The 7 Best Keyboards for Daily Excel Work
Written by co-founder Kasper Langmann, Microsoft Office Specialist.
If you are a daily Excel user, then you need to get the best keyboard.
Almost all of us know how all-encompassing Excel is.
But only a few have harnessed the might Excel can offer.
And these people know that a good keyboard plays a part in maximizing efficiency with Excel.
My favorite is the Logitech Craft Keyboard. It’s sleek, quiet, and the keys are a joy to tap.
The 7 keyboards included on this list make working in Excel a breeze! Let’s get into it…
This list was last updated on January 4th, 2022.
1. Logitech MK270
Hotkeys are an essential part of our digital age now.
Logitech MK270 will let you program hotkeys for more productivity.
You can set up to eight (8) hotkeys available so you can access your most-used applications automatically.
This one is wireless but it comes with a long-lasting battery so you will have a whole day of uninterrupted work.
2. Microsoft Desktop 3000
If you like to have some refreshments while working, get a spill-proof keyboard like Microsoft Desktop 3000.
Microsoft installed integrated water channels that drain the liquid away.
This one has one-touch hotkeys for zoom, email, calculator, etc.
The selling point of this keyboard is its “Quiet Touch Keys” which will be a necessity if you are working with a team in an open cubicle.
3. Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050 has a classy ergonomic design that you will not expect for its price.
With both the top and the bottom portion can be inclined, it is a great comfort to use this keyboard.
It has also a row of hotkeys that will allow you to access Microsoft applications.
With just ~$50, improve your desktop’s aesthetics with its sleek design.
4. Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270
A quality peripheral for a reasonable price but with not so much difference with the others mentioned above.
Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 is a spill-proof keyboard as well. Simple design but with plenty of necessary buttons to improve your Excel productivity arranged in a clean uncluttered design.
Logitech made sure of the quality of this peripheral, coating each key with UV. They made sure that you can still read each key even after years of every day using it.
5. Arteck 2.4G Wireless Stainless Steel
Arteck 2.4G Wireless Stainless Steel is a testament that Arteck is a sleek hero.
The full dimension of this peripheral measures 16.9 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches and only weighing only under just a pound. This would easily be one of the lightest ones out there.
With 3-5 hours of charging, Arteck claims that it can last for 6 months use, making it a good productivity buddy.
With all the necessary keys at the right place, this is a portable Excel keyboard you should consider.
6. Logitech Cordless Number Pad for Notebooks
Do you have a laptop without a number pad?
The Logitech Cordless Number Pad for Notebooks, although not a full keyboard, is a great peripheral to integrate into your laptop for better Excel experience.
It has one-touch access to Excel, calculator, and the web making it easier to access important tools and increase efficiency to finish projects on time or even earlier.
7. Logitech Craft Keyboard
We have saved the best for last.
The Logitech Craft Keyboard is probably the top-notch keyboard for Excel work you are doing.
We are already sold with the design alone, but the specs and features just got us more amazed by how well this keyboard was made.
With so many features, we don’t know where to begin.
Well, let’s start with its ability to enlarge texts and instantly create charts for your spreadsheet.
It has a smart illumination feature that automatically detects the amount of light in your room and adjusts its backlit keys, making it more elegant.
And you can type a large amount of data with effortless precision. With its increased key stability, it “reduces noise and optimizes responsiveness, you will feel but not hear”, according to Logitech.
Comfortably type all the things as fast as you can without waking up the people that are sleeping late at night when you’re trying to hit a deadline.
How we considered the keyboards
Some of the things we considered in selecting these keyboards:
Ctrl Key: ‘Ctrl’ + ‘V’ and ‘Ctrl’ + ‘C’ are stapled functions in Excel. Probably almost all keys combined with CTRL represent a shortcut. Placement of the ‘Ctrl’ key in your keyboard is a big deal.
Menu Key: This key can be used to convert text to numbers, ignore errors, and access paste options like paste values. Not all keyboards have this button. Getting one with this is a good deal.
Numeric Keypad: This one will ease your encoding in the cells more smoothly. ‘+’ and ‘-’buttons are heavy shortcut keys in using Excel. You do not want to buy keyboards that are lacking these two.
Durability: We made sure that these are high-grade peripherals that can stand the heavy typing demands throughout the years.
Wrapping things up…
Not all peripherals are created equal. Getting the right keyboard is a mindful choice that you can make to increase our Excel efficiency and productivity.
Whether you’re looking for an additional hotkey for added function. Or that pause-break button when you are doing VBA, making sure your keyboard has those important keys is within your reach.
Double-check the laptops and external keyboards before purchasing. Make sure it will serve its full potential as an Excel buddy to you. 😊
Alright, so you got the keyboard… now what?
Now it’s time to level-up your setup even further by getting the best laptop or a new monitor!
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