You never can tell what your most popular articles are going to be. One quick little article I dashed off one day about how you can use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with your Android tablet has been one of TeleRead’s perennial highest-traffic pieces, popping up in our top ten high-traffic links every day (and often the top 3 or 4). A lot of people, it seems, are curious about using keyboards and mice with their tablets (or, for that matter, phones).
In case you’re one of those people, here’s some good news for you: The Wirecutter has just done an exhaustive side-by-side comparison of a couple of dozen Bluetooth keyboards, looking for the best in various different categories, and they’ve made their picks.
Their best overall keyboard option is a Logitech Easy-Switch K810 or K811, for Windows or Mac. Their best “budget” pick is a $26 keyboard by Anker (better known for their USB battery packs). Their best “portable” pick is a Logitech Keys-to-Go keyboard for Windows or Mac. For more details on what makes each particular keyboard better, see the Wirecutter article. (Though please do come back here if you plan to order one of those I link here.)
Of course, the only real difference between Windows/Android and Mac/iOS options is the different function keys. I actually use an AmazonBasics keyboard for Mac/iOS with my Nexus 7, because it has an Esc key on it and the Windows/Android keyboard doesn’t. Because I do so much using a terminal emulator and a Linux terminal, that Esc key is something I particularly need. The Wirecutter thinks the build quality on that AmazonBasics keyboard is better than the Anker, but it’s not as pleasant to type on and doesn’t have a rechargeable battery built in.
Whichever keyboard you get, I hope you enjoy it!