A chef has pots and pans, a bicycle rider his bike, and a writer his keyboard.
The tool that you use to accomplish your art is important. While expensive tools won’t take a beginner to master level overnight, having the right tools won’t hold you back as much.
For writers, a bad keyboard can mean finger pain, grammatical errors, and an overall unsatisfying experience.
Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a lot of money for a good experience. But if you can afford it, you have some really cool options. Here are a few keyboards, from cheap to expensive, that you need to check out.
Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is the best budget option for those who want zero frills. In fact, if you have bought a desktop computer recently, there is a chance that this came in the box.
This keyboard will help you focus on completing your current task to the best of your abilities. No, the keys don’t have the best feel because they are rubber switches, and it isn’t an ergonomic dream, but it gets you about 80% of the way there. This keyboard is Bluetooth, so it connects wirelessly and will run for up to 2 years before you will need to swap batteries.
You can pick this one up for around $30 to $50, depending on where you shop.
Razer BlackWidow Elite
If you have a little more money to spend, then the Razer BlackWidow Elite is a great buy. This one is advertised as a gaming keyboard, and it even has RGB, but it is amazing for typing thanks to its mechanical switches.
If you aren’t sure why mechanical switches for the keys in your keyboard matter, then check out this article to get a quick primer.
Suffice to say, this keyboard is more expensive at around $170, but the design of the keyboard is more ergonomic, typing is incredibly satisfying and easy on the fingers and wrists, and if you consider yourself an experienced writer, then you deserve this keyboard.
QWERKYWRITER is as stylish as it gets. Blending high-quality German-engineered Cherry MX switches and wireless connectivity, and a classic 1800s aesthetic, the QWERKYWRITER is ideal for the seasoned writer with a bigger budget.
Not only does it look like a classic typewriter, but it is also built like one. The chassis is made out of aluminum, and the rounded keycaps feature automotive-grade electroplating.
You can plug it in by USB or use it wirelessly for up to 4 weeks on a single charge.
Depending on when you are shopping, this keyboard can be had for around $300. If you want any color other than black, you will be spending a bit more.
Royal Classic Manual Typewriter
Manual typewriters are a tough sell. If you are a copywriter, novelist, or doing clerical work for a company, submitting documents typed on paper will be unacceptable, obviously.
But there is something so satisfying about the feel of mechanical keys. Modern “cherry keys” in digital keyboards are good, but they lack the long press and real feedback of mechanical keys hitting the page.
The Royal Classic Manual Typewriter is one of the few remaining typewriters you can buy new. Just keep in mind that it is not of the same heavy quality as the classic typewriters you may be fond of from television and movies. This one is made from thin plastic and looks relatively cheap. You won’t be making it the centerpiece of your study. Check out eBay for a vintage model if you want something made from metal with some more style.
If you are just starting out, don’t overspend on a keyboard. Get something inexpensive as you work to develop your grammar, speed, and accuracy. After a year or two, if you feel like the keyboard is holding you back, check out some of these more expensive, higher quality, and satisfying offerings more worthy of your experience.