Types of Computer Keyboards – Gaming, Ergonomic, Numeric & More

Types of Computer Keyboards

This article seeks to explain the different types of computer keyboards such as gaming keyboards, laptop keyboards, ergonomic keyboards, thumbsize keyboards, numeric keyboards and others.

There are also other types of computer keyboards, such as foldable keyboards, laser/infrared keyboards and chorded keyboards. Keyboards also connect with different ports such as PS/2, USB and others.

Laptop Keyboards

The laptop computer keyboard is a small version of the typical QWERTY keyboard. A typical laptop has the same keyboard type as a normal keyboard, except for the fact that most laptop keyboards condense the symbols into fewer buttons to accomodate less space.

There are also often extra keys such as power buttons, volume buttons, play buttons, rewind buttons, mute buttons and others.

laptop computer keyboards - another variety of computer keyboards

Gaming Keyboards

Gaming keyboards are similar to normal keyboards except they generally contain extra features such as illuminated keys, multimedia keys, an additional LCD screen, palm rest and other features.

Illuminated keyboards are useful for playing games, during the night, when it’s too dark to see the keyboard normally. The multimedia keys are also useful for adjusting the volume, for changing the music tracks and for doing other things, while continually playing your game.

Read more on Gaming Keyboards here.

Ergonomic Computer Keyboards

ergonomic computer keyboards

Ergonomic computer keyboards is a computer keyboard designed with ergonomic considerations to minimize muscle strain and a host of related problems.

An ergomic keyboard is designed to make typing easier and lessen the strain that your hands may suffer, such as “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”.

I recently bought an ergonomic keyboard, the same design as the one on the right and it has decreased the strain and improved my typing skill and speed. I highly recommend that you look at buying an ergonomic keyboard.

Read more on Ergonomic Keyboards here.

Laser / Infrared Keyboards

The laser keyboard is a recent gadget to the computing world. This device projects the keyboard on to a flat surface, such as a table or desk. This then allows you to type directly onto the table. However, this invention still needs to be improved and can be frustrating to use at the moment.

Rollup Keyboardsrollup keyboards another type of computer keyboard

Rollup computer keyboards are extremely good for travelling. Simply roll them up and then unroll them when you need them again.

Typically the material is either silicone or polyurethane. These devices are meant to be rolled up, rather than folded, as folding can damage the circuitry.

I think these can be cool as a gadget, or for someone that is moving around a lot, but for the typical user is probably not a necessity.

Other Types of Computer Keyboards

Well the variety of computer keyboards can go on and on. There are so many different types. There are also thumbsize keyboards, numeric keyboards, Apple keyboards and others. I am not going to go into all of them here.

Personally I would either recommend the ergonomic keyboard (especially if you plan on using it a lot) or just a typical normal keyboard.

Computer Keyboard Connections

Another way you can split up the types of computer keyboards is via the connection method, between the keyboard and the computer.

Typically computer keyboards were connected to the computer via the PS/2 port, USB port or through a wireless connection. For a long time the PS/2 port was the only connection that the keyboard had, however the USB connection and the wireless connection are fast becoming the most popular.


So I hope that through this article you can learn about the different types of computer keyboards. There is such a wide variety and the idea of choosing a certain type can be daunting.


Personally I recommend that you don’t buy the cheapest keyboard you can find. Remember that you will be using this computer keyboard a lot and that it is an important part of your computer setup. It is a good idea to find a keyboard that will be comfortable and suit you.


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