard! It’s very neatfully arranged and it’s compact, low profile arrangement makes for a great placement on any desk. Not to mention the way it handles its illumination. The keys are laser etched to ensure that only the keys’ characters are illuminated providing much needed focus on what really matters. On top of all that, it has an auto-adjustment illumination protocol. This means that the keys adjust their brightness due to ambient illumination. It also has a hand proximity detector, so the keys only illuminate when your hands are ready to type saving you power when not typing.

3. Matias Keyboard for Mac (Best Backlit Keyboard for Mac)

Matias FK318LB Backlit RGB Tactical USB 2.0 Wired Aluminum Keyboard with Numeric Keypad - Compatible with Mac (Space Gray)
  • THE MATIAS BACKLIT KEYBOARD: It’s the keyboard many have wanted, but Apple never made — a sleek, wired RGB backlit keyboard, in beautiful aluminum. Not only is it a tactile USB 2.0 keyboard, but it is also highly adjustable to your brightness and color preferences.
  • TACTILE TYPING: Typing on the Matias Backlit keyboard is smooth and responsive, with a satisfying 2 mm key click. It was engineered for comfort, style, and speed - no sacrifice to any of the three.
  • COLOR CONTROL: Exposure to the blue light of typical keyboards is known to negatively impact melatonin levels - resulting in poor sleep and other unpleasant side effects. The Matias Backlit keyboard has a fully adjustable Spectrum Color Dial, which can be turned to 100% Red, 100% Yellow, and more, significantly reducing strain to melatonin and your eyes.
  • APPLE 2.0: Love Mac keyboards' screen brightness, volume, and other function keys? The Matias Backlit keyboard features the same keys for a real Apple keyboard experience, plus an Fn key to use the function keys' original commands.
  • WORKS WITH: Mac OS X v.10.6.8 or later (for function keys). Requires a USB port

The Matias is the keyboard Apple never made but should have. Keeping with true Mac style, it provides the user with a sleek and modern design. But don’t lets simplicity fool you. Because this is far from your ordinary keyboard. It has a full 2mm of key travel allowing for the tactile leanings and responsiveness you have come to expect form a Mac. The back light can be 100% adjusted via a color wheel enabling either pure white at night (avoiding that blue light) or different hues in order to match your personality. Simply scroll the color wheel and the rainbow is at your fingertips. Another handy feature is that the keyboard has a USB 2.0 port built in. This is great for a mouse, smartphone connection, or jump drive containing the nuclear codes.

4. Azio Large Print Keyboard (Best for Tired Eyes)

Azio Large Print Tri-Color Backlit Wired Keyboard (KB505U)
  • Easy to Read Keys: Large print keys to reduce eyestrain and promote productivity.
  • Tri-Color Backlight: Select between red, blue, or purple backlight illuminations.
  • Quick Access Keys: Built-In multimedia and quick-access hotkeys.
  • USB plug-and-play; cord 5ft
  • Customize the look of your keyboard with 3 color LED selection

I don’t know about you, but my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be. Which–for the record–wasn’t really that good to begin with. But this keyboard really alleviates extra strain on your eyes allowing you to type at your very best. The back light comes equipped with three different colors: red, blue, and purple. And while it is simplicity at its finest, it does have multimedia control keys to give you a better user experience.

It’s also winner of our NBG Ballin’ on a Budget Award for Keyboards. So, those looking not to break the bank should definitely consider the Azio as a viable option.

5. Havit Mechanical Keyboard (All the Bells and Whistles)

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Havit Mechanical Keyboard and Mouse Combo RGB Gaming 104 Keys Blue Switches Wired USB Keyboards with Detachable Wrist Rest, Programmable Gaming Mouse for PC Gamer Computer Desktop (Black)
  • Gaming Keyboard and Mouse - Both keyboard and mouse with RGB lighting effect, 14 backlit modes gaming keyboard and 7 color effect gaming mouse, creates a cool and colorful game atmosphere to enhance the excitement of the game. Best for pc games.
  • Mechanical Keyboard - With all-Metal Panel and floating keys design, the keys of keyboard trigger sensitively, all 104 keys have individual switches with full n-key rollover
  • Programmable Mouse - Gaming mice with 6 DPI levels available from 800/1600/ 2400/ 3200 / 4000/ 4800 DPI, can easily adjust the DPI to match the mouse speed instantly for different game scenarios.
  • Keyboard Mouse Combo - Ergonomic keyboard with detachable wrist rest and smooth mouse,plug and play.
  • Keyboard and Gaming Mouse - Compatibility with Windows 2000/Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10/MAC/Linux for gaming pc.

This keyboard is definitely geared more towards the gaming community. With this, you can choose between 7 different color settings to maximize your gaming experience. Another awesome feature it has is the ability to lock Windows/Context keys when gaming which prevents interruptions. There’s nothing as frustrating as when you’re wrecking kids in Arena with that Disc Priest and you accidentally press that little windows key. Next thing you know, you reenter your game to the sneers of a ten year old and your team asking WTF? But, I digress.

6. Logitech K740 (Best Ultra-thin Backlit Keyboard)

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Logitech Illuminated Ultrathin Keyboard K740 with Laser-etched Backlit Keyboard and Soft-touch Palm Rest
  • Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista, USB port
  • Laser-etched backlit keys, Manual brightness adjustment
  • Elegantly designed, Ultra-thin keyboard profile
  • Logitech PerfectStroke key system, Soft-touch palm rest
  • Full-size layout. Please note: Product is corded.

