As many gamers know by now, membrane keyboards are quickly going out of fashion. They’re not quite a thing of the past, but you’ll rarely see them on a programmer’s or gamer’s desk. Mechanical keyboards are all the rage these days. This is all thanks to their tactile response and satisfying clicks. However, not many people take to these keyboards too kindly.
However, that’s the beauty of keyboards nowadays. We have dozens of options to pick from now, at various budgets. If you don’t like a loud keyboard there are a lot of quiet options out there. These are perfect for offices and for people who just prefer peace and quiet. So, yes, quiet keyboards are still very relevant today.
You might think we’re just going to talk about membrane keyboards here. However, the majority of this list consists of mechanical keyboards, with one or two membrane options. So, we’ll get right to it. Here are some of the best quiet keyboards to buy in 2021.
1. Fnatic miniStreak Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
- Silent Cherry MX Red switches
- Great fit and finish
- Detachable cable
- Portable and compact
- Included wrist rest
- Media buttons lack volume rocker
Switches: Cherry MX Silent Red | Backlight: Addressable RGB | Dedicated Macro Keys: No | Media Control Buttons: Yes
This is a bit of a bold claim from us. Including a relatively unpopular keyboard in the top spot isn’t exactly a safe bet. However, the miniStreak from Fanatic says otherwise. We’ll refer to it as the Streak Mini for simplicity.
For those of you who don’t know, Fnatic is a leader in Esports. Their team of professional gamers has won dozens of tournaments over the years. Suffice to say, they know a thing or two about gaming.
At first glance, it has the usual array of features that we expect. Fully customizable RGB lighting, premium Cherry MX switches, and great comfort plus durability. However, there’s a lot more to it than you’d expect. For starters, this keyboard is compact and portable.
It’s a tenkeyless design, which means it’s easier to carry around with you. They even include a PU leather wrist rest for comfort. The top plate is anodized metal, and the software is surprisingly good.
The USB cable is detachable, which we want to see in more keyboards. Fnatic’s Streak Mini has superb stabilizers, grippy feet, and Cherry MX Red Silent switches. The switches are the star of the show. A red silent switch is linear, smooth, and very quiet. Apart from that, the Streak Mini’s frame helps to dampen the sound
Overall, this is the most well-rounded quiet keyboard we found. We just wish it had dedicated control for the volume, though it does have 3 media buttons.
Logitech is known for their fit and finish, and the quality feel they bring to all of their products. The Logitech G513 RGB is no different. Logitech promotes its Romer-G switches quite heavily, and with good reason. These switches provide one of the best experiences to type on.
First off, we love the design and aesthetic of Logitech keyboards. The anodized aluminum plate looks sleek and simple. It’s a breath of fresh when coming from all those flashy keyboards on the market. Unfortunately, Logitech decided to sacrifice the media keys for the sake of minimalism.
That’s going to be a personal preference. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the switches. The Romer-G Linear switches are some of the smoothest feeling switches out there. They feel fast, buttery smooth, and very quiet. Seriously, combined with the excellent keycaps, the sounds from these switches could fit in an ASMR video.
The RGB lighting is bright and shines through nicely. While it’s very tasteful and simple, you won’t feel like it’s dull at any point. Most people will love the look. Logitech’s G Hub software also happens to be quite powerful. You also get a nice palm rest and a USB pass-through.
The only con is that the switches might take some getting used to. Especially if you’re coming from a tactile or clicky keyboard.
Straight out of Japan, we have the Happy Hacking Keyboard (HHKB) from PFU limited. If you’ve dipped your toes into the custom/enthusiast keyboard scene, you’ve probably heard of this keyboard. It uses Topre switches, which many keyboard purists consider to be the best. It’s a premium product, and if you fit the bill for the target audience, you’ll love it.
If we are going to call this the HHKB Professional Hybrid Type-S, we’re going to be here a while. Most people refer to it as the HHKB so we’ll just go along with it. The Hybrid in the name means this can be used both wired and wireless. The “Type-s” indicates that this has silent switches.
It’s a compact 60% keyboard that weighs 572g, which makes it quite portable and compact. Both the case and keycaps are PBT, and the caps have a decent thickness to them. You can get it either charcoal or beige. You can set the keyboard at three different angles, thanks to the versatile feet at the bottom.
I know what you’re thinking about the unorthodox layout. However, once you get used to it, there is no keyboard more comfortable out there. The ergonomics and layout are excellent after you get the hang of it. Let’s talk about the topre switches quickly.
These switches are electrostatic and capacitive. Long story short, they are lightly tactile with a 45g weight and the assembly is excellent. We could talk about all the internals for days. Stabilizers are also excellent. The typing experience is buttery smooth and unlike any other. Once you go Topre, you’re not going back.
However, all of this comes with a big catch. As you can guess, that’s the price. If you’re up for it, you get an amazing keyboard that could last you a long while.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a solid membrane keyboard. We know membrane keyboards might sound boring to most gamers, but just bear with us for a moment. The Corsair K55 RGB gaming keyboard has everything you might want, minus the mechanical switches. Surprisingly, the result is a silent yet gamer-oriented keyboard. Let’s take a look.
Since it’s a membrane keyboard, the K55 comes in at an affordable price. That’s going to hit home for a lot of people who want to get into gaming keyboards. It’s also a good option if you need a quiet gaming keyboard in the first place. The K55 has your standard full-sized layout, so it will familiar to most people. However, it also includes six dedicated macro keys.
We also get three volume buttons and four buttons for playback controls. It’s a relief to see media buttons on a cheap keyboard like this one. The bottom has four rubber pads and two flip-up feet to adjust the angle. There’s also a wrist rest that can snap into place at the bottom.
As you’ve probably deduced now, this keyboard is an excellent value. The RGB lighting shines nicely through the white rubber dome. These are surprisingly comfortable to type on for long periods. As this is a membrane keyboard, you won’t be waking up people with loud typing sounds anytime soon.
The software is mediocre, at best. The non-braided cable is also a bit of a disappointment. Apart from that, we can’t complain too much about this keyboard.
5. Logitech K800 Wireless Backlit Keyboard
Best For Offices
- Thin and light
- Included extension for receiver
- Dead silent typing
- Not very comfortable
- Long term durability isn't certain
- Occassionaly loses wireless connection
Switches: Membrane | Backlight: White | Dedicated Macro Keys: No | Media Control Buttons: Yes
Not everyone out there is a keyboard enthusiast or even a gamer. Some people just want to get work done and do so quietly. If you belong to this crowd, then you probably care about convenience more than performance. And what’s more convenient than a quiet wireless keyboard? No wonder the Logic K800 wireless is so popular.
The first thing that jumps out about this keyboard is the thinness. This is about a fraction of the thickness of your average clunky gaming keyboard. You can easily carry this around since it weighs almost nothing. It comes with a micro-USB cable, which is used for charging and connecting to the PC.
You also get an extension cord for the wireless receiver, which is helpful if you ever run into connection issues. There are little feet underneath so you can prop up the keyboard. However, that doesn’t do much as you’ll need to adjust to the flat profile. You can comfortably rest your palms at the bottom bezel, which is a nice touch.
The keys have white backlighting, which is helpful in a dim office environment. As for the membrane keys, they feel as expected. They’re not all that mushy, but if you’re coming from a mechanical keyboard, you’ll know the difference immediately. But due to that nature, this keyboard is incredibly silent. In fact, it’s one of the quietest wireless keyboards out there.
There are obvious drawbacks to a keyboard like this. The build quality is questionable, and the typing experience is not as comfortable as the other options. Still, it’s a decent pick for the office.