When asked about the most important part of a PC set-up, most people will point to the CPU or GPU because of their importance in dictating performance. Some people might say the motherboard, since it is the backbone of the entire system. But often we overlook the components more responsible for our enjoyment, the peripherals.
No matter which (modern) PC you use, no matter which usage from web browsing to intense gaming, there are certain constants when interacting with your computer: input devices. The mouse and keyboard (and to a certain extent the monitor) define our interaction with our computers, and investing as much thought into a strong mouse and keyboard combo as you do your core PC components can raise your satisfaction level and overall enjoyment of your PC usage and gaming experience. And recent advances in technology mean that wireless keyboard and mice are becoming affordable, offer latency as fast (or faster in some cases!) than traditional keyboard and mice, and provide a quality of life increase for PC users by eliminating unnecessary cords and keeping our battlestations clean.
This guide will help you choose the best wireless keyboard and mouse combination based on your available budget because we know that having the highest-quality mouse and keyboard you can afford will ensure your PC interaction is as satisfying as possible. Our recommendations are geared towards gamers, as workstation users will be able to enjoy almost any brand name wireless keyboard and mouse for basic usage, while gamers require some additional features that make researching your purchase more important.
With all that in mind, here are our recommendations for the best keyboard and mouse combos available today:
Best Value Wireless Gaming Mouse & Keyboard Combo
When it comes to selecting a value tier wireless keyboard and mouse for anyone with a tight budget, we are looking for a few main things: a good reputation for build quality and quality control, a decent wireless connection that won’t cut out mid-game, a battery life that will last for full gaming sessions, real mechanical switches (none of that ‘mecha-membrane’ stuff) for the keyboard, and at least mouse buttons and adjustable DPI for the mouse. At this price point, we don’t need any fancy bells or whistles, we don’t need fully programmable keyboards, we don’t need crazy quality keycaps or 32 bajillion DPI, we just need something reliable and nice to use.
And if with those criteria while keeping our combination to $75 or less, we recommend the Royal Kludge RK61 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard and the Reddxragon M652. These two devices come from well-known if not big-name manufacturers, have good build quality and quality control, fall within our price range (together they cost around $60), and offer some key features like 2.4ghz connection for the mouse and true mechanical switches (blue) on the keyboard. They both have good battery life, some nice backlight LED illumination, and while this is subjective, both have pretty good aesthetics that will not kill your battlestation décor.
They might not be the absolute best of the best when compared to devices costing three times as much, but for their prices, these two devices will both serve you well in all your gaming needs.
Honorable Mention – Velocifire VM02WS
One alternative to the Royal Kludge RK61 that puts us just above the $75 dollar mark is the VELOCIFIRE VM02WS. If you have a bit extra to spend, prefer a full-size keyboard, or prefer brown switches to blue switches, the VM02WS is another great wireless option that will provide long battery life and reliability for both typing and gaming.
Best Mid-Range Wireless Gaming Mouse & Keyboard Combo – Logitech G613 + G602
At this price-range, we take a step-up and begin entering the realm of entry-level major manufacturer keyboard and mice combos. We can expect a few more features, a longer expected product lifetime, and lag-free connections for our wireless set-up. We still want good battery life and build quality, and should be looking for a combination in the $75-$125 range that will satisfy our needs.
Based on those aspects, we recommend the Logitech G613 Wireless Keyboard and Logitech G602 Wireless Mouse combination. Logitech is perhaps the single-biggest name in gaming peripherals, and for very good reason. They have pioneered wireless technology for gaming with their Lightspeed system and ultra-low power sensors, and this mouse and keyboard combination take full advantage – compared to the budget-tier, we get 2.4ghz connection for the keyboard as well to ensure lag-free gaming. The G602 offers plenty of customizable options (as does the G613 for macros and in-app commands) and both should perform extremely reliably and last for years.
At approximately $110 together, this wireless set-up will be perfect for 80% of users looking to eliminate wires from their build.
Honorable Mention – Corsair K63 + Logitech G603
While for this category we really feel that the combination above is as good as it gets, the only alternative we can offer is for those that do not like the shape of the G602, which is not a small mouse. Mouse shape is a subjective discussion, but for those that prefer a less aggressive ergonomic design or want to spend a little bit more to get the most recent sensor, the Logitech G603 is a great choice for around $15-20 more. And for an alternative wireless gaming keyboard in this category for someone looking to avoid a full-size keyboard in favor of the more compact tenkeyless design, we recommend the Corsair K63 Wireless Keyboard.
Best High-End Wireless Gaming Mouse & Keyboard Combo
In the high-end section of the wireless gaming mouse and keyboard spectrum, we start seeing some very interesting options. State-of-the-art sensors and connectivity, along with some nice additional features and long-term reliability may not come cheap, but for those with the cash, can provide a very satisfying experience.
For this $125+ category, we recommend the Logitech G915 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and the Logitech G Pro Wireless Mouse. At this price range (and be prepared, this really is high-end as the total for these two devices comes out to around $350 depending on the final pricing for the brand new G915), we are getting the best-of-the-best available on the market today.
The G915 uses brand new low-profile mechanical switches designed by Logitech for short travel, perfect for quick key presses while gaming, and has almost any feature you could ask for: long 30 hour battery life, RGB illumination, macro programming, media keys, a scroll-knob, battery indicator, aluminum frame…..too many features to list without drowning in information.
And the Logitech G Pro Wireless matches it in every way. It has the newest sensor and connectivity technology, high-quality switches, completely customizable DPI, 4 removable side buttons for more customization, a 1 millisecond reporting rate, and all of it within an 80 gram package. For long gaming sessions, this mouse will never let you down and provides everything a gamer could ever want and more.
Bottom-line for this combo: you are spending a lot, but getting a lot and will not find a better wireless gaming combination available today.
Honorable Mention – Anne Pro 2 + Steelseries Rival 650
While the G915 and G Pro Wireless are hard to beat, if you are looking for a more compact keyboard and different mouse shape, we have a couple alternatives that are no slouches either. In terms of keyboard, and you may have seen it mentioned in our Quietest Mechanical Keyboards article, the Anne Pro 2 is a great wireless 60% mechanical keyboard at half the price of the G915. It is still not cheap at $120, but it offers a strong alternative to someone looking for a reliable mechanical wireless keyboard in a smaller factor or for a bit less cash. Similarly, the Steelseries Rival 650 Wireless Mouse is a strong alternative to the G Pro Wireless. It is much heavier (around 101g with no weights and can be customized by adding or removing up to 8 included 4g weights) so it may not work for those looking for a light mouse, but is also a much different shape and may be more comfortable to palm-grippers or those with bigger hands.
With the beauty of technological advancement, wireless gaming is now available at almost any budget. Within each price range are a variety of options and mice and keyboard are personal, so be sure to think about your needs before buying, but our recommendations should help you avoid wasting your money on an unreliable wireless gaming set-up that will break soon after buying.
The keyboard and mouse are how you interact with your PC, so even if it means saving up a little longer, try and invest into a set-up that will make you happy as no matter how strong the computer, if you hate your keyboard and mouse, you will not enjoy your gaming (or any other!) experience.