This Logitech is very similar to the K810 above. The main difference between the two is that the K740 is wired. This means no more waiting for it to charge. I personally am a fan of wired keyboards because my needs don’t warrant wireless. But I do love the ultra-thin design of the K740. I believe that a thinner keyboard provides a more comfortable writing experience. My number one wish for both Logitechs is that they came available as a mechanical option with Cherry MX Blues.

7. Artech Portable Bluetooth Keyboard (Best Backlit Keyboard for Travel)

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Arteck HB030B Universal Slim Portable Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 7-Colors Backlit Keyboard with Built in Rechargeable Battery, Black
  • 7 Unique Backlight Color: 7 Elegant LED backlight with 2 brightness level and auto sleep feature to maximize power usage.
  • Broad Compatibility: Use with all four major operating systems supporting Bluetooth (iOS, Android, Mac OS and Windows), including iPad 10.2 / iPad Air 3 10.5-inch (2019) / iPad mini 5 (2019) / iPad 9.7 inch iPad 6 2018, iPad 5 2017 / 10.5 inch, 11 inch and 12.9 inch iPad Pro, iPad Air / iPad mini / iPhone / Android Tablets like Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus / Windows / Mac, etc.
  • 6-Month Battery Life: Rechargeable lithium battery with an industry-high capacity lasts for 6 months between charges (based on 2 hours non-stop use per day and backlit off)
  • Ultra Thin and Light: Compact size (9.7 X 5.9 X 0.24in) and light weight (0.37lb) allows easily carried and packed backpack, messager bag or case.
  • Package contents: Arteck Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard, USB charging cable, welcome guide, our 24-month warranty and friendly customer service.

If you like to travel and write while doing so, this could be the perfect backlit keyboard for you. With its ultra-thin frame and extremely lightweight build, the Artech is perfect for carrying around in a backpack, messenger bag, or purse. (Yes. Purse. Don’t lie ladies… you know we got those Mary Poppins purses.) Plus it comes with an industry high battery life of 6 MONTHS! That’s just nuts. It also works for the big 4 platform and OS’s (iOS, Mac OS, Windows, Android), so typing onto anything becomes a breeze. It’s backlit capabilities also make it awfully convenient when typing from inside a tent in the middle of nowhere.

Why Choose a Backlit Keyboard?

There are definitely some advantages to using an illuminated keyboard. However, it boils down to two major pros.

  1. You can totally use your keyboard in the dark.
  2. It looks flippin cool!

Let’s talk a bit about the former. Honestly, I am super lucky to have my dream job as my full time job. That is… I write for a living and mostly during the day. However, I know that’s not the case for everyone. Some of you are sneakily trying to write your first novel while the kids are asleep. Or are pursuing writing as a hobby. And mostly…at night.

I still remember the struggle of trying to write on my old laptop when I was first starting out. The keyboard was not backlit and I was trying to angle the glow from my screen to illuminate my keys. It hurt. It hurt my neck, my eyes, my head, AND my feelings. There needed to be a better way. As my needs grew, I could no longer take the inconvenience of a non-backlit keyboard. I made the switch years ago, and never looked back.

As far as looking cool goes, it true. It totally rocks. As I mentioned above, I like to game. And doing so with my fingers glowing red as I rain down destruction kicks ass.

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Backlit Keyboard

Just as any major purchase goes, you should put some thought in to choosing the right keyboard for you. So, here are five different things you should consider before making your purchase.

Brightness and Adjustability

How bright does the keyboard illuminate? Are you looking for a soft glow or a full-on cornea assault? Make sure you understand just how bright you are looking for. The best option would be to go with a keyboard that can adjust. Or even better one that auto adjusts due to your ambient light.

Programmable Lighting

This may be more for gamers, but… Can you program what parts of your keyboard are illuminated? This can help you zero in and focus on the proper keys.

Lighting Bleed

This refers to how much light bleed is coming from your keys. Is the back light illuminating just the keys? Or everything else? Are there borders between colors or does it look like a dysfunctional rainbow. Look for minimal bleed. Crisp, sharp keys not only feel professional, but reduce the stress on your eyes.

Key Layout

Do you have teeny hands? Or are they soooo YUGE! Like the Yugest hands ever? Either way… How the keys are laid out on a keyboard can really affect how you type and your comfort level. Be sure to choose the appropriate size to prevent hand cramps in the middle of long form typing.

Keyboard Type

Mechanical vs Membrane Keyboards. That is the question. Well, it all depends on your preference. Many writers–myself included– just love a good mechanical keyboard. Sometimes when writing, I get lost in my senses and I miss keys. Lots of them. But with an audible switch and a higher key resistance, I can actually hear and feel what I am typing.

Membrane keyboards are nice if you have a light touch or are casually writing. They allow for a much faster overall experience out of the box. This is because instead of mechanical switches on each key there are a series of membranes and pressure pads. This means less effort is required when depressing keys. But it leads to many more mistypes (at least for me anyway). I can definitely tell the difference when typing on my laptop (membrane) vs when using an external keyboard (mechanical).

 

Backlit Keyboards: Are they right for you?

In all reality, unless you have some personal vendetta against them or you are overly proud that you can touch type on your keyboard in the dark… A backlit keyboard is a good choice. Like I said before, they literally changed my whole writing experience and for the better. But to each their own I guess.

If you have any questions concerning backlit keyboards or if I left your favorite out of my list, let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear your opinions on the matter.

Cheers,

 

 

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