The Laptops with the Best Keyboards
When shopping for a laptop, everyone looks at specs such as the CPU, storage capacity and screen resolution. But people should probably put more thought into the keyboard, because they'll spend more time touching the keys than any other part of the laptop. With a good keyboard, you can work faster, make fewer mistakes and get killed less often in your favorite games, while a bad keyboard leaves you with sore fingers and wrists.
It's impossible to determine keyboard quality from a spec sheet, but that's one reason we test hundreds of models a year. Based on our extensive testing, we've listed the most-comfortable laptop keyboards below.
When evaluating a laptop keyboard, consider the following:
- No bottoming out: The most important thing is to have a keyboard that makes it difficult to "bottom out" or hit the base with a lot of force while typing. Bottoming out makes your fingers sore and slows you down.
- Good feedback: You want the keys to feel springy but not stiff, so they pop back up quickly and offer enough resistance to prevent you from bottoming out.
- Deep travel: The more space between the key and its base, the less likely you are to bottom out. A typical laptop has between 1.5 and 2mm, while thinner ones have less than that. However, great feedback can make up for shallower travel.
- High actuation force: The harder you have to press the keys to make them actuate, or register the press, the less likely you are to hit the base hard; 60 to 70 grams of force is typical.